Multiple engaging week links today!
Homer Simpson isn’t a positive role model for kids? Eat my shorts…
David Mitchell over at the Guardian has this thoughtful piece about whether or not one of the greatest character ever to grace the TV screen is a bad role model for kids. Well worth a read for the infractions from certain quarters.
The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead and Roundhead: Q&A with Elliot Cowan
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls trailer – on the hoof? More like on the hooch
Another one from the Guardian (this time by Stuart Heritage) but which occupies a much higher position on the sarcasm scale.
Next, in a scene that definitely wasn’t added because Hasbro knows that a lot of the My Little Ponies: Equestria Girls revenue will come from adult male brony fetishists, Twilight Sparkle gets down on her hands and knees and lets her dog mount her. Silly Twilight Sparkle! On this planet we put string around our dogs’ necks and … no, wait, that’s playing into the bronies’ hands too. Disregard.
You should definitely read the whole thing, which does a great job of illustrating the marketing/executive farce that is Equestria Girls.
Mike Boon Animation Alphabets
Via Animated Review are a series of alphabets featuring animated characters. Here’s the Simpsons one, but there are many more.
Trigger’s Little Witch Academia Blu-ray Offered in N. America
This announcement may be the one that finally gets me around to buying a Blu-Ray player; something I’ve resisted so far for no particular reason.
However, there’s more to this than a simple home media release:
The anime will come in a collector’s edition on Blu-ray Disc with an original soundtrack disc and a 112-page art book with storyboards, sketches, character art, and illustrations. Video extras include a 66-minute making-of video that chronicles fledgling studio Trigger‘s journey to create Little Witch Academia for the Anime Mirai 2013 program. The disc will have the Japanese soundtrack with English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese subtitles.
Is anyone in any doubt about the ability to sell this given a.) the quality of the film itself and b.) the sheer breadth of material thrown in for the fans and nothing more?
This is what we talk about when we mean catering to fans. The price is currently unknown, but even at $50 it will be worth it.
Coming Soon On Tumblr
Nope, I don’t know either. But I am intrigued from a business model standpoint as well as a story one.
UPDATE: Thanks Ryan!
— Ryan Gallagher (@ryangallagher) June 22, 2013
Tweets of the Week
Looking forward to Monsters U. this weekend to find out what traumatic events turned Mike and Sulley into monsters. #therewillbeblood
— Andrew Farago (@andrewfarago) June 17, 2013
"We would have got away with it too, if it wasn't for those meddling kids." – Microsoft.
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) June 20, 2013
Sir Nick Park. How has this not happened yet?
— Nathan Wilkes (@Nathan3DWilkes) June 20, 2013
I'm not sure I want to pay to go to Monsters University. Are there scholarships available?
— Josh Weinstein (@JElvisWeinstein) June 22, 2013