Saturday mornings are for one thing: Sleep. Okay, fine, they're also for two other things: Hangovers (if you're unlucky) and cartoons (if you're lucky). Few things on earth beat a Saturday morning with bowl of Lucky Charms, a well-worn spot on the couch, and cartoons on the TV. And thanks to DVDs, now you can make Saturday morning happen whenever you damn well please. (For someone like me—who is apparently five years old when it comes to my television habits—that's pretty much the raddest thing ever.)
• Star Wars: Clone Wars Vol. 2 (2005)—The Cartoon Network's second installment of Clone Wars cartoons improves on the originals—with better stories, way cooler characters, and director Genndy Tartakovsky's super-stylized, action-packed visual style. Even if you aren't into Star Wars, these're well worth checking out—especially since Tartakovsky (who's also the dude behind Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory) is currently directing the sequel to The Dark Crystal.
• Ultimate Avengers: The Movie (2006)—This straight-to-DVD feature film just came out on Tuesday, but the cheap-looking animation looks like it was drawn by disgruntled animators from 1968. Who were blind. Even worse, Marvel Comics has taken the general idea of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's smart, fun The Ultimates comic and dumbed it down—all that's left of a great comic are poorly-conceived action sequences. It looks like crap, some of Marvel's best characters are reduced to half-assed caricatures, and the whole thing leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
• Wallace & Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)—One of the best films of last year and just out on DVD, W&G is about as charming and funny as films come. With gorgeous stop-motion animation, top-notch characters and voice talent, and an endless supply of Aardman Animations' excellent humor, you'll be hard-pressed to think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning. Or a weekday afternoon. Or anytime, really. ERIK HENRIKSEN