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December 27, 2006

I don't want to say the Times is damning Ford with faint praise...

but one of the sub-headlines of his obit is:

Hard Work, Honesty, Punctuality

You can see for yourself here.

Posted by Will at 12:24 PM | Comments (2)

December 13, 2006

If you liked the post about She-Ra, you might be moderately amused by this one too

Did you know there's actually a pop singer named Jem?

Check her out.

I'm as shocked as I was when I found out there was a real band called The Misfits, but it was a whole different kind of shock. With The Misfits, it made me feel clueless that I didn't know they were actually a famous band from the seventies. With Jem, I feel like she's the clueless one, although clearly no one seems to care, so I guess she's not that clueless. Also, from clicking around on her website a little, it's clear that new real-life Jem hasn't decided whether her name is capitalized or not. Now you'll excuse me, I've got to go practice with my new band, The Archies.

Note: If you don't get this at all, read this and you'll think it's hilarious, just like everyone else.

Posted by Will at 5:48 PM | Comments (3)

December 8, 2006

I have something to say about another unimportant news item and I'm just as surprised about it as you are.

cnn.com is reporting on a new type of Diet Coke:

Diet Coke Plus, slated for a spring launch, will be the first nutrient-enhanced carbonated soda to be offered by a major brand... Next year, rival Pepsi will introduce a line of enhanced carbonated drinks called "Tava"

I've got a better name for your new line of enhanced carbonated drinks, Pepsi:

Yes, Pepsi Perfect. If you recognize that logo, you have a sharp eye and you've seen Back to the Future Part II more times than you really needed to. And if you've read the novelization (something else you probably didn't really need to do), you know that Pepsi Perfect is a vitamin enriched Pepsi that's sold in 2015. So we're a few years ahead of the game on this one. Still waiting for flying cars, a magazine-size sports almanac that has every college football game and horse race in the past fifty years and gas stations that talk like Speak & Spells.

The real question here is why it took Coke and Pepsi so long to come up with this. I mean, seriously Coke and Pepsi, what are you guys doing that's so important you couldn't stick some riboflavin or whatever in your sugar water and come up with a different name for it?

Posted by Will at 6:56 PM | Comments (4)

December 7, 2006

Continuing with my new thing of taking something from today's headlines and pointing out someone that no one else has seemed to notice or care about

Lars von Trier apparently wants to make a little game out of watching his movies. From Variety:

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has unleashed his latest bit of mischief: the Lookey... The Lookey is described as a "visual disturbance," which is placed out of context in the movie.

People my age might recognize this guy:

A character from She-Ra named Loo-Kee who would hide in the background of an episode, then at the end, show you where he was and then give you the moral of today's story, which was usually something like "be yourself" or "don't share prescription medication."

Can you find him?

(Hint: It's really obvious.)

Now, I've liked a few of von Trier's movies. So I don't want to bag on the guy too much, even though his last movie was less like a movie and more like somebody videotaping a rehearsal of a mawkish high school play, but I mean, seriously, the guy's ripping off of She-Ra. What's next? If I see somebody in that movie touch their earring and say, "It's showtime Synergy," I'm walking out.

Posted by Will at 10:31 AM | Comments (7)

December 4, 2006

This is probably the only chance I'll ever have at impugning the New York Times' accuracy

The Times put up an article yesterday about Disney starting to make theatrical shorts again, and you can read it yourself, but the important part is this:

After a hiatus of nearly 50 years, Walt Disney Studios is getting back into the business of producing short cartoons, starting with a Goofy vehicle next year.

If by 50 years, they mean 11, then they're right. Take for example:

Tummy Trouble (1989, in front of Honey I Shrunk the Kids)
Roller Coaster Rabbit (1990, in front of Dick Tracy)
Trail Mix-Up (1993, in front of A Far Off Place)
Runaway Brain (1995, in front of A Kid in King Arthur's Court)

One could argue that making these four shorts (there may be more that I'm unaware of) didn't constitute being in "the business of producing short cartoons," but the article is misleading, to say the least.

Update: I emailed Jerry Beck of Cartoon Brew who knows way more about cartoons than I ever will, and he had John Henry, Off His Rockers, and Redux Riding Hood to add to the list. I also wanted to add I've seen one of the shorts that the article doesn't count as being in the business of producing shorts, Destino, and it clearly has no commercial aspirations, but sticking a Mickey Mouse short in front of A Kid in King Arthur's Court probably wasn't a purely artistic venture.

Posted by Will at 1:01 PM | Comments (5)