C-3PO is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in both the original Star Wars films and the prequel trilogy. He is one of the four characters to appear in all six of the Star Wars feature films, and one of only two characters portrayed by the same actor in all six installments of the series.
C-3PO is a protocol droid designed to serve humans, and boasts that he is fluent "in over six million forms of communication." C-3PO is generally seen with his long-time counterpart, R2-D2.
The Imperial Stormtroopers are fictional soldiers from George Lucas' Star Wars universe. Stormtroopers are the personal army of Emperor Palpatine and of his commanders, carrying out the will of their superiors without question.
Originally featured in the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV, V, and VI) as the elite soldiers of the Galactic Empire, Stormtroopers were retconned into "Clone Troopers", the fighting force of the Old Republic, in The Phantom Menace and its sequels.
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a 1993 stop motion fantasy film directed by Henry Selick and produced/co-written by Tim Burton. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, a being from "Halloween Town" who opens a portal to "Christmas Town"
The OBEY Giant is a street art icon created by the artist Shepard Fairey. It started out as a street art campaign called "Andre the Giant Has a Posse", based on an image of the wrestler Andre the Giant the artist created in 1986. Over time the artwork has been reused in a number of ways and has become a worldwide movement, and stylistically and semantically evolved into the OBEY Giant.
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Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973) was an American-born martial artist, philosopher, instructor, martial arts actor and the founder of the Jeet Kune Do combat form. He was widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the twentieth century and a cultural icon. He was also the father of actor Brandon Lee and of actress Shannon Lee.
Lee was born in San Francisco, California, and raised in Hong Kong. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, and sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West.
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Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as by European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain and sexuality. In 1929 Kahlo married the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Her "Blue" house in Coyoacán, Mexico City is a museum, donated by Diego Rivera upon his death in 1957.
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Max is the protagonist of the children's picture book "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak. The book is about the imaginary adventures of Max, a young boy who is punished for "making mischief" by being sent to his room without supper. Max wears a distinctive wolf suit during his adventures and encounters various mythical creatures, the wild things. Although just ten sentences long, the book is generally regarded as a classic of American illustrated children's literature.
Written in 1963, it was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1964.
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Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the Junior United States Senator from Illinois, and the President-elect of the United States of America. He will take office as the forty-fourth President of the United States on January 20, 2009. Obama is the first African American to be elected President of the United States, and was the first to be nominated for President by a major U.S. political party.
Mao Zedong was a Chinese military and political leader who led the Communist Party of China to victory against the Kuomintang in the Chinese Civil War, and was the leader of the People’s Republic of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. Regarded as one of the most important figures in modern world history, and named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, Mao remains a controversial figure to this day, mainly due to his socio-political programs, such as the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. However, Mao is generally held in high regard in mainland China where he is often portrayed as a great revolutionary and strategist who eventually defeated Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in the Chinese Civil War and transformed the country into a major power through his policies.
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Snow White is the title character of a fairy tale known from many countries in Europe, the best known version being the German one collected by the Brothers Grimm. The German version features elements such as the magic mirror and the seven dwarfs, who were first given individual names in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
Pingu is a Swiss animated television series created by Otmar Gutman, about a family of penguins who live at the South Pole. The main character is their son and title character, Pingu.
The programme is set in Antarctica, where the penguin families and businesses live and work in igloos. One reason for Pingu's international success is its lack of dialogue per se. All dialogue is in a honking "penguin language" (called Penguinese), and was initially performed without script by Carlo Bonomi.
Emily the Strange is a fictional counterculture character, created by Rob Reger and his company Cosmic Debris Etc. Inc. Emily the Strange first appeared on a sticker, a freebie distributed at concerts, record stores and skate shops to promote Cosmic Debris, the clothing line founded by skateboarder Rob Reger and racecar driver Matt Reed.
Although the Emily the Strange character dates from 1991, the 1978 children's book Nate the Great and the Lost List features a similar young girl named Rosamond. Like Emily, Rosamond has long black hair and a short black dress, white mary jane shoes, four black cats of different sizes, and is frequently described as "strange." In particular, the text of Nate the Great introduces Rosamond: "Rosamond did not look hungry or sleepy. She looked like she always looks. Strange." An early Emily the Strange sticker has the text: "Emily did not look tired or happy. She looked like she always looks. Strange." Multiple sources have noted this overlap, but no official statements have been issued by any of the copyright holders involved.
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is a fictional character in the movie Ghostbusters and the animated series The Real Ghostbusters. He was the cartoon mascot of the fictitious Stay Puft marshmallow corporation. Stay Puft's familiar mascot combined elements of real life brand ambassadors Bibendum (aka the Michelin Man) and the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
Richard sent me this cute character. His name is Domo, and he is the mascot of Japan's NHK television station which appears in several 30-second stop-motion sketches shown as station identification during shows.
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Yoda is a fictional character from the Star Wars universe, who appears in all of the franchise's films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Frank Oz provided Yoda's voice in each film and lent his skills as a puppeteer in the original trilogy and The Phantom Menace. Yoda first appears in the saga in The Empire Strikes Back as a Jedi Master, and trains Luke Skywalker in the ways of the Jedi. In the prequel trilogy, he serves as Grand Master of the Jedi Order.
Shrek is a 2001 computer-animated American comedy film, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, and starring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. Based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, the film was produced by DreamWorks Animation. Shrek was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, a category introduced in 2001.
Marjorie "Marge" Simpson is a fictional character featured in the animated television series The Simpsons. She is the well-meaning and extremely patient wife of Homer Simpson and mother of Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson. Her most notable physical feature is her blue hair, styled into an improbably high beehive; she is proud to have never met anyone with taller hair outside Graceland. Marge was named after, and loosely based on, Margaret "Marge" Groening, mother of series creator Matt Groening.
The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live in Smurf Village somewhere in the woods. The Belgian cartoonist Peyo introduced Smurfs to the world in a series of comic strips, making their first appearance in the Belgian comics magazine Le Journal de Spirou on October 23, 1958. The English-speaking world perhaps knows them best through the popular 1980s animated television series from Hanna-Barbera Productions, The Smurfs.
Popeye the Sailor is a fictional hero famous for appearing in comic strips and animated films as well as numerous TV shows. He was created by Elzie Crisler Segar, and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929.
Although Segar's Thimble Theatre strip, first published on December 19, 1919, was in its tenth year when Popeye made his debut, the sailor quickly became the main focus of the strip and Thimble Theatre became one of King Features' most popular strips during the 1930s.
In 1933, Max and Dave Fleischer's Fleischer Studios adapted the Thimble Theatre characters into a series of Popeye the Sailor theatrical cartoon shorts for Paramount Pictures.
Madman (aka Frank Einstein) is a fictional character from the comic book of the same title created by Mike Allred. Madman is not your average hero. Named after Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein, his name is also a pun on Frankenstein.
Frank was a hitman who was killed in a car accident, then stitched back together and brought back to life by a pair of mad scientists, Dr. Egon Boiffard and Dr. Gillespie Flem. This resurrection leaves Frank with supernatural reflexes and a slight degree of precognitive and empathic power.
Runt of the Litter is a fictional character from the Disney animated film Chicken Little. Runt, together with Abby Mallard (the Ugly Duckling) and Fish out of Water, are the only friends of Chicken Little, who suffers under a reputation for being crazy since he caused a panic saying the sky was falling. Runt is easily frightened and prone to panic, but keeps himself calm through 70's music.
Brian Griffin is a fictional character from the animated television series Family Guy, and is voiced by show creator, Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane uses his normal speaking voice for Brian, as opposed to the vocal modifications he makes when voicing other characters in the show such as Peter and Stewie.
In the 1000th issue of Entertainment Weekly, Brian Griffin was selected as the Dog for "The Perfect TV Family".
Chicken Little is a fictional character from the 2005 CGI animated film produced by Walt Disney. He is a young rooster who suffers under a reputation for being crazy since he caused a panic saying the sky was falling.
The Mask originated as a comic book series created by Mike Richardson and published by Dark Horse Comics. The series follows events related to a mask-shaped symbiotic relic which imbues any wearer with reality-bending power and physical imperviousness, as well as bypassing any of the wearer's psychological inhibitions, allowing them to accomplish their most desired goals without fear of consequences.
It was later adapted into the 1994 film The Mask, starring Jim Carrey, which has spunoff a television cartoon series, and a 2005 film sequel Son of the Mask.
Stewart Gilligan Griffin, more commonly known by his nickname "Stewie", is a fictional character in the animated series Family Guy. Stewie is obsessed with world domination and trying to kill his mother, and has an ambiguous sexuality. He is the youngest and the smartest child of Peter and Lois Griffin.
Wizard magazine rated him the 95th greatest villain of all time.
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the nominee of the Democratic Party for the office of President of the United States in the 2008 general election. He is the first African American to be a major political party's nominee for this office. Obama is currently the junior United States Senator from Illinois.
After announcing his presidential campaign in February 2007, Obama emphasized withdrawing American troops from Iraq, energy independence, decreasing the influence of lobbyists, and promoting universal health care as top national priorities.
Bugs Bunny is an animated rabbit/hare who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions which became Warner Bros. Cartoons in 1944. Today, he is the corporate mascot for Warner Brothers.
Bartholomew J. "Bart" Simpson is a fictional character in the FOX animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Nancy Cartwright, and first appeared on the Tracy Ullman Show short "Good Night". At ten years of age, Bart is the eldest child and only son of Homer and Marge Simpson, and the elder brother of Lisa and Maggie. Bart's most prominent character traits are his mischievousness, rebelliousness, disrespect for authority and sharp wit.
Celia Mae is a fictional character from the animated film Monsters, Inc. by Disney-Pixar. Celia (a.k.a. Shmoopsie Poo as called by Mike) is Mike Wazowski's girlfriend. She appears to be a combination between a Gorgon and a Cecaelia. Her name may be a play on the word Cecaelia. In the movie, Celia is celebrating her birthday, so Mike invites her to a Japanese restaurant, Harryhausen's (named in honor of legendary monster maker Ray Harryhausen), but due to Boo being in the restaurant, the place is contained by the CDA.
Victor Van Dort is a fictional character from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, a 2005 stop-motion-animation film based loosely on a 19th century Russian-Jewish folktale version of an older Jewish story and set in a fictional Victorian era village.
Ultraman is a fictional character featured in tokusatsu, or "special effects" television programs. Ultraman made his debut in the tokusatsu SF/kaiju/superhero TV series, Ultraman, a follow-up to the television series Ultra Q. The show was produced by Tokyo Broadcasting System and Tsuburaya Productions, and was broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System from July 17, 1966 to April 9, 1967, with a total of 39 episodes.
Bob the Builder is a children's television character created by Keith Chapman. Bob appears as a construction contractor in a stop motion animated programme with his colleague Wendy, various neighbours and friends, and their gang of anthropomorphised work-vehicles and equipment (all made of clay). The show is broadcast in many countries, but originates from the United Kingdom.
The RX-78 Gundam is a series of fictional testbed mobile suits in the Gundam Universal Century developed by the Earth Federation. The titular mobile suit of the series, the RX-78-2 Gundam, is a member of this series. The RX-78-2 Gundam serves as the iconic symbol of the Gundam universe and sparked the creation of its multiple sequels and spinoffs.
Alice Cooper is an American rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood and boa constrictors, Cooper drew equally from horror movies, vaudeville, heavy metal, and garage rock to create a theatrical brand of rock music that would come to be known as shock rock. Alice Cooper is also known for his social and witty persona offstage, The Rolling Stone Album Guide going so far as to refer to him as the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer".
Squeeze Toy Aliens are a bunch of three-eyed space aliens in the motion pictures Toy Story and Toy Story 2. These identical toys were prizes in a game of skill at the Pizza Planet restaurant and each one believes that "The Claw" will somehow choose one of them to "go on to a better place." Three of these toys are rescued by Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story 2 and become attached to him. Mrs. Potato Head chooses to adopt them.
Diego Armando Maradona (born October 30, 1960) is a former Argentine football player. During an international career that included 91 caps and 34 goals, he played in four FIFA World Cup tournaments, leading the Argentina national team to its victory over West Germany in 1986 World Cup, in which he collected the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player. He scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over England in the quarter-final of the '86 tournament. The first goal was an unpenalized handball known as the "Hand of God", while the second goal was a spectacular 60-metre weave through six England players, commonly referred to as "The Goal of the Century" or, in Argentina, "The Cosmic Kite". He also won many trophies with Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona and SSC Napoli over the course of his career.
Bozo the Clown is a clown character whose widespread franchising in early television made him the best-known clown character in the United States. Unlike many other shows on television, "Bozo the Clown" was mostly a franchise as opposed to being syndicated, meaning that local TV stations could put on their own local productions of the show complete with their own Bozo.
Doraemon (ドラえもん) is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio (the pen name of Hiroshi Fujimoto) which later became an anime series and Asian franchise. The series is about a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a schoolboy, Nobita Nobi.
In March 2008, Japan's Foreign Ministry appointed Doraemon as the nation's first "anime" ambassador.
Snoopy is a fictional character in the long-running comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. He is Charlie Brown's pet beagle. Snoopy began his life in the strip as a fairly ordinary dog, but eventually evolved into perhaps the strip's most dynamic character — and among the most recognizable comic characters in the world.
Bibendum, or the "Michelin Man", is the symbol of Michelin, primarily a tire manufacturer based in France. Introduced in 1898 by French artist O'Galop, the "Michelin Man" is one of the world's oldest trademarks. André Michelin apparently commissioned the creation of this jolly, rotund figure after his brother, Édouard, observed that a display of stacked tyres resembled a human form. Today, the "Michelin Man" is one of the world's most recognized trademarks, representing Michelin in over 150 countries.