|Posted by Anna H. on February 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you did not check your e-mail inboxes or spam and in case you have not noticed, only 1 blog was published over the last 2 weeks. Some of you may have wondered, "Hey Anna! What's going on?!"
When I was in the middle of using my Dell laptop 2 weeks ago, it said my battery charge was low. Before I could do anything, it suddenly shut down.
Then, 2-3 days later, after I had JUST published Song Saturday: Alanis Morissette's Your House, my Toshiba laptop gave the same reading and shut down. Therefore, I was unable to publish more blogs these last 2 weeks.
Because the last 2 Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs were delayed, I thought I would share this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog with you today. Originally, I meant to share this on the 12th. Michael Cawood's animated short, Devils, Angels, & Dating shows an interesting portrayal of Cupid, Death, and the devil.
The devil in this award winning animated short, filmed by Cawood wants Cupid's job. However, both are battling for Death's affections. Death is portrayed as a bombshell, Cupid is depicted as a horny, old man, and the devil (I suppose you can refer to him as "Lucifer" or "Satan") is depicted as "The Nice Guy."
After mentioning that last part, I mean the devil is like that social misfit, who wants that pretty girl in high school, if you would like to think of it that way. I feel Michael Cawood wanted this character to exude that adage about "having sympathy for the devil." All the while, portraying Cupid as some horny, evil, old man in the sky.
These 3 characters may not be teenagers (considering how old they are), although this animated short somewhat has that juvenile vibe to it. Anyway, here is Devils, Angels, & Dating for this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog.
Michael Cawood's Devils, Angels, & Dating (2012)
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|Posted by Anna H. on January 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you sick of me gothing it up hardcore around It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns yet? Not to worry because next week, I'll be changing things up a bit.
While checking messages and working on today's blog last night, I noticed MTV Classic was showing music videos by 2 pioneers of Goth Rock. Not only did the network play a classic music video by The Cure, but also Peter Murphy from Bauhaus. Out of shock, I almost dropped 1/2 my Turkey Sub Sandwich.
MTV Classic airing The Cure's music videos is something to be expected. Now, a music video by the lead singer of Bauhaus? That is something exceedingly rare. NEVER in all my years have I ever seen MTV air a music video by Bauhaus, much less a music video by Peter Murphy himself. Hell, I have watched VH1 Classic (now turned MTV Classic) air Joy Division's music video for "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
Airing music videos by Peter Murphy and Bauhaus? Never. You could argue, that it really all depends on my timing of turning on music channels. However, MTV has a long-time history of blacklisting certain singers, rappers, groups, and bands. This definitely applies to excluding minorities talented in music.
Several months ago, I was really surprised that MTV use to blacklist music videos by talented minorities such as Michael Jackson and Prince. Originally, founders of the network ONLY wanted to air Rock music videos and music, that was close to Rock.
Michael Jackson had to strong arm MTV into playing music videos made by people of color. This especially applies to his music video, "Thriller." He threatened to tell the media about MTV discriminating against he, Prince, and other talented minorities.
Michael Jackson also let MTV know, that a lot of time, money, and talent went into making "Thriller."
After the network finally aired "Thriller," the music video instantly became the classic that it is today. Once I learned this surprising news, I really started viewing MTV a lot differently than I have throughout my life. I have been use to watching a wide variety of music videos, since the time of growing up during the 1980's and '90s.
Once I learned how biased, narrow-minded, and bigoted the people in charge of MTV's programming were, since its launch, it made me lose MORE respect for the network. It is quite interesting how MTV started as a network wanting to pander to only White America.
Today this exact same network now wants to act like self-righteous, civil rights activists and pander mostly to the black audience like it is suddently BET with non-stop SJW propaganda.
Therefore, if MTV blacklisted music icons such as Michael Jackson AND Prince, 35-36 years ago, the network will SURELY exclude anyone, who doesn't suit their branding at the moment. This really is a perfect example of MTV NOT wanting to play music videos made by certain artists for a certain group(s) of people.
The pioneers of Goth Rock may not be minorities, but I can tell you without a doubt, that I don't recall of ever seeing a Bauhaus music video. Goth fans were just lucky to see The Cure because Goth Music is extremely niche.
On a much lighter note, I thought I would share this satirical animation for Cartoon Sunday. Pitchfork TV made an informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
If you have never heard of Pitchfork.com, it was founded on New Year's Day 1996 and is supposedly considered 1 of the most popular online music resources. Pitchfork.com publishes daily reviews, features, interviews, and real-time music news coverage of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Pop, Metal, and Experimental Music.
As I watched Pitchfork's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture, I laughed. There are a few song samples from The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Ministry featured in the cartoon.
In addition, there are illustrations of some of these Goth bands' albums and of The Crow film. Then, there are jokes about who and what can be considered "Goth." I definitely laughed, when they said that Kanye West could be considered "Goth."
That particular scene is basically mocking hipsters. Everyone knows how much of posers they are, when it comes to any and everything.
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History of Goth" (2016)
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|Posted by Anna H. on January 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM||comments (2)|
Yuko Ichihara (xxxHolic)
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's Song Saturday blog about The Cure and about being Goth in general? As promised in that same blog, I said I would mention the forum I joined earlier this month.
Now that Adult Swim's message board is shut down (finally), I joined Animeleague. For all you Anime fans, Animeleague is a serious breath of fresh air and is the polar opposite of Adult Swim. When I say "polar opposite," I mean PLEASANT.
Throughout the last 3 years, you have read my rants about the network itself and the overall Adult Swim Community. Had I known that Animeleague existed 3 years ago, I would've joined that forum MUCH SOONER and would've NEVER joined Adult Swim.
I definitely regret joining Adult Swim's forum and allowing a misogynistic, sleazebag, con artist to guilt trip me into staying ONLY to use me as a means to an end and to smear my reputation out of spite.
Even though there were SOME decent posters on ASMB, I can't help saying good bye and good riddance to such a deplorable and extremely toxic community mostly moderated by crooked man-children with Little Dick Syndrome.
The social environment on Animeleague is really nice and welcoming of new posters so much so that there is a welcome committee and you are automatically assigned a buddy, after joining. Also, the moderators are very active and go above and beyond to make the forum as pleasant as possible for everyone.
I haven't had a single fight or witnessed a fight, since joining. This says A LOT about Animeleague's community.
In addition, there are numerous sub-forums on Animeleague about Anime, along with other types of entertainment and sub-cultures. This brings us back to yesterday's blog about the Goth Sub-culture.
Yesterday, you may recall, that I explained about Goths and the sub-culture on here and on Animeleague. For today's Cartoon Sunday, let's revisit the topic of being Goth.
Allow me to acknowledge some Goth female characters in animation. There appears to be more Goth female characters in animation than we have realized. With that being said, it's only fair to acknowledge a few of them.
In the illustratiion above, we have Yuko Ichihara. The characters in the Seinen Supernatural Horror Comedy Anime, xxxHolic have freaky illustrations.
The characters normally have long, spaghetti legs like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Like I explained last year, Yuko Ichihara is a powerful witch, who owns a shop and grants people their wishes. I believe Yuko is more like a cunning and opportunistic genie.
Most of her jobs consist of dealing with supernatural beings. In case you haven't already, I suggest clicking on the link above Yuko's picture.
Next, we have Creepy Susie.
Creepy Susie (The Oblongs)
Some of you may remember Angus Oblong's shortly lived cartoon, The Oblongs from The WB. Creepy Susie is supposedly a 10-year-old character from the series.
Most people don't know that The Oblongs was based on Creepy Susie And 13 Other Tragic Tales For Troubled Children. This was a 1999 collection of illustrated short stories written by Angus Oblong.
This young, creepy, Goth Valley Girl is obsessed with death, was born on Halloween, and can tell an animal's gender by the taste of its blood.
On the other hand, there is Germaine Endez.
Germaine Endez (Neurotically Yours)
If you have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns for the last 3 1/2 years, you KNOW how much I enjoy watching Goth webisodes featuring the slutty Goth-Punk protagonist, Germaine and her pet squirrel Foamy. Who doesn't love Foamy?! That pet squirrel speaks THE TRUTH!
As far as Germaine goes, she has been restyled a plethora of times throughout the decade. This character has been illustrated as fat, skinny, busty, flat-chested, constantly changes hair styles, etc.
Germaine is a struggling poet/writer desperately seeking to be published and works unstable jobs. At the same time, she has an identity crisis and Foamy The Squirrel helps to keep her grounded.
Meanwhile, here are some other Goth female characters, that have been shown in other Anime besides xxxHolic. There is my long-time favorite, Sunako Nakahara.
Sunako Nakahara (The Wallflower)
Despite the fact this homely recluse fears "beautiful people" (mostly attracive men), I love Sunako Nakahara. Sunako is a creepy Goth female character I can identify with on many levels. She loves sitting in her bedroom and watching Horror movies ALONE. Sunako is also self-sufficient around the house.
I wanted to share an image of the "Goth-Loli Sisters" from The Wallflower, but had no luck finding a decent image in a small size. However, the Goth-Loli Sisters from this Shojo Horror Comedy are not the only Gothic Lolita Anime characters in existence.
In substitution of the Goth-Loli Sisters from The Wallflower, there is Hildegarde from the Shonen Supernatural Action Comedy Anime, Beelzebub.
Hildegarde a.k.a. "Hilda" (Beelzebub)
Hildegarde is the main female protagonist in Beelzebub. She is a Demon Maid, who acts as the adoptive mother and nurse of Beelzebub IV. "Baby Beel" is the son of Beelzebub III and Iris and was sent to the Human World.
It has been a few years, since I last watched this series. Too bad there wasn't another season of Beelzebub.
Last, but surely not the least of an acknowledgement is Saki Hanajima.
Saki Hanajima (Fruits Basket)
I have always loved this Fruits Basket character. I can't decide which character is creepier, Saki or her younger brother, Megumi. They both have psychic abilities.
When Saki Hanajima is not wearing her high school uniform, she normally wears a black cloak or a veil with her black dresses. I will NEVER forget that scene of her gothing up The Sohmas urinal for New Year's Eve.
Staring at the appalled expression on Shigure Sohma's face was hilarious. Anyway, if you would like to learn more about Goth chicks in animation, check out WatchMojo's choices for Top 10 Animated Goth Girls below.
WatchMojo's Top 10 Animated Goth Girls (2016)
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|Posted by Anna H. on December 23, 2016 at 8:15 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? MERRY CHRISTMAHANUKKAH!!! Yesterday, I forgot to mention, that I reached a total of 102 Google Plus followers on Wednesday! Thank you so much! It makes me really happy to see that more of you have been enjoying the content here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. It would make me happier if more of you left your feedback in the comments section below each blog.
I talk to some of you on social media. Whenever I return to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns HOURS later (typically the late afternoons to early evenings to be more specific), I respond to your comments. Some of you already know, that I spend all night throughout the early morning blogging.
Lately, I have been dosing off in my dining room chair, while blogging. After I am finished publishing these blogs in the morning, I share them around social media.
If some of you respond early on Google Plus, I will respond back. Then, I go to bed and start the afternoon or evening, all over again. This is besides doing household chores in-between. Regardless, I still respond to all my subscribers. The responses may not always be immediate, but I always try responding back on here and social media.
Do you happen to have any holiday plans, aside from all that has been said?
Since no one in our family wants to go through all the hard work of cooking, cleaning, and slaving away in the kitchen and around the house for 2 pretentious, self-serving, attention whores in our immediate family, we will be ordering our meals from a few restaurants. This especially works for me.
I will most likely be trying to sleep in. This is along with watching the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Marathon on Toonami and opening Christmas presents. I would've uploaded the show's Toonami Promo for this marathon, but it appears that Webs is experiencing problems uploading this promo. Therefore, you can watch it right here.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Marathon starts tomorrow night at 12-3:30am/11pm-2:30am Central on Adult Swim's Toonami.
As I was saying at the start of this week, there is nothing festive about this Toonami marathon. Although, I will take a marathon of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood over the most recent Toonami acquisitions anyday.
While we are on the topic of animation, this is an early Cartoon Sunday for Christmas Day. Last week, I updated another blog about a rare gem, animation wise. Because it has been ~2 years, since I last shared this particular Cartoon Sunday blog, it is being re-shared today.
This is a rare gem, that I NEVER had the opportunity to see, when I was growing up. Supposedly, Richard Williams' animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol was meant for adults because it has horror elements to it.
I can't help having an appreciation for this animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol. The illustrations look really authentic, in regards to hand drawn animation. Not only do I have an immense appreciation for this adaptation, but also consider it to be an overlooked classic.
Considering how much time has changed and the quality of animation has evolved over the last 4 decades or so, it wouldn't hurt if a network tried re-airing Richard Williams' animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol has been remade God knows how many times in different forms of plays, musicals, live action movies, cartoons, etc.
Why not air such a rare animated adaptation of A Christmas Carol like this adaptation in particular?
Maybe someone should suggest it to a network. Rather than bore you to death with this topic, let's revisit Richard Williams' animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in the following link, for this festive Cartoon Sunday.
I hope you enjoy your holiday(s)! Thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on December 18, 2016 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's blog and find my ideas useful for presents? What did you think of Madame Macabre's collaboration with Myuuji on "Carol Of The Bells"?
Even though I am NOT a major fan of Christmas Music, "Carol Of The Bells," "O Holy Night," and "Silent Night" are my favorites. This is especially when these songs are performed by a talented singer.
While listening to Scott Weiland's Christmas album last December, I was a little disappointed in the style he sang "Silent Night." It was too upbeat for me.
However, I DID enjoy his covers of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and "The Christmas Song." I still can't believe it has been an entire year, since Scott's death.
Aside from the Christmas Music, I hope you found the list I posted in yesterday's Song Saturday blog to be useful. There is so much you can do with customizing Christmas presents. All it takes is a little creativity and imagination. This also applies to home made gifts. Try making the most with whatever you have.
After typing that list yesterday, I wondered how many people will be getting Anime as presents. I am sure younger fans will be getting some from family and friends.
BTW: Next Saturday on Christmas Eve, Adult Swim's Toonami block will marathon JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood starting at 12:15/11:15pm Central.
This is not exactly a Christmas themed Anime, but it is currently the best show on the Toonami block. As cheesy, melodramatic, and cartoonish as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is, at least it keeps us entertained.
Speaking of Anime, I have suggested at least several times to long-time friends lately, that they should watch Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. This is 1 of my favorite Shojo Anime next to NANA and Fruits Basket.
Technically, NANA is a Josei Anime because it is meant for women ages 18 and older.
Some of you may recall from last spring, that I published a blog about Shojo Anime in serious need of re-dubs. For those of you, who were NOT on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns last spring, you may want to read the following blog.
Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is the type of Anime, that I can watch over and over again. You know how you can sit and watch the same show or movie countless times and still laugh at it? This is the same way I feel about this particular Shojo Horror Comedy Anime.
I have NEVER watched The Ring but I have watched Ringu, its prequel, and sequel, 10 years ago.
Watching The Wallflower in Japanese is far more entertaining than in English Dub. The reactions from her bishonen (pretty boy) roommates, that she's forced to live with are hilarious in Japanese.
Sunako's creepiness and the way she scares them is more hilarious. This is besides her looking like a total eyesore and not having any "feminine qualities" to her personality. Her only friends are her creepy skeleton and anatomy figures.
Hiroshi is Sunako's anatomy figure, which she considers her best friend. He normally reflects on previous episodes and introduces each episode of the animated series.
If you ever watch The Wallflower in its entirety, you will see how much sentimental value Hiroshi holds. He may only be an anatomy figure, but he still holds A LOT of significance to Sunako and the series.
To all my fellow Horror fans, if you want to watch an animated Horror Comedy, I recommend watching Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. It is known as "Perfect Girl Evolution" besides "The Wallflower."
Since Christmas Day, as well as a few other winter holidays are creeping around the corner next week, it's only fitting to share this Christmas episode of The Wallflower for today's Cartoon Sunday.
|Posted by Anna H. on December 11, 2016 at 5:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? While my mother and I were in the check-out line on Friday at our local Dollar Store, we started talking to our cashier about Christmas shopping.
Eventually, we began talking about Anime and how she scheduled her vacation days for Anime Milwaukee. I discovered that such an event was actually held here within my part of WI via Anime News Network. However, I have yet to go.
Our cashier told us about how she will be cosplaying as Ciel Phantomhive from Black Butler. Apparently, Black Butler is more popular than I ever realized. Even though it is a Seinen Anime, it seems to be really popular with the female audience probably because of the Black Butler himself, Sebastian Michaelis.
While on the subject matters of Christmas and Anime, I have spent this entire week updating more Anime and Christmas themed Anime blogs for Cartoon Sunday. There are some on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, who want to see more of both.
Therefore, these next 2 Cartoon Sunday blogs will feature Christmas themed Anime blogs. 1 of them will feature the Shojo Comedy Horror Anime, The Wallflower.
Recently, I recommended Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge or "The Wallflower" to an old college friend. I have to say, it is definitely 1 of my favorites. If I could, I would buy it at a local video store. Chances are highly great, that the show would have to be ordered online.
If you ever have a chance to watch The Wallflower, I highly encourage watching it in Japanese. The animated series is in serious need of a redub in English because the voice acting is terrible.
Another favorite of mine is Lucky Star. If you ever want a good laugh, I suggest watching Lucky Star as well. Konata Izumi (which is in the picture above) is my favorite character from this series.
Maybe I am automatically biased because Konata is a snarky Gemini like yours truly, has blue hair, and loves Anime more than I do.
Rather than fan girling and geeking it hardcore, let's revisit this festive blog below about Lucky Star for today's Cartoon Sunday.
|Posted by Anna H. on December 4, 2016 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Was it extremely quiet on the Internet yesterday or was it only on my end? If I didn't know any better, I would swear that crickets chirped.
Then again, people have been feverishly shopping at stores for the holidays. It would not surprise me if almost everyone shopped until you dropped yesterday. Speaking of "holiday" shopping, most customers wait until the weekend to go shopping. In a way, it does make sense.
Most people get their paychecks at the end of the week. Last night, I suggested to a friend that he should try shopping during the weekdays. There should be less people during the weekdays as opposed to the weekends.
As a quick reminder, I do NOT plan on publishing a Song Saturday or a Cartoon Sunday blog on December 24th and 25th. As most people know, the majority of us celebrate Christmas Eve and Day on those dates.
However, I do intend on publishing more Christmas themed blogs in early January. Orthodox Christians don't celebrate Christmas until January 7th. Then, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns will be going pink and red.
So, how did you enjoy my latest Scott Weiland Tribute blog? Hopefully you enjoyed it. A LOT of time was spent working on it yesterday and throughout last week. Don't forget that there are more Stone Temple Pilots blogs linked in yesterday's blog.
I'm starting to think I am a bigger STP fan than I realized. Like I already said, I grew up on Stone Temple Pilots. Throughout this and next month, you should definitely check out Scott Weiland's Christmas album.
Considering we are on the topic of Christmas, it's only fair that we revisit this vintage cartoon. Tomorrow's Krampus Day and Tuesday will be Saint Nicholas Day. There will be another blog about Krampus Day tomorrow. So, keep your eyes peeled.
Saint Nicholas Day may be on Tuesday this year, but it doesn't hurt to revisit Happy Harmonies' "Alias St. Nick." Because Saint Nicholas Day fell on Sunday last year, I shared this animated short for Cartoon Sunday. The main mouse was a cute YET obnoxious little cynic.
When you read the blog below, you will have a better understanding of what I am saying. Anyway, let's revisit Happy Harmonies' "Alias St. Nick" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
|Posted by Anna H. on November 20, 2016 at 7:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Have you decided on whether or not to create your own music playlist for Thanksgiving? If not, you really should. It would be a different and more interesting approach to celebrating Thanksgiving Day than ALWAYS listening to Christmas Music for 2-3 months nonstop.
After learning about our local radio stations playing Christmas Music on HALLOWEEN, I wanted to scream and punch someone for skipping over EVERY other holiday to rush Christmas. Halloween, Election Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Krampus Day, Saint Nicholas Day, Hanukkah, and Winter Solstice ALL come BEFORE Christmas Day.
And YET Christmas takes precedence over EVERY fall and winter holiday.
What was that saying? "It's always Marcia, Marcia, Marcia"? Yes, I really love you Christmas, but you are THE Marcia Brady of ALL the holidays; Christmas Day is the attention whore of all the holidays because it demands the most attention.
Hopefully, you were able to think of at least 1 thing, that you are thankful for. This is that time of season, when everybody rushes over to the supermarkets to buy turkeys, hams, ducks (if you love eating Duck a l'Orange like my mother), dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, cakes, pies, etc.
I will most likely be trying to sleep in, while my family worries me about helping to clean the house for 2 pretentious, opportunistic, attention whores to free load. We hope they will NOT self-invite other people to OUR house like they did the last 2-3 years in a row. You know the Peppermint Patty Routine from Peanuts, right?
Speaking of Peanuts, I know chances are highly great that ABC will be airing A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and This Is America, Charlie Brown sometime this week. Both of these Peanuts episodes have to deal with Thanksgiving Day, which would explain why ABC always airs them together, during this time of the year.
I grew up watching the Peanuts franchise on TV. As a child and adolescent from both the 1980's and '90s, I don't recall of EVER watching This Is America, Charlie Brown.
This Is America, Charlie Brown was supposedly an 8-episode miniseries on CBS from 1988 to 1989. Since it aired on CBS, this would explain why I have never seen, much less heard of it.
CBS was not a channel I frequently watched. Most of its shows were boring. In a way, the shows still are today except more contrived. However, I watch CBS now because of our local news and a few shows.
As I was saying, This Is America, Charlie Brown was an 8-episode miniseries during the late 1980's on CBS. "The Mayflower Voyagers" is episode 1 of this miniseries. It was not until 2008, that ABC began airing it after A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.
This sounds about right because I didn't see "The Mayflower Voyagers" episode, until my mid to late 20's. I always wondered where this episode came from. Now, we ALL know. If you were unaware of This Is America, Charlie Brown, do NOT feel bad.
I am sharing "The Mayflower Voyagers" episode because this is something obscure from the Peanuts franchise. Anyway, here's episode 1 of This Is America, Charlie Brown for today's Cartoon Sunday.
This Is America, Charlie Brown "The Mayflower Voyagers" 
|Posted by Anna H. on October 30, 2016 at 8:50 AM||comments (3)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It is refreshing to see more of you enjoying the last 2 Song Saturday blogs. Maybe I should've shared more Michael Jackson on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, after all.
Last night, Adult Swim pre-empted their regular Toonami block, in order to marathon Gundam IBO for Halloween. There's NOTHING Halloween or Horror themed about the series in the slightest, which defeated the purpose of airing it. Then again, it really shouldn't be a surprise, since it is Adult Swim.
Even though I ignored last night's programming, I did manage to see an actual Classic Beavis and Butt-Head episode on MTV Classic. MTV finally aired an older episode of the show dating all the way back to 1995 rather than the same 2011 reboot episodes. However, MTV Classic kept repeating THE SAME Beavis and Butt-Head Halloween Special back to back to back.
Recently, I noticed that MTV Classic seems invested in airing MORE Daria episodes than Beavis and Butt-Head episodes. Daria was a spinoff character from Beavis and Butt-Head. They had more seasons YET her show gets more airtime on MTV Classic than Beavis and Butt-Head. I find this to be rather strange and illogical.
Maybe MTV is overcompensating for the fact, that Daria was suppose to be rebooted much like Beavis and Butt-Head but it never came to fruition.
As much as I LOVE both Liquid Television Animation shows, MTV seems like they are subtly trying to minimize, if not blacklist Beavis and Butt-Head. It Is bad enough that the network lied and misled us veteran fans into thinking, that MTV was supposedly "returning to its roots."
The current president sucks and needs to be fired. It's quite evident that he doesn't know which direction to go with MTV Classic. The network is 1/2 VH1 Classic before the rebranding and 1/2 MTV Classic combined.
I have not visited
VH1 Classic's MTV Classic's facebook page in 1-2 months. Therefore, I don't know if other viewers became more irate and unruly as they were 1-2 months ago. Either way, veteran MTV fans have been cheated and misled by the network's false advertising.
Speaking of Daria, it has been a while, since I last shared a Daria episode(s) for Cartoon Sunday. Because she as well as MTV in general were major parts of my adolescence, I am sharing 1 episode, which has more Supernatural themes to it.
"Legends Of The Mall" is an episode I vaguely remember. This episode is the 10th episode from the 4th season and it has been 16 years, since I had last watched it. Explaining this episode to you makes me feel like an old lady.
I was still in high school in 2000.
As I was saying, "Legends Of The Mall" is a parody of the films, Legends Of The Fall and The Wizard Of Oz. The title of this Daria episode is a pun, which references to Legends Of The Fall. Also, the bus driver makes a sarcastic reference to The Wizard Of Oz, when the character Sandi complains about the driver NOT stopping on HER street.
So you may be wondering, "What is this episode of Daria about?"
Daria's sister, Quinn and her clique are left stranded at the mall. Quinn calls their father asking him to pick them up. Right when he's about to get she and her clique from the mall, he starts having car problems. This leads to Jane and Trent driving Daria and her father to get Quinn and her shallow clique.
On their way to the mall, Jane and Trent share 2 "suburban legends" with Daria and her father. Meanwhile, Stacey explains another "suburban legend" to Quinn. Anyway, here is today's Cartoon Sunday.
|Posted by Anna H. on October 23, 2016 at 7:00 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you ready for Halloween? Halloween is everyday for Goths and Horror fans. We like putting in the extra amount of effort by showing our spooky pride, when it is the actual day. Some are trick-or-treating early in certain towns, this year.
The last time I went trick-or-treating was in October 1996. I was 14 at the time and I dressed as The Grim Reaper. Just to think, I published a blog showing the similarities between Shinigami and The Grim Reaper, 3 days ago. Don't you just love the timing of these blogs?
Hopefully, some of you enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. I automatically expected for certain groups of people to have serious problems with it because I addressed some highly controversial, uncomfortable, and sensitive issues. This is especially when it comes to Michael Jackson.
On a lighter note, you may recall last Cartoon Sunday, that I published a blog about Ub Iwerks' Skeleton Frolics. In that same blog, I compared Skeleton Frolics to The Skeleton Dance. In a way, I think I'm starting to like The Skeleton Dance from 1929 better than Skeleton Frolics from 1937.
When you take a look at the previous Cartoon Sunday blog, you will see that I posted pictures showing both of Ub Iwerks' animation from The Skeleton Dance and Skeleton Frolics. Skeleton Frolics has more of a cutesy and colorful appearance.
Meanwhile, The Skeleton Dance is a little more creepy-looking. I believe the abstractness in art gives The Skeleton Dance more of a creepy vibe.
Last night, I started thinking about cartoon specials for Halloween growing up in 1980's. The only special that comes to mind is It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Most specials were for Christmas. It seems like there were more cartoon specials for Halloween before and after I was born than when I was growing up.
Considering how much fun I had growing up, during the 1980's and '90s, it is odd that there weren't nearly as many specials for Halloween as there are now. It may be due to the fact, that our country was more conservative, during the time I was born and growing up. Regardless, I feel somewhat cheated and a little disappointed, when it comes to Halloween Specials.
Maybe had ABC aired their old Disney shorts from decades ago for Halloween, more of us 20 and 30-somethings and possibly younger would've probably known about The Skeleton Dance and many other animated shorts.
I believe people from my generation did not have the oppportunity to see these shorts because the animation was creepy-looking. With sites like YouTube, we have a better chance of being exposed to these classic animated shorts and appreciating them now as adults. Anyway, here is Ub Iwerks' The Skeleton Dance for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Ub Iwerks' The Skeleton Dance (1929)
Am I the only 1, who thinks The Skeleton Dance is creepier than Skeleton Frolics? Let me know what you think.