This weekend in the world of cartoons, well...lots of shows are off for the holidays. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic stands alone as the sole new bit of animated joy this week, as Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe took the week off.
Since many of our faves are AWOL this week, let's take a look at few direct-to-video animated films that arrived this year, ones you might want to include on your holiday wish lists.
As always - minor spoilers ahead!
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - "Flight to the Finish"
Scootaloo and her classmates are vying for the opportunity to carry the Ponyville Flag at the Equestria Games. The Diamond Tiaras are also looking to carry the flag, leading to some confidence problems and paranoia for Scootaloo.
The above clip is not from the episode itself (one hasn't been released yet) - it's an ingenious fan creation made using storyboards for "Flight to the Finish" shown during the 2013 San Diego Comic Con.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
This amazing direct-to-video film debuted this Summer and is based on the final DC crossover before the New 52. I love this adaptation - it does not cut corners with the source material and is willing to push PG-13 boundaries. If you miss Young Justice, give Flashpoint Paradox a try.
Scooby Doo - "Wrestlemania Mystery"
They have teamed up with Batman and Robin. They've joined forces with the Addams Family. They have even played forty-eight minutes with the Harlem Globetrotters (three times!). What's next? Lacing up the boots and entering the squared circle, all while pointing a detective's eye at the seedy underbelly of professional wrestling. This direct-to-video event hits shelves in March of 2014.
And if animation of oiled up men throwing each other around the ring isn't up your alley, enjoy this clip from Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated featuring some spot on Twin Peaks references. "Scooby Doo, your time has come."
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. - "Galactus Goes Green"
If all of the Marvel shows are on holiday, where did this cosmic episode of HatAoS come from? Included as a bonus on the Avengers Assemble: Assembly Required DVD released a few months back, this episode stars Galactus as he recruits the Hulk to be his new herald.
Top image courtesy of The Hub.