Animated Series

Phil LaMarr Talks “Static Shock” Season Three, Details On Upcoming Warner Archive Release

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Archive have provided a studio-conducted interview with actor Phil LaMarr concerning the third season of the acclaimed, classic Static Shock animated series. Static Shock: The Complete Third Season is coming January 30, 2018 to DVD from Warner Archive, and is available for pre-order now through select digital outlets. Static Shock follows the adventures of teenager Virgil Hawkins as he fights to keep Dakota City safe while juggling responsibilities at home, at school and with friends. Continue below for the interview and additional details on the Static Shock: The Complete Third Season DVD release.

WARNER ARCHIVE COLLECTION BRINGS
ANOTHER BELOVED SUPER HERO TO DVD
STATIC SHOCK: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
COMING JANUARY 30, 2018 TO DVD
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STATIC VOICE PHIL LAMARR RECALLS A MEMORABLE
THIRD SEASON OF THE POPULAR ANIMATED SERIES

Warner Archive Collection (WAC), a champion of classic super hero animation, next brings Static Shock: The Complete Third Season to DVD with a special two-disc package that will be available starting January 30, 2018 through wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer. Pre-orders are now open.

Phil LaMarr, the enthusiastic voice of lead character Virgil Hawkins and his super hero persona Static, has many fond memories of the important third season of the popular animated TV series, which saw integral changes and important guest appearances for Static Shock.

Static ShockIn Static Shock’s fateful third season, the character shifted to an impressive, tricked-out new costume, and his partner-in-crime-fighting Richie developed powers of his own as he became the super hero Gear. The African-American super hero took an enlightening trip to his Africa, shared an episode with Superman, and combined forces with the Justice League.

“In the third season, everything sort of got spruced up,” recalls LaMarr, known far and wide for his voice performances in Samurai Jack, Futurama and Family Guy, and his live-action roles for MADtv and Pulp Fiction. “The writing was just as good as ever, but they really raised the stakes. Static’s costume went from homemade to a legitimate super hero costume, Richie became his own super hero in Gear, and that meant there was less sitting back at headquarters – we started going on a lot more duo-action adventures.”

LaMarr and Jason Marsden, the voice of Richie/Gear, had already developed a strong camaraderie working closely together on the Disney animated series, The Weekenders. Their on-screen/in-booth rapport in Static Shock was a natural extension of their “real life” relationship.

Static Shock provided a second opportunity to play partners and best friends – which was great because we were already good friends,” LaMarr says. “Our friendship on the show was authentic. And there’s nothing better than getting paid every week to work with your friend.”

LaMarr says he truly coveted the role of Static – a super hero who spoke to his personal aspirations and cultural upbringing.

“As a comic book guy, Static was a dream come true – a character who really felt real to me,” LaMarr says. “I always thought Static would be what I would be if I got powers as a teenager. I loved Spidey and Bats, but I never wanted to be them. There are tortured souls, and everything they do is informed by that guilt. For Static, the worst problem was having to do homework.

“Moreover, it was so great to finally have a black super hero who didn’t have ‘black’ in his name. I could relate to him. Here’s a kid who is smart, who’s trying to do the right thing, dealing with relatable problems whether it was family or school or friendships. Despite that fact that it was a cartoon that revolved around super heroes, it felt real to me.”

Static Shock: The Complete Third Season featured numerous guest performances from actors as acclaimed and diverse as four-time Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard (Miss Evers’ Boys, Desperate Housewives, Hill Street Blues), Emmy Award winner Roscoe Lee Browne (Logan’s Run, The Cowboys), Brock Peters (To Kill A Mockingbird, Soylent Green), Golden Globe winner Terence Stamp (Billy Budd, Superman), three-time Emmy Award winner Jean Smart (24, Garden State), Bud Court (Harold & Maude, M*A*S*H), Dennis Haysbert (24, Major League), Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Michael Jai White (Black Dynamite, The Dark Knight), T’Keyah Crystal Keymah (In Living Color, That’s So Raven), Danica McKeller (The Wonder Years), Phil Morris (Smallville), Charles Rocket (Moonlighting), Sean Patrick Thomas (The District), Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect), Bumper Robinson (The Game), David Faustino (Married With Children), Nicolette Sheridan (Desperate Housewives), David Arquette (Cougar Town), Tia Texada (Third Watch) and rapper Romeo Miller.

Static ShockAlso performing guest roles during Static Shock: The Complete Third Season are the voices of Warner Bros. Animation’s core group of DC Super Heroes, including actors from Batman: The Animated Series (Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Arleen Sorkin, Robert Hastings) and Justice League/Justice League Unlimited (George Newbern, Carl Lumbly, Maria Canals Barrera, Michael Rosenbaum), as well as Phil LaMarr himself as the voice of Green Lantern/John Stewart.

“The crossover episodes with the Justice League were so much fun for me – it was great to feel like Static Shock was part of the legacy of the super hero entertainment that I grew up watching and reading,” LaMarr says. “Associating Static with the Justice League sort of legitimized our little show, putting Static on the same level as supers like Batman, Green Lantern and all the rest. Plus getting to act again alongside my Justice League acting pals – Maria Canals Barrera, Susan Eisenberg, Carl Lumbly, Michael Rosenbaum, George Newbern, Kevin Conroy – was a blast, especially because now they were coming to my house. It was actually a little weird because we were sitting in the same chairs as we always did when recording Justice League – but now I had more lines. Of course, I had two different characters – Static and Green Lantern John Stewart.”

LaMarr said the dual role – which put him in the unusual position of recording two characters talking to each other – was the first time he encountered that situation in his career.

“I thought the writers wrote those scenes as a challenge for me,” LaMarr recalls. “At least they didn’t have them singing harmony or something crazy like that!”

Static Shock: The Complete Third Season features an all-star lineup of writers behind the scripts: Paul Dini, Dwayne McDuffie, Len Uhley, Ernie Altbacker, John Semper, Courtney Lilly and Adam Beechen. For the Static-Superman team-up episode entitled “Toys in the Hood,” Semper crafted a story that was written by Academy Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).

An episode entitled “Static in Africa” saw the Hawkins family on vacation in Ghana, where Static teams with a legendary African folk hero to combat a group of bandits. The episode was particularly important to LaMarr.

“Static in Africa was a blast for so many reasons,” LaMarr recalls. “It was a thrill to work for the first time with Michael Jai White and Roscoe Lee Browne, as well as my Justice League castmate Carl Lumbly. Carl and Roscoe are guys whose work I’d seen growing up, and to share a studio with them was fantastic.

“Moreover, it was really cool to be able to explore our roots in a Saturday morning cartoon. I had never seen contemporary Africa on Saturday morning – an Africa that was not unlike our own world. We have super heroes, they have super heroes. Africa wasn’t showed as exotica – it was a world where people like us live. And to me, that was a great part of Static Shock. It wasn’t about that Static was black; but he was black. His life, his world – those were real. And that kind of normalization is what’s key to true diversity.”

The Static Shock: The Complete Third Season two-disc set includes the following animated episodes:

Static ShockDisc One
Hard As Nails
Gear
Static in Africa
Shebang
The Usual Suspect
A League Of Their Own, Part 1
A League Of Their Own, Part 2
Showtime
Romeo in the Mix

Disc Two
Toys In The Hood
The Parent Trap
Flashback
Blast From The Past

Disc Two also includes the Superman: The Animated Series episode entitled “Obsession” (Season 3, Episode 4), which ultimately served as a prequel to the Static Shock episode, “Toys in the Hood” and spotlighted the first meeting of Superman and Static, featuring the voices of Tim Daly (Superman), Nancy Travis (Darci Mason), Bud Cort (The Toyman) and Joely Fisher (Lana Lang).

Warner Archive Collection (WAC) continues to serve as host to some of the most beloved films, television series and animated entertainment in history – and many are now available on Blu-ray. WAC’s canon runs the gamut from restored and remastered Blu-ray classics such as The Americanization of Emily, The Big Sleep, The Great Race, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Victor/Victoria and Yankee Doodle Dandy to adored TV offerings such as Longmire (on Blu-ray), Alice and Family Matters (on DVD) to feature-length animated films, including the recent Blu-ray release of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, to animated TV series headed by recent Blu-ray releases such as Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice, as well as a wealth of classic animated series on DVD including dozens of Hanna-Barbera classics. WAC offerings can be found via wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.

Static Shock: The Complete Third Season is available from Warner Archive starting January 30, 2018 through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets. Pre-orders for the release are open. Warner Archive previously released the first two seasons of the acclaimed animated series to DVD in 2017. For additional details on Static Shock, please check out the Static Shock subsite right here at The World’s Finest.

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Warner Bros. Pictures Releases “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies” Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first trailer for the upcoming Teen Titans Go! To The Movies animated movie, a feature-length comedy based on the top-rated Teen Titans Go! Cartoon Network series. The movie will hit theatres everywhere on July 27, 2018. Check out the teaser trailer in the player below, followed by the film’s official synopsis.

Warner Bros. describes Teen Titans Go! To The Movies as follows:

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies, everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is directed Aaron Horvath and Peter Rida Michail with the screenplay by Aaron Horvath & Michael Jelenic. The voice cast behind the Teen Titans Go! all reprise their rolls from the series, with Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire all featured. Other members of the cast include Will Arnett as Slade Wilson and Kristen Bell as Jade Wilson.

Teen Titans Go! airs on Cartoon Network multiple times during the week, but with new episodes debuting Fridays at 6pm (ET/PT). Stay tuned for select further coverage of Teen Titans Go! in the coming months right here at The World’s Finest.

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The World’s Finest Reviews “Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold,” New Video Clip

The World’s Finest has published its review of the Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated feature, now available to own on home media. In short, the feature-length crossover adventure is not only a welcome return for one of the best animated iterations of Batman, but it’s also a solid outing for Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. crew as well. It’s riddled with easter eggs and callbacks to both properties, features a legitimately engaging story that’s full of solid action beats, and has a cool little mystery with great gags. To read the complete review, click on the image below.

The World's Finest reviews Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has also provided a new clip from the Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated feature, featuring the mystery Inc. gang accompanying Batman on a visit to Arkham Asylum. Check out the clip in the player below.

For much more coverage on Batman: The Brave and The Bold – including extensive interviews and production content, along with exclusive interviews, commentary and much more – check out the The World’s Finest Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite. Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and The Bold is now available on DVD and Digital HD by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Stay tuned for further updates right here at The World’s Finest.

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New Clip From “Scooby-Doo! And Batman: The Brave And The Bold” Released

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released the first clip from the Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated movie. The feature-length animated crossver will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on both DVD and Digital HD starting January 9, 2018. Check out the clip in the player below, with additional content following.

Additionally, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided images from the recent World Premiere of Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold, held on Saturday, January 6 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Among the cast and crew in attendance was Diedrich Bader (the voice of Batman), John DiMaggio (the voice of Aquaman), Kate Micucci (the voice of Velma Dinkley), director Jake Castorena, supervising producer James Tucker, producer Michael Jelenic and screenwriter Paul Giacoppo. Click on the thumbnails below for images of the cast and crew members.

Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and The Bold

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Batman: The Brave and The Bold as follows:

Super sleuths Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma join forces with the world’s greatest detective, Batman, when they discover that villains from both of their respective rogues’ galleries have also combined efforts to terrorize the city. With Scooby snacks in tow, the crime-fighting teams encounter classic Batman foes (Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn) and allies (The Question, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Martian Manhunter) along with a bevy of fiends from Scooby-Doo lore (Spooky Space Kook, Gentleman Ghost, Miner 49er, Ghost Clown). As always, you won’t know who the ultimate villain is until those “meddling kids” pull off the mask!

Diedrich Bader, who voiced the Dark Knight in the fan-favorite Batman: The Brave and the Bold animated television series, reprises his role for this all-new film alongside the longtime Scooby-Doo voice cast of Frank Welker (Scooby-Doo & Fred), Grey Griffin (Daphne and Black Canary), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Kate Micucci (Velma). The guest cast includes Jeff Bennett (Joker), Jeffrey Combs (The Question), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), Nika Futterman (Catwoman), Nicholas Guest (Martian Manhunter), John Michael Higgins (The Riddler), Tom Kenny (Penguin, Plastic Man), Kevin Michael Richardson (Detective Chimp), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy) and Fred Tatasciore (Harvey Bullock).

Check back for The World’s Finest review of Scooby-Doo! and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, coming soon!

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“Static Shock: The Complete Third Season” DVD Collection Coming January 30, 2018

Warner Archive will release Static Shock: The Complete Third Season to DVD at the end of January 2018. The two-disc DVD brings the third season of Static Shock to home video for the first time. Static Shock follows the adventures of teenager Virgil Hawkins as he fights to keep Dakota City safe while juggling responsibilities at home, at school and with friends.

Static Shock: The Complete Third Season is available to order from Warner Archive starting January 30, 2018 through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets. Warner Archive recently released the first two seasons of the acclaimed animated series to DVD in 2017. An official press release for the DVD title has yet to be issued, though Warner Archives has provided the following details below.

Static ShockStatic Shock: The Complete Third Season DVD
Release Date: January 30, 2018
MSRP: $24.99
Run Time: 275 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4 X 3 Full Frame | Original Aspect Ratio – 1.33:1
Audio: Stereo

Synopsis: Static Shock’s third season arrives dynamically double-charged as a new hero joins Static in his fight to protect Dakota, while the rookie hero demonstrates big-league-level experience.

Virgil’s journey to the hero elites begins with a Bat-bang as Static travels to Gotham City in pursuit of a Bang Baby that’s fallen in with some seductively sinister “big sisters” – the Gotham City sirens Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. But a Batman (and Alfred) assist is waiting in the wings. Then, Richie’s knack for invention is revealed to be a Bang Baby by-product, and Richie becomes the high-tech hero Gear. But that’s just the start to a season that sees Static in Africa alongside African super hero Anansi, plus our hero battling Brainiac alongside the Justice League and tackling Toyman with Big Blue himself, Superman. The season’s end sees Static shaken to the core as he travels to the recent past to revisit the night he lost his mother.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Archive are expected to release further details on this title. Static Shock: The Complete Third Season is available to order from Warner Archive starting January 30, 2018 through the Warner Archive website, WB Shop and select digital outlets.

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