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Comic Riffs: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

'YOGI BEAR' makes only $4.6M Friday; 'TRON LEGACY' rakes in $18M

More people have viewed a darkly parodic online video of Yogi Bear this week than have seen the new feature film, based on Friday's box office. Warner Bros.'s CGI/live-action hybrid "Yogi Bear" grossed $4.6-million domestically Friday, according to estimates...

By Michael Cavna  | December 18, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  Edmund Earle, Tron Legacy, Yogi Bear  
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ANIMATION OF THE DAY: Taiwan takes on Larry King, Eliot Spitzer & CNN

With blazing speed, Taiwan's Next Media Animation has already pixelated Larry King's farewell. The true target of its digital darts, however, is a flailing CNN. The celebrities and ex-wives parade past as The Suspendered One says his news-network goodbyes....

By Michael Cavna  | December 17, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  CNN, Larry King, NMA TV  
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'Riffs Best Books of 2010: THE NEW YORKER's Bob Mankoff offers a comic window into the year

Self-portrait of The New Yorker cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff (Special to The Washington Post / courtesy of Bob Mankoff) Men, women and tykes are stripped down to their birthday suits, a tarmac of naked backsides waiting patiently to board...

By Michael Cavna  | December 16, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gag Cartoons, Interviews With Cartoonists, This Riffster's Reading List  | Tags:  Bob Mankoff, Roz Chast, The New Yorker  
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The 'Riffs Interview: Animator surprised by virality of his dark 'BOO BOO KILLS YOGI' video

EDMUND EARLE is more a fan of Tombstone-era figures than any of the basket-filching bandits in Jellystone. His new viral video, in other words, is no ode to Yogi. On Monday at 11:30 a.m., Earle -- a New York-based...

By Michael Cavna  | December 14, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists, The Animation  | Tags:  Edgeworx Studios, Edmund Earle, Yogi Bear  
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FOX NEWS JABS: Is 'The Simpsons' guilty of overkill?

From the Banksy intro to the Vatican's adoption of Homer to Katy Perry's puppet canoodling, "The Simpsons" has managed to make headlines often this season -- yet nothing on the show has proved to be a more consistent attention-getter...

By Michael Cavna  | December 14, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Animation  | Tags:  Fox News, The Simpsons  
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PARODY OF THE DAY: The story behind 'How WikiLeaks Stole Christmas!'

(used by permission of Ward Sutton / boston.com) WikiLeaks is such a topical gift to cartoonists this time of year, it's as if the snowy-haired Julian Assange were Santa himself. And our favorite seasonal mash-up thus far is illustrator...

By Michael Cavna  | December 13, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Interviews With Cartoonists  | Tags:  Chuck Jones, Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Ward Sutton, WikiLeaks  
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The case for Oscar: 'TOY STORY 3' named among AFI's TOP 10 for 2010

"Toy Story 3" continues to strengthen its case for an Oscar bid as Best Picture. The American Film Institute on Sunday named the Disney/Pixar 3-D feature as one of its best 10 movies of 2010 -- the sole animation...

By Michael Cavna  | December 12, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  AFI Top 10, Beauty and the Beast, Disney/Pixar, Pixar's Up, Toy Story 3  
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