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Things to Do With Your Kids

Things to Do With Your Kids

Comic by Green Lantern The Animated Series Creator Exposes Strange, Gendered World of Focus Testing

Giancarlo Volpe was one of the producers of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, cancelled after one season due to poor toy sales (which may or may not have been unfortunately fueled by the poor performance of the live action Green Lantern movie) and Cartoon Network’s desire to refocus its DC Comics based offerings into DC Nation despite cult popularity. He posted a comic on his Tumblr recently that sheds light on how television networks evaluate the impact of shows on their audience and distill a crowd of children’s reactions down to several data points for showrunners.

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Do You Want to Look at Amazingly Accurate Painted Dolls of Anna and Elsa From Frozen?

OK, so it’s not anywhere close to the same meter as “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” but cut me some slack, OK? DeviantARTist lulemee has also done realistic repaints of other Disney princess dolls—and one Disney villain, The Little Mermaid‘s Vanessa—which you can see behind the jump.

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A Live-Action The Little Mermaid To Be Part of Our World, Sofia Coppola In Talks to Direct

It was only a matter of time before a major studio, paging through Disney’s back catalog, realized that there was some fairy tale yet to have the life sucked out of it by a generic live-action adaptation. Ariel, I’m sorry. It’s your turn. But if this is a movie I have no intention of seeing (currently—things could change), at least it’s a movie I have no intention of seeing that might be helmed by a female director. Scratch at that celluloid ceiling, The Little Mermaid. The Black Caulrdon, when its time comes, might not even have that going for it.

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Baby Dresses Up As Various TV Characters; Does Photoshoot

Photographer Karen Abad was cooped up with a good friend and her good friend’s baby Olive and so what else was there to do but dress Olive up as various television characters. We found these pictures on Abad’s blog, which contains lots of lovely images that you should go check out.

Uh oh, looks like we accidentally doubled up on the Monday cute today. I’m sure you’re very disappointed.

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Artist Makes Your Childhood Icons Twisted and Nightmare-Inducing

Or not, in some cases. We know from Sylvain Sarrailh‘s previous set of illustrations that, while he’s good at reimagining childhood favorites in such a way as to make them completely terrifying (Ariel), a lot of his illustrations are just… pretty damned awesome, full-stop. To wit: His take on The Legend of Zelda. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it’s the first one behind the cut, and you definitely want to see it.

(via: Kotaku)

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The 2014 Oscar Nominees, Reenacted by Kids

The take away I’m getting from this is that there were a lot of significant moustaches in this year’s Oscar-worthy films.

Previously in Oscars

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Adults Say The Darndest Things (To Their Kids)

I related to these graphic design posters a great deal. Except replace “kids” with “cats.” Art Nathan Ripperger is the father of four boys and finds some peculiar phrases coming out of his mouth around them.

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Nerdy Building Blocks For Your Budding Geek

Just the other day we showed you a great illustration set called ABCDEFGeek. Today we expand on the same concept, teaching your Padawan about the ways of the Force (aka Geekdom) with fun building blocks featuring iconic geek images. Jonathan M. Guberman made a huge set which includes letters and numbers. He writes, “The only real rule I followed in choosing subjects was trying to maintain an even gender balance.” That being well said, give them a look!

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Bring Your Children Up Correctly – Teach Them The ABCDEFGeeks

Otis Frampton may not have done the complete alphabet yet but he’s well on his way to a new classic with his series “ABCDEFGeek.” He’s also happens to be one of two artists who work on the “How It Should Have Ended” web series, which we adore here at The Mary Sue. So far his geek alphabet isn’t up in his Society 6 store. We’re hoping that’s because he’s intending on making a book out of it. Take a look at what he’s created so far from horror, comics, sci-fi and more!

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Mattel Exec Defends Barbie’s Unrealistic Proportions, Says They Don’t Affect Girls’ Body Image

Barbie is many things: An astronaut. A gymnast. A fashionista. A career woman. “Someone with a realistic body shape” is not one of them. It’s something that’s caused a lot of flak to be sent Mattel’s way over the years, as critics (and studies) claim that the doll’s ultra-tiny waist and, er, ample bosoms cause girls to feel greater pressure to be thin.

According to Kim Culmone, Mattel’s Vice President of Design, that’s all hogwash. Promoting a particular body shape isn’t what Barbie’s about, and the fact that she has that body shape has zero harmful effect on the many millions of girls who’ve played with her over the years.

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