Internet famous cover band Postmodern Jukebox — known for their genre-bending takes on pop music hits — recently found time in their busy schedules for a pretty fun side project. Saturday Morning Slow Jams features the musicians, plus a guest vocalist, covering theme songs for popular throwback cartoons in, you guessed it, sexy slow jam style. Their latest is the theme for “Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears,” one of my personal fave Saturday morning cartoons from the mid-’80s. The song compelled me to do a quick Wiki search on the show and for the first time I realized how goddamn trippy and weird it was.The entire population of Gummi-Glen was totally addicted to Gummiberry Juice and no one seemed to care. Sigh.
Ever wonder what your cat is thinking? She’s trying to tell you — through her body language! Graphic designer, illustrator and cat lover Cindy Suen created this adorable video as a guide to the ways cats communicate with us. Watch it for a whole new perspective on your kitty’s feelings. [Laughing Squid]
I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I feel about today’s announcement that ’80s cartoon favorite, “Jem & The Holograms,” is being made into a live-action movie. Mostly because three dudes who could not possibly understand the cultural significance of “Jem” are making it. They are: Scooter Braun, who manages, or attempts to manage, Justin Bieber; the producer of the “Paranormal Activity” movies; and the director of “G.I. Joe.” I mean, it would make more sense for, say, Drew Barrymore’s company, Flower Films, to reboot the classic, which is about a professional woman named Jerica who moonlights as a rock star named Jem. Well, whatever. It’s happening. The producers are looking for casting suggestions, and while I’m not entirely sure who I would like to see in the various roles, I whipped up a few badly photoshopped renderings of Jennifer Lawrence as Jem and Taylor Momsen as Pizzaz from The Misfits. Side note: How good does J. Law look with cotton candy-colored hair? Truly outrageous, no? [MTV]
Calvin And Hobbes was everything in my childhood. Everything. I read the strip every day in the my parents’ newspaper and had all the Calvin And Hobbes books. Okay, they were my brother’s books and I stole them, but that’s besides the point. I loved to pretend that my teddy bear, Gregory, could come alive and only I would see him, just like Hobbes. I’m sure part of the reason today that I love graphic novels as much as I do is because I read so many smart, multi-layered comic strips as a kid. So I’m kinda peeing my pants right now to see that there’s going to be a Calvin And Hobbes documentary, “Dear Mr. Watterson,” about the strip and its cartoonist Bill Watterson. After the series ended in 1995, Watterson has remained mostly out of the public eye as a sort of modern-day J.D. Salinger. I’ll be fascinated to see if he makes an appearance in this doc. I can’t wait! [The Mary Sue]
As a child of pop culture, it should come as no little surprise that most of my psyche was formed by various cartoon and film studios and is tragically underequipped to manage real life, even to this day, which is why you can only find me on the Internet, as I tend to shun the sun like some kind of eyeless deep-cave newt.
While you can easily rely on film to teach you how to deal with everyday situations like terrorism, dinosaurs and hangovers, the sad truth is that the formation of one’s sexual identity is probably something best not placed in the hands of Bruce Willis or National Lampoon. I mean, I think.
As it happens, my sexual awakening was a slow, shameful thing spurred by a handful of pop culture icons that, for one reason or another, stirred something vaguely confusing deep inside me, and will now be used to stir something vaguely off-putting in all of you. Read more…
Several newspapers in Oregon and Florida are refusing to print “Doonesbury” cartoons this week, which skewer anti-abortion lawmakers; other papers in Kansas City and Los Angeles are running the comics in the op-ed pages. In cells of the comics seen online, cartoonist Garry Trudeau mocks the state of Texas, which is considering a bill similar to Virginia’s bill which would have mandated transvaginal ultrasounds. Here is how Thursday’s strip, the most controversial one, is described by media reporter Jim Romenesko:
In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”
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