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!

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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.

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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.

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