“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.
“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?
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.”
(The Daily Yomiuri via Pink Tentacle)
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?
Speed painting of Batman and the Joker from “The Dark Knight”
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doesn’t see the problem with the ad:
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.