And now a word from StatManDan:
The world of animation got a little darker today, as unconfirmed reports of C. Martin Croker’s death has begun to circulate around the internet. Mr. Croker’s name might not a ring a bell to many, as his voice acting and animation career was light compared to most portfolios, he was mostly known as the voices of Zorak and Moltar on Cartoon Network’s first original series, Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
Beyond the realm of Space Ghost, Mr. Croker was also the original host (as the character Moltar) on Cartoon Network’s programming block, Toonami, along with various roles on Adult Swim’s The Brak Show and Dr. Weird on Aqua Teen Hunger Force. And beyond voice acting, Mr. Croker was involved with the behind the scenes process of many of the shows he voiced on.
Currently there is no official news or announcement about his death, beyond word of mouth and an updated Wikipedia article. Considering he wasn’t hugely known to the general public, I see no reason for anyone to start a fake death rumor. According to what little information is available, Mr. Croker passed away at home.
Rest In Peace, C. Martin Croker.
A friendly reminder to keep your hands inside the bus.
You might have noticed that I have not posted any Ratings Reports recently. This is something I am suspending with immediate effect for a couple factors. The first is that, especially in the case of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, it’s rather impossible to truly measure how many people really watch the show. All we know officially are those who watch on Discovery Family every Saturday. There are also the online means of watching the show when it first airs. In some cases, those uploads on YouTube have more views than the estimated views on Discovery Family.
To an extent, this can be true for Steven Universe and Star vs. The Forces of Evil. Both can be seen on the Cartoon Network and Disney XD apps, respectively as well as online. With more and more people viewing episodes online when they can and when they want, It almost makes TV viewership on its own obsolete. Perhaps there will be a better measure that factors in not just TV views and same-day DVRs, but also same-day downloads of episodes from official sources.
As a result, I feel no need to continue the ratings reports at this time. I will still continue to review episodes of MLP and Steven Universe. I will also put my Statistics degree to use from time to time when I see fit. But for now, no more ratings reports for the time being.
And now a word from StatManDan:
This is the last week to take the Pointless Ponies surveys. As a reminder, Pointless Ponies will be played at BronyCAN onFriday, August 19th, at 3:15pm Pacific Time. I will also be hosting Definition on Saturday, August 20th at 4:15pm at BronyCAN in Richmond, BC.
The more respondents to these surveys, the better. The more complete surveys, the better.
Again, the surveys close next Saturday, August 13th.
And now a word from StatManDan
With Season Six resuming, this is a good time to remind you that there are still two Pointless Ponies surveys active. The next playing of the game is at BronyCAN on Friday, August 19th, at 2:45pm Pacific time. Once again, here are the links to the surveys:
And a bonus, I am reopening Survey 2 since there is at least one question where there was a new answer!
These surveys will remain open until Saturday, August 13th.
Here are some tips to answering the questions. If a survey question calls for an episode, I don’t need “Part 1” or “Part 2” attached to it. The title of the episode for two-parters will be fine. For example, “A Canterlot Wedding” will suffice while you don’t need to put in both “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1” or “A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2”.
Also, any episode that airs up to and including August 13th, can be considered for the survey questions.
It would be much appreciated if you can take time for these surveys as the more respondents, the better!
That’s all for now. More later.