Month: April 2009

Teaser Trailer For Upcoming Direct-To-Video “Green Lantern: First Flight” Animated Feature

Click on the first thumbnail below to check out the teaser trailer for the upcoming Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-video animated feature. Please note the trailer is in 480p Quicktime. Also below are three screengrabs from the teaser trailer Green Lantern: First Flight, viewable by clicking on their respective thumbnails.

A co-production of Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, the direct-to-video Green Lantern: First Flight animated feature will debut Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray disc. Stay tuned for further Green Lantern: First Flight updates.

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New Images And Video Clips From Upcoming “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Episode

Cartoon Network has passed along the episode synopsis, video clips, and over thirty new images for the upcoming Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Night of the Huntress!” To get a closer look at the images, click on the thumbnails below.





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Cartoon Network has also provided two clips from the episode, which are available to view here at our Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. The all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode Night of the Huntress!, scheduled to air at 8:30pm (ET) on Friday, May 1st, 2009, is described as follows.

In this episode, Blue Beetle develops a crush on the slightly older and far-more-dangerous femme fatale Huntress, but there is little time for love with Baby Face busting his gang out of prison for a major heist! Watch the crowd closely during the jailbreak sequence to see some of your favorite villains including Pharaoh, Skeleton Keyes, Polecat Perkins and more! This weeks teaser features Solomon Grundy and Black Canary.

Details on the cast and crew can be found at the link above. Further information on the episode is available at our our Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Stay tuned for further episode details and exclusive content.

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“Batman: Gotham Knight” Animated Feature Scheduled To Air On Teletoon In May 2009

The Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature, which previously premiered on home video in 2008 to coincide with the live-action The Dark Knight theatrical release, is slated to air Friday, May 22nd, 2009 at 9:30pm (ET) as part of the Teletoon Detour programming block on Teletoon. Below is the official synopsis for the feature.


Batman: Gotham Knight
Teletoon, Friday, May 22nd, 2009, at 9:30pm (ET)

Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to The Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. From some of the world’s most visionary animators comes a thrilling depiction of Batman as man, myth and legend.

Teletoon is scheduled to re-air the Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature directly after the 9:30pm (ET) airing again at 11:00pm (ET) on the same day. More details on the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature can be found at the The World’s Finest Batman: Gotham Knight subsite. Teletoon, the Canadian animation-themed network, previously aired the direct-to-video Batman: Gotham Knight animated feature in October 2008.

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Note: The World’s Finest News Staff will be on vacation next week, from April 13th – April 17th, 2009, meaning there will be no regular news updates posted during that time. However, any special reports or breaking news will be posted, so check back daily and keep an eye on the forums. Expect the regular news updates to return on April 20th, 2009.

“Wonder Woman,” “Watchmen: Tales Of The Black Freighter” Home Video Sales Update

Wonder Woman, the latest direct-to-video animated feature from the DC Universe Animated Original Movie line, has sold an estimated 175,000 DVD copies since the title’s release on March 3rd, 2009. According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, Wonder Woman has been a consistent seller since its release. While sales may dip sharply each week, usually falling more than 50% week to week, the title is expected to have longevity on the shelf due to the appeal of the character. Even though it is currently the lowest selling DC Universe Animated Original Movie title, the direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature is expected to muster respectable sales throughout the remainder of the year. Please note the DVD sales figure above does not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers.

Wonder Woman has also reportedly sold an estimated 20,000 Blu-ray copies since hitting shelves at the beginning of March 2009.

And while the direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature may be a steady seller for Warner Home Video, another recent direct-to-video animated feature release from the studio has not been so lucky. According to various home media retailing outlets, the new Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter direct-to-video animated feature made little impact on the market, selling only an estimated 42,500 DVD copies for the week of March 29th, 2009, its first week on sale, and failing to crack the top ten on home video sales charts. Blu-ray sales for Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, according to various home media retailing outlets, are said to equal roughly 10% of its DVD sales. Keep in mind the numbers above do not take into account rental numbers, OnDemand numbers, or legal download numbers. The Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter direct-to-video animated feature was released March 24th, 2009 on DVD and Blu-ray.

Click on the links below to discuss both the direct-to-video Wonder Woman home video release and the Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter home video release.

Wonder Woman Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Wonder Woman DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter Feature Talkback (Spoilers)
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter DVD/Blu-ray Talkback (Spoilers)

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Warner Bros. Animation Releases Images From Recent “Animation Celebration” Event

WARNER BROS. ANIMATION CELEBRATES 80-YEAR LEGACY WITH ANIMATION MURAL UNVEILING AND COMMUNITY FESTIVAL
Mario Lopez Hosts Event on Historic Burbank Lot for Animation Fans




Warner Bros. Animation held a public event this evening celebrating the Studios legacy of nearly 80 years of animation and to unveil Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard. Updated for the first time in 15 years, the new mural represents the Studios rich animation heritage and showcases new interpretations of DC Comics super heroes such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, among others, as well as classic characters like Bugs Bunny and Tweety Bird. Warner Bros. Animation is home to one of the largest cartoon libraries in the world, featuring over 3,000 of the most beloved characters from Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, DC Comics and more.

The evening festival was emceed by Extra anchor Mario Lopez and was kicked off with remarks from Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth, who also oversees television animation for the Studio.

Open to the public, the event boasted prize giveaways, entertainment and fun for families and fans, and featured a special live performance by the Beat Freaks, the phenomenal all-girl dance team from the 2009 edition of Randy Jackson Presents Americas Best Dance Crew, Warner Horizon Televisions hit reality-competition series for MTV.

Fans arrived dressed as DC Comics super heroes and characters from Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera animated series, showing their love and enthusiasm for cartoons.

Animation icons Bruce Timm, James Tucker and Glen Murakami the Warner Bros. Animation creative producers behind many acclaimed animated series, including Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series and Teen Titans, among others were on hand to share their insight on updating classic characters for todays television audiences.

Celebrity appearances included Diedrich Bader, the current voice of Batman on Batman: The Brave and The Bold (airing Fridays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network), and Julie Newmar, who portrayed Catwoman in the classic Adam Weststarring Batman live-action television series.

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0031: Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series) and Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) pose in front of the Batmobile and help celebrate the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez (Extra) on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0035: Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) poses in front of the Batmobile and helps celebrate the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez (Extra) on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0043: Extra host Mario Lopez served as master of ceremonies at the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard during a Tuesday, April 7, event on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0052: Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth (left) and Extra host Mario Lopez pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0065: Diedrich Bader (left, voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Valerie Perez (as Wonder Woman) helped celebrate the unveiling of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez (Extra) on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0073: Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth (left), Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, Batman: The Brave and the Bold producer James Tucker, Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series), legendary animation producer Bruce Timm, Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and voice director Andrea Romano pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0076: Sam Register, (left, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation), Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth, Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, Batman: The Brave and the Bold producer James Tucker, Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series), legendary animation producer Bruce Timm, Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and voice director Andrea Romano (right) pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0078: Sam Register, (left, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation) and Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0081: Warner Bros. Television President Peter Roth (left), Sam Register (Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, Warner Bros. Animation), voice director Andrea Romano, Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, Batman: The Brave and the Bold producer James Tucker, Julie Newmar (Catwoman from original Batman TV series), Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman in Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and legendary animation producer Bruce Timm pose in front of Warner Bros. Animations new cartoon billboard, unveiled at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

0094: Warner Bros. Animation unveiled its new cartoon billboard (the first new one in 15 years) at a Tuesday, April 7, event hosted by Mario Lopez on the Warner Bros. Studios lot. (Photo: Mitch Haddad/Warner Bros. Television Entertainment)

In a related note, the next all-new Batman: The Brave and The Bold episode “Night of the Huntress!” is scheduled to air at 8:30pm (ET) on Friday, May 1st, 2009, on Cartoon Network. The episode, written by Adam Beechum and directed by Ben Jones, will feature heroes Huntress, Black Canary, and Blue Beetle and villains Calculator, Babyface, and Mrs. Manface. Huntress will be voiced by Tara Strong, Armin Shimerman will voice the Calculator, with Will Friedle returning as Blue Beetle, Tom Kenny reprising Babyface, and Ellen Greene voicing Mrs. Manface. More details will be released shortly.

Stay tuned for further Batman: The Brave and The Bold updates.

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