DC Super Hero Girls Looks Rad!

dc super hero girls 1DC Super Hero Girls is here and I’m already a big fan! The cross-platform initiative plans to take many of DC Entertainment’s popular female characters, re-envision them for a younger crowd and make them easily accessible to kids, specifically young girls. The general idea was announced in the past few months, but USA Today scored the first look at the roll out this afternoon. dc super hero girls cover

DCSHG will come to life in a variety of arenas. There’s a cartoon presented in webisode chunks (the first one is here) from WB Animation plus a line of toys from Mattel, comics from DC, books from Random House and a variety of other offerings that will presumably make themselves known through the official website.

As you can see in the aforementioned animation, the general conceit here is that all of these young heroes attend the same high school where they’re trained how to use their abilities for good. It sounds like a mix of Ultimate Spider-Man and Monster High or the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls movies. dc super hero girls 2

From checking out the character page of the official site, it looks like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batgirl, Katana and Bumblebee will take center stage, but others like Catwoman, Cheetah, Hawkgirl, Star Sapphire, Beast Boy and Hal Jordan will also appear. Follow the link at the beginning of this paragraph to go through each of them, read through their bios and even click around to see their specific powers and abilities.

The characters will also make their way to toy aisles thanks to Mattel’s action dolls. USA Today got the first look at these. Above you can see the foot-tall versions of Wonder Woman and Supergirl alongside the 6-inch takes on Harley and Bumblebee!

As a lifelong fan of comic books — specifically the ones published by DC — I’m very excited about the track that DC and WB are taking with this concept. Ultimately, I wish we didn’t have to make such a big effort to create entertainment that doesn’t alienate girls from the world of super heroes, but this seems like a really solid move. My daughter already has a good deal of comic-related toys in her ever-growing collection, but the fact that more will be aimed specifically at her is aces in my book!

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 93

pop poppa nap cast logo The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 93 is a short one covering the crumminess of February and the greatness of Disney’s Miles From Tomorrowland.

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My review of *deep breath* My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders can be found here. *whew*

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Miles From Tomorrowland is on the Disney channels all the time, but you can also give it a look on Watch Disney Junior.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 82

pop poppa nap cast logoThe Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 82 catches up after only two episodes last month with a house update — we own it now! — a Halloween report and a pretty solid batch of TV Talk reviews.

If you’re curious about why I posted so little in October, you can check out all the links to what I wrote that month over on my pop culture blog UnitedMonkee.

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I’m a big fan of Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse after reading it just the one time so far.

The movies I mentioned are My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and Planes Fire and Rescue which were all are great. Still waiting to watch Maleficent.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 79

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 79 covers Jack’s continued teething problems, Lu’s new school friend and me sharing my thoughts on the #HeForShe campaign.

Most of the horror movies I mentioned seeing were done during kiddo nap time, though a few were watched after everyone went to bed. If you only see one newer scary movie this year, make it Resolution!

The book I mentioned really enjoying on my phone is R.L. Stein’s Red Rain. Great stuff so far.

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There’s just something about Little Princess that gets under my skin. Lu loves it though. sleeping beauty diamond edition

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is fantastic. Pre-order a copy or just wait until it hits stores next week on Oct. 7th.

Here’s a video of Emma Watson’s UN speech as well as the blog post supporting stay at home dads by Aaron Gouveia over at Time.com. And, for a funnier view on the whole thing, read Dead and Buried’s “Just Say No To Parenting Equality.”

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 74

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 74 recaps the last two weeks, including our trip to New Hampshire (Jack’s first long car ride), a solid house update and a special appearance from this week’s co-host, Lucy.

I should note that when I said I was thinking of going to the store on Tuesday, I said “alone,” but meant “with the kids.”

If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for Tumblebus.

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If you missed out on my Toy Story of Terror story, check it out here.

As you heard, Lu’s a big fan of Pinky Dinky Doo and Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs. We’ve been watching them on Netflix, but you can also follow those links for some Amazon offerings.

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Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince is fantastic. A funny, witty, clever and emotional personal story that I think all parents should read. It gives an interesting look behind the curtain of a young woman dealing with gender issues.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 52

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The 52nd episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast covers diaper snaps, weird baby clothes and more.

Caillou, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Powerpuff Girls can all be found on Netflix Instant! marah float away

The Marah sampler I first discovered is called Float Away, the record I have is If You Didn’t Laugh, You’d Cry. I highly recommend both. Also do yourself a favor and check out the Ditty Bops.

Head on over to KAMSnaps.com if you’re interested in redoing your cloth diapers.

Don’t get me wrong, Carter’s makes great clothes, they just put some weird stuff on their shirts.

The post I mentioned about not being too strict or too passive was written by Janet Lansbury, called “Respectful Parenting Is Not Passive Parenting” and can be found here.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 44

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If you were looking for updates on my car problems, our house hunt and baby movement, then the 44th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast is for you!

The Colosseum is in Salem, NH. Go there. It’s fantastic.

If my story about a bad job interview that I was completely unqualified for didn’t bore you to tears, you can hear me talk about another weird interview, plus my career at Wizard in the episode of Matt & Brett Love Comics I was on.

You can either scroll down to check out my Despicable Me 2 review below or click this link.

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Despicable Me 2 Packed With Fun, Great Female Characters

despicable me 2 Last weekend, while hanging out at my wife’s parents’ house, we decided to watch Despicable Me 2. I remember liking the original just fine and Lu seemed to dig what she saw on TV not long ago, so it seemed like a good call. And it was!

While the first film focused on evil scientist Gru moving from the dark side to the light while also governing a huge number of tiny little monsters known as Minions and adopting three sisters named Margo, Edith, and Agnes. In this new film, Gru gets recruited by The Anti-Villain League, an organization along the lines of Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. that focuses solely on acts of large scale villainy like stealing monuments and the like. Gru gets teamed up with Agent Lucy Wilde and goes undercover in a mall to find out which of the shop owners is also a villain who stole a mutagen that turns things crazy and purple. Along the way, Gru and Lucy fall for each other, Margo falls for a boy she meets at the mall and the storylines collide when that boy’s dad turns out to be one of the suspects. Hilarity and action ensue.

I won’t get too much more into the plot. I think if you liked the first film, you’ll like this one, though I will warn that it gets a bit dark and scary at times. See, the mutagen serum gets used on the Minions and turns them into crazy purple things. Our daughter didn’t seem to mind these slobbering maniacs while watching the movie, but did say things like, “You’re not turning purple?” as she went to bed. It’s been a few days since we saw the movie and she hasn’t brought it back up, so I’m hoping the idea of her mother and I turning into crazy monsters has left her tiny brain.

In addition to the fun and action I found myself really enjoying how the female characters were handled in the movie. The three girls offer a great variety of characteristics and even though they’re not necessarily the focal point of the story, they do have some great scenes. Margot specifically goes through her first heartbreak which I thought was handled well without getting too serious for this kind of movie. I was also a big fan of Lucy Wilde and not just because I like her name. She’s a pretty great spy who’s also pretty goofy. This is a refreshing change from the badass hero trope that we tend to see in characters like that. The fact that she gets kidnapped and has to be saved by Gru at the end might be considered problematic, but it seemed more a function of the story than relying on the old damsel in distress trope.

All in all I give this movie a big ol’ thumbs up and think it’s great for all kids, especially little girls who are looking for potential role models out there.

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 39

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The 39th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast is all about gender! Read on for visual aids and references to go along with the episode.

A few of my favorite powerful female characters can be seen above. On a somewhat related note, I wrote a list here on Pop Poppa a few years back running down a list of female characters from cartoons I watched as a kid that can be good role models for our daughter.

For more information on the creepy New York Comic Con camera crew check out this story on The Beat by Heidi MacDonald.

Peep that TED Talk with Colin Stokes right here.

Here’s the Ms. Male episode of Tropes Vs. Women In Video Games clip. While talking about this video in a more general way I did gloss over the main point of this video which is that, oftentimes, female characters are just “girly” versions of their male counterparts without much more thought put into it beyond that.

If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and check out The Mary Sue. Love that site. If you’re interested in a cool video game podcast, check out Weekend Confirmed.

And, the aforementioned MovieBob video about the color pink not being the enemy:

I posted the video featuring Riley talking about color coded toys nearly two years ago.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 32

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 32 covers a recent parental visit, new yard sale-purchased toys and some of the more difficult aspects of parenting I’m experiencing these days.

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According to This Old Toy, the Little People Farm we got was the one that came out in the late 90s. The Farm and Little People also earned the Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval. the shining

The Shining is still freaking me out! When I’m done, I’ll write up a review over on UnitedMonkee.com.

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Please, don’t let this dumb-dumb bear be your kid’s main teacher.

The Dad and Buried post I talked about is called “Phasing Out Phases” and can be found here. I’m becoming a huge fan of Mike Julianelle’s writing which earned him the Pop Poppa Of The Week.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 26

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Thanks for your patience once again regarding this holiday-belated episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast. The 26th episode covers the Labor Day Weekend, taking care of house business and my thoughts on gender and how niceness comes into play.

You can read Catherine Newman’s complete article, titled “I Do Not Want My Daughter To Be ‘Nice'” over on The New York Times sitemagic trackpad

Apple’s Magic Trackpad earned the Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval this week. As an added piece of goodness, I used this bad boy to help while recording and editing the episode. The-League-Kevin and ellie

Finally, here’s Kevin MacArthur (Steve Rannazzisi) with his daughter Ellie from The League also known as this episode’s Pop Poppa Of The Week.

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