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Animated ‘Nutty Professor’ Coming Tuesday

Animated ‘Nutty Professor’ Coming Tuesday

Just the other day we were talking about Universal seeking ideas for a third Nutty Professor film.  Now, Genius Products has announced the release of animated The Nutty Professor on DVD next Tuesday.

The once-buried secret potion to being cool is rediscovered when The Nutty Professor debuts on DVD November 25 from Genius Products, Rainmaker Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Featuring the voice talents of the original Nutty Professor, comedic icon Jerry Lewis as Julius Kelp and three-time Kids’ Choice Award* Winner Drake Bell (Superhero Movie,) as his grandson Harold, The Nutty Professor is the modern animated sequel to the beloved 1963 classic and one of the great family franchises in movie history. When Harold gets his hands on the recipe for his grandfather’s secret elixir, he creates a potion that drastically transforms his personality to be more confident and suave. Unfortunately his alter ego is also obnoxious and destructive. Much like his grandfather before him, Harold must face his insecurities and fears while learning to believe in himself without the help of any special concoctions. A heart-warming comedy to be enjoyed by the whole family, The Nutty Professor DVD will be
available for the suggested retail price of $19.97.


Years after the original nutty professor has hidden away the formula for his secret potion, his boy genius grandson, Harold, rediscovers the recipe and the adventure begins anew. Along the way, Harold learns to face his fears and the power of just being himself.

Bonus Features:

• The Science of Animating The Nutty Professor
• Character Storyboard Gallery


Price: $19.97
Street Date: November 25, 2008
Run Time: 76 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
Languages: English Dolby 5.1
Subtitles: English and Spanish
Closed Captioned

Matt Fraction on ‘Thor: Ages of Thunder’ and ‘The Order’

Matt Fraction on ‘Thor: Ages of Thunder’ and ‘The Order’

Newsarama has posted an interview with Matt Fraction about Thor: Ages of Thunder, his upcoming peek at the war-torn history of Marvel’s Norse Gods.

Newsarama: Matt, what’s Ages of Thunder about, and how does it tie into the Thor mythos?

Matt Fraction: It’s a Thor graphic novel, told in parts, that plugs the pure Stan-and-Jack interpretation of Thor and the Asgardians into the Norse myth cycle. It sort of exists outside of any current incarnation of Thor – one of my favorite things about the Norse myths is that it’s cyclical; that Ragnarok has survivors and the stories begin again.

So we’re using that as a motivation to look at Thor and his pantheon throughout various different eras of Ragnanroks, with various different visual interpretations. Each time they’re living through these insane and colossal stories that build on top of one another, each chapter presenting us with another way of seeing Asgard as it rages towards its inevitable destruction and rebirth.

Ultimately, these stories present to us with the reasons why Odin saw fit to curse Thor with the humanity of Donald Blake, and who he becomes because of it. That’s the uniting thread that, no matter what apocalypse he’s skyrocketing towards, Thor had this flaw, and this ultimate redemption because of it, told in giant, divine terms. It was danced around back in Thor#159, if you want to get all continuity-guy on it; Ages of Thunder is a kind of explicit play-by-play, where Thor’s lack of humility triggers all of these wonderful, horrible things.

Along with making a passing comparison of Thor to Wu Tang Clan, Fraction shows off a few pieces of art from the series and also weighs in on the "real" reasons his series The Order is coming to an end with issue #10.

Thor: Ages of Thunder hits shelves April 30, 2008.


Vampire tour of New York City

Vampire tour of New York City

We get some strange mail here at ComicMix, but this one’s a bit more unusual than usual:

This July 13th, you can learn the history of New York City as you never imagined it! Count Dracula’s faithful servant, Dr. Jack Seward, will escort you through the Upper West Side of Manhattan, starting at Central Park and West 72nd Street. The late Dr. Seward will recount the history of some of the most famous spots, and how vampires played a role in that history! By the Count’s orders, he will reveal closely-guarded secrets of the vampire community. The Count may even join you himself; at the very least, he’ll be watching… $25 per person, payable on site. For full details, to register for July 13th, and/or to be added to our list for future tours, email Dr. Seward at glinzner@hotmail.com before noon on July 13th.

If you go, let us know if it bites or sucks.

MATT RAUB: Who Are Two?

MATT RAUB: Who Are Two?

So we’re into week two of the Doctor’s new adventures with his shiny new companion in “The Shakespeare Code,” and much as I was last week, I’m still giddy with excitement. Last week we were introduced to Martha Jones, a med student from the present time. And in this week, the Doctor takes Jones on her first trip inside the T.A.R.D.I.S. to the late 1500s, where they meet one of the Doctor’s personal heroes, William Shakespeare.

While this episode got to play a lot with what I like to call the Shanghai Knights jokes. To explain, in the film Shanghai Knights the two main characters would run into famous names in history that only we the audience would know, and reference their lives through punn-ish dialogue, such as telling a adolescent Charlie Chaplin that he talks too much. Either way, the same thing stood for this episode, in which the Doctor is constantly using lines from Shakespeare’s unwritten plays. To which the playwright responds “I should use that!” Cute little dialogue, but lets move onto the nitty-gritty.

Going along with my last review, when I mentioned that the first episode resembled the season one’s episode “Rose,” this episode was very much like season one’s “The Unquiet Dead.” In that episode, a very green Rose tags along with the Doctor to the 1800s where they meet Charles Dickens and solve yet another perplexing mystery. That episode dealt with alien entities possessing corpses making them look like “zombies” to the anybody else but our Doctor, while this week’s episode dealt with ancient aliens who pose as “witches” and get Shakespeare to use his “new words” to open a portal to their home world. Very similar episodes indeed.

With that theory in place, there should be hints of this season’s overall arch. In episode three of season one, they started mentioning “Bad Wolf” and how it was a harbinger of things to come. Now, before the re-launched series, I was never a huge Doctor Who fan, but with the writing and pure concept of continuity that thick over an entire season, I was hooked. I’m only hoping that this episode can keep with that formula.