On the animated film front, May 2021 looks like a rather quiet month, with no big US premieres beyond a few previously digitally released Blu-ray releases. Fortunately, the month should be more excited when it comes to TV animation, with a handful of promising new shows and a few returning favorites. Here’s what every animation fan should know this month.
Justice Society: WWII
Technically, this came out on digital platforms at the end of April, but we missed it in our April guide, and the Blu-ray comes out in May, so Justice Society: WWII deserves a mention. The film’s review by CBR says, “With its star-studded cast and an immersive look at JSA in action, this animated film is a love letter to the golden age and its avant-garde super. -hero.”
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Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Justice Society: World War II stars Stana Katic as Wonder Woman, Matt Bomer as The Flash, Elysia Rotaru as Black Canary, Chris Diamantopoulos as Steve Trevor, Omid Abtahi as Hawkman, Matthew Mercer as Hourman, Armen Taylor as Jay Garrick, Liam McIntyre as Aquaman, Ashleigh LaThrop as Iris West, Geoffrey Arend as Charles Halstead / Advisor, Keith Ferguson as Dr. Fate and Darin De Paul as Roosevelt. The film is now available digitally and will be released in 4K UHD and Blu-ray on May 11.
Star Wars: The Bad Lot
May the fourth be with you as Disney + launches a new animated film Star wars series. A fallout from Star Wars: The Clone Wars taking place after the events of Revenge of the Sith, The bad lot follows Clone Force 99, known as “The Bad Batch”, as they flee the Empire. Among other reasons for Star wars fans to get excited, Ming-Na Wen will take it back Mandalorian role as elite mercenary Fennec Shand.
Created by Dave Filoni, Star Wars: The Bad Batch stars Dee Bradley Baker and Ming-Na Wen. The series premieres May 4 on Disney +.
Castlevania Season 4
Throughout its first three seasons, Netflix Castlevania stood out as one of the best-reviewed video game adaptations of all time. It was announced last year that Season 4 would be the final season of the show written by Warren Ellis following allegations of sexual misconduct, and it was recently confirmed that Season 4 will be the final season of the show. However, the end of Castlevania won’t be the end of this universe, as Netflix has confirmed that spinoffs for new characters are in the works.
Castlevania stars Richard Armitage as Trevor Belmont, Alejandra Reynoso as Sypha Belnades, James Callis as Alucard, Theo James as Hector, Adetokumboh M’Cormack as Isaac, Jaime Murray as Carmilla, Jessica Brown Findlay as Lenore, Bill Nighy as St. Germain , Jason Isaacs as the judge and Rila Fukushima as Sumi. Season 4 arrives on Netflix on May 13.
Love Death + Robots Volume 2
Love death + robotsThe first season featured some of the most amazing animation ever made for streaming, as well as some thrilling and thought-provoking sci-fi stories. The second season of this Black mirror-meets-Heavy metal anthology series, consisting of eight short films, promises more fun for adults. Viewers who were put off by the heavy male gaze of the first season might be happy to hear this season being overseen by a director, Jennifer Yuh-Nelson.
Created by Tim Miller, Love Death + Robots Vol. 2 releases on Netflix on May 14.
Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Together Again
Until now, Adventure Time: Distant Lands released a fun “BMO” prequel special and Bubbleine’s excellent “Obsidian” special. The next special, “Together Again”, refocuses Adventure timeThe focus is on Jake the Dog and Finn the Human. It promises to be their “greatest adventure ever,” and between the setting up of the two best friends who go their separate ways and the implications of their fate in “Obsidian,” we’re already making some tissues.
Created by Pendleton Ward, Adventure Time: Distant Lands – “Together Again” stars Jeremy Shada and John DiMaggio and premieres on HBO Max on May 20.
Marvel’s MODOK is a sort of orphan series. It was originally intended to launch a series of four adult Marvel animated films leading up to a crossover titled The delinquants, but said crossover and two of the other shows were canceled last year. This Robot chicken-sque grip on the mental organism designed only to kill was far enough in production to avoid the chopping block, and he looks funny enough to stand on his own.
Marvel’s MODOK stars Patton Oswalt as MODOK, Aimee Garcia as Jodie, Ben Schwartz as Lou, Melissa Fumero as Melissa, Wendi McLendon-Covey as Monica Rappaccini, Beck Bennett as Austin Van Der Sleet, Jon Daly as Super Adaptoid and Sam Richardson as Gary. The series premieres May 21 on Hulu.
There are many Netflix Original anime out there, but until now all of them were Netflix shows licensed from other companies or at least partly American productions. Eden was announced two years ago as the first Japanese anime owned by Netflix. The four-part CG series about robot farmers secretly raising a human child will finally launch in May.
Created by Justin Leach and directed by Yasuhiro Irie, Eden stars Marika Kōno, Kyōko Hikami, Kentarō Itō and Kōichi Yamadera and will premiere on Netflix on May 27.
The animated sitcoms on FOX go on forever or are forgotten altogether. You have The simpsons, Family guy and Bob’s Burgers at one end of the spectrum and Allen Gregory, Border town and Napoleon Dynamite ON the other side. We will see where Familiar fits into this dichotomy. At the very least, its premise that a therapy dog runs a support group for other pets is distinctive, and the voice cast is stacked with powerful comedic actors.
Created by Jennifer Crittenden, Clea DuVall and Gabrielle Allan, HouseBroken stars Lisa Kudrow, Tony Hale, Will Forte, Nat Faxon, Clea DuVall, Sharon Horgan, Jason Mantzoukas and Sam Richardson and will premiere on FOX on May 31 at 9 pm. h ET / PT.
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