It's a tale as old as time, girl books a room on Airbnb, finds out her host is a roaring monster, she gets attacked by wolves while trying to escape to a Motel 6 and then her beastly host ends up saving her life. Next thing you know, the two are dancing it up and the host shows the girl his extensive e-library. Ok, maybe that's not the most common story in the world, but it does sum up Beauty and the Beast pretty well, which is what we love about Disney's tales told in emoji series of videos.
The future as imagined by Gene Roddenberry was ruled by law, at least for the United Federation of Planets’ exploration, diplomacy, and defense entity known as Starfleet. Over the course of the original Star Trek TV series (and subsequent series), we heard references to the Prime Directive, which was an order to “not interfere in the natural cultural and scientific development of a civilization, particularly those that are pre-warp.” That created a fine line to walk for a spaceship crew whose mission was to to explore strange new worlds and to seek out new life and new civilizations. The Enterprise crew violated the Prime Directive almost weekly, but still used the order to moderate their decisions at times.
When Star Trek premiered on television 50 years ago today, many of the young people watching grew up to be lifelong Trek fans. Some became lawyers. Ars Technica consulted some of those lawyers who are well-versed in Star Trek lore to explain and give their opinions on the Prime Directive and how it would work for the earth in 2016. In a nutshell, it wouldn’t. Read the reasons why at Ars Technica.
Sure anyone could dress as Winona Ryder's character in Stranger Things, but if you really want to sell your Joyce Byers cosplay, you need a few accessories and ideally -a haunted, light-covered wall. Now that's doing the character justice. Amanda Meldrum and Roy Holt have the right idea with this cosplay!
The first episode of Star Trek was broadcast on September 8, 1966, making the futuristic universe of the Enterprise 50 years old today. There were 79 episodes of the original series, all featuring some character, entity, group, or concept that provided conflict. Not all of them were what we’d normally call villains, but they are all pictured and ranked at Uproxx. That means 77 "villains," because a couple appeared in more than one episode. Which is your favorite: Elaan of Troyius, Nomad, Harvey Mudd, Khan, Balok, the Doomsday Machine, or some other villain? Yeah, it’s the Tribbles. Gotta be the Tribbles.
Illustrators get used to receiving requests for drawings, especially as they develop their skills around friends and family members who feel requests are the best way to encourage a budding artist.
But those encouraging folks don't ask the artist to draw sick and twisted scenes featuring pop culture characters in sexual and/or gratuitously violent situations, at least not in public.
However, any artist who has worked the fan con circuit, sold their artwork online or taken commissions knows there are sick people out there looking for an artist to draw the stuff of nightmares.
Tom Fowler, artist/writer for Rick and Morty, was asked to draw a gross scene featuring Sauron, the Pterodactyl man from the Savage Lands, hypnotizing a teenage Storm into becoming his sex slave, akin to this panel:
Tom drew up a much tamer version for that weirdo, stating "I'd robbed this creep of his boner, and that's the real satisfaction that a cartoonist should feel".
Believe it or not the requests aren't always sexual- Tristan Jones, artist from ALIENS: Defiance, one got this request:
There was this guy that asked me to draw him, which is usually an immediate no from me on the spot at conventions, but as Jack Skellington (whatever that meant, I assumed it meant drawing Jack slightly heavier set and with this dude's hair) as a Ghostbuster, busting the ghost of his mother (who he had a photo of) from Jack's reindeer sleigh.
But then he talks about a different request which was racy to say the least...why, perverts, WHY?
Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri says the series was inspired by his childhood hobby of insect collecting, and since the series needed hundreds of character designs Pokémon inevitably included animals too.
But Satoshi probably didn't spent nearly as much time thinking about the inner workings of Pokémon as illustrator Christopher Stoll, who is now sharing his anatomical findings with the world.
Christopher's series PokéNatomy reveals not only the stuff that lies beneath the skin of each Pokémon species but also includes information on their diets, mating habits, social structure and more.
If you couldn't tell by how often we post their projects, we love Instructables here at Neatorama, so when we saw they had a whole contest dedicated to geek projects, we pretty much had an office party. While the Heroes and Villains contest may be in the judging stage and closed to new entries, you certainly won't want to miss this incredible collection of projects related to comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and more. I'm pretty impressed by the Dobby doll and, while it's not in the finalists, I love this Gremlin costume. Of course, your personal preferences will no doubt be affected by your own favorite heroes and villains.
Batman: The Animated Series isn't the greatest adaptation of the Batman comics because it's faithful to the source material or because the storylines were so compelling- it's the greatest because it made us feel stuff.
We laughed, cheered and cringed, and as you'll see in this video from Dorkly it also made us sad for poor lovesick Harley, showed us what an existential crisis feels like, and taught us vengeance leaves one feeling cold and hollow inside.
I'm glad Pokémon are pocket monsters and not pocket people. or else the franchise would be about slavery and human trafficking which is way worse than monsters battling in an arena.
Still, wouldn't it be cool to see what the creatures of the Pokémon universe look like as humanoids?
Amazingly talented illustrator tamtamdi has spent the last few years turning dozens of elusive pocket monsters such as Slowpoke, Gastly and Porygon2 into elusive and magical looking people we'd rather call friend than collect.
Tamtamdi has remained dedicated to the cause of turning Pokémon into Pokémans and Pokewomans, and the occassional Pokéhumanoid or Pokéghost, by drawing over 250 different species of Pokémon so far.
And tamtamdi's mighty character design skills ensure each and every species of Pokémon being reimagined looks completely different than the next.
Lilo and Stitch didn't really cause any controversy with audiences, but it sure caused problems for the crew at Disney's Hollywood Studios during the making of the film.
It seems Lilo and Stitch was originally going to be a much more violent film, with lots of sci-fi violence and a star who broke all the rules regarding good guys in animated features for kids.
So the film underwent some radical changes thanks largely to test audiences who felt certain scenes in the film were too violent.
The scene where Jumba the alien stops sneaking around and goes for a full frontal assault on Stitch, ultimately destroying Lilo's home, was the main scene in need of alteration.
So they started toning down the scene by changing Jumba's laser gun blasting into household destruction via dishware.
The production team didn't agree with the changes made to that scene, but there's one scene they all agreed to alter- the ending scene where Stitch hijacks a 747 to go after Captain Gantu.
The film was in production during 9/11, and even though they'd finished animating the scene they knew it had to go, so the 747 was replaced with Jumba's spaceship and the fight moved from the city to the mountains.
We love Stranger Things and all of its great 80s referrences and if you love it as much as the rest of us, you won't want to miss this great list of trivia about the show featured on Thrillist. For example, did you know the show was originally intended to be set in Montauk, New York and it was even going to be named Montauk? In fact, even after they moved it to Indiana, the creators still wanted to keep the name.
The article can also tell you how the crew helped keep the youngsters on set from being too scared of the horrible monster and the Upside Down.
It seems like the best part about being a superhero would be the powers/abilities, the pride in knowing you've helped make the world a better place, or the fact that you get to hang out with other supers.
Ever wish you could visit Walter White's house? He might not actually live there in real life, but the home used in the show sure is real and you can visit it -along with other famous tv destinations like Bill's House from True Blood, Sherlock's Baker street apartment and the Murder House from American Horror Story. See what other places you could see in real life over at Travel and Leisure.
Rey has a conversation with Luke and it starts off like what so many people were thinking when they left the theater after seeing The Force Awakens. You’re my daughter! What? And their relationship goes downhill from there. Jenny Nicholson does the dialogue and is pretty convincing in both parts.
So all in all, it makes no sense that Luke would abandon his own child. But GreenLeadr has a better theory. Or maybe she’s no relation whatsoever. We won’t know for sure until December of 2017. -via reddit
Now that's not to say these pop culture icons aren't worthy of a full length bio, but the internet prefers nuggets of information rather than the whole turkey so six words to describe famous folks it is!
Video game developers should note karhall's research and start holding focus groups full of moms who have never played the game, because their thoughts about the characters could help shape the final design.
But if they do these brave developers should expect lots of cute...
According to Rick Harrison working in a pawn shop means never knowing what's gonna come through that door, and as anyone who has watched Pawn Stars knows people try to sell him some pretty strange stuff.
It’s about that time of year, when a new round of Star Wars toys will be heading to stores. Lucasfilm and Tongal recruited some seriously creative Star Wars fans to make a series of videos promoting both the new movie Rogue One and the line of toys that will accompany it.
In the first such video, animators Dan MacKenzie and Tucker Barrie show off what they can do with stop-motion, and what products you can line up for in September or purchase for Christmas gifts. -via Laughing Squid
The Joker is an iconic comic book character and it's not surprising that some actors with a geeky side long to play the villian. Most notably, Robin Williams almost got to play The Joker in the 1989 film, but Jack Nicoloson was originally offered the part and when they approached Williams with the role, Nicoloson changed his mind. Williams was also almost cast as The Riddler in the 1995 film, but Jim Carrey was picked over him. While it's sad that comic-book fan Robin Williams never got to act in one of the Batman films, it's probably best for his legacy that he wasn't cast in that trainwreck.
Darth Blender took the audio from the trailer for the new movie Star Trek Beyond, featuring music from the Beastie Boys, and mixed it with video from the Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-69).
(YouTube link) https://youtu.be/TBQ2rcrq9iY
The results are just right. You’ve got the nostalgia factor, because who would pass up a chance to see the original Kirk, Spock, and company in their youth? Plus the synchronization is really impressive. -via Geeks Are Sexy