For years the criticism, such as it was, of Disney’s marketing was that it missed boys. It is a fair criticism, though this doesn’t seem to have hurt the bottom line all that much. Disney knows how to connect with girls and women just fine. They are tuned into the tiaras, fairies and flowers like nobody knows. It explains why all their later (non-Pixar) animation was in fact formulaic: Bad boy, princess with true heart, add schmaltz and (after Aladdin) really schmaltzy uninteresting romantic soundtracks. Even Lion King – ostensibly a story about men and boys – was about the boy having an emotional experience that could only be of interest to girls.
So over at Magnosticism, O’Regan reveals that he is The Flash, according to the Superhero Personality Quiz. Having played softball with Mr. O’R., I had reason to be suspicious about the accuracy of this test. Then I took it and found out it was 100% accurate. You are Spider-Man
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.
Spidey and I go way, way back.
We are almost exactly the same age — he was born a couple of months before I was in 1962. Through my brother, Master Sgt. Collateral Damage, I became a devotee of Spidey and all things Marvel, hating DC comics with a passion that would be unequaled until I became a Red Sox fan and learned that The Yankees were even more terrible than Dr. Doom. (There’s actually some justification for this brand devotion. At the time DC comics were all set in an idealized world where the only people ever allowed to frown were bad guys. They had more in common with movie serials like Buck Rodgers than anything I saw in my life. Nearly all dialogue ended with an exclamation point! Marvel brought superheroes back to earth, as it were, giving them real problems and issues to deal with when they weren’t saving us mere mortals from the likes of Paste Pot Pete and Galactacus. This was big stuff at the time. … but I digress …) I learned to read from Spider-Man and his attitudes had a huge aesthetic influence on me. I blame him for the fact that my favorite movies when I was a youngster were the Marx Brothers and Hepburn/Tracey comedies. My most-read book when I was a ‘tweener: Catch-22. Yossarian and Peter Parker were cut from a very similar cloth. Spider-Man wasn’t perfect though. I’m still not a big fan of arachnids.
All of which leads me to say, “Hey Flash … next time could you run the bases a little faster?”
If you thought the micro-craze for curling following the Winter Olympics was odd … last night on ESPN2: Dominoes. Guess it was either that or show a Stanley Cup game. I think they made the right choice.
Best press release title of the year: How Stores are Secretly Using Barry Manilow to Rob You. Quote: “In supermarkets, an astounding 60 to 70 percent of consumer purchases are unplanned. Discover five (5) top retailer marketing tactics that lead to these unplanned purchases (including Barry Manilow and his ilk), and nine (9) key steps consumers can take to avoid getting bamboozled.” OK, ya got me.
If disc jockeys are DJs and video jockeys are VJs, are podcast jockeys PJs? Mrs. CD wants to know.