Category Archives: Magic

What Makes a Fairy?

Happy birthday to Ozma, Fairy Ruler of the Land of Oz! I’ve looked before at how Ozma was basically retconned into being a fairy, but what exactly does that mean? A fairy, in L. Frank Baum’s mythology, can be basically … Continue reading

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Saving the World While We’re Young

I’ve seen the topic come up of how everyone tends to be young in Japanese role-playing video games, to the extent that people in their thirties are considered old. I noticed this in Final Fantasy VII, where everyone seems to … Continue reading

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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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Sweets from the Sprites

This Pop Culture Shock Therapy comic appeared on Eric Gjovaag’s Wizard of Oz Comics Facebook group, and it inevitably led to a mention of the Keebler Elves, then I brought up Snap, Crackle, and Pop. So why ARE diminutive fantasy … Continue reading

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Skeptic Tank

The Apple Dumpling Gang – It seems like I saw advertisements for this one on a bunch of other Disney videos when I was a kid, but I never saw the movie itself. There was also this Paul F. Tompkins … Continue reading

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Vulgarian Idol

Beth and I watched two movies this past weekend, one an old children’s film and the other about a violent murder. Look, they don’t all have to be consistent in mood. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Released in 1968, this … 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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