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Fruits and vegetables are very vital parts of a healthy life and well-balanced diet. Apples fill you with antioxidants, grapes carry nutrients and vitamins, carrots carry vitamins that are helpful in bettering the vision, and so on. And some fruits are different than others, such as the different types of tomatoes (roma, greenhouse, on-the-vine, etc.) and determining if something is seeded or seedless. But the fruit we’re talking about today is the most diverse of all. Not in color, taste, but mostly appearance. And this fruit’s job is to annoy the heck out of you, and it’s done one chock full of its job, as it is #10 on the list of our top 100 YouTubers with almost 3 million subscribers. If you don’t appreciate him, you’ll have to deal with his posse of other foods. He is the Annoying Orange, and this time he’s gone where no inhuman YouTube star has ever gone…your television screen.

Yep, the multi-million-viewed proportions of the Caesar of citrus are finally going up on TV! And it’s about time that Orange and company finally got their own show–they’ve practically been asking for it! See how in just a short track of time, Fred became a cyberspace sensation, and now he’s handling his own Nickelodeon show! :roll: Well, Orange may not be on Nickelodeon, but he’s on a channel that definitely suits his needs–Cartoon Network! :D The Annoying Orange (or, as advertised, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange) is easier said than said the TV adaptation of the smash hit series, currently produced by Dane Boedigiheimer–just call him Dane Boe–and his company Gagfilms (also Dane’s companion channel on YouTube), plus a management company called The Collective. Everyone from the original series is back, but the show will take place on a fruit vending cart instead of  the usual kitchen. Oh, and besides the food-filled cast, there’s also a character that’s the only human on the show: the wacky scientist/fruit seller Nerville, played by none other than our good friend Toby “Tobuscus” Turner! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Besides Toby, there will be some other humans that are only guest stars on the show: Jeffrey Tambor, Billy Dee Williams, Felicia Day, among others. News about this show first kindled back in April 2010, and in October that year Dane finished the scripts for the first six episodes. In February the next year he began filming and underwent discussions with Cartoon Network about airing the show, which was picked up that November. The show is currently running on a budget of $2,000. That’s enough money to buy 8 Wiis off Amazon, no game bundle included. :)

The show is currently being produced by Dane, Tom Sheppard, and Conrad Vernon (known for work on Shrek and Monsters vs. Aliens). The co-executive producers are Spencer Grove, Aaron Massey, and YouTube stars Kevin Brueck (kevinbrueck) and Robert Jennings (bobjenz). The show will use similar animation of the series, and besides a sneak peek that aired on Memorial Day this week, the show’s series premiere will be on Cartoon Network, and instead of being in the fall (like previous statements foreshadowed), it will premiere 2 Mondays from now on the 11th! :mrgreen: Mark your calendars, YouTube fans; this adventure may have more sweets than your stash of candy. Don’t lie. I’ve seen it. :shock: Famous voices on the show will include:

  • Justine Ezarik, famous online as ijustine, as the voice of Passion Fruit whom is Orange’s secret love interest. :oops: Whoops, did I go TMI?
  • John DiMaggio, famous as the voice of Gears of War‘s Marcus Fenix as well as Futurama‘s Bender, as a character that is to be determined.
  • Dee Bradley Baker, famous for his voicing work on SpongeBobFairly OddParents, etc., as a character that is to be determined. ;)
  • Tom Kenny, famous as the voice of SpongeBob himself and as the announcer of numerous KCA shows, as a character that is to be determined. ;)
  • Rob Paulsen, famous as the voice of the TMNTs’ “rebel” Raphael in the 1987 cartoons, as well as work in shows like Animaniacs, as a character that is to be determined.

If I were you, I wouldn’t eat that orange, because it’s a manifestation of what you’re gonna see on June 11th. If you eat it, you’re reducing hunches of hard work to nothing but pulp, citrus, and peel pieces! :-x Anyway, if you didn’t check out the series sneak peek (“Marshmalia”), that’s okay; there are tons of other rerunning airtimes available, like how I watched the sneak peek a day after it aired! Anyways, don’t be an apple; check out the high-fructose adventures of our deliciously loyal pals when they hit the big screen on Monday, June 11th only on Cartoon Network! Canadian fans, you’ll have to wait until the 4th of July. German fans, you really will have to wait until this fall. Either way, however you cut this treat, it’s still gonna be sweet on all sides. :mrgreen:

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You know what to do: like, rate, comment, reblog, share, laugh, and knife stab that subscribe button in the face! But for now, this is Sammwak signing out, but we’ll awesomify things again next week. Oh, and make sure to tune in to the Annoying Orange show’s series premiere on Monday, June 11th, only on Cartoon Network!  :D

~S~ 8-)

p.s. Would You Rather o’ the Week: Would you rather…be a fruit that was killed by Knife, or be Knife and kill all the fruit?

p.p.s. Random Video o’ the Week: The NBC cult series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The acclaimed Disney-Pixar duo Up and Monsters, Inc. The Walt Disney Animated Classic Alice in Wonderland (the 1951 take). One of Disney’s most successful and memorable movies, Mary Poppins. A commercial success but critical failure, Steven Spielberg’s Peter Pan take Hook. Among others. What do these sources of media have in common? They’ve all been remixed seemingly perfectly by Nick “Pogo” Bertke, and have hit great receptions on YouTube. Once you take a look at these videos, you’ll find out why.

So…what did you see? :D



Define the word wimp. As a noun, it is “a weak and cowardly or unadventurous person.” I guess that’s how some people may describe Greg Heffley, known to fans as “the Wimpy Kid” of Jeff Kinney’s national bestselling saga, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It first got its start on Funbrain as an original story that was read over twenty million times when it released in 2004. From thence, Kinney decided to make the jump from online to on paper, and he has been a cult for kids since. Plus, he’s doing so good, he’s released 5 other titles, and even a few movies. Now, let’s repeat that: “even a few movies”. The most recent wimpy kid flick came out around St. Patty’s 2011 (the sequel, Rodrick Rules), and from the success of that movie comes the series’ threequel due this summer, and from the looks of it, this is gonna be the best entry yet.

Yep, this trailer just uploaded in April, and it’s already got…not even 20,000 hits. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the new movie’s called Dog Days. No, we didn’t all “skip a movie”. This will interpret features from both The Last Straw and Dog Days. This movie shares most of its storyline with the fourth book: school’s out and Greg’s starting to plan for the summer, when all his plans go awry, leaving him with one question: What on earth is he gonna do for three months? Up the antes in unintended gut-busting humor, that’s what. And yes, Sweetie the dog is going to be in it. This looks like a movie I’d undoubtedly want to see this summer, and hopefully my excitement won’t go up in steam once this movie hits the cinemas. If there were a few differences I spotted in this, it’d be 1) Greg’s voice changed!!!, and 2) Sweetie’s gonna be back. Cool story, bro. And for possibly the first time, Heather Hills, Holly’s older sister, is gonna be in the movie. She will be portrayed by Melissa Roxburgh, whom you probably don’t know. The movie’s filming was in Vancouver (much like the two previous films), from August to October 2011, and it will officially be PG according to Box Office Mojo, citing “some rude humor”. And hopefully it will sell well and continue the series’ multi-million-selling streak, with a combination of $116 million of lifetime gross revenue. Oh, did I forget to show you the teaser poster?

Make sure to mark your calendars for August 3, 2012, because on that very day, something wimpy is going down. Well, that’s all for this week, but make sure to subscribe, like, rate, comment, and reblog often! Same thing @ 2Sam2Mwak!

- Sam

p.s. Can you feel the love? Greg can in this year’s untitled & upcoming seventh Wimpy Kid title. As the tagline of the announcement poster is “Love is in the air”, we can assume that this ranges around Valentine’s Day. Despite this, the book’s due to come this Thanksgiving, so mark your calendars for that too.

p.p.s. Would You Rather o’ the Week: Would you rather be shot by an arrow from Cupid, or be shot by an arrow from an underwear-wearing Greg with fake wings plastered on his back, so it’s more like he’s trying to kill you than get you lovestruck?

p.p.s.s. Random Video o’ the Week: Some people are very intimate with the kinds of musical YouTube videos they watch, and they usually tire quickly of the usual. But luckily through remixing tech, they can shut their pieholes with the amount of enjoyment they’ll receive. But they can only admire the highest levels of remixes. And on this note, that level belongs to Fagottron, more famously known as Pogo. This video just came out this January, and it’s already past 3 million hits due to how good it is. This is so darn good, I’ll have to bury a YouTube treasure to dig up in the future for this! (Check out this guy’s channel for more sweet remixes, and please do like this post for a very worthy suggestion. C’mon, you know you want to, do it for ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGA!)



Hey guys it’s Sam, and if there’s one thing I report myself doing, it’s to play video games. I review video games. I recommend video games. I rant over video games. I get a couple new video games all the time. And today, we’re taking it to the course of boxing gloves and rubber balls known as ABC’s Wipeout. The slapstick violent comedic competition was so famed, it not only got several KCA nominations, but it got a hand with Activision to make Wipeout: The Game in 2010 alongside the season 3 premiere, currently for the Wii, DS, and DSi. The game then got a following brother in summer 2011, now gracing the Kinect motion controls in Wipeout: In The Zone. And when you think it’s the end of the line, it’s just begun. Because just tomorrow, yet another Wipeout-licensed game is flopping into stores tomorrow…Wipeout 2.

Name: Wipeout 2/Wipeout II

Releasing: October 11, 2011

Announced: August 18, 2011

Publisher/Developer: Activision (Activision Blizzard?)/Endemol

Rating: E10+ for mild cartoon violence (and possibly an extra comic mischief, as of the DS version)

Sequel to: Wipeout: The Game, the first of the trio. Surprising, isn’t it?

Difference from original: The player will navigate the same ragdoll-esque contestant from In The Zone, but through environments of more snowy and icy obstacles. Looks like someone’s preparing for the winter!

Two contestants jump it out on the Bruiseball course.

I don’t get it. Why is it called Wipeout 2 if it’s the third game in the series? Why not Wipeout 3? The truth is that despite its Kinect compatibility (compatible, not required), it is the partner of the original Wipeout-licensed 2010 game. But its Kinect controls aren’t limited to just the Xbox…turns out it’s available for the PS3 (via Move compatibility), the Wii, the DS, and even the 3DS! The game claims to have more than fifty whopping obstacles up its sleeve. The game is cut into eight whole episodes, each half being a different season (summer or winter). Then those episodes are broken into sections. The first is a race against speed, the second is an endurance challenge of survival, and the third is yet another speed race. GameSpot already has their share of previews, and the game is to be crafted and distributed in yet the same hands from last time. Is it going to be the biggest? Perhaps. Is it going to be the best? At over half of the price of summer’s game, it just might be.

So bounce on over to game retailers near you and get Wipeout 2 for just the predictably-assumed price of $50! But then again, GameStop almost always assigns that price. Go figure. Anyway, this is Sam again from Sammwak, telling you to have a great week!

Good night and big balls,

Sam



Recognize this face? Yup, it’s the one and only Shel Silverstein, the one who gave us the thumbsucking epidemic song I took a look at earlier last month. Shel may be one of the weirdest guys I’ve met since my classmates on Backwards Day. Anyway, Shel’s got a lucky thumb to A) not to be sucked, and B) to get another spot on T4T, this time for his timeless song “A Boy Named Sue”.

This song was so popular, its name even had to be in the name of this album, where the song came from.

“…my name is Sue! How do you do? Now you’re gonna die!”

Surprisingly enough, “A Boy Named Sue” (also incorrectly referred to as “Boy Named Sue“) is not entirely of Shel’s work. He was just the writer of the song, the real user of this song (besides Shel) being Johnny Cash on his 1969 live album, At San Quentin. It has to be one the weirdest, funniest, and most violent songs I’ve ever listened since Avenged Sevenfold’s “Beast and the Harlot” went to the Guitar Hero 2 track list. The album A Boy Named Sue and his Country Songs coincidentally released the same year of Cash’s live album, both scoring Grammy Awards for their versions of the song in the process.

The storyline revolves around…well, title says all, a boy named Sue. Named as a joke by his father, he becomes the laughingstock of the area, but he’s the one that gets to the last laugh when he grows up to be a hard-hitting master of mass destruction, even beating up his own father as a revenge plan. The song is very groovy especially for one of Shel’s works, and especially deserves to be recited by a bored farmer in a rocking chair.

0 out of 5 – Positive messages – The song being revolved around violence for the most part, this song lacks any positive messages whatsoever.

1 out of 5 – Positive role models – Sue does show good examples of bravery, standing up against the toughest of moments revolving around that dastardly name.

4 out of 5 – Violence – Have you been listening to all that I’ve been talking about so far? “A Boy Named Sue” gives violence a new name, and I still can’t believe they got that crazy back in the sixties!

  • Sue narrates that if a guy laughed at his name, he’d bust his head.
  • Upon seeing and recognizing his long-lost dad, he simply beats him up, throwing a chair across his teeth, giving him a haymaker between the eyes, and almost threatening to kill him if his profound love didn’t change him. His father also extremely violently rebounds, knifing off some of his ear.
  • At the very end of the song, Sue lashes out against his name, and his reactions to it if he ever heard or saw it, or his father, again.

1 1/2 out of 5 – Inappropriate Content (saying the S word would be vulgar) – Besides violence, the only thing that’s not really appropriate, or nice, is the gender shaming and male stereotypical themes this song has.

2 out of 5 - Language – The worst word encountered isn’t even dirty, but it’s “heck.” Shel did a good job of replacing Cash’s dirty lyrics with new, clean ones. The two points of language points to Cash’s version of the song this time, ranging from “son-of-a-B word” to the H word.

1 out of 5 – Product Placement – Shel was one of the 60s’ most famed artists in almost every category on the stardom ladder. Music, books, movies, you name it, he’s stuck his head into it.

1 out of 5 – Drinking, Drugs, and/or Smoking – Shel and Cash both refer at the start of the song, to the father of Sue leaving behind a half-filled (Shel)/empty (Cash) bottle of booze.

The first couple of lyrics in Johnny Cash's version of "A Boy Named Sue", chronicled in an impressive black-and-white comic style.

Entertainment: A (5 points)

Laughs: B+ (4 points)

Style: B (3 points)

Smarts: A- (4 points)

Fun: A (4 points)

Final score: 2o out of 30 (Over halfway there)

Rating: E 10+ (Shel’s version), T (Cash’s version) (do I have to talk it over again?)

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Click on the video to listen to Shel’s version of “A Boy Named Sue”.

Click on this video to watch almost six minutes of a segment of the foul-mouthed Johnny Cash’s show, shown in 1970, released online in 2008 to over 200,000 views. This video does feature a quick duet with the two creators of the song, also featuring a touching Shel solo to “Daddy, What If”.

“A Boy Named Sue” is a blast listening to, and your inside self is going to be laughing its head off while getting seriously grossed out at the same time, but overall, it’s one of Shel’s best songs. End of story.

Like what you saw? Subscribe for more, and if you blog here at WordPress, there’s that little button with a star on it that says ‘Like’. Click that. Did you do it? You should. I also may not be up to date with blogging after this, because the entire Moorsbridge 5th grade is headed to Sherman Lake camp! So, check out my other posts to do you time here on Sammwak!

- Sam

p.s. And to bid you a good farewell, I will give you a Shel-style goodbye poem:

Goodbye, goodbye, I hope you come back

To Sammwak here, and that’s a fact

Over 40,000 hits to date

To all of those I can’t relate

So always remember to come back

And enjoy the glory of what is Sammwak!



Hey guys it’s Sam, and remember when you used to be a kid, or at least a baby? Maybe that time is now, and if it is, I have to ask you, “What was your favorite children’s hero?” I mean, the kids show you grew up with and knew and loved. My personal fave is Franklin the turtle, who got his own show adapted from his book series on Noggin. (that’s what they called Nick Jr. back in the day)

I cherished this lean, green, tot-lovable machine ever since I was probably five or six. And after watching a couple reruns last Thursday night (ha! Take that, Katy Perry), I wanted to talk about it here on Sammwak. Some other kids’ shows I knew were The Upside Down Show, Dora, Blue’s Clues, The Backyardigans, Wow Wow Wubbzy!, Yo Gabba Gabba, you name it, I’ve probably seen it. But Franklin is probably the top of them all.

Kids’ shows were usually how tots got along, whether they were being taught to count (Dora, Team Umizoomi) while also embarking on an adventure, or experiencing misadventures as lessons in life. (Franklin, Wow Wow Wubbzy!) Children’s shows were basically children; you had to keep track of them, you loved them with all your heart.

Apparently, my sister had other ideas of cherished children’s shows.

Yep, as a kid, Little Bear was my sister’s hero (created by Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are). And I admit it, I did grow up with him too, just a tad bit. Now it’s for you to beat feet and spill the beans. Who’s your favorite kids show hero?

Well anyway, that’s all the beans to spill today on Sammwak! Check back for more beans, especially when they get the bake, the fry, or the black eye!

- Sam



Hey it’s Sam with another great YouTube treasure, mateys! (Why do I keep saying that?) And if you are a modern-day person, don’t watch TV, and/or might not have a life, you may not know Looney Tunes. Be as it may, it may be the most timeless cartoon the networks have ever seen. And now that it’s gotten a 2011 rejuvenation, we now know it with The Looney Tunes Show, bringing every old-school character and possibly converting them into the most new-school people I’ve seen. And that’s what today is about. While we may not be focusing on the show in general, we’re focusing on one of my favorite aspects of the show: “Merrie Melodies”.

This is the title card of the first Merrie Melody from the thirties.

Merrie Melodies are songs (usually 2 min. at most) featuring classic Looney Tunes characters singing original songs. If you don’t ROFL at these videos, then you have no emotion. Hands down. There are actually lots of YouTubers that release TLTS melodies. And I actually give you extra points if you have some of these on iTunes or Windows Media Player (at least a music player in general). Some videos have gotten over 100,000 views while others haven’t, but it’s the song that counts.

This first song is about Chickenhawk, a hawk who loves chicken. Crispy, glazed, baked, fried…come on, he eats chicken cake for his birthday. (130,000 views since May 2011.)

The next song is about Elmer Fudd’s love for grilled cheese sandwiches. I do criticize him, because he rejects a burger, a shake, a cake, and a steak for that cheese! (Now that’s what I call true love.) >:-( 100,000 views since May 2011. )-:<

Another song stars Marvin the Martian, and he sings about how he’s really a good guy despite being from Mars. He shares cheese pizza and lemonade, and–oh, this is the best part–he’s the ultimate host of puppies; he makes them in his lab. (20,000 views since June 2011. And yes…this is Cartoon Network’s channel.)

The final song is a love song. But not any love song. It stars Lola. Yeah, that crazy psycho stalker bunny after Bugs. She tries to tell him he’s in love, but he tries to get out of it in every way possible…even if he has to go tooth-and-nail on her. (Almost 100,000 views since July 2011.)

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So for any of you who don’t watch this show yet, I have four reasons why you should. In fact, you just saw them. So catch The Looney Tunes Show Tuesdays at 8:00 on Cartoon Network! It’s actually better than you think…;)

Your blogger,

Sam

p.s. This post is dedicated to my friends, Benny and Jerry Kagumba. Why? Because they were the first to witness this awesomeness…and they’ve been with me for years now. So, if you’re reading this, this is in your honor.



Hey, guys it’s Sam. And do you remember the sensational night of the 2011 Kids Choice Awards show? Now it’s been buzzing in my brain for some time, the seed planted in my frontal lobe of my brain. And as it’s been growing roots and shoots and stems and flowers, actually ever since I saw the music video to “Whip My Hair”, I knew that I wanted to make my OWN award show.

You’re probably fallen from your chair ROFLMAO right now, asking yourself over and over, “How in the world can one 10-year old boy manage a giganomotrous award show? It must be some sort of silly joke!”

Well, me, myself, and my flower brain have got it all down. All YOU have to do is VOTE. I’ll post the nominees up here on Sammwak, and you can vote in the polls featured in each post, and see who will win an oh-so-honoring ROFLCopter Award!

A nice ROFLCopter dipped in gold, baby!

Think of the ROFL Awards as the KCAs, but the categories are stretched. Here’s how our little routine will unfold:

Step 1: I will show my first nominee for a certain category in a post, adding a poll for votes to be cast.

Step 2: You will view the post and vote in the poll which nominee should deserve a ROFLCopter Award.

Step 3: In some time, I will accumulate all the votes and declare the ROFLCopter winner of each category every day on Sammwak!

Dead simple, right? See how efficient it is? That’s how this award show’s gonna roll. Today’s category is Favorite TV Show, and your nominees are…

iCarly was launched on Nick in September 2007 (a great show for kids just leaping into school again) and became one of Nick’s most famed shows in its time, let alone it being a teen sitcom. The show is mostly known for its web show iCarly existent on the show and in real life, starring host Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) and friends, co-host Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) and technical producer Freddie Benson (Nathan Kress). It currently airs on Nick today in its fourth season, finishing its upcoming crossover episode, iParty With Victorious coming in June. It has already won a shiny KCA for 2009, 2010, and 2011! Will its romance, hilarity, and charisma make its way to a shiny ROFLCopter?

Fun fact: The exterior shots of Carly’s apartment building Bushwell Plaza are actually digital alterations of pics of the Eastern Columbia Building in L.A.!

Victorious boogied its way to Nick airings in March 2010, and has been one of Nick’s most blooming teen sitcoms since. When Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) consumes the chance of a lifetime of being a student at the elite Hollywood Arts, she gets tangled in quirky screwball situations, like trying to pass the Bird Scene, having the face of a zombie, and more. Although critics have given it mixed reviews, its viewership is still strong. The show and its feminine star, Victoria Justice, have both been nominated for awards twice (the show for a Teen Choice Award, and a UK KCA, and Victoria for a KCA and a Teen Icon Award), but can they finally win their first award: a glimmering ROFLCopter?

Fun fact: The theme song of the show, “Make It Shine”, peaked at number sixteen on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in the United States!

Peaking Disney Channel in September 2008, The Suite Life On Deck has since been one of Disney Channel’s top shows, full of romance, drama, and comedy. It is the sequel/spin-off to the 2005-2008 Disney Channel show, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Cody, Zack, and London are returning characters on the SS Tipton, students at “Seven Seas High”. Moseby also returns as ship manager. The show has also collaborated with Disney shows Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana to make the trilogy of crossover episodes called Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana. The show has won many awards such as Young Artist Awards and BMI Awards. It got beat out by iCarly for the fave TV show in the 2011 KCAs, but can they strike back with a sparkling ROFLCopter?

Fun Fact: Doc Shaw, known for playing Marcus Little on the show, left in the third season of On Deck due to committing to appear in the Disney XD series, Pair of Kings.

Good Luck Charlie gurgled its way to Disney Channel in April 2010, and after bringing Disney positive feedback, this sitcom has not failed since. It takes place with the Duncans, a family trying to adjust to the birth of their fourth child, Charlotte “Charlie” Duncan. The other children are Teddy Duncan who often creates video diary entries containing counsel for Charlie, PJ Duncan, a rather talented slacker who also founded the band “PJ and the Vibe”, and Gabe Duncan, just that mischievous kid of every family. They each deal with screwball challenges in their life, in school, at home, or out in the town. Bridgit has won a Popstar! Magazine award for Female Newcomer, and Bradley with a Young Artist Award for best performance in a TV series, and a young supporting actor. Can a sparkling ROFLCopter bump up the amount?

Fun fact: A Good Luck Charlie DCOM is currently undergoing filming with Disney Channel and Salty Pictures. The film is about the Duncans celebrating Christmas.

Wizards of Waverly Place is one of Disney Channel’s most famed teen sitcoms since its crazy big debut in October 2007, and romance, wizardry, and barrels of adventure have kept its pace. Even someone with half a brain could decipher what the show’s about: The Russo kids, Alex, Justin, and Max are wizards in Manhattan on Waverly Place, and they have to keep their secret safe in the big world. When they complete training, they enter a wizard competition to see who can keep their wizard powers and–better yet–become the family wizard of that generation. This plot-line has given Disney supposedly positive critical feedback, even to make its own DCOM. And after a history of award accumulation, can they make magic one more time to claim a ROFLCopter?

Fun fact: There will be a second DCOM as a sequel to Wizards of Waverly Place confirmed June 2010. Mason and Rosie will appear, and Dan Berendsen will return as script writer.

Yeah, I know, it’s a tricky decision. But that’s what makes award shows FUN! You strain and struggle as you decide between your last two wants, and finally you pick one over the other, making a difference to a celebrity’s heart while crushing the other’s heart…Okay, I admit I was a little cruel on that last one.

So, the nominees are in, now we just gotta cast in some votes! So, who’s YOUR want for Favorite TV Show in the ROFL Awards? (If you’re not a fan of any four of my nominees, TYPE IN YOUR OWN want and maybe that could win the award!)

I guess that’s all for a golden edition of Sammwak. Keep your eyes peeled for more categories, and–especially–the results and WINNERS!

Yours truly,

Sam Mwakasisi ;)



Hello there, viewers. It’s me, Sam. And it’s time to take a look and reminisce back in time. Go back to the 1990s, where Street Fighter II changed the face of fighting forever, Mario Kart 64 made a slam-bang drift into our hearts, and that good Crash Bandicoot arrived. But in the 1990s, there was also another time. The time where TV ratings got so low, that a bunch of animated cartoons started swallowing airing times. Some people call it the “invasion of the animation.” Others the “cartoon boom.” I call it “Nickelodeon in the 90s.”

Nick, as we all know it is today, is the top cable channel since April 1979, not to be confused with its launch on December 1977 as “Pinwheel.” It was also literally the first channel aiming at kids, dating back to Pinwheel days. But Nickelodeon really did have lots of cartoons in the 90s. I even have a good list of them: Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, and even Rugrats. But one show really stood out that I enjoy today. Yes, it was animated. It was hilarious, life-oriented, and a total fit-in with my comic writing. That show was called…

Doug. Not much afterward, just Doug. If you’ve ever heard of this post a little or a lot, please like this post at the bottom.

Doug was one of Nick’s many TV series involved in the cartoon boom. Running from 1991 to 1994, then getting picked up by Disney from 1996 to 1999 (ending actually after SpongeBob began), the show was based on its titular protagonist, Doug–I dare you to try not to laugh or grin–Funnie. A grade-schooler from Bloatsburg into Bluffington, the show follows the exploits of Doug and his misadventures on and off school. How this ties into my comic writing is that Doug is an actual comic-maker himself. His comic characters are superhero Quailman, secret agent Smash Adams,  explorer Race Canyon, crime-stopper the Chameleon, cowboy Durango Doug, outlaw Jack Bandit, and Wafflestomper.

One thing I liked about it was its short but sweet and epic theme song, composed by genius Fred Newman. I think it was the theme that got me hooked in the first place. I mean, come on, dude. How can you stare ahead and ignore a theme song like THIS?

It’s just impossible.

Well, I guess that’s all for now. Check out YouTube for more Doug!

- Sam



I’m sorry that I haven’t released a Game n Vote in months’ time, but I’ll make it up to you with a load of new games for voting this week! The first one is a Cartoon Network that I truly enjoy. I even have a couple badges for it, too. This is for those who are fans of Regular Show.

The climax of the entire game, respectively.

So, you are Mordecai or Rigby, and you need to pick up enough trash (apple cores, pieces of paper, etc.) to proceed to the next level. But there are obstacles in your way that grow bigger within every level. At first, you’re stuck trying to dodge the lawn mowers. If you get mowed, you fall into a black puddle. But if you click elsewhere, you’re back up and running again. If you pick up 5 pieces of trash, you either receive a marble worth 50 (be careful, it rolls!), or–even BETTER–Skips. All you need is to collect the whistle to blow it, and Skips will zigzag through the entire landscape, stunning all of the obstacles (except for volcanoes).

If you have enough, you can even plant stink bombs, that detonate on contact with a lawn mower or unicorn and such. Yeah, unicorns are TOO obstacles. You can even get badges for this game, for there aren’t a lot. I can even list them:

A badge for clearing level 3.

A badge for clearing level 4.

A badge for clearing level 5.

A badge for clearing level 7.

A badge for picking up 100 pieces of trash.

..And a final badge for getting all the others!

If you want to play for these badges, log in (or if you don’t have a profile, GET ONE) and start picking up some TRASH! I can’t tell you MY username and password, but if you see Amusing Chip Shuriken anywhere, on the homepage, on Fan Talk threads…that’s yours truly.

http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/games/regularshow/trashndash/index.html

Happy trashing!

……….

So you’ve been defeated. Now, I got a couple questions to ask…

Check back for more Game n Votes throughout the week!

Sincerely yours,

Sam



Hey guys it’s Sam, and I’m celebrating a very very happy…wait, ELATED New Year! Now, if you haven’t checked out Cartoon Network lately, and I mean LATELY, you’d know this show existed. But not so late, Adult Swim took over. At 8:00, this show airs. I’ve actually gotten some taste in it. I just saw my first episode yesterday night, and I’m really starting to get a kick out of it. If you like dynamic duo animal comedies, you’ll love…

In this animated comedy, a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby work as groundskeepers and try to entertain themselves, but their gumball machine friend Benson is disapproving of it. Their friends also include yeti Skips, Pops, naive English gentleman with the lollipop-shaped head, and even High-Five Ghost, the ghost with a hand off his head! Here’s a picture, from left to right, Pops, Skips, Benson, Rigby, Mordecai:

But don’t worry, it’s TV-PG. It’s not TV-14 or TV-MA, where it’s instantly transported into the morbid world of Adult Swim. But you can catch new episodes in January. Why not today? Adventure Time‘s New Years’ Eve marathon has eaten up all the airings starting from 4:00 until 9:00, when Adult Swim kicks in. But catch the Regular Show in January 2011! YEAAA-AAAH!

L8trs, Sam



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