|Posted by Anna H. on August 20, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Wow! Can you believe that not only is August almost over, but also summer? It seems like it was August 1st just yesterday.
Pretty soon, it will be time to celebrate the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, which is at the beginning of fall. Changing my web interface's design and publishing another Q&A blog in celebration of its 4th anniversary is the goal for next month.
For a while, I planned on giving It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns a different interface. It has looked the same for the last 3 out of 4 years.
Earlier this month, I changed some of the font style. Now that Halloween is creeping around the corner, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns will start looking festive again.
If there is enough time, sharing more Horror, Supernatural, and Halloween themed content are my plans. It is not that I haven't been sharing anything Horror related. There has been all throughout this year. It's just that when it comes to Halloween, the holiday sets the tone for Horror a lot better.
Speaking of Horror, in case you happened to miss yesterday's Song Saturday blog, it was about the solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler, Rober Englund, urban legends, and the Slasher, Urban Legend. You can can read yesterday's blog at the following:
Meanwhile, I re-shared a Cartoon Sunday blog around Google Plus 3 days ago, that I published before Mother's Day. Axeman Cartoons, Let's Read, and Eden collaborated together for the short, 10 Two Sentence Horror Stories.
In case you missed it, here it is once again.
Recently, Let's Read was involved in another collaboration. This time, Let's Read, Mort Animations, and Corpse Husband worked together for 2 true scary stories.
Lately, I am starting to notice just how frightening getting gas at the gas station and ordering pizza can be. After watching these 2 true scary stories, narrated by Corpse Husband and Let's Read, it should make you think twice about being alone.
Since today's blog is mostly about Horror, here are 2 true scary stories about being at the gas station and ordering pizza for today's Cartoon Sunday.
2 True Scary Stories Animated Featuring Corpse Husband and Let's Read (2017)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? To my surprise, it seems like more people really enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. I am really glad.
As a quick reminder, let me know if you get my replies back to you on these blogs. I always make sure to respond back to comments below every blog I publish.
In regards to another update, it was confirmed on August 3rd that the Seinen Space Western Space Opera Anime, Outlaw Star will be returning to the Toonami block on August 19th. It will replace Ghost In The Shell.
Outlaw Star Trailer (2017)
Because I have never seen Outlaw Star, I have no comment. Hopefully, this series is worth all the hype it has been given, over the years. Japan released Outlaw Star in 1998. Then, it aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 2001. Eventually, this series aired on Adult Swim.
As I have said countless times, most animation I watched, during the '90s and even some during the early 21st Century were on MTV. You may recall that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog 2 Sundays ago, which featured John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy.
Younger Millennials and Generation Z missed out on the glory days of MTV. I cannot help emphasizing, that MTV was still very popular, when I was a teenager.
Then again, I grew up during a time when music was highly influential. We may rant about the current state of MTV, but we have to give credit when credit is due. MTV influenced fashion, animation, movies, art, etc.
Without Beavis And Butt-Head, Comedy Central would not have South Park. This can also be said about Fox's King Of The Hill, Family Guy, American Dad, and other Fox cartoons meant for adult viewers. This is along with the fact that The WB's Mission Hill, The Oblongs, and Adult Swim would not exist.
MTV paved the way and set the trend for adult animation.
Honestly, I believe that those running Fox, The WB, Adult Swim, and other local and cable networks were highly influenced by what MTV was doing during the 1990's and chose to air, if not create more adult animation.
The cartoons MTV aired consisted of abstract and more adult content. This can especially be said about the shortly lived, Downtown.
MTV seriously dropped the ball by canceling Downtown. This animated series was created before its time. I'm surprised that Adult Swim never bothered to acquire Downtown. Adult Swim would probably have to arm wrestle MTV for it.
MTV's Downtown could be filed under the category Slice Of Life Animation. When I say "Slice Of Life," I mean shows with social realism because they depict everyday life.
For example, Jerry Seinfeld's TV sitcom Seinfeld falls under the category, Slice Of Life. It is often referred to as being "a show about nothing."
Japan has a list of Slice Of Life Anime. For those unfamiliar with Japanese animation, everything is NOT Action Anime. The Slice Of Life genre is very realistic.
MTV's Downtown premiered in 1999 and only lasted for 13 episodes. This Animated Slice Of Life Sitcom had a lot of critical acclaim. Critics and fans loved Downtown. However, MTV canceled it. Downtown was more reality based.
MTV's Downtown centers around a fanboy named Alex, who works at a boring copy shop. He saves up money to move into his own apartment in New York City's East Village. It turns out he moves into a dive apartment located downtown.
Downtown is a cartoon I would recommend to younger Millennials and Generation Z. As a 17-year-old, I enjoyed watching it on MTV and was disappointed when it NEVER returned with new episodes in 1999. Because this is another blog about MTV and its animation, here is MTV's Downtown for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Downtown Episode 1: "Sin Bin" (1999)
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 30, 2017 at 8:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I must say, I am really quite surprised as well as pleased with the fact, that MORE of you enjoyed yesterday's Song Saturday blog. Yes' song, "Roundabout" was something a little different from their usual, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart."
As I mentioned at least twice, Yes' 1983 hit single, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was used as a sample in Season 1: Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency.
After publishing yesterday's Song Saturday blog and sharing it around social media, I saw a Viz Media video by the voice actor, Patrick Seitz. Patrick Seitz is best known for voicing Luke Valentine from the Hellsing franchise, Bleach's Isshin Kurosaki and Kenpachi Zaraki, numerous characters from the Naruto franchise, Blue Exorcist's Igor Neuhaus, and most importantly Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood "It Was I, DIO!" (2012)
These are only naming a few characters, that Seitz has voiced throughout the last 10 years or so. If you would like to learn about other characters he has voiced, click on the following link.
As I was saying, a Viz Media promo appeared in my facebook news feed, which featured Patrick Seitz. He was promoting JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders for Adult Swim's Toonami block.
Viz Media: Patrick Seitz Promotes JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders For Adult Swim's Toonami Block (2017)
Watching this promo for Stardust Crusaders made me giggle. It was clever. I love the way Patrick Seitz held that rose in his mouth, while delivering a witty promo. Seitz has voiced villains in the past, but voicing the villain, Dio Brando makes me laugh.
The villain Dio Brando is named after the late Metal frontman, Ronnie James Dio.
During this promo, Seitz referenced to Dio Brando's Stand, The World. This particular season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure focuses on Stands. Stardust Crusaders begins with Joseph Joestar's grandson, Jotaro Kujo purposely staying behind bars in jail because he claims to be possessed by a supposed evil spirit.
Eventually, Joseph and his fortune telling friend, Mohammed Avdol strategize how to coax Jotaro into leaving his jail cell.
After Joseph, Mohammed, Jotaro, and his mother, Holly leave the jail, they have a meeting at a coffee & wine shop about their ancestry. This includes revealing more shocking news about Dio Brando's connection to The Joestar Clan.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders "Dio Brando's Revival" (2014)
So, what it is a Stand?
A Stand is a unique, supernatural personification of life energy, which is attached to the body. It can also represent the manifestations of a human or a creature's innate "fighting spirit." To an extent, Stands embody the psyche.
As we have already been shown, Joseph Joestar is a Stand User. He snaps screenshots and smashes his cameras as evidence to support his claims about having a Stand.
Who and what are Stand Users?
Stand Users are humans and creatures with Stands, which can be used for various purposes.
Obtaining a Stand is currently unspecified. However, it has been hinted that having a Stand can be linked to bloodlines, rigorious spiritual and/"Ripple Training" and/ a very strong will power, desire, and passion.
Since this season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure centers around Stands, here is a list of Stand Users with their Stands.
Stardust Crusaders: Stand Users With Their Stands (2017)
In case you missed the previous Cartoon Sunday blogs I published regarding the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, click on the 3 blog links below.
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 23, 2017 at 7:40 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's Song Saturday Tribute to the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots? If so, let me know.
Also, let me know if you would like for me to do a Q&A blog at least once a week. I am already getting ready to answer 1 question. Hopefully, I'll be able to publish my next Q&A blog for this week.
On another note, I am sharing something a little different from the usual for this Cartoon Sunday. How many of you are familiar with John R. Dilworth? The actor, writer, director, animator, and producer is also known as "Dilly."
"Dilly" is best known for the Animated Horror Comedy, Courage The Cowardly Dog. I think it is strange, that no one credits the cable network, Nickelodeon. Several years before Courage The Cowardly Dog aired on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon aired it.
In fact, I remember channel surfing and stumbling upon Courage The Cowardly Dog on Nickelodeon, when I was in 6th grade. That was more than 20 years ago. Quite a few shows meant for children, which started airing on Cartoon Network WERE originally from Nickelodeon.
I remember Courage The Cowardly Dog airing on Nickelodeon years before Cartoon Network acquired it. Even though I was never a fan of the cartoon during my youth, there will be some fanboys 1 generation younger than yours truly, discrediting me about something they were not old enough to comprehend, much less watch.
Unlike younger Millennials and Generation Z, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney, etc. were NOT a part of my childhood or adolescence. I grew up watching Saturday Morning Cartoons and cartoons that aired on local channels everyday.
During the 1980's to mid-90s, cartoons used to air on local channels at least 5 days a week. On weekdays, cartoons aired on local channels in the mornings and afternoons. By 1994, I stopped watching local channels.
By 1992, I had already reached puberty and started watching the Liquid Television Animation block on MTV and Anime on The Sci Fi Channel in 1994.
MTV and Sci Fi had more mature content in their animation, that I wanted to watch whereas Cartoon Network and other networks showed more immature cartoons for pre-schoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school children.
Some of you already know about me watching the Liquid Television Animation block. Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria, The Maxx, The Head, Celebrity Deathmatch, Aeon Flux, etc. were popular, during my adolescence.
The Cartoon Sushi block succeeded Liquid Television by 1997 on MTV. During the mid to late 1990's and early 2000's, I was an adolescent, when MTV aired these cartoons. This was years before Adult Swim was ever launched.
By 1997, the local networks had replaced cartoons with Court TV and Daytime Talk Shows. These local networks assumed every household by that time had basic cable channels like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney, etc.
Truth be told, every household did NOT have a basic cable package.
Because today's blog mostly focuses on MTV, the network's cartoon blocks, its cartoons from the 1990's, and briefly mentions John R. Dilworth's Courage The Cowardly Dog, it's only fair to share a cartoon, which briefly aired on MTV.
Have you ever watched John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy?
The Dirdy Birdy was a 7-minute animated short, which aired on MTV during the early 1990's. The short features a hostile cat (Fergurina) and the obnoxious bird (Purdy) sitting in a tree.
If you did NOT know any better, you would swear that Purdy was the equivalent of an online troll sexually harassing Fergurina. Purdy is in love with Fergurina and expresses his affection for her. The bird's affections consists of MOONING her. The Grim Reaper also makes his cameo appearance.
Talk about an obnoxious creep! No wonder why the cat turns into a monster. Never in all my years have I ever seen a bird moon a cat in a tree or a cat transform into such a ferocious monster. This is surely a sight to behold!
Rather than explaining every detail of this abstract short, which used to air on MTV, it is much better for you to independently watch it, right now. Anyway, here is John R. Dilworth's The Dirdy Birdy for today's Cartoon Sunday.
The Dirdy Birdy (1993)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 16, 2017 at 10:30 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It has been a while, since I last talked about, much less watched the Shonen Supernatural Acion Anime, Blue Exorcist. Nearly 2 years ago, I published a Cartoon Sunday blog, which consisted of the show's bloopers.
Early on, I noticed that Blue Exorcist looked somewhat similar to Vampire Knight.
Vampire Knight 
Blue Exorcist 
I spent HOURS last night and earlier this morning trying to find pictures showing the similarities between Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist. The images above were the closest that I could find regarding the similarities in high school academy uniforms. Both Anime titles are Supernatural Action Anime.
Vampire Knight is a Shojo Anime meant for female viewers whereas Blue Exorcist is a Shonen Anime meant for male viewers. I have compiled a list showing the similarities and differences between Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist, in order to give a better understanding of both shows,
- Shojo Supernatural Action Romance Anime meant for female viewers, which heavily revolves around tragedy
- Somewhat considered Horror because it has some horror elements to it
- Cross Academy is named after the vampire hunter now turned headmaster, Kaein Cross
- Cross Academy is comprised of high school vampire students attending night classes
- Human students attend day classes
-Yuki Cross is the female protagonist, who was adopted by Cross Academy's headmmaster and later discovers that she is a Pureblood Vampire
- Shonen Supernatural Action Dramedy Anime meant for male viewers, which has some tragedy
- True Cross Academy is a prestigious Exorcist Cram School, which is the Japanese branch of the True Cross Order
- True Cross Order is the main organization of Exorcists and a global exorcist institution that is controlled by the Vatican
- True Cross Order has roots to Christianity and was founded by Medieval Christian Knights
- Some Biblical scripture is used in this series
-Rin Okumura is the male protagonist with the ability to see demons
- Rin and his twin brother Yukio were adopted and raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, who was an Exorcist
- Before Father Shiro Fujimoto sacrificed his own life to protect Rin from the demons of Gehenna, Rin discovers that he and Yukio are both Satan's bastard sons
Judging by the list of these Supernatural Action Anime, both use "Cross Academy" in their high school academy names, have protagonists discovering they were adopted because they are not fully human, and possess supernatural powers.
In addition to what has been listed about Vampire Knight and Blue Exorcist, I noticed that both series have male brunette characters wearing eye patches in high positions at both the Cross Academies.
It would've been so much better if I could've found a split screen image of Vampire Knight's Toga Yagari and Blue Exorcist's Igor Neuhaus. Both characters wear eye patches, have brown hair, and seem to have cold personalities.
If you have NEVER watched Vampire Knight or Blue Exorcist, I really encourage you to watch them both. You will see a lot of similarities between the 2.
It would be nice to see the 2nd season of Blue Exorcist and the entire Vampire Knight series air on Adult Swim or possibly on another network. We all know that Adult Swim will NEVER air Vampire Knight.
The men running Adult Swim not only show disrespect towards their OWN viewers in general, but also love discriminating against women. The assholes in charge of Adult Swim and the creeps, that posted on their official message board for over a dozen or so years, expect women to be inferior to them.
This is when Adult Swim is NOT pretending to promote "women's empowerment," in between showing female characters with very LITTLE self-respect chase after male characters, that continuously express their disinterest in them and cleavage shots.
Keep promoting that "women's empowerment," Adult Swim!
A few months ago, Blue Exorcist's 2nd season finished airing in Japan. I really hope Adult Swim or those running the Toonami block renew their license to re-air Blue Exorcist's 1st season, then air its 2nd season, Kyoto Saga.
There have been claims by Toonami fans, that Blue Exorcist's license expired for it to be re-aired on Adult Swim, and that the Shonen Supernatural Action Anime did badly in ratings. I don't know if that last part is true.
Some of us already know how much of zealots certain Toonami fans are, when it comes to the Nielsen Ratings. Shows will be "trending" on facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites YET there are some Toonami fans, that are still bitter.
There are Toonami fans still bitter about certain shows such as One Piece, for example, being replaced by Tokyo Ghoul or any show with horror in it.
Rather than being more open-minded, OR simply changing the channel to something else, they post threads around social media sites and forums to mock, discredit, and patronize other fans of certain shows, that threaten their interests, views, and don't fit their narrative.
Based on what I finally realized about Toonami fans, that were Adult Swim posters, they are VERY cynical. They have this mindset, that religion is for idiots. These are the same Toonami fans, that LOVE complaining about Tokyo Ghoul, claiming that it supposedly "justifies and glorifies cannibalism."
Since Blue Exorcist uses some excerpts from the Bible, has trained Exorcists, students training to become Exorcists, and the protagonist happens to be 1 of Satan's bastard sons, I believe certain viewers are or will be repulsed by this series.
The ilk of Toonami fans I have dealt with on Adult Swim's forum, before it was shut down are threatened by Christianity, Satanism, and other religions.
Religion "triggers" these particular fans. They CANNOT handle the sound of religion much like the rest of us cannot handle them throwing temper tantrums like 2-year-olds over a cartoon's low ratings.
I advise viewers to watch and enjoy a show for yourself, NOT because of a show's ratings. Much like polls can be rigged, ratings can also be rigged. Every household does NOT have a Nielsen's box.
The fact that there are men, women, and children allowing a show's ratings to control them is pathetic in itself. If you need to obsess over a show's ratings, you will NEVER enjoy ANY show.
Since TONIGHT'S Cartoon Sunday blog is mostly about Blue Exorcist, let's start from the very beginning. Below is the link to the English Dub for Blue Exorcist.
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 9, 2017 at 10:15 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Today I wanted to switch things up a little for Cartoon Sunday. Every so often, I like discussing various topics, including different types of animation, which do not center around Adult Swim.
Next month, I will be sharing another cartoon, that aired on MTV shortly before the network canceled it. Some, if not most of you already noticed, that I constantly talk about Adult Swim.
As I have said many times in the past, I was watching Liquid Television Animation on MTV, during the 1990's. This was YEARS before Cartoon Network launched the original Toonami block and before Adult Swim was ever launched.
More recently, Teenagers and adults 30 years old and younger have been discovering older cartoons, that use to air on MTV during the 1990's. Here's the real kicker, Adult Swim's latest animated promos for the network are only imitations of some of MTV's promos from the 1990's (circa 1992 and after to be more exact).
MTV Promo: "Ding-Dong" (1992)
This promo for MTV is only 1 example. I believe that Adult Swim is currently trying to copy what MTV started doing more than 2 decades or so ago with Adult Swim's latest promos. If you do NOT believe me, watch Adult Swim, during the commercial breaks, especially on the weekends.
I am really disappointed with the current state of both Adult Swim and MTV. At least Adult Swim still shows Anime on the weekends (luckily). MTV on the other hand, has been a disgrace for these last 13 years. I swear, 2004 was seriously THE kiss of death for entertainment in general.
The Entertainment Industry and the media continuously oppress us with their need to be politically divisive AND patronizing humor directed at certain groups of people. To make matters worse, Reality TV Shows have hijacked almost EVERY local, cable, and satellite channel.
It is a disgrace to see how so many networks and the people running them have LOST their integrity. Instead of showing quality entertainment, the networks would rather produce a bunch of Reality TV shows to pander, glorify, and normalize self-centered, attention-seeking, and highly entitled men, women, children, and teenagers.
Speaking of entertainment, you may recall earlier this year, that I published several blogs about the Goth Sub-culture. In fact, I published a Cartoon Sunday blog about Pitchfork TV giving a brief yet satirical history lesson about the Goth Sub-culture. In case you missed this blog, click on the following link.
For the last 10-15 years, I've had some people, including ignorami from college label me as being Emo. By no means am I Emo and have never dressed Emo. Regardless of the clothes I wear, the music I listen to, and TV shows and movies I watch, I have been Goth, since childhood.
Old friends and classmates from 6th to 12th grade would not know it because my physical appearance was NOT Goth at the time. However, I did have some Goth friends in high school and my interests were always dark and morbid.
Decades later, I am STILL Goth.
Despite the negative depictions of Goths in the media, every Goth is NOT a horrible person. Also, the Goth fashion does not always translate well, when you are in the workforce.
Depending on the company's dress code, you have to wear "normal" clothing, in order to assimilate. If you work at a company, that allows you to wear whatever you want, or happen to be self-employed, you can Goth it up as much as you want. Most places in the workforce will NOT allow it.
As I was saying about Emos, Emo people are NOT the same as Goths. Emos normally listen to shitty Pop-Punk bands and "Crybaby" Rock Music. All the while, some Emos may physically appear as Goth because of their make-up, hair, and some clothing.
When you see someone with an asymmetrical and spiky haircut in black hair dye, swept over bangs, and possibly wearing horned-rimmed glasses, THAT person is without a doubt Emo.
During my last 2 years of college, a guy friend continuously mocked and labeled me as being Emo Goth. That was not including his deliberate insults he ENJOYED disguising as jokes. His patronization always annoyed the hell out of me. That was partly why I distanced myself from him, after graduating.
When you watch Pitchfork TV's informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Emo, you should realize it is different from Goth Rock and the Goth Sub-culture in general. You should especially notice, that I have NEVER featured ANY Emo Rock bands in past Song Saturday blogs.
Listening to songs by A.F.I. is MY ONLY EXCEPTION to Emo. Otherwise, like most people, I HATE Emo Music!
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's "A Brief History Of Emo" for Cartoon Sunday.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History Of Emo" (2017)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 2, 2017 at 7:45 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you enjoy Ikimono-gakari's "Hanabi" for Song Saturday? In case there are any confusions, I bold the links to these blogs to make them more visible for readers to click on.
Starting next Saturday on July 8th, Naruto Shippuden and Tokyo Ghoul are remaining at their same times. Earlier this morning on Toonami, it was confirmed that on July 29th, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders WILL be premiering at 12:30 am/11:30 pm Central!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders [Toonami Promo] (2017)
Right now, I am overjoyed and would love for Blue Exorcist's 2nd season to also be shown. Adult Swim SHOULD renew their license for this particular series and rerun Season 1. Then, air Blue Exorcist's OVA, following them up with Season 2, which is Kyoto Saga. This is what I would like to see on the Toonami block.
Aside from Adult Swim's schedule, let's return to the topic of national and patriotic holidays. Our country already celebrated 2 of them in late May and last month.
Before our so-called Independence Day Weekend, you may recall the number of times I mentioned Flag Day. In case you are new and did not already know, I celebrated my 35th birthday on Flag Day, last month. The following video, which explains about the American flag, its history, and etiquette was posted on the home page of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Andre Malok: American Flag Facts, Etiquette, & History (2016)
Last week, I replaced this video with an animated fireworks video made of Legos to celebrate the 4th of July. If you have not already been to the About page (my main page), go look now! After July 4th, the background will be changed on here.
Like I said at the bottom of yesterday's Song Saturday blog, this blog will be more educational and nostalgic for those of us over the age of 30. Remember the ABC Saturday Morning Cartoon, Schoolhouse Rock?
Adults born in 1985 and after probably know very little if anything about Schoolhouse Rock! This cartoon was an Educational Animated Musical from 1973 to 1985. The show covered school subjects such as Grammar, Science, Economics, History, Mathematics, and Civics.
Honestly, I always preferred Schoolhouse Rock! over Sesame Street. My family will testify on the witness stand and tell you how much I always HATED Sesame Street.
As a little girl, I felt that PBS show insulted children's intelligence, including my own. Being "educated" by a man dressed in a yellow bird costume pissed me the fuck off.
As I digress, Schoolhouse Rock! supposedly has a total of 7 seasons. These seasons are really short. In fact, all the cartoon's seasons are very short.
In 1975, America Rock was the 3rd season. It featured the segment, "Fireworks."
This exact segment also featured a song named after the episode, "Fireworks." "Fireworks" was written by Lynn Ahrens. Originally, the song "Fireworks" was performed by Grady Tate. Literally 2 years later in 1977, Mark Bowen, Kelly Mccubbin, and Laura Bruekner covered Grady Tate's "Fireworks."
This song can be found on Season 3: Episode 8 of Schoolhouse Rock's America Rock. "Fireworks" teaches about the Declaration of Independence and the reasons behind America's 4th of July celebration. With that being said, here is the original segment by Grady Tate singing "Fireworks" for this festive Cartoon Sunday.
Grady Tate "Fireworks" [ORIGINAL] Schoolhouse Rock! Season 3: Episode 8 (1975)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 11, 2017 at 6:50 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed yesterday's Song Saturday blog, I mentioned that we are in the middle of Gemini Season until the June 21st.
Because this is my birthday week, I will be taking the week off from blogging. This means there will be no Song Saturday or Cartoon Sunday blogs on the 17th or 18th. Even though my birthday is on Wednesday (Flag Day), I'm still giving myself a week off from blogging.
If you don't know about OUR national holiday, I proudly direct you to my home page. There is a video on that page right now, explaining about Flag Day. In the meantime, Happy Birthday, fellow Geminis!
On another note, I learned several hours after publishing and sharing yesterday's Song Saturday blog, that Adam West died from leukemia at the age of 88. If you would like to learn more about the ORIGINAL Batman and the voice actor of Family Guy's Mayor West, an article from The Hollywood Reporter is in the following link.
RIP ADAM WEST!!! You will truly be missed by many generations of Batman fans.
Aside from the tragic news above, Japan Pop Culture HQ shared a link on their Google Plus page regarding the Live Action Movie for Tokyo Ghoul on Friday.
Japan Pop Culture HQ is late to sharing this news around social media. However, you can still read about Tokyo Ghoul's Live Action Movie on Anime News Network, in the link below.
Meanwhile, some of my long-time subscribers should recall, that I published a Cartoon Sunday blog last May featuring 2 highly graphic and disturbing Stop Motion Animated Shorts by David Firth and Adam Rosenberg.
David Firth's "Crooked (Orcus) Rot" and Adam Rosenberg's "Manny" were very similar to each other. In case you missed this Cartoon Sunday blog last May, it is HERE for your viewing pleasure.
Today I am sharing another disturbing Stop Motion Animated Short by David Firth. In fact, this short precedes his 2008 short, "Crooked (Orcus) Rot." "Hell" was created by Firth in 2003.
Watching these shorts by the animator continues to be abstract and graphic filled with WTF? Moments. If you have ZERO interest in highly graphic and abstract art, chances are highly great, that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts will be of no interest to you.
Firth's animation is filled with disturbing and highly graphic images. His work is THAT disturbing. Some MAY argue that David Firth's Stop Motion Animated Shorts are more like watching "Gore Porn," since his shorts can be extremely bloody and violent much like a Splatterpunk Horror film.
You may be asking yourselves, "What is Splatterpunk?"
If you need a better understanding of the term, Splatterpunk, here is a video by The Audiopedia explaining about it.
The Audiopedia: What Is SPLATTERPUNK? What Does SPLATTERPUNK Mean? SPLATTERPUNK Meaning, Definition, & Explanation (2017)
After watching this video by The Audiopedia, I am starting to believe, that 1 of my more recent Short Horror Stories, The Horrors Of Womanhood, qualifies as being a Splatterpunk Horror Story. Speaking of The Horrors Of Womanhood, I published an excerpt of it on my Horror page.
You must be 18 or older to join It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, in order to read excerpts of some of my Short Horror Stories.
As you watch "Hell," you will quickly notice there are some elements of Splatterpunk Horror incorporated into this Stop Motion Animated Short. With that being said, here is David Firth's "Hell" for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Firth "Hell" (2003)
|Posted by Anna H. on June 4, 2017 at 10:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In Friday's blog, I asked if you wanted to see more Animated Horror Shorts under 5 minutes long, or if you preferred more shorts 5 minutes long or longer. Since nobody answered, I will assume it doesn't matter.
In case you missed the blog I published 2 days ago, you can read it HERE. Those, who DID read the blog, were probably distracted by me ranting about obnoxious Toonami fans and their incessant crying online.
Friday's blog was mostly about this neverending dilemma, which has been going on for the last 5 to nearly 10 YEARS. You may be thinking, "Anna, you have ranted about this how many times now. Why is this still a problem?"
This is something many of us viewers still want to know. Anytime there are bloggers, YouTube vloggers, and podcasters still addressing all the trivial infighting and crying within a fanbase over a cartoon block, there are major problems with some people.
Rather than beating a dead horse, that is already surrounded by maggots, I will ask lurkers and subscribers once again.
Do you want to see more Animated Horror Shorts, that are under, over, or about 5 minutes long in my Cartoon Sunday blogs? Let me know in the comments section below today's blog.
I can't speak for everyone else as far as today's weather forecast goes, however it has been storming like crazy here in Wisconsin lately. In fact, it was just storming earlier this morning, when I was trying to re-watch Naruto Shippuden in English.
Whether you are reading a story or watching something on TV, video, or online, there is something about thunderstorms that stimulate eerie feelings.
Thunderstorms can also be eerie in real life. There is a lot that can go wrong,during a storm. In David Romero's Animated Horror Short, Other Lily the thunderstorm helps to set the eerie tone.
On a dark and STORMY night, the protagonist Lily, receives a text message from her father. He reminds Lily to make sure her younger sister, Beth goes to bed before 10 pm. As Lily walks up the stairs to check on Beth, Lily notices a picture that is drawn by her younger sister.
Beth drew herself, Lily, and another Lily in the picture. Beth refers to her as "Other Lily," in the picture. "Other Lily" is very evil-looking in Beth's drawing. It makes me want to call Other Lily "Evil Lily" because she looks creepy as well as evil.
Eventually, Beth's older sister, Lily goes to bed. As a side note, Lily suffers from sleep paralysis, which may have horrific implications in her waking life.
In case you don't know about sleep paralysis, it can cause frightening hallucinations and nightmares. To learn more about sleep paralysis, you can read about it HERE.
While Lily is sleeping, she dreams of the "Other Lily" opening her bedroom window and crawling around on her ceiling, waiting to attack her. Before "Other Lily" could attack her, Lily awakes from her nightmare.
Suddenly, Lily hears loud crashing noises from downstairs. Watching this short by David Romero will shock you. Other Lily without a doubt has its share of WTF?! Moments towards the end of it. The ending also feels like an eerie cliffhanger.
I did not explain Other Lily in its entirety on purpose.
How much fun would it be if I explained EVERYTHING to my subscribers?
It would completely defeat the purpose of me sharing this disturbing short. Some things are better left to the imagination. If you would like to know what happens next, you will have to watch Other Lily for today's Cartoon Sunday.
David Romero's Other Lily (2015)
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How's it going my gumdrops? How have you been enjoying this Memorial Day Weekend, so far? Mine could be a lot better than what it is, right now.
After doing the usual chores yesterday, I wasn't feeling very well. Therefore, I plan on taking it easy these next couple of days.
Aside from not feeling very well, I did not waste time last night watching the Toonami block for the Samurai Jack Marathon. Judging from what I have heard and read, those who spent the last several years or so kicking and screaming about this Samurai Jack revival, did NOT even watch the marathon, after all that noise.
Because I was never a fan of this cartoon, zero fucks were given. Then again, Samurai Jack was meant for children to watch on Cartoon Network. By the time Samurai Jack premiered in 2001, I was already a college freshman watching Adult Swim, which also launched the same year.
Adult Swim's version of the Toonami block mostly panders to younger Millennials and older Gen Z fanboys. The fact that Adult Swim shafted its veteran viewers to pander to Toonami fanboys these last 5 years, pissed off a lot of us.
Don't get me wrong. There have been a few shows I have enjoyed watching on this Toonami block over these last 5 years. However, I still cherry picked which shows I wanted to watch and still do today.
Some of us that were never Toonami zealots would love to watch more mature Anime with adult themes as opposed to little kids wanting to be hunters, or something along those lines. I understand that Toonami is an Action block. At the same time, the block still panders to Toonami fanboys, that cling to their childhood nostalgia.
Shonen and Seinen Action Anime such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Hellsing Ultimate, Black Lagoon, Blue Exorcist, Michiko & Hatchin, and more recently Tokyo Ghoul are meant for more mature viewers, which is something the fans should be. MATURE.
Toonami fanboys incessantly WHINE about no longer having the stereotypical Shonen Jump Action Anime like One Piece on the block. They need to suck it up, put on their big boy pants, and learn to watch something different and for their own age group.
Speaking of Black Lagoon, I have repeatedly said that the Toonami block should re-air Black Lagoon. Then, follow it up with the OVA's, Roberta's Blood Trail as a Memorial Day Marathon or something along those lines.
In order to clarify what I am saying, Toonami should have Black Lagoon back on the regular schedule at the start of the new year. It would especially be nice to see the Omakes (animated shorts) between the episodes of the show.
After re-airing Black Lagoon in its entirety during the spring, Roberta's Blood Trail should be aired, during Memorial Day Weekend.
Roberta's Blood Trail can be its OWN marathon on the Toonami block because it is a 5-episode OVA about Roberta.
Not only is Roberta's Blood Trail a 5-episode OVA, but also OVA 1 is the conclusion to the last episode of the series, Black Lagoon. The finale left the series as incomplete regarding The Washimine Group and Yukio Washimine.
Even though Black Lagoon is mostly about criminals (pirates, gangsters, and trained assassins to be more specific), it DOES have war themes. A number of Black Lagoon characters have a history of being war vets.
War Veteran Characters From Black Lagoon:
Dutch- former Marine, who fought during The Vietnam War.
Balalaika- the boss of Hotel Moscow was a captain in the Soviet Army and a Russian Airborne Troop, who served in the Soviet War in Afghanistan.
Bao- bartender and owner of the dive bar, Yellow Flag. He is also an ex-ARVN soldier, who fought in the Vietnam War.
The Captain- an experienced ex-soldier, who saw action in the Liberian Civil War in the early 1990's.
Major Shane Caxton- a Vietnam War veteran like Dutch, who still maintains his moral code of conduct. Also, he's an American black-ops operator hiding in Roanapur, while waiting to be deployed to Indochina.
Captain Wentzel Ahbe- was the decorated skipper of the Type IXC U-boat U-1324 and a Battle of the Atlantic survivor. His last order was during the last months of World War II in Europe.
Lieutenant Colonel Matsuda- was an Imperial Japanese Army officer posted to Germany to study Aeronautics and remained there until early 1945.
SS Lieutenant Colonel Spielberger- the U-1324’s second passenger and a member of the SD. He was charged with the care of the painting, The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda.
The Twelve Knights Led by Brunhilda was part of a Nazi plot to prepare for the Nazis' eventual return to power following their defeat in World War II.
Rosarita Cisneros/"Roberta"- a former FARC guerrilla trained as an assassin in Cuba and an internationally wanted criminal. Rosarita also acts as a Columbian maid,who worked for 4 years at The Lovelace Household in Venezuela.
In addition, Roberta developed a close bond with Garcia Lovelace. Garcia is the only son of Diego Jose San Fernando Lovelace.
All 5 Black Lagoon OVA's are mostly about Roberta. The OVA's for Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail have YET to be aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
For the last 2 years, I have been saying this needs to happen. Aside from me being a Roberta fan, she is a fan favorite among other Black Lagoon fans.
Rather than sharing the usual animation blog for Cartoon Sunday, I thought I would share something a little different. If you would like to watch Black Lagoon from the beginning, you can click on the following Cartoon Sunday blog from 2015.
Today I am sharing an interview with the English Dub cast of Black Lagoon for this Cartoon Sunday. I have been told that this interview is on the DVD for the series.
Watching this interview was interesting. Fans of the Black Lagoon franchise have a chance to see what the voice actors thought about the characters they played.
If you happen to be a fan of Death Note, you may want to watch this interview. Brad Swaile, who voiced Light Yagami also did the voice for the protagonist, Rock in Black Lagoon. Anyway, here is the English Dub Cast Interview for Black Lagoon.
Black Lagoon: English Dub Cast Interview (2007)