Love animated films and cartoons? Got yourself some Hulu? Here’s what you can look forward to in August 2017.
August 1 brings a pair of Final Fantasy movies.
- Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) was a groundbreaking achievement in computer generated animation. For the time, the characters looked mind-blowingly realistic, and they still hold up pretty well today. Unfortunately, the story and voice acting didn’t match the visuals, despite name stars like Ming-Na Wen and Alec Baldwin. The tale of humanity’s last stand against alien invaders has a 6.4 rating on IMDB.
- Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2006), unlike its predecessor, follows on from the video games. It takes places two years after Cloud, Tifa, and crew (AERIS!!!) completed their PlayStation journey. The English voice cast includes voice acting greats George Newbern (Superman: The Animated Series), Rachael Leigh Cook (Kingdom Hearts) and Fred Tatiascore (Voltron). The movie did better than Spirits Within, with a 7.4 on IMDB. The Director’s Cut, which adds 26 minutes of deleted scenes, is said to be even better, but it’s unclear which version Hulu will air.
Also in the Spiky Hair Department is Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002). Based on the Nickelodeon series, Arnold and the gang return to the screen. This time, a greedy land developer wants to turn their neighborhood into a shopping mall. The kids engage in corporate espionage with the help of a whistleblower named Deep Voice and bring down The Man. Timely! 5.9 on IMDB, but fans won’t care.
Finally, Hulu’s lineup for August 1 includes the first two movies in The Swan Princess series. This is a franchise of seven movies based on the ballet of the same name? Did you have any idea these existed? Me neither!
Anyway, The Swan Princess (1994) stars Howard McGillin (stage) and Michelle Nicastro (primarily stage). Jack Palance of all people is the villain. Derek and Odette are a young prince and princess, destined to marry but torn apart when an evil sorcerer turns Odette into a swan. Hilarity ensues. 6.4 on IMDB.
The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain (1997) picks up one year later. A new evil sorcerer sends his minion Knuckles to attack the kingdom, keeping Derek busy and driving a wedge in the new family. Things pick up speed when the sorcerer kidnaps Derek’s mother, and more hilarity ensues. McGillin and Nicastro return to reprise their roles. 5.8 on IMDB. Note: This may be listed as The Swan Princess: Secret of the Castle depending on your region.
August 11 brings us We Bare Bears: Season 2. This Cartoon Network series is based on an indie comic, and follows the exploits of three bears attempting to blend into San Francisco. It’s well worth checking out, with sharp writing and situations. Comedians Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan, and Demetri Martin star as the bears, and are always excellent. Recurring characters include more comedy greats, including Cameron Esposito, Ellie Kemper, and Patton Oswalt. Season 1 is also available on the service. 8.1 on IMDB.
Finally, August 16 is the Hulu premiere of Regular Show: Season 8. Mordecai the blue jay and Rigby the racoon’s everyday adventures have been a major hit since 2010. Cartoon Network original programming isn’t always good, but when does land, it’s great. Regular Show is right up there with Adventure Time. Series creator J. G. Quintel also provides the voice of Mordecai, and William Salyers (numerous videogames) plays Rigby. Mark Hamill is a frequent guest.
So, that’s your Hulu animated menu for August. Stay tuned for Amazon Prime and Netflix soon!