Between its Superbook and Sailor Moon-inspired aesthetic, hearty humor and intriguing premise, it’s not hard to see why Natasha Allegri's two Bee and PuppyCat shorts from Frederator’s Cartoon Hangover have amassed more than 4 million views online over the past few months. With fan demand fully in tow, Cartoon Hangover has turned to Kickstarter to expedite the creation of six (or more, according to stretch goals) new 6-minute installments set to start rolling out by the summer of 2014. Should backers succeed in funding the project, they won’t just get more cartoons to watch. Rewards include a Bee and PuppyCat #1 comic book, with certain backing levels indicating that the series could run long enough to supply two years’ worth of collected editions.
By Joe Hughes
In yet another moment clearly meant to remind you that you are no longer young, The Simpsons is about to air it’s 24th “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween special. Any current or lapsed fan of the show is familiar with a few of the traditions that go into the annual episode, including the altered opening and horror-inspired Couch Gag. The theme continues this year, and this time the producers of the show brought on Guillermo del Toro to create the opening. Just under three minutes long, the animation features guest appearances by a few comic characters, as well as a nod to Futurama, and some inspiration from Mad magazine and former Hellboy artist and frequent del Toro collaborator Guy Davis.
By Chris Sims
October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we’re running down the costumes based on Adventure Time, featuring Sexy Lumpy Space Princess and the best Finn and Jake costume ever!
By Chris Sims
Q: Outside of the opening credits to Batman: The Animated Series, what’s the most effective opening to an 80s/90s “kids” show? —@chudleycannons
A: You know, Chudley, I like that you went as far as putting the quotation marks around “kids” as though being a 31-year-old who gets up every morning to watch an episode of Jem and the Holograms over a cup of coffee is something that is perfectly normal for my demographic. But there’s no shame in my game, friend, so let’s talk a little about cartoons and how they open.
By Chris Sims
As Ray Croc famously said before a 10-cent hamburger crashed through his window and sent him on the path of vengeance against expensive hamburgers, “Children are a hungry, easily distracted lot.” That’s why the McDonald’s restaurant made the decision to include toys with its kid-friendly Happy Meals — and now, they’re taking cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets back to their darker, more brutal roots with toys based on Cartoon Network’s Beware the Batman!
By Chris Sims
Hitting at the height of the franchise’s popularity, the 1992 X-Men animated series translated all the action and melodrama that made the comic such a success to the world of Saturday morning cartoons, and it got its hooks into me like almost nothing else. That’s why ComicsAlliance is heading back through the archives for an in-depth look at every single episode of X-Men. This week: 'The Final Decision,’ the explosive (literally) finale of Season One!
Following in the footsteps of their Cartoon Network (and Boom! Studios) compatriots from Adventure Time, the Regular Show crew are set to receive the Funko Pop Vinyl figure treatment this fall. Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, Skips and Benson are the first characters from the park getting figures.
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If you have ever dreamed about drinking a Flaming Moe at Moe’s Tavern or having a for-real Krusty Burger, you can go get one in The Simpsons' apparent home state of… Florida?
That’s right: Universal Studios Orlando has a fully realized Springfield. There’s even an Android’s Dungeon and Baseball Card Shop (which assuredly sells Bongo Comics). So stifle your annoyed grunts (that’s Simpsons script-speak for “d’oh”) and check out all the images and video of the new attraction putting the “Spring” in “Springfield” after the cut.
Tumblr Editor’s Note: I want to go to there.