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Cool Stuff: Summoner Geeks/Attacking the Darkness

Summoner was one of the launch titles released for the Playstation 2 in 2000. Though the game received favorable reviews, I did not like and never finished playing it. I do, however, have this game firmly embedded in my memory because of a brilliant little easter egg hidden in the credits. The team at Volition, […]

Looking Back: Robotomy

Cartoon Network and robots don’t mix. Aside from a few Gundam series (and hopefully Genndy Tartakovsky’s newest outing Sym-Bionic Titan), most of the network’s attempts to launch robot-themed shows have been met with dismal failure, from Gundam Seed to IGPX to Megas XLR to Robot Jones. But the title for the saddest robot story would […]

Cool Stuff: The Real Legend of Zelda 3

The Real Legend of Zelda is a series of parody shorts created by Jerry Padilla. The three shorts were created years apart and it’s fascinating to watch him evolve as an animator and director with each. The graphics in the third are noticeably better than the first two. The shots are well-framed and more complicated. […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Super Mario Bros. Super Show

In 1989, the Nintendo Entertainment System was at the height of its dominance.  Millions of kids around the world were becoming familiar with characters such as Mario and Luigi.  Merchandising was inevitably all over the place, and a cartoon of course was quick to arrive.  But DiC didn’t just produce a Mario cartoon, oh no.  […]

Cool Stuff: de Blob 2 - The Astronaut

It’s time for more cross-media video game fun! In The Astronaut, Blob visits the Graydian Employment Office to choose space as his career path. He immediately realizes his mistake as he’s attacked by mechanical arms and transported to a space station. He meets danger as he’s sent outside in a space suit with solar panels but […]

Three Families

To say that Seth MacFarlane is a polarizing figure in animation is an understatement. Fans of Seth’s material tends to spread far into the mainstream, appealing to those that would otherwise not be interested in cartoons. MacFarlane’s detractors often view his works with extreme derision, to the point of wanting his head on a pike. […]

Cool Stuff: Final Fantasy A+

We’re going to keep it light on the blog with a video game themed week! Today’s Cool Stuff features the Final Fantasy A+ short, a tribute to the Final Fantasy universe. John Su created this as the final project for his high school Japanese class in 2003 and uploaded it to Newgrounds in 2004. It’s not […]

Leap of Faith

This is a real television show that is being produced for Cartoon Network. As one may guess, reactions to the Problem Solverz are polarizing at best. I personally love it, if just for how absurd it is and the incoming critical trainwreck when this show meets the press. But I would be lying if I […]

What a Waste: Adult Swim's Move to Primetime

Adult Swim is coming to primetime. As explained in typical Adult Swim fashion, the pseudo-network for adults is taking up seven more hours of what used to be Cartoon Network’s 9pm primetime slot. So if more good is good, why does the whole move seem like a such a depressing shame to everyone involved? You’ve […]

Cool Stuff: Alexis Wanneroy - Character Animation Reel

Are you up for watching an animation reel? I sure am! Today we’ll be looking at the work of character animator, Alexis Wanneroy. He graduated Gobelins in 2003 and is currently  working on Dreamworks’ Guardians. Wanneroy’s largely impressive filmography includes credits on Valiant (2005), Flushed Away (2006), Bee Movie (2007), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Madagascar: Escape 2 […]

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