The movie Madagascar has turned itself into franchise with two other movies and a television show dedicated to its rag-tag team of penguins. Let’s also not forget the number of shorts and its long line of merchandise the franchise based on zoo animals can also boast.
The Madagascar movies just get better and better, and have managed to rope in an older demographic. Everyone loves the hilarious characters, implicit innuendos, sharp humour and larger than life plot lines. It also helps that the franchise has a star-studded cast that include David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
In the most recent instalment, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, their devoted audience has been introduced to a Russian tiger, a sexualized grizzly bear, and an emotional sea lion. It only goes up hill from here.
HERE ARE 17 REASONS WHY WE LOVE THE MADAGASCAR FRANCHISE
1) The mischievous penguins
2) Afro Circus
3) Gloria’s fierceness
4) The car chase scenes
5) Some animals are so fluffy you want to put them in your pocket
Animator Adam Brown brings us a taste of what it would be like if Calvin and Hobbes became a TV show. Brown based his 28 second video on the cartoon strip above.
While it was only an experiment of sorts, would a real Calvin and Hobbes television show be too much to ask for? Because I would watch this every Saturday morning with a bowl of cereal in hand. We need good Saturday morning cartoons back on TV. Stat.
Get excited for the release of Despicable Me 2 this summer. It looks like this movie will be just as action packed and hilarious as the first. Despicable Me 2 brings us the return of Gru, Agnes and her sisters, and the sassy yellow minions.
In this new trailer, it looks like Gru has been booked for being a villain and is being asked to change his ways. After having his heart softened by three adorable young girls who he adopted in the last film, it doesn’t seem like Gru has too much of a problem with this change.
Twist? Previously evil Gru is changing his ways and has a new mission: to save the world. With cool new gadgets like cars and rays, he’s ready to make the world a better place for his precious daughters.
“I know what makes you a boy.” Oh Agnes. How you’ve been missed.
With recent news of Taylor Momsen and Jessiza Szohr getting axed from ‘Gossip Girl,’ I thought I would do a ‘Top 5: Annoying TV Characters’ post.
These characters are in every show. That one character that likes to messes things up. That one who makes you scream at the television set. Or the just plain stupid. There are too many to name. But I’ve rounded up my top 5 picks of annoying television characters – hope you agree. I think you will.
1. Jenny Humphrey, played by Taylor Momsen.
First up on the list is ‘Gossip Girl’ Jenny Humphrey, played by Taylor Momsen. I’m pretty sure everyone can agree that her character is the most annoying character to ever appear on a television show, ever. From her sulking, goth appearance, to her brief stint as a preppy Constance mean girl, Jenny was always a follower, and never an individual. She cried, she complained, and she wore fishnet stockings. Good riddance.
2. Marissa Cooper, played by Mischa Barton.
Next up is Marissa Cooper from ‘The O.C.,’ played by faded starlet Mischa Barton. Like Jenny, Marissa was always causing trouble. Whether in abusive relationships, dealing with substance abuse, or just all-around a clingy kind of gal, Marissa made you want to shake her and say ‘wake up!’ Sure, she was pretty and rich, but that didn’t make up for her deeply damaged soul. She eventually got killed off, and the show tanked.
3. George O’Malley, played by T.R. Knight.
Third on the list is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ George O’Malley, played by T.R. Knight. George spent more time crying about his personal issues than curing medical cases. He was worse than the female doctors. Yes, the show is a hit because of its mix of medical drama and soap-like personal issues, but George took this to a whole other level. He eventually got killed off, too (notice a trend?) but the show went on without him. And with good reason.
4. Swiper, From ‘Dora The Explorer.’
Don’t lie, we’ve all witnessed an episode of ‘Dora The Explorer’ at one point in our life. Whether babysitting or being too lazy to switch the channel, we’ve encountered Swiper, the fox that likes to steal things. No matter how loud you scream ‘Swiper, no swiping!’ the bastard seems to always get away with things. He messes everything up and delays Dora’s adventure, and for that, he’s number four on my list. Sly little fox, you.
5. Roseanne Barr, Played by Roseanne Barr.
It doesn’t matter who I ask – everyone hates Roseanne. Debatably the most annoying show and annoying family, Roseanne takes the cake with her super-loud-mouth character. Literally, all she does is complain. Her loud nasally voice doesn’t help either. She’s obnoxious, she’s lazy, and she’s immature. And the sitcom’s reruns are always on the damn television. Why are good shows being cancelled and replaced with reruns of this clownery? Sigh.
Marge Simpson is about to become the first cartoon character to grace the cover of Playboy, reports CBC. Simpson will be featured in the November issue of the magazine, which hits newsstands next Friday.
The magazine reports a three-page spread will “imply nudity,” but the matriarch won’t bare all.
Scott Flanders, the new chief executive at Playboy, says he hopes the move attracts more readers in their 20s. Currently, the average reader’s age is 35.
STEVE KRANTZ, who produced the X-rated animated movie FRITZ THE CAT and created successful TV mini-series out of wife JUDITH KRANTZ’s romance novels, has died. He was 83.
Krantz died of complications from pneumonia on Jan. 4 in Los Angeles.
During his TV career, he wrote for MILTON BERLE and ARTHUR GODFREY and helped create several comedies, including DENNIS THE MENACE and BEWITCHED as head of creative development at Columbia Pictures Television. He was also executive producer for STEVE ALLEN’s THE TONIGHT SHOW.
Krantz later turned to feature films such as Fritz the Cat, based on the ROBERT CRUMB underground comic and COOLEY HIGH, about black high school students in the 1960s.
In the 1980s and 1990s, he produced mini-series based on his wife’s steamy novels, including SCRUPLES, MISTRAL’S DAUGHTER and DAZZLE.
After his retirement, Krantz was involved with mental-heath counseling and former California Governor PETE WILSON appointed him to the board of the California Mental Health Council.
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“Cars” continues to lap its competition.
In its second week of release, the Pixar-Disney computer animated cartoon took the number one spot again in box office revenue, taking in $31.1 million, E! Online reports.
Jack Black’s new comedy, “Nacho Libre,” took second place with $27 million, followed by “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” in third with $24.1 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were “The Lake House” taking in $13.6 million, “The Break Up” taking in $9.5 million, “Garfeild: A Tail of Two Kitties” taking in $7.2 million, “X-Men: The Last Stand” taking in $7.1 million, “The Omen” taking in, $5.3 million, “The Da Vinci Code” taking in $5 million and “Over the Hedge” taking in $4 million.