Bojack Horseman Designer Lisa Hanawalt Talks to Cartoonist Kate Beaton

I first met Kate in 2011, when we both joined Pizza Island, a shared studio space in Brooklyn, and of course I adored her immediately. Kates the real deal (as if you could have any doubt). Whenever I move, her books are the ones I put in the I need these right awaybox: they’re funny, educational, and comforting to… »9/19/15 3:45pm9/19/15 3:45pm

Study: There's a Lot of Fucking Death in Children's Cartoon Movies

Kids movies have a bad rep for, well, death. Watch pretty much any Disney movie: does the main character have two parents? One of 'em's about to make an unfortunate and tragic exit. A new study has compared children's animated movies to more adult films and when it comes to murder and violence, kids films can… »12/20/14 4:10pm12/20/14 4:10pm

The Powerpuff Girls Are Coming Back with Even More Chemical X

Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup — the sisters/science experiments that make up the the superhero, crime fighting trio known as the Powerpuff Girls — will be swooping back into the television lineup in 2016. "We are calling these girls back into action based upon an overwhelming demand for sugar, spice and Chemical X,"… »6/17/14 2:00pm6/17/14 2:00pm

Disney Exec Says Women Are Hard to Animate Because of Emotions

This Thanksgiving, Disney's studios will release Frozen, an infinitely license-able animated family film with a cast of main characters consisting of a reindeer (prediction: bumbling but lovable!), a talking snowman (prediction: sassy in a dumb way!) and four animated humans — two boy cartoons, two girl cartoons.… »10/08/13 4:40pm10/08/13 4:40pm

Everything I Know I learned From Pepper Ann

Though I was barely pushing 10 at the tail end of the epic era of Pepper Ann meets Ashley Spinelli, has a drink with Power Puff Girls and potentially breeds Kim Possible, I seriously think that these years were some of the most formative in the development of my sense of self. As a self-identified feminist, I often… »8/20/13 3:30pm8/20/13 3:30pm