Category Archives: animation

China Loves And Hates Kung-Fu Panda

“Kung-Fu Panda” is the highest grossing movie in China right now — but it’s also pissing a lot of people off.

At issue is the fact that their national animal is being depicted as…well, as Jack Black. A bit of a lout, a bit of a slacker. Not respectful enough.

Other sticking points are things like racy content, lack of reverence for elders, and “too much imagination.”

It’s gotten so controversial that one prominent Chinese artist, Zhao Bandi, is actually suing Dreamworks for misrepresentation of his beloved national symbol.

From Variety:

“Zhao, who likes to carry a stuffed panda around with him and whose art is all based on pandas, says the fact that Po’s father in the film is a duck is an insult to all Chinese and also the panda’s eyes are green, which is an evil color.”

‘Memba this cartoon?

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Bejing’s Fake Olympic Mickey Mouse Statues

Thought you would get a kick out of these fake-ass Mickey Mouse statuettes on display in Beijing as the city gears up for the Olympics. When asked about the fake-assery of the souvenirs in question, a spokesperson apparently said, “They have square holes in their ears. They are not copies.”

Obviously.

(The Daily Yomiuri via Pink Tentacle)

The Complete Real Ghostbusters On DVD

Remember The Real Ghostbusters cartoon?

(It was called the “real” Ghostbusters because there was another cartoon with the same name not based on the hit 1980s movie.)

According to Topless Robot, the entire series is being released on DVD by Time Life for $180 dollars — or sort of like a little more than one dollar for every episode. Now, that’s an awful lot of Real Ghostbusters — but not, I suppose, if you’re a real fan of the show.

Trivia time: the late voice actor Lorenzo Music provided the voice for Peter Venkman — a role originally played in the movie by Bill Murray. And it sounded a bit like Murray, too. Music also did the voice for Garfield in the cartoon. But when Garfield became a CGI movie, who did the voice for the big fat cat? Bill Murray.

Ready to spend your $180 now?

The Dark Knight Speed Painting

Speed painting of Batman and the Joker from “The Dark Knight”

Creepy Vintage Ad: “Boys Wanted”

doesn’t see the problem with the ad:

Lost John Lennon Interview: “I Met The Walrus”

This awesome video features an interview 14-year-old Beatle fan Jerry Levitan conducted with John Lennon. It’s animated in a trippy “Yellow Submarine” type style that makes Lennon’s words come alive.

Viral Link Top Ten

10. Retro Gaming On Real Backgrounds

A series of awesome pictures matching classic video game graphics to real backgrounds.

9. The Evil PedEgg

The Smoking Gun reports on the hot water the makers of the foot care product PedEgg is in. You know, the one in those cheap infomercials with all the dead skin shavings that look like cocaine?

8. The Lyrics To Daft Punk’s “Around The World”

I think Bob Dylan wrote this.

7. The Worst Website Of All Time

Do not click if prone to seizures, nauseate easily, or are afraid of WTF sites that look like virus factories.

6. Guitar Hero Action Figures By McFarlane Toys

All your favorite characters from the popular game will be represented, along with little models of their fake-ass guitars.

5. “This Is Not A Pipe” Super Mario Print From Threadless

Magritte weeps, then says f**k it and moves on.

4. “Fat Guy Stuck In Internet”

Self-explanatory.

3.“Finding Nemo” Leads To Endangerment Of Clownfish Population

So a film about rotten little kids who imprison clownfish creates legion of rotten little kids imprisoning clownfish. Nelson says: “Ha-Ha!”

2. Dragon’s Lair Turns 25 Years Old

Which means that I’m 100.

1. No Ice On North Pole This Summer

We’re screwed. Enjoy your weekend!