Missing Links: Disney, Henson, iPad, Kickstarter

Posted 7 years ago by Missing Links


The Top Hat Sasquatch team reads a lot of blog posts every day, and some slip through the crack or just don’t warrant their own post. That’s where Missing Links comes in. Every few days we collect the best links we’ve come across and pass them on to you.

Jim Henson & Frank Oz Talking In 1989 With Kermit & More | The Mary Sue
This is a great find, I love looking up Jim Henson stuff on YouTube.

A month with the iPad mini — Minimally Minimal
A great write-up of what an iPad Mini is like. I've had mine for less than a month and I love it.

10 Tips to Avoid Getting Burned by Kickstarter | ShezCrafti
Jaime over at ShezCrafti wrote an excellent guide to using Kickstarter (as a consumer). Some great tips here.

The Walt Disney Image Problem
Interesting article about Walt Disney. I always roll my eyes at people when they say something about Disney being a Nazi, but it’s hard to blame them when the company doesn’t do much to educate people about what he was really like.

HAL 9000 | Uncrate
Is this awesome? Yes. Is this practical? I don't think so, Dave.

Song of the South: Disney’s Most Notorious Film by Jason Sperb, reviewed. – Slate Magazine
I can't wait to read this book. Song of the South is one of the most interesting pieces of Disney history.

Steve Jobs Promotes “Toy Story” | Cartoon Brew
A very cool little piece of animation history. Great find.

Missing Links: TMNT, LEGO, Simpsons

Posted 7 years ago by Missing Links

The Top Hat Sasquatch team reads a lot of blog posts every day, and some slip through the crack or just don’t warrant their own post. That’s where Missing Links comes in. Every few days we collect the best links we’ve come across and pass them on to you.

The Crooked Ninja Turtle Gang: McDonalds Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys
Well folks, Turtle mania is in full swing now because there will be Happy Meal toys next month. You geeks with kids have it easy, how am I going to justify buying Happy Meals for a month straight?

2013 Lego Galaxy Squad pictures | The Brothers Brick
Wow, I hadn't even heard of this new line. I like the colors and the minifigs a lot. Space and LEGO is always a great combination.

Bandit Guns: Rubber Band Shotgun by Bob Coulston — Kickstarter
A very cool Kickstarter for an amazing rubber band shotgun. If I had anything other than pets to terrorize with this, I'd get one for sure.

Judd Apatow’s ‘The Simpsons’ Episode Script Being Produced, Twenty Years Later | /Film
I'm not the biggest Apatow fan, but you have to admit, this is cool.

Retro Game Crunch: Possibly the Coolest Gaming Kickstarter Ever

Posted 7 years ago by Games

I’ve backed a lot of Kickstarters, but surprisingly only one game-related project. That was 16 months ago, and I still don’t have the game on my iPad. I got some sweet stickers and stuff, but I’ve almost completely forgotten about it.

Enter Shaun Inman, Rusty Moyher, and Matt Grimm. They want to make six retro games in six months, and have taken to Kickstarter to make it happen.

I’ve followed Shaun Inman’s career for a while now, and I’m a fan of all his games. Shaun, Rusty, and Matt recently collaborated on the game Super Clew Land in three days for the Ludum Dare Challenge, and after coming in third place they wanted to improve the game. They worked on it for thirty days, and then came up with the idea for Retro Game Crunch.
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Strange Kid Comix Magazine on Kickstarter

Posted 7 years ago by Comics

Strange Kid Comix

Calling all geeks! The awesome geeky website and friend of the ‘squatch, Strange Kids Club, is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of issue 3 of their Strange Kid Comix. There are just a few more days left and they need about $300 more bucks pledged or it won’t happen.

Besides the amazing cover by Jason Edmiston, this issue has content by a veritiable who’s who of geek bloggers, including our buddies Shawn Robare of Branded in the 80s and Brian Adams of Cool and Collected.

There are all kinds of awesome rewards for pledging, including back issues, a t-shirt, posters, animation cells, toys, and more. I highly recommend supporting these guys, their work is awesome and I really want this magazine!

Check out their Kickstarter page and help them reach their goal!

Come See ‘Indie Game: The Movie’ in Indianapolis With Horrible Night and Top Hat Sasquatch

Posted 8 years ago by Movies

Indie Game: The Movie

If you’re in the Indianapolis area and you love games as much as the Horrible Night crew and I do, you should plan on attending a screening of Indie Game: The Movie at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm. I’ve been hearing nothing but awesome things about this documentary lately, and I can’t wait to see it.

The film started as a Kickstarter project and went on to win awards at Sundance and SXSW. It chronicles the making of three indie games; Super Meat Boy, Braid, and Fez. Here’s the official description:

With the 21st-century comes a new breed of artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games with the hope of connection and success. Indie Game: The Movie (2012, dirs. Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky, Canada, 96 mins.) portrays four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal: to make the video game a supreme form of expression.

The characters: after years of work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes work toward the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy. At a big video game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated game, FEZ. And designer Jonathan Blow considers a new game after creating one of the highest-rated games of all time, Braid. Indie Game: The Movie won Best Editing Award at 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Special thanks to our sponsors at the Canadian Consulate. Consul General Roy Norton is scheduled to attend this exclusive screening! Learn more: http://www.connect2canada.com/

I’ve only played one of those three games but I love the whole indie game culture that’s popped up in the last few years, and this film seems to be a great portrayal of the passion that goes into creating games like these.

If you’d like to come, you can RSVP on Facebook, order tickets online, read Horrible Night’s announcement post, and check out the trailer after the jump.
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