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Batman: The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire, pt 6B

Alright, Bat-fans, we’ve just about reached the end of Jeremiah Lawson’s fantastic journey through The Agony of Loss and the Madness of Desire. This installment deals with a lesser known character, but one whose story happens to be  one of the most striking (and explicitly Christian) instances of grace and redemption in the Gotham canon. […]

Mothers and Daughters and Bears, Oh My! Pride and Expectation in Brave

Just in time for Independence Day, a wonderful (if spoiler-heavy) review of Pixar’s latest from resident animation guru Jeremiah Lawson. Have a great Fourth and we’ll see you back here on Thursday: Now in its 17th year of box office activity, Pixar may have entered into chronological adolescence, but the studio is far from becoming […]

Cartoon Nostalgia, Cartoon Revolution, Part 4: Cold War Moral Clarity and post-Cold War Moral Ambivalence

We come now to the end of the beginning, the final installment in Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet’s four-part Cartoon Nostalgia series. If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that Jeremiah is building an argument, setting the stage to explore some very ripe territory. But more on that soon. For now, sit […]

Cartoon Nostalgia, Cartoon Revolution, Part 3: Cartoon Morality in Transformers

With Transformers 3 less than a week away, we present the third installment of Jeremiah Lawson’s excellent four-part series on Cartoon Nostalgia, in which our hero takes a hard look at moral undercurrents in the Transformers universe. And speaking of nostalgia (and golden ageism), if you haven’t yet seen Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, it’s […]

Cartoon Nostalgia, Cartoon Revolution, Part 2: Let Us Now Praise Famous Toys (Transformers and Beatles)

More than meets the eye time! We now bring you part two in our new series on nostalgia and cartoons (and a whole lot more) from Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet. For part one, go here. Who knew Transformers were such an overt expression of Reagan-era sensibilities? Certainly not me – I was always […]

Cartoon Nostalgia, Cartoon Revolution, Part 1: Blasts From the Past Keep on Blasting

We are very excited to present the first installment of our new four-part series from resident animation expert/philosopher Jeremiah Lawson aka Wenatchee the Hatchet, this time exploring the roots of Hollywood’s increasingly absurd obsession with 80s cartoons (Transformers, Alvin & The Chipmunks, GI Joe, etc etc etc). “Say not, ‘Why were the former days better […]

A Row of Your Favorite Cereals, Anytime You Want: The Gospel According to Pixar

Anthony Lane of The New Yorker penned a fantastic and very thorough profile of everyone’s favorite studio last week, Pixar. As suspected/rumored, their “corporate culture” appears to have been lifted straight out of Grace in Practice; they understand intuitively that great work is always the fruit of a root, that motivation/the internal life is everything […]