Goodbye, Ms. Krabappel
Last week we learned the very sad news that actress Marcia Wallace, the woman who voiced the character Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, passed away at the age of 70 due to complications from pneumonia and last night she was honored in the opening credits of this week’s episode of the show. As longtime Simpsons fans know, Bart Simpson is seen writing a message on the school’s chalkboard as punishment from his teacher Mrs. Krabappel. In honor of Wallace‘s memory last night, Bart‘s chalkboard message was written in tribute to her character on The Simpsons. More »
A New Era Begins
A lot has happened in the short time that the Walt Disney Company purchased the Stars Wars franchise from George Lucas (some of it good, some of it worrisome) and today we get our first look at one major development. A new animated series titled Star Wars Rebels is set to debut and today we get our first look at the first NEW Star Wars character created since Disney bought the franchise. The character is a bad guy — a Jedi hunter, actually — and he will be a sidekick to Darth Vader. Click below to get your first look at The Inquisitor as he will appear in Star Wars Rebels. More »
The TV Guide
So, yesterday was one of those days where I didn’t leave the house … at all. I had considered venturing out at some point but I got caught up doing chores around the house, a little reading and then a lot of anime watching and, well, day turned to night and then it was gone. Back in the late 90s/early 00s, I went thru a pretty heavy anime phase while I lived with my BFF Sarah and then my friend Christopher (who was a CRAZY anime fan). One of the series that I loved back then was a Japanese cartoon called Cardcaptor Sakura (which was poorly adapted and dubbed in English for the American audience by The WB — a travesty I shant speak of ever again) and I decided to dig out my DVDs for a refresher. The DVDs are in the original Japanese with English subtitles and I figured watching some eps would A.) get me excited for my upcoming trip to Japan and B.) remind me of a few Japanese words and phrases. I ended up watching about 6 hours of cartoons (out of 70 episodes total) and, well, that was my day. More »
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The TV Guide
My Saturday was a pretty decent day. I spend the afternoon taking care of some errands before I met up with a friend for a hang session in Downtown LA. Josh Z. has been on an anime kick lately and he heard about a one-night only screening of Blue Exorcist: The Movie so we decided to check it out. We spent the rest of the night hanging downtown and had a really fun night out. Nothing too exciting, just good times with a friend. More »
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A new animated film that is targeted to viewers of all ages is making history by being the first to feature a set of same-sex parents in one of its movie trailers. Laika is the film company that brought us the animated feature film Coraline (based on the novel by the same name by Neil Gaiman) and last year’s Oscar-nominated animated film ParaNorman. Norman, as you may know, featured an out gay character in the story … so Laika is already quite familiar with making history. Today we get to see the just-released teaser trailer for the new animated film The Boxtrolls which, I understand, will try to show just how different families can be. In the teaser trailer embedded above, you will see different forms of parents … including single and same-sex parents. Check out the teaser, see what you think. Is this pretty damn cool, or what?
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"How do I become a scarer?"
We are just weeks away from the theatrical release of the new Disney Pixar animated prequel film Monsters University and today we get to check out the final trailer from the film’s promo campaign. I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this movie for MONTHS now and we are now so close to finally being able to see it. The the final trailer, which you can watch in full above, is one of the best trailers that has been released so I think you’ll enjoy it. I think there is so much potential for fun in this movie, I can’t WAIT to see what the folks at Pixar came up with. Monsters University opens on July 21, see you there?
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Comic books have been making great strides in showcasing same-sex characters in recent years … whether it’s same-sex marriage, coming out stories or something as simple as a same-sex kiss, the comic book world has really been doing much for gay visibility. And now … cartoons are getting in on the action. This summer, the cartoon network The Hub will premiere an animated cartoon that features a male character that turns into a female superhero … all he has to do is utter the phrase, You go girl and POOF! He becomes a female superhero named SheZow. Amazing. Keep in mind, it doesn’t appear that this will be a gay ‘toon, but it will deffo be the first cartoon to feature a cross-dressing superhero. Click below to learn more. More »
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It Looks Like the Protest was a Success
Earlier this month the Walt Disney Company crowned Brave character Princess Merida as its 11th Disney Princess and celebrated by giving the character a makeover that slimmed her down and “sexed” her up. As a result, angry fans launched a public protest of the changes and demanded that Disney Pixar undo the changes to the character so that she can “exist” as non-glam character she was created to be. Today we hear from Disney Pixar officially on Facebook that they are listening to the fan backlash and have promised that the “integrity and appearance” of Princess Merida will NOT be changed after all. I’d say that the angry fans handily won this battle. Click below to read the full text of Disney Pixar‘s Merida statement. More »
The 'Toy Story' Gang is Coming to the Small Screen
While we await the news about whether or not Disney/Pixar will make a 4th Toy Story film we learn today that plans are in the works to release a new Toy Story Toon that will make its debut on network television this Fall. As you may recall, Disney/Pixar created 3 Toy Story Toons that were released as shorts in front of feature-length films (Hawaiian Vacation, Small Fry and Partysaurus Rex) but today we learn that the studio will next release a short titled Toy Story of Terror! as a TV special for ABC. Click below to check out the first promo image from Toy Story of Terror! and learn more about the upcoming TV special. More »
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Blink And You Miss It
On Sunday we learned that Justin Bieber was scheduled to make his animated debut on The Simpsons later that night and today, in case you missed it (and honestly, if you blinked at the right moment you probably did miss it) you can watch his Simpsons debut below. JB‘s appearance on the show was short … very short. As you can see in the screencaps and video below, Bieber was turned away from Bart Simpson‘s 10-and-Below Talent Show because, of course, The Biebs is over 10 years old. That was the gag, seriously. Click below to see Bieber in animated action … I mean, let’s be real, you know you want to see. More »