Posts categorized “Cartoons”

Thursday, 7 April 2016

*Ring-Ring* It’s the Congratumaphone for Tacocat!

Who's got the power?

Who’s got the power?

You might not have noticed it, but included in the long, long list of TV shows and movies that are returning for another go at it (a list that also includes The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls, Samurai Jack, Pee-Wee Herman, and probably several others I just don’t want to take time to remember right now) is the wondrous PowerPuff Girls!

That’s right, a new season of The PowerPuff Girls has just started airing, and with some minor tweaks here and there it looks to be doing a bang-up job of continuing in the spirit of the original. One of the tweaks is a brand-new theme song, recorded by none other than Seattle band TACOCAT! It’s called, “Who’s Got the Power?” Take a look and a listen:

There are a few really cool things going on here. First, Tacocat is the heir to the 1990s Riot Grrrl phenomenon; they’re an unabashedly feminist, girl-power-filled, and bright-punk group, and their brightly-colored aesthetic is an ungodly good match to the brightly-colored PowerPuff Girls.

Sadly, neither Tacos nor Cats in RL.

Sadly, neither Tacos nor Cats in RL.

Continuing in that theme, the visuals in this new introduction include a lot of the low-fi, DIY, photocopied aesthetic of the 90s zine culture (see the screenshot at the top of this post) that was extraordinarily popular in the Puget Sound area in the 90s, and was a huge part of Riot Grrrl. As a Puget Sound native, these are all things that I greatly appreciate.

Plus, the song is just catchy and fun, much like The PowerPuff Girls.

So, yes, *Ring-Ring* goes the Congratumaphone. Well done, Tacocat.

Also in honor of the return of The PowerPuff Girls, I “Powerpuffed” myself (which you, too, can do here). What do you think?

I dunno, they look kinda creepy with a beard...

I dunno, they look kinda creepy with a beard…

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Videos.

Monday, 13 July 2015

My Favorite Comic-Con Moments 2015

So San Diego Comic-Con is over, and there were lots of big announcements and blah-blah-blah Star Wars blah-blah-blah Batman v. Superman blah-blah X-Men Apocalypse blah-blah. You already know all about all of those, so I ain’t gunna get into ’em.

These are the things that happened at Comic-Con that I really enjoyed:

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

A friend of mine had a comic book signing at Comic-Con. I still can’t get over that!

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I mean, comicbookresources.com even did previews of this book. Hooray Michael Tanner! I <3 my famous friends.

Conan Goes to Comic-Con

The opening segment of Conan O’Brien’s week of shows filmed at Comic-Con was undoubtably the best part:

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Now that Joss Whedon is no longer the shepherd of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has time to do projects for himself for a change! First up: an original comic book about an original character:

Joss Whedon's Twist

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Joss Whedon had (unsurprisingly) my favorite single quote of the whole weekend when he described the book:

Basically deals with the most important moral question facing us, which is, why isn’t there a Victorian Female Batman? [1]

Steven Universe Extended Theme Song

There was a Steven Universe panel. And this happened:

I made the mistake of watching that during my lunch break at work last week. Fortunately no one else was around, so I didn’t have to explain that I was crying about a cartoon.

Marceline Sings!

There was an Adventure Time panel, which also contained Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe. See, she worked on Adventure Time before starting Steven Universe, and she wrote a bunch of the most memorable songs for them. And she’s written a new song for Marceline. Whose voice actress, Olivia Olson, also just happened to be on the panel. So, y’know, she helped out:

Ash vs Evil Dead

I do believe this speaks for itself. Let me know if you’re confused about anything:

Wrongplayed

And, of course, one of my favorite Instagram accounts: Wrongplayed, that purposefully (and hilariously) misidentifies the various cosplay of the con:

So that’s what I enjoyed and/or am looking forward to. How about you?

[1] http://io9.com/joss-whedon-just-explained-the-meaning-of-life-to-us-1717277218

Categories: Cartoons, Celebrities, Comics, Featured Posts, Music, My Famous Friends, News, Round-up, TV, Videos.

Friday, 27 March 2015

“Star Wars: TIE Fighter” Anime-Style Short Film

TIE Fighter Poster by MightyOtaking

TIE Fighter Poster by MightyOtaking

Even though it was just released a couple of days ago, you’ve probably already seen this because it has literally millions of views already. But here’s the scoop: a guy named Paul Johnson (also known as MightyOtaKing and OtaKing77077) spent the last four years basically single-handedly animating a seven-minute space battle set in the Star Wars universe, from the point of view of the TIE Fighters of the Empire. Bonus: it’s done in the style of old-school animé like Robotech and Starblazers!

Aside from the obvious awesomeness, there are some really cool technical things going on in this short. Johnson’s visualization of the interior of the TIE Fighter cockpits is actually a combination of the small amount we get to see in the movies with the 1994 LucasArts TIE Fighter video game display!

Johnson put a lot of care and thought into the film, including working up absurdly detailed character profiles and backstories for the four leads that get the most screen time in the film. You can peruse a PDF of them all (and extensive notes on the creation of the cockpits) at your leisure.

Flight Lieutenant Ada's scar was apparently caused by a closet door.

Flight Lieutenant Ada’s scar was apparently caused by a closet door.

You can also find the score for the film (by Zak Rahman) here:

I also appreciate how Johnson didn’t do any crowdfunding or anything like that in order to get this done. This was a labor of love and time, not a money-making scheme (though I’ve little doubt the offers will likely start rolling in after this). As he says:

Don’t support me on Patreon, because I don’t have one! And don’t donate to my Kickstarter, because I don’t have one of those either. Instead, if you enjoyed this, give someone at your workplace, uni, school or whatever a random bar of chocolate or can or Coke or something. Seriously, it’ll probably make their day.
That would totally make my day.

This film is proof that you don’t always need to seek funding to do something you love. Sometimes all you need is to put in the effort and time. Well, done, Paul. Well done.

TIE-Fighter-Paul-Johnson

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Legend of Korra Season 3 Premieres Tomorrow!

Who wrote the Book of Change?

Who wrote the Book of Change?

If you were a fan of the original Avatar: the Last Airbender cartoon but haven’t gotten into its sequel, The Legend of Korra, then shame on you. This is seriously one of the best cartoons on the air right now. Two seasons have come and gone, and even though they only have a dozen episodes per season, it’s still a fantastic bit of television that doesn’t shy away from any of the subjects it raises.

This Friday (June 27th) the third season (or Book as they’re called) premieres. Wanna watch the trailer? You know you do!

I am excite! It looks great. And if you looked closely you might have recognized a brief shot of someone who is very important to The Last Airbender lore…

Them burn scars look familiar...

Them burn scars look familiar…

The Legend of Korra Book 3: Change premieres June 27th at 7pm/6c with THREE EPISODES on Nickelodeon. Looking forward to this filling up my DVR!

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Batman Beyond is Back… Kinda

Good Ol' Terry 'n' Bruce.

Good Ol’ Terry ‘n’ Bruce.

As sort of a follow-up to last week’s post (“The Bruce Timm Batman is Back… Kinda”), here is another video that was just released in celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary.

This time it’s revisiting the Batman Beyond universe, and it is directed by acclaimed comic bookist Darwyn Cooke! Take a look-see:

This one isn’t quite as successful I think as Bruce Timm’s short, but mostly because of the much-shorter running time. The story feels compressed and rushed; edits are too fast and the pacing is kinda jumbled. It’s almost more like it’s a trailer than an actual short.

That said, it’s a clever (if un-resolved) little short, and the pan at the end is pretty epic. Can you name them all?

Categories: Cartoons, Comics, Videos.

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Bruce Timm Batman is Back… Kinda

He is old-timey vengeance... he is the old-timey night...

He is old-timey vengeance… he is the old-timey night…

Bruce Timm, the man who was the impetus for the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series and much of the rest of the DC Animated Universe, has returned to the Dark Knight for his 75th Anniversary, directing a brand-new animated short: Batman: Strange Days.

Rather than taking place in the B:TAS universe, Timm has taken the Caped Crusader back to his roots, imagining him in a pulp serial from 1939 (the year Batman debuted in Detective Comics) going up against Dr. Hugo Strange and Solomony Grundy (at least I’m pretty sure that’s Grundy) to rescue a blonde bombshell. It’s good fun, and really makes me miss B:TAS.

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.

Friday, 17 January 2014

The Powerpuff Girls Return… with Ringo Starr!?

He's Not One of the Beat-Alls...

He’s Not One of the Beat-Alls…

The The Powerpuff Girls, like Futurama before it, is kinda proving to be the series that wouldn’t die. It aired its last episode in 2004, but then in 2009 it popped back up with a 10th Anniversary Special. That one was different from the series in that it was animated with Flash instead of hand-drawn.

Now this coming monday we’re getting another special! This one is called The Powerpuff Girls: Dance Pantsed. It’s apparently about an evil Dance Dance Revolution type of video game or something? This one is different from both the series and the 10th Anniversary Special in that it is animated with CGI.

Also Ringo Starr voices (and lends his likeness to) a character named Fibonacci Sequins, and he actually recorded an original song, which you can listen to and watch here in this video:

There’s no way to know whether or not the visuals in that video are indicative of the special’s videos as a whole, but it is an intriguing look. I don’t know if it’s a good look for the Powerpuff Girls, though. I’m reserving judgment until I see the special.

Troubling, though, is the fact that apparently Craig McCracken, the creator of Powerpuff Girls, is not involved in the making of this special! It’s being made by one of the guys who directed some of the episodes of the cartoon, but to have the creator of a show not involved in a special is not a good sign.

That said, I still plan on watching it! And I am watching it in the hopes that it will be good. Probably not as good as the 10th Anniversary Special was, but (again) I’ll reserve judgement until I see it.

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.