Since 2001, Warner Brothers has released direct-to-DVD animated features featuring Tom & Jerry. The newest release is set for June 25, 2015 and features the cat and mouse teaming up with Jonny Quest in an adventure titled “Spy Quest.” It seems like such an odd team-up that I have to watch it when it is released. Other Tom & Jerry animated films have teamed them with Sherlock Holmes and The Wizard of Oz but this is the first to team them with another Hanna-Barbera creation.
Plus, I’m a big Jonny Quest fan so hopefully this will spark a renewed interest in that franchise and receive some animated feature films of its own. I don’t mind the straight-to-DVD format for these. The Scooby-Doo and DC Comics ones have been successful and Jonny Quest would fit that format.
The recent announcement of Disney securing the marketing and distribution rights of future Indiana Jones movies from Paramount Pictures has me excited for new content. While this announcement means future content of the franchise I hope it also will get us an animated series.
This isn’t traditional animation or even CGI but it does show that the Indiana Jones franchise lends itself to the animation format.
This stop-motion project was released about two years ago for the 30th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s a shot-for-shot remake of the opening sequence, well, up until Indiana Jones leaps out of the cave anyway. It’s so well done and the music, dialogue and sound effects match up perfectly.
Hopefully this announcement means that the Indiana Jones brand will be reestablished as the first name in adventure.
Just got an email informing me about a new Disney short Halloween-ish cartoon called “Ghoul Friend”. As a lover of all Disney’s Halloween offerings (Disney’s Halloween Treat/A Disney Halloween, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), I had to check it out. It’s not as Halloween as I like, but it’s lots of fun.