Robot Chicken’s “G.I Joe Exotic” Is the Tiger King Series We All Need

Before masks, before vaccines, back when “social distancing” wasn’t a fully ingrained way of life, we were all stuck in our homes with nothing to do but watch “Tiger King” on Netflix and the legend of Joe Exotic was born. Once the series played out, and Joe ended up behind bars, it looked like we might get a dramatized version starring Nic Cage. Then other ideas were bandied about. They all fizzled out, save one. Robot Chicken’s truly excellent “G.I. Joe Exotic” and it’s clear that if ANY Tiger King reboot/dramatization was going to get the green light, it should be this one.

The real Joe Exotic isn’t the guy we all liked to pretend he could be. He’s in jail now, so that should be exhibit A. He also rented a huge stretch limo, since he was seemingly convinced he was getting a presidential pardon. Now that we know his full story, he’s a little less fun than people thought at the beginning of the Netflix series.

But Robot Chicken’s version is just the best parts of Joe Exotic. In this case, he’s coming to save the day and battle his nemesis, Carol Baskin of Dancing With The Stars, and, ya know, Tiger King. G.I. Joe Exotic uses his musical skills to help free some mind-controlled tigers. He keeps Cobra on their heels and everything else about it is pretty much exactly in line with the zaniness you’d expect from Robot Chicken.

We’ve spent so much time picturing different actors in that role, and getting hyped to see what Nicolas Cage would come up with, that we missed the best and purest iteration of this truly bizarre character. So, if any series in the future *does* move forward, hopefully, it’s G.I. Joe Exotic.

Disney Teases Announcement This December for New Star Wars Video Game

Rumors surrounding a new Star Wars video game have been circulating for months now.  We’ve heard reports that LucasFilm Games and Ubisoft are teaming up for a new open-world Star Wars game, The Mandalorian reportedly has a video game in development, and we’re still waiting on the inevitable Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sequel.  Lucky for us, it looks like we could finally be finding out what this new game is sooner rather than later.  It might even end up being one of the ones previously mentioned.

On Twitter, Disney revealed that every Tuesday for the next twelve weeks, a new Star Wars product will be revealed.  The “Bring Home the Bounty” publishing campaign as they have dubbed it will “debut new Star Wars toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more each week through the end of the year.”

If you head on over to the official website, you can see some of the merchandise revealed which includes Mandalorian-inspired shoes from Crocs (anyone would look awesome cutting the lawn in those) and an assortment of POP! figures.  Along with these, there is an image teasing what will be announced each week.  Some of the icons are just characters from the franchise, but the one in question is Week 10, which looks like a game controller.  I mean, it seems pretty obvious anyway.  Everyone assumes it will be the day we hopefully get a trailer or something to whet our appetites for this brand-new Star Wars adventure.  If it just ends up being a Star Wars-themed game controller though, I think everyone will flip out, and not in a good way.

Regardless, there is plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks for Star Wars fans, and we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for any major announcements.  In the meantime, feel free to check out our list of the Top 10 Star Wars Games of All Time, as voted by The Dad Gaming Facebook community group.  It’s a pretty solid list I must say.

Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack Pricing and Release Date Revealed

Ever since Nintendo announced N64 and Sega Genesis games were coming to their online service, fans have been itching for a release date.  The thought of being able to play classics like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time or Mario Kart 64 on the go (or laying in your bed) was almost too much to handle.  Lucky for us, we don’t have to wait much longer to get our hands on it.

Nintendo revealed today that their Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack will be launching on October 25th, 2021.  Included with this new Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, you’ll have access to the regular Nintendo Switch Online membership along with extra goodies including N64 & Sega Genesis games, as well as the just-announced Animal Crossing New Horizons: Happy Home Paradise DLC,

This new membership will cost $49.99 USD a year, which is a substantial $30 increase from the standard membership.  If you have a family membership like I do (which lets up to 8 people share the service), it’s going to cost $79.99 USD for the year.  Compared to other subscriptions like Xbox Live and Playstation Plus, this is pretty standard.

If you aren’t interested in any of this though, just keep doing your thing and pay for the regular subscription.  This additional service is completely optional.  If you want to get the crew together though and relive the glory days by playing Star Fox 64 or Mario Kart 64 online with up to 4 players, you’re going to have to pony up the extra cash.  Totally worth it, I’d say.

Hawkeye Drops New Footage, Premiering With Two Episodes on Thanksgiving Eve

This year, Disney+ is giving us an early Christmas gift. Two of them, in fact. And we’re getting them on Thanksgiving!

We already know Hawkeye, the fifth MCU streaming series featuring Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), aka Hawkeye, and his new protégé, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), fighting bad guys in New York City during the Christmas season, arrives on November 24th, the night before Thanksgiving, and will run almost to Christmas. But now we know we’re getting two episodes right off the bat.

The show is a holiday-themed action comedy and it looks like a lot of fun. The new trailer Disney+ released along with the two-episode premiere announcement does nothing to diminish that feeling.

We get a glimpse at the Broadway version of the classic Battle of New York from the end of the first Avengers movie – Hawkeye is in town to catch the Steve Rogers musical – and a shot of Clint’s wife, Linda Cardellini, wondering when he’ll be home. The stakes don’t seem too high as Renner and Steinfeld banter their way through Manhattan. Rumor has it Florence Pugh will reprise her role as Black Widow’s “sister” in the show, but no hint of that just yet. Judging by the way Disney is able to bring just about everyone back to do voices for What If…?, it’s probably a good bet.

Check out the new trailer, and get ready to watch two episodes of Hawkeye on Thanksgiving Eve:

Fatherly Announces “Comprehensive Guide” to Fatherhood, a Must-Have for New Dads

There’s no magical formula to help you understand why your baby won’t stop crying, or why your 3-year-old suddenly hates chicken nuggets after demanding chicken nuggets for dinner. There are, however, countless dads who came before you, navigating the gold-studded minefield of fatherhood. Some of those highly-seasoned dads dedicate their professional lives to The Dad’s brother father community, Fatherly. In an effort to empower new dads and veteran dads alike, they pooled their knowledge into a comprehensive guide to fatherhood.

Oddly enough, many of us find ourselves really needing our dads for the first time in years when we ourselves become dads. We crave their guidance, strength, and reassurance. We have the sudden and overwhelming urge to grab them by the shoulders and shake them (just a little), yelling “how did you do this” until they spill their secrets. Though there are no cheat codes in parenting, the Fatherly team partnered with Harper Horizon to give us the next best thing.

Fatherhood: A Comprehensive Guide to Birth, Budgeting, Finding Flow, and Becoming a Happy Parent is jam-packed with all things Dad. It details dad-tested, data-backed answers to your burning questions, and questions you didn’t even know you had. With chapters covering everything from the delivery room to screen time, Fatherhood has the unique ability to prepare dads for several stages of parenting. Ultimately, this groundbreaking book is a roadmap to fatherhood.

“We created Fatherly to help guys who were becoming dads raise great kids while leading fulfilling adult lives.” Michael Rothman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Fatherly said in a press release. “Our goal with Fatherhood is to squeeze the best juice out of the 20,000+ articles we’ve written into a single resource that will prep dads for what’s ahead while letting them know that they’re not alone in their often weird thoughts, feelings and observations in those early years as a new parent.”

As every dad knows, maps are highly individual and open to interpretation. Maybe you know a shortcut or an unexpected detour means having to pull over at a rest stop and re-route the rest of your trip. Similarly, Fatherhood gives dads the important information – what you do with it, well, that’s up to you.

For a taste of what’s in store throughout Fatherhood: A Comprehensive Guide to Birth, Budgeting, Finding Flow, and Becoming a Happy Parent, you can check out a generous sample here. At the very least, the sneak peek should hold you over until the book’s release on November 9th. For more information, visit Fatherly, or pre-order your copy on Amazon today.

Anthony Walsh: All-star MVP

“For a lot of my husband’s life, everything revolved around sports. Anthony was either watching, playing, or coaching something 24/7.

So, when our first and second children were girls, some friends and family acted disappointed for him. Like his sports dreams were dashed because he was a ‘girl dad.’

Anthony bucked that toxic masculinity and became the most hands-on, informed, feminist, and loving dad out there.

Anthony makes sure we are fans of both men’s and women’s professional sports and doesn’t differentiate their importance. Representation matters!

Also, you’ve probably noticed that he’s baby wearing. And of course, our third is a boy. And this baby boy may be as big as a sports players and fans as his sisters, and dad, one day. But if not, that’s beautiful, too.

Anthony works hard to be the best dad by breaking down stereotypes and loving every kid unconditionally, with honesty and integrity and vulnerability. He’s our own personal all-star MVP.”

– Allison Walsh

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Jason Segel Headlining New Series From Ted Lasso Team

Before Squid Game came along, the most talked-about TV show of the year was Ted Lasso. Talk of a second season swoon dominated Twitter even as the show itself was cleaning up at the Emmys. Lasso will be back for a third season, but Apple isn’t satisfied with just one show from the team behind it, they want another.

Variety announced that Bill Lawrence, the creator of Ted Lasso, and Brett Goldstein, the Emmy-winning actor who portrays Roy Kent and also writes for the show (and is a stand-up comedian and podcast host), are developing a new series for Apple TV+. And it will star How I Met Your Mother/Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, Jason Segel.

All three men will write and executive produce the series, titled “Shrinking,” which will star Segel as a therapist who decides to say ‘fuck it’ and start giving his patients unfiltered feedback.

Variety says, “Shrinking” follows a grieving therapist (Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives, including his own.”

This is the second show about an ‘unhinged therapist who wreaks havoc on his patients’ lives’ that Apple has on its plate, with the Paul Rudd/Will Ferrell series “The Shrink Next Door” hitting the platform this fall, though, with the Muppet-loving Segel and Ted Lasso crew behind it, this one promises to have less of a dark side. Although, if Goldstein channels his famously surly soccer player, maybe it won’t.

Dutch Grocery Stores Introduce Chat Registers To Help Customers Combat Loneliness

Though isolation has taken on a somewhat different meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s by no means a new phenomenon. Feelings of loneliness and isolation can occur at any age and can impact virtually anyone. For some, a chat with a close friend or relative can help alleviate the discomfort of feeling alone. But for many, for one reason or another, calling a loved one simply isn’t an option. A Dutch supermarket chain is taking a groundbreaking step in the fight against loneliness, and all it takes is a trip to the grocery store.

According to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), more than one-third of adults over 45 report feelings of loneliness. Feeling alone isn’t just uncomfortable – studies show that loneliness can put people at risk for serious medical conditions such as dementia. Widespread loneliness is a genuine threat to public health, and the Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo is fighting it in a simple and touching way.

Jumbo first introduced the kletskassa, or chat registers, in 2019. Specific registers in the store are marked for customers who want to chat with their cashiers as they check out. After their initial success, Jumbo announced their plan to expand the chat register program.

As a family business, Jumbo feels that it’s their duty to help their community.

“Our stores are an important meeting place for many people and we want to play a role in identifying and reducing loneliness. We do this in various ways, including our Kletskassa’s,” Colette Cloosterman-van Eerd, CCO of Jumbo explained on the chain’s website. “We are proud that many of our cashiers like to take a seat behind a Kletskassa. They support the initiative and want to help people to make real contact with them out of genuine interest. It is a small gesture, but very valuable, especially in a world that is digitizing and getting faster and faster.”

The supermarket chain will open 200 additional chat registers across the Netherlands and Belgium, targeting areas where loneliness is a more prevalent issue. Additionally, some stores will open “cozy chat corners” where customers enjoy a cup of coffee along with some human connection.

It’s no secret that the world is becoming increasingly digital. Social media is a major form of connection, but it’s not a replacement for face-to-face interaction. Loneliness is an increasingly serious problem around the world, but every single person has the power to combat it – sometimes, all it takes is a chat.

‘Hatchet’ Author Gary Paulsen Has Passed Away

Gary Paulsen, the bestselling children’s book author, passed away suddenly this week at the age of 82. A representative from his publishing group confirmed the news. Paulsen was best known for his YA wilderness stories, including one of the greatest of all time, Hatchet.

Dads of a certain age remember Hatchet from reading it in school, most likely. It was the badass story of a 13-year-old who has to survive on his own after a plane crash strands him in the wilderness. The only thing he has with him? The titular hatchet. While certainly his biggest seller and most beloved book, he authored numerous other critically acclaimed books. He wrote more than 200 books overall during his distinguished career and won a lifetime achievement award for YA literature.

His representative said it was Paulsen’s “overwhelming belief in young people that drove him to write.” They also said “his desire to tap deeply into the human spirit and encourage readers to observe and care about the world around them brought him both enormous popularity with young people and critical acclaim from the children’s book community.”

He released a memoir earlier this year, in which he spoke of his love of nature. During a promotional interview, he spoke about competing in Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog race when he was younger.

“I started to feel like there was no dividing line between nature and me,” he said. “I think we are all natural people. When you run dogs alone, you run a thousand miles with a dog team, you understand a primitive exultation. You go back 30,000 years, you and the dogs. It’s incredible and you’re never normal again.”

His last novel will be published in January. You can add up all the awards you want, but there is no greater legacy an author can have than a generation that was inspired to read more because of him.

3 Dads Are Walking 300 Miles To Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

3 British dads, Andy, Mike, and Tim didn’t know each other until this past year. On October 9th the three men came together to start a 15 day, 300-mile walking journey together. The trio is united by one tragic detail, all of them lost a daughter to suicide. None of them were aware of the staggering number of people under the age of 35 who are taking their own lives, but after experiencing it first hand they want to do their part to raise awareness and funds PAPYRUS, a British organization dedicated to preventing suicide among young people.

The dads started their journey on October 9th and they will continue walking each day, across England, for 15 days. You can follow along with their journey here: The Route. Daniel Craig, a girl dad himself, recently donated to their cause.

There is no greater pain imaginable as a father than losing your child, especially in this way. I salute these three men for picking themselves up and doing their part to raise awareness and encourage other parents to check in with their children and make sure they’re ok. So many people are dealing with internal struggles that we can’t see or comprehend. It’s often the people who seem the most vibrant that are struggling the most inside and we don’t know it until it’s too late.

Being an Army veteran I’ve lost friends to suicide, and each time it feels like a part of me goes with them. There are a lot of misconceptions and stigmas around suicide. It’s an awful thing, but there is nothing cowardly about it. People who experience trauma and depression sometimes see suicide as the only way out. Instead of stigmatizing it, we need to instead let our friends and especially our children know that we are people they can come to in those trying moments and that we love and support them through it all.

If you think you know someone who may be dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide there are many resources available:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Resource Center