This is America Charlie Brown

Thanksgiving specials: Miscellaneous

As an addition to my previous series of animated Thanksgiving special posts, I thought I’d add this one for various minor specials that don’t seem to justify stand-alone blog posts. As noted before, Thanksgiving doesn’t seem that popular a holiday to make specials for, so these specials (culled from my own memories and Wikipedia research) are the only ones I could find, excluding Thanksgiving-themed episodes of TV shows. Most of these specials have gone unseen on TV for years, though usually have had at least VHS home…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1

Cartoons at the box office: “Mockingjay” rakes in $123 million

Although everyone knew it’d be a foregone conclusion, the next-to-last “Hunger Games” film, “Mockingjay: Part 1,” has pulled in the biggest opening weekend of the year. “Mockingjay,” based on the final “Hunger Games” book, opened with $123 million. While it’s a massive hit, it didn’t make nearly as much money as its previous few films’ opening weekends. Box Office Mojo guesses it might be the result of splitting the final book into two films and/or being the least-popular book in the series. I’d wonder if the snowstorm…

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Squirrel Girl #2

Anthony’s Marvel picks for February 2015

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for February 2015. A full list of solicitations may be found here. Comics Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #5, $4 SHIELD #3, $4 All-New Captain America #4, $4 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2, $4 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #10, $4 Trade paperbacks All-New Ultimates, vol. 2: No Gods, No Masters, $18 Comments “Ms. Marvel” is Valentine’s Day themed this month… with the special guest villain Loki. I wonder if it’s to cash in on the popularity of Loki’s live-action…

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Minorities in cartoons: “SciGirls”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the educational series “SciGirls.” Debuting in 2010, the series airs on PBS, and has had two seasons to date. “SciGirls“‘s goal is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields to preteen girls. As such, the show features both live-action and animated portions. The animated portions are wraparound segments at the beginning and end of each episode. The animated portion’s stars are Izzie, a friendly preteen girl who likes science, and her best friend Jake, who likes to…

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Barbie struggles with programming; the stars of “Frozen” promote coding

Making the rounds online are complaints about a Barbie book for girls that supposedly promotes girls becoming interested in programming, but comes off instead as patronizing. In “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer,” Barbie tries to come up with game ideas, but it’s male characters that end up doing most of the computer-related work. Meanwhile, Barbie ends up getting a virus on her and her younger sister Skipper’s PCs. While the book was written only a few years ago, it still goes against current attempts to…

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Fred Flintstone

The 2014 Chicago Thanksgiving Day parade cartoon balloons

Similar to last year, here’s a look at the character balloons that’ll be seen in this year’s “McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Chicago. Unlike the big Macy’s parade in New York, Chicago’s parade probably reflects its smaller/Midwest roots… a lot of smaller local/regional businesses (though parade sponsor McDonald’s is headquartered in Chicago), more traditional parade elements (high school marching bands aplenty), and various Chicagoland area performers. Chicago’s parade is less over-the-top than Macy’s, though the latter has more cartoon characters. However, as I noted last…

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Astro City #20

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for February 2015

Here’s what’s of interest from DC Comics for February 2015. Full solicitations are available here. Comics The Multiversity: Mastermen #1, on sale Feb. 18, $5 Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #7, on sale Feb. 18, $4 (digital first) Looney Tunes #223, on sale Feb. 4, $3 Astro City #20, on sale Feb. 11, $4 Batman ’66 #20, on sale Feb. 25, $4 (digital first) Trade paperbacks Batman ’66, vol. 3 (HC), on sale Apr. 22, $20 Adventures of Superman, vol. 3, on sale Mar. 25,…

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

The 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cartoon balloons

Thanksgiving is approaching, and with it the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. As usual, there’ll be plenty of spectacle, floats, Broadway musical performances, and balloons both classic (Snoopy), appeal only to certain generations (Pikachu), and outright ads (the AFLAC Duck). So, here’s a look at what balloons or balloon-like items will be featured in this year’s parade. A full list of parade floats, performers, etc. is available at Macy’s parade website, plus this press release. Balloons Hello Kitty Diary of a Wimpy Kid…

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Big Hero 6

Cartoons at the box office: “Big Hero 6″ earns $36 million for second place

This week’s top film is “Dumb and Dumber To,” which opened with $38.1 million this weekend at the box office. Gather audiences wanted to see Jim Carrey in a high-profile (or familiar) comedy more than was expected, despite being a sequel to a 20 year old film. Coming in second place is “Big Hero 6.” The Marvel/Disney superhero film earned $36 million (-35.9% from last weekend). Its totals now stand at $111.7 million domestic, $36.7 million overseas, and $148.4 million globally. Forbes notes it’s the biggest…

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