It’s not a huge week for animated DVD/Blu-ray releases, but there are enough good titles out there to keep the die-hard toon fans happy.
For starters, there’s the new Iron Man Armored Adventures: Season 2, Vol. 3, which offers 66 minutes of the animated adventures of Tony Stark as a teenager as he fights to help a fellow super-hero regain his power. The Marvelous Media release is priced at $14.93 ($12.99 on amazon). The show’s animation is produced by Method Films, DQ and Luxanimation.
Young Justice Invasion: Destiny Calling: Season 2, Part 1 (Warner Bros., $19.97). offers a 10-episode collection of the Cartoon Network show about the teen heroes—Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis. The latest season of the acclaimed series jumps ahead in time five years to re-introduce the original squad as well as all new members Nightwing, Wondergirl, Blue Beetle, Batgirl, and Beast Boy as they fight off a secret alien invasion affecting the entire planet.
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This week also brings out two DVDs of animated series, produced by Toronto-based animation studio 9 Story:
Almost Naked Animals: Welcome to the Banana Cabana (nCircle, $6.99) is a 70-minutes-long DVD featuring several episodes of the children’s toon about the motley crew at the Banana Cabana, led by the fun-loving, hospitality-challenged doggie manager Howie.
Wild Kratts: Lost at Sea (PBS, $9.99) finds creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt exploring underwater wonders. Episodes include: “Speaking Dolphinese” and “Blowfish Blowout” in the Kratts head to the most populated and diverse habitat on Earth — the coral reef — and then decode the secret language of dolphins. The one-hour special first aired on PBS on January 21.