Category Archives: Animals

Banana Slammer!

In my ongoing viewing of cartoons based on video games, I knew there was a Donkey Kong Country series, but not that much about it. Made by the Canadian animation company Nelvana, the same one that made the Care Bears … Continue reading

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The Cake Is a Li-Mon-Eag

I’m back from my fourth OzCon International, and the second to which I dragged Beth. She asked me why I wanted to her go when it’s not something she’s into, but I like having the company and sharing my passions. … Continue reading

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Weasels on the Wind

Another mythical Japanese creature, or yokai, that came up in the Pokémon videos I talked about last week is the kamaitachi, the probable inspiration for the Sneasel. The name kamaitachi literally means “sickle weasel,” and that’s basically what they are, … Continue reading

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Sporks and Hope

Toy Story 4 – Why a fourth one after the third provided a satisfying ending for Andy’s toys? Well, money. But storywise, the last one had left the whereabouts of Bo Peep, a shepherdess figure from a lamp in Andy’s … Continue reading

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Such Shellfish Women

I’m not really not that knowledgeable about Pokémon, but I have played Pokémon Yellow and picked up a few other things here and there. These are mostly about the original Pokémon, though, and there have been so many others since … Continue reading

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Never Enough Oz

Lost Lands of Oz: The Rain King Is Missing, by Dr. Janet Kelly – This book is intended to teach values to kids, and as an adult reading for fun, I can’t say how successful it is in that respect. … Continue reading

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You Always Lose with Impundulus

I’ve written a bit about thunderbirds before, but I’ve only recently come across their African counterparts, lightning birds. They’re part of Zulu, Pondo, and Xhosa culture; and beliefs about them vary somewhat. The most common name for the bird seems … Continue reading

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