Sequel news for “Star Wars,” “Frozen”

Star Wars

Word came from Disney today on two upcoming sequel films for two popular franchises, “Star Wars” and “Frozen.” Star Wars: Episode VIII, Rogue One A press release earlier today reported that “Star Wars” Episode VIII—the next film after “The Force Awakens” this December—will be released on May 26, 2017. That’s 40 years to the day after the … Read more

New trailer for Pixar’s “Inside Out”

A new trailer’s been released earlier today for the upcoming Pixar movie “Inside Out.” It gives more of a feel for the film’s “world,” aka the inside of a middle school student’s head. The film looks pretty good so far. Apparently the family (or at least the father) is a hockey fan. Nice joke about San Francisco/west … Read more

“DuckTales” is being revived for Disney XD in 2017

DuckTales

The classic 1987 animated series “DuckTales” is coming back to TV in a revival (or reboot). Disney’s announced a new “DuckTales” series will be produced for Disney XD, and will debut sometime in 2017. “DuckTales” was a turning point for TV animation, and in my opinion, the TV cartoon that helped spark the modern era of … Read more

Disney sweeps the 2015 animation Oscars, “Birdman” flies off with Best Picture

Baymax and Hiro

This year’s Oscars are over, and Disney’s swept this year’s animation categories. The winners are in bold type below. Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Animated Short Film The Bigger Picture The Dam Keeper Feast Me and My … Read more

Anthony’s eight favorite YouTube channels

How It Should Have Ended

Like others, I have a few favorite YouTube channels I enjoy following. While they’re admittedly low on cute cats, they’re all still entertaining and/or educational. CGP Grey www.youtube.com/user/CGPGrey CGP Grey is a channel offering several minute long videos explaining various subjects, ranging from why the US should kill the penny (among other reasons, it’s lost … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Frozone

Frozone

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Frozone, a character from the 2004 Pixar movie “The Incredibles.” Frozone (real name: Lucius Best) is a superhero with ice-themed powers, similar to those of his corporate cousins Elsa (of Disney’s “Frozen”) or Iceman (of Marvel’s X-Men). As such, Frozone used his abilities to fight crime, until a … Read more

Disney comics to return to the American market via IDW

Uncle Scrooge #1

News came today that Disney has licensed out its traditional line of comics to publisher IDW, who’ll be releasing new Disney books over the upcoming year under the imprint “Disney Comics.” The books include: “Uncle Scrooge” (in April), “Donald Duck” (May), “Mickey Mouse” (June), and long-runner “Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories” (September). WDC&S will retain … Read more

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

Barbie

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. … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “The Princess and the Frog”

The Princess and the Frog

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” Released in 2009, “Princess” was Disney’s first feature-length theatrical animated film (and first “Princess” film) with an African-American star. Based on the old fairy tale “The Frog Prince,” the film’s plot centers around Tiana, a young woman living in 1920s New Orleans whose dream is … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Fillmore!”

Fillmore

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the Saturday morning series “Fillmore!” Airing on ABC from 2002 to 2004, the series was produced by Disney. “Fillmore!” focused on its titular character Cornelius Fillmore, a bald 12-year-old African-American kid who was once a juvenile delinquent. Caught planning to steal a shipment of chalk from his school (“X Middle … Read more