Hey, a new shot from The Smurfs. It’s not uncanny-valley nightmarish at all! Just kidding; it is a little bit. They just look a little too … I don’t know, biological? It’s like I can feel the sad pallor of their freaky skin, and it’s making me sad. From left to right, I think that’s Clumsy Smurf (voiced by Anton Yelchin), Grouchy Smurf (George Lopez), Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), Smurfette (Katy Perry), Gutsy Smurf (Alan Cumming), and Brainy Smurf (Fred Armisen). Smurfy! Smurfs smurfs smurfs. READ FULL STORY »
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now know, this January, EW will bring you Big Shill, our exciting bracket game that pits America’s favorite advertising icons against each other in an epic battle for marketing supremacy. And, so far, we hope (ba da ba da da) you’re lovin’ it, because we’re about to throw yet another qualifying round your way. For, you see, in attempting to choose the most well-loved and fiercest competitor from McDonaldland, we’ve hit an impasse.As you
Sure, it’s easy to assume Ronald McDonald would take the
McGriddle cake when it comes to our game, but America’s history with clowns has been complicated. And while the Hamburglar is a front-runner — thanks to his highly coveted, recession-proof career choice of hamburger-stealing — it’s tough to imagine he’d top Mayor McCheese, who clearly has picked up the popular vote for decades now. (How ’bout those term limits, Michael Bloomberg?) Birdie the Early Bird is the first choice amongst progressive thinkers — she was McDonaldland’s first female creature — but the Fry Kids are the first choice amongst cuddly things that are about 25 percent eyes, like Zooey Deschanel. Then there’s also Filet-o-Fish thief Captain Crook, keeper-of-all-hamburger-peace Officer Big Mac, the Professor (who’s still trying to figure out what chemical substance oozes out of the McGriddle), the Hamburger Patch, and BFFs the McNugget Buddies. And who, of course, can forget about Grimace, the amorphous blob who was an evil shake-stealer before he saw Dr. Drew and reformed himself into… whatever the hell he is? (Seriously, what is Grimace?)
So it’s time to make yourself heard, PopWatchers. Which McDonaldland character should compete in our Big Shill bracket game? READ FULL STORY »
It’s a sad fact that Joe Camel has frequently polled higher with American five-year-olds than Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. Sad, yes, but can I say that it’s also kind of awesome, without endorsing cigarette smoking? Awesome in its power, awesome in the subliminal influence that a glasses-wearing, phallic-nosed camel can persuade a kid to pick up a cancer stick that will immediately make him or her cough like an 86-year-old asthmatic. Advertising is a science, and great advertising always works with a smile. Or a laugh. Or perhaps some skin. So Joe shouldn’t take all the blame; he was only doing his job. Looking cool. Confident. Classy. He was selling. Just like Ronald McDonald and Mr. Clean and those adorable Coca-Cola polar bears. They’ve bored a tunnel into our brains, where they pop up from time to time with a jingle or a quip, especially when we’re pushing that shopping cart down Aisle 6.
Many of these marketing icons are beloved characters, and at EW, we’ve decided to celebrate the best of the best with our first Big Shill bracket game. Starting in January, 64 of your favorite corporate mascots, characters, and whatchamacallits will compete head-to-head in a tournament to see who (or what) we adore the most, no matter what they’re selling. (Please keep your five-year-old off the computer so Joe Camel doesn’t win. That would be a PR fiasco.)
The competition to make the field of 64 is intense, and rather than give an entire branch of our bracket to the multitude of memorable Budweiser and Bud Lite sales mascots over the years, we need a qualifying round to see who will represent all of Anheuser-Busch in this spirited contest. Do you miss Louis the Lizard, the surly swamp thing who despised those mouth-breathing frogs? Or do you feel nostalgic for Spuds MacKenzie, that ridiculously cool dog who, rumor has it, was fired after one too many forced skateboard rides drove him to a habit of overindulging in the product he endorsed. Actually, all these commercial figures have a fascinating backstory, and in January, when the Big Shill game officially begins, we’ll examine them all closely. Until then, I ask that you Real Men of Genius nominate your favorite best Bud. And drink responsibly.
The idea of Jabba the Hutt singing “Alone Bed-time” (to the tune of “Silent Night”) is enough to make me chuckle, but the bizarre lyrics to this holiday greeting (“nap time, satisfactory sleep”) really seal the deal. First-rate song indeed! READ FULL STORY »
The Simpsons took another jab at the Fox News last night, completing a trifecta of teasing that started a few weeks ago. On Nov. 21, a slogan on a Fox News helicopter on the show read “Not racist, but #1 with racists,” and a week later, the slogan read “Unsuitable for viewers under 75.” This week’s dig was “Merry Christmas from Fox News… But no other holidays.” Oh, snap!
Except, you know, not really, because when The Simpsons wants to go after Fox News, it does. Like it did on the episode from season 14 where Krusty ran for Congress, and a Fox News host said “Welcome to Fox News, your voice for evil.” That has a little more bite! How about “You Kent Always Say What You Want,” which was basically an entire episode about the conflicting politics of the conservative news source and its often provocative network brethren? That was a bit more aggressive, too. In fact, The Simpsons has a long legacy of going after its parent company, and it’s hardly the only show to do so: How often does David Letterman make fun of CBS? (Often.) Or Jon Stewart make jokes about Comedy Central? Again, a lot. And it’s great, because that is their job, as comedians and commentators.
If you’re going to bite the hand that feeds you, at least make it worth it and really chomp down. Right, PopWatchers?
Check it out, check it out: Comedy Central has a new logo. Goodbye globe-with-three-skyscrapers-dwarfed-by-huge-hilarious-words. Hello, simple hieroglyph that you’re sure you’ve seen before somewhere on your keyboard. Alas, it’s not there. It only seems like it should be, a distant cousin to @ and ©. But there’s much much more here, hiding behind their Christopher Nolan-inspired elegance. Clearly, Comedy Central intended to combine the logos of Carolco and Chanel, in an effort to trigger our subliminal craving for sweet-smelling killing machines from the future. Take a look at the new Comedy Central, if you dare!!!! READ FULL STORY »
fight against child abuse because someone out there on the internets said it would make a difference. (As one of my friends posted: “Change your profile picture to a cartoon character for da month to make a stand against child abuse! Keep it gooooin’!!!!”) (Um, I mean former friends.) 2) To get all the photos of ugly people off of Facebook. Or 3) To honor your childhood.Last night, 28 of my closest Facebook friends (I barely know most of them) changed their profile pictures to cartoon characters, according to my news feed. After a quick Google search, I’ve concluded that the madness can be attributed to one of the following: 1) To show your support for the
Regardless of the reason for the meme — all are good causes, especially No. 2 — I was game. READ FULL STORY »
Okay, okay, Bear Grylls munching on giant rhino beetle larvae technically grosses me out more, but after seeing the latest Yogi Bear trailer in a crowded theater, I can confirm that I’m not the only one who gives an audible “Ewww” when that worm pops out of Yogi’s nose. Watch both below at your own risk. (And enjoy your lunch/dinner!) READ FULL STORY »