How Gravity Falls (and its creators) changed animated television

Screenshots from gravity falls‘Pilot: Hulu graphic: Allison Corr Ten years ago last month (June 15, 2012 to be exact), Alex Hirsch took us on the first of many spooky and hilarious journeys to Gravity Falls, the paranormal city where the Dipper twins (voiced by Jason Ritter) and Mabel Pines Live (Kristen Schaal) were shipped off … Read more

“Where Time Can Stop”: Why Most Wisconsin Summer Camps Stay Open for Decades

Summer camps are a big deal in Wisconsin. Whether it’s playing at sharks and minnows, roasting marshmallows while sitting around a campfire, or tying a ready-made friendship bracelet, summer camp activities have linked teens for years — and sometimes even generations. 73 percent of Wisconsin summer camps said they had been in business for more … Read more

A review of Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast

(from right) Zaris-Angel Hator as Maisie Brumble and Karl Urban as Jacob Hollan in The Sea Creature.photo: Netflix In a genre where “family friendly” is usually a functional synonym for “for kids”, The Sea Creature is a rarity in modern feature animation. Despite superficial elements – like the film’s handling of alcohol – that suggest … Read more

Obi-Wan Kenobi film trilogy was the first victim of the solo bomb

Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregorphoto: Kate Green (Getty Images) Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we are returning now Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Story to the earth’s crust. About four years after an explosive box office bomb known as solo deleted a library of unread war of stars stories, sources dug up the first … Read more

Japan’s onsen are famous, but their grading office is even better!

A hot spring bath, called an onsen, is an integral part of Japanese culture. Since living on a volcanic island chain means hot springs are everywhere, it’s easy to see why the Japanese have been exploiting this natural resource for millennia. There are currently over 20,000 hot spring springs, although many are artificially drilled. If … Read more

A review by Marcel The Shell with shoes on

Jenny Slate provides the voice for Marcel in Marcel wears the shell with shoes on.photo: A24 Although Marcel wears the shell with shoes on is not the first rodeo of the eponymous hero, it is certainly his biggest adventure yet, with an even greater narrative scope and emotional scope than before. The gregarious 1-inch, one-eyed … Read more