Some people spend their Thanksgiving watching the Macy’s Parade and the football game. Others spend the holidays watching cartoons. If the latter describes you, the following list of five new animated TV series, two movies, and a half-hour vacation special should be among your top viewing options for the month of November.
While the entries on this list cover a wide range of artistic styles and genres, this seems to be a particularly notable month for computer animation and sci-fi drama aimed at a more mature audience. Cartoons from America, Japan and Europe are all represented in this list. There should be a lot of animation to be thankful for.
gen: LOCK Season 2
In 2019, Rooster Teeth launched his most ambitious animated series to date, the computer-animated mecha action series. gen: LOCK. Season 1 had some issues to work out, especially when it came to the lack of a powerful villain, but the series still has a lot of potential for improvement. Two years later, Season 2 will hopefully maintain the thrilling action sequences of the first season while giving the series’ sympathetic team of heroes a stronger overall story.
Created by Gray Haddock, gen: LOCK from Rooster Teeth Animation stars the voices of Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, Kōichi Yamadera, Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Kate Dillon, David Tennant, Monica Rial, Blaine Gibson, Gray Haddock , Miles Luna and Chad James. Season 2 premieres on HBO Max on November 4.
Animaniacs Season 2
Prepare for maximum insanity: The Warner siblings, as well as the lab mice in search of world domination Pinky and the Brain, are back with 13 new episodes. Season 1 of the new Animans was one of the smartest nostalgic reboots around, maintaining the balance between kid-friendly absurdity and the sharpened adult humor that made the original 1993 series a fan favorite, and Season 2 is expected to to be as good if not better. Expect plenty of pop culture parodies, cartoon violence, and hilarious musical numbers.
Animaniacs Season 2 stars the voices of Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille, Jess Harnell and Maurice LaMarche and premieres November 5 on Hulu.
Whether you play or not League of Legends, the derived “event series” Esoteric is shaping up to be one of Netflix’s most interesting video game adaptations. Set in the seemingly utopian town of Piltover and its underground neighbor Zaun, this adult action drama centers on the tragic origin stories of sister fighters Xi and Jinx. Between this and Maya and the Three, Netflix has really raised the bar visually for the CG-animated miniseries.
Directed by Ash Brannon, Arcane stars the voices of Hailee Steinfeld, Ella Purnell, Kevin Alejandro, Katie Leung, Jason Spisak, Toks Olagundoye, JB Blanc and Harry Lloyd and will air three episodes per week on Netflix for three weeks starting on the 6th. November.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus
If current trends hold, it looks like you can expect the Adult Swim and Crunchyroll anime co-productions to air a month after the rest of the anime season begins. This was the case with the first season of Fena: pirate princess, and this continues with the much anticipated Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Sola Digital Arts, the CG animation team behind Ghost in the shell: SAC 2045, manages this latest incarnation of the classic cyberpunk series.
Co-directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenji Kamiyama, Blade Runner: Black Lotus will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on November 13 at midnight ET / PT and air on Crunchyroll at the same time.
After Raya and the last dragon was scheduled to release simultaneously on Disney + Premiere Access and Pixar’s Luca completely bypassed the theaters, Encanto hopes to make Disney animation a theatrical event again. The main character of this Colombian fantasy, Mirabel Madrigal, is the only member of her family who does not have magical powers, but she will still have to save the day when the magic is threatened. The film also contains original songs by Hamiltonby Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Directed by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith, Encanto stars the voices of Stephanie Beatriz, John Leguizamo, María Cecilia Botero, Diane Guerrero, Jessica Darrow, Angie Cepeda and Wilmer Valderrama and hits theaters on November 24.
Among the various projects presented as work in progress at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this year, the new half-hour Christmas special by Aardman Animation Robin robin was among the most instantly charming. The hand felted stop-motion animation of the team behind Wallace and Gromit looks absolutely adorable, and the story of a bird adopted by a family of mice looks set to inspire emotion in viewers of all ages.
Directed by Daniel Ojari and Michael Please, Robin Robin stars the voices of Gillian Anderson, Bronte Carmichael and Amira Macey-Michael and will premiere on Netflix on November 24.
The Summit of the Gods
If international features other than favorites To flee and Beautiful be in the Best Animated Feature Film category at the Oscars this upcoming awards season, The Summit of the Gods seems well positioned as a candidate. Previewed to very good reviews at the Cannes Film Festival, this European adaptation of Jiro Taniguchi’s classic manga on Climbing Mount Everest seems like a jaw-dropping experience. If you can’t see it on the big screen, be sure to add it to your Netflix queue.
Directed by Patrick Imbert, Le Sommet des dieux premieres in theaters on November 24 and on Netflix on November 30.
Netflix’s Millarworld lineup of adaptations got off to a rocky start with live-action series quickly canceled Jupiter’s legacy. Hope the anime Super crooks, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu set in the same universe as Jupiter’s legacy, will be more impressive in terms of action and storytelling. Studio Bones anime and Dai Sato writes. If you like this squad of supervillains in animated form, they should also receive a live action series in the future.
Directed by Motonobu Hori, Super Crooks premieres on Netflix on November 25.
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