Thursday, October 8, 2015


Louisiana Legend Paul Prudhomme Dead at 75 LINK

Brian Blessed: I delivered a baby in a park in the 1960s LINK

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fuss Budget

Oddly enough there was a whole bunch of weird "Fuss-Budget" references in Peanuts:

Schultz just wanted it to work.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Anime and Animation Voice Actor Roundtable

Here is a fun video of Dana doing a panel at Magic City Comic Con:

Join some of the biggest voice actors in animation and anime for a roundtable discussion about the industry and their experiences, featuring Dana Snyder voice of Master Shake, Lauren Landa voice of Annie in Attack on Titan, Caitlin Glass voice of Haruhi in Ouran High School Host Club, Zach Callison voice of Steven Universe, and David Matranga voice of Tomoya Okazaki in Clannad at Magic City Comic Con 2015.

Monday, September 14, 2015

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari Game

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast Dana talks about seeing the documentary 'Atari: Game Over'

Way back in 1983 the Atari 2600 ruled the world of gaming. A benevolent ruler to be sure, but Atari was the king.

And what a king Atari was.

Atari changed the way people used their TV. Atari released some of the most memorable games of all time including Donkey Kong and Frogger.

This made Atari 9th on the all time "King" list (between King Solomon and the Sacramento Kings.)

Atari was part of the Warner Communications company and had been since way back in could 1976. Atari was responsible for 80% of the video game market and 70% of Warner's operating profits. In 1982 the head of Warner Communications made a deal with Steven Spielberg to make a video game based on the movie E.T. The cost of the licensing agreement was an outstanding $20 million dollars.

This was a somewhat unusual move. Most games at the time were not based on movies; instead they were based on giant frogs crossing the street and apes that are inexplicably called "donkey".

Howard Scott Warshaw was tapped to create E.T. Warshaw was a skilled programmer, but he was saddled with a ridiculously short deadline.

8 weeks.

The resulting game is widely considered the worst game of all time.

I am not sure when I first played E.T., but it was long before I heard what a flop it was. I loved the game. I picked up a guide book "How to Play E.T." at garage sale, and I have been hooked on it for years.

The game play is simple. You move E.T. through several screens looking for the parts of E.T.'s phone. There is a scientist and an FBI agent on the lookout for E.T.

The scientist with kidnap you and the FBI agent will steal a piece of your phone.

He must look like a dork when he gets back to headquarters.

FBI AGENT: I just saw an alien.
CLERK: Sure you did.
FBI AGENT: I really did!
CLERK: Prove it.
FBI AGENT: OK, look at this phone I found.
...then the agent would fall down causing him to look like a dork.

The pieces of the phone are hidden in pits that E.T. has to fall into.

The holes are what many people hated about the game. They are EVERYWHERE and it is quite easy to fall into them by accident.

So, with annoying holes, mediocre graphics and a bad storyline OTHER CONSUMERS (again, not me) hated this game.

Atari had woefully miscalculated the amount of games that would be sold and they were left with millions of unsold cartridges. So they did the only logical thing. They buried them in the desert.

Yup. They sent truckload of cartridges to a desert landfill drove a steamroller over them and covered them in cement.

Kinda like what happened to Joe Pesci in "Casino".

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


As Dana mentioned on the newest Ken PD Snydecast, Captain Ron is the greatest movie ever.

For those that haven't seen it, it's a comedy from 1992 directed by, future James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan.

It tells the story of an eccentric captain who helps a family begin a love affair with the sea.

Originally released in 1991as Kanitah Poh in Kurt Russell's native land of Glottenberg.
It was a smash hit in Glottenberg raking in over seventy million marcorubios (about 1 million in US currency.)

The film starts off with Kanitah Poh (played by Russell) showing up at the dock with his beat up old ship.

It's revealed that Kanitah Poh is a cocaine addict and he needs help.

Martin Short plays a doctor that specializes in seafaring drug addiction. He brings his family aboard the ship for a 2 day cruise to the other side of the Warner Brothers' lot.

 Martin Short (playing Martin Short) asks Kurt if the boat will sail and then Kanitah Poh utters his most famous line:

Martin Short then has Kanitah Poh remember his childhood. He spent little time riding a bike with a piano attached to the handle bars.

Kanitah Poh claims that he fell off his bike as a kid trying to run over a milk carton. Martin Short refutes this claim and says "I have video taped your whole life."

That night Kanitah Poh dreams that Martin Short is a pretty girl and he is a monkey with a sweet valentine's day t-shirt.

In the morning a changed Kanitah Poh wakes up and decides to tell his story to Martin Short and his family.

They all decide that cocaine isn't good for you. Everyone is happy, especially Kanitah Poh!

A friendly trader offers them fish for Kanitah Poh's last bag of cocaine.

But it turns out Martin Short accidentally ate it, bag and all. Kurt wants him to cough up the cocaine.

Suddenly Ant Man shows up and Ken is unimpressed and Dana goes to the bathroom because he's old.

 Then a wiser Martin Short goes back to school.

Captain Ron! Go see it! Each sold separably. Ask your parents for permission.

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #225: Cart Before The Hoarse

Brand new episode!
 Tales of Disneyland, smelly rental cars, Captain Ron, and E. T.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Disney Newsreel

 Disney Newsreel, a bi-weekly magazine for Disney employees in Southern California.

Would you like to read a few covers?

The Newsreel is still being published:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ken's interview with Kenny Thompkins

Hello Kenneth,
We share the same first name, I go by Kenny, it just sounds friendlier. I first started drawing when I was very young. Having a full house of artist helps. My older brothers and sisters would draw and I'd mimic them. My mother was an art major at Ohio State. My early years I always loved Disney cartoons, but as I grew older I loved the work of The Masters - Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rubins [[NOTE: I think he is referring to Peter Paul Rubens]] even Norman Rockwell.The Masters work seemed to be so well rounded in art - drawing, painting and sculpting. That's my approach to art. know all you can and learn all you can, then you become more valuable in your field.
I was always a very hard worker in whatever I happened to be doing. Growing up in Cleveland I just couldn't find any good cartooning places, so I came to California to learn and hopefully work for Disney in 1979. My first job in California was making salads and sandwiches at 20th Century Fox, I did this for about 2 years but I never gave up on my goal, and that was to work for Disney. I drew every day at the park or wherever I was to polish my drawings and get more action into my drawings. Eric Larson - one of Disney's Nine Old Men saw my stuff and told me of Cal Arts School built by Disney teaching animation. After 3 tries I was accepted and headed to Cal Arts for 4 years to polish my skills.It was hard work but I enjoyed every minute of it. It's great being around students who all share the same goals.. Disney or just animation. After I graduated Disney was not hiring so I found work elsewhere I worked on such shows as Real Ghostbusters, KissyFur, Littles, Dennis, Get Along Gang and ALF. It was a great time but it wasn't where I wanted to be. This before Disney had Disney Afternoon but when it arrived on the scene I was there. Winnie the Pooh, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing, Tail Spin and the fun goes on. Keep being creative and keep drawing.
Kenny Thompkins

You can check out Kenny on the IMDB here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Las Vegas Airport

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast Ken mentions visiting the Las Vegas airport and mentions the slot machines.

You may remember from previous episodes, Dana's father designed the new terminal at the airport.

You can read more about Mr. Snyder here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ken passing out on Big Thunder

On KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #224: Shanghai Surprise, Ken and Dana bicker about the events of September 9, 2013.

Here are Plume's tweets from the incident in question:

Towards the end of KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #204: Meatlife Crisis the discussed the events as they were fresh in Ken's mind.

The new episode of the Snydecast has both Ken and Dana telling radically different accounts of the event, and none of it really syncs up with the story on the show in 2013.

According to the show in 2013 Ken passed out, they gave him a bottle of water and he sat down. Then Ken went on Pirates of the Caribbean, then he went and watched the Enchanted Tiki Room, got a Dole Float, watched Country Bear Jamboree, had lunch, rode Big Thunder Mountain, and "slowly" made his way to the exit. 

According to him it was 3:30pm or 4pm when he rode Big Thunder.

On the new episode Ken and Dana go back and forth about the issue and both are wrong at different points. So you can be the judge by LISTENING HERE.

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #224: Shanghai Surprise

KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #224: Shanghai Surprise - Ken & Dana return with a piano strapped to their handlebar.