If you watch Regular Show on Cartoon Network, you're probably aware of a character that goes by the name of GBF, an acronym for Garrett Bobby Ferguson or Giant Bearded Face.
The character is a giant head with tiny arms and legs that cheats at video games and explodes when he loses.
What you might not know is that this character is based on a real-life person, and he's not happy about this portrayal.
According to Eurogamer, actual Garrett Bobby Ferguson, who holds the world record on Donkey Kong and was the first to reach 1 million points on Ms. Pacman, had his lawsuit against Cartoon Network thrown out.
Mitchell objected to this portrayal and so launched a lawsuit against Cartoon Network for damages.
But the legal challenge has now been thrown out by New Jersey Federal District Judge Anne Thompson.
"The television character does not match the plaintiff in appearance," Thompson ruled (via AP). "GBF appears as a non-human creature, a giant floating head with no body from outer space, while Plaintiff is a human being.
"And when GBF loses his title, the character literally explodes, unlike Plaintiff."
Pett defended his cartoon in an editorial, saying it had nothing to do with the children and everything to do with Bevin's fear of Syrian refugees.
Did I attack his children? Of course not. Was the cartoon racist or critical of adopting children, as some are suggesting? The fact that he adopted children from Africa, a continent whose promise and challenges I routinely draw about, is the thing I admire the most about Bevin.
I did use the fact that he has children from another country in a piece designed to express outrage over a legitimate hot-button political issue. (Bevin used them in photo-ops and on TV commercials over the past two campaigns, but that's another story.) I did this with my name signed to it, in a newspaper with a long history of tolerating and publishing opinions of all persuasions and on a page labeled "opinion."
Arriving Monday, Oct. 5 on TeenNick and all around the internet, The Splat is being billed as a "multiscreen content destination… aggregating the most beloved Nick content from the 1990s and beyond." And while that summary is egregiously grating, what it essentially means is that shows like All That, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, Clarissa Explains It All, and Legends Of The Hidden Temple are coming back to TV (again) in the near future.
The Splat will take over TeenNick nightly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but will also live online at TheSplat.com and via an Emoji keyboard, so CatDog loving 30-somethings can Snapchat each other silly cartoons, or whatever. Viewers can also weigh in on what programming they want to see on the channel, something that TeenNick SVP Keith Dawkins told The A.V. Club is really going to help build the channel. As he put it in an interview, "the multiple screen experience allows us to listen to the audience in ways we never could years ago," noting that while shows like The Adventures Of Pete And Pete might not be on the initial list of shows on the network, that doesn't mean they won't show up down the road—provided there's demand. "It'll all be based on what the audience tells us they want," says Dawkins.
The preliminary website is still only in its rudimentary stage, but surely it will have a list of what shows will be playing and at what times.
Alright 1990s kids, calm down and breathe deep. Nothing official has happened yet.
Still, there are credible rumblings that Nickelodeon might be launching a channel exclusively dedicated to cartoons from your favorite decade. You know, like Rugrats, Ren and Stimpy and The Wild Thornberrys.
Try not to hyperventilate. Again, nothing official has happened.
But let us tell you what we know.
A couple of days again, Nickelodeon put up a YouTube video promoting something called 'The Splat' with a collection of cartoon characters from the 1990s all singing about the joys of Nickelodeon. You can watch that here:
And then, to make things even more official, a website was launched, but unfortunately it only says that The Splat is coming. Still no word on when or how or what this Splat thing is.
And those are some 1990s celebrities if we've ever seen them.
At this point, yes, The Splat is probably a thing that will show 1990s cartoons. But without official word of the what/where/when, we're just left with uncomfortable waiting and the slow realization that our childhood has passed us by, underlining the ultimate fact of mortality.
Sit back and let me tell you about the 1990s, my children. It was a time when the Internet barely existed, when most soft drinks were transparent and when every popular movie had an accompanying Saturday morning cartoon.
"We made a trailer to communicate the look and feel of the series, also showing how we would combine computer animation with traditional animation. All we needed was Spielberg's approval.
"I heard through the grapevine that [Spielberg] never bothered to watch what we had done," Stout said. "By that time, the word was out that he was burnt out on 'Jurassic Park' merchandising and all of the film's commercial exploitation. So, it never got made. Too bad."
With the crazy success of Jurassic World, you'd almost expect them to be exploring this all over again.