Category Archives: Animation

Top 10: Batman Animated Movies

In the endless debate over “Who is the best Batman?” a strong case can be made for someone most people have never seen: Kevin Conroy.  Conroy has been the voice of Batman since Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s, though all subsequent appearances of the character in the various Justice League series, and in the majority of Batman’s animated films (beginning with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in 1993).  Conroy also voiced the character in the Batman Arkham video games, without a doubt, the best comic book video games ever made.

IGN has put together a list of the best of Batman’s animated exploits (most of which have been voiced by Conroy), and his batting average in animation is at least as good (if not much better) than his success rate in live-action films.  My favorites are Phantasm, Sub-Zero, and Under the Red Hood, but which of Batman’s animated adventures are your favorites?  What did you think of IGN’s list?

Batman: The Animated Series

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Teaser #1 (2018) *Wreckin’ Again!*

*From Coming Soon
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”

The film will also include a team up of all the Disney Princesses including Auli‘i Cravalho (Moana), Kristen Bell (Anna in Frozen), Kelly Macdonald (Merida in Brave), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in Tangled), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in The Princess and the Frog), Irene Bedard (Pocahontas), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in Aladdin), Paige O’Hara (Belle in Beauty and the Beast) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in The Little Mermaid). You can read our write up of the scene here.

Directed by Rich Moore (ZootopiaWreck-It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer Wreck-It RalphCedar Rapids, co-writer Zootopia), and produced by Clark Spencer, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-Ralph 2 hits theaters on November 21.
Wreck-It Ralph 2

2018 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)


Welcome to the 17th annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong, say, for example, randomly, reading the wrong best picture winner. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards and a category to reward voice over/motion capture work) are the same, with the exception of the documentary, shorts, and foreign film categories in which I don’t have enough expertise to make fair judgments most years. Continue reading 2018 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)

The Incredibles 2 Teaser #2 (2018) *Winter Olympics Preview*

During last night’s exhibition of superhuman abilities at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Disney Pixar unveiled a new sneak peak of this summer’s most anticipated animated film, The Incredibles 2, opening June 15, 2018.

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Incredibles 2 Poster

Idris Elba’s 10 Best Movies

Idris Elba

Idris Elba is an actor whose career has been equally divided between defining roles on both the big and small screens.  A career television actor, Elba broke out in HBO’s The Wire as Stringer Bell and has continued to create and expand one of TV’s best charactes in DCI John Luther for the BBC.  Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Asgard’s gatekeeper, Heimdall, gave Elba feature film exposure that has caused the actor’s star to continue to rise.  Elba has probably had the best two years of his career over the last two using both his live-action talents in Beasts of No Nation and Molly’s Game as well as the intensity and versatily of his voice in The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, and Zootopia.  Hero or villain, TV or film, voice or full presence, Elba commands the attention of audiences, and his best is yet to come. Continue reading Idris Elba’s 10 Best Movies