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The Lion King Remake

So, technology enables Disney to remake live versions of their animated classics.
And it’s the classics that are getting remade.
Don’t hold your breath waiting for a live-action version of Oliver and Company.
But what does it add by doing so, beyond allowing movie makers to add some contemporary themes to the classic narratives, or for current generations to hear voices they know coming out of characters mouths. (Or in this case, the same voice with James Earl Jones proving to be irreplaceable)
This trailer for The Lion King seems to mirror the original shot for shot in a reassuring fashion.
So, Disney are remaking their classics, recycling the Star Wars mythos, and retelling Marvel comic book stories.
Is the trend away from new creations a sign that their creators are fans of previous generations and want to play in the toy boxes they grew up in, or a sign of a market that prefers to watch what they know instead of looking for something new?
Either way Disney are sucking up huge sums of money.


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The Best Selling Book From The Year You Were Born

This feature on online bookseller Wordery’s webpage allows you to put in your age and it will tell you what book sold the most copies in the year of your birth.
Could be a fun source of birthday presents.
Mine was Morris West’s The Shoes Of The Fisherman.
Have a look for yourself.


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How Funko Makes Its Pop! Figures

Funko Pop! figures are a bit of phenomenon. Having watched toys and action figures for a few decades now, for something new to come and become a pervasive presence in both the general toy buying public and the collecting fanbase across a number of genres is very unusual. How long will it last?
Here’a couple of background videos.
One from Forbes. (a bit of sign that this is mainstream business)

And one from SYFY Wire.


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Troll Dwarfs With Tommy Guns

I find the sentence ‘Troll dwarfs with Tommy Guns’ to be amusing.
Context not required.


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Filling In The Gaps Of A Pop-Culture Education

There’s a new show on TV (that I haven’t watched) called Shark Tank. The premise is budding inventors present their ideas to rich entrepreneurs to see if anyone wants to back them financially.
Anyhoos, this weeks ad features a shark repellent. Shark. Repellent.
I, of course, observed that the shark repellent has to come in aerosol form. A spray.
My live at home son asked ‘Why?’
Realising the egregious oversight in my provision of his pop-culture education I told him to Google ‘aerosol shark repellent youtube’ and to watch the obvious suggestion.
The tears in his eyes were the testimony of a job well done.
For any of you unfortunate youngsters out there, you don’t even have to look it up yourself.