Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

So coming up on the 2nd of February, I’ll be hosting the Geek Fallout Podcast. The Topic for this podcast is Top 5 Cartoon Characters! I just finished putting together my list of favorite toons and also gathered history/information on each toon. 🙂 Now like all pre-podcast posts, I’ll only give you a few of the items on the list.  You’ll have to just listen to the podcast to hear the last two…

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Podcast Topic: Top 5 Cartoon Characters

So coming up on the 2nd of February, I’ll be hosting the Geek Fallout Podcast. The Topic for this podcast is Top 5 Cartoon Characters! I just finished putting together my list of favorite toons and also gathered history/information on each toon. 🙂 Now like all pre-podcast posts, I’ll only give you a few of the items on the list.  You’ll have to just listen to the podcast to hear the last two !mmmmmwwwwahahahahahaha!FdxAPmK

At first I wanted to do just Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera only for this podcast. But after thinking about it and a talk with some of my fellow podcasters. I opened it up to every cartoon out there, plus there will less of a chance of us copying each other. So here we go!! This is the list I have put together, enjoy!

05: Marvin the Martian: After Bugs Bunny had begun to outwit Yosemite Sam.. Friz Freleng & director Chuck Jones decided to create the opposite type of character, one who was soft-spoken, but whose actions were incredibly destructive & legitimately dangerous. Marvin the Martian was the result! Marvin made his debut with 1948’s Haredevil Hare. Unlike the other Warner Bros. cartoon villains, Marvin can be actually evil at most points, and not just daft  like the others, he is also funny.

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The design for Marvin was based on a conception of the Roman God Mars. “That was the uniform that Mars wore that helmet and skirt. We thought putting it on this ant-like creature might be funny. But since he had no mouth, we had to convey that he was speaking totally through his movements. It demanded a kind of expressive body mechanics.”
Marvin was never named in the original shorts – he was called the Commander of Flying Saucer X-2 in The Hasty Hare in 1952. But only decades later, when the character attracted merchandising, the current name was selected.

04: Foghorn Leghorn:  Foghorn Leghorn was directly inspired by the popular character of Senator Claghorn. ASouthern politician played by Kenny Delmar who was a regular character on the Fred Allen radio show. The rooster adopted many of Claghorn’s catch phrases, such as “That’s a joke, ah say, that’s a joke, son.” Delmar had based the character of Claghorn upon a Texas rancher who was fond of saying this.
A leghorn is a breed of chicken, and foghorn describes the character’s loud, overbearing voice.

tumblr_ml96leMrmO1r34tn8o1_500According to Leonard Maltin the character’s voice was also patterned after a hard-of-hearing West Coast-only radio character from the 1930s, known simply as The Sheriff, on a radio program called Blue Monday Jamboree. The voice has similarities to that of another Mel Blanc voice: Yosemite Sam (a strictly Friz Freleng character).

03: Wile E. Coyote: Chuck Jones based Wile E. Coyote on a Mark Twain book called Roughing It. Which Twain described the coyote as “a long, slim, sick and sorry-looking skeleton” & “a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” Chuck Jones said he created the Coyote-Road Runner cartoons as a parody of traditional “cat and mouse” cartoons like MGM’s Tom and Jerry, which Jones would work on as a director later in his career. Jones modeled the Coyote’s appearance on fellow animator Ken Harris.

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The Coyote’s name of Wile E. is a play on the word “wily.” The “E” was said to stand for Ethelbert in one issue of a Looney Tunes comic book. The Coyote’s surname is routinely pronounced with a long “e”, but in one cartoon short, To Hare Is Human, Wile E. is heard pronouncing it with a diphthong ky-OH-tay. Early model sheets for the character prior to his initial appearance (in Fast and Furry-ous) identified him as “Don Coyote”, a play on Don Quixote.

Well I hope you enjoy this little list of cartoon characters as much as I did. I can’t wait till this podcast and hear everyone’s picks for the Top 5. Make you come by and give us a listen at Geek Fallout!

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Top 10 Nerdy Things To Do Before I Die

Top 10 Nerdy Things To Do Before I Die

So tomorrow we’re doing a Top 5 Podcast of “Nerdy Things To Do Before You Die”. But it got me really thinking about what I would like to do in my life time. But my Top 5 turned into a Top 100… SO… I thought for this post I’d mark it down to the Top 10 and save the last 5 for the Podcast.  So here we go!

10: Visit the grave of Jack Kirby. For those who don’t know who Jack Kirby is. He is a comic…

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Top 10 Nerdy Things To Do Before I Die

So tomorrow we’re doing a Top 5 Podcast of “Nerdy Things To Do Before You Die”. But it got me really thinking about what I would like to do in my life time. But my Top 5 turned into a Top 100… SO… I thought for this post I’d mark it down to the Top 10 and save the last 5 for the Podcast.  So here we go!

10: Visit the grave of Jack Kirby. For those who don’t know who Jack Kirby is. He is a comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major creators in the comic book world. Jack and Stan Lee also co-created many of Marvel’s characters.

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09: Visit the castles that inspired Frankenstein and Dracula. Always been a big fan of the classic monster movies, plus it’ll take me over seas. Always wanted to go to UK…. Mostly Scotland tho.

08: Go to OR start up if there isn’t one already, an underground sing-along screening of the Buffy Musical. Think Rocky Horror Picture Show, only with Buffy.

07: Attend GenCon or DragonCon! Always wanted to go, sadly never able to.

06: Create a Comic Book… This is some I’ve always wanted to do. Came close a number of times, just never made it to the finish line. 😦

So there is half of my Top 10! If you want to hear the other 5, you’ll have to listen to the Podcast Muahahaha!! It’ll be on Geek Fallout Hosted by Derek Ash & Edited by ME!

Geek Fallout Ep #108: Twas the episode before Christmas…

Geek Fallout Ep #108: Twas the episode before Christmas…

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Brian Farrell leads the Geek Fallout crew in this all-new episode just before Christmas. Aside from discussing geek news they are discussing the Top 5 Families in pop culture.

After taking part in this podcast & editing. After re-hearing everything I must warn you. This podcast kinda went off the crazy rails…. I’m not to sure what happen to cause this. But it was fun and found…

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Geek Fallout Ep #108: Twas the episode before Christmas…

Geek Fallout.

Brian Farrell leads the Geek Fallout crew in this all-new episode just before Christmas. Aside from discussing geek news they are discussing the Top 5 Families in pop culture.

After taking part in this podcast & editing. After re-hearing everything I must warn you. This podcast kinda went off the crazy rails…. I’m not to sure what happen to cause this. But it was fun and found myself crying from laughing so hard. I really you all enjoy this one HAHAHA!

~Jason Bucky Roberts

Geek Fallout Ep #104: MOVEMBER 2014

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In honor of the brave men who have decided to grow facial hair (or in some cases trying to grow “facial hair”) to raise prostate cancer awareness the crew of the ‘Geek Fallout’ podcast are discussing facial hair on this episode. To be specific our ‘Top 5’ facial hair in pop culture. Who will be number one: Magnum PI? Commander Riker? Chuck Norris?  Listen and learn!

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A Split Second Thing With Monsters

Split-Second-f  While getting ready for tonight’s Podcast “Top 5 Monsters”.  I found myself going back to the classics and ones I grow up on. Not so much the new modern monster movies… One of these movies was Split Second with Rutger Hauer & Kim Cattrall. This movie has been called, “Blade Runner meets Predator meets Lethal Weapon.” The basic over view or plot for the movie goes like this: ” In the year 2008, heavy rainfall has flooded large areas of London. Rookie police officer Dick Durkin (Duncan) is assigned to partner Harley Stone (Hauer), a burnt-out and highly cynical homicide detective who, according to his commanding officer, survives on “anxiety, coffee and chocolate” after being unable to prevent the murder of his partner by a serial killer several years previously. Now however, the murders have begun again and Stone and Durkin are assigned the case. After investigating the scenes of several killings, they appear no closer to identifying the killer, with their only clues being that the murders seem to be linked to the lunar cycle, and that the killer has multiple recombinant DNA strands, having absorbed the DNA of the victims.”

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This is one movie I’ve been looking for awhile now. I remember watching it on V/H/S haha yes I know. But I did find a a copy on YouTube, the only thing it’s been edited down. But at least you can get an idea on how the movie is. I would try and find a copy somewhere if you can. This movie found it’s way into the Top 5 on my list  at number 4. Check it out!

Following up at number 3 on my list of Top 5 Monsters. Is!! John Carpenter’s The Thing! This movie come out the year I was born and I didn’t see it later till 88-89. It was AMAZING! I love Kurt Russel and John’s movies. The Thing has everything I want in a horror/monster/scifi movie. hero_EB19820101REVIEWS201010349AR

It seems horror movies were at a golden age in the 80’s and early 90’s. Oh sure there have been a few winner here and there. But now a days everything is been re-booted or some form of remake. I haven’t seen the prequel yet, I’ve been kinda skipping over it lately. Maybe I’ll break down and watch it.tumblr_lvbwg5se9r1qj7u8ao5_500

Movie plot for The Thing: “In the Antarctic, a Norwegian helicopter pursues an Alaskan Malamute to an American research station. Upon landing the helicopter, a Norwegian accidentally drops a thermite charge, destroying the helicopter and killing the pilot. A surviving Norwegian pursues the dog, firing a rifle, until he is killed by Garry, the station commander. The Americans send a helicopter pilot, MacReady, and doctor Copper to the Norwegian camp for answers, but they find a charred ruin. Outside, they discover the burned remains of a humanoid corpse with two faces, which they bring back with them. Biologist Blair performs an autopsy on the corpse, finding a normal set of human internal organs.

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The camp dog handler, Clark, kennels the Malamute with the station’s sled dogs, where it metamorphoses and attacks the other dogs. When he hears the commotion, MacReady pulls the fire alarm, and Childs, the station mechanic, incinerates the creature with a flamethrower. Blair’s subsequent autopsy causes him to believe the creature perfectly imitates other life forms. The Norwegians’ records lead the Americans to a buried flying saucer that the station’s geologist, Norris, hypothesizes is likely over 100,000 years old. Blair becomes increasingly suspicious of the others and withdraws, calculating that if the alien escapes to a civilized area, all life on Earth will be assimilated in a few years.”