It was also no secret that the creators of "Pinky and the Brain" loved to dig deep when it came to their inspirations. One reference in particular, though, may have baffled even the most well-versed kids.
From the gabbling tauntauns of Hoth to the freewheeling bestial carnage of the fighting pits of Geonosis, "Star Wars" has looked at creature creation from nearly every angle imaginable.
Maybe years from now, we thought, we'll see versions of ourselves on television, but we resigned ourselves to the reality that things just weren’t there yet. And then, they were.
You don't have to go to London, or even leave the United States to find yourself in the famed sitting room of the great Consulting Detective.
Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary 1988 animated sci-fi feature Akira, a brutal film about a futuristic Tokyo gripped by unrest and corruption, a gang of rough-edged young biker punks, and the mysteries surrounding a group of children with terrifying psychic powers, delves deep into this stock element of so much action-driven fiction, probing at the seldom-touched origins of masculine violence with surprising poignancy.
Racism within fandom isn't surprising, given how hard it is to find representation for marginalized groups in media.