Missing Links: Iron Giant, Space Jam, SNES, Spider-Man

Posted 2 months ago by Missing Links

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If Lego Doesn’t Make This Iron Giant Set, It’s Going to Be Sadder Than the Movie
I never knew I needed a LEGO Iron Giant until now.

The Oral History of ‘Space Jam’: Part 1 – Launching the Movie
Cartoon Brew has a whole series on the Oral History of Space Jam, and if you grew up with the movie like I did, it’s a great read.

These Are the 30 Games Nintendo Should Include on a Tiny Super Nintendo
This is a solid list of SNES games that should be included on the eventual SNES Classic Mini. I would add E.V.O. The Search for Eden and Super Mario All-Stars, but that’s just my opinion.

Rejoice: Michael Giacchino Will Score SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
This is great news. His score for Dr. Strange was great, and I hope Marvel lets him cut loose for Spider-Man and really write a great theme for the webslinger.

Missing Links: Nintendo Switch, NES Classic, Rogue One, Sega Genesis

Posted 3 months ago by Missing Links

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The NES Classic Edition is dead simple — and that’s why it’s great – The Verge
I have no need for this since I’m a big fan of building Raspberry Pi systems running RetroPie to play old-school video games, but this thing is just so awesome and cute I know I'll probably end up buying one or two.

Rogue One Will Have A Different Opening Without the Traditional Star Wars Crawl!
I think this is a great idea for the Star Wars spinoffs. I want them to feel different from the main saga movies as much as possible.

Portable Animation Tool Inchworm Just Got Updated for the Nintendo 3DS
I just recently got a Nintendo 3DS and this little animation program looks really fun.

Owlboy review • Eurogamer.net
I’ve been hearing about this game for a few years, and it looks really polished. I can’t wait to try it out sometime soon.

Nintendo President Hints of Bigger Hardware Plans for Switch – Bloomberg
Sounds like Nintendo has a few hardware tricks up their sleeves that have yet to be announced for the Switch. How about different sets of Joy-Cons in the style of Gamecube, NES, etc? I have enjoyed the Wii U but I’m ready for Nintendo to have a blockbuster console on their hands again.

TecToy unveils its new limited edition SEGA Genesis
This sounds like an interesting competing product to the upcoming NES Mini. It has pre-installed Sega games but also reads games from SD cards.

Nintendo Is Revealing “Major Details” About The Switch In January 
The announcements of the Nintendo Switch was one of last week's highlights, but don't expect any more info in 2016. Nintendo doesn't want to hurt their sales (or their 3rd party developers) for the holidays. It'll be a long wait, but I'm eager to learn more about the Switch.

Missing Links: Will Vinton, Usagi Yojimbo, Ghostbusters, Guardians

Posted 2 years ago by Missing Links

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How the Father of Claymation Lost His Company
I’ve been a huge fan of stop-motion/claymation since I was a very little kid, and Will Vinton has always been one of my favorites. I was vagely aware of what happened when his studio was taken over by Phil Knight of Nike fame, but I didn’t know the whole story. It’s pretty incredible what happened to him, but it has to be said, would films like Coraline and ParaNorman have been made if the change didn’t happen? I think Laika has a bright future but it sucks that Vinton got booted from his own company.

Watch Stop-Motion ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Short Film
This short is rough, but it was just used as a proof-of-concept for the filmmakers to get the rights to Usagi Yojimbo to make a stop-motion animated feature. I love stop-motion and I love Usagi Yojimbo (through his TMNT connection of course) so this is pretty awesome.

How Laika Pushed 3D Printing to New Heights with ‘The Boxtrolls’
I love that 3D printing is helping keep stop-motion animation alive. Laika’s movies are great and I can’t wait to see the Boxtrolls.

See the Ghostbusters Ride That Was Never Built
This would have been a really fun ride.

Inside the Wild UI Design of Guardians of the Galaxy
I love when a sci-fi movie has a great UI design, and Guardians certainly did. Beyond the screens and holograms that we’re used to seeing, it had some amazingly weird “UI” in Ronan’s ships. Just another thing that this movie did right.

Missing Links: Power Rangers Movie, Muppets, McDonald’s

Posted 2 years ago by Missing Links

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Nick Stoller Says the Muppet People Are Working on a New TV Show
It kills me that Muppets Most Wanted tanked at the box office. I loved it, but I think it just didn’t stand a chance going up against Divergent or whatever it’s called. I hope Stoller is right about Disney working on a new TV show, I’d hate for Disney to abandon the Muppets.

‘Power Rangers’ Getting a Reboot Feature Film by Lionsgate
This doesn’t surprise me, and actually it’s not the most far-fetched thing to reboot. It’s basically superheroes, giant robots, and Kaiju. If they leave out the goofier aspects (or embrace them) from the show, it could make a decent movie.

Charlton Heston being photographed by an ape on the set of Planet of the Apes
Great photo.

This guy collected 75,000 McDonald’s items over 50 years
I can’t imagine having the dedication to collect only one thing, let alone the money, time, and space it would take to have as large of a collection as this guy. His house looks like a McDonald’s museum. Crazy.

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Baxter Stockman Fly Version Figure
I’m not sure what to think about this. In face, I’m almost losing the will to keep up with the Nick figures. There are some cool ones out that I don’t have, it’s just time and money consuming to hunt them all down, and I’ve got too much junk as it is. What do you guys think about the new Baxter Stockman?

Missing Links: Turtles in Time, X-Men, Minecraft

Posted 2 years ago by Missing Links

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IDW Announces “Turtles in Time” Comic Mini-Series
I am way behind on the IDW TMNT series thanks to my iPad mini’s screen cracking (anyone know a good way to get that fixed?), but this Turtles in Time miniseries sounds amazing and I would actually buy physical copies to read it. Inspired by the SNES game? Sign me up.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer
I still don’t know what to think about the X-Men cinematic universe. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since the original came out. That movie basically got the ball rolling on the entire modern Superhero film genre. I never would have thought that 14 years later, some of the cast would still be playing those characters.

Reddit User tysmurph Paints Stills from Disney Movies
I saw these get posted over the last few days and I really hope it gets turned into a series. First up was a still from The Sword and the Stone, and then the other day one from 101 Dalmatians was posted.

Minecraft developer Mojang’s profits more than doubled in 2013
Minecraft is one of the most interesting gaming phenomenons of the last decade. I felt late to the party when I started playing it a few years ago and it was an obscure PC/Mac game. Now my nieces and nephews play it on their iPod Touches and iPads and it’s making Notch Scrooge McDuck money. And just think, in a couple years WB will release a Minecraft movie and it will explode even more.