Why ‘Batman v Superman’ Was Better as a Cartoon

This weekend, Batman and Superman will…reunite? No, you did not miss a prequel to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. For though Warner Brothers has long sought to unite DC Comics’ Batman and Superman in film, they actually collided 20 years ago—albeit on a smaller screen. It happened in “World’s Finest,” a 1997 arc of … Continued

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The Hidden Virtues of Cartoon Network’s ‘Samurai Jack’

Long ago, in a distant time, Cartoon Network, a semi-reliable provider of children’s animated television, committed an unspeakable evil: it canceled Samurai Jack before its eponymous hero’s story was complete. But a foolish contingent of fans, clinging to their beloved character, stepped forth to oppose this decision. Before the final blow was struck, Toonami, a … Continued

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It’s A Great Problem, Charlie Brown

It’s late October, that time of year when millions of Americans will gather round to marvel at the wild promises of a great orange messiah. And once they get home from the Donald Trump campaign rally, some of them will turn on the Halloween classic, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Trump fans may not … Continued

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Killing Bambi’s Mom: Death in Kids Movies

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”  -G.K. Chesterton Few pop-culture references over the past half century can conjure up sentimental feelings of loss quite like “when Bambi’s mom got shot in the forest.” Since 1942, millions of … Continued

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The Best New Show on “TV”

For the first time since the heyday of the The Simpsons, I’m happy to report the best show on TV is an animated comedy. Technically, BoJack Horseman is available on Netflix so it’s not actually on TV, but it deserves all the eyeballs it can get in our fragmented media ecosystem. The set-up is intriguing, … Continued

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R. Crumb: Traditionalist or Curmudgeon?

Celebrity interviews are exercises in boredom these days. We get a lot of talk about how much the interviewer is enjoying the accommodations at the hotel and what the celebrity interviewee is wearing, but not much else. Seems the exception that proves this rule is the GQ interview with Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson. And all … Continued

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