September 20, 2012 |
Ayn Rand, the favorite author of many geeky teenage boys (who generally grow out of it) and Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (who didn't), combines an extreme libertarian capitalist message with a high-Soviet-propaganda literary style. This makes parody fairly easy. Still, it would be hard to top Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. His Ayn Rand imitation in remarks at a private fundraiser last May, caught on video and posted on the Web by Mother Jones, is pitch-perfect.
September 8, 2012 |
In "How to Train Your Dragon," the 2010 film from DreamWorks Animation, a skinny viking teen named Hiccup discovers that dragons can be taught and tamed, a lot like dogs, except that these dogs are 30 feet across and breathe fire. By the end of the film, vikings and dragons, who began the movie trying to brain each other, are best pals. As with so many other stories of star-crossed, interspecies pairings, from "The Adventures of Milo and Otis" to "Avatar," one wonders just where this relationship will go. That question is answered in the new animated series "Dragons: Riders of Berk," which is being produced by DreamWorks Animation for Cartoon Network.
September 5, 2012 |
If this whole football thing doesn't work out, Drew Brees may have a second career as a cartoon character. The Saints quarterback is among the National Football League stars who are lending their voices to "Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians," an animated series that will debut on Viacom's kids cartoon channel Nicktoons on Nov. 30. Already the most popular sport in the nation, the NFL takes nothing for granted and knows it needs to get kids...
September 3, 2012 |
First it was the penguins of "Madagascar" and then the animal warriors of "Kung Fu Panda" on Nickelodeon, now it's the cast of DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon" on Cartoon Network. "Dragons: Riders of Berk," which premieres Tuesday, is the latest small-screen incarnation of a successful animated film to retain both the personality and production value of its progenitor. But unlike its predecessors, it plays more like sequel than spinoff. (Although a cinematic sequel is also in the works.)
July 31, 2012 |
After the coffee. Before learning how to score gymnastics. The Skinny: Lots of gripes about how NBC is covering the Olympics (see below). My favorite complaint is that NBC has a "monopoly" on the games. Well, they outbid Fox and ESPN for that "monopoly. " No one handed them the Games and said "go to town. " Tuesday's headlines include the above-mentioned Olympic coverage complaints, a look at how much money Warner Bros. pumps into the local economy and a new Disney Channel cartoon is a hit with African Americans. Daily Dose: Fox Business Network continues to make gains on CNBC.
July 11, 2012 |
Maybe they just decided to go to Comic-Con. After 11 years, the leaders of New York's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art have shuttered their venue. The abrupt closure came Monday, with museum officials saying they will move out of the current space by the end of July, according to reports. Admittedly, the museum is a small one, occupying the fourth floor of a building in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. The organization, known somewhat humorously as MoCCA, devoted itself to exhibitions on the world of comics.
June 30, 2012 |
"In our house, we don't like thrill rides," says Mimi Pond in her latest installment. "Thirty years of self-employment is thrill enough. " She goes on to show bits and pieces of her frugal lifestyle. And yet, she says, "We're still having trouble making ends meet. It's pathetic!" What follows is her quest for a mortgage modification. Note: To enlarge the cartoon, select the control and plus-sign keys at the same time. ALSO: Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons The Supreme Court saved my lifeline Healthcare ruling gives GOP an 'It's.
June 22, 2012 |
Los Angeles teachers agreed to shortening the school year by 10 days to 175 days, and to accept a commensurate pay cut. This is the fourth year in the row that the school year has been shortened. Is it only a matter of time before this editorial cartoon becomes a reality? ALSO: A soda ban, L.A.-style Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Marijuana dispensaries: Hands off, City Hall Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall . Follow Opinion L.A. on Twitter and Facebook .
June 15, 2012 |
The sound of Kristen Schaal, already a notable feature of Fox's "Bob's Burgers"as the voice of wise child Louise Belcher, adds an instant touch of alt-comedy cred to "Gravity Falls," a likable new Disney Channel cartoon series about twins spending a summer with their strange great-uncle in a weird little town in the Pacific Northwest. Cue the"Twin Peaks" reference (though "Eerie, Indiana" is a more apt live-action comparison). As is often the case with the kid channels, there is a "preview" - that's what Friday's airing is being called - before the "premiere," which is scheduled for June 29. Gently twisted, with some Disneyfied action and heart-warming folded in, the series was created by Alex Hirsch, yet another young product of Cal Arts, the Harvard Business School of animation, and a veteran of Disney Channel's "Fish Hooks" and Cartoon Network's "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.
June 9, 2012 |
It's logged more than 1 billion views on YouTube and is a genuine Internet sensation, even though all the characters are bickering, crudely animated fruits. But will TV audiences find "Annoying Orange" as appealing? Cartoon Network is about to find out Monday with its latest series, adapted from the enormously popular three-minute animated Web clips about a talking citrus with a high-pitched voice and a grating penchant for laughing at his own jokes. Annoyed critics have trashed "Orange" for humor that might not pass muster on a grade-school playground: Imagine"South Park"set in a kitchen, minus the ripped-from-the-headlines outrageousness.