After two and a half months without new episodes, Steven Universe warmed up January with a new Steven Bomb week last week. While the first couple of episodes focused on Steven’s birthday, starting with the heart-melting story of Ruby and Sapphire’s first meeting, the last three episodes were specifically about Peridot, the Gems’ sometimes enemy, and now uneasy ally. There were several developments for the character, but none that stuck with me quite so much as what happened in the fourth episode of the week, “Message Received.”
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The wait for the nebulous arrival of Rick and Morty's third season just got a little bit easier to manage. While Oni Press' Rick and Morty comic has taken a bit of the sting out of the not knowing, we still only get that once a month. But what if I told you there was a way you'd be able to get schwifty with Rick and Morty on the regular? Starting next week, that will be possible with the arrival of Pocket Mortys, a new mobile game that mashes Rick and Morty with Pokemon.
Okay, so technically you can already play a Rick and Morty video game over on the Adult Swim website, but you can't take it with you. You just can't. Pocket Mortys is hitting up both iOS and Android, meaning you'll never be without Rick's slovenly belches or Morty's ability to cancel out Rick's brainwaves to keep him safe. Plus, you get the added benefit of it being a riff on one of the most addictive and long-running role-playing game series', Pokemon.
Fans of Cartoon Network's Steven Universe were disappointed to discover that the episode We Need to Talk, which first aired in the US in June 2015, was apparently re-edited for its UK broadcast, removing the most intimate shots of the fusion dance between Pearl and Rose Quartz, replacing them mostly with Greg Universe's slackjawed reaction. Tumblr user officialkurapika has made a side-by-side video that displays the changes.
It's an odd move, because removing the shots doesn't do anything to dissuade an attentive adult viewer that there's something going on between Pearl and Rose, especially since the dance is motivated by Pearl's jealousy of Rose's growing closeness with Greg. And it's not as if they go so far as to kiss in the moments that were excised, although as you can see in the screen shots, they do seem to come very close.
The wait for an official premiere date on The Venture Bros. Season 6 has been almost as grueling as the wait between seasons itself, but it looks as if Rusty and co. at last have their return. Following initial reports of February, Adult Swim has officially set The Venture Bros. Season 6 for a late January bow.
There's just something about Spider-Gwen that calls to me. From the ways the spider legs are incorporated to the color palette, that whole suit just pops. That style carries through to the main book itself to a degree, and helps Gwen stand out from most other books on the shelf at the LCS. That and the crazy, cool kinetic art of Robbi Rodriguez.
I'm guessing that's a bit of what inspired Allegra Town Studio to craft this little fan animation of Spider-Gwen. The hyper pace, the vivid colors; everything that makes Spider-Gwen awesome is all there. And they did it in just seven seconds.
2015 was a year that brought many changes to the world of superheroes, especially where Batman is concerned. We got Jim Gordon running around in a robot suit as the new Batman, a small army of Robins on the streets, Batgirl tearing up Burnside, and Dick Grayson using the overwhelming power of handsomeness to further his career as an international super-spy. But it's also the year that Warner Bros. Animation decided, for whatever reason, to really get behind Batman Unlimited and give us not one, but two animated movies about Batman fighting crime with his robotic animal friends.
Despite having what is a genuinely great premise, it doesn't seem like anyone really talked about them, and as we close out the year, it's time to change that. As the World's Foremost Batmanologist, I feel I have a responsibility --- a duty --- to keep up on this sort of thing, so join me now as we watch Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts and see if a movie where Batman teams up with a robot wolf that can turn into a motorcycle is actually as amazing as it sounds.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the saviors of bad franchise ideas, achieving the impossible and making believers of even the most skeptical among us — from 21 Jump Street to The LEGO Movie, these guys have turned dumb concepts into great films. For their next trick, the pair are working on an animated Spider-Man movie (no relation to the new live-action reboot) and a young Han Solo prequel for the Star Wars series. The former will now hit theaters just a little later than originally planned, but judging by their previous work, it’ll be worth the wait.
For those of you who don't keep up with astronomical milestones, today is The Winter Solstice! It's the longest night of the year, and it's an event that's influenced winter celebrations in cultures all across the world. In ancient Rome, for instance, it gave rise to Saturnalia and the tradition of exchanging presents in the middle of winter that continues to this day. And in Scotland, it's a time to get together with your family to honor the hot pink Cthulhu monster that lives in your basement with a human sacrifice.
Or at least, that's what I've learned from watching G.I. Joe. Okay, okay, so maybe that particular tradition is limited solely to one James McCullen XXIV, better known to America's daring, highly trained special missions force as Cobra's resident international arms dealer, Destro. Then again, considering that the only other major fact I know about Scotland is that there's a secret castle for teen wizards somewhere up there, it seems pretty plausible that this just some local custom.
Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, an anime-influenced CGI series about two teen heroes in Paris, premieres on Nickelodeon on Sunday December 6, at 12pm. The show was originally a French/Japanese/Korean coproduction, and has been translated and adapted for American audiences.
Interestingly, the show's original title was Miraculous Ladybug, marking the female character as the real star, with Cat Noir as her fellow costumed hero and possible love interest. But a lot of people still labor under the false belief that superheroes are for boys, so it's unsurprising that someone along the line decided Cat Noir needed to be promoted as an equal co-star of the show.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the 1965 television special that combined Charles Schulz's Peanuts characters, the jazzy music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, and an honest look at the melancholy of the season, to become one of the most beloved and enduring holiday specials ever. It's a big anniversary, and that makes this year a better time than than most to talk about how it all came together.
The folks at Mashable have done just that with a look behind the scenes of the television special, including animation cels and an original script page that are more than worth your time to check out.