You know what I love as much as Disney? Furry art. So I've combined both loves together to provide a furry version of Fan Art Friday. Here's yet some more furry fan art showcased for this Friday.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
On September 21, 2020, acclaimed art designer and cartoonist Ron Cobb passed away at the age of 83. Chances are, you've never heard of him, (I didn't even know he existed until this week!) but you've most likely seen his work. If you enjoy sci-fi films like Star Wars and Back to the Future, then you've most likely seen sets, props, and characters designed by him.
Cobb has contributed to countless sci-fi films including Star Wars, Alien, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future, and Total Recall. He helped design the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Tatooine Cantina and alien bar patrons from Star Wars, and many of the sets from Alien.
More than simply working in sci-fi, Cobb was also a cartoonist with radical politics. In fact, it's striking to see how many of his earlier political cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s still resonate and remain relevant even to this day, especially when they involve topics such as police brutality and war profiteering. Just goes to show that the more things change, the more things stay the same.
See for yourself with many of these choice comics, some of which could easily be published today:
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Disney © World of Adventures: Princess Alliance
Long ago, a great evil arose and threatened to destroy the world. Ten kings from ten kingdoms united to fend off this evil and seal it away with a magic spell. The spell was foretold to last as long as the kingdoms remained at harmony. Time has passed and the kingdoms have forgotten about the spell and the evil it sealed away. Now its magic has weakened, and the great evil is at risk of returning. Now ten royals from ten kingdoms must unite to fight against this evil once more. Now is the time for—The Princess Alliance!
Disney © World of Adventures: Princess Alliance is a Disney crossover fanfiction to be published on my blog, The Magic Ears Dudebro. The fanfiction is a crossover of various Disney properties, mainly the animated movies featuring the Disney princesses. The story is a high-fantasy action adventure series in the vein of Avatar: The Last Airbender or She Ra And The Princesses Of Power. The first few chapters serve as a “pilot episode” that introduces the main characters, setting, and the overarching plot. Most of the characters will be from Disney properties. The exception are two original characters introduced in the first few chapters.
1) The world is not our own. Needless to say, a series about Disney princesses from movies based on fairy tales will not be set in our real world. The world is a unique fantasy setting completely different from our own world. As such, locations from our real world do not exist there. There are no continents like Europe, Africa, or Asia. Countries such as England, France, and China do not exist. The world instead consists of three inter-connected continents (east, west, and south) with several kingdoms and lands. (Think of it like the United States of Aurodon from Descendants, but not teenybopper trash!)
2) The setting is high fantasy. This series takes place in a high fantasy setting. Each of the different kingdoms are ruled by monarchs. Horse and carriage is the main form of transport. Swords and bows are the main forms of weaponry. Dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures exist. Magic is commonplace. Steampower is still in its infancy.
3) This is a crossover of animated Disney movies. The world and its setting is composed of various Disney properties, specifically the theatrical Disney animated features. So far, these properties will include those in the Disney Princess franchise, but will eventually include those from other properties in the future (provided they can reasonably fit within a high fantasy setting), but only those from the animated movies. No Pixar (except potentially Brave). No television series (except those based on the animated movies). No live action movies. No Star Wars. No Marvel. No Muppets. Only the genuine Disney classics.
4) This story takes place after the official movies. The main story will take place several years after the events within the Disney movies included—approximately, at least three to four years (five at the most). As such, the characters are slightly older, in their late teens at the least or early twenties at the most.
5) These are not the exact same characters from the movies. If it makes any sense, these are not the exact same characters from the movies, but if you have seen the movies, you know who they are and what their backstories are. Some of the characters have been slightly modified from their movie counterparts to better fit them and their respective settings into this world. As such, there will be slight “retcons” and changes of them and their original stories. For example, Rapunzel still has her long magic hair, even though it was cut at the end of her movie. Ariel is also able to transform into a mermaid and back at will using magic.
6) There will be not lengthy description of characters. Chances are, if you are reading a story like this, you’ve watched the Disney movies it's based upon. As such, you already know who the characters are and what they look like. If I mention “Ariel”, you already know she has red hair. If I mention, “Rapunzel”, you know she has long flowing hair. As such, I will not be describing these characters in great length. I will only describe characters if a) they are original characters, or b) wearing a completley different outfit than they normally wear.
This story (thus far) will include characters and settings from the following movies:
• Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
• Sleeping Beauty
• The Little Mermaid
• Beauty and the Beast
• Sword And The Stone
The Adventures Begins Oct. 3, 2020!
Friday, September 18, 2020
Often, I showcase two-dimensional fan art. But I'd like to take a moment and highlight some art with more than two dimensions. After all, it takes a lot of talent to make art in two dimensions, but it takes plenty of talent to create art in all three. So here's a rundown of some great three-dimensional artwork.
To enter the third dimension, click READ MORE:
Thursday, September 17, 2020
What is the hardest name to rhyme. If the Name Game taught us anything, it's that you can make a rhyme out of anybody's name. But can you make a rhyme from a name like Morty Moot Mope? Sesame Street certainly proved you could.
To hear the story of Morty Moot Mope, click READ MORE:
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
By now, I'm sure you all have heard the news that Splash Mountain will be re-themed to Princess And The Frog. Tony Goldmark recently uploaded at 45-minute video essay on the ride, the movie it's based on, and why he thinks it's a good idea to re-theme the ride.
By all means, give his video a watch. I think it was well made. I don't agree with every opinion he expressed in it, but overall, I think he made some good points. Then come back here and leave your own thoughts in the comments below. Do you agree with him that the ride should change? Disagree? Let me know:
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Before you judge me by the title, I promise you I’m not some alt-right Trump-supporting MAGA chud. I’m a fairly tolerant guy who believes “black live matter” and “trans rights are human rights.”
I know “politically correct” has become a loaded term recently, especially since our “Dear President” is praised for being “politically incorrect” for saying things like how fallen soilders are “losers” and “suckers.”
I assure you that when I use the term “political correctness”, I’m not bemoaning the fact that cis-hetero white guys like myself can’t say the n-word. I’m rolling my eyes at people who insist we use words like “handi-capable” rather than “handicapped.”
So please permit an otherwise “tolerant” person like myself to riff on a multi-billion dollar, multinational corporation like Disney for trying to appear “woke” by making changes to things that don’t really need changes.
To see how many ways PC went mad at Disney, click READ MORE:
Friday, September 11, 2020
You can stretch right up and touch the sky
When the weather's fine
You got women, you got women on your mind
Have a drink, have a drive
Go out and see what you can find
For this week's Fan Art Friday, I decided to showcase one particular artist whose work I immensely enjoy. Allow me the pleasure of introducing you all to Fox n Roll, a furry artist on deviantART and FurAffinity.
What I love most about his art is its 1970s kitsch aesthetic. Looking at them feels like looking at stills and posters from that decade. I can almost hear the 1970s soundtrack playing in the background. He has the aesthetic right down to a tee. It reminds me a lot of Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson. Dude has created a lot of furry art, fan art, and furry fan art. And I'd like to share a few of my faves.
For some furry art loving in the summertime, click READ MORE:
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Times are harsh. The pandemic is still raging. Global warming is getting worse. Politicans are screwing people over. And it seems like people are getting ruder and meaner. These are truly times that test our patience, that make us wish we could lash out at the people making everyone else's lives miserable.
So when we see someone actually have the guts to stand up against those obnoxious people, even if their wrongdoings are relatively trivial, we consider it a cathartic relief. Fortunately, there are folks like Everett True who are willing to say "phooey" to civility and playing nice, who are willing to comfort the afflicted by afflicting the comfortable.
To learn more about this unsung hero, click READ MORE:
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Are you willing to go back to the theaters? Or are you going to wait? Leave your answer in the comments below:
Monday, September 7, 2020
Friday, September 4, 2020
Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played Black Panther, tragically passed away last week after a nearly four year battle with colon cancer. To commemorate his life and legacy, I'm sharing some Black Panther artwork for this week's Fan Art Friday.
To relive the memory of a great fallen king, click READ MORE:
Thursday, September 3, 2020
I’m currently working on a massive crossover fanfic starring the Disney Princesses. It’s about strong female Disney characters kicking butt and taking names. The fanfic is set to premiere next month. Until then, what better way to pass the time than to reminisce about a classic programming block about strong female Disney characters kicking butt and taking names?
To get pumped up with Disney Princesses, click READ MORE:
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Phineas And Ferb: Candance Against The Universe is a hard movie to discuss without discussing the television show that spawned it. You can only understand why the movie is good by understanding what made the show good. After all, if you’ve never seen the show, you’re probably not interested in seeing the movie; and if you have seen the show—well, by now, you’ve probably watched and re-watched the film enough times to learn every song by heart. So I’ll be discussing this movie as though you’ve never watched the show before, explaining why you should give both a try.
Phineas and Ferb is a simple show with a simple premise. As the theme song explains, there’s 104 days of summer vacation, and two brothers, the titular Phineas and Ferb, want to spend every day accomplishing something big, whether it’s building a rocket, starting a pop band, or constructing their own roller coaster. Their older sister, Candance, tries to get them “busted” with their mother.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to them, their pet platypus, Perry, ventures off on a secret mission as the secret agent, Agent P, to thwart the evil plans of Dr. Doofenshmirtz, a mad scientist who’s always trying to take over the world—or rather, the tri-state area—by using his latest invention with a name ending in “-inator.” Every episode ends the same way: the boys complete their major project, Agent P defeats Dr. Doofenshmirtz, and both storylines conclude with the boy’s big project disappearing before their mother can discover it, much to the dismay of Candance.
This is the exact same plot of every single Phineas and Ferb episode. Every. Single. One. And yet, despite the series running for 189 episodes, each episode remains as fresh as the very first. Because what this show lacks in an original story, it more than makes up with sharp witty humor. Its creators, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, had previous experience of writing for shows like The Simpsons, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Spongebob Squarepants, and their show exuberates with the same chaotic energy as those shows.
Phineas and Ferb’s success is owed to its self-awareness. It knows it’s a campy show with a basic premise, and it revels in it, simultaneously playing its silly premise straight while turning to the camera many times, winking, and admitting how silly it is. Its sharp wit and clever meta humor has allowed the show to spawn not only 189 episodes, but several television specials, a made-for-television movie (that was even shown in theaters in several countries), the spin-off series Milo Murphy’s Law, and even an attraction at Epcot. Now that it has its own Disney Plus original movie, the question remains: is the show’s main premise just as fresh as the first day of summer, or has it finally ended with summer vacation?