"Supergirl" Casts its Lucy Lane
James Farr, who previously mashed up video-game characters with Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters (and that’s only for starters), now turns his attention to the Marvel Universe with the animated parody “The Wiivengers,” in which “Nintendo’s mightiest heroes must assemble to defeat the galaxy’s puniest god, and recapture the legendary power of … the NESeract!”
My favorite is easily the Mighty Thorkachu, but Farr’s list is a bit longer: “Nick Kirby (was almost So-Nic Fury), The In-A-vinc-a-ble Iron Mario, Orange Widow, Captain Kakariko, The Mighty Thorkachu, The In-A-cred-a-ble Luigi, Waloki, Kid Hawkarus and … Agent Phil Toadson. Other characters have been saved for later. Maybe.”
OK, Phil Toadson is pretty good, too …
Classic Tom and Jerry cartoons are now accompanied by disclaimers on Amazon Prime and iTunes warning viewers of “ethnic and racial prejudices,” BBC News and TheWrap report. However, the wording is similar to that accompanying some of the DVD collections, indicating the decision was made by Warner Bros., and not by the two online retailers.
“Tom & Jerry shorts may depict some racial and ethnic prejudices that were once commonplace in American society,” the Amazon label reads. “Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. While not representing the Warner Bros. view of today’s society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming that these prejudices never existed.”
He may be one of the most powerful telepaths on Earth, but it turns out Charles Xavier is kind of a wimp. And judging by this video compiled by Screen Junkie, and a bit of a drama queen to boot.
Using a scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past as a framing device, the website puts together a supercut of some of Professor X’s worst moments from the 1990s X-Men animated series — many of which involve him grabbing his head and screaming “Aaaaaaah!” Although just to mix things up, he does toss in the occasional “No!” and “You … are … driving … me … insane!”
Frankly, after watching this, you may wonder how the X-Men have survived this long.
Branding the popular anime as borderline “pornography,” Indonesia’s television regulator has warned a broadcaster to censor “indecent” images on Crayon Shin-chan or air the series at a later time, when it’s unlikely to be seen by children.
Based on the manga by the late Yoshito Usui, Crayon Shin-chan follows a the adventures of a mischievous 5-year-old who’s prone to inappropriate behavior — he frequently moons other characters — and off-color language. Scantily clad women and risque humor are staples of the series; there’s also the matter of his infamous “Mr. Elephant” dance.
That’s too much for the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI), a government-sanctioned but independent regulatory body, which on Monday issued the warning to the Jakarta-based RCTI television network.
Remember that Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Japanese cartoon that Marvel announced in October 2013? No? Well, it’s a series that ties into merchandise created by Bandai — specifically, a game called Bachicombat that has similarities to Pogs (remember Pogs?) and ties into the lore of the show, in which Loki trapped a bunch of Marvel heroes in some S.H.I.E.L.D. tech that ordinary kids have to unlock using a Biocode. Yes, it’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.
Anyway, it premiered in Japan in April 2014 and now, according to io9, the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers is set to introduce the Guardians of the Galaxy. But while this version of the team certainly takes its cue from the hit film, there’s a lot about the design that seems a little off. For example, the element gun/hairdryer that Star-Lord is carrying, or the incredibly cute — and, as io9 notes, super-creepy — expression on Rocket Raccoon’s balloon-like face.
I recently had the pleasure of rewatching The Mechanical Monsters, the 1941 animated Superman short from Fleischer Studios. I viewed it once before in the early ’90s on a cheap video tape that virtually disintegrated after just three uses. However, we’re in the new millennium now, and thanks to the dual magic of public domain and YouTube, the Fleischer cartoons are easily accessible for free in the comfort of your own home.
Do remember the “Beware the Gray Ghost” episode of Batman: The Animated Series? Bruce Wayne watches an old serial starring his childhood hero Simon Trent (voiced, in a stroke of genius, by none other than Adam West). He’s suddenly transformed into a little kid again, with all the cynicism of adulthood melting away. That was me watching the Fleischer Superman cartoons. I’d searched for these videos for analytical purposes, but instead I walked away with words like “Wow!” and “Gee whiz!” popping into my head.
Never let it be said that Homer J. Simpson doesn’t have a social conscience. Also, never let it be said that he passed up an opportunity to stick it to Ned Flanders.
Responding to the viral sensation with impressive speed — this isn’t South Park, you know; animation typically takes time — Fox has released a video of Homer embracing the spirit, if not the actual title, of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. All right, maybe a glass of water isn’t in keeping with the spirit.
However, in grand Simpsons tradition, even that doesn’t turn out well for him …
Although I’ve never watched Kill la Kill, I’ve certainly heard about the popular anime series set in a dystopian school where students don sentient Goku Uniforms that give them superhuman abilities. But now, after watching fast-talking PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta wade into the anime while wrestling with its fascist themes and possibles warnings about wearable technology, I kind of want to seek it out. (And not for the fan service, I swear.)
This is probably a good place to note that UDON Entertainment announced last month at Comic-Con International that it will publish the Kill la Kill manga next year.
If you were as bowled over as I was by Alexey Zakharov’s gorgeous 3D-animated Futurama introduction we spotlighted last month, you’ll be equally impressed by the artist’s new video, which shows how he created the sequence using 3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop and After Effects.
Particularly fun, as you can see in part in the image above, is how Zakharov combined in image of Futurama’s Mom and a photo of Meryl Streep to create the holographic ad for Mom’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil. I guess she is the most versatile actress of her generation!
Watch the original sequence, and the making-of video, below.
Fans who attended the “30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo” panel at Comic-Con International were treated to a peek at Usagi Yojimbo: The Last Request, a stop-motion animated short that’s still not quite complete. Now Lintika Films has released online the latest version of the proof-of-concept short that convinced Stan Sakai to grant director Roel Robles the feature film rights to the property.
“It’s a still a work-in-progress and about 90% complete,” Lintika explains on its YouTube page. “We’re currently working on the sound mix and refining the film for the DVD release which will include behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, deleted scenes, and interesting details regarding the making of the featurette.”
Reports of the Avengers: Age of Ultron footage screened Saturday at Comic-Con International have you wishing May 1 would hurry up and get here … well, there’s nothing I can do about that. However, I can point you to the latest installment in CineFix’s 8-Bit Cinema series, which allows you to experience Marvel’s The Avengers once again, only this time as a classic arcade game.
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since Futurama ended (again), but if the series still holds a Bender-shaped place in your heart, you’ll likely appreciate this: Alexey Zakharov has created a gorgeous 3D-animated “test shot” of the Planet Express ship soaring over New New York (note the hologram ad for Mom’s Old-Fashioned Robot Oil).
On Behance, Zakharov also shows off some equally beautiful illustrations of the cityscape and ship (if you squint, you can even see a tiny Leela in one).
This may not be the best thing you’re likely to see all week, but it’s pretty close. Because how often do you get to witness an animated Dark Knight, backed by the band Children of Batman — Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin — rocking out to Dethklok’s “Face Fisted”? Not often enough, I’d wager.
Created by ArhyBES, the “Batmetal” short also features cameos by Bane, Poison Ivy, Alfred, Brother Eye, Rocket Raccoon, Deadpool, Superman, Harley Quinn and a host of others. Oh, and Batman’s butt and jiggling crotch. So between that and the dicey language, this video probably isn’t safe for most workplaces.
Fox may have pulled the plug on its fledgling late-night programming block, but Animation Domination High-Def is still chugging along online, delivering its own lead-in to Independence Day: a parody of the opening to the 1966 Captain America cartoon that celebrates — ahem, make that “celebrates” — the United States’ statistical rankings in the world.
Watch the ADHF sendup, and the original cartoon’s intro, below.
Nickelodeon for the first time will hold an open call for original animated projects next month at Comic-Con International.
“Performance art, costumes, story boards, video, a sketch on a napkin — we’ll look at it all,” Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s president for content development and production, told The New York Times. “We’re not looking for these shorts in and of themselves to become shows. That’s too much pressure. What we’re looking for is raw talent.”