In Case You Didn’t Notice…

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a movie based on a superhero comic book won a best picture Oscar last night.

Once again, it’s time for the “nerd categories” of the Oscar nominations

Feast was one of the short animated features nominated today.

There’s quite a bit of discussion today regarding today’s Oscar nominations (I remain very sad for Ava DuVernay’s snub in the Best Director category), but let’s talk about the stuff that’s collectively of greater interest to the readership of The Beat, because there’s great work to celebrate there too!

Here are the nominations that include films that are based on comics, or have some kind of comics/cartooning based slant:

Best Visual Effects
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
“Interstellar”
“X-Men: Days of Future Past”
This seems like a shoe-in for Interstellar, though the work done on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with Andy Serkis and Toby Kebbell was pretty stunning in its own right.
Best Animated Feature Film
“Big Hero 6″
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″
“Song of the Sea”
“The Tale of Princess Kaguya”

The lack of a nod for The Lego Movie is surprising given the critical and popular acclaim, but if I had to bet money on one, it’d be The Tale of Princess Kaguya. But, Big Hero 6 may surprise here, given that it was a huge hit and perhaps may have engendered more screener viewings from members of the Academy.

Best Short Film (Animated)
“The Bigger Picture”
“The Dam Keeper”
“Feast”
“Me and My Moulton”
“A Single Life”

And regarding this category, it’s sadly one of my big blind spots. Feast, being under the Disney brand, seems a likely choice as any.

Time to get your betting pools together, the 2015 Academy Awards will be held on February 22nd.

Disney and Marvel Team Up to Create a Big Hero 6 Movie

With Disney owning Marvel and all their characters, it was expected that they’d eventually set their film-makers to work on a Marvel Universe project – however, I doubt anybody would have expected that project to be Big Hero 6. And yet here we are, with a release date set for next year and footage already up on youtube!

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Marvel Trademarks: Tea Leaves Suggesting New Movies?

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The recent rumors which seem to confirm a Guardians of the Galaxy motion picture seem to have been foretold by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  A search for “Guardians of the Galaxy” shows twenty registrations, many of them made since 2010.  (Here’s an example.)  The most recent was made June 15, 2012, for

IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: Computer services, namely, creating an on-line virtual community for registered users to participate in and hold competitions, showcase their skills, improve their talent, participate in incentive award programs, get feedback from their peers, form virtual communities, trade, buy and sell virtual goods, conduct virtual tours, facilitate interaction among users, rank users, engage in social networking, and participate in on-line discussion boards; providing temporary use of non-downloadable software to enable viewing, previewing, sharing, manipulating, and creating blogs regarding computer games via global computer networks and electronic communication networks for use in connection with computers, mobile computers, media players, cellular phones, wireless devices and portable and handheld digital electronic devices; Providing temporary use of non-downloadable software to enable viewing, previewing, sharing, manipulating, enhancements for computer games, online games, and game applications and information relating to computer games and game enhancements via global computer networks and electronic communication networks for use in connection with computers, mobile computers, media players, cellular phones, wireless devices and portable and handheld digital electronic devices

Sounds a bit like the recent Avengers Facebook game…

If one searches for “Marvel Characters, Inc” as the owner, then all of Marvel’s filings appear.  What, besides GotG show up?  Why are they significant?

Well, a trademark does protect a title and character name from being used by another company, like “Captain Marvel”, especially in licensing and marketing.

So, if there are numerous filings, then it’s probably something big, which will generate lots of merchandise, like a movie.  If it’s just one or two filings, then it’s probably to claim a title.  If it’s for toys, clothing, or other merchandise, especially for a specific title or character, then it’s probably due to appear on the big and little screens.

The USPTO uses this classification for comic books:

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Comic books; Printed periodicals in the field of comic book stories and artwork.

Such as for the title “Villains for Hire” (filed November 2, 2011).

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Mark ImageThis is interesting!  Usually, Marvel just registers a name.  This logo was filed on August 9, 2011, for what seems to be a media logo. [IC 041. US 100 101 107.]  Also for IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038; IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050; IC 028. US 022 023 038 050

Might this be a new “Marvel” logo for a new product line?  It’s a bit over-the-top… a triumphant eagle on top of the world, with that “bow tie” letter on the bottom.

Nope…  Google searched it, and found it’s the Strikeforce Morituri logo.  That site says:

Strikeforce Morituri® is copyright 2011 by Carl Potts and is a registered Trademark of Carl Potts. Material is used here with his permission.

Which means that Mr. Potts and his attorneys may wish to oppose Marvel’s registration.  (Wikipedia states it was created by Peter B. Gillis and Brent Anderson.) It was published by Marvel, not Epic, and has Marvel universe designation Earth-1287.  It’s a great concept (aliens take over the Earth, a process gives soldiers superpowers, the new powers result in death within one year), and wouldn’t surprise me if Disney spins this off as a non-Marvel movie.

There are nine listings for “MORITURI” in the PTO database.  Two have been registered (4145694 ; 4142825).  They are the logo and the name, for electronic comics publications.

What else?

How about the Micronauts?  (Or at least those properties not owned by Takara-Tomy)  No application for comic books, but for games and toys.

  • STEVE COFFIN (A Captain Universe)
  • PRINCESS MARI
  • PRINCE ARGON
  • COMMANDER RANN

Has Marvel published anything from the Microverse lately?

Other recent entries:

  • ANT-MAN [toys] (January 14, 2011); (January 14, 2011); [clothing] November 8, 2010; [housewares] November 8, 2010; [backpacks] November 8, 2010
  • AKA JESSICA JONES (five entries)
  • POWER PACK (three entries)
  • RUNAWAYS (two entries)
  • BLIP.COM (abandoned, probably because of BLIP.TV; replaced by MARVEL ARCADE?)
  • MARVEL ARCADE (two entries)
  • KA-ZAR (two entries)
  • Damage Control (two entries)
  • BIG HERO 6 (six entries, rumored to be in development as a Disney animated feature)
  • SILVER SAMURAI (four entries, linked to Big Hero 6)
  • HOWLING COMMANDOS (four entries)
  • MARVEL XP (Part of Marvel’s Facebook games portal)
  • DEADPOOL (one big massive filing, most likely triggered by his appearance in the Wolverine movie)
  • YOUNG ZOMBIES (filed on June 18, 2011, yet no indication the comic book was ever published)

And then there are other marks…

Marvelous and Marvel Super Hero Kids were never used.  Marvelous was filed in 2003, and looks like it might have been a girl’s clothing line.  MSHK dates from 2005.  Both are abandoned.