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A Message From The World’s Finest

First off, apologies for the rather bland subject line up there. It comes off more ominous than it should. Sorry about that! Anyways…

With 2014 now done and over with, the last news story from The World’s Finest has officially been posted up. As I mentioned on this site a year ago, it’s time to ease back on the overall workload of this site, and that starts with wrapping up the daily news post for the foreseeable future. Thousands and thousands of news posts, including three straight years of news posts at least five days a week, without a single weekday missed. And, with 2015 now here, that ends as The World’s Finest will return to its roots as an unbeatable resource for fans. An archive of content, a collection of materials covering a host of different shows and movies, a wealth of information – call it what you will, but The World’s Finest will be embracing that once again.

What does that all encompass? Well, don’t get alarmed … it’s all good! As the site shifts into a content destination, certain aspects of the site will stop while an emphasis will be placed on others. Daily news posts will cease, as I said, and no new subsites will be added to the site as of this time. Does that mean the end of updates and new material? No – there will always be new content added here, but the site will now just be easier for me to manage.

Site updates will continue going forward, reviews will still be posted, more content will be added (images, behind-the-scenes material, etc.), along with the odd interview. However, now, the site updates will now fall more onto the resource side of things. As I said, there will be no new additional subsites added to The World’s Finest going forward, with the possible exception of smaller pages dedicated to installments of the ongoing DC Universe Animated Original Movie line. Assorted DVD, Blu-ray, and other media releases will also still be covered. A new Batman: The Brave and The Bold Blu-ray? We’ll cover and review it – 100%. New soundtrack release? We’re on it – count on it. The only thing really changing is the end of daily news posts (which, honestly, it didn’t seem like a lot of people noticed anyway, given how so many stories broken here went unnoticed or stolen over the years).

A lot of factors played a role in this decision. For one, this site is too unwieldy for one person to handle. I cover about 95% of the work on the site, the forums and social media outlets. This includes emails, press work, reviews, finding reviewers and content, all of that. I spend many hours a day working on this site, volunteering countless hours. Juggling that with a regular job, a family, etc., and, well, something has to give. I have more responsibilities than ever before and there are just not enough hours in the day. But I can’t just abandon the site – no way. Given how long I’ve been working on this site, from its first iteration back in 1997, and how attached I am to it, I opted not to pass the torch. I did ask for help, more than a few times, but no one came to bat. So, I opted to scale the site responsibilities down to its skeleton in order to keep it going. I am expecting to reduce my presence and update rate overtime, though. The forum duties will be passed over to someone else entirely, for example. Still, with this, I’m able to balance my workload easier, have a bit of a better life, and explore other options.

This site is not going away. It’s not going anywhere. It’s going to stay right here. There’s no way I could let it go, anyways. All the content that you see here is not budging an inch. The only thing really changing is the removal of daily news updates and an easing back on the frequency of updates. This site will always be here for you to access and explore. In fact, to this day, there are some nifty secrets still not uncovered here on the site, which tells me there’s plenty for all of you still to explore.

For those worried, this isn’t the end. All you need to do is keep an eye on the “Site Updates” section to see that. Over the next few days, you’ll see the main page here change a little. The news will be replaced with links to the major site sections here, and the daily news shuffled off into an archive (where it will be readily accessible to look through). All portions of this site, I think, will be more easily accessible for those wanting to look around and just see what we have to offer. This site is the biggest DC Comics-animation (and Batman animation) site out there to this day, and I doubt that’ll change, even with the evolving trends of internet culture. But hey, no matter how much all of that changes, The World’s Finest will always be right here.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to drop a line. The social media portals for The World’s Finest will remain up until I decide what to do with them. I can be easily reached there, or through the contact links scattered throughout the site here. If all that fails, just catch me on the forums.

I’d like to express a quick “thanks” to all the folks who have helped me over the years. Zach, Ian, James, Barry, Eileen, Brian, Michael and a wealth of other people I can’t thank enough. This seems like a nice moment to tip my hat to them as I follow the site through a few minor changes and lifts. For your daily news fix, which plenty of you are clearly already getting elsewhere, I suggest you keep it tuned to Toonzone and DCAU Resource. The forums right here are also a good spot for any developments or concerns, as well. I may post the odd piece up from time to time there.

And that’s all from me for now, folks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. Don’t hesitate. That’s what I’m here for. Thanks!

-James

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“Beware The Batman” and “Teen Titans Go!” Score 2013 Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 41st Annual Annie Awards earlier this week, with some DC Comics-highlighted projects garnering nods. Both animated series Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go!, which debuted this year as part of the DC Nation programming block, nabbed nominations for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. The 2013 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Continue below for further specific details, with the complete appropriate nominees highlighted.

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children’s Audience
Adventure Time – Cartoon Network Studios
Beware the Batman – Warner Bros. Animation
Disney Gravity Falls – Disney Television Animation
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness – Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Regular Show – Cartoon Network Studios
Scaredy Squirrel – Nelvana Ltd.
Teen Titans Go! – Warner Bros. Animation
The Legend of Korra – Nickelodeon Animation Studio

Previous DC Comics-based projects – including Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Justice League: Doom, and Batman: Year One – have received Annie Award nominations in the recent past. A host of DC Comics-inspired projects have won Annie Awards over the past twenty years.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in nearly 30 different categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. The 2013 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. The official website for the 41st Annual Annie Awards also contains a complete list of nominations.

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DC Universe Animated Features, DC Nation Programming, Animated “Green Lantern” Score 2012 Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 40th Annual Annie Awards earlier today, with some DC Comics-highlighted projects garnering nods. Assorted DC Comics-based animated projects Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One, Justice League: Doom, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and a DC Nation short all nabbed nominations for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. The 2012 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Continue below for further specific details, with the complete appropriate nominees highlighted.

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Warner Bros. Animation
-Before Orel – Trust – Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment
-Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning – Disney TV Animation
-Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury – DreamWorks Animation
Justice League: Doom – Warner Bros. Animation

Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
-Andy Bialk ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: Alvin and the Outcasts’ – DreamWorks Animaton
Andy Suriano DC Nation – Plastic Man: The Many and the Fowl – Big Hair Productions, Inc.
-Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ryu Ki-Hyun, Kim Il Kwang, Kim Jin Sun The Legend of Korra: Welcome to Republic -City – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-“C” Raggio IV Kick Buttowski: Petrified – Disney TV Animation
-Derrick Wyatt, Chap Yaep, Steven Choi Ben 10: Omniverse: The More Things Change, Pt. 2 – Cartoon Network Studios
-Gordon Hammond T.U.F.F. Puppy: Dudley Do-Wrong – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-Robert Valley Disney Tron: Uprising: The Renegade, Part I – Disney TV Animation
-Thaddeus Paul Cauldron ‘Secret Mountain Fort Awesome: Secret Mountain Uncle Grandpa’- Cartoon Network Studios

Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production
-Adam Berry ‘Penquins of Madagascar: Private and the Winky Factory’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-Alf Clausen ‘The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIII’ – Gracie Films in Association with 20th Century Fox TV
Frederik Wiedmann Green Lantern The Animated Series: Into the Abyss – F. Wiedmann, Composer
-Guy Moon ‘T.U.F.F. Puppy: Really Big Mission’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios
-John Paesano ‘Dragons: Riders of Berk: How to Pick Your Dragon’ – DreamWorks Animation
-Michael Rubin ‘Bubble Guppies: Bubble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairytale!’ – Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Previous DC Universe Animated Original Movies, including Batman: Year One, have received Annie Award nominations. Additionally, this is the third Annie Award nomination for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, following 2011 nominations for Best General Audience Animated TV Production and Nominated Music In a Television Production – Frederik Wiedmann.

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in nearly 30 different categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. The 2012 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 2nd, 2012, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. The official website for the 40th Annual Annie Awards also contains a complete list of nominations.

Click here for an interview with musician Frederik Wiedmann, again nominated for his work on Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Visit the following links for further details on the related nominated projects – Justice League: Doom subsite, Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part One subsite. Stay tuned for further details right here at The World’s Finest.

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Animated Batman, Green Lantern Productions Score 2011 Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominations and award recipients for the 39th Annual Annie Awards earlier today, with some DC Comics-highlighted projects garnering nods. Batman: Year One, Batman: The Brave and The Bold and Green Lantern: The Animated Series all nabbed nominations for the 39th Annual Annie Awards. The 2011 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Continue below for further specific details, with the complete appropriate nominees highlighted.

Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
Adventure Time: Thank You Cartoon Network Studios
Batman: Year One Warner Bros. Animation
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Blue Sky Studios
Kung Fu Panda Secrets of the Masters DreamWorks Animation
Prey 2 Blur Studio
Star Tours Industrial Light & Magic

Best General Audience Animated TV Production
Archer FX Productions
Green Lantern: The Animated Series Warner Bros. Animation
Hoops & YoYo Ruin Christmas Hallmark
MAD Warner Bros. Animation
Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Walt Disney Animation Studios
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
The Simpsons Gracie Films

Music in a Television Production
-Adam Berry, Bob Schooley, Mark McCorkle Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon and Technicolor
-Ben Locket The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi
-Frederik Wiedmann Green Lantern The Animated Series Warner Bros. Animation
-Grace Potter, Michael Giacchino Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Walt Disney Animation Studios
-Joel McNeely, Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda Pixie Hollow Games DisneyToon Studios
-Kevin Kliesch Thundercats Kliesch Music Inc.
-Shawn Patterson, Zeb Wells Robot Chicken ShadowMachine and Stoopid Monkey in association with Adult Swim

Voice Acting in a Television Production
-Carlos Alazraqui as Denzel Crocker Fairly OddParents Nickelodeon
-Dan Harmon as Jekyll Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Daran Norris as Cosmo Fairly OddParents Nickelodeon
-Dee Bradley Baker as Obi-Wan Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
Diedrich Bader as Batman Batman: The Brave and the Bold Warner Bros. Animation
-H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer Archer FX Productions
-Jeff Bennett as Kowalski Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon and Technicolor
-Jeff B. Davis as Victor Frankenstein Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Jessica Walter as Malory Archer Archer FX Productions
-Judy Greer as Cheryl Tunt Archer FX Productions
-Logan Grove as Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon Network Europe in association with Dandelion Studios, Boulder Media & Studio Soi
-Nika Futterman as Asajj Ventress Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lucasfilm Animation, Ltd.
-Scott Adsit as the Creature Mary Shelleys Frankenhole Season 2 Starburns Industries, Inc.
-Tara Strong as Timmy Turner Fairly OddParents Operation Dingleberg Nickelodeon

The Annie Awards honor overall excellence in the field of animation as well as individual achievement in nearly 30 different categories ranging from production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music and voice acting. More details can be found at the official website for the 39th Annual Annie Awards. The 2011 Annie Award winners will be announced at the Annie Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 4th, 2012, at UCLAs Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. The official website for the 39th Annual Annie Awards also contains a complete list of nominations.

Click here for an interview with musician Frederik Wiedmann, nominated for his work on Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Visit the following links for further details on the related nominated projects – Batman: The Brave and The Bold subsite, Green Lantern: The Animated Series subsite, and Batman: Year One subsite. Stay tuned for further details right here at The World’s Finest.

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