Just in time for the holidays, plenty of great cartoons are coming out in December 2012. Whether you're looking for action, comedy or moral messages wrapped in pastels, there's a DVD for you on this December list of cartoon DVD releases.
For more DVD suggestions, see my picks for the Top 20 DVDs of 2012.
December 4, 2012
Season 15 of The Simpsons included the Emmy Award-winning "Today I am a Clown" and the holiday-themed "'Tis the Fifteenth Season." A collector's edition is also available which comes in the shape of Otto's head. Previous heads from The Simpsons used as collector's editions have included Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa, the Comic Book Guy, Ralph Wiggum and Kang. Or Kodos. One of those aliens.
* Ranked #7 on my Top 20 DVDs of 2012
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic tells stories about pony friends Twilight, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy. This DVD has is a small volume of episodes being released. The episodes include "The Crystal Empire, Part 1" and "The Crystal Empire, Part 2," which kicked off the third season just last month. Other additional episodes from the first two season are added to fill out the DVD: "Sonic Rainboom," "Luna Eclipsed" and "It's About Time."
December 4, 2012
Finally, three seasons into My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the complete first season is released. The first two episodes, aptly titled "Frienship Is Magic, Parts 1 & 2," set up the rest of the series. Magical pony Twilight, with her boy-dragon assistant Spike, has been sent to Ponyville by Princess Celestia to learn all about friendship. The four-disc set also includes a coloring sheet and sing-along, but no audio commentaries. Sorry, Bronies.
* Ranked #11 on my Top 20 DVDs of 2012
December 11, 2012
Although The Simpsons has been flagging since Matt Groening left to develop Futurama, Futurama has always remained hilarious. The seventh volume of Futurama, which aired on Comedy Central, shows us Bender having a robot baby and the Planet Express gang turned into animals. Each episode has audio commentary as a bonus feature.
* Ranked #2 on my Top 20 DVDs of 2012
LEGO found a hit with Cartoon Network's Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, a cartoon with laughs and a deep mythology. This DVD is another small volume of episodes on December's list, offering only the first seven episodes from season 2, which just wrapped up its season finale. No doubt the second half of the season will be available in only a few months.
Wow, who knew those raunchy Police Academy movies were made into an animated series? Even more surprising is that it lasted two seasons! This forgotten treasure never aired on the big networks, only in syndication, during 1988 and 1989. Warm up to Mahoney (Ron Rubin), Hightower (Charles Gray and Greg Morton), Hooks (Denise Pidgeon), Callahan (Pidgeon, again) and trigger-happy Tackleberry (Dan Hennessey) all over again.
This 30th Anniversary Commemorative Collection: Limited Edition DVD set has a whopping 22 discs of all the Masters of the Universe series: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983); New Adventures of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1990); He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002). Not only do you get the whole series' of episodes, but you also get a nifty Power Sword accessory. By the power of Greyskull, indeed.
Steve Dildarian based The Life and Times of Tim on an animated short of his titled Angry Unpaid Hooker. Poor Tim is always trying to do the right thing: for his girlfriend; for his parents; for his co-workers. But he always ends up with an R-rated mess. The third, and last, season of The Life and Times of Tim, which aired on HBO. The third, and last, season of The Life and Times of Tim, which aired on HBO. Funny guest stars from the third season include Kym Whitley, Horatio Sanz and Fred Willard.