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Vimeo Brings Hasbro Classic Collection On Demand

Vimeo has announced a collaboration with Hasbro Studios to bring the Hasbro Classic Collection online! The partnership brings thirteen classic and modern Hasbro series to Vimeo On Demand, including fan favorites Transformers and G.I. Joe. Individual episodes can be purchased for $2.99 or rented for $0.99. Full series are offered

SDCC 2013: “I Know That Voice” Panel

I can’t quite pinpoint when I first heard about I Know That Voice, the upcoming documentary about the voice over industry. It was definitely over a year ago because I remember seeing posters for it at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. One year later, at SDCC 2013, IKTV held a Q&A with some of the talented folks featured in the film, and as an enormous fan of the voice actors who give life to our favorite cartoon and video game characters, I knew that if there was one panel I was going to be at this year, it was going to be that one.

To wrap up the first day of Comic-Con in the late afternoon on Thursday, Room 6BCF was taken over by none other than John DiMaggio, Executive Producer of IKTV and the voice behind such memorable characters as Bender (Futurama), Jake the Dog (Adventure Time), and Marcus Fenix (Gears of War). The immensely talented Johnny D took the podium to raucous applause and before the fan noise could even die down, he treated the hall of 2500+ people to a preview of the finished documentary. The clip showcased interviews with such folks as Billy West, Jess Harnell, Jason Marsden, and others, all of whom received applause when they appeared on screen.

When the lights came back up, John brought out his fellow panelists. Voice over all-star Billy West was unable to make the panel, but in his stead, James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Clone Wars) took the stage. He was followed by Rob Paulsen, the voice behind Yakko Warner and Pinky from Animaniacs, as well as the host of the Talkin’ Toons Live podcast. Filling out the rest of the panel were Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), voice director Andrea Romano (Batman: The Animated Series), Larry Shapiro (director, IKTV), Tommy Reid (producer, IKTV), Fred Tatasciore (Gears of War), and Pendleton Ward (creator, Adventure Time).

After introducing the panel of all-stars to deafening applause, John DiMaggio immediately opened the up the floor to questions about the film. Naturally, the first question shouted out was “When does it come out?” and according to John, the filmmakers are in the process of finding a distributor for the documentary. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a release on iTunes, Amazon, VOD (Video on Demand), and maybe have a really short release in theaters.”

Once the fans found the microphone in the center aisle, more questions followed, and the panelists made it clear what we were in store for in the next 45 minutes. What followed was a hilarious, sincere, and all-out awesome panel with some folks who have had a hand in just about every piece of animation you have watched and loved in the past 20+ years.

Hit the jump to read our full IKTV panel report!

Weighing in on Booth Babes, Geek Girls, and the Boys That Love Them

Recent Internet controversy is swirling in the form of Joe Peacock’s CNN article “Booth Babes Need Not Apply” and the intense backlash that has reverberated across geek girl and feminist sites. I would be remiss in my role as the sole regular female blogger here on the Fridge if I didn’t drop my thoughts into the mix.

We’re about the news and the reviews around these parts, and we don’t get too personal, but a little about my geek girl self – I’m a huge Trekkie first and foremost, a veteran of too many comic and Star Trek conventions to count, and an avid fan of nearly all scifi television of the past 20 years, a Harry Potter fiend, a nerd for great literature, and I worship at the altar of Whedon. I dressed up as Batman for Halloween when I was 7 and it took me a long time to get excited about girl world – shoe shopping and eyeshadow were not fun for me until college. But I’m closer to 30 than 20 these days, and I’ve emerged into adulthood a full-blown geek lady who can argue the finer points of The Next Generation in my sassy heels. I now know the houses of Westeros AND the fashion houses of Europe. You get the idea.

Dressed as DC heroine Donna Troy at a recent superhero costume party with OTF Sr. Editor Tek (aka Hal Jordan!)

Knowing what you now know about me, perhaps you can see why Peacock’s article garnered my rage. He starts out ok, saying geek culture has produced wonderful kickass female characters that women can identify with, and he’s glad genre work is attracting fans of all kinds (yep, and I am too!).  He also says that being a beautiful woman at a convention is not a crime, especially if you’re cosplaying as a beautiful female character. But! He immediately contradicts this, going off the feel-good track and saying he’s sick of “wannabes who couldn’t make it as car show eye candy slapping on a Batman shirt and strutting around comic book conventions instead” before thoroughly denouncing booth babes and the “fake geek” aura they perpetuate. He calls them attention addicts, poachers, and a pox on our culture. He’s insulted that game developers and companies with booths at these cons think he’ll like their product better because hot girls in tight outfits are enticing them to stop by. He rails on companies targeting socially-awkward male geeks who aren’t used to pretty girls smiling at them, crying about how insulted he is. Boo-hoo, man. You’re doing a great job of garnering the sympathy of geek women everywhere who, of course, are never insulted by the male geek masses ::eyeroll::

Hit the jump for the full, thoughtful editorial from OTF’s very own lady geek!