Peanut and Robot

rawr0609:

9c9bs:

The real problem with people fussing over Pluto all the time is it represents the priorities of the public - preserving traditions rather than accepting facts. The pursuit of science is about building a sustainable catalog of truths, and there is no advantage in altering truths to appease nostalgia. 

wow

Given the now-infamous Mathew Klickstein interview from yesterday, I now wonder how much of nostalgia includes racial or sexual prejudices. And that includes Pluto. “It was discovered by a white man and demoted by a black man! See, I told you it’s hard out here for a white man but you didn’t believe me! Now I have a whole planet - sorry, ex-planet - to agree with me!”  (Of course, much like Klickstein’s own deluded theories, this falsely downplays the contributions of women in Pluto’s discovery - namely, the word “Pluto” itself was suggested by an 11-year-old girl.)

This trainwreck of an interview (which, much like real train wrecks, is fascinating for all the wrong reasons) both reinforces that most writing on “nostalgia” and/or children’s television is horribly marred by the author’s personal biases and makes me wonder how many others’ biases, professional or otherwise, end up being those of the racial or sexual variety.

Is it true that everyone that works on uncle grandpa has downsyndrome and or mentally ill

powerheat:

Everyone that works on uncle grandpa has fun making cartoons and exploiting what cartoons do best. Which is stuff like visual gags, surrealism, caricature, exaggeration, caricaturing personalities, whimsical stories, Etc. We are encouraged to be imaginative and fun and put that in our episodes.

Sorry that your life is so sad that you must hate on a show that isn’t even for you ( unless you are 6-11 years old).

Guess what, random tumblr asshole. Kids in that aforementioned age range have visited the studio and snuck some peeks of episodes. And guess what. They laughed and giggled and were thoroughly entertained. I consider that we accomplished what we set out to do. And while you are pooping on other people I am in a way directly or indirectly involved in making 8 year olds across the world laugh for a few moments. And laugh at something silly, innocuous, subversive, goofy, dumb, etc.

That’s rewarding.

Maybe one day you’ll find something rewarding in life. Clearly watching cartoons that aren’t meant for you isn’t really improving your life.

And the best thing ever was invented a long time ago. It’s called freedom. Because you have the freedom to: change the channel, go outside, pop in a DVD and watch something you do like, go on the internet, read a book, play connect 4 with your friends.

In short. Get a fucking life.

The REAL Inspiration Behind the Hoo-Hoo Animatronic Band

tenaflyviper:

Contrary to what many people may be thinking, the animatronic band featured in this week’s episode (“Soos and the Real Girl”) is NOT a nod to the popular indie PC horror game, Five Nights at Freddy’s.

The episode would have already been written and at least recorded before season one of Gravity Falls even finished airing on television, and thus long before Five Nights at Freddy’s came onto the internet scene.

The theme of children’s restaurant animatronics gone bad has been a trope for quite a while (remember Chubby Cheese’s from Dexter’s Laboratory?  Or Bloaty’s Pizza Hog?  The Capicola Gang?), and was first inspired by the most notable animatronic animal band, The Rock-afire Explosion.  It was the first to feature life-size characters, and was created by an inventor named Aaron Fechter.

Long before Chuck E. Cheese’s merged and took over, absorbed, and renamed all restaurants, the popular destination for kids having birthday parties was known as Showbiz Pizza.  Fechter and his company, Creative Engineering Inc., created and operated in-house animatronic bands for various Showbiz Pizza outlets, beginning in 1980.

The Rock-afire Explosion was comprised of three stages:

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The stage to the left is that of the character of Rolfe deWolfe, and his puppet, Earl Schemerle.  They performed before, and between, each stage show.  This was likely part of the inspiration for the badger character from tonight’s episode-

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-which was then combined with the way Chuck E. Cheese’s redesigned their “Chucky” mascot to be more appealing to the target demographic of children in the mid 1990’s:

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The hillbilly bear animatronic was based on Billy Bob Brockali, who took up the right side stage of the Rock-afire Explosion:

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He is also the very obvious inspiration behind the unnerving “Bear-O” puppet that Mabel owns.

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The female robot possessed by Giffany was inspired by Mitzi Mozzarella, who was the lone female animatronic in the center stage of the Rock-afire Explosion:

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The large-clawed rats wearing stumps are not a nod to the surprise “Foxy” character in Five Nights at Freddy’s, but are instead inspired by Baby Choo Choo the bear, who was part of the center stage diorama:

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Beginning in 1990, all Showbiz Pizza locations were converted into Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurants after the unification of both companies.  This was due in smaller part to the North American Video Game Crash of 1983, but mostly because both venues were seeing a dramatic decrease in profits:  Particularly on Showbiz Pizza’s behalf, as they opened far more restaurants than the company could afford to maintain.

After the unification, the Rock-afire Explosion characters were retired, and the animatronics were redressed as the Chuck E. Cheese mascots (which were greatly lacking in build quality, as well as overall character).  With their larger, circular eyes, less-complicated construction/operation, and more lifeless expressions, it is far more likely that the Five Nights at Freddy’s characters were based on the newer Chuck E. Cheese band than the original Rock-afire Explosion.

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So, to recap:

The animatronic band in “Soos and the Real Girl” was inspired by THESE guys:

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NOT by THESE guys:

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And the Five Nights at Freddy’s band was more than likely inspired by THESE guys:

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The documentary The Rock-Afire Explosion is bizarre but interesting and worth watching. Chris Thrash could easily be a Gravity Falls character.

blackcatula:

WHOA, get a load of this! It’s an animation test from Genndy Tartakovsky’s upcoming 2016 Popeye movie! This looks like SO MUCH FUN! :D

As Genndy points out, it’s NOT A TRAILER, and it’s NOT A CLIP, but an animation test to get a feel for what kind of movie it will look like!

I am now antiskipatin’ this movie more than ever.

gamepreservation:

From the Out of My Fever Dreams Department comes a recently-unearthed copy of Chubby Checker — yes, the guy who sang The Twist — singing a song about Dig Dug.

This cassette tape was recently unearthed by Matt Osborne, son of former Atari vice president Don Osborne, who unfortunately passed away in 1983. The song itself was technically used in a commercial, but without Checker. Why this recording exists — and why his vocals weren’t used in the final product — are unfortunately lost to history.

Recalls Matt:

My father, Don Osborne, was Vice President of ATARI at the time and he brought this home one day for us to listen to. I’m not sure how I actually ended up with it, but he may have lent it to me and I just never gave it back or he never asked for it to be returned. The only info that I have about it was that ATARI had envisioned a somewhat ‘50’s styled take on the song, inspired, in part, by Chubby Checker’s hit “The Twist.” At the time that I’d heard the song and had got possession of the tape, it was fully intended that Chubby’s song would be used in the final commercial. It’s been over 30 years, that and I was about 13 at the time, so details are fuzzy, but I remember my father being extra excited that Chubby was involved in the project and had great things to say about having met him. After that, I don’t recall why his sone was eventually dropped in leu of the one in the final cut of the commercial. The only thing that makes sense is that Chubby might have appealed to a much older audience and not the one that the commercial was targeted towards, so they eventually choose a younger representation for the band singing the song. Still, try going online and digging up any history, or even a mention of Chubby’s involvement, and you will find very little. I’d love to know more myself, so please share if you find anything out. 

blessedwithgloriousbutt:

maycontainfeminists:


One of the best examples of artistic integrity on a corporate scale.

wow. 

No matter how many times I see this, I never fail to be impressed by that last sentence.

This well-written disclaimer has appeared on all of the collections of classic cartoons Warner Bros. has released since 2006 (inspired by an introduction that appeared on the third Looney Tunes and second Tom and Jerry DVDs which was given by Whoopi Goldberg). Oddly enough, despite this disclaimer, they apparently feel that some offensive cartoons are more offensive than others: after a controversy regarding dropping two Tom and Jerry cartoons with blackface stereotypes from their planned Blu-Ray releases of the Tom and Jerry cartoons in chronological order despite releasing others with similar stereotypes, WB ended up canning the planned Blu-Ray and hasn’t released any “collectors” Blu-Rays of classic cartoons since.

blessedwithgloriousbutt:

maycontainfeminists:

One of the best examples of artistic integrity on a corporate scale.

wow. 

No matter how many times I see this, I never fail to be impressed by that last sentence.

This well-written disclaimer has appeared on all of the collections of classic cartoons Warner Bros. has released since 2006 (inspired by an introduction that appeared on the third Looney Tunes and second Tom and Jerry DVDs which was given by Whoopi Goldberg). Oddly enough, despite this disclaimer, they apparently feel that some offensive cartoons are more offensive than others: after a controversy regarding dropping two Tom and Jerry cartoons with blackface stereotypes from their planned Blu-Ray releases of the Tom and Jerry cartoons in chronological order despite releasing others with similar stereotypes, WB ended up canning the planned Blu-Ray and hasn’t released any “collectors” Blu-Rays of classic cartoons since.

sesamestreet:

Question: Do you think kids today would realize that the brown thing in the background is a radio?
Answer: NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

Martians React To: A Radio

sesamestreet:

Question: Do you think kids today would realize that the brown thing in the background is a radio?

Answer: NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

Martians React To: A Radio

curtdogg:

Charles Martinet just joined Vine, and it’s already the best thing.

With all the sadness going on in the world, it’s nice to see something that makes you smile. Charles Martinet, voice of most of the Nintendo characters, has just started posting videos on Vine and Instagram, and they are gloriously avant-guarde. Besides this encounter with a juggler, Mario and Luigi have also today debated the pronunciation of the word “banana” and discussed street art and why it reminds them of spaghetti. Also, Wario farting. Because that’s what he does.

Charles Martinet never played a video game in his life and got the job voicing Mario after ad-libbing a routine in which he made a pizza pie. This, combined with the infamous Mario Teaches Typing cutscenes makes me think Martinet is like this all the time when he voice acts. Which is why he is awesome.

gravi-teamfalls:

Hey Tumblr! I’m Alex Hirsch, creator of the animated TV series Gravity Falls. For ages now I have lurked in anonymity, hiding in the shadows of the internet, watching as you’ve GIF’ed my jokes and shipped my characters and done unspeakable things to my dear Pines Twins. You…you’ve got some issues Tumblr. We’re all worried about you.
Pressing on! I have decided to finally emerge from beyond the fourth wall to share with you that I myself have a shameful secret.  That secret is that despite my success as a cartoon show creator, I can barely hold a pencil. My understanding of the word “anatomy” just means adding abs to everything. I once mistook a kneaded eraser for a piece of gum and chewed on it until someone told me to stop. The point is, without a team of incredible layout artists, background painters, character designers, prop designers, storyboard artists and colorists, Gravity Falls would look like this:

Thats why I’ve created Gravi-Team falls, a place where we will be uploading artwork, cut scenes, and other strange goodies from the amazing crew that brings this show to life. I’m inspired every day by these amazing geniuses, and now I want to pass that inspiration on to you. If you like Gravity Falls, amazing art, and procrastinating, than this is the Tumblr you’ve been Tumbling for! Ladies and Gentlemen…GRAVI-TEAM FALLS! 
 All opinions, rants, swears and typos do not represent the opinions of the Disney Company or any of the individual Jonas Brothers.

Welcome to Tumblr, Gravity Falls Production Staff! Somehow we didn’t scar you for life (or if we did, you do a great job of hiding it!)

gravi-teamfalls:

Hey Tumblr! I’m Alex Hirsch, creator of the animated TV series Gravity Falls. For ages now I have lurked in anonymity, hiding in the shadows of the internet, watching as you’ve GIF’ed my jokes and shipped my characters and done unspeakable things to my dear Pines Twins. You…you’ve got some issues Tumblr. We’re all worried about you.

Pressing on! I have decided to finally emerge from beyond the fourth wall to share with you that I myself have a shameful secret.  That secret is that despite my success as a cartoon show creator, I can barely hold a pencil. My understanding of the word “anatomy” just means adding abs to everything. I once mistook a kneaded eraser for a piece of gum and chewed on it until someone told me to stop. The point is, without a team of incredible layout artists, background painters, character designers, prop designers, storyboard artists and colorists, Gravity Falls would look like this:

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Thats why I’ve created Gravi-Team falls, a place where we will be uploading artwork, cut scenes, and other strange goodies from the amazing crew that brings this show to life. I’m inspired every day by these amazing geniuses, and now I want to pass that inspiration on to you. If you like Gravity Falls, amazing art, and procrastinating, than this is the Tumblr you’ve been Tumbling for! Ladies and Gentlemen…GRAVI-TEAM FALLS! 

All opinions, rants, swears and typos do not represent the opinions of the Disney Company or any of the individual Jonas Brothers.

Welcome to Tumblr, Gravity Falls Production Staff! Somehow we didn’t scar you for life (or if we did, you do a great job of hiding it!)