Reese Witherspoon Will Be a Live-Action Tinkerbell for Disney

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm


So I guess since Peter Pan is getting remade by about a dozen other different people, Disney's going to the Maleficent well for Tinkerbell, which promises "'the story you don't know' and will offer a new perspective on the character."

As any hardcore fan of Disney's Tinkerbell (or her husband who got forcibly taken to see a Tinkerbell movie at the El Capitan) would know, however, Tink's background has been established in Disney canon already, with all the animated movies set in Pixie Hollow. I don't need to see her get abused in live-action like Maleficent to explain why she never talks in Peter Pan.

Given that Witherspoon's older than we usually see Tink, maybe this will be a sequel to all that stuff. At the very least, this gives every film critic alive the chance to use "Stinkerbell" puns.

Funko's Mystery Minis for Pixar's Inside Out Reveal Insanely Marketable New Characters [SPOILER]

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 2:04 pm


Just in case you've avoided the longer trailers, the spoilers are deleted in the pic above. You all know the basic emotion characters by now, that live inside the head of one little girl.

Well, what else might be in her head? Let's see...

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EXCLUSIVE: Producer Jason Blum Responds to Jem Trailer Backlash

Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:30 am


Love his movies or not (and most people I know love at least one, be it Whiplash or Paranormal Activity), one of many reasons I dig producer Jason Blum is that he takes all questions head on. He didn't have to talk about Jem when we sat down together at the Insidious Chapter 3 press day, and he could have pulled a Robert Downey Jr.-style walkout. Instead, he was totally game for the discussion.

The full interview will run here on TR closer to the release of Insidious 3, but for now, here's what he has to say about your Jem concerns, and about one particular rumor.

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TMNT Sequel Adds Uncle Ruckus as Bebop

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:02 am


Dammit, Ninja Turtles sequel. With announcements like this and Stephen Amell, you're actually giving me a sliver of hope...

[Remembers they're recasting Shredder, in a move that makes it seem like they think all Japanese people look alike. Oh, and Tyler Perry]

Okay. Phew! Back to normal now. I'm happy for Gary Anthony Williams that he'll get a decent paycheck. Loved him on The Boondocks.

New ThunderCats Dynamic Diorama Statues From Kinetiquettes

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 9:30 am


As we continue to wait in what seems like utter futility for a ThunderCats action figure lineup that can play properly with the current He-Man/Masters of the Universe toys, another company has picked up the statue rights, and what they propose looks pretty cool - a series of one-versus one fight scenes that will ultimately all connect to make a large battle. Or just look good on their own, since time has taught us that ThunderCats toy line-ups don't always make it through the full roster.

Above is the design for both Lion-O vs. Mumm-Ra, and Panthro vs. S-s-slithe, which connect to form the power pool in Mumm-Ra's pyramid. These will most likely be Kickstartered, so if you want 'em, you can preorder that way.

Thanks to our friends at for the heads up - stay tuned to their site for further details...I presume. Because they're always...


...Thunder enlightening.


Bill Plympton's Next Animated Feature Will Be a Comedy Comparing Disney to Hitler

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6:30 am


I can understand how a person who dedicates his life to independent, hand-drawn features aimed at adults might think Disney was a pretty insidious force, no Star Wars pun intended. I myself am frustrated by the way they set the paradigm, and especially how, when it comes time to vote for LA Film Critics awards at year's end, so many just accept the frame that Disney makes the epitome of what animation should be. But Bill Plympton may be taking things just a wee bit further.

"I was reading a magazine and read that Adolf Hitler was a big fan of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Plympton explained. "He watched it constantly in his screening room. I thought, 'This is so surreal, that the most evil man in history is a cartoon fanatic.' I thought that was a funny idea for a mockumentary. So I drew all these parallels between Disney and Hitler."
He'll be taking that one to festivals soon, but in the meantime, there are still a few days left to help Kickstarter his next movie, Revengeance, a badass-looking biker noir made in collaboration with L.A. animator Jim Lujan.

I imagine P.L. Travers might have approved.

Rick and Morty Appear in Simpsons Couch Gag, Kill Simpsons

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm


Obviously what happens in the couch gag isn't canonical, but I can't think of another time I've seen guest stars from another show actually kill the leads right off the bat.

Interesting and arguably unfortunate timing on the whole thing, as Rick's reminder that there are around "a billion" supporting characters only drives home the fact that the man who does half of them is this close to killing off his own relationship with the show.

And as Kyle LeClair regularly puts it on the weekend thread: the better the couch gag, the more likely the episode will suck. So now you can skip the episode, because here's the great couch gag...

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If You Have a Literal Minions Fetish, The New Trailer Delivers

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 9:51 am


They lick each other, they kill everyone they love, they show butt-cheek, they demonstrate sexual attraction to fire hydrants...I laugh more and more thinking back on the time I was told Topless Robot couldn't attend the Despicable Me 2 press junket because "it's a kid's movie."

Indeed - French animators' idea of a kid's movie. Which pretty much means anything goes.

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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: My Little Ponies for ISIS

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 8:00 am


In which ex-cop/crazy cat lady/mom-in-law Martha Boyd answers your questions from the coziness of the Joshua Tree desert. All questions and answers are real.

Happy Thursday, all

Well, it was a busy week last week with LYT and Julia being out for visit/work. We did a podcast and a Geek Fuel box review for you all; hope you have listened. We had a great Star Wars guest on the podcast and you all got to see a change of location - my house is a bit neater LOL. Maybe sometime we can do a tour of the desert robot hideout. Julia even caught Mr. Frizzy drinking hot water out of the kitchen sink. I was trying to do dishes and he hopped up on the sink and started lapping the water from the tap and I had the hot on. Anyway she posted it to her Instagram and last I heard we were getting lots of likes.

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This Cartoon Shows Us What a Realistic Furious 7 Film Would Look Like

Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12:03 pm


Fox ADHD's whole "Scientifically Accurate" series of cartoons based on fictional anthropomorphic animals got kinda played out there at the end (their take on My Little Pony, which ought to have been a highlight, was so disappointing I never even posted it). This, however, is a worthy successor from CollegeHumor - they can't call it "Scientifically Accurate Fast & Furious," but it is.

It's probably true that nobody goes to a Fast & Furious movie expecting realism (well, I'm sure there's SOMEBODY that does, but it probably isn't you), but this reality check is just as ridiculously entertaining as anything Vin Diesel does in a car. And a lot shorter.

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