2010: The year (we make contact) in review

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New Year’s Eve and Day are upon us, marking the end of 2010, “the Year We Make Contact” (and also the end of these “2010” puns…we’ll miss you, puns-inspired-by-that-“2001”-sequel-with-that-guy-from-“Jaws”-in-it). While the only beings I’ve “made contact” with are Bay Area residents from this year’s vacation in San Francisco—which compared to staid/conservative Milwaukee is culturally alien, … Read more

New Year’s 2011 cartoon marathons

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New Year’s is upon us, and with it comes the usual spate of TV show marathons. Animation-wise, there’s not a ton of interest to choose from, however. Here’s what I could find for marathons (all times EST): New Year’s Eve Cartoon Network: “Adventure Time” will air from 4 to 8:30 PM. New Year’s Day Cartoon … Read more

Pixar on stamps in 2011 (plus all US stamps to become “forever stamps”)

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Some of Pixar’s characters will become United States Postal Service stamps in 2011. Here’s what they’ll look like: Yes, they’re all from recent Pixar films, versus what’s considered the most popular ones, given the glaring omission of “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles” (though I’d prefer “Monsters, Inc.” over “Nemo”). Still, they all look quite nice. … Read more

Clark Kent gets “Super Disco Fever”

Clark Kent disco dancing

Back in the 70s, DC put out an extra-sized anthology title called “Superman Family.” “Superman Family” was created out of the merging of two long-running Silver Age titles, “Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane” and “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen.” Lois and Jimmy both got backup features in “Superman Family,” along with (over its run) Superboy, Nightwing … Read more

Christmas specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel test

A Garfield Christmas

The “Bechdel Test,” named after an early comic strip by Alison Bechdel of “Dykes to Watch Out For” fame, proposes a set of three criteria for films with strong roles for women. As one of the characters in the strip put it, they wouldn’t see a film unless it had: At least two female characters, … Read more

Christmas 2010: The holiday we make contact (with Santa Claus… and Superboy too!)

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I hope everyone (who celebrates Christmas that is, whether for secular reasons—like I do—or religious reasons) is enjoying the holiday today. I pre-wrote this post ahead of time to try out the publish-on-a-preset-date feature and give *some* new content while I’m out of town visiting family. (And yes, only another week of these “2010: The … Read more

Christmas specials: “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Finally wrapping up the minor Christmas specials list (for now) is “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” It’s based on the ultra-cheesy Christmas song of the same name. Background In this special, a young boy named Jake Spankenheimer is one of the few in his city who still believes in Santa. His grandmother runs … Read more

Christmas specials: “The Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas”

The Fight Before Christmas

Three days until Christmas brings us this latest Christmas special entry, the Powerpuff Girls’¬†Christmas special, entitled “Twas the Fight Before Christmas.” The popular Cartoon Network series about three five-year-old superheroines saw this special released as a direct-to-video movie (and also aired on TV) in 2003. Background The plot: Princess Morbucks, the spoiled rich girl who … Read more

Christmas specials: “Dexter vs. Santa’s Claws”

Dexter's Laboratory

Today’s Christmas special isn’t an actual special. It’s a segment (but a hilarious one) from the popular 90s Cartoon Network cartoon “Dexter’s Laboratory.” Background “Dexter vs. Santa’s Claws” was a Christmas-themed short. The plot: Dexter doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, and insists on proving to Dee Dee he’s just their father in disguise. Too bad … Read more