“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?
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.
Captain America F**K Yeah
Captain America 1960s Cartoon Theme Song
Daniel Johnston, “The Monster Inside Of Me”
Captain America 1978 trailer
Captain America Redub W/Sean Hannity
Luckily, the censors stepped in before this live episode had a chance to shock hundreds of thousands of viewers. But there was talk of the FCC cracking down.
Sony Animation & Columbia pictures are collaborating on a big-screen adaptation of The Smurfs, Variety reports. Continuing a trend that includes Scooby-Doo, Garfield, and Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Smurf movie will be a mix of live-action and CGI.
Join me as we concentrate on the really important things, such as casting for Gargamel:
…not sure how the last one got in there. Did a search for “middle aged Alec Baldwin” and somehow took a steep left turn. Yummy.
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