Yesterday’s news that the powers that be at Breaking Bad are contemplating a spin-off series centered on Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk’s sleazy lawyer, was a bit of a head-scratcher. Sure, we love Saul as much as anybody, but he’s not just a supporting character (and thus, via precedent, possible spin-off fodder) — he’s also the “comic relief” on a decidedly serious program, meaning that Better Call Saul (or whatever it might be called) would presumably have a tone, style, and length altogether removed from its predecessor. It’d be a peculiar transition, is the point — but it certainly wouldn’t be the strangest spin-off we’ve seen. Examples after the jump. … Read More
Former Disney and Hanna-Barbera artist Walt Peregoy has contributed his background paintings to numerous successful pictures, including the Mouse House’s 1959 classic movie, Sleeping Beauty. He was also an artist on multiple Scooby-Doo episodes and specials — particularly the spooky ones that found the motley gang in eerie houses battling invisible foes. Seeing his incredible, gothic-style artwork for the cartoon mystery show without the boldly colored figures is surprisingly poetic. Isolated, they are haunting, abandoned towns, mansions, and carnivals — snapshots of a bygone era. Visit Peregoy’s beautiful background paintings, below. Find more on Parkour. … Read More
Nothing makes us feel like kids again more than Halloween. All of our greatest memories associated with the spooky holiday conjure up snapshots of crafty costumes and cavity-inducing treats. In the days leading up to Halloween, creepy cartoons always set the mood with spine-tingling tales and famous animated characters channeling the dark side. We’ve collected several classic cartoons that pay homage to all things haunted and hair-raising, so head past the break to see what we came up with. Share your favorites, below. … Read More
The marriage of high fructose corn syrup, dayglo food coloring, and absurdly indirect connections to popular children’s cartoons and video games was perhaps the greatest marketing triumph of the ’80s and ’90s. After-school snacks have never quite been the same. Reading X-Entertainment’s hilarious memoir of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fanatic, related through some strange Turtle-inspired foods, got us thinking about some other childhood snacks that, in retrospect, look totally disgusting. The marketing overlords of that decade surely must have conspired to trick kids into thinking slime was cool — and, moreover, delicious. From Ecto Cooler to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Ooze” gelatin, kids back then apparently just loved eating slime. We’ve put together some of the most coveted quasi-foods of the lunch table, branded with our favorite cartoon, movie, and video game characters. Can you remember other similarly themed snacks that simultaneously hit you with a wave of nostalgia and trigger your gag reflex? … Read More
You know what really creeps us out? This, this, this, and kids’ TV show conspiracy theories. The Internet is full of ‘em, and they’re slowly but surely ruining our childhoods. Well — maybe only the particularly gruesome ones are truly messing with our minds, but how are we supposed to handle the widely acknowledged idea that the Rugrats babies were dead the whole time? Of course, far-fetched theories as such should be taken with a grain of salt, but we can’t help but sprout goosebumps at the thought of a sad little Chuckie Finster ghost. After the jump, we’ve gathered 10 fascinating cartoon theories that will leave you itching for some series marathons, if only to prove or disprove these wacky proposals. Support or challenge ‘em in the comments, and feel free to make up your own. … Read More
There are pretty much no rules when it comes to cartoon character names. So, if you had the exciting opportunity to name one, where would you look for inspiration? Your favorite weird friends? Your favorite politicians? Your favorite songs? Every now and then, we’ll come across a well-known cartoon’s truly peculiar background story. Really, who would’ve thought that Scooby-Doo would be the direct result of a Frank Sinatra song? Check out the fun inspirations behind ten cartoon character names after the jump, and hit the comments to let us know about the others that you’ve discovered over the years. … Read More
Beside every great hero is a great sidekick, and if pop culture history proves anything, it’s that we love to watch animals fight the good fight alongside their human companions. One of Hollywood’s most famous and faithful animal buddies, Cheetah — Tarzan’s chimp co-star — recently passed away, after appearing in 12 films with the ape-man. Cheetah managed to become a true blue star before the age of CGI, which would have replaced him completely or been used to curtail his beastly behavior.
While the loss of the 80-year-old primate is a sad one, audiences have been taking notice of other animal sidekicks — like Steven Spielberg’s Snowy from The Adventures of Tintin or Joey from War Horse. We felt inspired by this menagerie of critter helpers and decided to take a look back at some of pop culture’s coolest animal sidekicks. Hit the jump for more, and tell us who gets your vote below. … Read More
Pets are a staple of almost every television household, making for trusty sidekicks, dependable comic relief, and comforting ears that (usually) don’t talk back. But some on-screen animal stars are more than just housemates, with affable personalities and plot lines of their own. The inspiring owner-pet relationships that we celebrate after the jump establish a real equity and rapport between cross-species co-stars and make us reevaluate a pet’s role in the home. Which of your favorite actors yield from the animal kingdom? … Read More
Even in the near-perfect realm of television, not every cop can be an Olivia Benson, and not every Good Samaritan can be a Lassie. TV is as full of cruddy detectives as our real world is. But it’s also inundated with great ones, not all of whose talents are acknowledged in their respective worlds. We think it’s time they get their due recognition. Below the jump, browse through our favorite TV detectives who seem to be nobody else’s, and tell us which other crime solvers you think have been robbed of a much-deserved pat on the back. … Read More
Recently we read yet another article about the word “like” as used by those darn kids today. We feel like we’ve been reading incarnations of this article since we became aware of the phenomenon, a verbal tic that, like it or not, has been more or less embraced by youths and even adults since the ’60s. However you characterize it — a “filler” word, a nonsense qualifier, or, as we used to insist to our parents, a way of tempering whatever you’re talking about — it’s like, pretty much here to stay.
For proof, we’ve put together a brief history of the most prominent appearances of the “like” craze in pop culture, from a 1920s New Yorker cartoon to Clueless. Indeed, almost as soon as the word rose to prominence, the pop cultural references began to be self-aware, if not flat-out self-mocking. Shaggy’s surfer-dude lingo is already half-ironic, and of course by the time Zappa got his hands on “Valspeak” in the early ’80s it was already something to be cruelly satirized. However, this hasn’t staunched the flow, and teenagers continue to use the word willy nilly, no matter how their teachers wail. Click through to see some of our favorite ‘like’ abusers in pop culture, and let us know how you feel about the word in the comments. … Read More