Small Snippet of July

Small Snippet July

How are we more than half way through 2018?!

I feel like I blinked in January and now here we are, more than half way done with the year. Next thing you know I’ll be writing Xmas themed posts.

So without further ado, here is a small snippet of what I have been interacting with this July. Careful though, don’t blink too much or next thing you know you’ll be reading my November one.

Elodie-Unicorn-DiffuserElodie® Unicorn Diffuser

Okay so you might not know this about me but I have a thing for unicorns. This year I have been in absolute heaven because almost out of no where, there has been a sudden explosion of unicorn themed merchandise.

The Elodie Unicorn Diffuser is so incredibly adorable and amazing. It’s currently winter in Australia and it is killing me. The humidifying aspect of the diffuser has been great, and the ability to add essential oils is even better. My bedroom not only smells nice, it looks lovely when the unicorn is being used as a lamp, all the while helping my sleep more comfortably.

pray for the wicked panicatthediscoPray for the Wicked by Panic! at the Disco

Panic! at the Disco’s first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, was a big album for me, it came out while I was in my final years of high school and was on repeat pretty much the whole time.

After that album though, I sadly didn’t keep up with the band, however for some reason Pray for the Wicked has made its way into my awareness, and I am loving it! Brendon Urie’s vocals and the tendency for the songs to have an amazing and complex depth of sound, remain the same from their first album.

Pray for the Wicked is the sixth album for the band and something tells me I will be making my way through their back catalogue. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this new album and cannot wait to continue listening to the Panic! at the Disco sound ❤

star vs the forces of evilStar vs. the Forces of Evil

I was drawn to this show by the cute art style, but boy, am I staying for the story! The show is way more nuanced and deep than I would have ever expected.

I am currently up to season two and the characters are actually undergoing complex emotional journeys. I won’t give away spoilers but the main character Star, who is just so enthusiastic and adorable, is being forced to confront the bigotry on which her kingdom is founded.

If you have a few spare half an hour definitely give the first episode of the show a go, its cute, deceptively deep, and the storyline packs a wallop – everything a good cartoon needs!


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Anticipated Arrival: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

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What is it?!

A Teen Titans Go! movie!

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When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical Super Heroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the super hero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major super heroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

When is it coming out?!

27th of July, 2018! Next week y’all!

Australian release date has been pushed back until the 13th of September 😥

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Small Snippet of February 2018

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Aside from my Small Snippet of 2017, this is my first Small Snippet post that features a month in a little over a year and a half. Lots of things have happened in between and I have experienced a variety of different and interesting entertainments. However, starting off the year, my 2018 February has been a fun one.

Adultolescence-Gabbie-Hanna-free-ebookAdultolescence by Gabbie Hannah.

I will start off by saying that I have no idea who the author of this book is, only that they have a YouTube channel. So with absolutely no background information, I can say that I absolutely adore the poems in this book. They’re funny, modern, and sometimes insightful.

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Currently Consuming: The Awesomes

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the-awesomesWhat The Avengers could never be… or would want to be.

About: The Hulu original, The Awesomes, is an animated show that follows the lives of a rag-tag group of superheros. The main protagonist, Professor Dr. Jeremy Awesome or ‘Prock’, is the son of world famous superhero, Mr. Awesome.

After Mr. Awesome retires, Prock decides to take over and run the superhero team, the Awesomes. However things don’t go as planned as after Prock takes over, all the competent heroes leave the group. The show follows Prock and his best friend Harry Strong (Muscleman) as they try and find other supers to join the team and stay relevant.

Created and produced by Seth Myer and Mike Shoemaker, the show is very well written, very funny and an original spin on the superhero genre.

Why: I have caught a few snippets of the show on The Comedy Channel and wanted to watch from the beginning.

Best bits: The villain of the show, Dr. Giuseppe Malocchio, is a big draw for me. Bill Hader shines in this role of the charismatic and odd bad guy.

The show is also very self-referential. With characters often drawing attention to certain plot points and commenting on them. Once again, the show is very well written with the whole series following a main story arch that is glimpsed in the first episode and concludes in the last.

Thoughts so far: I have just finished the first season and I am eager to watch more. Bring on season two!

Bee and PuppyCat

Hans_Tseng_logoThe original creation of Natasha Allegri, Bee and PuppyCat is a short animated cartoon. The show follows the adventures of twenty-something Bee, and the mysterious PuppyCat (Is he a puppy? A cat? Or both?) as they traverse both the reality of Bee and her lack of work, and that of PuppyCat and the fantastical realm where the pair pick up temp work.

Released by Cartoon Hangover, a branch of Channel Frederator, the show got its start through a Kickstarter campaign. Indeed the crowd funded campaign is the most successful animated Kickstarter, which I am proud to say I was a contributing member.

The show, which went into production shortly after the successful Kickstarter, is realised by Cartoon Hangover on its YouTube channel. Similar to the other Cartoon Hangover show, Bravest Warrior, the episodes lengths run at around six minutes. Due to the stretch goals reached by Kickstarter backers, the show is set to have has nine episodes in the season.

The art style of Bee and PuppyCat is similar to that of Allegri’s previous work, with the show having a very cutesy, curvy and charming aesthetic. The writing as well, is indicative of Allegri’s style with it being equal parts funny, awkward, and endearing. The show is a perfect blend of cutesy humour, engaging mystery and peculiar world creation that will make waiting for each new episode a breeze.

With episodes just starting to be released, Bee and PuppyCat is a show which will have you eagerly anticipating each new episode. If you have a spare ten minutes, why not head over to Cartoon Hangover’s Youtube channel and check out the two part pilot of Bee and PuppyCat – I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Total Drama: All Stars

The newest instalment of Cartoon Network and Fresh TV/Teletoons’ Total Drama series sees contestants return, one year later, to Camp Wawanakwa. Chris, recently released from gaol on toxic waste dumping charges, returns as host to a group of fourteen contestants. These new hopefuls are a mix of the past four series, with seven from the original cast and seven from Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.

Rather than previous seasons where contestants were separated randomly, Total Drama: All Stars separates the campers into heroes and villains groups. The ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characters return in this thirteen episode season to fight for a $1,000,000 cash prize. The returning campers in the new season are Cameron, Jo, Lightning, Mike, Sam, Scott, and Zoey from Total Drama: Revenge of the Island and from the first three seasons, Alejandro, Courtney, Duncan, Gwen, Heather, Lindsay, and Sierra. As a particular favourite of mine, the return and resolution for Alejandro and Heather is a welcome one.

While sporting a new strategy for the team separation, the show attempts to hark back to the first season of the show. Mixing old and new concepts, each episode focuses on either a previous challenge or on a brand new one. As always though, the season starts off with a cliff drive, or in most cases, fall. This mix up of old and new gives the show a fresh energy, with each subsequent episode flowing easily into the other.

Plot is still very important to this animated, Survivor-esque show, so the creation, collapse and chaos of many relationships feature heavily. However, a larger storyline concerning a certain character subtly plays out over the whole series before culminating in a spectacular finale. The non-stop hilarity, which is a major feature of the show series, is sure to delight viewers whether they be new or old followers. Through the many twists and turns that only a Total Drama title can pull off, All Stars proves to be a very solid and enjoyable show.

Top Five Contemporary Cartoons

Rather than having a grand sweeping list of the best cartoons, which would be an incredibly difficult endeavour, the cartoons in this list are representative of what I consider the best of the new and current cartoons available on television at the moment.

Admittedly the shows included on this list are not only contemporary but they’re arguably adult in nature. While certainly some are aimed at children or younger audiences, the content and sub-textual value that can be taken away from adult viewers provide the shows with a refreshing depth that places them so high on this list.

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This Cartoon Network produced, British-American show is not only visually stunning but it is genuinely funny. Following the antics of Gumball (a cat) and Darwin (an evolved pet goldfish who was welcomed into the family) the show is one that explores the pairs school and home life. While Gumball may be the name sake of the show, his family, school friends and teachers nevertheless play important parts in the narrative.

What makes The Amazing World of Gumball stand out from other contemporary cartoons is the visual style of the show. Gumball and his family are animated in a 2D style, while other members of the community are created using special stylised 3D, realistic 3D and even stop motion techniques. This diversity of animation styles coupled with the photo realistic backgrounds make this show such an incredible visual pleasure.

Similar to shows such as Malcolm in the Middle and The Middle, The Amazing World of Gumball is one that paints a more realistic, yet hopeful picture of the lower income family. One issue that has proven to be an annoyance is the amount of material that has been censored for Australian audiences. While no drastic changes have taken place, moments such a same-sex chaste kiss and small violent incidents have been cut from the show; the necessity of such changes is, I feel, questionable. However, relatable yet still incredibly imaginative story lines mixed with genuine belly laughs are what make this cartoon stand out from the crowd.

archer-post1Putting Archer in fourth place does in no way do the show justice. The show, that focuses on the exploits of ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service), is not only action packed and story driven but it is down right, hilarious.

Protagonist and name sake of the show, Sterling Malory Archer, is a secret agent whose blasé proficiency and hilariously deep-seeded mother issues drive the whole show. This show cannot be discussed without mentioning the cohesion and hilarity that the rest of the cast provide. From a bitter and alcoholic mother Malory, a rich yet insane Cheryl, to a even more insane mad-scientist Krieger and (a particular favourite) human resource manager and all around arse-kicker Pam, this ensemble of characters is one that continues to grow, evolve and keep audiences watching.

Coupled with this amazing cast of characters, blockbuster story-lines and (as is the production companies want) numerous narrative turns, Archer is a show that cannot be slowed down. Entering into its fifth season Archer is one that only grows and develops as it continues. Although, while the show can by no means be said to be ‘maturing,’ it nevertheless keeps producing top notch entertainment.

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Contrary to what the title suggests, this show is anything but regular. Set in a town park, Mordecai (a Bluejay) and Rigby (a Racoon) are groundskeepers who spend most of their time slacking off . The format of the show is similar to that seen on Cartoon Network, with the episodes being broken down into two eleven minutes slots, however the show follows an almost set formula. That is, while the show may start off in ‘normal’ terrain it slowly sinks into deeper and more outrageous ground before somehow righting itself and the ‘regular’ park.

Regular Show has many more adult jokes that are either blatantly obvious to older audiences or buried in sub-text, than any other Cartoon Network show. Even without these sly little nods to the adult viewers, Regular Show is one that still manages to entertain. Similar to The Amazing World of Gumball, there are moments that have been cut out of episodes screened in Australia. However this does not effect the impact of the show, rather it merely cuts out some of the more adult or violent moments.

The sheer quotability of the show will have moments re-playing in your head and the elongated ‘Ohh’ will no doubt be included in many a vocabulary. The sheer diversity of the narratives coupled with the engaging side characters are what makes Regular Show so great.

ventureThis show stands out above the rest with the sheer wit and amazingly complex storylines at work across all four (soon to be five) seasons. Following Doctor ‘Rusty’ Venture, his two sons Hank and Dean, and bodyguard Brock, The Venture Brothers tells of the second generation and almost repercussions of living in the shadow of a Johnny Quest father figure. Once a young adventurer now ‘Rusty’ Venture is a middle aged, two-bit super-scientist who lives off the remains of his fathers work, all the while going on numerous ‘adventures.’ His two sons, Hank and Dean, who are reminiscent of the Hardy Boys, coupled with their shared relationship with the ultra-violent Brock make this show both engaging and warm.

One of the numerous side characters who over the series have played more of a part, is the Monarch. This evil super-villain who has a monarch butterfly theme, his wife (Dr. Mrs. The Monarch) and his band of loyal Henchmen are the self-proclaimed arch-nemesis of the Ventures. Numerous storyline revolve around this ‘henching’ with the involvements and back stories of the characters becoming increasingly intermingled. The brilliant way in which the story has progressed and evolved is almost like watching a fossil being uncovered. All the hints are there, numerous moments of foreshadowing are present throughout the series and yet they still remain a mind blowing surprise when they happen. Creators Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick demonstrate episode after episode, pop culture reference after reference, their collective genius.

Despite the complexity of the storyline, The Venture Brothers in a surprisingly easy show to watch. The back story and connected relationships, while present remain in the background with hints and off hand comments only connecting them. This is not a show that you have to watch religiously from the beginning as any episode is one that can be watched out of context and still enjoyed. Although for people who want to get right into the new fifth season here is an 8 minute run-down of the four previous seasons. The hilarity and multitude of hidden references of The Venture Brothers are ones that will have you returning over and over again to the show.

bobs-burgers-17What separates Bob’s Burgers from the others in this list is not the humour or the characters but the sheer re-watchability. The premise of Bob’s Burgers is one that follows Bob Belcher and his family as they struggle to run a burger restaurant. This underrated show is one that consistently deliverers great laughs as well as narratives. The Belcher children are an almost endless source of humour with their personalities and relationships with each other providing numerous moments of hilarity.

Despite having seen each episode numerous times, I still find myself laughing, smiling and enjoying the show. It is this freshness that keeps me coming back for more and what makes Bob’s Burgers number one.

To anyone out there who thinks Cartoons aren’t a legitimate or good source of entertainment, I submit to you this list.The shows featured on here and in the honourable mentions are ones that call out to the child in us all, while some speak more to the adult than others, the enjoyment that the animation genre provides should not be devalued, rather, it should be celebrated.

Honourable mentions: Adventure Time, Daria, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Frisky Dingo, Gravity Falls and Robot Chicken.