Tag Archive: Animation

Oct
25

The CFQ Interview: CHINA IL’s Brad Neely & Daniel Weidenfeld

Ronald Reagan is alive and disturbingly lucid in CHINA, IL.

Continuing its mission of lowering the standards of higher education, Adult Swim’s CHINA, IL is presently offering up its second season every Sunday night. Now expanded to a full half hour, the larger canvas has allowed creator/producer/composer/voice talent Brad Neely and executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld room to expand the adventures of the faculty and student …

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Sep
30

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2; WE ARE WHAT WE ARE & More

Do not go gentle into that good stew: Food gets wild in CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2.

The fellowship was broken for this week’s show: Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons decided to strike out on his own, braving a wilderness of ravenous, 3D foodstuffs to take in the week’s mainstream release, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, while Steve Biodrowski delved into the hostile terrain of cult horror with the long-delayed slasher …

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Sep
20

ROBOT CHICKEN’s Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV & Eric Towner: The CFQ Interview

The Stoopid Buddy Stoodios brain-trust know how to do a group shot. L to R: Matthew Senreich; Seth Green, Eric Towner, John Harvatine IV.

And you thought stop-motion figures taking swift kicks to the crotch defined the work of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the people behind Adult Swim’s ROBOT CHICKEN and TITAN MAXIMUM. Not quite, Chuck-o — the studio is turning out an increasing variety of shows, including its most recent, FRIENDSHIP ALL-STARS OF FRIENDSHIP, a web series that tracks …

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Jul
22

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE CONJURING

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson confront the unknown of THE CONJURING (2013)

This weekend continued 2013’s trend of diversity in fantastic film debuts: You had your choice of an atmospheric, based-on-a-true-story ghost tale with THE CONJURING, or ride along with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as afterlife cops in the effect-enhanced action-fantasy-comedy R.I.P.D, or indulge your sense of whimsy as Ryan Reynolds — again — voices a …

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Jul
08

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: DESPICABLE ME 2

Beee-Dooo, Beee-Dooo, Beee-Dooo: Gru (Steve Carell) has to contend with the anarchic forces that are the minions in DESPICABLE ME 2.

Here’s what DESPICABLE ME 2 does not do: It does not inflict small bruises about your face and hands. It does not siphon off valuable water supplies to feed the alien hoard. It does not require you to pay for costly therapy sessions for your traumatized children. After that, you’re on your own. Cinefantastique Online’s …

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Jul
05

The CFQ Interview: ROBOT CHICKEN’s Kevin Shinick

The Justice League... and Trojan horse... assemble for ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL

It’s an old cliche, but worth repeating: Comedy is serious business, even when we’re talking about the nut shots and fart jokes of ROBOT CHICKEN, even when we’re talking about the gentler, youth-appropriate rowdiness of Cartoon Network’s MAD. Kevin Shinick knows about that — he’s copped an Emmy writing for CHICKEN and not only writes …

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Jun
13

The CFQ Interview: BLADE RUNNER’s Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy’s acting career has been long and diverse, encompassing a bit part in BULLITT, trading barbs with Dabney Coleman on BUFFALO BILL, and presently playing the overbearing mother of Dana Delany on BODY OF PROOF. But for most genre fans, she will always be Zhora, the snake-loving assassin/exotic dancer/replicant of BLADE RUNNER, as well …

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May
27

Cinefantastique Spotlight: EPIC

Amanda Seyfried (right) gets natural with Aziz Ansari in EPIC.

IRON MAN 3: Done it. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: Done it. FAST AND FURIOUS 6: Not really genre (’though we wish). THE HANGOVER PART III: Uh, no. Genre or not, no thank you. That leaves… oh shoot, EPIC, a CG animated fantasy that’s about as oh shoot as they come. This is doubly disappointing since …

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May
16

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000’S Frank Conniff: The CFQ Interview

Frank Conniff gets the Shepard Fairey treatment.

As MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000′S TV’s Frank, comedian and writer Frank Conniff became possibly the most cuddly mad scientist in history. From his debut television appearance that started with the show’s second season — for which he scripted and also pre-screened the “cheesy movies” that would torture host Joel Hodgson and crew — Conniff went …

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May
13

Cinefantastique Spotlight: Tribute to Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen & friends.

It is not an understatement to say that, for many who work within the industry of fantastic film and those who cover it, Ray Harryhausen was one of the key godfathers of the Sense of Wonder. In such films as EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, and …

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