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  1. It's been one year since Hillenburg's death. May is memory be one of an incredibly talented, yet modest man.

  2. 4 was good 5 was good 6-8 were terrible 9A was decent and 9B was the last truly great era of the show.
  3. I'd love a Squidward spin-off, particularly a prequel series (Believe it or not, even though I loathe the concept of Kamp Koral), it'd be interesting to see Squidward in his high school days with Squilliam, etc. Still, I wouldn't be surprised if this spinoff is terrible, considering its conception derives from prosperity of a franchise, rather than a genuine artistic drive.
  4. Animation isn't horrible, but the 2D of SoOW was so beautiful, it's a crime they aren't making a 2D film because it's not as "commerically profitable" as CGI films. Load of garbage. Still, the animators work with what they have, and the film has a better style than the cheaper CGI of SoOW. I don't mind the animation as much as I thought I would, it's surprisingly colorful, expressive, sort of reminds of the Peanuts Movie. The story line...eh.... Have You Seen This Snail? And the jokes are lame. I don't expect Pre-Movie-level jokes, for god's sake, the pre-movie era ended over fifteen years ago. But the humor is kind of generic, fairly basic. I know modern episodes rely too much on visual gags (I haven't watched a new episode in like over a year though, so I don't know what's changed in terms of writing), but since this film has a jerkier, less spastic/loose style, it makes me wonder how well the humor will hold up in this film. Also I don't know what the context of Keanu Reeve's appearance is, but it's easily the highlight of the trailer. No need for it, but it's so perfect. I don't think I'll ever feel right watching this, knowing Hillenburg isn't overseeing the project, especially with the shady spin-off commissions from the network.
  5. McSponge


    The fact that Mathew Lillard went through those dreaded live-action movies, was handpicked to take over the voice of Shaggy after Casey Kasem's retirement, and had been delivering a faithful and enjoyable performance as Shaggy for nearly a decade now, and he was still replaced by a cheap celebrity is disgraceful. Lillard was good enough to perform Shaggy in cinemas before, why not now? I enjoy the designs and animation, yet the writing is a little iffy, while the voice acting is lame. I mean, removing Scooby's impediment is kind of necessary if he's going to be speaking a lot over the length of a movie, yet there's no reason for these celebrity VA's. Just have the celebrities voice side characters, the disrespect towards Welker, the sole remaining original voice actor, for over fifty years now, shoving him aside the role of Fred by Zac Efron, it's just a shame. I don't think the VA's are terrible, but clearly there's a quality drop in their voices.
  6. It was good. Obviously not as good as the original trilogy, but I think it was a pretty good movie all around. Definitely the best Pixar sequel (Outside of the previous Toy Story Sequels). Pros The animation was beautiful, the best looking animated Pixar movie yet, only Spiderverse really tops it in terms of CG animation They really tackled Woody brilliantly. I think he's probably the most likable of a protagonist yet, which is really saying something for his character development considering how much he's evolved from a stuck-up jerk to a consistently paranoid yet well meaning guy, to finally letting it all go, and doing what makes him happy in life. All the new characters were really solid. Bunny and Ducky (I prefer to call them Stuff n' Fluff) exceeded my expectations, they were great comedy reliefs, compared to how annoying the trailers made them appear. The villain's alright, I like what they did with her, Duke Caboom is an awesome new character, Forky is fantastic, completely exceeded all expectations, hilarious and a totally likable new character. Giggle McDimples was the only one I thought was alright. She wasn't good, but she wasn't terrible. Speaking of the villain, thank god we didn't have to sit through all that "Twist villain" crap, and right from the get-go, she's the villain. Really preferred the sympathetic twist on her character rather than the norms of mediocre modern-day villains. Loved her henchmen too, the Bensons were hilarious. Also, her mini-arc wraps up really good. Bo is no longer boring, finally. This movie is a lot funnier than it should've been. Surprisingly I got some really good laughs out of this film. That key joke is fantastic, the hilarious cutaway buildups, and that payoff, oh my god, the pacing of this joke is so brilliant, by far the funniest part of the film. I loved the toys messing with Bonnie's dad when they were fooling around, controlling the RV. It had some real Pizza Planet TS2 vibes, really hilarious stuff. Also, Buzz is really funny in this movie. Cons You don't have to tell me twice, they completely misused the ensemble cast. I get it, it's kind of a Toy Story 1 situation, you can't have all the toys leave, otherwise things would get suspicious. But I can't believe how little screen time they get. Like the trailers hyped it up to be yet another Toy Story 2 situation, but surprisingly not. I guess 3 just balanced out the ensemble so perfectly, it was a little too jarring dropping down to like a few characters, rather than a whole group. The biggest problem I had with this was Buzz and Jessie. Buzz has a lot less screen time than the previous films. I get it's a Woody-centered story, but Buzz is Woody's best friend. Considering how important this is to Woody's arc, Buzz should've had a much more prominent role. At least he has some kind of role, unlike Jessie. I was really surprised how little Jessie was used in this film. She practically established herself as a main character in 2, why she didn't have a bigger role is beyond me. She has a larger role in the promotional material for this film than the actual movie itself. Hands down the biggest disappointment was how sparsely Jessie was used. Gabby Gabby wasn't much of a threat to the characters. Yeah she had henchmen, but after seeing Lotso's tight grip on Sunnyside, how he ran the place, he was a menace, he was an unstoppable force to be reckoned with, he was intimidating to the characters. Gabby, her whole villainous grip on the Antique Store just feels like a sub-par Lotso. I like the sympathetic character building stuff, but as a villain, she's incredibly weak. Nowhere near as interesting as Lotso or even Stinky Pete. Buzz seemed a little too out of character here. He always had his dopey, naive moments every now and again (Schmoes), but he felt a little too dippy in this film, even for my taste. I liked the whole conscience bit, but it got way too far when he relied on this stupid (Albeit funny) running gag during the emotional climax of the film. They dumbed him down a little too much, he should've been wiser and accompany Woody during the final trek. That way the ending could be actually impactful, Buzz and Woody are supposed to be best friends, but they barely do anything together in this movie, so there's sort of an empty feeling when they're split up. Oh, and speaking of the ending. The ending. I have very mixed feelings on the ending. On one hand, I didn't want to see Woody go because 3 had just...such a perfect ending to all the characters. Yeah, this plays into that, 4 is unnecessary, but a pretty good addition to consistent lineup of films. Surprisingly, probably the best fourth movie I've ever known of. So yeah, I felt, well if they wanna justify this film's existence, they need to do something impactful with the characters, which is exactly what the film did with Woody. In the film's context, it makes perfect sense. The film drops these hints, plays with Woody's emotions, and give you an idea of how he's not the special toy anymore in Bonnie's life, and doesn't really need to be there. Of course this contradicts Woody's motivations in the previous films, but I'm not going down that rabbit hole. I'd be more comfortable with Woody leaving had the ending not felt so rushed. The ending is super rushed, there's nothing heartfelt about his goodbyes to Buzz or any of the other characters. Yeah, it's sad, but in the context of the film, we hardly see him interact with the other toys. I mean yeah, we know how close he was to them in past films, but there's no emotional buildup to this ending. And I don't feel like Buzz would be so insistent on letting Woody leave. I feel like it should've been harder for both of them to grasp, maybe a moment of quiet for them to reflect on all the old times. Don't have Buzz tell Woody to go, make that connection through motion, have Buzz and Woody hug, an initially shocked and suddenly somber face covers Jessie, she rushes to Woody and hugs him, all the toys gather around and hug him (Kind of like in the actual film), and then have Woody walk off. Give time to breathe, have a heavier emphasis on how hard of a decision this departure is. Because it would be an emotional mess for the toys, this is their longtime good friend. Then of course you could end the film with those closing words. They'd feel a lot more impactful without Buzz shoving Woody out of the door. A much better version to an ending I didn't even want in the first place. I also wanted a cameo from Andy during the mid-credits scene Overall I really did like this film. It had it's faults, but it was still a solid movie.
  7. How the hell is this still a thing after 3 years.
  8. I liked Last Jedi, this seems alright. Only thing that sent shivers down my spine was Palpatine's laugh.
  9. McSponge

    Van Halen

    Don't care if it's a bump, Van Halen w/ Roth rules. I do like the Van Hagar era, I have listened to some songs from that era that I really enjoy (Including the criminally underrated, yet somewhat poorly mixed It's About Time from The Best of Both Worlds comp. album). But I'm definitely a Roth-era fan, Van Halen I & Van Halen II are two of the greatest rock albums in music history, just about every track off these two are fantastic. I do think Women & Children First & Mean Street are a step down from the first two albums, but they're still great rock albums, especially with such hits as Unchained and Fools. I do consider 1984 overrated (Van Halen II is so underrated simply because it's cited as being just the first album continued with nothing new added to its sound), yeah the hits are fantastic, but the weaker tracks like Top Jimmy and Drop Dead Legs are incredibly inferior to VH1/VH2's weaker tracks (Ice Cream Man, On Fire, Outta Love Again, etc.). A Different Kind of Truth has some great songs, too, like The Trouble with Never, She's the Woman, Stay Frosty, etc.
  10. King of the Hill's 13th Season vastly improved in the 2nd half over all of Seasons 9-13A
  11. Seems like a better concept than a continuation since the series ended perfectly. I'd rather this, especially considering they wouldn't have to deal with the passing of Eustace's 2nd VA (Yes, I know he had a 3rd one in the short from a few years back, but I personally can't stand Wallace Shawn's performance. His tone just doesn't fit the elderly grouch that is Eustace Bagge)
  12. [See SBM post for larger tribute highlighting the integrity and respect of Stephen Hillenburg). Twas only a little over a year and a half ago Stephen was diagnosed with ALS. I always assumed the series would finish before his unfortunate passing (I assumed he'd live until at least the late 20's). The worldwide impact Stephen's had on animation and generations of children is remarkable. As such an animation fan, I pay my respects to one of the most prestigious men in modern animation history. I've always looked up to his work in a way for inspiration, and while my interests in the Sponge have shifted, the endless hours of stories both good and bad, have entertained and shaped a significant chunk of my childhood. He was a man with simple passion and love for the sea-life. The work of Stephen and all his writers are solidified in animation history. To that, thank you Stephen Hillenburg. Your character has left a tremendous impact worldwide, may you rest in peace.
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