I don’t know about you, but I’m a little annoyed that out of all the classic ’90s cartoons Hollywood could have turned into a live-action blockbuster, they chose TMNT. More
Have you seen these Simpsons-ized Hunger Games characters? They’re pretty cool, as are the actual Hunger Games characters. But because everything is a contest: WHO IS HOTTER? More
Everyone’s favorite sarcastic cartoon character has come back from the dead for just long enough to pen a HuffPo editorial about Valentine’s Day, and it’s not nearly as negative as one might expect. In fact, she actually kind of likes it! What do you know? More
Mindy Kaling‘s moving into animated TV with a series about “super inappropriate high school girls” on a volleyball team. No title yet, but with her also providing a voice and The Office producer Greg Daniels overseeing, it sounds like a good bet. More
As you may know by now, someone at Illumination Entertainment has decided it’s a good idea to do a feature-length remake of Woody Woodpecker, i.e. the most annoying Looney Tunes character of all time. The project already has John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, who co-wrote the Will Ferrell vehicle Blades of Glory, attached, and they promise to “modernize” the film for present day audiences. This may be tricky, though, as kids in 2011 are a great deal more worldly than they were in the 1940s, when the character was first introduced. Here are some helpful suggestions as to how the new Woody Woodpecker movie might best appeal to the famewhoring Myspace gremlins of today. More
I have fond memories of Doug. Of the three original Nicktoons, it was by far my favorite, and I know I’m not alone in my love of green sweater-vests. But I’ll admit, I do frequently wonder: Is Doug the original hipster? Is he, in fact, responsible for an entire generation of hipsters? Maybe. Let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we? More
Once upon a time, I saw one of the funniest mash-ups in the history of funny mash-ups: The “Madonna” speech from Reservoir Dogs laid over a scene from a My Little Pony cartoon. Alas, this piece of hilarity seems to have vanished, for I can no longer find it, which means that sadly, I cannot share it with you, Gentle Readers. However, in its stead, I offer these other mash-ups, in the hopes that they may provide you with much jollity and good feeling. Lord of the Rings? Got it. Scott Pilgrim? Got that, too. How about some Michael Bay? Come on down! Welcome to the Internet’s Best My Little Pony Mash-Ups! More
When cartoonist Bill Watterson retired and pulled the plug on Calvin & Hobbes, I was devastated. The notoriously private artist, who does not do interviews and has never permitted licensing of his characters, has finally resurfaced. Watterson contributed a painting to Team Cul De Sac, a group that raises money for Parkinson’s research. More
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So it turns out the Thundercats reboot is definitely coming to Cartoon Network, and even has a trailer. But aside from the souped-up graphics thanks to CGI, we couldn’t help but notice a big change. Two big changes, if you will.
That’s right, Cheetara went up at least a cup size, got luscious locks, and is basically a tarted-up version of the perfectly acceptable Cheetara we knew from the ’80s. But more and more, those in charge of animated characters — be it studios, producers, or the animators themselves — have decided that “update for a new generation” means “make sexier.” More
Who here remembers their first Nicktoon? I know I do! Come take a trip down memory lane with me: The original unaired pilot for Rugrats has surfaced and is currently available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. The animation looks a little less polished and there’s a different actress voicing Tommy, but Grampa’s glasses, Deedee and Stu’s hair, and Spike the dog’s lovably disgusting behavior are all still there, just as they should be. Hum along with the familiar theme song and check it out below: More
When this veggie burger grows up, it’s going to marry a carrot. More
We fell in love with Nick Sumida‘s art the first time we saw it. Nick’s an NYC-based cartoonist and illustrator who draws colorful sketches of pop culture icons, slimy sea creatures, and sometimes just his friends. We talked to Nick about his life and his work — and lucky us, he volunteered his spirit animal before we even had to ask. More
The Matrix and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Christopher Nolan‘s Inception managed to dream-steal a couple key plot points from some comics as well. I Watch Stuff found this old Scrooge McDuck cartoon that has our titular duck hooked up to a dream machine with a bunch of baddies that are sharing his subconscious in order to steal his fortune. More