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  1. Laika Delivers Yet Another Stop-Motion Masterpiece with The Boxtrolls

    Thank Cheesus!

    I was nervous going into The Boxtrolls. Real nervous. See, in 2012 Laika put out ParaNorman, which is in my top five animated films of all time. And they did Coraline! In having such high expectations, surely I was dooming myself to disappointment. But lo, I was not. I am happy to report that, yes, The Boxtrolls is just as good as you think it will be. Worry not, for this review is spoiler-free.

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  2. New Big Hero 6 Trailer Doubles Down On Nerd Empowerment

    "We can't go against that guy! We're nerds!" No, nerds have pent-up anger issues, you're good.

    It also doubles down on dead brother feels, because Wreck-It Ralph made the world cry and Disney's going after that repeat performance. I tend to cry at hopeful, triumphant moments over sad ones, and it's looking like Big Hero 6 might get me there, too. Thanks for the warning, Mouse House.

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  3. People Are Upset About the Gross Rape Joke On the Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover, Because It’s a Gross Rape Joke

    Lisa would not approve.

    Welp. Looks like Family Guy soils everything it touches by sheer proximity. An hour-long The Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode is airing this Sunday, and one particular bit in the trailer has a lot of people upset. Because... well, you can see why:

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  4. Clever Animation Lampoons Taboo Spoilers In Different Fandoms

    As a Firefly late bloomer, I owe you, Internet.

    We here at The Mary Sue have a lot of opinions about spoilers, as does the rest of nerd-dom, obviously. In her new animation Leigh Lahav depicts the egregious sin of spoiling a beloved geeky entity for one's friends—a transgression second only to insulting another's ship.

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  5. A Visual History of Stop Motion Animation [VIDEO]

    So. Many. Frames.

    Stop motion fascinates me, mainly because I know full well that I wouldn't have the patience for it. This quick watch whisks us through stop motion movies old and new, from King Kong to The Boxtrolls. I find myself struck with a powerful need to rewatch The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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  6. Take Two Minutes Out of Your Morning to Watch This Cute As Heck Animated Short Film

    We needed this.

    Let's take a break from Marvel/DC/Nintendo news to watch FOL'AMOR, a cute fantasy short by students at Paris' Gobelins art school. I'll wait... OK. You feeling a little better about the world now? A little rejuvenated? This week has been long, I know, and it's only Thursday. Stay hydrated. You can do it, little hero.

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  7. Cartoon Hangover’s New Short Blackford Manor Will Give You a Case of the Creepy-Crawlies

    "That's... rather too much meat."

    The mind behind Blackford Manor is Jiwook Kim, who’s contributed to The Simpsons Movie, Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder, and most recently Bob’s Burgers as a storyboard revisionist. Here, she excellently combines gothic horror with a heaping bowl full of morbid humor. Morbid humor and questionable meats, that is.

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  8. First Clip From Pixar’s Lava Short Will Magma-tize Your Heart

    More like volcayes! (Pixar, you know where to find me.)

    Lava premieres before Pixar's Inside Out in 2015, which means I've got almost a year of getting this tropical ditty stuck in my head and dying for context. I can't wait.

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  9. Dorkly Shows You 20 Simpsons Guest Appearances You Might Have Missed

    Mandy Patinkin guest voice? Simpsons did it!

    Hey, remember that time that [insert famous person's name here] was on The Simpsons? Well, just because you don't remember it doesn't mean it didn't happen—it probably did. So, here are 20 Simpsons guest voices that you might not have picked up the first time around/your brain was too numb to notice after the first 72 hours of the FXX Simpsons marathon.

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  10. #DonaldGlover4SpiderMan Finally Works, Glover Cast As Miles Morales In Disney’s Ultimate Spider-Man

    MY EMOTIONS!

    It's been four years and thousands of racist tweets since someone first jokingly suggested that Community's Donald Glover should play Peter Parker in the rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man film series. Finally he's getting his chance to sling webs as the Ultimates Universe's Miles Morales in an upcoming story arc on Disney XD's The Ultimate Spider-Man.

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