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John Ostrander: Hokey Smokes!

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On Friday I learned that one of my childhood heroes died. June Foray passed on at the age of 99.

Ms. Foray was a voice actress working in animated features all her long career, as well as in comedy shorts and appearances on Johnny Carson and with Stan Freberg, Daws Butler, and Frank Nelson. She was the voice of Grandmother in Mulan, of Betty Lou Who in How the Grinch Stole Christmas and, most important to me, she was the voice of Natasha Fatale and Rocky the Flying Squirrel on the various Rocky and Bullwinkle shows created by the legendary Jay Ward.

Rocky and Bullwinkle had a huge impact on me as a kid. All of Jay Ward’s stuff had a combination of sophisticated and low-brow humor. There were elements of satire combined with a lot of really bad puns.

Originally, the dimwitted Bullwinkle was the sidekick to the plucky hero Rocket J.
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June Foray, Voiceover Actress Behind Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dead at 99

June Foray, Voiceover Actress Behind Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Dead at 99
June Foray, the Emmy-winning voiceover actress who brought Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Natasha Fatale to life in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, has died. She was 99.

Per our sister site Variety, Foray’s death was confirmed via Facebook by close friend Dave Nimitz, who wrote, “With a heavy heart… I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.” A cause of death has not been disclosed.

In addition to her work on Rocky and Bullwinkle, Foray voiced Cindy Lou Who in Chuck JonesHow the Grinch Stole Christmas, and demonic doll
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Free Comic Book Day Review – Underdog Fcbd 2017

Tai Freligh reviews Underdog Fcbd 2017…

There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here! American Mythology is proud to announce our follow-up to the 2016 Pink Panther Fcbd special with another beloved kids comic! Underdog is back and aimed at introducing a new generation of readers to all-ages fun!

American Mythology specializes in nostalgia, more specifically bringing television shows from our childhoods (mine at least as a Gen-Xer) into the comic book world. They have created comics for such classics as Caspar the Friendly Ghost, The Pink Panther, and Underdog from another time when the folks at Hannah Barbara ruled Saturday mornings.

I admit that I wanted to review this because I fondly recall watching Underdog fight crime and save Polly Purebred from criminals. I had forgotten about how Underdog always rhymed when he spoke, but it all came back to me. The illustrations are spot on from what I remember
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Mike Gold: Dark Scooby & Freedom Fightin’ Fred

Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Just when I decided that maybe DC’s “Rebirth” might possibly be worthy – yes, I know, I had the same hopes for Batman v Superman – the other shoe dropped. Back in the 1990s I perceived DC as a centipede, with (obviously) 100 shoes to drop. Now, I’m thinking millipede.

In case you haven’t heard, DC decided to “reimagine” (lord how I hate that word) the classic Hanna-Barbera characters. Sort of like what Archie Comics just did with Archie but, in this case, totally needless.

I have little if any strong attachment to the H-b characters. Even as a kid I knew cheap, shitty animation and sub-standard writing. I loved Rocky and Bullwinkle, which employed even cheaper animation, but after mildly enjoying the first season of The Flintstones I decided life was too short – I was 10 years old – and
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Review: Why 'The Americans' had no choice about tonight's very dark turn

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Review: Why 'The Americans' had no choice about tonight's very dark turn
A review of tonight's The Americans coming up just as soon as I vandalize a payphone for the greater good... "The sentence of death will remain unchanged. It will be carried out shortly." -Soviet administrator Let's start off with a transcript of every single conversation I had with other TV critics after one of us had just finished watching tonight's episode. If the phrasing wasn't identical from one conversation to the next, it was pretty damn close: Other critic: "Nina Sergeevna!!!!!!!" Me: "Niiiiinaaaaaaaa!!!!!" Other critic: "Those bastards!" Me: "Fields and Weisberg are inhuman monsters!" Other critic: "I can't believe they killed her off! Nina is the best!" (long pause) Me: "But they had to do it." Other critic: "Oh, absolutely." We make a pact with our dramas — particularly the profoundly serious, ambitious ones like The Americans — where ask them to fully commit to the implications of their stories, and where
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Dirty Grandpa Starts With Robert De Niro Masturbating And It’s All Downhill From There

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Rating: ★★

The director of Dirty Grandpa, Dan Mazer, came on stage before the UK press screening of his latest comedy, as is customary, to give a little speech selling the movie. He opened with, “I’m aware you had better things to do tonight.” Joke’s on him – I didn’t, but he was still right.

Dirty Grandpa is made with the full awareness that it isn’t funny. It makes an endless stream of faux outrageous gags (sometimes the same ones repeated from half an hour before) in the lethargic belief that overwhelming quantity can make up for a dearth of quality. By the sheer law of averages there are a couple of giggle-worthy moments, but the movie is as surprised as you are when they do; whereas a good, self-assured comedy would typically edit in natural pauses between jokes to allow time for audiences to laugh, here
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10 Actors You Hate Because Of One Movie Role

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In the same way that you can’t separate some actors or actresses from a great role, you can’t separate others from a poor one. And while it might seem harsh to disregard a performer for one role out of many, sometimes they’re so hate-worthy that you just can’t help it.

Most of the actors and actresses on this list, with a few exceptions, have good roles on their CV, both before and after the ones in question. However, the ones in question are so bad that it makes the better ones hard to remember. This isn’t Robert De Niro getting away with Rocky and Bullwinkle because he was Travis Bickle, this is, for the most part, Hayden Christensen in the Star Wars prequels (to use an example not on this list but which easily could’ve been).

Here’s 10 performers and their most hate-able roles,
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Comic Couch Podcast Ep 03: Civil War, Green Lantern, Jessica Jones & More!

Comic Couch pals Blackjack, Buoy, JillyMcBeam and JamesMan discuss recent events in the superhero world such as info on Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, Tyrese Gibson in Green Lantern and a surprise newsbreak during the podcast that shocked them all! And something about ripe bananas with a Rocky and Bullwinkle as Green Lanterns...   00:35 Arrow 08:11 Batman: Bad Blood 14:18 The Killing Joke 16:25 Justice League Dark 19:43 Dawn of Justice 28:30 Green Lantern Corps 31:07 Steve Trevor 38:28 The Defenders 43:48 Civil War 52:09 Spidey Costume? 54:25 Spectre Trailer   Follow @Comic_Couch on Twitter!
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"Felix The Cat"

Development continues on the DreamWorks Animation property, "Felix The Cat", with producers declaring that Felix will soon be 'a desired fashion brand':

"Felix really goes beyond evergreen status," said the studio's Jeffrey Katzenberg, "and rises to something even more uncommon...We plan to make him one of the most desired fashion brands in the world...".

Felix became popular in the 1920s in animated shorts, a comic strip and merchandise including ceramics, toys and postcards.

New 'Felix' cartoons began airing on TV in the 1950's with a 'Magical Bag of Tricks' that could assume a variety of shapes, the debut of the villain 'The Master Cylinder' and the young scientist 'Poindexter'.

DreamWorks Animation acquired Classic Media in 2012 from private equity group Boomerang Media Holdings for $155 million, including 'Casper', 'George of the Jungle', 'Where’s Waldo' and 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' — along with 450 films and more than
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Brand New ‘Rocky And Bullwinkle’ Animated Short On The Way

Rocky and Bullwinkle are often viewed as not only some of the most beloved but also some of the most well known animated characters of all time. This year the original series The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show was voted the sixth greatest animated television show of all time by TV Guide. So it seems fitting that Dreamworks Animation have announced plans to produce a brand new short featuring the characters that will be released next year.

Its strange to think that the last time we saw these characters was in the live action film adaptation that was released in 2000, despite the fact that movie theaters have been practically flooded with animated films and adaptations of other cartoons ever since. Having said this the 2000 film received incredibly mixed reviews from critics and didn’t fare too much better at the box office either. The new animated short will bring back June Foray as Rocket J.
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