“Happy Birthday” is (presumably) now copyright free

Birthday cake

A federal judge has ruled this week that Warner Bros. has no claim to the copyright on the lyrics for “Happy Birthday To You,” the ubiquitous birthday song. The full details of the case and the history of the song are written up in this Variety article. The actual tune has been in public domain since 1949. … Read more

Looney Tunes is getting a direct-to-video film, “Rabbits Run”

On the heels of the recently announced direct-to-video animated films from Warner Bros. comes the latest one, “Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run.” In this film, Bugs Bunny is caught up in a chase for a sought-after invisibility spray, with Lola Bunny in tow. The film looks loosely based on the recently-ended “The Looney Tunes Show” setting, as the … Read more

DC’s live-action news: at long last, a Wonder Woman movie! (Also: Static Shock! Cyborg! Aquaman!)

Wonder Woman

Last week, DC and Warner Bros. announced its planned slate of live-action film projects through the end of the decade. Among the most surprising news: Wonder Woman’s finally getting a stand-alone movie! The only downside is that they also made clear that this version of Diana will be based on the not-kid-friendly New 52 version, complete … Read more

“The Flintstones” to get the big-screen treatment (and *not* by Seth MacFarlane)

News came earlier this week that “The Flintstones” will be revived as a (presumably CGI) big-screen animated film. Unlike the earlier proposed “Flintstones” revival that would’ve been spearheaded by Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame (which fortunately fell through), this film will be co-produced by comedian Will Ferrell. No indication what the film will be … Read more

A week of media racism, sexism, and homophobia: from superheroes to “Duck Dynasty”

While it’s not all about comics/animation, the previous week’s seen plenty of racist, sexist, and homophobic stuff in the media that I feel’s worth remarking on anyway, especially since I’m tired of repeating myself in various online forums. To wit: Scott Lobdell mistreats fellow comic creator MariNaomi Last week, a comic creator named MariNaomi wrote … Read more

Marvel announces a new comic about a Muslim teenaged girl; DC announces a TV show about Hourman

The comic book “Big Two” made two separate announcements today that couldn’t possibly be more different from each other. Marvel Marvel announced a new book coming out early next year about a new Ms. Marvel. (The former Ms. Marvel’s nowadays going by the code-name “Captain Marvel,” per Marvel’s trademark on the term.) The new Ms. … Read more

The return of “Warner Communications?”: Time Warner to spin off Time, Inc.

Some might recall the big merger between Warner Communications (owners of Warner Bros. studios) and Time, Inc. (publishers of “Time,” “Life,” and other magazines) back in the late 80s. After almost 25 years of “matrimony,” it looks like Time Warner is looking to spin off its Time, Inc. side, in the name of pushing its … Read more

Cartoon collectibles: Wakko Warner toy

This week’s cartoon collectible is another oldie-but-goody, especially for “Animaniacs” fans: a Wakko Warner beanbag toy: I bought Wakko at the Warner Bros. Store back around 2000, when I lived in Indianapolis. It wasn’t long after that that the store (like the whole WB Store chain) shut down, which is a shame, as I liked … Read more

More Hollywood hijinks: Netflix to delay Warner Bros. DVDs by a month

Warner Bros. and Netflix have reached an agreement of some sort: in exchange for more streaming-video access to its material, Netflix will delay releasing new Warner Bros. videos (DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and apparently even streaming video feeds) by 28 days, enabling Warner Bros. to supposedly boost its new DVD/Blu-ray sales: Warner Bros props up decaying … Read more

Looney Tunes to return to Cartoon Network (not a hoax, dream or imaginary story)!

After looking through online TV guide Zap2It.com, I’ve discovered that after several years’ absence from American TV airwaves, Looney Tunes is finally coming back to Cartoon Network. Not only are we getting a six-hour marathon of the shorts on Sunday, November 15 (from 1 PM to 7 PM EST), but they’re also being aired on … Read more