Ah, welcome to the May issue of Unearthing Positivity. The world is slowly recovering. All over the world we see events start all over again and I look forward to the moment when I can travel again and see my friends abroad.
This episode features multiple virtual and classic charity fundraising events, furry awards, lots of meerkats, and our distinctive feature is Pawsry, the driving force behind Global Furry Television, a staple of Asian furry fandom.
But first, let’s see what we did for charity this month!
AnthroExpo, this year they held their conference on a virtual island because their topic was “shipwreck”, but besides lovely little places to explore and a fantastic stream of congresses that can be seen in the central square of the island, they have 1,190.52 US dollars raised for the Asian Mental Health Collective and US $ 1,127.52 voluntarily donated by their kind guests to keep their own organization running.
In the Netherlands, several friendly animals made sure that Lynn, a popular member who loves all kinds of retro, got the cash for a new laptop by raising $ 1,724 to make sure they continue to be creative and with her can keep in touch friends.
Adler the Eagle and his beloved Blaze raised $ 5,289 for the Cincinnati Tradition Drum & Bugle Corps while streaming the classic banjo-tooie for the Nintendo 64. An incredibly long stream that had so many fun moments and in the end the results were amazing.
Another great example of how the fandom can come together to endorse one of their own. Shep raised over $ 5,000 for her new wheelchair, which significantly increased the quality of life. I wish her a lot of love.
And with everything that recovers, the “classic” fur scammers also return. Our friends down under enjoyed FurDU and supported not one but two charities. $ 4,308.95 was split between Fresh Start Rescue and NSW Rural Fire Service and Donation Fund.
Ursa Major Awards
This month we have the results of this year’s Ursa Major Awards, and among the winners we have some past guests from Digging Up Positivity! Like Rick Griffin, who won HousePets with his comic book, and Ash Coyote, who won ‘Best’
Anthropomorphic Non-Fiction ‘2020 work with the documentary’ The Fandom ‘. While this documentary can be viewed online, there is also a blue-ray version. If you would like the opportunity to have a free copy, please reply to this video and say you are interested. Between these comments, I’ll pick a random winner. Which will be announced in the video at the end of next month.
I really recommend checking out the rest of the nominees and winners of this excellent awards show. Maybe you will be introduced to an amazing job that you have never seen before!
Good Furry Award
Speaking of awards, another staple in fandom is Pappa Bears’ Good Furry Award. Several high standing members of the fandom are nominated each year, and I was humbled to find out that I was nominated too. Past winners are Ash Coyote and Tony Barrett, also known as Dogbomb. Both wins are well deserved. Votes can still be cast on their website until the end of this month. So be quick! Like a meerkat chasing a beautiful scorpion.
Meerkat Manor returns
As a meerkat, of course, I followed the Whiskers family’s adventures with Meerkat Manor. You will actually return! This time around, we’re focusing on the next generations with Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty. It is a co-production by BBC America and the Oxford Scientific series and will air weekly on BBC America starting June 5th. But on AMC + you can watch the first episode of this weekend: May 28th.
Meerkat puppy born at Amesfoort Zoo
Speaking of adorable meerkats, the Dutch Amersfoort Zoo, 3 little meerkats were born! After two decades they finally had a good match between a couple with this wonderful result. Things are going well and I can’t wait to see them!
Welcome to O’Town
In April, Euni Cho uploaded a short animation she made at Sheridan College about a rabbit traveling to the big city hoping to become a successful musician but facing the challenges of adapting to her new home. The soft atmosphere combined with the soft colors makes this animation really unique. And of course the link is in the description or above “I am signing right there”.
Behind the scenes at Mitchell vs. The Machines
Let it know that I love animation, especially when people are trying to think outside the box. This was one of the reasons I loved Into the Spiderverse. Not only because the story went well, the soundtrack popped, but the animation style just impressed me! And I was very pleasantly surprised by the Mitchells vs The Machines. And the more I got involved with the film, the more Easter eggs and little nods I found!
The Netflix Film Club has released some small videos working towards their style. And before looking around for videos pointing out all the lovely references and Easter eggs, be warned that you will wear down your pause button as they are everywhere from the design to the robots to the shape of the PAL building to the name PAL itself!
One of the game series that I’ve played all my life is Super Mario. From the NES version and even the Atari 2600 to my little trustworthy switch. But I didn’t know how rich and turbulent the voice behind Bowser was.
Thomas Game Docs posted a nice video behind Bowser’s voice detailing everything! Did you know that Bowsers in Smash Brothers are purely animal sounds? While speaking fluent English in other games? Of course, fluent English is not spoken by animals. But his current voice actor had no experience other than a
Scooby Doo Voicemail. Not even kidding. But he does a great job!
If you want to learn more about the story behind Bowser’s voice, we recommend reading the link in the description or using the “i” button to get there.
Discord interview with GFTV’s Pawsry
Thank you for staying with us until the end of the video. I am happy to announce that I am now working with the great people behind Artworktee.com and you will soon be able to get your paws on some exclusive Thabo merchandise, from beautiful lapel pins to T-shirts with designs that I have made myself, but also excellent artists like Silverfox.
Seriously, this guy made the best drawing of me I’ve ever made! One of the reasons I chose Artworktee is because, along with great products and decent customer service, they have raised over $ 80,000 for various charities.
But with all of this I couldn’t have done it without all of you, and special thanks to my channel sponsors, both at Patreon and Subscribestar:
Cosmik with a K.
We will be back on the 26th, thank you very much and of course all hugs!