The Namesakes of 10 Legendary Drawn Characters

1. All the Simpsons, excluding Bart, were named after the family members of creator, Matt Groening. Father Homer Groening, mother Marge and sisters Lisa and Maggie.
2. Nemo, the clown fish in Finding Nemo was named after Captain Nemo, a character in Jules Verne's novels: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island.nemo.jpg
3. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were each named for a different Renaissance artist: Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Leonardo.tmnt.jpg

4. Huckleberry Hound was named after Huckleberry Finn, from Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnhuck.jpg
5. Calvin and Hobbes were named after John Calvin, the 16th C. French theologian, and Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century English political philosopher.calvinhobbes.jpg
6. Yogi Bear was named after Yogi Berra, the Yankees' hall-of-fame catcher.yogi.jpg
7. Pepe Le Pew was named after Pepe le Moko, the protagonist in a novel by Henri La Barthe of the same name. Moko is slang for a man from Marseilles.Pepe.gif
8. The Chipmunks were named after three Liberty Records executives: Alvin Bennett, Theodore Keep and Simon Waronker. Liberty was the real trio's original label, before they were turned into cartoon stars.chipmunks.jpg
garfield_1.gif 9. Garfield was named after creator Jim Davis's grandfather, James Garfield Davis, who'd been named after U.S. President James Abram Garfield.

bullwinkle.jpg10. Bullwinkle J. Moose was named after Clarence Bullwinkel, a car dealer that the moose's creators, Jay Ward and Alex Anderson, knew. (BTW: the J. is from Jay, I believe.)

If you have others to add to this list, by all means, slap "˜em down in the comments. We'd love to hear about them!

Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple

On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]

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See What Paddington 2 Looks Like Without the Bear
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For the average moviegoer, a film like Paddington 2 might seem like a cinematic wonder. Not because of the quality of its story or acting (which, for the record, are amazing) but because of one simple fact: How do you film a live-action movie about a talking bear without ever bringing in an actual bear? Neatorama alerted us to this fun visual effects breakdown from Framestore, the effects company behind the animation in Paddington 2, which takes you through some of the key ways the film makes the impossible come to life.

First, there’s the 3D animation itself, dictating how Paddington (who is voiced by Ben Whishaw) moves and how his facial expressions should change depending on the emotions he's feeling. The animation occurs in multiple steps, creating a smooth virtual outline of Paddington, then overlaying the photorealistic fur and colored clothing.

When it comes time for a shot that only has Paddington in it, animators can put together the whole thing using a mixture of live footage and special effects, allowing him to ride on the back of a running dog, bolt down the roof of a moving train, or dash around the prison dining room.

But there are other shots that require Paddington to interact with the people around him. For those, there are stand-ins who carry out the actions that Paddington needs to—like setting a cafeteria tray on a table or rubbing mustard on Knuckles McGinty’s apron. Afterward, these people will be scrubbed from the shot, replaced by a furry CGI bear. Once the visual effects magic is finished, Paddington looks as natural in a scene as any human actor.

See it for yourself in the video below.

[h/t Neatorama]


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