It’s a strange thing to see the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated shorts and Mortdecai on the same day. But that’s what I did a few days ago, for reasons too boring to mention. Anyways, the public’s distaste for the latter movie is well documented so I’ll spare the jokes. And besides, I prefer to use my humor to bring light instead of spread darkness.
Instead, I want to talk about the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated shorts. The truth is, movies like Mortdecai suck because nobody gives a shit about them. They are huge behemoths with unlimited budgets and no creative stakes, made by people so successful that they’re bored with the whole [...]
For its first three seasons, The Boondocks, which followed inner-city siblings Huey and Riley Freeman's adjustment to life in the predominantly white Illinois suburb of Woodcrest, was a genuinely funny and remarkable achievement on TV. It was the first successful TV-MA-rated animated sitcom spearheaded by an African-American comedic mind, as well as the first animated show that the hip-hop generation can be proud to call its own.
Cartoonist Aaron McGruder's adaptation of his own popular 1996-2006 comic strip took no prisoners in its satirical potshots at the likes of gangsta rappers, the Republican Party, Tyler Perry, and the network execs behind BET's lowest-common-denominator programming. The original strip took no prisoners [...]
Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck. Yosemite Sam. Marvin the Martian. These animated icons would have been silenced years ago if not for Joe Alaskey, the multi-talented voice actor behind the lion's share of Looney Tunes productions over the past few decades (including but not limited to Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and the Steven Spielberg-produced Tiny Toon Adventures). Alaskey's résumé also includes vocal stints for such varied projects as Forrest Gump, Rugrats, Duckman, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, but let's be frank — you really only wanna know about his work on D.C. Follies, right? Joe was kind enough to speak with me recently about his [...]
After spending seven years heading up development over at Adult Swim, Nick Weidenfield is in the process of creating a very similar late-night animated block over at Fox called ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def). He explained to Fast Company how ADHD will differ from Fox's regular animated fair and Adult Swim:
There’s just more room for us to be experimental than in primetime. Conceptually, ADHD will be broader than some of the stuff that we worked on at Adult Swim, but in terms of execution, it will still be weird and late night—the shows will have the kinds of jokes and the kind of storytelling that will be too [...]
Marc Maron just Tweeted the link to this video, a Robert Smigel-written TV Funhouse segment in which the educational program Conspiracy Theory Rock presents a catchy little ditty called "Media-opoly." The animation depicts the total control of the media by a few unregulated corporations – especially, yep, good old GE – who are also dumping nuclear waste directly onto playground woodchips. Big surprise, this clip was cut out from all but the first airing of its SNL episode. It's interesting to think about how far we've come in the last decade and a half, though, with 30 Rock casting GE's fictional parent company Sheinhardt Wigs as a [...]