During the evenings are best to interact with me personally. Normally, I spend all night and morning creating these blogs. You may even catch me at night, while blogging at the same time. It's really a matter of TIMING. Enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on September 1, 2017 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Is that gif above freaky or what? It looks like it can reach out and grab you! It is now September 1st, which means we have ONLY 22 more days, until the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
I was REALLY looking forward to changing It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' web interface design. After experimenting with other interfaces, I changed my mind.
Even though there were some unique interface designs, I did not want a blank center where the text to my blogs go. You may question, "Anna, what's the big deal about having a blank center?"
Having a blank center would make this website look partially nude and I don't want to always hunt for compatible designs to complete every scenery. Having a blank center is the equivalent of having a missing piece to a puzzle.
If I did change the web interface design, the About and this Blog page would be white with the scenery ONLY being on the sides. I dislike that appearance. Blogster has that same appearance, which was another reason WHY I quit blogging on Blogster, 3 years ago.
Whenever friends, acquaintances, entertainers, visitors, other bloggers, and authors visit It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, they instantly compliment the designs. Then, some of those same people want to build their own websites, if not PAY somebody else to build their websites for them.
I love having a web interface design, which fills the entire site like the interface design I have been using for the last 3 years. Even though I did NOT change this interface, I DID change the background scenery for Halloween.
You can expect this scenery to stay, until November 1st. It helps to usher in the fall season, while looking festive for Halloween. Because September 23rd will be the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, you can expect another Q&A blog.
Yes, there were other Q&A blogs I published recently. I thought about publishing those types of blogs on a regular basis and asked if you would like to see more of those blogs.
Since it seemed like most of you were indifferent to having Q&A blogs published regularly, I quit publishing them during the week. However, this type of Q&A is published annually for the anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Therefore, if you have any more questions for yours truly (1-3 questions maximum), feel free to ask them in the comments section below.
Also, if subscribers would like to publish a testimonial on the Testimonials page, you are more than welcome to do so. Publishing a testimonial on the Testimonials page is more like publishing an online review. After submitting your testimonial, I can revise and edit it on my end considering that I am the webmaster of this website.
Having more testimonials helps generate MORE traffic to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 27, 2017 at 10:55 AM||comments (5)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How did you like yesterday's Song Saturday blog, which featured Rammstein? Most viewers have probably never seen those other videos by them, unless they watch YouTube.
MTV, MTV2, and Fuse TV only aired Rammstein's music videos for "Amerika," "Feuer Frei," and "Du Hast." "Amerika" was not included in yesterday's blog because it was already a long blog. I never saw those other music videos, that were shared, until working on yesterday's Song Saturday blog.
Hopefully, more of you enjoyed that blog because I spent a lot of time working on it. Aside from my blog about Rammstein, it is Cartoon Sunday.
After watching this Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short for today, it reminded me of a Creative Writing Class I had taken. While attending UW-Parkside 15 years ago, I took a Creative Writing- Poetry course. We learned about different types of poetry. This included creating our own story poems.
Because our Creative Writing professor wanted us to write our story poems based on a past excursion, I wrote about the time I shopped at the store, Circuit City and bought KoRn's Follow The Leader album.
Oh, how I miss the days of Circuit City. If only Best Buy had helpful and competent employees, quality electronics, and better organization. As I was saying, I wrote a story poem about shopping for KoRn's 3rd album. I wish I remembered how I wrote that story poem years ago. It's somewhere in 1 of my old roller backpacks.
Returning to the topic of today's Cartoon Sunday, I found a rare gem by Tim Burton. On October 1, 1982, the Gothic Horror filmmaker released the Animated Horror Stop-Motion Short, Vincent.
Tim Burton's Vincent was a story poem with a sing-songy rhyme scheme about the delusional 7-year-old boy, Vincent Malloy. It was also narrated by the late great Vincent Price.
I say that Vincent Malloy is a delusional 7-year-old boy for a reason. I may take it a step further by saying that he is quite morbid for his age. Not that I can really talk. When I was Vincent Malloy's age, I was a morbid little girl except I did not practice experiments on my pets like a mad scientist, in order to create zombies.
In hopes of creating a ravenous zombie dog, Vincent practices experiments on his dog, Abercrombie. The character also idolizes Vincent Price, is obsessed with the works of Edgar Allan Poe including Poe's "The Raven," believes he's some "tortured artist," and is deprived of the woman he loves.
Some of you may find my description of Vincent Malloy to be patronizing, but you really have to watch Vincent for yourself. This Animated Gothic Horror Short was filmed, when Tim Burton was still an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Vincent was Burton's 2nd Disney Horror film. In 1980, he debuted with the British American Horror film, The Watcher In the Woods.
I enjoyed Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, the Pee-wee Herman franchise, and the first 3 Batman films. This may or may not come as a shock to you but I am not a huge Tim Burton fan.
Even though the Beetlejuice franchise, during the late 1980's and early 1990's contributed to me being a Goth little girl, I find a lot of his other work to be contrived.
As much as I enjoy watching SOME campy entertainment, there is a time and a place for campiness.
Years ago at James O'Barr's panel for The Crow, O'Barr said he was approached with the idea of having Tim Burton turn his comic book into a Broadway musical, starring Michael Jackson. As much as I like Michael Jackson, that SCREAMS laughingstock.
It made sense for James O'Barr to turn down the offer. The Crow comic book was not comedic; O'Barr's comic book was mostly about tragedy.
When something is TOO campy, it starts to look and feel contrived.
Anyway, to lighten the mood and to segue into the Halloween spirit early, here is Tim Burton's Vincent narrated by the late great Vincent Price, for today's Cartoon Sunday.
Vincent [Narrated By Vincent Price] (1982)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 26, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Tomorrow night will be the 2017 MTV VMA's, hosted by the God awful Katy Perry. Apparently, MTV was extremely desperate for a VMA host anytime she's hosting this year's VMA's. Sometimes Katy gets snubbed for a VMA.
After last year's RACIALLY DIVISIVE show (It was like the BET Awards), I noticed there are more RACIALLY DIVERSE performers. MTV actually included more white entertainers, this year.
However, there being more racially diverse performers doesn't necessarily mean, that the VMA's will be worth watching. It could be another politically and racially divisive show like the last 2 VMA's.
Then again, now that Taylor Swift is back to starting more shit with her usual call out songs, something tells me that a cat fight may break out between she and Katy Perry. I find both of them to be incredibly sickening including KimYe.
Maybe I WILL watch this year's VMA's, after all. The best part about the MTV VMA's are the feuds these days. God knows it's not the music videos. I would laugh my ass off if KimYe, Katy, and Taylor ALL got their asses kicked. They are SO sickening!
Hopefully, there will be music tributes this year, since we lost Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Let's see if these tributes come to fruition unlike last year, when no music icon from MTV got a tribute. Last year, we lost 5 ICONS too soon!
Since I am already on the topic of Rock, I browsed the MTV VMA's archive to see what bands were nominated and won the Best Rock Video category. If you know the history of MTV, you already know, that the network launched in 1981.
MTV did not launch the VMA's, until 1984 YET the Best Rock Video category was NOT launched, until 1989. Considering that MTV has been playing Rock music videos since its launch, you would've thought the category always existed. Looks like you learn something new everyday.
Originally, the category was labeled Best Heavy Metal Video in 1989. Even though Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" was from 30 years ago, their video won this category 28 years ago.
GnR won over Aerosmith's "Rag Doll," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Surgar On Me" (both those music videos also released 30 years ago), and Metallica's "One."
When you have been watching MTV as long as some of us veterans, you start noticing the changes in the programming. Like I said earlier this month, how the mighty have fallen. Since 2004, MTV turned into a joke, especially when it comes to the VMA's.
In 2007, which was the same year Britney Spears bombed for the very 1st time ever as a VMA performer (also the same year she got divorced from Kevin Federline, had a breakdown, and shaved her head), MTV removed the Best Rock Video category.
The 2007 MTV VMA's was 1 of the WORST in VMA history. That year, MTV removed most of its original VMA categories. Then in 2008, the network brought them back probably because they realized that the 2007 MTV VMA's was a Shit Sandwich.
Once tomorrow night's VMA's end, something tells me that MTV will have to bring back their gender and some other missing categories, again because they will have angered more viewers for promoting genderless politics, CONTRIVED political correctness, and other regressive, political propaganda.
After last year's MTV VMA's, I believe it topped being the WORST to date. There is no telling how horrible this year's VMA's will be. For the 2017 MTV VMA's, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Twenty One Pilots have been nominated for Best Rock Video.
Because the MTV VMA's have been extremely contrived and RIGGED, since 2010 if not before then, chances are highly great the award will be given to any band except Foo Fighters. If they do happen to win over all those shitty Rock bands, I will be shocked.
As I browsed through the category for Best Rock Video, I realized that Rammstein was NEVER nominated for a VMA within the last 2 decades. They were blacklisted from our MTV VMA's.
This is shocking, considering that MTV heavily played their music video for "Du Hast" in 1998. Luckily, Rammstein won a European VMA for Best German Act in 2005.
Then again, with the media's feigned outrage and need to demonize Rammstein as being a "fascist" band because they are from Germany, it shouldn't be a surprise. I have noticed over these last 15 years, that people are quick to label something or someone as a "fascist" or a "nazi."
This is especially when it comes to someone being of German descent or speaking in German.
Leave it up to a news rag like The New York Times, which allows authors with money to lie and pay them to say their books are "best sellers," when they NEVER were, to demonize someone for only being themselves.
The New York Times, which is also called "fake news" today, labeled Rammstein as being a "fascist band" for having militaristic content. Earth to The New York Times! Rammstein is NOT a fascist band!
Rammstein is an apolitical, Industrial Metal band from Germany. The New York Times exemplifies why most people (including celebrities) have always hated tabloids and the media in general.
The media loves to over exaggerate and publish lies about anyone they personally feel is a threat to them.
Rammstein has a total of 6 studio albums, 23 singles, and 26 music videos. For those who don't speak German, here are the English translations of their song titles for the music videos I shared below:
1) "You Smell So Good" 2) "You Hate" 3) "Angel" 5) "Fire At Will!" 6) "No Desire" 7) "Fuel"
You have to click on the link below for the last music video I shared. You must watch it on Vimeo because it is pornographic. In Rammstein's music video for "Pussy," it has porn stars. The band also had their own body doubles for their porn scenes. Yes, we are getting raunchy today. Anyway, here is Rammstein for today's Song Saturday.
1) Rammstein "Du Riechst So Gut" Herzeleid (1995)
2) Rammstein "Du Hast" Sehnsucht (1997)
3) Rammstein [Featuring Bobo] "Engel" Sehnsucht (1997)
4) Rammstein "Stripped [Depeche Mode Cover]" Sehnsucht (1997)
5) Rammstein "Feuer Frei" Mutter (2001); XXX Soundtrack (2002)
6) Rammstein "Keine Lust" Reise, Reise (2004)
7) Rammstein "Benzin" Rosenrot (2005)
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|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)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 19, 2017 at 12:25 PM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed the blog I published Wednesday night, regarding primetime shows I will be watching this fall, here it is once again:
In that same blog above, I also gave quick reviews on Sleepy Hollow and Grimm. This was along with linking past reviews about those 2 shows and their flaws in that same blog.
Aside from Wednesday night's blog, you should've either read somewhere online or already seen the news about the solar eclipse on August 21st. My local news won't shut up about this eclipse and how we are not supposed to be staring at it.
At the same time, reporters repeatedly tell us to buy the right sunglasses for Monday's solar eclipse because there are faulty sunglasses being sold to stare at it. Does any of this make any sense to you? I am going with a NO.
Since the time the news has been reporting about the solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler's hit single, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" has been stuck in my head. MTV Classic aired the music video for it, last month. Every time I hear "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," I now associate it with that scene from the 1998 Slasher Horror film, Urban Legend.
Urban Legend was based on the premise that a serial killer was using strategies described in certain urban legends, in order to kill students at a New England university.
In the beginning of Urban Legend, a tone-deaf Michelle Mancini sings along to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," while buying gas at a gas station.
Urban Legend: Gas Station Scene 
It has been years, since I last watched this movie. Urban Legend was filled with urban legends from start to finish. In regards to this particular scene, Michelle Mancini had a killer in the backseat of her SUV. The urban legend about the killer in the backseat is a car-crime urban legend, that was documented by Carlos Drake (folklorist) in 1968.
According to the research done by Indiana University students in '68, the killer in the backseat urban legend typically involves a woman driving a car, while being followed by a strange vehicle. The driver of that vehicle flashes high beams, tailgates, and may even ram her car.
After finally making it home, the woman realizes that the driver was trying to warn her about a man, which could be a murderer, rapist, or an escaped mental patient, hiding in the backseat of her car.
In some instances like what you just watched in the scene above, a woman stops for gas and the attendant can be a lumberjack, trucker, OR a man with a scary-looking appearance, that she mistrusts without reason. He asks her to follow him inside the gas station to sort out her credit card problem.
Inside, the attendant asks the woman if she knows there is a man in the backseat of her car. The woman then assumes, that the gas station attendant wants to hurt her, when in reality, he ends up trying to save her life.
So, what is the moral of this particular urban legend?
It really should be common sense for people to check their vehicles BEFORE getting inside. This most definitely applies to female drivers. Women are always vulnerable to attack by some creep.
What does any of this have to do with the solar eclipse and Bonnie Tyler?
On August 16, 2017, it was reported, that Bonnie Tyler will be performing "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" with Joe Jonas and his Dance-Rock band, DNCE. They are scheduled to aboard the MS Oasis Of The Seas cruise for their performance.
I wonder if Bonnie Tyler, DNCE, and their fans have ever watched the Slasher Horror film, Urban Legend. If you have never watched it, I recommend doing so. It is quite the clever movie.
Not only is the writing for Urban Legend CLEVER, but it also features Robert Englund as Professor Wexler. In this Slasher, he is the professor of American Folklore teaching students about the different types of urban legends. The film especially pays homage to Englund by featuring a puppet of his notorious character, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street.
I tried finding the exact clip of the Urban Legend scene but had no such luck. However, I did find a video with scenes of Robert Englund in the film.
The Englund Files: Urban Legend 
This should be enough news and trivia for now. Because this is supposed to be a Song Saturday blog about Bonnie Tyler and her 1983 hit single, here is the music video for Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" Faster Than The Speed Of Night (1983)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 16, 2017 at 7:55 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? We have now reached the middle of August. It is only a matter of time until it is fall and winter, again. I dread the thought of having to rake leaves and shovel snow all over again. While some people hate the summer, I love it. I love having been born on the cusp of summer, wearing less clothing, and having to do less yard work.
Not having school for 2-3 months (that was if I did NOT have to make up classes in summer school) and a vacation from sickening classmates, teachers, and professors were the best parts about the summer, when I was a student.
Not having TV shows to watch besides fighting and killing bugs have always been major disadvantages about the summer.
As much as I LOVE the summer, it kind of sucks not being able to watch your favorite primetime shows. Just think about it.
TV viewers have to wait 2-3 months, if not longer to watch weekly premieres of our favorite primetime shows. That's if those same shows did not already get canceled.
Viewers may not have already noticed that the writing for The Real O'Neals, Sleepy Hollow, and Grimm became too political. This most definitely applies to last year's shows in general.
Since 2016 was an election year, it was as if Hollywood screenwriters at Fox, NBC, and ABC needed to drag in divisive topics such as illegal immigration, homophobia, racism, the 2016 election, and other political topics into their storylines. It can be argued that The Real O'Neals was already political.
The Real O'Neals was an ABC sitcom about a socially inept, homosexual, teenage boy, who came from an Irish Catholic family in Chicago, IL. Before premiering, this sitcom was considered to be "offensive" towards the GLBT, Irish Catholics, and Christians in general.
Considering that The Real O'Neals was being targeted, before its premiere last year, Noah Galvin made a bad situation worse for himself and the entire cast of the show. Had Galvin NOT insulted other homosexual actors from other primetime shows and networks, he probably would've still had a protagonist to play, this season.
Meanwhile, Sleepy Hollow and Grimm were not necessarily meant to be political shows. Both shows were Horror and Supernatural Dramas with Police Procedural themes. Out of the 2, Grimm was my favorite.
I watched Grimm from the very beginning (not that I didn't watch Sleepy Hollow from the very beginning either). Over the years, I saw how much the writing for Grimm started to change.
I hated that the writers wasted too much time focusing on Nick and Juliette's on/off again relationship. This was along with making the show more about everyone else except the protagonist, Nick Burkhardt.
Also, the last 2-3 seasons wasted time politicizing Grimm by having Captain Sean Renard run for mayor. Much like Sleepy Hollow, Grimm had to focus on the 2016 election.
Even though Grimm was a Police Procedural Drama, it was about exploring different folklores. Had the writers spent more time focusing on international folklores rather than politics, I believe Grimm would've lasted longer.
The show's writers alienated their own viewers because of the way they wrote Grimm the last 3 seasons. Actually, I'm surprised that Grimm made it passed 1 whole season on a network like NBC. Sleepy Hollow had similar problems with its writing on Fox.
The writers of Sleepy Hollow CHEATED their viewers as soon as the Horror Drama was granted a 3rd season. Sleepy Hollow was campy, which was what I enjoyed about the show. By its 3rd season, the writing became TOO contrived like some fanboy's shitty fan fiction.
I was already annoyed, that the writers dropped the love triangle which was brewing with Lieutenant Abigail Mills, Ichabod Crane, and the bounty hunter, Nick Hawley in Season 2.
After placing more emphasis on Abigail Mills' sister, Jenny, Joe Corbin, and randomly inserting the Greek mythological character, Pandora and her supposed husband, The Hidden One, during Season 3, the show became unbearable to watch. I'm starting to believe that was probably why the actress for Abbie quit Sleepy Hollow.
How did a show like Sleepy Hollow go from having 10.10 MILLION viewers, during its 1st season to only having 2.93 million viewers by the end of its 3rd season?
Talk about pathetic! That Pandora arc was the ULTIMATE kiss of death for Sleepy Hollow's 3rd season. After the writers killed Lieutenant Abigail Mills, which was a significant character, fans stopped watching. That was if they didn't already stop watching it because of Season 3's premiere, 2 years ago.
When will the Hollywood screenwriters realize, that they are alienating their viewers by writing the most contrived storylines and heavily politicizing their movies and shows?
It's understandable if their TV shows and movies were intentionally contrived and political from the start. It's another to suddenly make shows and movies become political for the sake of wanting to jump on the bandwagon.
Politicizing shows, that were never meant to be political is the kiss of death to viewership. The same applies for contrived writing.
So, what primetime shows will I be watching this fall?
Judging by the looks of it, I will continue to watch American Dad, Family Guy, Hawaii Five-0, and Fresh Off The Boat on weeknights this fall season.
Speaking of political shows like American Dad, I have no idea when it will premiere another season. American Dad premiered its 14th season on November 7, 2016 and will have its season finale on September 11, 2017. There is no mentioning of a 15th season, right now.
Meanwhile, Family Guy premieres its 16th season on October 1, 2017. Now that Adam West and Carrie Fisher are dead, what will Seth MacFarlane do with their characters? Adam voiced Mayor West and Carrie voiced Peter's supervisor, Angela.
After Carrie Fisher's drug overdose last December, MacFarlane said Angela would appear in 2 more episodes, that Fisher already did voiceover work on last season.
Seth MacFarlane had no comment on Angela's future other than saying, that Family Guy will miss Carrie Fisher.
As far as Hawaii Five-0 goes, I am somewhat unsure about its new season. The series premieres its 8th season on September 29, 2017. Hawaii Five-0's 2 Asian characters will be gone by their own doing, this season.
Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park demanded to be paid the same amount of money as Scott Caan and Alex O'Loughlin. CBS' final offer to Kim and Park was 10-15% LOWER than O'Loughlin's and Caan's salaries. This made both regulars of Hawaii Five-0 quit.
All the while, the actor Ian Anthony Dale, who plays Kono's Yakuza husband, Adam Noshimuri will stay a part of the show's cast. Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have been written out of Hawaii Five-0.
Grace Park, who played Kono was JUST starting to get interesting. Since the time this Hawaii Five-0 remake premiered in 2010, I always considered Park's portrayal of Kono to be vapid. There was nothing interesting about the character.
Even after getting married to her former Yakuza husband and Kono being a crooked cop like her cousin Chin, Kono was STILL a boring character. It sounds harsh to say, but Grace Park lacks charisma. I always felt that Park should've been replaced with Maggie Q. once the remake of the Spy Action Thriller Drama, Nikita ended in 2013.
Before Hawaii Five-0's 7th season finale, Kono actually became interesting in all of 1 episode about girls being sex trafficked. Season 7 ended with her getting on a bus to track down sex traffickers and Chin was undecided about leaving for San Francisco, CA to run his own task force.
Now that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim left the cast of Hawaii Five-0, I don't believe too many viewers will be that heartbroken about it. Alex O'Loughlin is the star of the show and Scott Caan is the co-star.
More women are watching Hawaii Five-0 because of Alex O'Loughlin. Scott Caan was automatically grandfathered into playing Dano BECAUSE James Caan is his father.
Fresh Off The Boat:
Last but surely not the least is Fresh Off The Boat. Fresh Off The Boat's 4th season premieres on October 3, 2017. I'm so glad that ABC did NOT cancel this Taiwanese American sitcom!
I was worried about it possibly being canceled last season because the ratings were down much like The Real O'Neals' ratings. Fresh Off The Boat is the only primetime show I continue to watch on ABC.
Because ABC is so talented at canceling TV shows, I stopped investing time in watching most of its programming, years ago. The network loves alienating its viewers probably the most out of all the networks.
Anytime The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise is ABC's cash cow, that says little about them as a network. With that being said, I will be crossing my fingers this fall season.
More Americans spend less time watching TV and more time streaming shows online. I have not made enough time to stream shows online, over the last 5 years. Most of my time is spent doing other things online, if not watching some shows on TV, household chores, or something else.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about primetime shows for this fall? Have you been dying to watch any?
|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)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 5, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Most people don't know that MTV turned 36 on Tuesday. Yes MTV was launched on August 1, 1981. Wow! Like the old adage, "how the mighty have fallen." MTV is obviously in a rut and has been, since 2004.
The programming is so awful, that the network is reviving their afternoon countdown, Total Request Live a.k.a. TRL.
Of all the shows to bring back, TRL should've been the last. Don't get me wrong, Total Request Live was alright between 1998 to 2002. TRL became outrageous the moment MTV allowed Pop-Punk bands like Good Charlette to be number 1 on the countdown.
If anything, MTV needs to clean house with the current administration and restore the network to what it was before the late 1990's. MTV did not start going downhill, until 20 years ago. It reached its all time low either this year, or last year.
Watching the 2016 MTV VMA's left me with a disgusting taste in my mouth. Never have I ever watched such a racially divisive awards show saturated with poilitical propaganda, until 2016. The 2014 and 2015 VMA's weren't exactly stellar either.
Although, 2014 and 2015 had more performers, awards show hosts, and the winners of the Vanguard Award did NOT perform 4 times within the same night, unlike last year's VMA's. Even the Pre-Show was pathetic.
When MTV normally broadcasts the VMA Pre-Show, the crowd is somewhat lively and the celebrities act like they care to be there for the ceremony. Last year, the energy was dead.
The casts of Guy Code and Girl Code desperately tried to hype up the VMA's but failed miserably. Almost no one went. THAT'S how horrible the 2016 MTV VMA's were, last year.
As a long-time viewer, I was highly disgusted with the fact, that MTV's need to be politically and racially divisive takes precedence over entertaining we the viewers. This was along with the fact, that there were NO tributes performed at last year's MTV VMA's.
Considering the fact that Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Vanity, Prince and Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland died, MTV should've planned tributes for ALL of them. Holding tributes was tradition. Over these last several years, MTV broke that tradition. Not only did the network break their own tradition, but also Beyonce.
Last year, Beyonce was supposed to do a Prince tribute at the MTV VMA's. Instead, she wasted our time by demonizing police officers with her performance and made criminals from national news into martyrs.
Beyonce acted like stereotypical ghetto trash with her SJW bullshit at last year's MTV VMA's.
This year, Katy Perry will be hosting the MTV VMA's. God help us all! Not too long ago, the pretentious blowhard said the VMA's were fake and rigged. As if we didn't already know that? Usually, Katy has a snide remark about being snubbed for a Moonman.
Speaking of MTV's Moonman trophy, it is no longer called a Moonman. Because MTV continues to be politically oppressive, the trophy is now called a "Moon Person."
The network wants to be "genderless" and went as far as removing the categories, Best Male and Female Video.
In addition to renaming the trophy as "Moon Person" and removing gender based categories, MTV continues to oppress viewers with the new category, Best Fight Against The System.
Seriously MTV? Keep burning those bridges with your viewers, until there are no more. Something tells me that more viewers WILL be boycotting this year's VMA's. I plan on doing the same as well, after the last 2 years of politically oppressive and racially divisive VMA's.
Since today's blog is about MTV, I thought I would start from the very beginning of MTV's launch. Here are the first 2 music videos that aired on the network by The Buggles and Pat Benatar for today's Song Saturday.
1) The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star" The Age Of Plastic (1979); (1981)
2) Pat Benatar "You Better Run" Crimes Of Passion (1980); Roadie Soundtrack (1980)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 3, 2017 at 2:25 PM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Today I am answering more questions. Like I have said in the past, I normally reserve Q&A blogs for September 23rd. Next month on September 23rd will be the 4th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Since a number of my subscribers typically have a lot of questions to ask, I have been trying to decide if I should do Q&A blogs more routinely.
Let me know what you think! Last week, I answered Jesse's question. Today I have 3 questions from Victor. Victor asks the following:
1) Have you ever listened to a song, that you liked but you can't remember the artist or name of said song and would get it stuck in your head for hours hoping to remember the artist's name?
2) What brand of anime do you like that are of your taste buds? (Dark Comedy, Horror, Gritty Grindhouse, mature shows, etc.)
3) Did you ever have pets when you were younger and wish you had seen them one last time?
These are excellent and fun questions to answer, Victor. I am actually glad that you asked them. Here are my answers to your questions.
1) Yes! This has happened, since childhood. You would be amazed at the amount of times throughout my life, that I have heard songs but did not know, who sang them. This is something most of us listeners face at least once in our lifetime, I'm sure.
After watching commercials, that advertise music compilations, if not seeing an old music video aired on MTV Classic (nowadays), I usually end up saying,"Oh! So that's who sang this song! I always thought it was ___" or something along those lines.
In fact, I was in the middle of watching MTV Classic the other night and saw the music video for the song "Broken Wings." I always thought it was Don Henley's growing up. It turns out it was Mr. Mister, who sang "Broken Wings."
Interesting enough, Mr. Mister DID actually go on tour with Don Henley, The Bangles, The Eurythmics, etc. during the 1980's.
Also, the Indie Grebo Industrial Rock band, Pop Will Eat Itself. For the last 2 decades, I never knew who sang the song, "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer." This means "I am a foreigner" in German. When 102.1's DJ, Raven used to host her radio show, Industrial Nation on late Saturday nights, she played Electronica and Industrial remixes of Rock songs. It was not until a year or 2 ago, that I learned the name of this band.
To be more specific, Raven used to host her Saturday night show, Industrial Nation, in my hometown at New Rock 102.1, during the mid to late 1990's.
2) When it comes to Anime, I try not to limit genres and sub-genres. I watch a wide variety of Japanese animation meant for both genders, different age groups, sexual orientations, etc. both English subtitled and dubbed.
Lately, I have not had as much time to watch as many as I used to because I'm busy both on and offline. I still have yet to watch xxxHolic in its entirety. However, I'm currently watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Tokyo Ghoul, and I'm re-watching Naruto Shippuden dubbed in English on Adult Swim's Toonami block.
If I had more time, I would marathon Anime again. My biggest complaint about both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim these last 5-9 years has been, that both only care about Shonen Jump Action Anime.
Because of these restrictions, both have bred a lot of ignorant, self-entitled, and highly misinformed fanboys in America.
Toonami only represents Action Animation mostly meant for teenage boys. It does not represent female viewers. The people running both Cartoon Network and Adult Swim intentionally alienate most of their viewers regardless of their age and gender.
Colours TV was the only network, that represented a wide variety of Anime genres for both genders. Even though Colours TV was a highly syndicated multi-cultural network, it STILL aired Shonen, Shojo, Comedy, Romance, Action, Mystery, etc.
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim could afford to tear a page out of Colours TV's book. Colours was EXTREMELY lowly-funded. Although, those running it were still able and willing to air something for most types of Anime fans.
3) Yes, I've had 3 dogs and 4 guinea pigs, during my youth. I haven't owned any pets for the last 13 years. Pets require a lot of time, money, energy, and care. I always took care of my guinea pigs and they normally lived for at least 5 years.
After my last dog, Alexis had to be euthanized in 2004, I stopped wanting pets. I hate the fact, that my pets normally died around Christmas.
Who wants to wake up to dead pets on Christmas Day?
I sure as hell don't. I don't want to be in tears on Christmas Day because my pet died naturally or was euthanized without being told about it, until the very last minute.
I REALLY wish I could've seen my dog, Mendy 1 last time before doing my high school final exams before Christmas Break, almost 2 decades ago. After coming home from school and learning, that he was euthanized, I cried my eyes out.
Hopefully, all 3 questions have been answered Victor. Since I mentioned Pop Will Eat Itself, I might as well share their music video for "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer" with you all.
Pop Will Eat Itself "Ich Bin Ein Ausländer" Dos Dedos Mis Amigos (1994)
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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.