Posts categorized “Cartoons”

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “We Are the Crystal Gems” by Steven Universe

We'll win the fight and then go out for pizzas…

We’ll win the fight and then go out for pizzas…

Did you watch the big, huge, new, hour-long Steven Universe that premiered on Monday night? If not, stay the heck away from this post! Heck!

Anyhoo, the episode, “Change Your Mind,” sure seemed to be the culmination of 5 years and 100+ episodes of the show. It brought to a close pretty much all of the major storylines, and it ended, as it should, with a song: a reworking of the opening theme song of the show itself. Take a watch/listen for yourself!

Actually, my previous paragraph was not entirely truthful. The show didn’t end with a song; it ended with two songs. After all the problems are solved and everything has calmed down, Steven sits on the beach with the three people (well, sentient lesbian space rocks) with whom he began this journey in Episode 1, and sings a little coda to the whole series. It’s very simple, but it’s exceedingly sell-sung by Zach Callistan. It is, like the episode itself, called “Change Your Mind.” Here you go.

I don’t know what Steven Universe can do from here. I know there’s a movie coming out later this year, and the possibility of another season. But the whole arc of the show has now been wrapped up; the diamonds have been “defeated” and the corrupted gems have been uncorrupted. There are some dangling threads, like will the diamonds be able to successfully dismantle their horrible, oppressive dictatorship? Will gem society be able to adjust smoothly into a free society? Will Pearl ever go out on a date with the Mystery Girl? So we’ll just have to wait (for a long time, per usual with this show) to see what happens.

Categories: Cartoons, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening (and Viewing) Pleasure: “Electronic Simpsons Music” by S3RL

Oh what a feeling, dancing on the steamed hams…

Oh what a feeling, dancing on the steamed hams…

Electronic music-maker S3RL released and electronic (shocking, I know) cover of The Simpsons theme song. But more importantly, local artist and animator James AKA Radio Gosha animated a meticulous recreation of the opening sequence of The Simpsons in the inimitable Radio Gosha style. It’s a straight-up recreation up until the couch gag, which sees Professor Fink and his DJ 3000 machine replace the couch, at which point things go a bit off the rails. Various highlight clips from past episodes of the show bleed and remix into each other (including a delightful shot of Marge dancing on the infamous steamed hams) in delightful chaos. Just watch.

Surprise! An enjoyment has occurred.

Make Hardcore Happy Again…

Make Hardcore Happy Again…

Categories: Art & Artists, Cartoons, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Somebody in Oregon Sure Loves Hayao Miyazaki

Just a l'il.

Just a l’il.

Oregon’s department of tourism called “Travel Oregon” came out with a promotional video a couple of weeks ago. It’s animated, and hoo-boy, do the people who made this love themselves some of Hayao Miyazaki’s (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro) body of work. It’s pretty spectacular; take a look!

Here are some more stills from the video:

Tha's a big bunny, judge.

Tha’s a big bunny, judge.

Them boats look like drayguns.

Them boats look like drayguns.

That water's purdy.

That water’s purdy.

Fishin' 'n' froggin'.

Fishin’ ‘n’ froggin’.

Here I am talking about an advertisement, and Oregon didn’t even pay me to do it! Way to go, gang. That’s how you do viral content. Anyway, I wanna watch it again. SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening (and Dancing) Pleasure: It’s Over, Isn’t It?

I’m not crying, you’re crying. Shut up:

Ballerina Juliet Doherty teamed up with Cartoon Network to transform herself into a “living Pearl” and dance to this song from Steven Universe. Yes, this song is from a “children’s” cartoon.

You can watch the original version from the episode (highly recommended) right here. Now go dry your eyes.

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

For Your Wednesday Listening (and Viewing) Pleasure: Large Titanium Viceroy

On Whom All Our Hope Is Invested!

On Whom All Our Hope Is Invested!

For today’s Wednesday Listening Pleasure, we have a holiday treat come early! A song by The Crazy Boy Floyds, “Large Titanium Viceroy” (from their Construction Paper Robot Assembly Line album) now has a nifty new animated lyric music video. Not only that, though, but the music video serves as the opening introduction to an “episode” of the adventures of the Large Titanium Viceroy and his Unskilled Boy! Just take a watch:

This was all brought to you by Geoff, one of the members of The Crazy Boy Floyds (that’s him singing in the song), who animated the whole thang on Adobe After Effects by hisself. Hope you enjoyed!

Categories: Cartoons, Music, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

A Gravity Falls Reunion (of Sorts)

Mabel, Mabel…Dipper, Dipper.

Mabel, Mabel…Dipper, Dipper.

In this delightful new video (which is really just a commercial for a new book), the lovely Kristen Schaal and the lovely Jason Ritter reprise (in a way) their roles as the voice actors of Mabel and Dipper from Gravity Falls. It’s quite the hoot, and goes way above and beyond what is necessary for a commercial for a new Gravity Falls book:

I really do miss the chemistry and energy of those two. And I love the varying looks of panic on Jason Ritter’s face as he tries mostly unsuccessfully to separate himself and Dipper. And I miss Gravity Falls just in general.

If you haven’t seen it, you can watch the series in its entirety on Hulu right now!

Categories: Cartoons, Videos.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Geoff Punches Ghosts for Science

There's one!

There’s one!

Set to some Crazy Boy Floyds music, watch as Geoff (of the Crazy Boy Floyds, and also a founding member of Fools Play Improv) punches (and kicks) ghosts… for SCIENCE!!

You see, Geoff is up in Canada right now, and there’s a long-running…

Y’know what? No. I’m not gonna explain this. No explanation needed. There’s no explanation that could be better than: Geoff punches ghosts for science. Period. Full-stop.

Categories: Cartoons, Fools Play, Science, Videos.