Tuesday, July 28

Myth Busted: Women say Hot Men are Gay

There is a myth that handsome guys are gay. Well, it is more a joke around women. Women say that most good-looking and 'good' men are gay. I am sure it is mostly a joke. I think it might seem that way but it isn't. It all comes down to coveting what isn't yours, unrequited love in a sense. Because I also think about when gay men want to gain the affections of a straight guy. I have to be honest that I have been in a similar situation, and from my own experiences, I can say it wasn't about sex but it depended on the person. You can't help who you are attracted to or who you like, even if it is dismissed as a crush. I hate that, when affection is dismissed simply as a 'crush.' How do 'they' know how I'm feeling. But one of my girlfriends have clarified that I may have a pattern to being attracted to straight men. I have indeed dated and have been in relationships with gay men.

It surprises most men but most gay men prefer masculine or so-called 'str8-acting men,' which means Straight-acting. It is laughable to me this notion. That it is in the term itself, 'acting.' It is just acting. It is not true. If they 'act' straight, wouldn't they be straight and hence attracted to women and not men? So what they mean is masculine, they don't want feminine or 'swishy' men. Anyway, back with my relationships with straight men I might had feelings for. There have been quite a few and they know who they are. They were mostly 'bad boys,' early on when I was a teenager, I believe the appeal was like the 'cool guy' and the 'nerdy fanboy hanger-on.' In some cases, they have almost recripocated or let me fondle them. One even questioned thinking being gay was being easier. I clarified that it wasn't.

Anyway, my whole point that some straight women might prefer gay men and in some cases, gay men might prefer straight men; it bascially it coveting what you can't have.

Sunday, July 26

Disney's One Two

Disney's One Too was a spinoff of Disney's One Saturday Morning, and resembled The Disney Afternoon. In the summer of 1999, UPN and Disney began a programming alliance where UPN would air two hours of Disney children's programming during its kids block on Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons. Originally announced as "Whomptastic," the block debuted on September 5, 1999 six-days-a-week as a companion to Disney's One Saturday Morning franchise on ABC. Hercules is the only series to transition from Disney Afternoon to Disney's One Two. On Wekkedays, it was 3pm to 5pm and on Sundays, it was 7am to 9am or any other time depending on the local channel.

September 5, 1999–February 6, 2000 had: Hercules: The Animated Series (1998-1999), Disney's Doug (1996-1999), Sabrina: The Animated Series (1999-2000) and Disney's Recess (1997-2003).

February 7, 2000-October 1, 2000 had: Disney's Doug (1996-1999), Sabrina: The Animated Series (1999-2000), Pepper Ann (1997-2001) and Disney's Recess (1997-2003).

October 2, 2000–September 2, 2001, Pepper Ann was moved to 3pm and Sabrina: The Animated Series stayed at 3:30 and the new Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000-2001) that aired on UPN took the 4pm slot and Recess stayed at 4:30pm.

From September 3, 2001-September 1, 2002, Sabrina moved to 3pm, Recess moved to 3:30 and The Legend of Tarzan (2001-2003) took 4:30, while Buzz Lightyear stayed at 4pm. The Weekenders aired on Sunday, being the first show of the block, taking Sabrina's place.

From September 2, 2002-August 29, 2003, Digimon Frontier took the 4pm slot. Buzz was first, followed by Recess and Digimon was followed by Tarzan. Recess had six seasons and 128 episodes. Sabrina the Teenage Witch returned to syndication years later through DiC.

Series that first-run aired on ABC:
Disney's Doug (1996-1999)
Pepper Ann (1997-2001)
Sabrina: The Animated Series (2000-2001)
Hercules (1998-1999)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000-2001)
Recess (1997-2003)

Series that first-run aired on CBS (since now mostly DiC cartoons run on CBS):
Sabrina: The Animated Series (2006-2007)
Series that first-run aired on UPN:
Sabrina: The Animated Series (1999-2002)
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000-2001)
The Legend of Tarzan (2001-2003)

On September 14, 2002, Disney's One Saturday Morning was terminated and rebranded as ABC Kids. ABC Kids' block is now completely reruns from the Disney Channel, except for the Power Rangers, which now only airs on ABC. In the summer of 2003, Disney's One Two block completely ended. NBC became the first network to drop children's programming entirely in 1992, when it was replaced by the live-action teen programming block called TNBC ("Saved by the Bell"). The WB and UPN merged to form The CW in 2006, leaving The CW to air the Kids' WB block up until 2008, when became The CW4Kids. However, some Fox affiliates aired the 4KidsTV starting in 2002 and it was dropped the Fox Box/4KidsTV block entirely in 2008 as the block became CW4Kids. Now, only NBC (which started again in 2002), CBS, ABC, and theCW air children's programming on Saturdays. FOX and MyNetworkTV do not.

Related Topic: Disney Afternoon

Bonkers and Marsupilami

The Bonkers animated series originated from an attempt at a television adaptation of the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which never reached production due to legal complications. As a result, the show created original characters, but still set the action in a Roger Rabbit-like world where "toons" and humans co-exist. Unlike the film that inspired it, however, Bonkers was entirely animated and featured no live action Disney was developing a 65-half hour series for their Disney Afternoon block entitled He's Bonkers D. Bobcat. The series dealt with his adventures post-stardom. The actual production of this series was troubled, in large part because the so-called real characters in the series were also animated, only not as broadly as Bonkers and friends.

At the same time, Michael Eisner had purchased the rights to the popular Belgian comic strip Marsupilami. At some point, someone had the post-modern idea to actually make the cartoons that Bonkers had starred in before becoming a policeman, and the show that would become Raw Toonage was born. Raw Toonage only aired 12 episodes in 1992. Marsupilami had bumpers or eye-catchers on CBS for s ome time and htne had its own spin-off series that aired only 13 episodes.

The "Miranda" episodes were actually produced first, and produced by Duane Capizzi & Robert Hathcock. But the episodes including Lucky Piquel were aired first and Bonkers varied in appearance. This discrepancy becomes evident when observing the look of the main character in both sets of episodes. In the Raw Toonage shorts, Bonkers was orange with one brown spot, golf-club-like ears, and an undone tail. This look was used for the Miranda Wright-era episodes. When the Lucky Piquel episodes (produced by Robert Taylor) were made, the character had a major overhaul: skinnier ears, two black spots on each his tufts, black Tigger-like stripes on his tail, and a different uniform.

The Raw Toonage shorts were an after-thought of production. While the Bonkers series was in pre-production, the Raw Toonage team, headed by Larry Latham produced 12 "He's Bonkers" shorts. These shorts were, in the context of Bonkers, explained to be some of the shorts Bonkers made at Wackytoons Studios before he was fired. The animated short entitled Petal to the Metal was originally shown in theaters in 1992 before the feature movie 3 Ninjas. In syndication, the shorts were collected into four full episodes with fillers of new material in between.

Meanwhile, Duane Capizzi, making his producing debut, was brought into the fold and teamed with animation veteran Robert Hathcock and charged with making 65 episodes (a full season's worth in syndication) with Miranda. These episodes came back from overseas animation studios looking less than spectacular, causing considerable concern at Disney. Only 19 of the original-order "Miranda" episodes survived to air. Ultimately, the original team was replaced, and a team headed by Robert Taylor. Taylor threw out the old premise of the show, replaced it with the Lucky Piquel scenario, but his episodes were revised and established to occur before the original episodes. 42 episodes of the "Piquel Era" were made. "New Partners On The Block" bridged the gap between the two somewhat contradictory storylines.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit rejuvenated the animation industry, as Steven Spielberg worked with Amblin Entertainment and Warner Brothers to produce "Tiny Toon Adventures," "Animaniacs," "Pinky and the Brain," "Histeria!" and "Freakazoid." And Disney with the Disney Afternoon cartoons.

Disney Cartoons in the 90's that were not part of Disney Afternoon

The following cartoons were made by Disney during the 1990's but were not part of the Disney Afternoon, they either aired on CBS or ABC on Saturdays.

The Wuzzles (1985-1986), CBS and (1986-1987), ABC
It aired on CBS in 1985 while the Gummi Bears aired on NBC that same season, but Gummi Bears caught on and The Wuzzles did not. I loved the Wuzzles! I had my four-year birthday themed to that. There was only 13 episodes and there were Wuzzles that didn't appeared on the show from the merchandise.

The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991), ABC
This is the most famous and popular of the Winnie the Pooh series, Christopher Robin spoke with a distinctly American accent, the first time since the Pooh short Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. In all other previous shorts, he has a British accent. There was 83 episodes, a usual cartoon series at that time had 65 episodes and it is the only Disney series at that time to remain on ABC and not be syndicated while it first aired. After that, of course it has been on the Disney Channel and Toon Disney.

Raw Toonage (1992)/Marsupilami (1993), CBS
Raw Toonage was a strange creature. There are 12 episodes (a 13th one was in production but was never completed) and aired from September to November 1992. It had different shorts in each episode. Disney's version of Marsupilami first appeared on television in Raw Toonage in 1992, and was then spun off into his own eponymous show on the CBS network. Marsupilami was originally a Belgain comic strip started in 1952. Disney's Marsupilami only lasted 13 episodes itself. Michael Eisner had purchased the rights to the popular Belgian comic strip Marsupilami. At some point, someone had the post-modern idea to actually make the cartoons that Bonkers had starred in before becoming a policeman, and the show that would become Raw Toonage was born. The additional segment, Totally Tasteless Video, was intended as a satire of popular culture, not a proving ground for new stars. The host was added to give the show the familiar feel of the World of Disney show.

The Little Mermaid (1992-1994), CBS
The Little Mermaid, much like Winnie the Pooh, maybe was too 'soft' for the Disney Afternoon or maybe, they could only make so many episodes since it was just weekly. The Little Mermaid premiered in the fall of 1992 with the animated prime time special called "A Whale of a Tale," then moved to Saturday mornings. It lasted 31 episodes and three seasons. The series was set before the first movie, but now the new 2008 prequel The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning contradicts the events in the series.

Disney's House of Mouse (2001-2003), ABC
This cartoon wanted to re-interduce kids to Mickey Mouse and his crew with new shorts and it was surrounded by segments with characters from Disney movies like Aladdin, Snow White, etc.

Disney Afternoon

Many non-Americans may not know about this or people who were not kids from 1987 to 2000, the popular cartoons Duck Tales and Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers were part of a programming block known as "The Disney Afternoon," that ran from 3pm to 5pm. I used to love it and always looked forward fro the new cartoon to premiere at 4:30pm every fall. The Disney Afetrnoon aired in syndication, syndication is when shows are not part of a network channel. This is really rare these days. The only syndicated programs today are Jerry Springer and The Legend of the Seeker. The most popular syndicated shows known are Baywatch, Xena and Hercules.

Duck Tales started in 1987 and Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers started in 1989 on the Disney Channel with a 2 hour TV Movie that was split into four episode. DuckTales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers started it all with one hour long cartoon block in 1989-1990. Disney invested a far greater amount of money into the TV series than they had previously been spent on animated series (Wuzzles and Gummi Bears). This was considered a risky move, because animated TV series were generally considered low-budget investments for most of the TV cartoon history. The studio gambled on the idea that a larger investment into quality animation could be made through syndication — a concept that worked well with live-action TV reruns, but which had only been used with inexpensive cartoon series that either recycled theatrical shorts from decades past or only featured low-budget animation.
In 1990, the Disney Afternoon officially began. Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (created in 1985 for NBC and then ran on ABC in 1989) was put at 3pm with DuckTales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin was the first series presumably created expressly for The Disney Afternoon. When Tad Stones (Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Buzzlighter of Star Command and Darkwing Duck) first came up with the idea of the Rescue Rangers series, Chip 'n Dale were not part of the show, but Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg wanted established Disney characters to work with. Tale Spin was also supposed to have Lunchpad from Ducktales.

In 1991-1992, my favorite--Darkwing Duck premiered, the first spin-off from Ducktales. New episodes premiered on ABC and then went into the syndicated rotation. It lasted three seasons and ended in 1992. When a new cartoon came in at 4:30pm, the cartoon at 3pm was retired and the other cartoons were bumped up in time.

The popularity of the Disney Afternoon led to a temporary attraction at Disneyland called Disney Afternoon Avenue in 1991. Gadget's Go Coaster is the only remaining Disneyland ride to be based on the Disney Afternoon. At Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Birthdayland was renamed Mickey's Starland in 1990. This new "land" featured a stage show called Mickey's Magical TV World and starred the new Disney Afternoon characters. I remember seeing Darkwing Duck, Tale Spin and the Rescue Rangers there, they all each had their own area on the stage.

In 1992-1993, Goof Troop joined the block. Because of the failure of the theatrical release of Ducktales the movie, the Goofy Movie lost too many refrences to Goof Troop. The only characters from Goof Troop that survived the movie were Max and Pete's son, who had grown in age. In 1993-1994 season, Bonkers was added. I will cover more on Bonkers in my next post. In the 1994-1995 season this practice changed somewhat, as Gargoyles and Shnookums and Meat premiered at 4:00 p.m. Aladdin aired at 4:30pm. Also, the practice changed again as Bonkers was replaced with the 1996-1997 season, which featured Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles, Aladdin and Quack Pack. At 4:30pm, The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa ran on Mondays, and The Mighty Ducks, on Fridays and Quack Pack ran on the other weekdays.

Many Disney cartoons on the Disney Afternoon alternated from CBS and ABC for their first run. Mighty Ducks started in 1996 and new episodes aired on ABC, while Timon and Pumbaa started in 1995 and new episodes aired on CBS. Disney's The Little Mermaid Animated Series aired from 1992 to 1994 on CBS. Raw Toonage (which ran in 1992) and The Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1993-1995) also ran on CBS. All other series aired on ABC like Winnie the Pooh, Darkwing Duck, etc. Gummi Bears was the only Disney cartoon to air on NBC, I believe.

'First-run' means to run first with new episodes, not repeats. I am aware many of the Disney Afternoon shows have been on the Disney Channel or Toon Disney, but they did not premiere or star on Toon Disney.

Disney Afternoon Cartoons to first-run air on CBS, other than syndication:
The Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (1993-1995)
Aladdin (1994-1995)
The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa (1995-1998)

Disney Afternoon Cartoons to first-run air on ABC, other than syndication:
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1989-199o), it originally ran on NBC from 1985-1999.
Chip n' Dale's Rescue Rangers (1989-1990)
Darkwing Duck (1991-1992)
Goof Troop (1992-1993)
Gargoyles (1996-1997), it ran from 1994-1997
Mighty Ducks (1996-1997)
Disney's 101 Dalmations: The Series (1997-1998)
Hercules (1998-1999)
Disney's Doug (1996-1999)

Disney Afternoon Cartoons to first-run air on Disney Channel, other than syndication:
Chip n' Dale's Rescue Rangers (1989-1990)
Bonkers (1993-1995)

Non-Disney Afternoon Disney Animated Series:
(These series were from Disney but were not part of the Disney Afternoon)
The Wuzzles (1985-1986), CBS and (1986-1987), ABC
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988-1991), ABC
Raw Toonage (1992), CBS
The Little Mermaid (1992-1994), CBS
Disney's House of Mouse (2001-2003), ABC

By the time of 1997-1998, Disney Adventures had been reduced from 2 hours to a 90 minutes. By 1997, The Disney Afternoon was terminated as a formally named series. DuckTales, Quack Pack, Mighty Ducks on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series. In 1998-1999, it was Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Disney's Doug, and Hercules: The Animated Series. At the same time, local stations found it hard to comply with FCC restrictions on children's advertising in terms of allowed quantity and content and still remain profitable in such blocks. Still, FOX, UPN, and WB wanted to try to hold on to children's programming during the week. Disney continued the 90-minute syndicated block until the Fall of 1999, at which time UPN made a deal for Disney to take programming control over their children's block, which had struggled to find an audience under two iterations as a general cartoon block and with programming targeting young teenage girls.

By 2002, Fox Kids had died and there was no longer weekday afternnon cartoons on Fox. While Kid's WB's weekday slot ended in 2001, Kids' WB ceased airing weekday morning programming, and gave that slot to the local affiliates. On January 6, 2006, the weekday afternoon Kids' WB block was dropped "at the request of the local affiliates", replaced by Daytime WB. By the 1999-2000 television season, some remnants of The Disney Afternoon package were moved to Saturday mornings, solely on the ABC network, under the name Disney's One Saturday Morning. Weekdays, the remnants of this block aired on UPN affiliates under the name of Disney's One Too until its full discontinuation in the fall of 2003. These cartoons included Disney's Recess (1997-2003), Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (2000-2001), Digimon Frontier, Disney's Doug (1996-1999), Hercules: The Animated Series (1998-1999), Pepper Ann (1997-2001), Sabrina: The Animated Series (1999-200), The Legend of Tarzan (2001-2003) and The Weekenders (2000-2004). I will cover this more in detail on another post.

Saturday, July 18

One Bold KGB Commercial

KGB.com (Knowledge Generation Bureau) is a new internet site that you can call or whatever and the inform you on things from who won between Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee in The Way of the Dragon to Dave Buckner, a baseball player. The commercials starring James Gunn have been playing endlessly, from inside the supposed headquarters, to a husband frozen in thought thinking of the baseball player, two old men fighting in a bar, to the latest, Brain Farts. Yes, brain farts, it is a very low-brow joke and a horrible commercial. James Gunn and the girl character (that we followed since her employment to KGB) enter a university room in hazmat suits to tell the class (who are brain farting) who created "The Thinker." Anyhoo, there is a brand new commercial that can either be considered racist or bold.

The age old question... what are weaves (extensions woman put in their hair) made from? The commercial claims from an Yak. The commercial centers around black women in a beauty salon. And they did do the cliche stereotype of one woman saying "Hell nah you best not be putting no Yak hair in my weave!" Lord.

Thursday, July 16

Bruno hits Number One at the Box Office

Bruno is number one at the Box Office since the weekend of July 10th, but what will happen this weekend? I think Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will knock it out of the water. I think any movie will knock it out of the water. I originally thought Bruno would not make number one because the American public are not so keen in seeing a movie with a gay protagonist or men kissing (also that since Bruno makes out with men in the movie). Everyone has mixed feelings about Bruno, including me. I think Bruno is a double-edged sword for the gay community, one side it can bring negative stereotype feelings to the mass public (what is it that most people remember about Asians, Native-Americans, African-Americans, etc.? Stereotypes!) and on the other side, it can be a statement to who cares about our differences and grow up and just laugh. I really don't know what I feel about Bruno. I didn't like Borat, and it inevitably changed things a bit. But don't get me wrong, I do like Sacha Baron Cohen, I liked him in Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, his character was gay and positive and broke stereotypes.

Wednesday, July 15

The Future?

These new volkswagen commercials with a family or a black man at a dealership visited from their future selves (supposedly just a week or so in the future) with futuristic suits. Aren't we over this future look? Also, this Scyfy channel commercial showing off gadgets that we may never get like hologram portable phones and fancy hologram watches. Can't we have a new vision of the future?

Monday, July 13

Gloria Estefan on the D-List......... with Kathy Griffin

I live in Miami and Gloria Estefan is on the Z list. Z for Zuban, as in Cuban. She owns a hotel and restaurants, but she hasn't done anything in years. For us here in Miami, she is like on the 'who-cares?' list. But Cubans love her, so yeah she's A-list in Cuba-landia. But what do gringos who watch Kathy Griffin know about her? Anyhoo, she was gracious to Kathy. And Seeing Rosie and Gloria was funny. Gloria was offering flan to Rosie and she said it tasted like mucus. I agree that flan is a required taste. Flan is the only dessert offered at most Latino restaurants that are not franchises. Anyhoo, to clarify.. that in Miami Beach, there is no gay street. It depends on the week, if it is a White Party, yeah. But then that same street.. if it is a hip-hop thingy, it's all Black. Kathy and Rosie are not known by Cubans or Latinos, period. Well Miamians know Rosie as 'la Lesbiana.' Baca Frita, what Rosie ate was Fried Cow--it's good, and what Kathy ate was Ox Tail... Flaming Tail---I don't like.

Miami Social Bullshit

Call me bitter. But I gotta complain. My dad wants me to not say anything because of tourism. He thinks these shows are made to help Miami's economy. But I hate all this shit on saying Miami Beach is "Miami." Miami Beach is a city attached by bridges, what people who know Ocean Drive. Remember the Birdcage movie? Well, that's in Miami Beach. it is not the real Miami. I have no problem with Kathy Griffin going to Miami and staying mostly at Star Island and Ocean, but I hate this whole superficial image of Miami Beach. And how old are these people? 40? And still partying? Take easy. Go to bed at midnight. I hate all these 'they run this' shit. Um... you know who runs Miami? Cubans. All together. All of them. Yeah. And they speak a whole lot more Spanish than they show on TV.

My Plight

What happened to my computer...

I bought an iMac three years ago and the hard drive burnt out, it was a Maxtor, I had no idea it was a Maxtor, hard drives that are not so stellar. It only had 153 GB and I needed to get my information. The Mac Store said I had to pay $400 to just get a new hard drive (same size--153 GB) and no info save. Bascially I had a genius friend helped me out and clone my infomation--which took a week. I still dont have all the info but I put it in an enclosure and use as an external drive, but I saved so much money. I got a new internal drive--1 TB (1,000 GB). I only spent like $200 or so.

Telling the Heartthrobs Apart

I can tell them apart, but I have found that many people, including paparazzi have confused these young male actors.

Chace Crawford and Ian Somerhalder
Some months ago, Ian was confused for Chace at an event by the Paparazzi. Making matters worse, this fall Ian will be on the CW on the show "The Vampire Dairies."

Shane West and Taylor Kitsch
I was watching the Wolverine movie with my cousin and he doesn't care much about heartthrobs buyt he confused Taylor Kitsch (Gambit) for Tom Sawyer from The Extraordinary League of Gentleman played by Shane West. For me, they don't look alike, but I guess it's a problem for straight guys.

Christian Cooke/Aaron Johnson
I have to be honest that I confused these two British actors.

Logan Marshall Green/Tom Hardy
Logan is in the new show "Dark Blue" and Desmond was in the Gerard Butler/Guy Richie movie Rocknrolla. When I first saw a promo for "Dark Blue," I thought Logan was Tom Hardy or another actor by the name Desmond Harrington.