Katy Barnes

New “Phineas and Ferb” movie

When Disney + originally launched in 2019, one of the bigger titles the streaming service promised was another “Phineas and Ferb” movie. Ending in 2015, “Phineas and Ferb” has been one of the more successful Disney Cartoons of the 2000’s, and a return to the silver screen was something to be excited about. Aside from an hour-long crossover between “Milo Murphy’s Law,” there had been a lack of “Phineas and Ferb” content. But was it worth bringing it back?  “Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe” is a strange addition to the Phineas and Ferb canon. For one, it’s about Candace – the boys and their friends are rarely the focus of the film.   Instead we follow Candace and her discovery as to why she is the way she is. It sets up the plot to be a buddy comedy between Vanessa and Candace, but quickly Vanessa is sidelined and Candace has been declared the “Chosen One” – leading Candace on the road to discovering why she feels the need to be special in the first place.  It’s supposed to serve as a look into Candace’s mentality, but it makes me think about the other times the show explored these exact themes. Episodes such as “Phineas and Ferb’s Quantum Boogaloo,” “Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!” and even “Phineas and Ferb Across the Second Dimension” all explore variations of this theme, even...

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“Animal Crossing” and political promotion

Writer Katy Barnes’s digital persona poses next to her Biden yard sign in “Animal Crossing: New Horizons.” As the year has progressed, more and more events have had to be held online due to the threat of COVID-19. Virtual meeting websites such as Zoom and Skype have been used to hold classes and workshops; conventions have been utilizing Twitch and YouTube to create experiences like Comic-Con@Home.  Political campaigns have also been forced to move online, and while some are using YouTube and Zoom, others are using video games to target a younger demographic.  According to a YouGov poll, 40% of millennials say they’ve...

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The new age of thrifting

Photo by Anna Grace Askelson I love thrift shopping. Ever since I can remember, the majority of my clothes have come to me second-hand. I grew up learning the tricks of the trade at America’s Thrift, and I enjoy the process of hunting until I find a truly unique piece.  Recently thrifting has become a huge trend in America, because, as they say, “what’s old is new again”. Many members of Gen Z have found thrift shopping not only to be an effective answer to fast fashion but also an alternative to the “clean-cut” American image that many Gen...

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The Names You Know and the Stories You Don’t

Photo by Zoe Hall As many colleges have begun deliberations on whether to change the names of their buildings, Montevallo is right in the middle of their own discussion on the history of many of the buildings on campus. It initially came to the University’s attention through a petition started by UM alumna Samantha Pullen. The petition’s initial intent was to get the name of Bibb Graves, a gymnasium and dance studio on campus, changed to something that better fits the University’s current beliefs.   This petition led to a renewed interest by both the University and the community to...

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“Trolls: World Tour” forces change in movie theater industry

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many theaters have had to temporarily close their doors, causing many companies to find alternative methods for releasing their products. Movie studios have begun releasing their films straight to streaming websites, such as Amazon Prime or Disney +, and while the studios have found success, it has not been without controversy.  One of the first films to attempt this new style of distribution was “Trolls: World Tour,” the long-awaited sequel to 2016’s “Trolls.” It was initially projected to release on April 10, 2020, but due to the temporary closure of movie theaters, Universal instead made the decision to release in both theaters and various streaming platforms on the same day.  “Trolls: World Tour” was not the first film to have a pre-mature release onto streaming websites in the early 2020 season. Warner Brother’s “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” Disney’s “Onward” and Paramount’s “Sonic the Hedgehog” all were released to various streaming sites due to COVID-19, but they all enjoyed a theatrical release before making the jump. The simultaneous release of “Trolls: World Tour” has been a controversial decision, and not one that theaters are taking lightly.  On April 28, AMC declared that they would no longer show Universal Studio’s films in their theaters. On April 29, Cineworld released a statement that they would begin to pull films that failed to respect the theatrical window of...

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