“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?
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?
Is the recession getting you down? Not enough money to buy all your cool toys?
Why not build them? Actually, just print, cut and glue them.
With Cubeecraft, you can print out fully-colored patterns of your favorite characters — like Indiana Jones, Super Mario, the 1960s Batman, Dr. Zoidberg, and Hellboy — and fold them to make neat cubist toys to display on your work desk.
Screw petroleum-based toys! The future is in paper.
(via Kung Fu Rodeo)
With the announcement of the upcoming W film by Oliver Stone, I thought it would be interesting to revisit other movie and TV portrayals of George W. Bush…
10. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
James Adomian plays W., in a scene where he smokes pot with Harold & Kumar.
9. Master Of Disguise
One of the many zany characters Dana Carvey plays in the film is George — he played W.’s dad in Saturday Night Live as well.
8. Robot Chicken
In one episode, W. is dreaming that he has Jedi powers — even dueling with Abraham Lincoln with a lightsaber. In another, he comes into possession of a mogwai, with disastrous results.
7. King Of The Hill
In a 2000 episode called “The Perils Of Polling,” Hank Hill shakes the hand of then Texas gov George W. Bush — and complains that the shake wasn’t firm enough. Apparently Bush on the show was drawn nothing like he looks in real life.
6. Scary Movie IV
Not a direct appearance of W. — but Leslie Nielsen as the POTUS does an obvious homage to the prez in a scene where he reads a book to a bunch of school children.
5. That’s My Bush
This short-lived Comedy Central original TV series by the creators of South Park. Timothy Bottoms starred as the wacky president.
4. MAD TV
George W. Bush was played by Frank Caliendo for several seasons on the show. Will Sasso and Christian Duguay also played the president on the show.
3. Lil’ Bush
Another Comedy Central original TV show, this animated series stars George W. as the pint-sized son of “current” president George H. W. Bush.
2. South Park
George W. makes several appearances in the long-running animated series. He gets a makeover on Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, gets involved in “Cartoon Wars,” and then is revealed to be the mastermind behind all conspiraracy theories in “The Mystery Of The Urinal Deuce.”
1. Saturday Night Live
Will Farrell played W.from 1999 to 2002, followed by Chris Parnell and Darrell Hammond in 2003. Will Forte had the role in 2004, and Jason Sudeikis in 2006.
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An unusual Opus strip ran on Sunday, May 18th — featuring its creator, Berke Breathed, writhing in pain on his kitchen floor.
Opus explains in the strip that Breathed has “spasmodic torticollis,” a condition akin to “being shot in the neck by Mrs. Clinton’s taser gun.” Unable to draw his regularly-scheduled strip because of the pain, Breathed instead drew himself struggling to draw.