Big Beefy Sparkly Tigers, and tributes to furs we have lost – NEWSDUMP (1/18/16)

by Patch O'Furr

Headlines, links and little stories to make your tail wag.  Guest posts welcome. Tips:

Zootopia marketing inspires visions of a feature length Orangina commercial. This short article shares a new image and says the movie is having “aggressive marketing”. And Reddit furries discuss hot tigers:

  • “There’s no denying that they know who they’re marketing to.”
  • “Big, beefy, sparkly tigers. They know what they’re doing with stuff like these, and nobody’s gonna tell me otherwise.”
  • “And people still claim they’re not marketing to us. ha. ha. ha.”


Marketing meets Rule 34.  How Esurance Lost Its Mascot to the Internet.” Not furry, but this will ring some bells.

Puzzle Cheetah in Subway ad (via Greenreaper.) Puzzle is a UK fursuiter. Put this on the list of mainstream marketing featuring furries.

Fursonas, a documentary About “Furries”, goes to the Slamdance Film Festival.  It’s prestigious to debut in a national film festival like this.  As far as I know, it’s the best exposure a Furry-made documentary has yet gotten.  Some observers have some criticism about a main focus on fursuiters (but doesn’t that fit visual media?) The film maker’s statements leads me to think it will aim above plain explanations we’ve all seen, to offer more interesting philosophy about identity.

Fursona has a great article in the maker’s local Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The production was boosted by winning a $10,000 grant from Pittsburgh’s Sprout Fund. It’s a competition that awards support to winning short film makers so they can develop longer work, to nurture deserving members of the community. This tells me that Anthrocon’s influence is continuing to spread. Here’s a clip from the doc that has Uncle Kage.slamdance2016-fursonas-630-thumb-630xauto-59231

French convention “Fursuit Black Light” was visited by a French journalism blog. Here’s a translation.  The blog does a monthly deep investigation into internet subculture topics like 4Chan, Hentai, etc.  One of it’s journalists made this extensive report of visiting the French con as an outsider, with permission to write about it. It reports 66 attendees (a 4-fold growth since the first event in 2013) and mentions much activity on Anthrocity and

“The popularity of furries benefits a young Quebec company”.  French translated news about Fur The Win Studios.

Kigurumi vs Furries – a lazy journalist poops out a sub-par article. It’s a fashion piece in Oregon’s Willamette Week. If a journalist is doing a bad job, they’re most likely quoting that 2001 attack article from Vanity Fair (which is more stale than a white poo on the sidewalk).  Subtitled “How to tell the difference between adults doing sex stuff with stuffed animals and kids mimicking Japanese culture.”

RIP David Bowie – a tribute from Neonbunny. Neon’s fursuit eyes are an awesome feature for a ‘sona (I always thought it was a reference to Alice in Wonderland.)  Here’s the story of Bowie’s unusual eyes.

RIP- popular adult FurAffinity artist Jasen Tamiia. Reddit has links to his art and an appeal for help with funeral costs. It was an accident at home and it’s sad to see someone die before their time.

RIP – Long time Bay Area Furry, Steelehart.  There was much appreciative rememberance from the community for his contributions. I received comments that he should be remembered for over 15 years of good support.  He leaves a partner who deserves support back in kind. There were medical bills and there’s a GoFundMe appeal for help with costs.

RIP – Brian Bedford, voice of Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’.  Flayrah has the story, and here’s a tribute from the director of Zootopia:

“Dawgtown” animated movie updates. Facebook has new short sample clips of traditional animation.  The indie movie is being directed by a single creator, a gutsy approach with only a special niche of models like Ralph Bakshi.  Check the Dawgtown tag for a creator interview and more.

Oculus Rift to ship with anthro game. Lucky’s Tail is a platformer with a “fun-loving fox”, a made-for-VR game to be included with the immersive VR viewer.

Abominably Adorable: Wisconsin woman walks her poodle while dressed as abominable snowman.

Google Doodle, 1-12-15: Puss In Boots (Tip: Fred.) The google “doodle” for Charles Perrault’s birthday featured Puss in Boots.  Perrault “laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale.”

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