Disney TV Toon Highlights for February

Many sweet animated treats await Disney TV channels viewers throughout February, from lovestruck Valentine’s-themed episodes to the premiere of the all-new, live-action Kim Possible Disney Channel Movie. Plus, plenty of kid-friendly laughs and heroic action-adventure.

Puppy Dog Pals

Puppy Dog Pals

Friday, Feb. 1
9:30–10:00 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Puppy Dog Pals “Valentine Surprise/Bright Lights, Pup City” When the Pugs and Keia learn that it’s Valentine’s Day, they make it their mission to find the perfect gifts for Bob and Chloe. | Bob is devastated when Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights is canceled, so the Pugs scour the city looking for a way to repair the lights.

10:00–10:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Vampirina “Franken-Wedding/Bat Hair Day” Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein hold their wedding at the Hauntley’s Scare B&B and give Vampirina a very important job. Anna Camp and Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”) guest star as Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein, respectively. | Gregoria’s sculpture of the Hauntley family is almost ruined when Vee wakes up with a bat hair day. ABC News’ Dan Harris (“Nightline”) guest stars as an ogre from Transylvania’s “Ogre Express” delivery service.

10:30–11:00 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Fancy Nancy “Nancy, La Poete/Mon Amie… Grace?” While trying to win a poetry contest, Nancy gets a case of writer’s block. | When Nancy’s Valentine’s Day card to Bree is sent to Grace by mistake, Grace thinks they’re best friends. Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”) returns as Ms. Devine.

Sunday, Feb. 3
10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The First Order Occupation” Kaz scrambles to help Synara escape the platform as the First Order sends a contingent of stormtroopers to hunt a spy.

Sunday, Feb. 10
9:00–9:30 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “King Breaker Part One” Black Panther must go behind enemy lines to save his foes from an even bigger threat.

9:30–10:00 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “King Breaker Part Two” With an attack coming from multiple sides, Black Panther turns to help from an unlikely source.

10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The New Trooper” When Kel and Eila seek out Kaz’s help after knocking out a stormtrooper, Kaz dons the trooper’s armor to protect the kids and spy on the First Order.

Friday, Feb. 15
10:00–10:15 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Muppet Babies “The Best, Best Friend”

Fozzie fears he might be losing his best friend, Kermit, when Rowlf the dog shows up in the Playroom and wins everyone over.

8:00–9:32 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Kim Possible Based on the global hit animated series, the live-action “Kim Possible” Disney Channel Original Movie follows everyday teen hero Kim Possible and best friend and sidekick Ron Stoppable as they embark on their freshman year of high school, all while saving the world from evil villains. By their side, every step of the way, is teen tech-genius Wade and new friend Athena, who also happens to be a Kim Possible super fan and is eager to join Team Possible. While Kim and Ron have always been one step ahead of their opponents, navigating the social hierarchy of high school is more challenging than the action-hero ever imagined. With Drakken and Shego lurking in the wings, Kim must rely on her family and friends more than ever. Now it’s up to Team Possible—Kim, Ron, tech-genius Wade, new friend Athena and Rufus, a Naked mole-rat that Ron meets along the way—to stop these super villains.

Saturday, Feb. 16
7:00–7:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Milo Murphy’s Law “The Ticking Clock/Managing Murphy’s Law” Milo and his friends try to save the old clock at City Hall that Melissa’s great-grandmother designed. Barry Bostwick (“Spin City”) returns as Clyde Rickenbacker. | Amanda helps Milo, Zack, and Melissa prepare for an afternoon concert.

11:30 A.M.–12:00 P.M. EST (Disney Junior) Elena of Avalor “Movin’ On Up” When Elena invites Mateo to move into his own Royal Wizard quarters within the palace, his mother assumes she is invited to move in too. Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”) returns as Mateo’s mother, Rafa.

Marvel's Avenger's: Black Panther's Quest

Marvel’s Avenger’s: Black Panther’s Quest

Sunday, Feb. 17
9:00–9:30 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “Widowmaker” Black Panther explores a secret enemy facility with a nefarious past.

10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The Core Problem” Poe and Kaz make an unsettling discovery and must evade the First Order when they are spotted by an enemy probe droid. Oscar Isaac (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) returns as Poe Dameron.

The Lion Guard

The Lion Guard

Monday, Feb. 18
10:00–10:30 A.M. EST (Disney Junior) The Lion Guard “The Queen’s Visit” After being threatened by Scar’s attacks, Queen Dhahabu asks Fuli, Tiifu and Zuri to become her permanent personal guards. Renée Elise Goldsberry (Broadway’s “Hamilton”) returns as Queen Dhahabu. Rico Rodriguez (“Modern Family”) and Raini Rodriguez (“Austin & Ally”) return as zebra siblings Raha and Starahe, respectively.

Friday, Feb. 22
10:30–11:00 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Vampirina “Baby Dragon/Gloommates” A baby dragon visits the Hauntley’s and takes a special liking to Gregoria. Tony Award winner Patti LuPone (“Evita”) returns as Nanpire. | When the Hauntley house becomes infested with Charmer bugs, Edna insists the entire family stay with her while the house is being fumigated.

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy

11:00–11:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Fancy Nancy “The Amazing Adventures of Grammy and Poppy/Un, Deux, Cha Cha Cha!” Nancy gains a new appreciation for her Grandparents when they come to visit. John Ratzenberger (“Cheers”) guest stars as Poppy. | Nancy partners up with her Grandpa to compete in a local ballroom dancing competition. George Wendt (“Cheers”) returns as Grandpa.

Saturday, Feb. 23
7:00–7:30 A.M. EST (Disney Channel) Milo Murphy’s Law “Milo’s Shadow/Sick Day” Doof follows Milo around for a day to try and learn how to be more like him. Hal Sparks (Disney XD’s “Lab Rats”) guest stars as conspiracy theorist, Chaffe. | When aliens try to retrieve a tissue sample from a sick Milo, Diogee intervenes. John Ross Bowie and Cedric Yarbrough (ABC’s “Speechless”) guest star as shape-shifting alien buddies, Loab and Khone.

Sunday, Feb. 24
9:00–9:30 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “Atlantis Attacks” All of Black Panther’s efforts to protect Wakanda are thrown into jeopardy by a new foe.

9:30–10:00 P.M. EST (Disney XD) Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest “House of M” The past actions of Black Panther and The Avengers come back to haunt them.

10:00–10:30 P.M. EST (Disney Channel) Star Wars Resistance “The Disappeared”

Kaz and Torra investigate the disappearance of a friend and plan to free them from the First Order.

Animation Magazine

Clip: ‘The Little Mermaid’ 30th Anniversary Set Swims Home in February

Classic animation The Little Mermaid is marking its 30th anniversary with a new Walt Disney Signature Collection release, featuring all-new bonus features and a sing-along mode. The two-time Oscar nominated film (Best Original Score and Best Original Song, “Under the Sea”) will make a splash for the first time on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on February 12, and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray disc on February 26.

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about a beautiful mermaid princess who dreams of becoming human, The Little Mermaid was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements (Aladdin). It features the voice talents of Jodi Benson (Toy Story 2 & 3) as Ariel, Pat Carroll (Laverne & Shirley) as Ursula, Samuel E. Wright (Broadway’s The Lion King) as Sebastian, Christopher Daniel Barnes (The Brady Bunch Movie) as Eric, Kenneth Mars (Young Frankenstein) as Triton, Buddy Hackett (The Music Man) as Scuttle, Jason Marin (Back to the Future) as Flounder and René Auberjonois (The Patriot) as Chef Louis.

The film was originally released in theaters on Nov. 15, 1989 and is the 28th film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the first in what many described as a new Disney animation renaissance. It is the seventh title to join the Signature Collection.

New bonus features include…


  • Sing-Along Mode – Sing along to the movie in this sing-along version of the film.
  • Alan Menken & the Leading Ladies Song – From the voice of a mermaid to the tunes of a muse, the music of Alan Menken has scored the soundtrack for some of Disney’s most iconic leading ladies. Join Alan, Jodi Benson (Ariel), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Judy Kuhn (Pocahontas Singing Voice), Lillias White (Calliope) and Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel) as we celebrate the music of their films in honor of the one that started it all … The Little Mermaid. In this discussion, the ladies will share their memories of musically creating their characters with Alan, discuss what it means to be part of the Disney Princess/leading lady legacy and create new memories as they sing with Alan around a baby grand piano.
  • “What I Want from You…Is YOUR VOICE” – Enter the recording studio and get an inside look at the cast of The Little Mermaid in their original recording sessions.
  • Stories From Walt’s Office – Gadgets & Gizmos – Like Ariel, Walt Disney was a collector of many different things from miniatures to early mechanical characters that inspired the invention of audio-animatronics. We take a look at some the collections that Walt kept in his office in the third episode of this series.
  • #TreasuresUntold – Join Ruby Rose Turner and Olivia Sanabia from the Disney Channel Original Series Coop and Cami Ask the World as they take a deep dive to explore some hidden treasures and fun facts about Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
  • DCapella “Part of Your World” Music Video
  • Classic Bonus Features – revisit four exciting bonus features from previous releases including: Deleted Character: Harold the Merman; Under the Scene: The Art of Live Action Reference; Howard’s Lecture; Audio Commentary with Ron Clements, John Musker and Alan Menken


  • “Part of Your World” – A 30-Year Retrospective – Songwriter Alan Menken and Jodi Benson, the acting and singing voice of Ariel, sing the epitome of Disney “I Want” songs “Part of Your World” and discuss its impact since it was first heard 30 years ago.
  • Classic Bonus Features – Over 3 additional hours of previously released classic bonus features including Deleted Scenes, Easter Eggs, Music Videos and more!

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

Animation Magazine

Colorado’s February Pot Sales Figures the Lowest in a Year

February was the Colorado cannabis industry’s lowest-selling month in a year, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue, but that wasn’t surprising, given overall trends since recreational marijuana was legalized. Medical marijuana sales figures, however, might be more significant.

February Pot Sales Figures the Lowest in a Year (2)

Colorado Department of Revenue

Overall sales for the cannabis industry were $ 112.5 million in February, down $ 5.48 million from the month before but nearly $ 6 million higher than February 2017. And if past performance is any indication, sales figures should rebound in March.

According to the DOR, Colorado cannabis sales have dropped from January to February every year since 2014, when retail sales began, then shot back up in March. January and March both have three more days than February (except during leap years). While that might not seem like a big difference, it’s a 10 percent increase in sales opportunities, but pot revenue dropped less than 5 percent between January and February.

Retail sales totaled $ 85.9 million in February 2018, while medical sales were just $ 26.6 million — the lowest figure since the DOR began tracking medical sales figures in 2014.

Toke of the Town

Marijuana News Roundup For February 13

Since you don’t have all day to be reading marijuana news, we’ve come up with a list of the most important stories from today.

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Jeff Sessions might not be completely terrible on pot?

According to Capital Public Radio, a Sacramento sheriff recently spoke with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about marijuana, and Sessions seemed willing to leave small cannabis operations in states that have legalized alone.

“He didn’t see the federal government getting involved in marijuana use or low-level state, what are traditionally state and local crimes, but, I don’t think he ruled out the possibility of the federal government getting involved in larger-scale operations,” the sheriff said.

So Sessions may go after the large scale marijuana grows that have been popping up in multiple states, but he’s probably not interested in busting the guy who has a few plants in his house.

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Vaping instead of smoking?

It looks like more and more people are giving up on smoking marijuana buds and are starting to vape instead. The marijuana delivery service Eaze just put out a report that shows less marijuana flower selling and more vape cartridges selling.

“Flowers went from 75% of total sales in 2015 to 54% in 2016,” the report reads. “Vaporizer cartridges, however, grew from a modest 6% in 2015 to 24% in 2016 – a 400% annual increase.”

Concentrates have also increased significantly in the past year. Eaze operates in California, and they found Northern California users like vaporizing more than Southern California users.

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Men’s Wearhouse founder loves weed, apparently

The founder of Men’s Wearhouse, George Zimmer, apparently loves marijuana.

Zimmer was fired from the company in 2013, and he said part of the reason was that he “tended to be kind of a renegade,” he told Business Insider. Zimmer has been active in supporting the marijuana legalization movement, and he said him doing that has “pissed people off.”

Zimmer has been smoking since the 1960s, and he said smoking marijuana helped him fight alcoholism.

“The fact is — and I mean the scientific fact — [marijuana] is less toxic and dangerous than cigarettes and alcohol, which are the main drugs in the United States,” Zimmer said.

[Photo by Arne Hückelheim/Wikimedia]

The 420 Times

My Funny Valentine: CN Gifts New Episodes for February


February is off to a sweet start on Cartoon Network with a slew of new episodes for fan-favorite animated series The Amazing World of Gumball (starting Feb. 6), Steven Universe (Feb. 10), Mighty Magiswords and Valentine’s Day themed episodes of Clarence (Feb. 10) and Teen Titans Go! (Feb. 20). Scroll down for a full rundown and a clip from the half-hour TTG special, “BBRAE”!

The Amazing World of Gumball

Monday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. ET/PT: “The Potato” – When Darwin has lunch with Idaho, he decides to stop eating potatoes in solidarity with his brotato. However, he finds his obsession with his favorite food harder to kick than he ever imagined so Gumball decides to help his friend curb his carb cravings.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: “The Fuss” – Nicole tries, and fails, to hide her disappointment when Richard and the kids fail to remember her special day. Richard has to figure out what special day he has actually forgotten and then make it a day to remember or else!

Wednesday, Feb. 8: “The Sorcerer” – Gumball refuses to accept he is the only kid at school that doesn’t have special powers. He convinces Mrs. Jotunheim, Hector’s mom, to take him on as his apprentice but she soon learns leaving Gumball unsupervised around magic is a big mistake.

Thursday, Feb. 9: “The Outside” – The family goes to visit Richard’s dad, Frankie. Based on his basic living standards and extended absence from Richard’s life, they assume Frankie must have done a stretch in the slammer. When Frankie comes to stay with the Wattersons, they decide the way to make him comfortable is to make him uncomfortable and turn their house into a prison.

Monday, Feb. 13: “The Vase” – Sick of Granny Jojo’s ugly gifts, Nicole encourages the kids to take matters into their own hands and accidentally break her latest hideous vase. But when Gumball, Darwin and Anais try to destroy it, they discover it is more robust than it seems.

Tuesday, Feb. 14: “The Matchmaker” – Gumball catches Darwin gazing wistfully at a photo of Teri on Elmore Plus and secretly enlists Carrie to help bring them together. But when they can’t make Darwin and Teri’s love blossom naturally, they decide to make it happen supernaturally.

Wednesday, Feb. 15: “The Box” – The Watterson’s receive an unmarked package in the mail. To distract themselves from the urge to open it they all take turns to imagine what it might contain. To Mom it could mean financial freedom, to Gumball it could mean superpowers, to whoever it’s actually for, it means they’re not getting their package.

Thursday, Feb. 16: “The Console” – When Gumball is given a cursed videogame console, Elmore becomes trapped inside a fantasy RPG world. Gumball, Darwin and Anais have to battle their way through town, unraveling the secrets of their new virtual reality. But they’ll have to level up if they’re going to stand any chance against the mysterious final boss.

Monday, Feb. 20: “The Ollie” – When Darwin asks Gumball to teach him how to skate, Gumball makes sure he covers every aspect of the skating lifestyle from wearing the right gear, using the right terms and choosing the right board. But when Darwin finally gets his wheels rolling, he realizes there might be one important aspect of skating Gumball hasn’t taught him.

Tuesday, Feb. 21: “The Catfish” – When Gumball and Darwin realize Grandpa Louie has no friends on Elmore Plus, they feel bad so they create one called Muriel. However when Granny Jojo finds out Louie has been spending time online with another “woman,” Muriel not existing isn’t going to stop her from being destroyed.

Wednesday, Feb. 22: “The Cycle” – Gumball, Darwin and Anais discover that Mr. Wilson has been picking on their Dad for most of his life; ever since he humiliated Richard with a high school prank. The kids try to work Dad through it but when their efforts fail, they realize that getting back at Mr. Wilson is the only way to break the cycle.

Thursday, Feb. 23: “The Stars” – When Dad gives Larry’s hairdresser a bad review for saying he’s bald, he gets offered a free haircut. This inspires Gumball and Darwin to go on a reviewing spree across town, forcing Larry to give them stuff with the threat of a bad review. Just because the customer is always right doesn’t mean that what they’re doing isn’t wrong.

Monday, Feb. 27: “The Grades” – Miss Simian discovers a failed test from Gumball’s past that brings down his grade point average. This means he has to retake kindergarten all over again, much to her delight. But by demoting him, Miss Simian has inadvertently brought herself down, and they’re left with no choice but to team up if they want things back to normal.

Tuesday, Feb. 28: “The Diet” – Gumball and Darwin discover the reason Dad’s diet wasn’t working was that he was actually on 10 of them and eating a meal for each of them. They eventually manage to help him lose weight, but Richard’s newfound buffness also brings out his more obnoxious side.

Mighty Magiswords

Friday, Feb. 3: “Share and Dislike” at 6:15 p.m. ET/PT – Super Shooting Star Magisword is the coolest Magisword ever, but Vambre and Prohyas can’t seem to share it, and even a quest to reclaim the never-melting ice cube back from Frosteratu can’t shake their obsession.

Friday, Feb. 10: “Bad Man Oldman” at 6:15 p.m. – When the Warriors re-thatch Old Man Oldman’s roof and absentmindedly make it look like Prohyas’ hair, Oldman dons a giant evil toupee and exacts his revenge!

Friday, Feb. 17: “Grup Jam” at 6:15 p.m. – Grup invents the “new” sport of basketball, but the stakes are too high for the Warriors to let him play the Galacton team, as the winner shall rule the Kingdom of Rhyboflaven.

Friday, Feb. 24: “Witchy Simone Ruins Everything!” at 6:30 p.m. – Witchy Simone joins Witch Way, but Gateaux is the odd cat out so he hires the Warriors to break up Witchy Simone and Morbidia and defeat a mission that has King Rexxtopher hopping mad!

Teen Titans Go!

Friday, Feb. 3: “Inner Beauty of a Cactus” at 6 p.m. ET/PT – The Titans play Spin The Bottle as Starfire tries to improve her vocabulary through kissing.

Friday, Feb. 10: “Movie Night” – It’s Movie Night and the Titans have a hard time deciding who gets to choose which movie they watch.

Monday, Feb. 20: “Teen Titans Go: BBRAE” (half-hour special) – Beast Boy writes a song to tell Raven how he feels about her. Beast Boy goes on tour with his song, but this upsets Raven.

Steven Universe

Friday, Feb. 10: “The New Crystal Gems” at 7 p.m. ET/PT – Connie helps look after Beach City while Steven is busy.

Friday, Feb. 17: “Storm in the Room” at 6:45 p.m. – Steven goes into his room in the temple to look for answers.

Friday, Feb. 24: “Rocknaldo” at 7 p.m. – Ronaldo sets out to find all the rock people living in Beach City!


Friday, Feb. 3: “Pizza Hero” at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT – It’s the end of the school year and as is tradition at Aberdale Elementary, Papa Marianio is slated to dish out his famous pizza along with a spectacle of song and dance. As the kids wait in excitement, they share memories about times with Papa.

Friday, Feb. 10: “Valentimes” (back-to-back premieres) – When Clarence notices his teacher Ms. Baker is the only one in class left without a Valentine this year, he decides to enlist the help of Sumo to set her up with Sumo’s teacher, Mr. Mozer! Will sparks fly or will the boy’s naïve view of romance backfire?

Friday, Feb. 10: “Sumo Goes West” (back-to-back premieres) – Clarence learns his best friend Sumo may transfer to another school! It’s up to Clarence to protest, petition and rally to convince everyone to let Sumo stay – or face losing his closest school pal!

Friday, Feb. 17: “Clarence for President” – It’s school election time at Aberdale Elementary, and Jeff is once again determined to become Class President. However, like previous years, he’s unsuccessful in connecting with other kids – that is until he sees a shoe-in puppet President – the lovable Clarence.

Friday, Feb. 24: “Rock Show” – Chad’s band Dogmon, plays a show for the first time in years, giving Clarence and Mary a chance to really rock out.

Teen Titans

Teen Titans

Animation Magazine

Marijuana News Roundup For February 3

Too high to read all of the marijuana news out there? Well, we have done you the favor of finding the most interesting articles. Here is the marijuana news roundup for Friday, February 3.

A headline you never expected to see in the New York Times

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In “headlines you never expected to see in the New York Times” we have “Dogs on Marijuana: Not Cool.” The article explains that many dogs are starting to buy and smoke weed. Not really.

The story explains that in New York, many veterinarians are seeing more and more dogs being taken in after they consumed marijuana without their owner realizing. Apparently this really freaks the dogs out, and it can make a dog pee itself or be unable to move for a while. There were no reports in the story of dogs dying from marijuana, but it’s safe to say an edible meant for a full grown adult is not good for a small dog.

A headline you may have expected to see in the Los Angeles Times

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California is full of cannabis enthusiasts, so I was only slightly surprised to see the Los Angeles Times calling for Mr. Trump to legalize weed. Beyond pointing out how much support legalization has, with the majority of the country behind the idea, the article makes some good points about how legalizing would benefit the economy and prospective employees. Here’s part of it:

“If there’s one issue Trump has been consistent on since he launched his presidential bid, it’s economic protectionism. Today, the American marijuana industry employs 100,000 to 150,000 people nationally. Marijuana spending is estimated at $ 30 billion annually, according to market-research firm the Cowen Group, but only a fifth of that is spent on legal products. If legalized, the market is expected to grow to $ 50 billion annually by 2026.

For the same reasons Trump believes we should be buying cars and air-conditioners manufactured domestically, it follows that he should be making every effort to ensure America dominates the global marijuana industry. Americans should be smoking American weed. This requires the government’s ban be lifted so the market can flourish.”

As we already knew, marijuana is a good replacement for dangerous opioids

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As much research and reporting has shown, marijuana can be a great replacement for opioids. The Atlantic just ran a story explaining that many people who were addicted to opioids are now using marijuana instead. While this may mean they’re somewhat dependent on marijuana instead of opioids, marijuana is much safer and is not chemically addictive.

As The Atlantic article points out, marijuana being a Schedule I drug essentially means less people are getting the opportunity to use cannabis instead of highly addictive prescriptions, which means people are dying from overdoses when they shouldn’t be.

No smoking in Alaskan weed stores

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A regulatory board in Alaska has sadly rejected a plan to let cannabis users consume their weed in a marijuana store. They rejected it because they believed people working in the marijuana dispensaries shouldn’t be exposed to marijuana smoke for many hours a day.

People who supported the measure said not letting marijuana be consumed in a store may mean tourists, especially cruise ship tourists, will be able to buy weed but will have nowhere to legally consume it. Consuming marijuana in public is illegal in Alaska.

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The 420 Times

Alaska Will Have Legal Marijuana for Sale by February 2017

It’s been nearly two years since Alaska legalized marijuana for recreational use, but residents still can’t buy the plant legally. In an Anchorage meeting between the House and Senate Judiciary committees, the state’s chief marijuana regulator expressed optimism that dispensaries would finally be open by next February. “I believe that by the time we arrive […]

In February, Chicago goes crazy for ‘paczki’ as donuts go gourmet

Chicagoans this month are less obsessed with badmouthing Mayor Rahm Emanuel or worries about their sports teams, and more focused on finding the perfect “paczki,” a rich, Polish, donut-type dessert that’s taking the high-end dessert market by storm.

Long a staple treat preceding the Catholic fasting period of Lent, the pastries, a no-hole, denser and richer version of the donut, have exploded in popularity in recent years far beyond Chicago’s large Polish community to a growing number of high-end, specialty donut shops, bakers and food experts say.

These gourmet bakeries, with names like “Glazed and Infused,” are experimenting with new paczki varieties – using key lime pie, jelly made with blood oranges, or white chocolate in place of more traditional plum and rose jelly fillings.

“It’s really big this year,” said Rebecca Skoch, a food and beverage consultant who organizes the annual “Donut Fest.” “Chicago has a great mix of bakers that do classic donuts and newer, avant garde places that aren’t afraid to experiment.”

Skoch said Chicago is a leader in the gourmet donut trend nationwide, ahead of New York and Portland, so it makes sense that new shops want to take on a local favorite.

Paczki (pronounced “ponchkey” for several and “ponchek” for one), also popular in other Midwest cities like Detroit and Cleveland, differ from North American bismarcks in having an especially rich dough, with eggs, butter, alcohol and sometimes milk.

The dense deep-fried pastries, which do not flatten as they are eaten, date back to the Middle Ages, when people tried to use up ingredients that are avoided during Lent.


With Lent starting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, this year, pastry shops are expecting big business leading up to it.

“People cut back on Wednesday, so Tuesday’s a fun day,” said Mark Tormey, co-owner of Do-Rite Donuts, which is offering Nutella-filled and key lime pie paczki with a sugary graham cracker topping.

Firecakes Donuts, in the wealthy Lincoln Park and River North neighborhoods, expanded its paczki line this February with chocolate custard and Meyer lemon, along with raspberry and blood orange jelly.

“We try to keep the integrity but make it memorable, interesting,” said Firecakes owner Jonathan Fox.

Though the newer specialty donut shops have been expanding their production and varieties, the big Chicago paczki sellers continue to be European-style bakeries, like Delightful Pastries, which has made them year-round for 18 years.

Delightful’s owner Dobra Bielinski expects to sell 50,000 for the season, and demand has soared with greater awareness of “Paczki Day” celebrated on the Thursday or Tuesday before Lent.

Delightful’s varieties include “drunken paczki,” like vodka with custard and whiskey with chocolate cream.

In a back room at Delightful’s northwest side shop last Wednesday, six workers were busy mixing, kneading and rolling the creamy dough into balls.

“It’s nothing but paczki back there,” said counter worker Maggie Giza. “It’s insane.”

(Editing by Ben Klayman and Bernadette Baum)

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‘Good Dinosaur’ Blu-ray Set for February 23


Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur will see its home entertainment on February 23, accompanied by a prehistoric stampeded of special features. The film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere.

Synopsis: Directed by Peter Sohn, The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Bonus features for Blu-ray, Digital HD and DMA include:

THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team – Sanjay loves the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into his Hindu traditions. Reluctance quickly turns into awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on an amazing journey, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace.

TRUE LIES ABOUT DINOSAURS – We know – it’s preposterous to think Apatosaurs spoke English. Learn more about what separates the fictional dinosaurs of “The Good Dinosaur“ from what scientists know about real dinosaurs.

RECYCLOSAURUS – Pixar takes creative competition seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Watch as “The Good Dinosaur” crew competes to see which department can create the best dinosaur ever…using only discarded items from the studio’s “free table.”

THE FILMMAKERS’ JOURNEY – Finding your way from an idea to a film takes a lot of exploration. Director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making “The Good Dinosaur.”

EVERY PART OF THE DINOSAUR – The filmmakers talk about the special animation challenges of “The Good Dinosaur” – including figuring out how to animate a dinosaur who’s really a boy, and a boy who’s got the spirit of a dog.

FOLLOWING THE T-REX TRAIL – Follow the filmmakers as they travel to a working cattle ranch and meet the McKays, a close-knit family whose work ethic, generosity, and stories inspired the T-Rex ranchers of the film.

COMMENTARY – Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.

DINO BITES – Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”

HIDE AND SEEK – A short animated clip produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”


  • The Attack  – An idyllic introduction to the family farm is cut short when a savage predator attacks the newborn Arlo. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
  • Building the Silo – An admiring Arlo is thrilled to follow along as his father builds a silo for the family farm. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
  • Waiting for Poppa – Arlo awaits the return of his beloved father on a stormy night, only to be greeted with tragic news. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.

Blu-ray 3D & DVD:

THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team

Digital Exclusive:

JUST LISTEN – Trace the development of the unique soundscape of “The Good Dinosaur,” from the wilds of British Columbia as Sound Designer Craig Berkey collects sounds, to the recording studio where Jeff and Mychael Danna use instruments from around the world to create the music.

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur Blu-ray and DVD

The Good Dinosaur Blu-ray and DVD

Animation Magazine

Game of the Month February 2015

Continuing the trend of providing great gaming experiences all year long and not limiting big releases to just the fall, February had a lot of strong contenders for game of the month. Grow Home was a beautiful platforming adventure with wide open spaces to explore. The Multiplayer #IDARB provided a ridiculous level of character customization and a way to play co-op with friends whether they were fighting against you or affecting your game through social media.

But the titles that ate up the most of our collective office time were Evolve and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. While both games involved partnering up with a group of like-minded gamers and taking down oversized monsters, that’s about where the similarities ended. Evolve had a great pedigree, coming from the team behind Left 4 Dead. The different classes were distinct and memorable, while providing unique ways to approach each of the game’s nightmarish beasts. And the chance to play as the monster and compete either with or against your friends was an exciting evolution of the group vs. group dynamic from L4D.

But MH4U came out on top in the end. As a series, Monster Hunter has had a long history of incredible success in Japan, but none of the games have ever caught on in the West with similar fervor. MH4U still has the most potential to change that trend. Getting to the good stuff (i.e. hunting big monsters on your own), and understanding how all the game’s different system’s work together is now a streamlined process with easy-to-understand tutorials and early quests that involve a lot more than just looking for mushrooms.

More importantly, you’re no longer limited to local multiplayer for hunting with a group. You can still group up with people sitting around you, but the 3DS version also opens up the ability for online co-op. And even if you don’t have a full group of real-life players, you can bring along up to two customizable Palico companions to fight with you.

That’s not even touching on the MH4U’s wonderfully pun-filled localization, the newly added jump functionality, the ability to mount monsters, and the robust array of customizable armor and weapons that are the series’ hallmark.

February had two great ways to hunt Monsters with your friends, but Monster Hunter’s customization options and hundreds of hours of content make it the game that you won’t be playing just for the month, you’re going to play it all year.


#237 February 2014

#237 February 2014

#237 February 2014

February ’14 Highlights – Issue 237

There Be a Cunning Dragon!
Joe Letteri, the Oscar-nominated vfx supervisor of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, discusses the fine art of crafting the dragon, those spiders and other visual treats of Peter Jackson’s epic movie.

Smooth Criminal
Toronto’s ToonBox and Korea’s Redrover tell the tale of a critter heist in the year’s first new CG-animated feature, The Nut Job.

A Toon of Love and Fury
Rio 2096, Brazil’s entry in the Best Animated Feature Oscar race, explores the country’s history and the transcendence of love through animation.

Oscars 2014: The VFX Contenders
Ten visually stunning flicks will contend for the final Academy Awards nomination slots at the effects branch’s annual Bake Off.

An Then There Were 10
56 animated shorts were qualified to be considered for the Academy Awards; here’s our run-down of the short-listed films.

FX Sweetens the Toon Deal
This month, the cable network debuts Chozen, an intriguing new animated series about a white, gay rapper–and showcases a diabolically different new season of Archer.

A Hair-Raising Space Adventure
Adult Swim welcomes Toonami’s newest hero from the Land of the Rising Sun, Space Dandy.

2014 School Guide
Listings for schools offering animation, fx and gaming programs around the world, plus special animation education editorial.

Animation Magazine

#227 February 2013

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February ’13 Highlights – Issue 227

Gollum, You Never Looked Better!
The Hobbit‘s vfx supervisor Joe Letteri talks about the vfx challenges of returning to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world nine years after the last Lord of the Rings movie cast its spell in theaters.

Drawn from Memory
Prolific French comic-book artist and film director Joann Sfar discusses the real-life inspirations behind The Rabbi’s Cat and his love for American classics.

Oscar 2013: The Final Shorts Countdown
Our guide to the 10 diverse and divine animated shorts that made the Oscar nominations shortlist.

Oscars 2013: All the Pretty Digital Pictures
A look at this year’s visual effects Oscar contenders heading for the Bake Off.

Short and Sweet
How the Simpsons team brought their littlest star to the big screen with Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”.

Triggerfish Swims with the Majors
The South African studio ups the ante in 2013 with Zambezia and Khumba, two new CG-animated features that have generated great buzz globally.

15 Minutes with … Breehn Burns
The co-creator of Dr. Tran discusses his new gig as producer of Pen Ward’s webseries, Bravest Warriors.

2013 School Guide
Information on schools offering animation, vfx and game programs plus tips on increasing your career potential, our must-read book list and a guide to classes taught by working animators and vfx artists.

Animation Magazine