Justin delves into the latest animation news in Frame-by-Frame.

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Last week, the voice acting world lost a wonderful performer, Bob Hastings. He's best known for the role of Commissioner Jim Gordon on Batman: The Animated Series. Justin is back from hiatus to say a few words in honor of the actor.

Happy Drinko De Mayo, folks! Or, as it has become known in nerd circles, Revenge of the Fifth!

In honor of yet another Star Wars themed day, I’m going to talk about a different kind of animation: puppetry. I know. Many of you are going to say that puppetry doesn’t count as animation, but let me at least try to convince you. I understand that puppetry isn’t the standard frame-by-frame manipulation that everyone normally associates with the term “animation”, but believe me, it is directly related. Good puppetry also was a very integral part of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. If Frank Oz hadn’t gotten that Yoda puppet to work, the entire film would have fallen apart. If you still haven’t seen Empire, stop everything that you’re doing right now and go watch it. It is easily the best film in the Star Wars series.

Ah, the 1980's. Many of the most recognizable franchises of all time debuted during the 1980's. “Transformers”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “He-Man and The Masters of the Universe”, “My Little Pony” and countless other properties came out during the 80’s. For many of us who grew up during that time, it was a golden age for collecting toy lines and watching their accompanying animated television shows. So many children rushed home after school to catch the latest episode of their favorite cartoon and then proceeded to beg their parents for the toy of whatever new character showed up. Talking about all the shows back then brings back such fond memories. So that means everything is just as great as we all remember, right?

Unfortunately, no.     

Welcome to Frame-By-Frame! The good folks at Geek Say What? have asked me to contribute my two cents on the field of animation and I couldn’t be more honored.  In this section of Geek Say What?, I’ll be covering anything I can about animation. I’ll be discussing everything from current events to technical aspects of animation. And I may even write a review here and there.