Christmas is almost here, and its time to celebrate the holidays by taking a look at some of our favorite Christmas curmudgeons!
Many a holiday tradition involve annual viewings of various holiday classics that embody the spirit of Christmas. These films almost always feature a heroic character who perseveres through hardship or learns a valuable lesson due to the spirit of the season, and countless families have bonded over these classic films for years.
But where would these heroic characters be if not for the Christmas villains who threaten the merry holidays time and time again? And by villains, we mean a bit more than a warm breeze that takes out Frosty or the frozen pole that tantalizes youthful tongues. No, we will be taking a look at the vilest of the villains that we watch each and every year to celebrate the holidays.
Although Comic-Con is all about news and previews and sneak peeks, let’s be honest, the cosplay is a pretty big draw as well.
Everything from sci-fi movies to video games to cartoons, cosplay is the perfect way for everyday fans to have their moment in the sun, even if that moment involves shaving your chest hair into the Batman symbol.
We’ve scoured the internet for some of the best examples of Comic Con cosplay so far and you can check them out in the gallery below.
Remember to follow Grizzly Bomb on tumblr to check out Brian and Chris’ experiences in San Diego including this great Jack Skellington cosplay!
One might be hard pressed to find a show with a history like that of Futurama. First premiered in Fox in 1999, had the most unpredictable scheduling I’ve ever seen, “not renewed” by Fox in 2003 in the middle of production on season 4. Adult Swim showed reruns, which we all watched every single time they aired and enough people were talking about it that Comedy Central, in 2005 acquired to the right to syndication and decided that along with that, they were going to make four movies that went straight to DVD but were also chopped up as “new episodes” on Comedy Central. After the success of the movies, Comedy Central went ahead and ordered new seasons of the show and it has lived happily until today. Now though, Comedy Central has decided not to renew Futurama, which means that the 31st-century-set animated comedy will end its 140-episode run on Sept. 4.
In talking with EW, David Bernath, Comedy Central’s Executive VP of Programming lamented the end of the Planet Express crew.
[quote]That’s a helluva run that few shows achieve, and especially given the fact that it came back to life, it’s really an amazing story, I’m more thankful and feel a sense of gratitude toward the whole process — and that we found a way to keep going for 52 more episodes — than I really am even thinking about the ending. It’s a blessing that it came back and lasted so long.[/quote]
Even Matt Groenig and David X. Cohen have stated through the years that the fact that Futurama continues today is somewhat of a miracle. Of course they also don’t discount the possibility of the show once again finding a new life somewhere else as Cohen so appropriately says, “As I said three times before, this is definitely the absolute end of the show. I don’t know why nobody believes me when I say that.”
While Futurama will most certainly be missed, perhaps it’s for the best. I mean how many more times can an animated cartoon that is supposed to be funny rip our hearts out and stomp on them before we say enough is enough? All I know is my soul can’t take another ‘The Late Philip J. Fry’.
Or ‘Luck of the Fryrish’
Or ‘Leela: Orphan of the Stars’
And sweet mother Mary not another ‘Jurassic Bark’ which may possibly be the saddest animated thing ever, with perhaps exception to anything in Toy Story.
Screw you Futurama! Who cares if you never ever see the light of day again? I certainly don’t. I can live my life without Fry and Leela. Or Fry and Bender. I most certainly won’t miss Dr. Zoidberg or Professor Farnsworth. Who even thinks of Hermes Conrad or Amy Wong anyways?
Excuse me, I need to go have a moment with Adele.
The last 13 episodes of Futurama will start on June 19th. Kleenex not included.
Whooooo boy I’m so glad Futurama is back. More Bender hilarity and Professor’s catastrophic inventions. In this episode we get both! Enter: The Banach Tarski Dupla Shrinker. You put matter into it and place something on top of it and boom! You get two smaller versions of whatever is on top of the Dupla Shrinker.
So taking into consideration the title of the episode, it’s easy to deduce what happens next. In Bender’s infinite laziness he creates two of himself in smaller versions. The three Benders together are quite hilarious especially with their ugly jokes aimed at the big ugly alien the Planet Express crew, and the three Benders are delivering oxy pads and a face chisel to. Of course those two Benders are just as lazy as their predecessors and create four more, smaller Benders and so on and so forth until there are 2046 Benders throughout Planet Express of varying sizes.
Professor Farnsworth determines that if the Benders continue unchecked they will eat through all matter on Earth before long. So the crew goes through the task of exterminating all of the extra Benders in a way that reminds me of the variety of deaths that the Venture Bros. had in their season 2 premiere. The stripper bot in the mouse trap was priceless. If you weren’t finding this episode funny before, you’re a mindless corpse and should burn yourself immediately.
After the discovery of microscopic Benders missing their executions, the Planet Express crew decides to deprive them of alcohol. Scientifically things get even crazier as the Benders now on a sub atomic level change water molecules into alcohol to survive and now water is alcoholic to everyone. I think Morbo drunk was the highlight of my day. I won’t spoil the rest of the episode but in the end Bender sums it all up nicely – “Well, that was dumb.” But it was a great episode of dumb.
Overall this episode really made me remember why I love Futurama so much. They mix science with humor and mash it together with some of the best voice acting and cartoon characters ever created. Sorry Homer and Pete Griffin, you guys can suck it.
Good news everyone! Futurama, Archer and the Venture Bros. have all been renewed! That’s right, some your favorite animated shows will be back to make us laugh, and hopefully offend lots of people.
Futurama is the T.V. show that just wouldn’t die. After Fox canceled the show, it was gone for nearly ten years before being revived with four straight-to-video DVDs, and then an ordering of episodes to be aired on Comedy Central. After thirteen new episodes it has been reported at IGN, that the Sci-Fi Comedy will air 39 new episodes carrying over into 2013.
I thought that when I watched the new episodes it might not have the same feel to it since it had such a long period of silence, but I was wrong. The voice actors hadn’t missed a beat. There were new fresh jokes and the same great animation, along with some new characters. I have to admit, my Futurama DVDs were becoming a bit worn, but now I can shelf them and enjoy the ‘Planet Express Crew’ in all new adventures for the next three years!
Venture Bros has also been renewed for at least two more seasons, and a 60-90 minute special according to the A.V. Club. Venture Bros is the best show currently on Adult Swim, mocking some of our favorite comic book concepts and cartoon shows, while following the exploits of the Venture family and their faithful bodyguard Brock Sampson. This show is one that gets progressively better as it goes on, and I absolutely loved Season One.
And finally the FX masterpiece Archer. This follows the trials and tribulations of one of the world’s most selfish and conceited spys to ever live. Great voice talent and an appealing artistic style combine with some of the best comedic writing on television to make this one of the funniest shows in years. Sterling Archer is my favorite spy in the history of media.
FX has announced that in addition to ordering another season of Justified, Archer will also be back for a 3rd year.
So now here is 3 of the best cartoons of the past 20 years, and they’re all coming back for another go around. Good news for all.