“Steven Universe” Recap: “Bubble Buddies”

Do you realize it’s been over a decade before Spongebob Squarepants aired “Bubble Buddy?” That’s all I could think of as Steven Universe started this week. With that Spongebob still imprinted in my mind (booboo keys…) and Steven’s history of having minimal acquaintances, I assumed he too would be making poppable companions. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. There were earthquakes, a couple of new characters, and a budding romance.

The “Frozen” Cake to Beat All “Frozen” Cakes

Some artists create their artwork using a pencil and paper, others use a mouse and a monitor, and my favorite kind uses flour, sugar, and eggs. This insanely huge and probably delicious “Frozen” cake featuring sculpures of Olaf and Sven was made by UK-based cake-making wizard Laura Miller.

Artist of the Day: Lisa Keene

“Frozen” week continues on Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day. Lisa Keene could justifiably be called a Disney veteran. Her credits on Disney films date all the way back to 1985’s “The Black Cauldron” on which she was a background painter.

Listen to Lotte Reiniger and Rebecca Sugar Discuss Animation

For those of you still feeling sedentary after the holidays or just looking for some weekend inspiration, listen to these two interviews with Lotte Reiniger and Rebecca Sugar. They each have accomplished an important first in animation: Lotte Reiniger was the first woman to direct an animated feature, and Rebecca Sugar was the first solo woman creator of a TV series at Cartoon Network. These milestones are separated by 87 years, which says a lot about both how far animation has come and how far it still has to go.

Artist of the Day: Bill Schwab

It’s Frozen week on Cartoon Brew’s Artist of the Day, and so we continue to feature artists who worked on Disney’s latest feature. Bill Schwab works as a character designer and visual development artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. On “Frozen” he is credited as supervising the character design work.

The Powerpuff Girls Turn 15

It’s hard to believe that Craig McCracken’s “Powerpuff Girls” turn fifteen years old this month. When the series premiered on Cartoon Network on November 18, 1998, it was the highest rated premiere in the network’s history at the time.