Laika CEO Travis Knight Talks BoxTrolls, No Sequels, Will Vinton and More

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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While there may still be controversy surrounding the origins of Laika animation studios from the ashes of the original Will Vinton Studios, there's no doubting their quality record since then: Coraline, ParaNorman and now The BoxTrolls create elaborate stop-motion worlds with a creepy edge to them that pushes the boundaries of what we're used to in "family friendly" cartoons without ever being inappropriate for braver children.

CEO Travis Knight is hardly an aloof boss - he began as an animator, and he still likes to do the work himself, even as he has to reconcile big-picture concerns with the details of the company's fictional universes. In a wide-ranging discussion, I got to talk to him about Laika's present and future...and why they won't be exploiting their past.


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17 Things You May Have Missed This Weekend, From KFC Keyboards to Hamster Hot-Dogging

Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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A 16-disc set of Matt Smith's Doctor Who tenure is coming - and that's but one thing that came up in conversation over the course of the weekend thread. Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are some of the other stories you might have missed.

Tipsters this week included Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, Anyone00, troi, Rx79Immigrant84, Citrus_King

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Revoltech Darth Vader Welcomes the Weekend Open Thread

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

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We probably didn't need yet another company to make Darth Vader, but it happened anyway. A few more things before everyone chips in...

-James Deen is presumably Dick Reckard in this NSFW Blade Runner porn pictorial.

-Bill Nye endorses this time-travel documentary Kickstarter.

-GWAR replaced Oderus Urungus with a woman named Vulvatron.

-David Ayer may do a Suicide Squad movie.

-Laser cannons on planes are already a thing.

-A Top Cat origin movie isn't the movie you need, but the prequel Mexico deserves.

-An L. Frank Baum biopic? Word to the wise - he's a little harder to whitewash than Disney in Saving Mr. Banks.

-Game of Thrones theme, '80s synth-style version, is the best thing today.

I READ YOUR FANFIC! "A Song of Fire and Iron" Part 2

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: "A song of fire and iron" by Gabriella5Greene551

Logline: Optimus Prime and Giselle Yvonne Delacriox continue their cross-species, post-apocalyptic love, even as they are beset by xenomorphs...and the jealousy of Ratchet and Megatron.

Acts Involved: Lots of sex metaphors involving a naked Giselle "sliding in and out" of Optimus in truck mode. Also, she's a werewolf. And she's still underage, so it's robosexual statutory rape.

Participants: Giselle Yvonne Delacroix, Optimus Prime, Aliens, Ratchet, Megatron, Sentinel Prime.

The Live Reading/Performance...

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I'm a Huge Popeye Fan, and Sony Animation's Test Footage Makes Me Happy

Friday, September 19, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Popeye was not just the reason I first tried spinach as a child - I'm sure I wasn't the only one - but he was also a comfort on shitty school mornings. As part of the British "Breakfast TV" program my dad always wanted to watch as part of our morning routine, they'd follow news, entertainment and whatever with a Popeye cartoon right around 8 a.m., last thing before I was out the door. Some of them were the mediocre color ones, but when they busted out the original black and white Max Fleischer toons, I was transported. The rubberiness of the entire world, the occasional mixture of 3D backdrops, the weirdly deformed way every character was drawn - there was nothing like it.


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Here's What the New Danger Mouse Will Look and Sound Like

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Yep, that looks like a modern redesign, all right. I don't think the square eyepatch makes a lot of sense, but then nor does a talking mouse who's a spy. The new DM will have an initial run of 52 episodes, and be broadcast on CBBC in the UK. No word on a US date yet.

He'll be voiced by UK TV host Alexander Armstrong, and if you want to know what he sounds like, well, keep reading...

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I'm Surprised It Took This Long for Someone to Make Sailor Poon

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Wood Rocket need to pace themselves, or they're going to burn through every nerd porn parody idea super-quickly. In a new behind-the-scenes video from their upcoming take on Sailor Moon, we get to see adult actresses flubbing nerdy lines, Sailor Moon asking if there's cum in her nose, and the complicated logistics of how to film Sailor Mars getting a guy off.

It is, perhaps needless to say, entirely NSFW and not to be viewed by anyone under 18. But if I know my readership, you'll probably find it either pretty funny or childhood-ruining.

A Look at the Children's Book the Satanic Temple Can Now Legally Hand out in Florida Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Due to a recent lawsuit to allow equal access to all religions into the public schools of Orange County, Florida, the Satanic Temple will now be handing out The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities, among other materials.

I wrote to the Temple's publicist and asked if we could have a look. We can indeed. After doing so, I'm convinced the devil may indeed have the best sense of humor...

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Darwyn Cooke Draws 23 December DC Covers - Including Masters of the Universe!

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

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You know and expect Darwyn Cooke to draw retro-style versions of DC heroes. But given DC's dogged determination to create rather awful redesigns of He-Man and friends, you wouldn't necessarily expect that he'd go back to Filmation designs for his only cover not featuring in-house DC-owned properties. It seems like an unfair fight, though - where's Hordak? Until next time...

(Also, his Harley Quinn is still the New 52 version. Weird, but probably mandated.)

Check out all 23 retro-ish covers at Comics Alliance.

Weekend Hangover: From Sharknado 3 to Running Jetpacks, 17 Stories You May Have Missed

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Yes, Yondu is now in Disney Infinity, and even though they've stylized the design and probably don't have to pay for Michael Rooker's likeness, it's clearly the MIchael Rooker version. Which means that Henry Lee Lucas can run wild in your personal Disney World.

Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair, here are 16 more reader-submitted items from over the weekend that you may have missed. Tipsters include skrag2112, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, Rx79immigrant84, NOT.DrAbraxas, Anyone00

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