Saturday, December 1, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Ralph Breaks The Internet


I’ll be honest: When the original Wreck-It Ralph released its first teaser trailer in early 2012, I was skeptical about the movie. I thought to myself: “Really? Disney’s making a movie about video games? Boy, they've really sold out this time!”

So when I walked into the theater to watch the movie later that year, I was expecting at best a giant video game commercial, or at worst, a desperate attempt by middle-aged corporate suits to appeal to the “youth demographic” by making ham-fisted references to “dem vidya games”—in other words, “How do you do, fellow kids?”

Fortunately, what I ended up watching instead was a hilarious yet heart-warming movie about two social outcasts finding solace through each other’s friendship and helping each other gain social acceptance. The movie may have been about video games, but it was not a movie “about” video games, and that’s what made it great.

So when I heard that they were making a sequel to the movie about the characters visiting the internet, again, I was skeptical. Since then, another animation studio attempted to emulate Wreck-It Ralph’s success with a similar movie about the internet. Yes, I’m talking about The Emoji Movie. And of course, that movie did not end up doing well.

And since this new movie about the internet is coming out only one year after another movie about the internet, of course comparisons would be made to it, and of course expectations would be set high.

Obviously, there’s no doubt that Wreck-It Ralph could more than exceed those expectations (since unlike The Emoji Movie, it’s being made by a competent animation studio), but there’s also a chance that it can fall below those expectations. (See: The Incredibles 2 earlier this year.)

So now the question remains: will this movie be so good movie that people will be singing about “When Can They See It Again”, or will this latest attempt at a Disney sequel since Fantasia 2000 end up in the recycle bin of Disney history?

To learn whether or not this movie “breaks” the box office as much as it “breaks” the internet, click READ MORE:

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Movie Reviews Coming Soon!

I know I haven't published anything in a long time, as real life work has kept me busy, but rest assured, I will have some new posts in the future, and they will all be movie reviews.

First and foremost will be a review of Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet. I'll also be reviewing other movies coming out next month, including Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, and possibly even Aquaman. It all depends on when and if I watch any of those movies.

So stay tuned, as the very first of these reviews will be coming out the first of next month! ;)

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Go Out And Vote!


Election Day is only a week away. Many states have important midterm elections that will determine their governors, congressmen, senators, local political offices, school boards, and even constitutional amendments. This election may not be presidential, but nevertheless, it is an important one.

If you weren’t planning to vote this year, by all means, do so anyway. Many states even have early voting, so you can cast your votes early without having to deal with long waits. Consider early voting the FastPass of American democracy.

So go perform your civil duty and vote, and if you can, vote early! This is an important election, and every vote counts. I, by no means, will tell you who to vote for, but by all means, vote for whoever you believe best represents you and your values.

If you’re still uncertain about how to vote or who to vote for, consider the following resources:

Register to Vote – The official government website for elections. Learn if you’re eligible to vote, register to vote, check your voter status, or make changes to your party affiliation.

On The Issues – Learn where the political canidates within your state stand on the most important political issues.

Ballotpedia – Preview the sample ballot for your state and district, and learn more about the political canidates and amendments on your ballot.

VoteSmart – Learn more about the political canidates, where they stand on the issues, and who’s providing their campaign donations.

VoteEasy – A simple quiz that allows you to determine which candidate to vote for based on how well they align with you on the important issues.

Educate yourself and go vote! If you’ve already voted, leave a comment below and let everyone know you did your patriotic duty. (Just keep the politics to a minimum, please. We want discussions here to remain civil.)

Monday, October 15, 2018

I’m Not Dead. I’m Still Here.

Unless you’ve been stuck inside Monstro the Whale, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been more than one month since I’ve posted something on this blog. Don’t worry. I’m not dead. I’m still living—though barely!

If you’re curious as to where I’ve been and why I haven’t posted anything in such a long time, I’ve been attending to other things, mostly work and family matters. As this blog is a hobby of mine, it unfortunately has to take a back seat as a priority when it comes to real life. And real life has been hitting me hard!

I’ve been up to my neck in work, I’ve become emotionally drained by the news and political madness occurring in my country and throughout the world, and to top it all off, I’ve recently had to deal with a death in the family. So needless to say, I’ve been too stressed and busy to write anything on this blog.

As I’ve already mentioned, this blog is a hobby, not a job. This blog doesn’t pay the bills for me. I have a real job for that. As such, when faced with the choice of either writing for a living or writing for fun, obviously, writing for a living takes a higher priority. Hence why I’ve been focusing more on my real life job and less on my blog here.

So does this mean I’m finished with this blog? Is this the end of the Magic Ears Dudebro? Probably not. But at the moment, I’m not going to be writing as consistently as I previously did. I’m probably going to focus on writing when I have a chance and not once a week every week as was previously the case.

My advice for you all is to keep checking in on this blog now and then to see if I have anything new posted. And as always, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for my most recent thoughts. Until then, stay magical.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Rescue Rangers To The Rescue!

The Disney Afternoon originally aired nearly 30 years ago on September 10, 1990. So to celebrate this milestone, I'm dedicating the next few Fan Art Fridays to artwork based on the DA shows.

This week, I'm showcasing art based on those two gumshoes for whom no case is too big and no feat is too small, so when you need help, you just call C-C-Chip and Dale, Rescue Rangers!

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Nostalgia Critic Reviews Disney Afternoon


More that 30 years ago, The Disney Afternoon first aired on television on September 10, 1990. This was the first time that Disney offered an entire programming block of original animated shows. Not only did they air on the then still new Disney Channel, but also on syndicated television, allowing all children the opportunity to watch these quality animated shows.

Even though we all remember watching these shows (at least for those of us raised during the 90s), the Nostalgia Critic still manages to remember them so we don't have to, and he did so four years ago with his special hour-long review of the block during its seven year run.

Feel free to remember the magic as NC and friends remember as well with his classic review down below. Just make sure you don't remind him of the show Doug or of the DT theme song. (He doesn't take to kindly to either, as Malcom learned the hard way.

To have the NC bring you a Disney Afternoon, click READ MORE:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Keep Stupid Politics Out Of Media: 6 Ways Popular Media Bungled Their Political Messages

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Recently, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski created controversy when he said his company's comics "can’t get too deep into politics." His statement reinvigorated the on-line debate about whether comics, movies, and video games should be "political", or whether they should "keep politics out."

On the one hand, many people insist that no piece of media is truly "apolitical." "Everything is political", they argue, explaining that all media is created within a political system and thus either reflects or refutes the values of that system.

As Bob "Moviebob" Chipman explained in his video on the subject, "Just about anything that has value or draws interest has a political dimension simply by virtue of existing within a culture, and even if you don't want to dwell on [their politics], you can't very well pretend they aren't there either."

On the other hand, while art can certainly send a powerful political message if done well, if done poorly, it can either send a bad message (intentionally or unintentionally) or undermine a good message.

As Lily Orchard explained in one of her videos, you can fill your writing desks with people with bad political motivations and they won't mess up as badly as one person with good political intentions who can't create a good story.

So perhaps instead of arguing that we should keep politics out of popular media, we should be arguing that we need to keep STUPID politics out of them. As a demonstration, allow me to present six examples of popular media that tried to convey a serious political message but messed up either because that message was bad or it was expressed badly.

To learn more about how media can spread stupid politics, click READ MORE:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Premier Cruise Lines

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Disney Cruises are quite popular nowadays. But did you know that before Disney were sailing their own ships, that they were hosting cruises with a company known for their red boats?

Before the first Disney Cruise ever set sail, Disney had previously partnered with a cruise company that no longer exists now, but was instrumental in not only popularizing the idea of a Disney cruise, but also in changing the entire cruise industry for the better.

To learn more about the original official cruise line of Disney World, click READ MORE:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Life Is Like A Hurricane (Part 3)

With the first season finale having come and gone, we're all curious as to what the next season has in store. They might solve a mystery. Or rewrite history! We'll just have to wait and see. Until then, here's some Ducktales fan art.

For this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Vegetable Soup


For this week's Throwback Thursday, I'd like to focus on something that isn't made by Disney. Instead, I'd like to share something a little more relevant. In fact, you could argue that it's much more relevant today than when it first premiered.

Pop Arena is a YouTube channel currently working on an ongoing series, Nick Knacks, a retrospective on Nickelodeon. His series is covering every show that ever aired on the kids network ever since its debut in 1979--and when I say "every" show, I mean every show, including those not originally created by the network.

One of his most recent videos within the retrospective focuses on a children's program that originally aired on PBS in the 1970s. But even though that show is more than 40 years old, its lessons are relevant now more than ever.

To learn more about this old yet relevant children's series, click READ MORE:

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Life Is Like A Hurricane (Part Deux)

The Ducktales Reboot will be rewriting history by solving its mystery with the big season finale tomorrow. What better way to celebrate this celebration of a classic than with a fan art showcase?

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Eastern Airlines

Disney Avenue

If you've ever taken a trip to Walt Disney World, you've either traveled there by car or by plane. If your family decided not to re-enact the plot of National Lampoon's Vacation by taking a road trip, they most likely flew to The Happiest Place on Earth via one of many Orlando-bound flights.

When Walt Disney World first opened, the most prominent airline to Disney's then new Florida park was Eastern Airlines. From 1971 to 1987, the airline served as the "Official Airline of Walt Disney World."

Unfortunately, during the 1980s, the airline would struggle economically through various labor disputes and high debt loads, forcing it to drop its partnership with Disney World in 1987.

Disney would enter a new partnership with Delta Airlines (which became its new "official airlines"), while Eastern would suffer a massive labor strike, bankruptcy, and inevitable closure in 1991.

When Eastern Airlines was the "official" airline of Walt Disney World, the airlines advertised its "official" status through various commercials and even a full Magic Kingdom attraction.

To watch many of the commercials for Disney's official airlines, click READ MORE.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Willy Nilly Silly Old Bear (Part Deux)

Disney's Christopher Robin may not have nabbed the box office from Mission Impossible: Fallout, but there's no doubt that it managed to nab the hearts of the children and adults who watched it--especially the adults!

So to continue celebrating this magnificent live-action adaptation of everyone's favorite silly old bear, here's some more willy nilly silly fan art of him.

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE:

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Animal Kingdom's "Nahtazu"


Calling Animal Kingdom one of the most unique Disney theme parks would be rather dubious, as there are plenty of other Disney parks such as Epcot and DisneySea that would better fit that description.

There's no doubt that Animal Kingdom was one of Disney World's most ambitious theme park additions, especially with the overall vast size of the park. (As a comparison, the entire Magic Kingdom park could fit inside the ride area of Kilimanjaro Safaris.)

However, despite its uniqueness and ambition, the park still manages to be one of the less popular of the four Disney World theme parks, especially due to its overall lack of rides (the new Avatar section notwithstanding).

This was especially true back when the park first opened, back when very few people visited. To help overcome this image problem, the park released an ad campaign to help assure park guests that the park was worth visiting alongside the other parks.

To learn more about how Disney tried to sell Animal Kingdom, click READ MORE.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Purge, Hobbes, And Anarchy: Why The Purge Is Dumb And Its Politics Are Dumber

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The Purge franchise is quite the modern oddity. Despite these movies not doing well in the box office or with critical reviews, they still remain popular enough to warrant further sequels. The only thing more perplexing than their ongoing popularity is the appeal of their "political satire."

With every new movie released, more than a dozen think pieces follow praising these movies for their "cutting" political commentary. "They’re the political satire of our time," the sycophants proclaim. "They have the smartest movie premise ever," other critics say. "They’re even more important than Orwell," still others claim.

The Purge movies have thus ascended within our cultural zeitgeist to the level of The Matrix or Idiocracy as movies lauded for being "politically deep", when in reality, once you look past the pseudo-intellectual grandstanding, they’re not really. In fact, their political commentary lacks so much depth that you couldn’t even drown in it if you shoved you face directly into its surface.

Since I’ve grown tired of these dumb movies being praised for having "the smartest premise ever," I’ve decided to take this opportunity to explain in detail why these movies are dumb, why their politics are dumb, and why everyone else is dumb for thinking otherwise.

To learn more about why The Purge is dumb, click READ MORE:

Friday, August 3, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Willy Nilly Silly Old Bear

Christopher Robin came flying into theaters like a blustery day. Whether the movie will rise like a pair of Poohsticks or flop harder than Pooh falling from the honey tree will remain to be determined. Until then, let's celebrate this occasion with some scrum-diddly-umptious Pooh-related fan art.

For this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Too Smart For Strangers

Pooh Wiki

The new Disney live-action movie, Christopher Robin, will be released tomorrow. So what better way to commemorate the occasion than by sharing something Pooh-related for this week's Throwback Thursday.

Now as you recall, the new movie involves the grown-up Christopher Robin coming across his old friend, Winnie the Pooh. Now if Christopher didn't know Pooh, that would make Pooh a stranger. And we all know better than to talk with strangers, especially if they want us to walk through a "magic tree" with them.

Of course, most of us were already taught never to talk to strangers. Coincidentally enough, most of us were probably taught that very lesson by Pooh and his friends. Though the way it was taught to us was, well, rather strange.

To learn how Pooh taught kids not to talk to strangers, click READ MORE.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Ant-Man And The Wasp


Ant-Man is a movie that gives you exactly what the title promises: a superhero with the power to shrink down to the size of ants and control them with his mind. The premise is as goofy as it sounds.
By all accounts, this movie should not have worked. Not only is its silly premise, well, silly, but the movie had previously suffered through production hell behind the scenes, especially with the original director up and leaving due to creative differences.

By all means, this movie should have been one big mess that flopped harder than Loki being tossed around like a rag doll by Hulk. And yet it didn't. While by no means a box office success, the original movie did well enough that it now has a second movie.

One probable reason why this movie, as well as Marvel's other off-the-wall films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, has done so well is because it was made by a studio that has since earned the trust of its audience. Marvel already proved in its first MCU phase that it can not only make good movies about well-established superheroes like Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, but that it can bring all those heroes together under one roof with a massive crossover like The Avengers.

So when you've proven yourself like that as a studio, your audience is more than willing to take a chance on your more off-beat movie choices. A movie about a man who can shrink to the size of an ant? About a talking tree and gun-wielding raccoon? About a person literally named Doctor Strange? Well, they made The Avengers, so why can't they pull all that off?!

So the first Ant-Man did well enough, but will the second movie prove just as successful? Will the second movie grow to the same size as the original movie, or will it shrink down to the exact size of the straw that finally broke the camel's back for the Marvel movies?

To learn more about this movie, click READ MORE.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Update (07/31/2018)

If you're curious as to why I haven't been posting anything within the past few weeks, it's because I recently returned from an out-of-state trip and was unable to post anything during that time. No worries. I'll soon be returning to my regular schedule.

I have several posts planned for this week. Starting tomorrow, I'll be publishing my review of Ant-Man and The Wasp. Then I will have my regular Throwback Thursday and Fan Art Friday. And lastly, I'll finally be publishing a long form think piece over the weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday.

Let's just say that my latest think piece will be on a current movie franchise--not a Disney franchise, by any means, but one that I don't really care for and one which I've been needing to PURGE myself of my hatred of it. You could say that I need to release the beast!

I have some interesting ideas for this month, and hopefully I'll finally be able to get to them. Until then, if you already haven't, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Up And At'Em, Ant-Man (Part Deux)

So it's been one week since Ant-Man and the Wasp was released into theaters. To no one's surprise, the Marvel movie has remained at the top of the box office. So let's continue celebrating the big success of the MCU's smallest hero with another Ant-Man themed Fan Art Friday.

For this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday: South Jersey Sam Presents America Sings


The Fourth of July may have been more than a week ago, but I'm still feeling rather patriotic, even in spite of these less than patriotic times. So why not have another America-loving post for Throwback Thursday?

After the Carousel of Progress re-located to Disney World in 1975, Disneyland needed a new show to fill the old building in Tomorrowland. As America was celebrating its Bicentennial, Disney decided to celebrate as well with a musical revue celebrating 200 years of American music, America Sings.

For 14 years, this show entertained guests with some of America's favorite folk songs as sung by animatronic animals. This particular show was famous for two things: 1) After its closing, many of its animatronics were moved to and re-purposed for Splash Mountain, and 2) Being the location of one of the park's most infamous deaths.

Of course, if you want to learn more about this short-lived show and how it lives long within the memories of fans, even those who have never even watched it, I'd recommend this excellent and humorous retrospective by South Jersey Sam.

To remember the good songs of America Sings, click READ MORE:

Friday, July 6, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Up And At'Em, Ant-Man!

If you told me a decade ago that one of the most successful movie franchises would include a film about a man who can shrink down to the size of ants and control them with his mind, I probably would have called the insane asylum on you.

But not only does the MCU have such a movie, it's now released a sequel to it. I haven't seen the sequel yet, but it should have the same campy superhero fun as the first. Until then, here's some fan art of our favorite insect-themed superhero--er, actually make that our second favorite insect themed superhero.

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Throwback Thursday: The War For Disney’s America


Hope you all had a very patriotic Independence Day. Americans of all stripes love to showcase their patriotism every Fourth of July. Disney manages to show its own patriotism every day of the year at its parks, from Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in Disneyland to the Hall of Presidents and The American Adventure in Disney World.

Of course, there was once a time when The Walt Disney Company didn’t want to keep its national pride isolated within Anaheim and Orlando. They actually desired to create their very own theme park to showcase the American spirit all throughout our country’s history. This most patriotic vision became known as Disney’s America, and it’s perhaps the most famous Disney Park never to be built.

To learn about how Disney's America became history, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

America: Not Perfect But It's Mine

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Happy Fourth of July! As today is Independence Day, it only makes sense to share something fitting of the holiday. As this is a Disney blog, I could be predictable and share an old patriotic Disney short. Or I could be like every other blog and share something cliché like "Proud To Be An American." Instead, I want to do something a little different.

Most people share something patriotic today because the holiday is about celebrating patriotism--that is, having pride in your country. Unfortunately, some people have found it hard to express such pride, especially recently, when there have been many things happening in this country that are not worth being proud of.

Recent polls show that fewer Americans consider themselves proud of their country, more so than any other time in recent years. This has led to much on-line discourse deliberating how great America really is. Has America always been great? Or has it never been great? Very few people seem to have such confidence.

In light of everything happening politically, especially under the current administration, many Americans feel conflicted about this holiday. They don't feel it's worth celebrating. They don't consider America something to be proud of. Many even feel ashamed or embarrassed. After all, how can anyone be proud to be an American when America has done many not so proud things?

To those who feel that way, I understand. I know how you feel. I empathize with your dilemma. I, too, have been having those same thoughts. I've come to realize that my country isn't as great as many people claim it is. Our country falls short on many levels, and it could always be better. And of course, with everything happening in our government, it's easy to lose hope that it can get better.

But that's exactly why you should celebrate this holiday!

No, our country isn't perfect. It's not the greatest country ever. It has done a lot of things that aren't worth being proud of. And considering some of the people currently running it, there's only going to be more things happening that are less than proud.

But again, that's exactly why you should celebrate this holiday. Because if you allow the bad people to affect how you feel about your own country, if you allow them to make you feel less than proud about it, then that only means that they have won.

Don't let them win!

So by all means, go out and celebrate the Fourth! Fly your flags. Wear your colors. Eat a hot dog. And enjoy watching fireworks. Go out and celebrate your country. And when you're done, go out and make it great. Call your politicians. Register to vote. Vote. Rally. Resist. America may not be great, but it can be, and you can help to make it that way.

As for this post, I'd figure that rather than share something overtly patriotic, that I would instead share something that more or less reflects my own personal feelings towards my country.

The following is a song by the artist Tim Minchin called "Not Perfect". In it, he sings about how many of the things in his life have their flaws, but he loves them anyway because, well, it's his.

The lines that he sings about his country are very apropos to the feelings about my own country, and they are most likely feelings that others have. In the end, America isn't perfect, but I love it anyway because, well, it's mine. I hope you all feel that way, too.

This is my country and I live in it
It's pretty big and nice to walk on
And the bloke who runs my country
Has built a demagoguery
And taught us to be fearful and boring
And the weirdest is that he is
Conservative of politics
But really rather radical of eyebrow
This is my country and it's fine
It's where I spend the vast majority of my time
It's not perfect but it's mine
It's not perfect

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: The Incredibles 2


The Incredibles is by far Pixar's most "adult" movie. It's the closest thing to a "mature" animated film that doesn't resort to appearing "mature" through "immature" humor, language, or innuendo. (See: Sausage Party.)

Previously, Pixar had released mostly kids films about things that mostly interested kids such as toys, bugs, monsters, and fish; and while children would still be interested about the superhero aspect of the movie, The Incredibles proved to be just as appealing to adults as it was to the children they brought along to the theater.

This movie contained a lot of surprisingly mature and even dark subject matter that only adults would fully understand: mid-life crisises, body image issues, alleged infidelity, child endangerment, political satire, and perhaps one of the biggest off-screen body counts of any on-screen animated villain; and even then, it still maintained an overall light-hearted and family-friendly tone that allowed it to be suitable for children of all ages.

As such, The Incredibles is one of the few movies that can be fully appreciated both as a child and as an adult. Young viewers will of course love the superhero action and wacky comedic antics, and once they grow up, they'll be able to watch the movie from an older perspective and notice things that may have flown under their radar when they were younger.

So it's very interesting that a sequel is being released 14 years after the first movie premiered. If you were a child when you watched the original movie in theaters, you're probably either starting or even finishing college now that the second movie has been released.

The question remains: will the second movie prove to be as appealing to audiences of all ages? Will it manage to be yet another timeless classic that only improves in age, or has the movie revealed its age as something as far behind the times as the time period it's set in? (This series takes place in 1963, apparently.)

To see if Incredibles 2 is just as "incredible" as the original, click READ MORE:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Nostalgia Critic Fox Kids


Nostalgia Critic recently released an hour-long retrospective of the Fox Kids Saturday morning/weekday afternoon television block. If you haven't seen it, go see it. It's amazing!

I know technically Fox Kids isn't related to Disney, but Disney did own Saban Entertainment (which produced most of Fox Kids' shows) for a short while. Not to mention Disney is in lieu to purchase 20th Century Fox, including the Fox broadcast network. So that's somewhat relevant.

And I also know that I haven't done much with Throwback Thursday (or this blog for that matter) for quite sometime. In my defense, I have been bogged down with real-life work and illness, so I haven't been able to do much period.

Hopefully, I'll be able to create more substantial content within the near future. Until then, check out the Critic's retrospective.

For a blast from Saturday Morning past, click READ MORE:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Fan Art Friday: More Incredible Fan Art

During it's opening week, The Incredibles 2 earned $180 million at the worldwide box office, not only becoming the biggest opening for an animated movie of all time, but also being the eighth largest opening for any film of all time.

And I still haven't seen the movie yet. Going to have to remedy that this weekend.

Anyway, here's even more "Incredible" fan art!

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Lessons Animation Taught Us


Usually for Throwback Thursday, I tend to focus on nostalgic and often obscure material from the past. That's why I call it "Throwback Thursday"!

However, since I'm running on a tight schedule this week, I've decided to showcase something relatively recent, but still fitting within the overall "throwback" theme of, well, Throwback Thursday.

For this week, I wanted to share a recent video essay that reflects upon the animated movies that most of us watched as children, and the subtle effect that these movies had upon us, for good or bad.

To learn more about what lessons animation taught us, click READ MORE:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Some Incredible Fan Art

Hard to believe that The Incredibles is finally receiving a sequel 15 years after the original. Seems like yesterday that I went to watch the first movie during my college freshman year. Speaking of college, I'm sure than many of the people who originally watched this movie as kids are now either starting or finishing up college themselves. That's how long it's been!

So will the new sequel be as "incredible" as the first movie? I'll have to wait and see when I decide to go to the cinema. Until then, here's some "incredible" fan art of The Incredibles.

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Young ‘N Loving Teen


When it comes to cutting-edge reporting on pertinent information through substantive articles, what better resource is there for such high-quality journalism than a magazine for teenage girls? Anything else!—considering that teen magazines are an anathema towards journalism, even more so than the National Enquirer or Buzzfeed.

Such magazines are infamous for being pure drivel at best, and unapologetic marketing for the music and fashion industries at worst. There’s a reason why C.S. Lewis recommended that young girls "avoid nearly all magazines" if they wanted to develop proper reading and writing skills.

In fact, if I were a far-left moonbat, I’d go as far as to say that such magazines are corporate machinations by the capitalist patriarchy to exploit internalized misogyny within young women and further perpetuate late-stage capitalism. (Fortunately, I’m not a moonbat who un-ironically parrots mindless buzzwords!)

But did you know that before these magazines became endless pages of endless photos of boy bands and hot male celebrities, that they actually contained substantive articles—or at least more “substantive” by today’s standards (or lack thereof)?

Let’s take a look back at one of these teen magazines, back when the “Happiest Place on Earth” (at least in Florida) was still in its infancy, and back when such magazines insisted that it was the most trendy place for a "groovy" teen to be.

For more about what young teens thought of Disney World, click READ MORE:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Deadpool 2


Superhero movies have undergone a massive tonal shift within the past decade. Since 2008's The Dark Knight, most have tried to maintain a "super serious" tone of dark and gritty realism.

This has been especially true of the current DCEU movies, whose attempts to remain "super serious" have come across as less than serious, and if their overall ratings and box office numbers are an indicator, that has been much to their detriment.

Even the MCU movies, which have otherwise consistently maintained a more light-hearted tone, have attempted to delve into darker subject material with movies such as Captain America: Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World.

But within the past five years, filmmakers have apparently asked themselves "Why so serious?", as they have since shifted the tone of their movies in the opposite direction, with many movies willfully embracing the camp of their original material.

This has certainly been evident with movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, but has also been true with their more "serious" movies such as Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, both of which have incorporated gratuitous comedic relief within their otherwise "serious" storylines.

But overall, this more comedic tonal shift within the superhero zeitgeist has manifested itself and climaxed within 2016's Deadpool.

This laugh riot of a comedy subverts the traditional superhero formula and mocks it relentlessly with plenty of irreverent humor, sexual innuendo, fourth wall breaks, and of course, gratuitous gore and violence.

Deadpool is by far my favorite non-MCU superhero movie. So when I heard that they were making a sequel, I was both excited yet equally hesitant.

After all, the first movie succeeded so well because its comedic subversion of superhero films was a fresh take on the genre. But how well can the same joke be told twice?

So the questions remains about whether or not this movie is just as good as the original? Does Deadpool 2 surpass the first movie, or is the second verse the same as the first?

To learn how well Deadpool 2 holds up to the original, click READ MORE:

Friday, June 1, 2018

Fan Art Friday: The Merc With The Mouth

Deadpool 2 was recently released in theaters,, I've embarrassingly have yet to see it. I'll try to within the next week and have a movie review of it. Until then, here is some awesome fan art featuring our favorite chimichanga-eating "Merc With The Mouth."

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Marvel Mash-Up


Hey, remember those old Marvel cartoons from the 60s and 70s? Weren't they just the best?, they weren't. They weren't that good. But what else are you going to expect from 60s and 70s limited animation?

But you know what does make those cartoons great? They make for great fodder to be mocked. So when Disney purchased Marvel, they decided to take some of the old cartoons in all their insane cheesiness and make them even cheesier through a parody series.

The result is Marvel Mash-Up: a series of parody shorts created for Disney XD using old Marvel cartoon footage and dubbing over them with humorous tongue-in-cheek dialogue. If you to check out how something can go from so-bad-they're-good to so-bad-they're-hilarious, check them out on this YouTube Channel. Or check out the playlist below.

To watch old Marvel cartoons made new, click READ MORE:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fan Art Friday: To Infinity War And Beyond (Part Deux)

I would give a spoiler warning for this artwork for anyone who still hasn't watched Avengers: Infinity War, but that movie has been out for a little more than a month. So if you haven't watched it already, why not? Go see it. Right now! Even if you've already seen it, see it again because it's an awesome movie. But yeah, spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen the movie yet.

For this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Spider-Man Atari 2600 Game


For nearly half a century, Spider-Man has had his adventures on various mediums, from comic books to television shows to theatrical movies.

But such mediums have only offered fans a passive experience of the spider-powered superhero’s web-slinging adventures.

For many fans, they don’t just want to see Spider-Man in action: they actually want to take part in the action themselves by swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper and trapping bad guys in webbing.

Fortunately, by the 1980s, one revolutionary medium allowed fans to experience such active first-hand experiences: video games.

Spider-Man has appeared in many video games over the years, but his very first digital adventure occurred in 1982 on one of the very first video game consoles: the Atari 2600.

To learn more about Spider-Man’s 8-bit adventure, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ducktales Recap: The Missing Links of Moorshire

A Ducktales crossover episode with My Little Pony? What other 80s nostalgia will this nostalgic 80s reboot cross over with? Ninja Turtles? Transformers? Thundercats? (Well, let's just hope it's not with the recently-announced Thundercats reboot!)

All kidding aside, as a fan of the current My Little Pony series, I was rather intrigued to learn that this episode would feature two characters who are brightly-colored talking ponies, especially since they're both voiced by the same voice actresses of two actual My Little Pony characters.

From the preview footage provided by Disney, I assumed that these two would be the main antagonists, but it turns out that they're just one-off joke characters. Even the show acknowledges that two brightly-colored talking ponies that want to drown people in the sea come across as "menacing" as...well, two brightly-colored talking ponies.

No, the real antagonist of this episode--aside from the mysterious mist that turns people into stone, of course--is the jealousy that Scrooge has for his nephew, Dewie, and his excellent golfing skills. Turns out that when you've been a master golfer all you're life, you're a little bit envious when a novice much younger than you is also much better than you.

Of course, Scrooge learns in the end that a teacher should never take pride in his own skill, but in his own student, but that lesson isn't really important. As one character says: "Not everything has to be an object lesson."

What really makes this episode great is the simple character moments with each and every character, from Huey and Launchpad providing sportsman commentary to even the most ludicrous situation, to Louie milking Glumgold for all that he's worth as a caddie, to Webbie being as innaproporiatly optimistic as you can be in a golf game, and of course, to the two murder ponies that try and fail to get you to ride on them to a watery grave. (Confound those ponies! They drive me to the drink!)

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why Squirrel Girl Is The Most Super Special Awesome Marvel Character Ever!


Since blogging about Disney also means blogging about Marvel, which is owned by Disney, I'd wish I could be one of those verbose comic experts who can extensively wax poetic about comic book lore and history. Sadly, I can't do that because I'm a Marvel newbie.

I've only started watching the MCU movies three years ago. Outside of those, I've never watched any other Marvel film save for the first two Spider-Man movies. I've never even read any of the comic books or watched the animated shows.

Of course I knew who characters like The Hulk or Captain America were because of their ubiquity within popular culture, but I never really knew much about them. I was more of a DC Comics fan, watching shows like Batman: The Animated Series and Teen Titans.

As such, I'm more familiar with the DC characters than the Marvel ones; but unlike the DC fans trying to futilely review bomb the Marvel movies, I at least understand that the MCU is vastly superior to the DCEU, as much as I would love to see a good DC movie outside of Wonder Woman.

But as much as I love the Marvel movies, I only know so much about the characters within them through the movies themselves, having never engaged into any other Marvel media. Essentially, I'm the type of fan who needs to check the internet to find out what the end-credit scenes mean!

I've recently started reading some of the comic books, but even then, my knowledge about the Marvel universe outside of the movies remains limited. If you want in-depth exposition into those comics, I'd recommend following people with more expertise including Linkara, Moviebob, and Comic Drake.

I say all that as a preface and as a request to take with a grain of salt my following opinion, which is that the overall best Marvel comic book character ever is The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

To learn more about why Squirrel Girl is the best, click READ MORE:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Spider-Man On The Electric Company


For more than 50 years, our favorite web-slinger has made countless apperance on the small screen, from his first animated series in 1967, to his latest animated incarnation in 2017.

But did you know that during the 1970s our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man once helped teach children how to read on PBS, and on a show created by the same people who brought us Sesame Street?

To learn more about Spider-Man’s apperance on PBS, click READ MORE:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What Wakanda Can Teach Trump's America

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Black Panther was recently released onto DVD and Blu-Ray, and if its box office numbers are any indicator, those DVDs and Blu-Rays are sure to be flying off of store shelves.

To date, Black Panther has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Not only has it become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year, but also the highest grossing solo superhero movie of all time, as well as the third-highest-grossing film in America and ninth-highest-grossing film of all time.

So the clear message to take away from the film is that there is indeed a high demand for greater and better representation of people-of-color within cinema, and that Hollywood should follow suit in supplying that demand.

But there is one message from Black Panther that proves even more important. While the movie takes place within the fictional African country of Wakanda, its fictional setting very well reflects the political and economic realities within our own country, especially under President Donald Trump.

As such, America would be wise to follow the example of Wakanda and learn from its leader who wants to build bridges, as opposed to our own leader who wants to burn bridges and build walls.

To learn what lessons America can learn from Wakanda, click READ MORE:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Ducktales Recap: Beware The B.U.D.D.Y. System

Gizmo Duck is by far one of the best Ducktales characters. Not only does he have a super cool robotic suit that can do anything and everything, but he's one of the few characters to make a simultaneous appearance in another Disney Afternoon show, Darkwing Duck, thus offering a not-so-subtle hint that the two shows share the same universe--even though the creators claim that the two shows exist in different universes.

So how apropos is it that the very first apperance of Gizmo Duck and his alter ego, Fenton Crackshell, in this reboot starts off with a cameo apperance of the "Terror Who Flaps In The Night"? Sure, it's revealed that Darkwing Duck only exists as a television show (or does he?), but this double whammy of pure nostalgia is enough to tickle any fanboy's member berries.

But is nostalgia alone enough to make a good episode? Eh...

This episode leaves me rather conflicted. On the one hand, the appearances of both Gizmo Duck and Darkwing Duck are making my inner child squeal in delight after remaining silent for more than 25 years.

On the other hand, the very first apperance of the best Ducktales character ever involves the weakest plotline ever based on the overly cliché Man vs. Machine storyline, which has not only been played out since John Henry, but carries a very problematic anti-science, anti-progress message: "New technology is evil, kids, and those machines are terking er jerbs!"

I don't know. I just feel that the appeal to nostalgia is nothing more than a distraction for an otherwise poor episode and an overall poor introduction to such a cool character. Let's just hope that future appearances of Gizmo Duck are much better.

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Fan Art Friday: To Infinity War And Beyond

One of the hardest things about sharing fan art based on Avengers: Infinity War is the potential of accidently providing spoilers. So for the sake of this week's Fan Art Friday, I'm going to provide a fair warning that the following art may or may not contain spoilers. Consider this a warning. Otherwise, check below the break for this week's selection.

For this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Universal’s Gotham City

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If you’ve ever visited Universal Studios in Florida, chances are you’ve visited Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure. How can you not when it has two of the best rides in the park: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk Coaster.

Sadly, the park is also one of the main reasons why Walt Disney World hasn’t built a similar Marvel-related land, despite the fact that the company now owns Marvel, as well as has planned similar lands for other Disney Parks worldwide.

However, did you know that before Universal built rides based on Marvel superhero characters, they were planning on building attractions based on characters from Marvel’s rival, DC Comics?

Yes, instead of having Spider-Man and The Hulk, Universal was originally going to feature Batman, who would have had his own themed land based on his home city of Gotham.

So what made Universal decide to go with your friendly neighborhood web-slinger rather than the  Dark Knight? Find out as we delve into the discarded plans for Universal’s Gotham City.

To learn more about how Batman almost came to Universal, click READ MORE:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Top 11 Dumbest MCU Moments (Part 2)


Here are the Top 5 Dumbest MCU Moments. For the remaining 6 of the Top 11, CLICK HERE. For the rest of this list, click READ MORE:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ducktales Recap: The Spear Of Selene

One of the overarching story elements of the new Ducktales reboot since its very premiere has been the mystery behind the parentage of Huey, Dewey, and Louie, specifically of their long lost mother, Della Duck. Her disappearance has had an evident impact on their family, most notably with it being the reason for Donald and Scrooge's falling out. But this episode offers a greater insight into the overall impact that her absence has had on many of the individual characters.

While we still don't know what exactly happened to Della Duck after this episode, we do know that whatever did happen to her was traumatic enough that it not only caused Donald to distrust and drift apart from Uncle Scrooge, but also transform him from a plucky, adventurous duck into someone much more timid and cautious, as he is no longer willing to go on adventures anymore.

Even then, what encourages him to continue going on said adventures, as was evident in both this episode and the very first, has been his concern for the overall well-being of his family, especially his three nephews. Because when his family faces grave danger, no matter how sheltered his sister's past has forced him to become, he's always there to heed the call to adventure.

Of course, the character who shines most in this episode is Dewey. Of all three nephews, he's the one most interested in learning about his mother's past and uncovering the mystery behind her absence. His search for her is driven by his desire to learn more about her and the type of person she was, especially since her never really knew her.

However, the closer he comes to the truth about her, the more he learns that she may not have been the greatest person he once imagined her to be, and it's this revelation that makes him hesitant to continue his search. Of course, just as his Uncle Donald decides to continue adventuring for the sake of his family, so too does Dewey continue his search for his mother, accepting the fact that learning the honest truth about her is more important that maintaining his preconceptions about her.

Overall, this was a really jovial episode that creatively weaves Greek mythology into the Ducktales universe. Watching the antics of characters like Storkcules, Selene, and even Zeus made me want to see more of these characters, especially since they apparently have a history with Donald, Scrooge, and their family. Seriously, am I the only one who want to see a prequel to this episode where we see exactly what kind of adventures they all went on together? Or at least a prequel comic? Can we at least flesh out Donald and Storkuleus' not-so-subtle bromance?

For a scene-by-scene recap of this episode, click READ MORE:

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fan Art Friday: May The Fourth Be With You

I know this is supposed to be May of Marvels, and as such, you were probably expecting this Fan Art Friday to feature Marvel fan art. But since this is May the Fourth, I couldn't pass off doing something Star Wars related. So Star Wars this week, and Marvel the next few weeks.

For more fan art from long ago in a galaxy far, far away, click READ MORE:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Throwback Thursday: The Incredible Hulk Returns

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Did you know that Thursday is named after Thor? So what better subject for this week’s Throwback Thursday than the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder himself?

Last year, Thor brought down the thunder into theaters with his movie, Thor: Ragnarok, where he fought against (and eventually teamed up with) the Hulk.

But did you know that this was not the first time that the God of Thunder sparred against the Green Monster on any screen big or small?

Nearly 14 years before appearing together on the big screen with The Avengers, Thor and Hulk made their first appearance in the NBC television movie, The Incredible Hulk Returns.

To learn more about the first time Thor sparred against Hulk, click READ MORE:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Top 11 Dumbest MCU Moments (Part 1)


Avengers: Infinity War was released this weekend, and just like every other Marvel movie before it, it's dominated the box office with rave reviews. Hard to believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been going strong for the past ten years and counting. Even against all odds, they've managed to defy expectations and be nothing short of perfect. So that means they're all perfect, right?

Well, not quite.

As great as these movies are, they're not without their flaws. Being comic book movies, they have their fair share of campy, goofy moments, and while some of those moments like Loki getting tossed around by the Hulk or Star Lord distracting Ronan with Footloose get a pass from fans, others prove to be quite the knot in the Persian rugs of the MCU, even to the point of creating plot holes and inconsistencies.

So for this list, we'll be counting down the Top 11 dumbest Marvel movie moments. Why top 11? Because like the Nostalgia Critic, I like to go one step beyond.

This list will only be focusing on the dumb moments from the movies and not the television or Netflix shows--especially since I haven't watched any of them! Also, these moments will be from all of the movies up until Black Panther, and as such, will contain spoilers. So don't read this list if you haven't caught up with all of those movies yet.

To count down the first half of these dumb MCU moments, click READ MORE:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Avengers: Infinity War


10 years! Hard to believe that a superhero franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not only been going on for 10 years, but has been continuing to go strong when most other superhero franchises have since fizzled out during that time.

What started as a bold experiment to create several films within the same cinematic universe with a crossover movie tying them all together not only proved successful during the first attempt with The Avengers, but has continued to succeed with each and every subsequent sequel and addition to the franchise.

While other attempts at cinematic universes from the DCEU to the Dark Universe have failed to successfully replicate their formula, the Marvel movies has continued to set box office records and receive rave reviews, no matter how ridiculous their underlining premises, with characters ranging from a man who can shrink to the size of an ant to a talking tree and raccoon.

Now the entire franchise culminates with its third and grandest crossover, bringing together each and every character from all of the previous movies, and helping to bring closure to its overarching storyline involving the villain Thanos and his quest for the Infinity Stones.

Will this third and nearly final installment of The Avengers send the franchise to infinity and beyond, or has the MCU run dry of its alleged infinite success?

To learn whether or not this movie achieves infinite possibilities, click READ MORE:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Upcoming May Blog Post Previews

Next month will be my themed month, May of Marvels, with blog posts focused on the comic book and movie empire, including reviews of Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Since I have most of my think piece posts written out in advanced as rough drafts, I’ve decided to give you all a sneak preview of what to expect over the coming month.

So here’s a few snippets from my upcoming feature blog posts. Keep in mind that most of these are still rough drafts, and as such, will mostly undergo revisions before their final publication.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Countdown To May Of Marvels: The Avengers Is Really That Good


The Avengers created a smash hit in the box office bigger than Hulk's fists ever could, and every subsequent film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven to be a bigger and better hit, especially in light of the recent Avengers: Infinity War.

But was this big superhero crossover movie merely a flash in the pan, a big spark for a fad that will inevitably fade into the darkness of film history, or was The Avengers really that good?

That's the question that film critic Bob "Moviebob" Chipman expected to answer in his Avengers reviews within his "Really That Good" video series, and his answer is exactly what you'd expect it to be.

To learn why The Avengers is really that good, click READ MORE: