Just a quick note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):
– Bailey Meyers posted a new (feature-length!) GooseDrunks video, and this time around she tackled the goofy-gothy Vampire Breath (1996), resulting in a very funny/sweary read-through of a very holey narrative. Classic!
– Charly Bliss posted a short (socially-distanced) sequel to Ignorance Is Bliss, the faux-reality-show they created to promote the release of their album Young Enough, back in May 2019… and frankly it’s a little galling to see how adept they are as comedy writers/actors, on top of being such cute/talented musicians! Gah!
– Tara Strong “broke down” her most beloved voices for Vanity Fair, explaining how characters like ‘Timmy Turner’ (The Fairly Oddparents), ‘Bubbles’ (The Powerpuff Girls), and ‘Raven’ (Teen Titans) came to sound the way they do. She also told some very sweet stories from her long tenure as a convention guest that are guaranteed to give you what youngsters call “the feels”. She clearly loves her craft, her fans, and cartoons in general, so we applaud/adore her for that… even if it is kinda spooky to see her switching between voices so swiftly!
– Meanwhile, DC released a teaser trailer for an upcoming video-game (from the makers of the Batman: Arkham series) called Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, co-starring Strong as ‘Harley Quinn’ (hurrah!). As far as I can tell the finished product won’t be released until 2022, but this is a cool little short, with enjoyable jokes and a properly unsettling “twist” ending, so well worth a couple views by itself!
– I also re-watched the first season of Nahnatchka Khan‘s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (2012), in the as-written order (not the mangled mish-mash it was originally broadcast as), and laughed myself silly all over again. It really is one of the greatest sitcoms of the past couple decades, but sadly also one of the most under-rated and cruelly/carelessly mishandled. Boo!
– On a more serious note, I’ve been trying to wrap my little pea-brain around the concept of “Defunding the Police”, and have found Franchesca Ramsey’s reports for MTV Impact very helpful and informative… especially the latest episode, which lays out some promising alternatives, and explains “how we can reinvest in our communities with proven programs that enhance community safety without the looming threat of police violence and prison.” Yes, please!