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Can The Walking Dead Survive Without Rick?

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Since it became obvious that AMC’s The Walking Dead had no issues with deviating heavily from the original comic book’s storyline, fans have wondered just how far The Walking Dead might stray from its source material. One question that has popped up again and again is this: could the writers of The Walking Dead ever kill off Rick? Some fans think the show might be better off without Rick Grimes, while others think that the show doesn’t stand a chance—in ratings or critically—without him. Let’s look at 2 arguments for and against The Walking Dead working without Rick in the picture.

rick-grimes-image2Pro: The show has introduced enough characters for strong storylines
In previous seasons, “the group” essentially meant Rick and company. At this point in season 5, however, the show has introduced enough characters with separate storylines to ensure that the story could continue on even without Rick. A number of characters could step up to fill Rick’s shoes—Michonne, Abraham, and especially Carol have all shown the leadership skills necessary to keep other people alive.

Con: Rick is the original protagonist of the show
What would The Walking Dead be without the character that began it all? It was Rick that viewers followed in that first episode, from the empty hospital corridors to the walker-riddled streets and beyond. Viewers have seen Rick transform from a somewhat naïve and good-natured sheriff who believed in following upstanding moral codes to an intense, dictator-like leader who did anything it took to keep his group alive, to a man striving to find some peace in a weary world—and back again, and everything in between. No other character in the show has seen some dramatic transformations.

Con: No character can live forever in the show’s world
It would be unfair to let Rick live simply because he’s Rick, especially when plenty of other characters in the show have been killed—either from illness, the hand of man, or succumbing to walkers. No character should be safe in the Walking Dead, and that includes Rick Grimes.

Pro: He needs to come full circlerick-grimes-image
Many aspects of Rick have changed since the show’s first season, but one thing remains the same: he wants to protect his family. Rick needs to come full circle in regards to protecting baby Judith and Carl, and for that to happen, he has to stay alive.

 

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About Underdog

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Underdog is best known as the star of an animated cartoon which aired in the 1960s and continued airing in syndication for several decades. The cartoon, which was produced under the sponsorship of General Mills cereal, was one of many cartoons developed by General Mills in order to promote their breakfast cereal and other food products. Although the show was created for advertising, it proved to be popular among families and has even inspired a live-action film. If you’re a fan of the old Underdog cartoons or are just a lover of dogs in film and television, here is everything you need to know about Underdog.

Underdog almost always talked in rhyme

In the original cartoon, Underdo almost always spoke in rhyme when he was in his superhero “Underdog” disguise. This was to emphasize his nature as an almost comic-book like superhero in contrast to his normal, everyday life as Shoeshine Boy.

There were a total of 62 original episodesunder-dog-image 

There were 62 total episodes created for the original run of the Underdog TV show. The original episodes were 30 minutes, but most of the episodes were actually blocked with at least two other cartoons, including Klondike Kat, Go Go Gophers, and Tennessee Tuxedo. Some of the 30 minute episodes were dedicated entirely to Underdog, however.

Underdog wasn’t just a TV show

Underdog proved to be fairy popular despite its origin in a marketing ploy. The cartoon inspired four different comics–a 10 issue series from Charlton Comics, a 23 issue series from Gold Key comics, a 3 issue series from Spotlight Comics, and a 5 issue series from Harvey Comics. A Little Golden Book also featured Underdog and was titled Underdog and the Disappearing Ice Cream.

under-dog-image2The live-action film debuted at #3 in the box office

In 2007, a live-action version adaptation of the Underdog cartoon was produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film’s cast included Jason Lee as the voice of Underdog/Shoeshine, Amy Adams as the voice of Sweet Polly Purebred, and Peter Dinklage as Dr. Simon Barsinister.

The film reached #3 in the box office on its opening weekend, with a total intake of about 11.5 million dollars. However, the film quickly fell in the box office rankings and ended up only making a total of 42.9 million in the box office, making it a box office failure.