Pop and Schlock

A weekly podcast examining all manners of weird/funky pop culture. From comic books to bad movies and TV.

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Hosted by writer J. Goodson Dodd (Tumblr / Twitter) and Comic retail manager/cat lady Alva Coto (Tumblr / Twitter)

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Hasbro had enlisted Bob Budiansky, a prolific writer and editor at Marvel Comics, to provide profiles and backstory to a series of toys they meant to sell in the following year. Jim Shooter and Denny O’Neil had been the first to work on the product at all, dubbing them “The Transformers,” establishing their leader Optimus Prime, and that two warring factions had crashed to Earth from “Cybertron.” It fell to Budiansky to give all of the other toys their character sketches and names.

He came upon a rather bizarre featureless robot who transformed into a Onebox Vanette. This version of the Vanette had a white color scheme with red crosses, meant to be read as an ambulance. Budiansky figured that an ambulance alt mode should indicate a medical robot. Inspired by Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, he decided that the strange boxy toy was in fact a doctor named Ratchet. Unlike Ratched, this character was benevolent, fun-loving, and dedicated. Like Ratched, this character was female.

He heard back from Hasbro shortly. They liked his profile, and all the other profiles he’d done, but they had some notes. In particular, there was one for Ratchet. It said something very much like: “This is a boy’s toyline, so we see all of the robots as male.” Budiansky shrugged and made the change. Why pick a fight over some cheesy toy tie-in that was going to be over in four issues? So much would have been different, and better, if that exchange had gone differently.

unclesean:

thefilmstage:

Watch the insane full trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

PUT THE WORD BURGERS OF THE HISTORY MEN IN MY EYE AND EAR HOLES NOW! 

unicodesnowman:

i was reading the star wars manga and i’m losing my mind over bishounen chewie

(via urulokid)

ruinedchildhood:

2 time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill.

(via fuckyeahloldemort)

pyxis-nautica:

stonecoldstunning:

I NEVER KNEW THE REASON THE NEPHEWS WERE LEFT WITH SCROOGE WAS BECAUSE DONALD HAD TO LITERALLY GO OFF WITH THE NAVY LIKE

I THOUGHT THE SAILOR GET UP WAS FOR SHOW IT DIDN’T OCCUR TO ME THAT DONALD WAS WITH THE US ARMED FORCES 

#thank you donald for keeping our country safe

(via eager-eevee)

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Michael Bay’s latest take on the classic toy line hits theaters! Rock ‘Em Sock’Em Robots 4 in IMAX3D is here and Pop and Schlock has the rundown. Jake is joined by his brother John to discuss this bloated endurance test of a “film.”

ruckawriter:

humanoidhistory:

R.I.P. Eli Wallach (1915-2014). I’ve enjoyed him in many films, but he will forever ride in my heart as Tuco in Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Rest in peace, sir.

briangefrich:

Jonathan Cooper was the Animation Director on Assassin’s Creed 3.

Dan Lowe was the Senior Technical Animator on Watch Dogs.

Both are calling out the Assassin’s Creed: Unity team on their bullcrap about not including female avatars in multiplayer.

(via tipslip)