Thursday, March 21, 2013

News Roundup: LEGO Update, Tom and Jerry, and More Disney Blu-rays

Looks like some more animation news has come over the last forty eight hours!

Warner Bros. has officially unveiled the new title and the logo for their upcoming animated film based on LEGO.

Yes, the film is now called The LEGO Movie. The logo looks pretty sweet if you ask me, though I did kind of like LEGO: The Motion Picture. Oh well, this one is simple and it works. Definitely looking forward to seeing the trailer for this Phil Lord-Chris Miller film... It should be right around the corner!


Speaking of Warner Bros., it looks we're getting some answers concerning Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume Two, which is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on June 11th. Of course, as you all know, two full cartoons were omitted from the upcoming set due to potentially offensive material - despite the fact that the first volume and this release are intended for the "adult collector".

Animation historian and Cartoon Research author Jerry Beck, who was closely involved with the first volume and other Warner Bros. classic animation releases, was interviewed on Stu's Show last night. He has confirmed that Warner Bros.' home entertainment division has listened to our complaints and they are on the same page as we are. The higher ups at the company are responsible for the removal of the two cartoons. So does this mean that CEO Kevin Tsujihara, a suck-up to the powerful force of political correctness, was responsible for this along with the other bigwigs? Seems like it!

During the show, the idea of releasing classic cartoons through distributors like Shout! Factory was brought up... What if Warner Bros. sublicensed their classic animation to them for adult collector releases? That would work, because the company can release the sanitized versions of Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry for general consumers, while the smaller company gives us the goods.

One can only hope...


Last but not least, Disney has added three more animated classics to their Blu-ray release schedule. Remember how Atlantis: The Lost Empire was supposed to come out on March 12th? Well now it's coming out on June 11th alongside... The Emperor's New Groove and Lilo & Stitch!

But you know me... I won't be buying them, because they'll be packaged with their direct-to-video sequels. Lilo & Stitch's pack will contain Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, so I assume the other two direct-to-video Stitch films will get a double pack later this year. But still... Packaging The Emperor's New Groove with Kronk's New Groove... Just NO.


What's your take on the new title for Warner Bros.' LEGO film? Do you think there's still a possibility that we'll get Tom and Jerry Golden Collection Volume Two uncensored? Are you excited that those three Disney films are getting a Blu-ray release? Or will you avoid them because they have the sequels included?

Sound off below!

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