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'Hoodwinked!' writer-director launches world's 'first episodic Twitter series': 'Roger Cosmonkey'


Many writers crave voluminous space in which to relate their stories. (That’s right, Marcel Proust, we’re looking at you.) But Cory Edwards has restricted himself to 140 characters or less for each ‘chapter’ of his new project, Roger Cosmonkey, a cartoon about a super intelligent ape that Edwards is touting as the world’s “first episodic Twitter series” that launches today on his Twitter feed.

“I happened to tweet artwork that I had drawn,” says Edwards, who co-directed and co-wrote the 2005 animated film Hoodwinked! “I thought, ‘Gosh, has anybody ever told a story in this very limited format?’ And I don’t think anybody has. At first I thought, ‘I don’t even know if it’s possible.’ And I think I’ve found out that it is. I don’t know that Martin Scorsese or Peter Jackson would want to tell a story on Twitter. But the guys who do Spongebob or Ren & Stimpy — they might. So I’ve created something that is kind of in that vein, something that can work in short bursts.”

After the jump, Edwards talks more about Roger Cosmonkey and the status of his long-gestating Fraggle Rock movie.


Roger Ebert wins 'New Yorker' cartoon contest. Was it a career-achievement award?

For years, Roger Ebert has entered the New Yorker‘s cartoon caption contest, and for years, his wittiest efforts were rebuffed. He’s not afraid to admit that it bothered him. In fact, back in 2009, he even wrote extensively about his frustration. “I have done more writing for free for the New Yorker in the last five years than for anybody in the previous 40 years,” he lamented. “It’s not that I think my cartoon captions are better than anyone else’s, although some weeks, understandably, I do. It’s that just once I want to see one of my damn captions in the magazine that publishes the best cartoons in the world. Is that too much to ask? Maybe I’m too oblique for them. The New Yorker‘s judges seem to live inside the box, and too many of their finalists are obvious — even no-brainers, you could say.”

Well, it took him 107 tries, but the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer finally won, framing a lost couple wandering in the desert beneath an F parking-lot sign with, “I’m not going to say the word I’m thinking of.” The New Yorker recognized Ebert’s persistence in its announcement, generously including some of his previous entries. READ FULL STORY

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back as 'The Governator' -- EXCLUSIVE


Image Credit: Stan Lee Comics; Chris Hatcher/PR Photos

He’s been a famous body builder. He’s been a killer cyborg from the future. He’s been Governor of California. And now, in this week’s
exclusive cover scoop, Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals his plans for the next phase of his extraordinary career: He’s going be a cartoon superhero, known as The Governator. "When I ran for governor back in 2003 and I started hearing people talking about ‘the Governator,’ I thought the word was so cool," Schwarzenegger, 63, tells EW in his first press interview since leaving office last January. (Watch an EW-exclusive video of Schwarzenegger talking about the project.) "The word Governator combined two worlds: the world of politics and the movie world. And [this cartoon]

brings everything together. It combines the governor, the Terminator, the bodybuilding world, the True Lies…”  READ FULL STORY

'Dilbert' cartoonist Scott Adams draws feminist outrage

A week after posting — and subsequently deleting — a blog post about “men’s rights,” Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams continues to be criticized for comparing society’s treatment of women to the coddling of children and mentally handicapped persons, while lamenting the unfair treatment of men. In his lengthy post (which you can read here), Adams writes:

“The reality is that women are treated differently by society for exactly the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated differently. It’s just easier this way for everyone. You don’t argue with a four-year old about why he shouldn’t eat candy for dinner. You don’t punch a mentally handicapped guy even if he punches you first. And you don’t argue when a women tells you she’s only making 80 cents to your dollar. It’s the path of least resistance. You save your energy for more important battles.” READ FULL STORY

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss. I liked you better 30 years ago

Cat-in-the-hatIf you have school-aged children under the age of 7 or so, you probably already know that today is Theodore Geisel’s birthday. That, of course, would be Dr. Seuss, who would turn 107 today — just 105 years older than Cindy Lou Who. The National Education Association has built its Read Across America campaign around Seuss’ birthday, which explained my daughter strutting about in her classroom-made Cat in the Hat hat.

By now, everyone of every age has grown up with Seuss’ sadistic rhyming characters, from the mischievous Cat in the Hat to the incorrigible Sam-I-Am. (As a kid, I was especially fond of Fox in Socks.) Once you have children, though, your relationship with these beloved classics will be severely tested — or at least redefined. One Fish, Two Fish is not without its charms, but how does that nostalgia hold up after you’ve read it aloud 4,210 times in a single afternoon to a princess who doesn’t even seem to be paying attention except when you attempt to skip a page? I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Perhaps my shoes are simply too tight. READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: Joy Division in Playmobil form

We’ve seen just about everything reimagined in Lego form, so now it’s a different European plastic toy’s turn. Joy Division as Playmobil! I can’t tell what’s better: the frantic drumming, or the idea that they make Playmobil dudes with scraggly hair. READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: 'Wicked' as a Disney movie

What if Wicked became a Disney animated film? Animator Heidi Jo Gilbert put together these storyboards, and they’re pretty fantastic. The doe-eyed Disney princess look, the quirky skyline, the “I want” anthem: in just two minutes, this clip manages to cover all the requisite Disney bases except for “excitable sidekick.” I know this movie might never happen, but it’s still nice to daydream, no? READ FULL STORY

'Archer' returns tonight for a new season of quote-worthy spy shenanigans

archerImage Credit: FXArcher returns tonight! Yay, my favorite foul-mouthed espionage cartoon is finally back for its second season. For anyone who ever crowded around a dorm-room computer to watch episodes of Sealab 2021 or Frisky Dingo, Archer feels like the natural next step. But it’s also a bit more ambitious (not to mention raunchy) than its predecessors with narrative arcs that lightly carry over episode-to-episode. Why isn’t everyone watching this show? The world’s just a really stubborn place that hates laughing and being awesome, I guess. READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: Why can't all DVD intros be like this?

Ugh, why can’t those annoying, unskippable warnings on DVDs all be replaced with this cheeky one from BBC America? Bring on the animation, kinetic typography, and John Oliver, please: READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: 'Up' reimagined as a 1960s Disney movie

What if Up was a live-action Disney movie from the 1960s, starring Spencer Tracy and Kirk Douglas? Well, it would be awesome if this “premake” trailer is any indication. I particularly like the god-awful ’60s version of Kevin, who looks like a cross between a parrot and regret. Perfection! READ FULL STORY

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