Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I got a plushie of Jangle Elf from Year Without A Santa Claus in my stocking as a preliminary gift! Aaaaaai ~
I tried to post a picture but epic failed, sadly.
More updates as awesomeness happens.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I sweat (woo!)
Yep, Infernex meets Lucky Star. Topper looks like he's shrugging and Hinkle's body looks way too big, but otherwise I think it turned out pretty good.
(Click for full size, non-crappy quality.)
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Stitch Wraps Presents - A wallpaper version of one of my favourite Disney stock images of all time.
Keroro's Christmas - Speaking of aliens and yuletide cheer, why not adorn your desktop with Keroro, Tamama, Giroro, Mois and Natsumi in Xmas fettle?
Rudolph And Santa - From the original Rudolph special!
Oddly, there's a huge lack of R/B desktop backgrounds. I honestly don't know why.
Monday, December 15, 2008
It all started when Hallmark came out with some new Hoops and Yoyo (if you don't know who they are, I suggest you search as they are the pinnacle of awesomeness) merchandise around summertime. Among the second wave of stuff featuring the characters...
Look familiar? If you're at all interested in modern Japanese culture, it will hit you right away. This is a Hidamari no Tami with Hoops on it!
Hidamari No Tami, or Nohohon, are solar powered toys that usually hypnotically nod their head from side to side or do some other repeated, relaxing movement. They are powered completely by the sun, no batteries required.
See? These things are super popular in Asia, especially Japan. The original line was made by Tomy. They come themed to pretty much any popular character, from Pikachu to Keroro to Stitch (I even saw a Cj7 one on Ebay a while ago), so it's kind of neat that Hoops and Yoyo have joined that caliber.
I must admit I think it's kinda cool that Hallmark got its inspiration from a Japanese trend, but I thought it would be a one-off thing. I was wrong!
Take a look at what just came out at Hallmark for this Christmas season, and tell me it doesn't remind you of something else that is super popular in Japan.
Yes, Hallmark has made one of its new releases for the 2008 holiday season a Christmas themed Little Taps knockoff. Even I didn't see this one coming!
Little Taps are a series of small figurines on bases that tap dance when you press a button. They're pretty amazing, especially when you realize that you can hook together as many as you can find and they'll all dance in sync to the same song. They're most commonly made based on Disney and Sanrio characters, and each one 'knows' three songs that it can dance to on its own.
Bonus points for Jack Skellington and Stitch dancing together in a chorus line. Epic, epic win.
The Hallmark ones only know two songs each, but you can still link them together. Also, as you may have noticed, they are encased in a plastic dome for some reason (the original Japanese ones never had any form of coverage). This partially makes them less awesome, but at the same time you can pretend you have captured Santa and are forcing him to tap dance for you.
What's next - Hallmark UFO Catcher? If only.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
I had kind of a bad day though. Yet another instance where I get mad and it's totally blown out of proportion...oh well. At least (insert name of teacher here) didn't sock me today.
Also, 'Thank Frog It's Friday' is totally making fun of the number of 'frog' puns in the possible Keroro dub. Brrr. It's Mr. Freeze and 'ice' all over again. I do kind of like the 'frog-forsaken planet' line, though, hence the title.
I'm glad it's the weekend. One week left before Christmas break officially begins. Excuse to watch more Xmas specials.
Speaking of Xmas specials, A Miser Brothers Christmas shows on TV Sunday (or possibly Saturday, gotta check again if we get ABC). Both looking forward to and dreading this one.
Here's a pic of Snow Miser, just because.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
See, I put this one on Veoh because it is a project for school that I don't think is cool enough for Youtube, if you know what I mean. Here goes nothing.
Edit: It turns out it doesn't work. Dang.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Here's something I failed to mention about the prevent-it.ca ads that I spoke of in my last post. About a year later, the prevent-it people created two new ads. These ones were actually quite clever as they played off the controversy of the original ones and their shocking endings. Observe.
Ok, raise your hand if you crapped your pants before the ending just imagining what was going to happen. The first time I saw this, I had my eyes firmly shut and waited for the sound of blood splattering against the camera. I guess if the original ones were Final Destination, work edition, these ones represent the one kid that somehow survives in every one of the movies.
Oh, and if you're curious, here's the other one in the new 'oh crap that was close' series:
And, since I've probably scarred you enough for life...here's another parody, and this made me laugh out loud! Enjoy!
...scary as bloody hell.
(I have to warn you beforehand, these commercials are not for those with weak hearts or stomachs. They were shown on TV, so think about if you were just watching HGTV and suddenly someone got impaled onscreen.)
The most well-known of them is probably the 'Top Chef' one. A young woman working in a restaurant is talking to the camera about how great her life is, and how she's going to get married, but then she says to the audience that she's going to die in an accident. The fact she knows somehow is freaky enough, but, as these commercials are most famous for, the accident is actually SHOWN ON SCREEN. She slips on grease and deep-fries her face, and we see a full shot of it. These commercials were definitely subject to controversy, because they were shown during the day time. I wonder how many culinary students quit and ran like hell after this one aired? I would have.
The other commercials in the series, with the exception of the one with the construction worker and the explosion (you had to be there), actually had the people who died in the accidents get up after they die and explain how the accident could have been prevented. This is creepy, but for some reason the ones where the people talk about it before it happens just get you right in the chest. It's like Final Destination, work edition.
Of course, anything of this sort is bound to be parodied to death on the internet. There are quite a few parodies of both the commercial series and specific commercials in the series (usually the aforementioned chef one) on Youtube.
So, therefore, I leave you with something to ease the trauma. Chef Deep Fries Her Face While Yakkety Sax Plays!
Here lies the Prevent-it chef, remembered for her hilarious memeage.
Monday, December 8, 2008
...I've heard of this girl. She's apparently a 'sometimes' character in Keroro Gunsou, much like the pop star Sumomo.
What the heck is she, though? I've heard she's some kind of living doll. I've heard she's an alien who eats other aliens. I've heard she's a ghost. What is she and what is her signifigance to this whole thing? Does Keroro really need another non-Keronian 'sometimes' character?
She apparently is meant to be Momoka's rival for Fuyuki, but isn't there already that nerdy girl with the glasses?
Alisa, you confuse me. Why are you here?
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Oh, 'Meet Dave'. Or 'Starship Dave' as it was originally meant to be called...aka the world's most underrated movie ever concieved. Now people are finally seeing the light and realizing that it's a good movie. I made a fanime based on it long before the epiphany, probably because I was one of the few people to watch the movie 5 or more times before it came out on DVD/Blu Ray.
This would have made such a good SHOW. The characters lend themselves so well to an episode format, it's killing me!
Keroro dances the night away.
Keroro Gunsou is a real anime...and I love it. A lot. Too much.
PEKOPON SHINRYAKU DE ARIMASU!
I never really liked 'Rudolph'...it's a little overrated. Maybe it's just because I'm a huge fan of Frosty and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and pretty much every other Rankin/Bass special BUT 'Rudolph'. Also, the protagonists are all total dicks. Of course, they can be excused because it was the first thing R/B ever made. Another reason is probably the insane amounts of merchandise they have for only Rudolph. There are plushies of characters who appeared for two seconds. This kinda lets me down...this is coming from someone who wants a Grimsley or Hocus Pocus plushie, so I guess you can't blame me. Does anyone else on this planet want one? Yes, there's an official Hinkle plushie, but he looks like he ate some of that purple plastecine that made Santa spontaniously gain weight in 'Rudolph'.
I found an article on this subject on misfittoys.net, a great site to buy
The tag on the CVS bean bag toy of the little Dolly reads: "I'm a little rag doll who just wants a friend. I think that will help my broken heart mend." This seems to be the ever-burning question for Misfit philosophers of all time. Rick Goldschmidt in his book "The Enchanted World of Rankin Bass" writes: In the original broadcast the Dolly's screen time is mere seconds. I don't believe Romeo Muller really gave the character much thought. She was granted more screen time in the 1965 and 1997 broadcasts which ultimately led many a fan to wonder what was wrong with her. Arthur Rankin says that Dolly's problem is more psychological. As it is never mentioned in the script why in particular the doll is a misfit, some offer this: Charlie-in-the-Box tells Rudolph, Hermey and Yukon when they arrive on the Island of Misfit Toys that King Moonracer flies over the earth each night and brings unloved toys to the Island of Misfits. Dolly is perhaps there because she feels she is unloved (as King Moonracer explains about misfits) and perhaps the little girl who onced played with her is now grown up and Dolly now sits in a box, unwanted, waiting to be loved by another little girl again. "In certain circles," this explanation is offered and widely accepted by Misfit Philosophers.
I personally like the theory that she's obsessive-compulsive. A doll with OCD is a pretty epic thought. That, or she has a homicidal double-personality.
...these fanfics just keep writing themselves, don't they?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Professor Hinkle? Yes, he's here. The Burgermeister and Grimsley, his adorable right-hand man? They're here, too. A whole bunch of rabbits that seem to stalk the characters for no reason? That's definately there as well.
Each of these is a link to part one, the other parts are just a click away. I hope you enjoy...
Santa Claus is Comin' To Town
Frosty the Snowman
And, of course, we can't have a Rankin-Bass themed post without me embedding this song (or songs) firmly in your head.
All hail the Miser Brothers!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Anyways, to test this out, I've decided to post some things here. First, a quiz I was referred to by my friend Tikistitch.
What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate friends who get along with one another. People depend on you to make them feel secure. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.
Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.
And, since my favourite dessert in the list is brownies...
I wish that was a literal saber. *sigh*
And how about my favourite ice cream? (It's actually Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but close enough)
"If you like chocolate chip, you are generous, competitive and accomplished. You are charming in social situations, ambitious and competent. A visionary, a conqueror, enjoys being catered to, a go-getter, intolerant of defeat.
Prototype: Industry leaders, voted most likely to succeed in school."
Industry leader? 'A conqueror'? 'Intolerant of defeat'? ...I didn't know my favourite ice cream told people all of my deepest, most profound traits.
Thanks for reading if you did.