Geekly World News – January 20, 2016

Welcome to the first ever edition of the Geekly World News, the Rogues’ Gallery’s news round up!

First up, we have the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the surprise sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield.
The trailer features John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher, Jr., and notably does not feature the found footage style of the first film. The film is directed by up-and-comer Dan Trachtenberg, and I’ve been looking forward to seeing what he can do with a feature length film since he released the short film Portal: No Escape in 2011. Now I’ll finally have my answer on March 11th of this year when the film is due to be released.

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Geek Spiel: The Great Animated Divide – How Mature Cartoons Split The World in Two

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Look in any Internet forum and you’ll find no shortage of people yearning for the days of yore when music, movies, or television was so much better than the crap they have on today. Typically, I dismiss this mindset because the things we tend to remember also happen to be the best things that particular era had to offer. They stood the test of time because they were THAT good. Ask someone who grew up in the 1990s to name a cartoon, and the response you’ll get is probably one of quality like Gargoyles or Batman: The Animated Series. Significantly less likely is the possibility of The Smoggies or Mega Babies, since those shows were just not worth remembering (or in the case of Mega Babies, simply god-awful). In addition, as we get older, we get additional responsibilities, and tend not to actively pursue new media. According to Sturgeon’s Law, it takes some digging to get past all the dross and find anything of quality in just about any media. When we don’t have the time to dig, typically we start drowning in the muck instead.

 However, at least in the case of animated series, something has changed. Though groundbreaking series that both kids and adults can enjoy like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Adventure Time still exist, these are no longer the majority. Compare this to the 90s, where there is no shortage of ballsy, mature, complex cartoons aimed at kids that still hold up. ReBoot, Beast Wars, Gargoyles, Disney’s Recess and The Weekenders, Sonic: Underground, The Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures… the list goes on and on. But to keep myself from undercutting my previous point,I don’t think that this change is necessarily due to a drop in quality, at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, what has happened is a polarization of audiences, specifically based on age.

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