There are few sports or sport-adjacent activities that have nearly as much geek overlap as pro wrestling. Costumed characters with long-running stories and decades of lore—sound like any other medium you know? Pro wrestling is the closest thing to actual superheroes fighting it out on live TV.
There’s a heartening trend of lesbian representation in contemporary American kids’ cartoons. The most recent and obvious example is the Adventure Time finale, when Princess Bubblegum and Marceline’s series-long subtext finally made its way into canon. But the long arc of the medium has been pointing in that direction for a while now, between Legend of Korra ending by pushing the main girls as a couple as hard as they could get away with (Dec. 2014) and Steven Universe’s escalation from eye kisses (March 2015) to full-on lesbian weddings (July 2018).
Cartoons were strange in the early aughts. It was a time when up and coming animators and writers were given free reign to create imaginative, idiosyncratic children’s shows. The best of the bunch that have survived in popular culture—your Rugrats, your PowerPuff Girls, your Dexter’s Lab—have stuck around because they experimented with visual styles and themes that made a palpable impression on children of that era.
Who doesn’t have strange, vaguely off-putting memories of childhood nightmare fuel? You know, those cartoons pitched to youngsters that were full of of imagery and implications sure to terrify you for weeks to come. The shows that were clearly not age-appropriate, and that you can’t believe you sat through now that you look back and see just how disturbing they were.
I was two years old when my Cuban immigrant parents uprooted our family from the life we’d built in Florida over the course of three years and moved to Puerto Rico to get their college degrees. Neither of them had an education past the sixth grade, and I don’t think they fully understood how much work and sacrifice it would take to put themselves through college with a teenager and a toddler to look after. But they were determined to make a better life for us, and Puerto Rico was the place to start.
Every generation is defined in a large part by the cartoons on the air when they were young. For many of us in our 20s and 30s, that consisted of Kids’ WB fare—specifically Animaniacs and its skit-turned-spinoff, Pinky and the Brain. Kids and teens of the 90s can sing their songs from memory, drop quotes, and likely passed high school geography and history thanks to the show.
Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the finale of Adventure Time.
The only fanfiction I ever wrote was about Marceline and Princess Bubblegum from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time. Unlike a lot of my fellow quiet, nerdy friends, fanfiction was never really my thing. I liked television shows and movies, but reading and writing about characters I liked in different, often unhinged scenarios seemed a little odd.
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts (‘n Goblins) are totally terrifying in their own right, but many of those shocks and shivers start to lose their punch when you place them next to some of life’s greatest challenges. Likelosing those you love, or dealing with the death of a beloved pet. How about holding a steady job, or even trying to get rid of a job that’s a little too steady? These are the real horrors of humanity, and they’re on full display right past that split-in-twain specter in Mondo’s new animated series Gary and His Demons.
Need more cartoons in your life but don’t have time to get married to yet another running series? Go! Cartoons was made for you.
The short anthology series features 12 stand-alone episodes of new animation, each only around five minutes long. That’s plenty of time to meet the unique cast of characters and get a sense of the setting, but still short enough to fit into your watch list without too much fuss. The only down side? You may find yourself getting attached to some of the characters and wishing for more!
Watching the entire series will only take you an hour and some change, so we highly recommend it. But if you’re gunning for an extra quick fix, allow us to introduce (in our own opinion, anyway) the top five shorts Go! Cartoons has to offer.
Welcome to 2018, friends! A new year brings new possibilities, new goals, and tons of new stuff to VRV! 2017 was a great year for us and we’re excited to make 2018 even better. Without further ado, let’s get into what new stuff is coming to VRV this weekend!
It’s 2018 and it’s time to leave your flesh and blood friends behind for the cold embrace of robot companions! Whether it’s the Wallow’s adorable, gauntlet-bound Pixel, the moodily cool and detached Casshern, or the REALLY GOOD BOY that is Canti, here are 12 robots we really want to befriend!
HO HO HO. Hello there! I’m Santa Claus, the unknowable specter of yuletide generosity, and I’m finishing up preparations for my annual gift-giving journey! I stole VRV blog writer Cayla Coats’s account to post this! The holidays can be a particularly stressful time of year (especially when you run a workshop that supplies literally the entire world’s toys every year), but I find that there’s one thing that will always help calm me down—holiday specials!
We’re deep in December and (hopefully) you’re about to have some holiday time off of work or school! Why not spend some of that free time with the great new stuff coming to VRV?