Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

NY Comic Con
IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE! The biggest, and traditionally most comics-focused convention on the endless con schedule, New York Comic Con, starts today, and we at Topless Robot are very proud to present this sober, scholarly look at the convention where you can get a free crazy taxi ride when the con is on, and an expensive crazy taxi ride after everyone's already home. We'll be on the con floor every day bringing you news, pictures and snide tweets about what we're seeing, so keep an eye out here and on Twitter for all the latest. We're also linking to every booth and panel listed so you can easily add them to your Show Planner App. And say hi if you see me on the floor, I'll be cosplaying as "Terrified Hypochondriac Man."

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Live-Action Adventure Time Short Plays up the Darkness

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Although this short is characterized as a "griity reboot," it's really no grittier than the actual Adventure Time can get, save maybe for the ending - at this point, does anybody not know the show is set after a nuclear apocalypse of some sort?

Making it live-action may be beside the point, too - you have to have a ton of digital enhancement to create most of the characters and landscapes. But if you just think of it as more of an Adventure Time tribute, it works just fine regardless of context, and I really like the way they pulled off Jake.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Takes up a Cartoon Pig

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm


Way back when I interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson, he insisted that he wasn't interested in being a celebrity, and that the public spokesperson role wasn't really something he asked for; he'd gladly stop any time if there were no demand for it. To which I now have to say: SUUUUUUUUUUUUUURE.

Yeah, I can buy - JUST - the notion that you're only doing Cosmos to educate people, and not in any way because being a TV star is fun. But once you start voicing a talking pig on Gravity Falls, it's time to admit that you love performing. Because all the available evidence suggests it, and that's, like, science.

Check it out.

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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am


If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.

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Early Animation for Ralph Bakshi's Last Days of Coney Island Revealed by Animator

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm


Ever wonder what it's like to work for Ralph Bakshi? Animator Mark Phillips reveals all, and shows off some of the rough scenes from Bakshi's new Kickstarter-funded feature.

The phrase "each freak shuffles or squirts in its own unique way" comes up. And since this is Bakshi, that does mean what you think it does.

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New Pixar Trailer for Inside Out Shows...Young Marge Simpson?

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:00 am


Odd design choice there, Pixar. In this movie about the emotions inside a young girl's head, Amy Poehler plays Joy...

...and she looks like young Marge Simpson with a pixie cut. Yellow skin, green dress, blue hair, and given how long animated movies take to make, didn't anybody notice? I mean, it's not like there's a monopoly on color combinations, but I wouldn't be putting a mouse in red shorts if I made a cartoon, y'know?

I'm sure the movie will be fine, but what an odd choice. Also, the sadness character looks like Violet Beauregard after she ate the bad gum.

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Debut Trailer for Animated "Justice League: We Promise Aquaman Doesn't Suck"

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:00 am


I will laugh my ass off if Jason Momoa gets a bleached blond mop-top. It'll be amazing.

Anyway, it looks like DC's tired of all the "Sea-man" jokes in pop-culture, so ahead of Arthur Curry's live-action debut in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Cameos, they're putting out this animated origin story positioning him as the only water-breathing guy who can stop a war between humans and undersea warriors. So he's like Ed Harris in The Abyss, but with hair.

The only real groaner - I can forgive an undersea guy for mistaking Batman for a guy with powers - is the way Aquaman gets his name. Seriously, it's dumb. But now that it's happened here, maybe Zack Snyder won't use the idea. We can but hope.

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Legs on Angry Birds = Flames on Optimus?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm


Yes, that is the first still from the Angry Birds movie starring Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Kate McKinnon, Tony Hale, Ike Barinholtz, Hannibal Buress, Keegan-Michael Key, Cristela Alonzo, Jillian Bell and Danielle Brooks .

"We heard limbs and dialogue were all the rage in modern animation so we went all in. Not just one, but all of our characters have legs and wings! Except for the pigs, that is," added Blanca Juti, Rovio chief marketing officer.
So, what you're saying is we'll get a good Angry Birds movie...


...when pigs fly?


h/t SlyDante777

Like a Good Neighbor, Totoro is There! (To Prop Your 2015 Calendar up)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am


When it comes to calendars, I'm like a lot of married guys: I buy my wife the one that depicts "puppies, and kitties, and dey fwiends." But if you have an anime-obsessed spouse who nonetheless likes things to be cute, this Totoro calendar and diorama can't really be beaten, and you can use it as a photo holder once 2015 has run its course. Granted, "Totoro, and susuwatari, and they are friends" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but I think if you point out that Totoro is eating a tiny watermelon, the essential squee-ness will shine through.

It's only sold in Japan, but is available for preorder now at J-List for $48. Only so many can fit into their catbus, though, so if you want it, reserve quickly.

Blu-ray Today: Sherlock Holmes, Krull and a Defense of Trans4mers

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series - Before RDJ, before Benny C, there was Jeremy Brett, and to a boy who loved the Sherlock Holmes of the books, he was it: as accurate a Holmes as you could ever want to see onscreen. Like Heath Ledger embodying the Joker, however, Brett was so determined to get into the head of Holmes that he may have driven himself to mental illness, or at least exacerbated a propensity that was already there. Ironically, I always thought his weight gain in the last few episodes was simply him getting older and portlier, as people do; in fact, it was the medications causing him to retain water.

The thing is, as our modern interpretation has shown, Holmes would be mentally ill by today's standards, and probably quite self-destructive in many ways. That's undoubtedly why Robert Downey Jr. was cast to play him in more recent years. I had the great fortune many years ago to see Tom Baker play Holmes on the Dublin stage - it was a more satirical take, with Baker playing both Holmes and a surgically altered Moriarty, but even his spoof version was majorly bipolar.

It's hard to know if Brett could have gotten more help if he didn't insist on going so deeply method with Holmes, or if the role in fact sustained him through the craziness. We do know for certain he was damn great in it, but there'll always be a slight tinge of sadness there underlining it all.

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