Nuggets of Wisdom

Monday, June 13, 2016

Going on Hiatus

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past week, you probably realize how hectic recent events have been. All of that coupled with personal issues in my life have become too much for my psyche to collectively bear, which is why I’m taking a hiatus from blogging and social media. I’m not sure how long I’ll be away, perhaps only a few weeks or a month, but until then, most of my current features, including Statist and Anarchist will be on hiatus. I hope you all understand.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Disney Sunday: Zootopia Honest Trailer


With the movie having been recently released onto DVD, it's time for an Honest Trailer about Zootopia, the animated feature about a city that's either an impossibly advanced paradise where animals live together in harmony, or a palace built by our mammal overlords in the ashes of our extinct human world after war and famine wiped us from the earth. (You know, one of the two!)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Going Wild For Zootopia III


Zootopia was recently released onto DVD. What was expected to be a minor movie in Disney's film roster has since surpassed the company's expectations by breaking countless records, including surpassing one billion dollars in the global box office and becoming the fourth top-grossing animated movie of all time (right behind Frozen and Toy Story 3).

Seriously, if you haven't seen this movie yet, go out right now and either buy or rent it. It really is that good, and it is really that deserving of the hype and recognition it has received. For everyone else, here's yet another fan art showcase:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Not-So-Reason Rally Fails


Earlier this week, the Reason Rally, the biggest national gathering of “fools professing themselves to be wise”, was held—and it was a huge flop!—mostly due to the event trying to combine “science” and “reason” with feminist social justice, which goes together as nicely as acids and bases.

You know your "rational" movement is failing spectacularly when one of your more "rational" members points out how "irrational" it was:

Monday, June 6, 2016

VGM Monday: Can You Feel The Sunshine


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

The Sega Saturn may have had an epic marketing mascot (in Japan, at least), but that didn’t stop the system from being a huge flop. Perhaps its biggest mistake was not having a flagship Sonic game—or at least a good one.

While the Saturn didn’t have a traditional Sonic game, it did have Sonic R, a racing game. It sucked. What else do I need to say? The graphics were bad, the controls were bad, and the music was bad—or at least, in my opinion, so bad it’s good.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Disney Sunday: Deleted "Racist" Lilo And Stitch Scene?


June is here, summer is upon us, and with it, summer vacation. What better way to kick off the season than with a summer-related movie? No other Disney film fits the bill than Lilo and Stitch.

Considered to be one of the few good Disney animated features of the 2000s (or at least an animated feature from that time that’s been capitalized by the company, if not recognized for its existence), Lilo and Stitch has certainly earned its title as a Disney masterpiece with its original story and water-colored backgrounds.

But like any good movie, the entire film was not shown in theaters, with some deleted scenes that were left on the editing room floor. One of those deleted scenes have been circulating social media recently, and I wanted to showcase it and comment on it:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Fan Art Friday: Elsa And Jack Frost Forever


Like an ice palace rising in the far off mountains, Frozen 2 is on the horizon. Not only do Disney fans want to see Queen Elsa again, but they want to see her with a girlfriend of all things.

Social media has been abuzz with the hastag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, with fans demanding to see their favorite ice queen hooked up in a lesbian relationship. Even her voice actress Idina Menzel thinks this is a good idea.

While I certainly think that Disney needs more LGBT representation in their animated films (especially with a lesbian princess), and although setting up Elsa with a girlfriend would hardly bother me in the slightest, at the risk of starting a flame war against the ice queen’s fans, I don’t necessarily think making Elsa into a lesbian would be the best move for Disney. That’s simply my preference. Nothing more.

Besides, Elsa’s already taken.

Yes, as you can tell from this post, I am a fan of the Elsa/Jack Frost ship. I know there’s no way that the two would ever hook up for real, what with the two of them being owned by separate companies, but I still think the two go well together like ice and snow—quite literally.

So for this week’s Fan Art Friday, I’m showcasing my favorite Elsa/Jack fan art. And for anyone who may not care for the shipping, feel free to...let it go!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Donald's Quack Attack


Does anyone else remember when the Disney Channel actually aired anything that was, well, Disney-related? Seems like these days the network has as much to do with Disney as MTV has to do with music or the History Channel has to do with history.

It may be hard to remember, but back in the day, the network actually lived up to its own name by airing Disney programming such as classic Disney movies, television shows, and even animated shorts.

Yes, there once was a time when you could turn on the Disney Channel and watch an actual Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck cartoon. One of the programs that showcased such cartoons was Donald’s Quack Attack.

Monday, May 30, 2016

VGM Monday: Central City


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. So to celebrate, from now and throughout Sonic’s birthday this June, I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite Sonic music for VGM Monday.

If Sonic 06 was the worst Sonic game, then Shadow the Hedgehog was the worst spin-off game, but not for lack of trying. Shadow had all the potential to be a great game, especially with its branching story lines and alternate endings, but it completely fell flat with its poor controls and unnecessary game mechanics. (Seriously, why does a super-fast hedgehog need a gun or a jeep?)

But as with most bad Sonic games, if there was one redeeming grace, it was the game’s soundtrack. As the game starred the dark and gritty Shadow, it only made sense that the soundtrack was more dark and gritty with a greater emphasis on metal music. This can easily be heard with the music to the opening level, Central City:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SU Recap: Super Watermelon Island


You wouldn't think that the big bad guy of the series would be defeated with the help of walking watermelon people. Or at least you wouldn't think that if you were watching Steven Universe. And in Steven Universe, such a possibility is...well...quite possible.

While Steven's new "take-over-the-body-of-a-watermelon" power is something that should seriously be questioned, everything else seems to fall into place just nicely, especially the rescue of Lapis and the defeat of Jasper.

With such an epic ending like that, you'd think that would be the end of the story arc. But then you remember that this is only part one of a two-part episode. The good stuff has only just begun. And what a beginning it was!

Read the rest of the recap after the break: