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Wolverine is Coming!

The Wolverine Movie
Smutty Cat is in the middle of a summer glut of great movies. There are so many, Smutty Cat is falling behind on his naps.
Now along comes The Wolverine movie, another Marvel spectacular.

Spoiler Alert!

This adventure finds Logan, aka Wolverine wandering and dealing with the aftermath of having to kill his teammate and love interest, Jean Grey after she nearly destroyed the world.  He does not seem to be taking it well.

As usual, when Logan is trying to be left alone, trouble comes knocking.  Can’t a guy just drink whiskey and smoke a stoogie in peace?  Apparently not.  While debating the merits of an offer to make him mortal, trouble from the past tries to make the offer moot.

Logan responds Wolverine style.

From Smutty Cat’s perspective, Wolverine is the most complex and interesting of the X-Men characters.  Maybe it’s the claws, but Smutty Cat really identifies with this character.

Let Smutty Cat know if you’ll be clawing into theaters to see The Wolverine.

Iron Man 3 New Trailer

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

SmuttyCat has just watched the newest trailer for Iron Man 3 and can only say; MWOW!!!

The action, drama and effects are all just what we have come to expect from the great Marvel Movie Machine and more.

The glimpse of Tony and Rhodey reaffirms the snappy banter of previous IM movies.  But the best yet is (spoiler alert!); an army of remote controlled armor for back up!

Whoo hoo!  SmuttyCat is dancing on his hind paws in anticipation.  CGI doesn’t get any better than this, and everyone knows SmuttyCat has a thing for robots.

So now, when can SmuttyCat get his hands on an army of remote Iron Man armors?  Anyone have a hook up, cause this would really be helpful in SmuttyCat’s plan to take over the world.

Just sayin’.

Animation Giants Come in All Colors

(Credit:Facebook fan page)
(Credit:Facebook fan page)

Dwayne McDuffie: Comic Giant

Smutty has long been interested in animation, comics and superheroes.  However, the inspiration for creating a feature animation came from following the career of Dwayne McDuffie.  Smutty believes in giving credit where it’s due, so this post is dedicated to the great animation talent, Dwayne McDuffie.

First and foremost, Dwayne was a native Detroiter, born, raised and educated here.  His education included a master’s degree in physics.  No silly fanboy here.  McDuffie has worked at Marvel, DC and co-founded Milestone Media, the first minority-owned comic publishing company.  His work includes printed comics and screen animation.

Even if you are unfamiliar with Mr. McDuffie, you have probably seen his work.  Justice League Crisis on Two Earths and Justice League Doom were both written by McDuffie.

He created Static Shock!, wrote and produced Justice League Unlimited and wrote for many other titles including Ben 10: Alien Force and Teen Titans.

Sadly, McDuffie died on February 21, 2011 the day after his 49th birthday.  He leaves behind a legacy of pioneering work for other minority comic fans and creatives to follow and enjoy.  Smutty gives him the 4 paw up salute.

Thank you Dwayne, you are loved and missed still.

McDuffie on being Black in the Animation Field

Thank you to the following resources; Wikipedia, IMDb, Dwayne McDuffie.com

Arrow Hits Target

(Credit: CWTV)
(Credit: CWTV)

Smutty is a TV connoisseur, and only stays awake for the finest entertainment.  Arrow from CWTV is worth missing a couple of naps.

A re-boot of the Green Arrow backstory, in this iteration, only one of Oliver Queen’s parents dies, his father.  This is sets up the entire framework of the show as the father’s dying wish leads Oliver to his mission to clean up Starling City.  There are secrets, betrayals, changing loyalties and even some teenage angst.  And action, action, action.

Although many DC characters are introduced in the storyline, none is supernatural or alien.  Their powers are all “reality” based and explainable.  The writers are kept on their toes maintaining this premise.  The lack of paranormal based story is very refreshing.  But the best part of Arrow is the great interaction of characters and layers of motivation cleverly peeled back each week.  The flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the island add spice to the current activities.

If you haven’t been watching, Smutty says set your smartphone alarm for Wednesdays at 8:00 pm EST and join in.  Arrow is the most TV fun since Smallville left the screen.

Here are some links to get you started on your latest guilty pleasure;

The Sad Goodbye to Leverage

leveragesliceSmutty is in deep mourning.  For Christmas, TNT brought a lump of coal to fans in the form of cancelling Leverage.

Great television comes few and far between.  Choosing to develop characters well and create complex plots you can’t figure out before the opening credits is an art form.  If you did not have the pleasure of watching this series, you missed a great show.  Go get the DVDs.  If you are a fan, join Smutty in grieving for a smart, well scripted, well acted, creative slice of television heaven.

Those responsible, please watch your legs.  Cats everywhere will be sharpening their claws on your pants.  You have been warned.

Spoiler Alert!

On the plus side, the final episode is a great set up for a new series (hint, hint USA, anyone??).   The cast can incorporate more guest stars and a number of changes to the format that would be great.  It would also be fun to see Elliot using his more than capable brains more often.  Smutty enjoys watching him beat the bad guys down, but a change up would be fun.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching this stand out program, here is the finale for the series.  There are many references to previous episodes, so you may want to start at the beginning.

 

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Christmas Fun for Tykes

Smutty ChristmasThe countdown to Christmas can be nerve wracking for any parent.  If your little ones are waiting not-so-patiently for Santa Claus to show up, Smutty has a couple of great activities for you to distract them.  After all, humans aren’t allowed to swat their young one to the ear when they are annoying.

First up, Reindeer Cam.  This is a great site that integrates with Facebook and shows live footage three times a day of Santa coming out to feed the reindeer.  And you can submit your child’s name to the “nice” list and have them wait for it to scroll across the screen.  Should buy you 15 to 20 minutes of quiet time.  If you are on the go at feeding time, there is an iPhone and iPad app as well as Android and Windows 8 apps available.

Next is the Santa Tracker from NORAD.  It is available in several languages so is great for nearly everyone.  Check out the promo video below.

Last but not least is the North Pole where all of the Christmas action takes place.  There are stories, printable coloring pages and activities to keep young humans busy for hours.  You can even spread out the fun over several days by only choosing one building at a time to focus on.  Easy to navigate by choosing a building that tells you what it is from the workshop to the mailroom.

Smutty wishes you and your furry and non-furry families a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

 

Rise of the Guardians, a New Superhero Movie

Smutty is always looking for a superhero movie, but does not usually find them in the Holiday films between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This year is an exception.

Rise of the Guardians is a fresh take on the idea of a superhero and the role of Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Sandman and the Easter Bunny.  The visuals from Dreamworks are as rich and stunning as Smutty could hope for in an animated movie.

And how can you lose with voicing from Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Chris Pine?  Smutty believes this is the next holiday classic.

The bad guy here is fear going by the name Pitch.  He of course, wants to take over the world, not understanding that Smutty already has done this.  The concept is fresh, the pacing brisk enough to keep the attention of little humans and the voices snappy and funny.  This movie will make you believe again.

 

Black Friday Morphs into Black Thursday

Smutty loves turkey and naps.  A day that celebrates both is Smutty’s idea of a perfect holiday.  So, the idea of giving up any part of a day of food, family and napping leaves Smutty baffled.

Why, oh why, would anyone get up from a feast and leave to go shopping?  For stuff no one needs?

What about leftovers?  What about seconds? What about the naps during the Christmas movies?

black Thursday

Smutty says it is time to put an end to the madness.  Keep Thanksgiving sacred.  Don’t shop unless it’s from your couch.  Use your laptop or tablet to browse.  Don’t leave your family to go shopping.

If you do go, don’t complain when you return to no pie or dark meat from the turkey.  Thanksgiving shopping for anything other than gravy and cranberry sauce is just wrong.

Finally a New Take on Zombies

SmuttySmutty likes a good zombie movie as well as the next feline, but lately the whole zombie thing has been a little flat.  Too much sameness, not enough surprises.

But now, Brad Pitt of all humans, has saved us from the dreariness of repetition.  World War Z, the zombie movie you have been waiting for.  Again, the zombies come to us in the form of a virus (what’s up with that, are they cooking some virus that might create zombies), it tracks Gerry Lane (Pitt) as he tries to find the start of the epidemic and end it.  Hey, isn’t this usually Bruce Willis’ job?

If the entire movie lives up to the trailer, Smutty will be a happy feline.  The trailer enlists viewer interest in what happens to the central character and has you rooting for him to win.  This is a critical plot point many action movies ignore.  Smutty actually wants Lane to win.  Some zombie movies are so poorly done Smutty roots for the zombies.

Smutty will bank up some naps so he can catch the scheduled release date in June, 2013.

Roll Up Your Fur and Get To Work

Obama-Biden-ClintonGood morning America, Smutty is wrapping up his coverage of the 2012 election.  Everyone is exhausted from trying to keep track of the ups and downs but mostly just thankful its over.

Now its time to get to work.  Be serious, every kitten and pup knows that if you give one person more food or toys, they don’t turn around and start passing out the extras.  That is the essence of the “trickle down” theory of economics.  Republicans, let it go.  We are struggling to cut a deficit and provide compassionate safety nets for lower-income humans.

Someone has to pay more, it should be those who can afford it.  Digging in your heels and refusing to budge on tax increases for the rich equates to rewarding a toddler for throwing a tantrum.  Every time he wants something, he will scream like Donald Trump, knowing you are a wuss who will give in.  In the animal kingdom, Smutty just delivers a swift paw to the head and they straighten right up.  Try it, it works.

Businesses large and small; shut up and attend to business.  Paying for healthcare is part of being in business.  If you can’t afford to treat your employees like humans instead of insects to be stomped on, get out of business and get a job.  Oh, what’s that?  There are no jobs?  Cause your rich friends sent their money to the Cayman Islands and their jobs to China?  Take a note from GM and Chrysler who got bailed out and started ramping up their production in the country that stood behind them when times were bad.  Or, look to Ford whose top guy took a $1.00 per year salary until they turned things around.

In other words, suck it up, take responsibility for your own future and be willing to make sacrifices for your business, employees, community and country.  If you cannot do this, get out.  America has enough whiny, arrogant, entitled idiots and one less is a good thing.

Check out the constitution.  It offers equal opportunity for all.  This means that roadblocks to success like crime, poverty, poor education and lack of proper health care an nutrition have to be removed so EVERYONE can rise to their personal best.  Kicking those without access and calling them lazy without leveling the playing field is like peeing in the water hole.  Of no benefit to anyone and a possible killer of everyone.

So, humans (and dogs), Smutty offers you two paws of hope and friendship.  No matter if your candidate won or lost, the work still remains.

Roll up your fur or sleeves and get to work.

Smutty needs a nap now, then back to our regular programming.

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