Odds n’ Ends

Apologies for the late Odds ‘n Ends today. I’m down with a bit of a cold, and it took a while to get up the energy to snap the new O&E pic.

You know the drill–feel free to add your own Odds and Ends in the comments section.

ODD: I’ll be touching up my Snow Miser fansite over the next day or two. It’s a really big year for the Snow Miser, because there’s actually a brand-new special coming out: A Miser Brothers’ Christmas, done in traditional stop-motion animation and premiering on ABC Family Saturday, December 13th at 8 p.m. EST.

For those who may not be aware, I’ve had that Snow Miser site up for almost ten years now. At this point, the cheap Notepad-designed look has become part of its charm, I think (though if the site ever actually becomes profitable, I may have to look into updating it a bit).

END: The MOTUC article yesterday was so well-received, I’ll be doing a follow-up piece later this week or next week with a few more quotes. Thanks to all of you who commented publicly or privately to me about it.

ODD: Dr. Mrs. Ghostal and I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas in HD last night, and I must say, it looked great. I felt like I was watching it for the first time, it looked so good. And I’d swear there was an extra verse to the “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” song, but maybe I hadn’t been paying close enough attention earlier.

END: Did anyone catch the new Simpsons episode on Sunday? What a stinker. Lame plot, the return of jerkass Homer, the random scene where Homer dives to save the Duff beer–and it all took place after Christmas, which makes tons of sense for a November 30 episode. I actually enjoyed the rerun of the “Bird is the Word” Family Guy episode more.

ODD: Dr. Mrs. Ghostal was able to order my Christmas presents (He-Man and Beast Man) without problem yesterday. As of 5 p.m. EST today, the figures are still available on Mattycollector.com, with the 10 per household limit intact. Most people have reported a pleasantly smooth ordering process. Bravo, Mattel. Now I just have to wait another twenty-four days to get my hands on them…

END: By curious coincidence, I may receive both my set of DCUC5 and my Orion/Lightray two-pack tomorrow. I’ve promised yo go re a set of DCUC5 reviews for OAFE, and my Orion/Lightray review will be right here. Next up–DCUC wave 6!

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  • You heard the Extra Verse because it was in HD.

    It's funny that whenever I see you on Live you're on Netflix. It's taken your life away!

  • Like the cartoon of Grinch in HD? What's the difference? How can a cartoon be any higher quality of picture? I don't understand I guess. Everything I've ever seen in HD I swear looks the same. I guess I need 20/20 vision or something.

    I loved the Simpsons episode. I don't remember what it was about now, but I liked it a lot. I don't watch the Simpsons every week, so maybe that's why? I thought it was amusing anyway, even though I've completely forgotten the storyline.

    **** had some awesome figures, including your penguins. Though I never understood why **** only got a repaint, but I enjoyed the hell out of them on my front porch as a kid.

  • @Paul: It's more just because I have no good games to play right now. All my disposable income is going to Xmas presents and toys for myself…I should get a few new games for Xmas. Incidentally, it's more likely I'm watching an old MST3K on my Xbox via Windows Media Center than Netflix–they need to add some newer movies to that thing.

    @Monte: Is he holding Robocop's gun?

    @Newt: I can definitely tell a difference with HD, even with a cartoon…it's sort of like the difference between a low-res JPG and a hi-res JPG. The low-res one looks a little blurry, whereas the hi-res one is crisp and clean. That's how the Grinch looked to me.

  • Odd: I was looking through your Odds n Ends picture of the Christmas toys above trying to identify them all. I see you have ****'s Choo Choo train.

    End: While watching Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town on TV last night, I was finally finishing up setting up my big Rudolph/Christmastown set up that I do every year. Anyhow, I have a shelf dedicated to the Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town figures. Every year when I set those figures up, I am amazed at how well done they were. They are even better then the Rudolph figures. Great accessories, great articulation, and great detail. These are really a must have if you are into anykind of Christmas figures.

    Odd: For those wanting to see these figures, here you go…..


    End: By the way, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town is really a good show. It is a close second to Rudolph as my favorite Christmas show. I love the way they explain all the stuff about how Santa is Santa and why Christmas is Christmas.

    Odd: Here is some pics from my Rudolph Christmas town display.


    End: Since I can't preview this post, Im wondering if we can put links to websites in our posts here like the two above.

    Odd: I guess I will see in a second. 😉

  • End: By the way, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer airs on CBS tonight (Wednesday) at 8:00 est. 🙂

  • @Dwaltrip: Yep, I've got the evil Winter Warlock, which as I've mentioned is one of my favorite Christmas action figures. That's the only one I picked up, though.

    As always, your Christmastown is incredible.

    I've already got the DVR set to record Rudolph in HD…

  • Oh and as far as HD goes:

    If you can't tell the difference between HD and non-HD you either have eye problems, not looking at a true HD picture, there are problems with the set up of the HD, you are looking at an upscaled image, or you are looking at an amazing digital transfer.

    A good example of having a hard time telling the difference would be 101 Dalmations on DVD (the newest version). It's so good that it's ALMOST as good as an HD image, yet I can still pick out problems in the picture. 2D animation I don't think gets as much benefit from HD, but it is there.

    Comparing an HD picture to a non-HD action flick or something like that, then there is no comparison. The picture is much blurrier and dark images usually look like garbage.

  • I'm not saying HD isn't real or whatever, I'm just saying I've never seen that big of a difference. Yeah it's a tad clearer but not enough for me to really notice. And I've seen HD on a billion different hookups on a lot of nice TVs.

    I understand they can clean stuff up on DVDs, but I still don't think you can make a cartoon have anymore depth, thus I don't think HD can do much for it. I understand what you're saying Poe and I'll have to check out a cartoon in HD to see, but I still can't reall wrap my head around it having anymore depth.

    And if it's just been done to the DVD like, cleaned scratches and brightened the image, they could have done that to a regular DVD. At least when it applies to cartoons.

    Whatever, B&W picture tubes, FTW!