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Pop Culture Animation and Religion

I've just become aware of a new book based upon a PhD dissertation. It's titled Drawn to the Gods: Religion and Humor in the Simpsons, South Park, & Family Guy by David Feltmate (NYU Press, 2017). The dissertation was supervised by Douglas Cowan, a friend of TheoFantastique who has been interviewed here several times previously […]

"I ain't afraid of no ghosts"

The other day I watched Disney's animated cartoon, Lonesome Ghosts (1937). I caught a line in it I hadn't noticed before. Each of the main characters has their encounter with a ghost, from Mickey to Donald to Goofy. In connection with Goofy's spectral encounter he says, "I ain't afraid of no ghosts." In light of […]

Extraordinary Tales animation coming to a theater near you

Extraordinary Tales, a new animated horror piece of animation is coming to theaters and On Demand on October 23, right in time for Halloween. As reported by Directed by former Disney animator Raul Garcia, TALES adapts Poe’s classics “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The […]

Disney's Dark Side in the News

I recently came across two items that dovetail with the TheoFantastique interests in Disney and his exploration of the dark side through animation. The first is an item in USA Today titled "Walt Disney's Curious Fascination with Death." The article not only mentions projects where death is the focal point, as in The Skeleton Dance […]

Guillermo del Toro and The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV

Guillermo del Toro has taken the reins in providing the opening credits and extended couch gag for the 2013 installment of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXIV" that airs this weekend. How many horror icons can you identify? It airs October 6 on FOX.

Hi-Tech and Market Preferences: Mourning the Loss of Disney's Hand-Drawn Animation

I grew up with Disney animation. It was an incredibly formative aspect of both my imaginative life as a youth, as well as an artistic one, and it continues to hold a special place in my mind and heart to the present day. Of course, the quality of 2D animation that came from Disney Studios […]

Hotel Transylvania Release and Its Glaring Omission

Hotel Transylvania is now out on DVD and Blu-ray. My wife and I picked up a copy of the latter yesterday and watched it today. We had already seen it in the theaters and found it worthwhile. (My previous review can be read here.) I was especially looking forward to the Blu-ray extras. While these […]

Hotel Transylvania a delight for children, adults, and Monster Kids of every age

Hotel Transylvania debuted in theaters last night, and may be the leading film in the box office this weekend. It turns in an impressive performance that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Hotel Transylvania is the latest animated film produced by Sony. It tells the story of Dracula who creates a seemingly secluded […]

ParaNorman: Animated Horror for Kids with an Adult Message

What do you get when you mix monster kid nostalgia with an appreciation for 1980s horror, an understanding of being an ostracized kid, and the use of stop-motion animation artistry? The answer: ParaNorman, a wonderful film that opened this weekend and which, in this reviewer's estimation, lives up to the many positive reviews it has […]

The Skeleton Dance T-Shirt

Already the hint of Autumn and Halloween are in the air, and with that comes the opportunity to enjoy the artistic and the macabre. A perfect way to do this comes in a new t-shirt line, the Disney Artist Collection, one of which features The Skeleton Dance animated short film from 1929. This was one […]

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