Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"Roots" by Swingin Hammers - Video of the Day


I got a chance to hear "Roots" for the first time a few months ago. Today I found it on YouTube so now I can share it with you. The song is by Swingin Hammers, it has a great message and is worth listening to. Enjoy. (By The Indie Flox)

This Day in Pop Culture for June 27

Wall-E opened in theaters on June 27, 2008.

'Wall-E' Rolls Into Theaters

The Disney/Pixar 9th computer animated film, Wall-E, opened in theaters on this day in 2008. Directed and co-written by Andrew Stanton along with Jim Reardon, the futuristic love story between two robots was set in world destroyed by human excess. Since the film featured very little dialogue for the first half of the story, some were concerned that the film would not do well with young children. However, grossing $533.3 million worldwide on a $180 million budget making the film an instant hit. It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Long Form Dramatic Presentation, the final Nebula Award for Best Script, the Saturn Award for Best Animated Film and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Finally, Wall-E also topped Time's list of the "Best Movies of the Decade.”

Monday, June 26, 2017

Getting Carried Away by the Weather - Video of the Day


This Irish weatherman gets carried away with the weather news.

David Soren is the Genius Behind DreamWorks' 'Captain Underpants'

David Soren, director of "Captain Underpants"
David Soren is the director of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.
(IMDB and DreamWorks)


There was a time when Disney animation was the only game in town. A long time in fact. And while no one can deny that they are a pretty tough act to follow, it’s people like David Soren who has helped widen the competition. Soren is the director of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie for DreamWorks and while you may not know his name, you have already seen his work. Soren has worked as a story artist for the films Shrek, The Road to El Dorado and Chicken Run and has served as director for the speeding snail movie, Turbo. However, Captain Underpants is probably his most obscure movie to date and probably his best so far. I got a chance to meet Soren on the morning of the movie’s opening which is rare. The film was already getting great reviews, so he was in a great mood.

“It’s doing well on Rotten Tomatoes,” I said.

“I know. It’s such a nice surprise.”

Surprise? Well, despite the enormous popularity of the books by Dav Pilkey, DreamWorks was definitely taking a chance bringing a book about bathroom humor to life on the big screen and as Soren explained to me, Pilkey wasn’t too sure which studio would be the best fit.

“I know that for many, many years a lot of different studios were trying to woo Dav Pilkey to get a Captain Underpants movie made and he wasn’t ready to do it,” says Soren. “He had more stories that he wanted to tell and didn’t feel he had worked his way through all the books that he had wanted to make and I think he also didn’t feel like he had found the right match. At some point…I think it was five, six years ago he came to DreamWorks and the development team toured him around and as they were touring around I think Dav…the way Dav tells it, he kept noticing DreamWorks employees all over the place wearing underpants on the outside of their clothes nonchalantly carrying out about their business. I think that was his first clue that this was the right place to do business with.”

This Day in Pop Culture for June 26

"The Lottery" was published on June 26, 1948.

‘The Lottery’ Ruffles Feathers

The disturbing fictional short story, “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson, was published for the first time in The New Yorker magazine on this day in 1948. It is known as “one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature” but not necessarily in a favorable sense. The story tells of a small community of 300 or so residents who each year hold a lottery in which one town member gets stoned to death. Both Jackson and The New Yorker were surprised by the negative reaction of readers who cancelled their subscriptions and sent hate mail to the magazine. A month later, Jackson gave an explanation for the story: “Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.” Ironically, some of the letter were from curious readers who wanted to know where these lotteries were held and if they would be allowed to watch!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The New 'DuckTales' TV Series Opening - Video of the Day


For those wondering if Disney is ruining your childhood, here is a sneak peek at the new DuckTales animated series. (Personally, I think it looks better the original...)

This Day in Pop Culture for June 25

The comic strip "Krazy Kat" was published for the last time on June 25, 1944.

Last Krazy Kat Comic to Appear in Newspapers

Though far from the fame of Peanuts, Archie or even Garfield, Krazy Kat was a popular comic strip in its' own right. However, many people are unaware that the strip ever existed. Created by George Herriman in 1913, Krazy Kat was a spin-off of Herriman’s earlier comic, The Dingbat Family. The strip never completely identified Krazy Kat as a male or female, (it was referred to as both “he” and “she”) and the feline received its name from a mouse that referred to it as a “Krazy Kat.” The strip focused on three characters, Kat, Ignatz Mouse and Offissa Bull Pupp. Kat had a crush on the mouse but Ignatz would rather through bricks at it. Offissa Pup would try to keep law and order by condemning the throwing of bricks. Pretty simple stuff and yet the strip was hailed by many as an example of “serious” art. The comic printed its last strip on this day in 1944 – two months after Herriman had passed away.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

How Disneyland Got Started - Video of the Day


A short video on the how Disneyland Park got started on how Walt Disney was able to convey his idea in map form. (By Fastpass Facts)