It's time to stop the Powerpuff Girls

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Johnny Scuz ShadeX combined two awful things: the new PowerPuff Girls cartoon and the "it's time to stop" meme. If you want a picture of the future, Winston, imagine beloved things being drowned in irony, lame topicality and imitation of things young people don't even do anymore, forever. Read the rest

Stretch Armstrong cartoon coming to Netflix

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Netflix ordered 26 episodes of a new Hasbro-produced cartoon starring Stretch Armstrong, the iconic 1970s action figure whose rubbery body could be pulled and stretched until its skin inevitable tore or was punctured and the gross gel filling dripped out. I hope they do battle with the evil Stretch Monster! (Original TV commercial below.)

From Variety:

The 26-episode Stretch Armstrong series, Hasbro Studios’ first original programming for Netflix, is slated to debut in 2017. The animated animated action/comedy series is about an over-scheduled teenager named Jake Armstrong and his two best friends. Then the trio are accidentally exposed to an experimental chemical, they become Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters — a team of stretchable superheroes.

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Meet the composer of "Schoolhouse Rock!"

Conjunction Junction, what's your function? That iconic tune (below) and others from the "Schoolhouse Rock!" cartoon were the work of composer Bob Dorough, now 92-years-old and still playing music. (Great Big Story)

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The Dungeons and Dragons cartoon was better than it had any right to be

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The Retroblasting Youtube show -- which covers the 1980s cartoons that were made as 22-minute ads for toys after Reagan removed regulations aimed at protecting children from televised exploitation -- takes an in-depth look at the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, a rare example of a show from the era that didn't have a toy tie-in. Read the rest

An Instagram feed of fun illustrated facts

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Children's book illustrator Mike Lowery has an Instagram feed worth following. Each image is an illustrated, Ripley's Believe It or Not style cartoon with an interesting fact. Check out a few samples below.

Giraffes have 21 inch (53 cm), purple tongues! #randomillustratedfacts #sketchbook

A photo posted by Mike Lowery (@mikelowerystudio) on Jan 6, 2016 at 2:13pm PST

Today's random illustrated fact! #randomillustratedfacts #sketchbook

A photo posted by Mike Lowery (@mikelowerystudio) on Jan 5, 2016 at 10:25am PST

It's called Akutaq and some times has ground up fish and whale oil. #randomillustratedfacts #sketchbook

A photo posted by Mike Lowery (@mikelowerystudio) on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:03am PST

Today's random illustrated fact! #randomillustratedfacts #sketchbook

A photo posted by Mike Lowery (@mikelowerystudio) on Oct 20, 2015 at 1:51pm PDT

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Bus station plays Alvin and the Chipmunks music to annoy homeless people

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If you visit the Bournemouth, England bus station after midnight, you'll be treated to the fine squeaky sounds of Alvin and the Chipmunks. Why? According to the BBC, the music is part of a Bournemouth Borough Council strategy to "deter anti-social behaviour and rough sleeping, which could cause waiting passengers to feel intimidated."

"The only way I can describe it is like how people are held at Guantanamo Bay," says resident Aron Kennedy. "If they're laying down in their sleeping bags and they've got this constant music going through their head, it'll make them go insane." ALVIN!!!

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Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse: creepy photo and first two cartoons!

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Above, The Mickey Mouse Club, circa 1930. Below, Mickey's first appearance, a May 15, 1928, test screening of the cartoon Plane Crazy. The film wasn't picked up by a distributor and as a result we celebrate Mickey's birthday on November 18 because that day in 1928 was the first public appearance of the mouse, in Steamboat Willie (below).

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“Long-lost” 1928 Disney animation with 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit' found in BFI archives

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Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny's long-lost, long-eared ancestor has been discovered in the National archive of the British Film Institute.

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Weak Messages Create Bad Situations – A manifesto based on suppressed thoughts

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See sample pages at Wink.

According to artist David Shrigley’s message on the back cover of his book, Weak Messages Create Bad Situations, “We are in a bad situation and weak messages are to blame. Lots of individuals in society today are feeble-minded. They don’t know what the hell is going on ... It’s alright. I am here to help you.”

Weak Messages is an over-sized satirical “manifesto” or collection of Shrigley’s deep dark thoughts on all the little and big things that drive our world. Divided into eight chapters (Politics and Opinions, The Arts, Bugs and Insects, The World Explained...), each page contains a child-like drawing along with a hand-written simple opinion or declaration – one-page cartoons that can seem primitively funny at first glance. But read them as a collection and you suddenly find yourself in the depths of Shrigley’s mockingly blunt subconscious where truth, horror, and nervous chuckles abound. But fear not. Shrigley assures us that “If you listen to what I say things will quickly improve.”

Weak Messages Create Bad Situations: A Manifesto by David Shrigley Canongate 2015, 384 pages, 8.2 x 11.2 x 1.1 inches $35 Buy a copy on Amazon Read the rest

T-shirt: Bugs and Gossamer as Han and Chewy

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Deep Fried Art's t-shirt "Scoundrels" ($20 with shipping) depicts Gossamer (the Looney Toons monster) and Bugs as Han and Chewbacca: "I wonder what their ship would look like? The Millenium Carrot??" Read the rest

Watch Pixar co-founder's 1972 computer animations of face and hand

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In 1972, Frederic Ira Parke, while a grad student at the University of Utah, created the first computer graphics animation, above, of a human face, and with fellow student (and Pixar co-founder) Ed Catmull made the groundbreaking computer animation, below, of a human hand. Read the rest

Glenn Barr does Wilma Flintstone and Judy Jetson!

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In Glenn Barr's new show at Cotton Candy Machine gallery in Brooklyn, you'll see his excellent seedy noir interpretations of Wilma Flintstone (above) and Judy Jetson (below), among other gorgeous new paintings. Read the rest

WATCH: How Looney Tunes' Chuck Jones evolved as an artist

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Every Frame a Painting looks at how Chuck Jones evolved into the master of comedic cartooning. The conclusions: Read the rest

Pig Goat Banana Cricket - clip from new Nick cartoon series

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Our cartoonist pals, Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper, have created a bizarrely funny and artistically gorgeous cartoon for Nickelodeon called Pig Goat Banana Cricket, which premiered on Saturday, July 18. Watch out the first episode in its entirety here! Read the rest

May Contain Peanuts: grim philosophical remixes of Charles Schulz funnies

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A tumblog of greatness.

Star Wars and Bat-signal crayons

Crayontastik melts down "reputable brand crayons" and recasts them in new forms, like this Star Wars set and these Bat-signal crayons. Read the rest

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo - Concept art and storyboards from the best cartoon of the century so far

"I am now addicted to Adventure Time; actually, I am in awe of it.” Director Guillermo del Toro expressed this opinion in his forward to this massive book of art from the cartoon series, and I agree with him.

I love everything about Adventure Time: the constrained-crazy character design, the candy-colored otherworldly sets, the untraditional-but-nevertheless-engrossing stories, and the bromantic relationship between Finn the Human and Jake the shape shifting dog, who embark on their Jodorowsky-esque adventures on a post-civilization Earth (all we really know is that our world ended as we knew it after the Great Mushroom War and the cartoon takes place about 1,000 years after).

This book is a deep dive into the Land of Ooo (the new name for Earth), with tons of concept sketches, marked-up scripts, and production art. It’s also an oral history of the development of the series, with interviews from the show’s creative team sprinkled throughout.

Adventure Time: The Art of Ooo, by Chris McDonnell

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