Atlantis: The Lost Empire was a great movie and I’m glad I watched it.
Wreck-It Ralph was a great movie, so I regret that it took me this long to get around to talking about it.
First of all, the concept is great: video game characters living in a parallel world alongside “real life,” interacting with each other when the humans have left the arcade for the night. It has a sort of Toy Story vibe to it in that respect. There’s also a great plot twist that I probably should’ve seen coming a mile away, but the fact that I didn’t says a lot about the captivating nature of the storyline.
While the main protagonists are all made up for the movie, Wreck-It Ralph is chock-full of references and character cameos from real games by a variety of publishers and release dates. This includes anything from Pong to Metal Gear Solid, bringing viewers/gamers of all ages and platforms together in waves of excited cheering at things they recognize.
For the most part, though, the movie is about Ralph, an 8-bit bad guy on a quest through multiple genres of games to finally get recognition as, well, not so bad of a guy. Okay, so he’s not actually rendered in 8-bits for the majority of the movie, but the people from his game still move around as though they are, which was one of my favorite things about the film, visually.
But I digress.
Ralph is a lovable, brotherly protagonist, but my favorite character was Tamara Calhoun, a badass lady from a new sci-fi shooter who speaks in mostly quips and one-liners, and who has “the most tragic backstory ever.” I won’t spoil the details, but I bring it up because there’s a great moment that shows with accuracy what it’s like to be “triggered.” Yes, the movie is a family-friendly comedy, but I didn’t get the impression that the writers thought triggers are a thing to be joked about. I chuckled at the scene, not necessarily because of its apparent absurdity, but with a knowing respect of “I’ve been there; I get that.”
I’ll tell you what WAS hysterical, though: seeing a dark, gritty, hardcore first-person shooter character in a colorful, kid-friendly, Candyland-inspired racing game, taking the whole thing as seriously as she would take an alien invasion in her own game.
Mixing themes, especially polar opposites, is one of my favorite things.
And here I thought I could get through this whole show without getting physically attracted to any of the characters. *flips desk*
But in all seriousness, I very much enjoyed Part 2 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Sure the fight scenes were over-the-top, and maybe Lisa Lisa didn’t spend a lot of screentime being a badass, but if we’re looking at it in the respect that it’s about the short-lived Joestar family in their unending fight against the supernatural enemies of Hamon, then yeah, Part 2 was rad as heck.
It’s a shame that they waited until the end to get into the origin of the Pillar Men, though. It felt like a last-minute addition, like, “whoops, we forgot to do this earlier. Let’s summarize it for 2-3 minutes somewhere in this last episode.” I feel like there was some interesting stuff that they could have elaborated on if they stretched it over the course of the story arc. I won’t spoil anything here, but my brain drew some fascinating parallels between the Pillar Men and the Joestars, and I guess I would have liked to have seen more of that. Then again, that might have taken away from all the insane battles against the undead. For all its weirdness and physics-breaking, this show has some outrageously creative fight scenes. And death scenes too, I suppose. *wipes a tear*
So what’s next, Part 3? I don’t know if they could possibly provide a protagonist better than Joseph, but I’ll keep an open mind.
GI Joe PSA Parody (Porkchop Sandwiches) by FenslerFilm
NOTE: Video contains strong language.
I forgot that this was a thing, but then I remembered. You’d be surprised by how often Flib and I find situations in which to quote this video.
I accidentally left my phone at home yesterday, so rather than check Tumblr on my work breaks, I drew on sticky notes with pens, highlighters, and white-out. Also pictured are some old cartoon doodles of our late newt Mr. Pebbles enjoying all the things that Mr. Pebbleses do.
You can see my creativity and artistic tendencies still managing to break through the static monotony of the office.
By the way, if you’re interested in the “Boostle” ship at all, I think you’ll enjoy this episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. It’s cute and funny and includes Ted referring to Booster Gold as his “fun friend.”
King of the Hill Season 1 — Boomhauer
This guy, though. I have no idea how his voice actor pulls off these lines, or does it with a straight face, for that matter (sometimes I’m not even sure that he’s saying words).
We did a drinking game once that included waterfalling while Boomhauer was talking, and I physically couldn’t do it because of laughing so hard. Best character.
Video uploaded/compiled by mak4life2431 on YouTube
Can we talk about this scene in Justice League: War, and how Wonder Woman’s reaction to the guy’s truth is awesome? She’s such a rad gal.
This was a sweet movie, by the way. It actually pulls a lot of content from the comics that it’s based on. I miss that Aquaman was taken out, but I actually love that they included Shazam, and I respect that they’re most likely saving Arthur for the next story arch in which he has a more prominent role.
I wonder if it was difficult to pitch the idea for Batman Beyond…
OKAY… OKAY GUYS, I HAVE AN IDEA: A DARK AND GRITTY BATMAN CARTOON THAT TAKES PLACE IN A SCI-FI FUTURE. BRUCE WAYNE IS SUPER OLD AND OH YEAH HE ISN’T EVEN THE BATMAN ANYMORE. YEAH THE NEW BATMAN IS SOME SKINNY HIGH SCHOOL KID.
Actually WB said they wanted a younger Batman show to bring in a “younger audience”.
But Bruce Timm and the creators were like “yeah nah” and made the show super edgy to compensate for the idea that a teen Batman is kinda ehhh.
On paper it looks weird, but in practice it was totally schway
WB wanted a teen Batman, but Timm realized nowhere did WB say Bruce as a teen. Greatest loophole abuse ever resulted in a great future Batman.
Reblogging this old post for some of the cool unexpected responses I got from it.
Pocket Monsters: The Origin (official trailer)
We… happened to find an English subtitled version of this show to watch this weekend. It was fantastic.
The Origin is a four-part special, but it’s everything you’ve ever wanted in a Pokemon anime. I’m not going as far as to say it’s hardcore and mature, but it isn’t the silly, childish cartoon that “Ash and Co.” have been representing all these years. If you’ve played the Gen 1 games or their remakes, you’ll find that The Origin is a very accurate adaptation, with a slight tie-in to the upcoming Gen 6 video games.
The animation and writing are solid, to the point where I was screaming with excitement during some of the fight scenes (brace yourself for the Team Rocket Boss fight). The only downsides are, it being a 4-episode miniseries attempting to tell the whole story of the original Pokemon game, a lot of it was rushed or briefly mentioned in a monologue. They seemed to just skip around to the most important events of the game, including infiltrating Team Rocket’s headquarters and the very sad urban legend about the Cubone at Lavender Town. In fact, this short and sweet animation gave me more feels than I was expecting to have. Happy ones and sad ones. It’s so thrilling to watch Red (who does speak, in case you were wondering) grow from a clueless rookie to world champion, as well as the growth of his… ah… relationship with Green. By which I mean his friendship/rivalry, although if you’re looking for sexual tension you will probably see it (intense staring, getting up in each others’ personal space, etc).
I sort of hope that this show becomes popular enough that they consider making a full-length Pokemon series with similar quality, maybe based on the later games or a whole new adventure to replace the rather outdated “Ash n’ Pikachu” ongoing story.
If you’ve played Pokemon Red and Blue, or FireRed and LeafGreen, chances are you’ll love The Origin. If you’re new to the Pokemon series as a whole, this is a wonderful place to start.