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Amid DACA protests, the ‘Baldo’ cartoon puts a personal face on the ‘dreamers’ debate

ONE OF the more hotly debated comic strips this week is “Baldo,” as the teenage title character’s best friend, Cruz, recounts his immigration story. “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has made things easier,” Cruz says of DACA, “but the fear has never really gone away.” This week’s narrative arc could not be timelier. Three months […]

This week in Trump cartoons, from his Jerusalem embassy move to Utah’s national monuments

IN ANY direction that cartoonists have looked this week, it seems, there has been another satirically rich target. In the American West, President Trump was massively cutting back protected lands at Utah national monuments. In the Mideast, Trump was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, setting off protests and clashes during a “day of […]

‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ delivers the year’s best first-person shooter, single-player campaign

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Developed by: MachineGames Published by: Bethesda Softworks Available on: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One The last Wolfenstein game I played, “The Old Blood,” came out in 2015 — an eon ago, or at least it feels that way. Two years ago, who would have thought that white supremacists would be […]

Ryan Reynolds banks on another cartoon character with the film ‘Detective Pikachu’

I don't know who made this, but thank you. #MaximumEffort — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 22, 2016 RYAN REYNOLDS could well end up with a second major film franchise adapted from popular graphic characters. Show More Summary

How cartoonists are rendering judgment on Sen. Al Franken and his scandal

TODAY, Sen. Al Franken is scheduled to deliver an announcement, surely as to his fate on the Hill. As the number of women accusing the Minnesota lawmaker of sexual misconduct climbs, so, too, does the number of his fellow Senate Democrats calling on him to resign. “We as elected leaders should absolutely be held to a higher […]

After ‘Titans’ reveals its Robin, fans wonder: Which Boy Wonder are we getting?

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment recently revealed the first look at Brenton Thwaites suited up as Robin for the upcoming series “Titans,” which will debut in 2018 as part of a new digital streaming service from DC. The image answers the question many fans had when Thwaites’s casting was announced back in August: Would he […]

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: A great game is in there … somewhere

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Developed by: Monolith Soft Published by: Nintendo Available on: Nintendo Switch The world of Japanese role-playing games contains a cornucopia of cultural influences, not the least of which is anime and its saucer-eyed, empathetic heroes. Show More Summary

How Pixar’s ‘Coco’ tries to speak to Trump’s America

GAEL GARCIA BERNAL, who voices a leading character in “Coco,” is impressed with how the Pixar film even seeks to build cultural bridges with those who might speak against Mexicans and Mexican Americans. In “Coco,” the path to and from the afterlife involves a border checkpoint, and those trying to cross illegally — including Hector (voiced […]

How Judge Roy Moore is providing fodder for comics

ON THURSDAY EVENING, Jimmy Kimmel, speaking to his ABC viewers during his monologue-as-personal challenge, joined the growing roster of left-leaning humorists who have been trying to put Alabama candidate Roy Moore more squarely in their satiric crosshairs. Show More Summary

The growing list of sexual harassment scandals, as satirized in cartoons

SINCE THE unmasking of Harvey Weinstein, the names of other celebrities accused of sexual misconduct have followed with the regularity of a drumbeat growing louder. November brought forth such entertainment and media celebrities as Charlie Rose and Louis C.K., and the month ends with a flurry of such figures as Matt Lauer. Garrison Keillor. Russell Simmons. Boom. Boom. […]

The 10 best video games of 2017

2017 was another bountiful year for video games. One of the biggest success stories over the past several months has been the Nintendo Switch. A succession of well-received exclusives for the new platform, beginning with “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” elevated the Kyoto-based company back into the spotlight. Meanwhile, Sony’s PlayStation 4 […]

Here’s why that Olaf short film doesn’t work as a lead-in to ‘Coco’

SINCE “COCO” was released last week, fans have been vocal in their vitriol for the 21-minute featurette, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” running before the film. And the hue and cry has largely been over what a disservice the short is to viewers. Yet Walt Disney Animation might also be doing a creative disservice to “Olaf.” Most […]

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ trailer: Josh Brolin’s Thanos finally arrives

The long road to infinity has finally arrived. Marvel Studios debuted the first trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War” on Good Morning America this morning. (Note that Disney owns both Marvel and ABC.) The film, which arrives in theaters May 4, will mark the beginning of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, […]

A note to Eric Trump: Many found Disney’s ‘Pocohontas’ offensive, but not for its title

SINCE ITS release 22 summers ago, Disney’s animated hit “Pocahontas” has sparked divisive opinions. On one hand, the G-rated film took extreme narrative liberties, painting the 17th-century teenage icon’s brutal story as romantic, kid-friendly fare. On the other hand, the studio received praise for finally — after six decades of fictional, uniformly pale princesses — […]

Will Seth MacFarlane finally win his first Grammy Award?

ONE OF these years, Seth MacFarlane, as a cartooning crooner, is going to bag a Grammy Award that can rest next to his row of Emmys. And on Tuesday, MacFarlane again showed that his best shot at landing a Grammy might come from interpreting midcentury standards from the American songbook. The “Family Guy” creator received […]

‘Mutts,’ ‘Doonesbury’ and ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ art leads auction bids for hurricane relief

PATRICK McDONNELL’S comic “Mutts” often offers poignant moments for a good cause, such as the “Shelter Stories” strips that benefit the Humane Society. So the cartoonist told Comic Riffs that it was quite organic for him to draw in support of hurricane relief. Now, comics fans are agreeing as they vote with their wallets. Last Thursday, […]

How ‘Coco’s’ success helped Pixar avoid a five-year streak of no acclaimed original movies

PIXAR RAISED the bar so high a decade ago with a spectacular three-year streak of original films that the studio is forever measured against its own success. Yet even allowing that the Oscar-plated run of “Ratatouille,” “WALLE” and “Up” found rarefied air from 2007 to 2009, the viewer expectation persisted that the great minds of […]

How Pixar’s ‘Coco’ became a huge box-office hit

OVER THE holiday weekend, audiences in the rest of North America flocked to what Mexican moviegoers had affirmed more than a month ago: Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” is an authentically appealing winner. The animated smash soared to a $71.2 million domestic debut to win the five-day holiday frame, topping such superhero behemoths as “Justice League” and “Thor: […]

How ‘Teen Titans Go!’ became a 200-episode Cartoon Network hit

On the way to developing one of DC Entertainment’s biggest hits, animated or otherwise, the makers of “Teen Titans Go!” frequently heard the voices of doubters. That’s because the doubts were coming from the mouths of the voice actors they’d cast. “Teen Titans Go!,” which debuted on Cartoon Network in 2013, was a lighter, funnier reboot of the original […]

Frida Kahlo empowered an actress to fight harassment. Now she voices Frida in ‘Coco.’

NATALIA CORDOVA-BUCKLEY is a voice actor in the new Disney/Pixar movie “Coco,” but it was her voice that led her to first experience the trauma of sexist taunts. She was bullied because she spoke with a low tone — deeper than her father’s by age 6, she says — that was judged to be less than feminine. “Machismo harmed […]

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