October 23, 2006
Batman Beyond Season 2 (DVD)
Batman Beyond Seasons 1 & 2 (DVD)
Faced with a mandate to create a teen-centric animated Batman to appeal to the WB's core audience in the late 1990s, Bruce Timm and the rest of the Superman and Batman crew took what could have been a terrible concept—a troubled teen inherits the Bat-mask and a souped-up costume in a cyberpunk future under the tutelage of an elderly Bruce Wayne—and made it must-see television. The first season spent most of its time introducing new villains and showing the young Terry McGinnis trying to master the delicate (and often indelicate) art of being the Bat, but the crew pulled out all the stops in the second season, with both Bruce and Terry growing and facing each other's pasts and futures together. —Emru Townsend

Creature Comforts Season 2 (DVD)
Creature Comforts Seasons 1 & 2 (DVD)
Creature Comforts: Merry Christmas Everybody (DVD)
I'm sure there are many people who equate the "Aardman style" (not that there's just one) with Nick Park's design and animation tics, but I'm not sure that's an altogether bad thing—they're ridiculously expressive, and just as ridiculously funny. Park started A Grand Day Out, the first Wallace and Gromit short, first, but the original Creature Comforts short was more polished when it came out, beating A Grand Day Out in the race for an Oscar. The TV series has proven to be just as much fun. —Emru Townsend

The Dream Team: The Rise and Fall of DreamWorks: Lessons from the New Hollywood (Book)
In the introduction to Tex Avery, King of Cartoons, Joe Adamson bemoans the way animation is often dismissed by film historians. Not so in this case. With plenty of enthusiasm for his subject matter, Daniel M. Kimmel covers the history of Dreamworks and doesn't neglect the animation released by the studio that was going to change Hollywood. —René Walling

Eureka Seven Vol. 4 (DVD)
Volume four of this intricate and entertaining mechaanime series reveals more about its world and sets the stage for the push to the series' half-way point. —Brett Rogers

Justice League Unlimited Season 1 (DVD)
JLU is without a doubt one of the most complexly written and sharply directed animated television programs in recent years. The program has wonderful characters and a plethora of internal conflicts so honest it's really quite frightening. —Aaron H. Bynum

Macross Vol. 6: Eve of Destruction (DVD)
Like the rest of the Macross series, this disc is wildly uneven. The best two episodes are the first and the last. The first is, literally, Earth-shattering—one of the most epic last-ditch-effort-for-humanity battles ever, if you can tolerate the singing; the last is where the pieces finally fall into place to lead to the final volume, the series' best five-episode run. —Emru Townsend

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse (DVD)
I haven't looked at superhero duos the same way since. —Aaron H. Bynum

The Snowman (DVD)
A wonderful film based on a book by Raymond Briggs (better known for When the Wind Blows). One of those Christmas specials you wish you'd get to see more of, this beautiful, quiet tale could not contrast more with the hustle and bustle usually associated with the holidays. A definite must for the whole family this coming winter. —René Walling

Witch Hunter Robin Complete Collection (Anime Legends) (DVD)
The methodical tracking and presumed execution of beings that are fundamentally different, flawed or unluckily defective by birth—witch hunts—are pieced together with a science-fiction mindset. The program has its pacing issues, but is worth the wait for viewers patient and eager for that one moment where everything clicks. —Aaron H. Bynum

Previously covered on fpsmagazine.com:
Review: Creature Comforts: The Complete First Season
Commentary: Justice League Unlimited
Review: Witch Hunter Robin Vol. 1

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