Pop Culture Pets

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Pumpkin insisted that he be the cover photo for a blog about pets. Such a diva.

This weekend, I received the sad news that dog of one on my dear friends had passed away. It wasn’t necessarily completely unexpected, but that didn’t lesson the sting of the announcement. Losing a family pet is a traumatic event, a concept that I’ve only really been able to understand since I’ve become a pet owner myself. Before I got my cat Pumpkin, I was always sympathetic to people who had to say goodbye to a pet but I don’t think I really processed how painful it can be. Pets really do become members of the family and even the thought of losing Pumpkin – who even I can admit can be a real jerk sometime – is enough to make me tear up. Now that I’ve experienced pet ownership, I get the depth of that bond in a way that I couldn’t before Pumpkin came into my life. It breaks my heart that someone else has to go through this.

So in memory of sweet Lulu (R.I.P.), today’s post will focus on some of my favorite pets from the world of pop culture. Humans tend to be front and center in most pop culture, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t show a little love for the furry companions that keep them company.

Brian – Family Guy

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It would be pretty easy to forget that Brian is technically the Griffin’s pet, since he is such a prominent and equal member of the family. The fact that he can talk doesn’t hurt either. But despite his human-like qualities – including a penchant for alcohol – Brian is in reality the family pet. This fact has been reinforced and addressed by storylines in some of the earlier seasons, where Brian bristled against the indignity of being treated like a normal dog. Though Brian’s relationship with Stewie may border on inappropriate, their connection mirrors the relationship that many kids have with their pets. Because Brian is such a fully realized character, his brief death last season packed a bigger wallop not only for the characters on the show but also for the viewer. Thank goodness that was short lived.

 

Garfield – Garfield

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Here’s an instance where the pet is front and center and the human is nothing more than a supporting character. If you spend any time around cats, you know that the depiction in Garfield is pretty darn accurate and I do have an obvious soft spot for orange cats. Also, like Garfield, I do not enjoy Mondays, diets or anyone even remotely as happy-go-lucky as Odie.

 

Eddie – Frasier

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For some reason, Eddie was the first pop culture pet that popped into my head when I thought of this blog topic. This is surprising since I wasn’t necessarily a huge fan of Frasier when it was on and Eddie was a pretty minor feature of the show. But he must have made some sort of impression on my subconscious, possibly because he is freaking adorable. Eddie may not have had a ton of screen time, but he made the most of what time he was given. I always enjoyed that Eddie was having none of Frasier’s nonsense; too many people humored his persnickety behavior.

 

Baxter – Anchorman & Anchorman 2

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I mean, he pooped in the refrigerator and ate a whole wheel of cheese. What more justification do you need?

 

Grumpy Cat

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I normally don’t keep up on Internet memes, but I made an exception for Grumpy Cat. He just so encapsulates the general grumpiness that so many of us feel on a daily basis. While most memes come and go, Grumpy Cat shows no signs of losing steam; she’s even getting a starring role in an upcoming Lifetime movie (which, sadly, is not a tell-all expose). As long as people continue to see the glass as half empty, Grumpy Cat will endure.

 

Toto – The Wizard of Oz

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Toto doesn’t enough credit for being a bad-ass. He showed no fear in a showdown with the Wicked Witch of the West and he is the one that discovers that the Wizard is a big scan. If Toto didn’t pull back that curtain, Dorothy and the rest of the gang wouldn’t have known that they were being duped. His bravery and cunning earns his a place on this list.

 

Hank – Milwaukee Brewers

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One of my favorite stories that came out of MLB spring training was Hank. A stray, he started hanging around the Brewers training facility. The team took notice of this adorable pup and he became part of their training activities. When spring training ended, the Brewers adopted the dog – who they named Hank after Hank Aaron – and brought him back to Milwaukee as their mascot. Everyone loves when a stray finds a forever home and in this case Hank lucked into living the sweet life. He resides with Brewers VP and general counsel and has been honored at a bunch of events at the ballpark. Last Saturday they even gave away a Hank the dog bobblehead which some pop culture blogger may or may not have procured off eBay 🙂

 

Dug – Up

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Dug was a loyal and fun-loving pooch who….SQUIRREL!

 

Mr. Jinx – Meet the Parents

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Oh man…do you have any idea how much easier my life would be if I could teach Pumpkin to use the toilet instead of a litter box? Mr. Jinx not only mastered that feat but he also managed to win over Robert DeNiro’s Jack Byrnes. That’s a special kind of cat.

 

Ser Pounce – Game of Thrones

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I obviously saved the best for the last. Game of Thrones is such a dark and bleak show that it is rare that anyone shows up who doesn’t have an agenda or ulterior motives. Maybe we’ll find out that Ser Pounce is Jon Snow’s father or that he is up to no good, but for now he was a brief moment of happiness amid all the death, violence and plotting. He was on screen for approximately five seconds, but that’s all he needed to win over Game of Thrones fans. Ser Pounce should be the new Hand of the King or we riot.

Now it’s your turn….who are your favorite pets from pop culture? I know I didn’t mention some obvious candidates, mostly because they aren’t my cup of tea (Lassie – I’m looking at you), but maybe I missed some of your favorites. Sound off in the comments on what pets from the world of movies, tv, books and comics that you’d want to adopt.

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Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Christmas Eve Edition

Tis the season of giving and I could think of nothing better to give my dear readers than an extra jam packed stocking of pop culture links. There is a lot in here, which will hopefully keep you entertained as the blog takes a mini-holiday hiatus for a couple of days. If all goes according to plan, I should be back Friday with a Wolf of Wall Street review.

And now, my gift to you: more pop culture knowledge than you can shake a stick at:

  • You can now watch Metallica’s entire concert in Antarctica:

 

  • Lifetime has also announced dates for their Flowers in the Attic and Lizzie Borden movies.
  • Kate Winslet has picked a name for her newborn son and yes, it’s unusual (though kudos for NOT giving the kid his father’s last name of Rocknroll).
  • STOP THE PRESSES – a Tom Hiddleston/Benedict Cumberbatch dance-off:

I think the Internet just exploded.

  • I do love me some touchdown celebrations, so I appreciate the Wall Street Journal analyzing all 1,150 in the 2013 season:

They also created this fancy chart.

  • Watch Ron Burgundy perform “Ride Like the Wind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 

  • Paul Rudd told Letterman about the time he tried to break up a drag queen fight while in his Anchorman 2 costume:

THAT should have been added to the movie!

  • Put Conan, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart together and watch the magic happen:

 

  • Conan also visited The American Doll store.

I think Conan has just earned his way to a season pass on my DVR. He’s killing it lately.

  • Watch a Jeopardy! contestant do his best Bane impression:

 

  • I enjoyed this Cougar Town ad created from thousands of corks. The Cul-de-sac crew loves its vino!

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  • Cracker Barrel pulled, then restocked, their Duck Dynasty merchandise after Phil Robertson’s controversial GQ interview.
  • Justin Timberlake photobombed some people at his concert:

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  • Ha! Watch Michael K. Williams (OMAR!) promote the Chalky White line of children’s books:

 

  • I’ll be on the market for a new car within a year; perhaps I should look into this LEGO car.

For your holiday perusal – a tone of trailers:

  • A new teaser for Community (January 2! Can’t wait!)

 

  • A teaser trailer for the new season of Orphan Black:

 

  • Anne Hathaway and Jamie Foxx in Rio 2:

 

  • A promo for Patton Oswalt’s new standup special:

 

  • A longer look at HBO’s Looking:

 

  • An animated trailer for Community:

 

  • Did the Oscars always have trailers?

 

  • Ha! Netflix did a trailer for their streaming Yule Log:

 

  • A trailer for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel:

 

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

 

 

  • A red band trailer for 22 Jump Street:

 

  • The Other Woman starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton:

 

  • The Expendables 3 teaser trailer:

 

  • Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore team up for what I’m already predicting will be one of the worst movies of 2014:

 

  • Jon Hamm + Baseball = Heather’s wheelhouse. I will see Million Dollar Arm 100 times.

 

  • A third season trailer for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee:

 

  • I have never seen Kanye as happy as he is in this photo, eating ice cream:

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There has been a sudden proliferation of oral histories;

A few quick Mashups and Supercuts

  • Check out this illustrated mashup of memorable pop culture events in 2013:

 

 

  • I try to keep you guys up to date, but if you want a real crash course, here’s a three minute video on 2013 pop culture:

 

  • Watch Jeff Winger and Dean Pelton’s relationship on Community reimagined as a psychological thriller:

 

And finally, we end with a bunch of holiday stuff:

  • A holiday themed Billy on the Street featuring Amy Poehler:

 

  • For those of you who feel a little grinchy, an “I hate Christmas” supercut:

 

  • This never gets old – the Happy Endings Hip Hop Santa dance-off:

 

  • A Peanuts flashmob? Outstanding!

 

  • Watch Elf re-enacted with pugs:

 

  •  Whoa – check out this gingerbread Optimus Prime:

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  • A song made only from Christmas tree ornaments:

 

  • Some guy named Paul inserted himself into Home Alone:

 

  • In honor of Festivus, a supercut of Seinfeld characters airing their grievances:

I’ve got a lot of problems with you people.

  • “Defying Gravity” as sung by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer:

 

  • And finally…..Conan reveals a terrifying twist for Elf on the Shelf:

 

Wishing you all a very happy holidays – however you choose to celebrate, I hope you are smiling.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Happy Thanksgiving Edition

Hooray – it’s almost Thanksgiving, though honestly I am more excited about the 4 day weekend than the actual holiday. I’ve been running around way too much in the last week and I really just need a few days to relax and get myself back on track. I’m looking forward to just sleeping in and taking it easy and watching a shameful number of movies. I’ll enjoy the turkey dinner and the moment to reflect on all that I’m thankful for (which is a lot), but I’m really ready for some R&R. The last two weeks have kicked my butt.

Before you head off to spend some time with your loved ones and eat some stuffing, get yourself up to speed on the world of pop culture with your biweekly pop culture roundup. It’s on the long side this week, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied over the long weekend. Plus you never know when you’ll have to make small talk with a relative and there is a little bit of something for everyone in this roundup. So pour over this collection of links before the tryptophan kicks in.

  • Someone indexed every death in the Game of Thrones books (so far):

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  • NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! They are remaking Road House. It has better include the line “I used to f*ck guys like you in prison” or it will be complete sacrilege.

This week in Ron Burgundy news:

  • The Channel 4 gang sang “Afternoon Delight” at the Australian premiere:

 

 

  • Baxter got his own movie poster:

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  • This article looks at how Friends decided to pair off Monica and Chandler.
  • The Mindy Project is going on hiatus due to low ratings. Other shakeups at FOX – Dads has been removed from the schedule despite receiving a full season order and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is moving to 9:30 (in The Mindy Project’s old slot).
  • James Franco and Seth Rogan did a parody of Kanye’s video for “Bound 2”:

Surprisingly, Kim and Kanye (neither known for their killer sense of humor) apparently found it funny.

  • Zach Braff may have pulled off the greatest photobomb of all time:

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  • Watch Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul read the Breaking Bad finale for the first time (spoilers if you aren’t current):

 

  • You can watch the pilots of HBO’s new comedies Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Getting On online.
  • Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) are engaged.
  • The surviving members of the Beastie Boys penned an open letter explain their dispute with toymaker GoldieBlox. Their song “Girls” has since been pulled from the commercial.
  • According to this graphic, many Sesame Street character have mental disorders.
  • Watch Robert DeNiro’s audition for the role of Sonny in The Godfather:

 

  • Pitbull and Ke$ha co-star in a new music video:

 

Trailers:

  • Every new trailer for HBO’s True Detective makes me more and more excited for this show:

 

  • A teaser for the new Chicago Fire spin-off, Chicago PD:

 

  • Sherlock Season 3:

 

  • The obviously NSFW trailer has arrived from Lars von Trier’s upcoming film Nymphomaniac

 

  • Season 3 trailer for HBO’s Girls:

 

  • A trailer for Devil’s Knot – yet another film about the West Memphis Three:

 

  • Another trailer for one of the movies I am most looking forward to this winter, American Hustle:

 

  • Kellen Lutz stars in Hercules: The Legend Begins:

 

  • A new trailer for Muppets Most Wanted:

 

  • Some deleted scenes from one of my all-time favorite movies, The Shawshank Redemption:

 

  • I always knew It’s Sunny in Philadelphia was ahead of its time. Does this mean kitten mittens are next?
  • Whoa – Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle album was released 20 years ago. I am feeling old.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • Mad Men without the smoking:

 

  • Reaping Ball – a Hunger Games/Miley Cryrus mashup:

 

  • The Wolf of Bedford Falls (It’s a Wonderful Life re-cut to look like The Wolf of Wall Street):

 

  • A Rob Ford/New Jack City remix:

 

  • A Rob Ford/Chris Farley mashup (Farley would have been amazing playing Ford on SNL):

 

  • Team Coco put together a supercut of season 3 of Conan:

 

  • The Sesame Street gang did a Hunger Games parody:

 

  • And finally……a Dawson’s Creek/The Walking Dead mashup, Governor’s Creek:

 

The blog is probably going to take a few days off for the holidays, unless I just can’t help myself. Best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah!!!!