Ten Other Video Games That Deserve Cartoon Shows

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:00 am

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Well, with the recent news that Sonic the Hedgehog would be getting a new animated series in the form of Sonic Boom, a CG cartoon set to air on Cartoon Network in 2014 (with the only promo pic so far being the above image, consisting of cast silhouettes; more details in the link as well), we should now realize that between Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney XD, we're going to have three major cartoons based on video games on the airwaves, with the latter two having Rabbids Invasion (from Rayman Raving Rabbids) and Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, respectively (not to mention long runner Pokémon and the little Angry Birds cartoon shorts).

I must admit that as a child of the '90s, I'm a tad excited for Sonic Boom (albeit slightly cautious). But the other two...well, I admit to not having seen them yet myself (though I've heard mostly "meh" reviews), but come on, were the Rabbids and Pac-Man really the best we could do for gaming-related cartoon fodder? Given how much this generation of gaming has tried to focus on story and creativity (though not always succeeding), you think we'd be able to come up with some games that are at least a little deeper that would make for some truly great animated shows. So on that note, you can pretty much guess what's coming next: A smattering of ideas for other video games that deserve to have cartoons alongside Sonic and the rest as well. Given that one time I obsessed over creating a Captain N reboot (which I have to retool now, thanks, new console generation) and that lesser-known and less well-received time I came up with an '80s-style adaptation of Spec Ops: The Line (complete with Orko-style sidekick in the form of Spunkles, the wacky bumbling white phosphorous cloud!), I figured I was qualified for the job of picking the best. So let's just get right to it...

Oh, although before we start, I should mention that in a perfect world, all of these hypothetical cartoons would be in 2D animation. Because a man can dream...

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Here's Why Hasbro Doesn't Want You to Have a Pony Fighting Game

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:30 am

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It's because they see fan-made videos like the one after the jump, in which Pinkie Pie beats her friends to death for not smiling enough, and realize some people out there cannot be trusted not to modify the game in disturbing ways.

I understand where they're coming from on that. And yet I keep watching that video that's after the jump. And I would totally play a game version. But you can trust me not to be violent and weird - the rest of you, I'm soooooo not sure about.

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Star Wars: Rebels Teaser

Monday, October 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I'll just go ahead and leave this up here. Think it'll all look semi-rotoscoped like that?

via Bleeding Cool

The Carrie Remake, Remade With Paper Cut-Outs

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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Tired of horror remakes and re-imaginings? Think you could do better with colored paper and badly female-impersonating voice-actors? Want to watch a telekinetic girl in action live on paper-view?

If you're Travis Betz, this is nothing new. The filmmaker behind the imaginative low-budget demon love story Lo has been doing paper trailers for a while, re-envisioning the likes of Lord of the Rings and Machete Kills.

The cut-out nature of his characters is undoubtedly a commentary on Hollywood and its paper-thin, two-dimensional plots. When remaking a remake, this goes double.

What emerges is strangely artful...from a certain point of view. Keep calm and Carrie on.

(Yeah, I just wanted to say that last part. Even though I know I totally did not set it up properly.)

Hit the jump, and stay for the "outtakes" at the end - a bonus the actual film will surely not deliver...

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Sean Connery's Terrible, Hideous New Cartoon You Have to See

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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By all appearances, Sean Connery's recently released Sir Billi - the first computer-generated feature from Scotland - does for the language of cinema what a Glaswegian accent does for the English language. It renders it utterly incomprehensible.

The movie, about a vet, a tracksuit-wearing goat and some beavers...I think...came out last month in three UK theaters to woeful reviews. The Scottish government chose to basically ignore it and promote Brave instead.

But the folks at MonsterMilkTV have already compiled a highlight reel (or lowlight - doesn't much matter in this case). They are doing the lord's work. It is stunningly, bizarrely bad, and only the fact that it may well be Sean Connery's last film makes you feel ever so slightly like you should be kinder to it. That feeling rapidly dissipates, believe me.

Rifftrax needs this. But in the meantime, you need it. After the jump...

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Guillermo del Toro's Simpsons Intro Is the Best Thing You'll See All Day

Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Unless you see a bunch of money suddenly materialize in your hand, I mean. And even then, it's a tossup.

I don't care if you think you're burned out on The Simpsons, or on GDT - hell, I certainly wasn't Pacific Rim's biggest fan. If you don't like this, as one of our commenters is fond of saying, you are indeed the Bad Nerd.

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Video after the jump (via The Hollywood Reporter)

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Geek Apparel of the Week: The Orko Hoodie

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Want to be able to wear a hoodie, yet not be unfairly profiled as a threat?

This oughta do it.

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Funnily enough, I've heard several different accounts in the past couple of weeks from people who admit to having once been He-Man's awkward pal Orko for Halloween. They're almost embarrassed when they say it, until I pull my metaphorical nerd card and explain that on his homeworld of Trolla, Orko actually was one of the most powerful magicians. Then they become embarrassed for me.

But considering the way this hoodie can come apart, you could also tell people you're cosplaying as Gay Pride Malekith. Or "Sassy" Tinky Winky.

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As with the Soundwave hoodie I just gave away, this comes from 80stees.com.

h/t Coop

Futurama Will Be Back...in The Simpsons' Season Finale

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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Looks like Fry, Leela and company will be turning a shade of yellow, and not from space jaundice. This season's last Simpsons episode will be a full-on crossover with Futurama. On the one hand, that may be seen to take away slightly from the time-loop series finale, but on the other...more Futurama! If only briefly!

Other tidbits revealed in a recent conference call with executive Al Jean, reported by Sun news in Canada, include news of a forthcoming wedding for Comic Book Guy that will feature cameos by Stan Lee and Harlan Ellison, and the upcoming death of a major character.

I know most of you don't find The Simpsons that funny any more - does this all make any difference? Or is it the Worst Publicity Stunt Ever?

h/t Canadian.Scott

Animated TED Talk on Origins of Dothraki, Na'vi, Klingon and Elvish

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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And now I know that the official word is "conlang." Not because they're languages mostly spoken at comic cons, but because they're CONstructed.

Q. Why can't you shpeak a Tolkien-created language in the bathroom?

A. Because Elvish diesh on the toilet.

Sean Connery humor, folks. I'll be here all day.

Video after the jump.

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Disney's Frozen, Fox's Walking With Dinosaurs Trailers: Too Cool for School?

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:30 am

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I was quite impressed with Disney's first teaser for Frozen - Olaf the snowman had some great physical shtick going, and his slightly crazed expression made me think of the Mad Hatter. The company clearly knew they had a winning character, as you can't go into an AMC these days without seeing a giant hula-dancing standee of the guy.

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