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The Man Behind the Cat: Celebrating Otto Messmer

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Otto Messmer will be forever associated with one character, and it's a character he didn't even get credit for creating until years after the fact.

Messmer was born in Union City, New Jersey (then called West Hoboken) on August 16, 1892. As a student at the Thomas School of Art in New York City from 1911–1913, he provided illustrations for fashion catalogs as part of a work-study program with the Acme Agency. But what he really wanted to do was get into the relatively new artform of animation. He was fascinated by early cartoons like Winsor McCay's How a Mosquito Operates, and was already drawing his own comics for local papers by the age of 20.

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Top 5 Shocking Disney Moments

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In the tradition of ScreenCrush series like You Think You Know Movies and You Think You Know TV comes a new YouTube series: Top Five! Every two weeks (or so; we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on), ScreenCrush editor and critic Matt Singer will count down a particular topic from the world of movies (and probably write these introductory posts in the third person).

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Funko Announces ‘Pint Sized Heroes’ Featuring DC, Marvel And Steven Universe

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Funko is pretty much the ruler of the vinyl collectible game at this point, with lines such as Mystery Minis, Dorbz, and of course the ever-present and rapidly expanding line of Funko Pops that everyone has at least two of. The blind bag formula of the Mystery Minis seems to be working a treat as Funko is going even smaller with the announcement of a new line of 1.5" collectibles dubbed Pint Sized Heroes.

The new line takes what everyone loves about Pops and Dorbz and combines them, while featuring the blind bag aspect of Mystery Minis to create something totally new and even cuter.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Looney Tunes

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Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at Warner Bros' iconic stable of characters, the stars of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies!

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episodes 1-2: ‘Kindergarten Kid’ and ‘Know Your Fusion’

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Welcome to Together Breakfast, the feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and relish every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. This is the final installment of the Summer of Steven, so we should be back to one episode a week until the hiatus. It’s been hectic, but we’re happy you’ve followed us through this whirlwind.

In the first episodes of season four, Steven helps Peridot capture a corrupted Gem, and Sardonyx welcomes Smoky Quartz onto her own private variety show. Kindergarten Kid was written by Raven M. Molisee and Paul Villeco, Know Your Fusion was written by Hilary Florido and Lauren Zuke, and both were directed by Kat Morris and Ricky Cometa.

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Darth Vader Won’t Return to ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Anytime Soon, If Ever

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Star Wars Rebels has gifted us similarly high-profile big bads each year, from beating Rogue One to James Earl Jones’ Darth Vader return, to this year’s reemergence of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Don’t expect Vader to have any significant role going forward, however, as Rebels boss Dave Filoni says there’s been “an elected decision to not have Vader around.”

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CW Sets ‘Freedom Fighters: The Ray’ DC Series, Will Cast for Live-Action

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Just as The CW’s Arrow-verse births a new Vixen, so too is her comic progenitor about to have some company. The CW confirms that CW Seed will launch a new animated series set within the universe, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, featuring a gay lead with a voice to be cast for eventual live-action debut.

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‘Steven Universe’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episodes 22-25: ‘Beta,’ ‘Earthlings,’ ‘Back to the Moon,’ and ‘Bubbled’

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Welcome to Together Breakfast, the feature where Elle Collins and Katie Schenkel come together to dig in and relish every last drop of Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. With the current nightly summer schedule, we’re going to be doing a couple of these a week, and two to three episodes per column. It may be hectic, but hopefully you’ll keep up with us as we dive headlong into the world of the Crystal Gems.

This time, Peridot takes Steven and Amethyst on a field trip, things with Jasper reach a climax, and the Rubies return from Neptune. Beta was written by Hilary Florido and Lauren Zuke, Earthlings was written by Raven M. Molisee and Paul Villeco, and both were directed by Kat Morris and Ricky Cometa. Back to the Moon was written by Lamar Abrams and Katie Mitroff, Bubbled was written by Colin Howard and Jeff Liu, and they were both directed by Joe Johnston and Ricky Cometa.

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Let Your Gem Glow with Hot Topic’s New Cartoon Network Lookbook

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Which of the Crystal Gems from Steven Universe are you? Are you a delicate, meticulous Pearl? Or perhaps you're more of a Garnet: strong, proud, perfectly balanced. Or could you be more of a hedonistic, impulsive Amethyst? Or maybe you're Steven?

Whichever Gem you identify with most, Hot Topic is ready to help you express that side of yourself with some fantastic clothes that just debuted in their Cartoon Network Lookbook. And if you're less of a Gem and more of a Powerpuff Girl, a Marceline or Finn, or even a Courage the Cowardly Dog, Hot Topic can help you out there too.

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Hop Into These Wild ‘Zootopia’ Facts

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A single giraffe in Zootopia contained over nine million individual hairs, which is more hair than all of the last three Disney animated films together. That’s just one of the hair-raising (sorry) Zootopia facts in the latest installment of You Think You Know Movies!

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