1 May 2009
Link of the Month:
No, it’s not some blow-up doll fetish site. It’s a site dedicated to the wonderfully fun musical genre of yé-yé: music of female French pop stars, especially from the 1960s and ’70s. Downloads are available for a limited time only, so be sure to visit often!
Album of the Month:
Julia Massey: Moons & Stars Convene
This is some excellent female singer/songwriter folk-rock-pop. A lot of the songs are stick-in-your-head catchy. Her voice is dreamy but strong; she has a good range through both her regular voice and falsetto (except it’s not called “falsetto” if it’s a girl but I can’t remember what it’s called). At times it reminds me of Aimee Mann. She’s currently performing with the Five-Fingered Discount as a backing band, which gives her a whole new sound; I can’t wait for her to record an album with them (hint-hint, Julia).
DVD of the Month:
The Powerpuff Girls: The Complete Series – 10th Anniversary Collection
Woo! Every single episode of the Powerpuff Girls cartoon collected in one set, including one episode that never aired in the States (only in Canada for some reason) AND the supremely awesome 10th Anniversary Special episode! Man, this is some good stuff. When are they gonna do this for Dexter’s Lab?
Categories: Cartoons, Music, Of the Month.
20 January 2009
Yesterday (Monday) was the 10th Anniversary of the Powerpuff girls. Did you know that? I didn’t know that until I happened to be flipping through channels and saw that there were several episodes on in a row.
“Hmm,” I thought. “I haven’t seen that show on television for years. I wonder what episodes they’re playing”
Turned out they were playing Craig McCracken’s favorite episodes, so they were all pretty good. I watched a handful and then at the end of the marathon they played a brand-new episode.
Holy crap it was funny.
There were many surprising things that happened in it, such as Mojo Jojo singing a Tears for Fears song. Look!
There was also a very pleasing Mario Kart reference, some very wacky reaction animations, and they actually showed Ms. Bellum’s face for one frame. Click here if you wanna see it! Don’t click there if you don’t wanna.
But far more important than all of that stuff was the fact that the timing of the episode was impeccable. Just spot-on. It was fast, it was funny, but most importantly it had what we at Fools Play call “heightened telling.” It just served to illustrate exactly how excremental most of the cartoons on TV are right now.
So good job, girls. We miss you. And—hey! Put your movie out in widescreen format for pity’s sake!
Categories: Cartoons, TV, Videos.