There’s a meme making the rounds on social media that Mary Poppins is actually a Time Lord in the same universe as Doctor Who. After all, she’s got a sonic umbrella, crazy scarf, a TARDIS-like bag, and other assorted connections.

There’s also an assertion that Mary Poppins is actually evil (Google “Mary Poppins is Evil” for more details), but let’s be honest here; she is a magical being with supernatural powers, so what’s our reason to trust her good intentions?

Here’s my theory: “Missy”/The Master is actually…Mary Poppins? She obviously looks the part and is probably modeled on that character. Possible future episode with the Doctor in the role of Bert the Chimney-sweep?

What are your thoughts?

The Story of 3twins: Part 5


This post is Part 5 in an ongoing series about the history of our company. If you need to catch up, here is Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Back in 2005, Andy, Jason, and I had come together with the common goal of telling great stories. We established ourselves as 3Twins Productions, and we were excited about our production Star Fetched, which we hoped to launch as a TV series and eventually a movie. Yet, even given what we’d learned about video editing and special effects, we knew we didn’t have the resources to do the story justice. And, while we considered an audio-based production, we didn’t feel that would be the best way to tell the story.

Then, however, another idea came into the mix: web cartoons. Inspired by we wondered if we could create our own cartoons and put them on the web. The only problem was that we didn’t feel this was the right medium in which to tell the Star Fetched story, so we decided to shift gears. As children, Jason and Andy had created the characters Hatman, Indigo, and the Evil Zap Man. We decided that, with a bit of tweeking, these goofy characters would lend themselves perfectly to the web-cartoon format, so we reimagined them along with a whole new superhero storyline.

We wanted to animate the show, but we also realized that these superhero characters would fit best in a comic book format, so we decided to create our own unique web-comic style: the audio comic. It was like a classic radio show (the format we considered using for Star Fetched) mixed with a standard web comic, along with a bit of animation thrown in for good measure. (To this day we’re not sure anything quite like The Adventures of Hatman & Indigo exists anywhere else on the Internet.)

Initially, I attempted to do the artwork for these comics, but the task proved a bit too daunting as I had a very full plate between work and school. However, we found that our friend Chris Secondi was up to the job. Chris worked with us for only one issue of Hatman & Indigo, but his concept drawings proved immensely valuable in setting the visual tone for the series. On May 4th, 2006 we launched The Adentures of Hatman & Indigo #1 on and the company was finally getting going!

Our Android Beta is LIVE!!!

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Greetings 3twins fans!

I would like to announce that you can now play the Beta Version of our game, Of Mages & Pages: Teento’s Revenge, on Android devices!

To easily find it in the Google Play Store, search: “3twins Teento’s Revenge” and it will come up as the only search result.

Alternatively, if you are currently viewing this post on an Android device, you can find it through this link: 3twins Android Beta Link.


Please feel free to give us your feedback.  We will be updating the Beta regularly.12015170_10201250091411237_9093245692482478036_o

Five Family Friendly Halloween Cartoons

With October just around the corner, it’s time to start getting in the spirit for Halloween. Here are five fun animated specials for the whole family.

#5: Halloween is Grinch Night

While not as well remembered as the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this “Grinchy” Halloween special came out in 1977 and won an Emmy.grinch1

In Whoville when the sour-sweet wind starts to blow, it means that the Grinch will come terrorize the Whos. The story is  basically about a little Who, Euchariah, who gets lost on the way to the outhouse (no indoor plumbing it seems).grinch2

Euchariah ends up stumbling upon the Grinch on his way to Whoville and decides to distract him so that he won’t make it to the town. Full of music, the finale of this short is a wonderfully animated spooky surreal scene of Grinch magic.

#4: Courage the Cowardly Dog – Freaky Fred

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Technically, this is not Halloween themed, but like all Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes, it is appropriately spooky, which makes it perfect for the season. Only recommended for kids who like a little scare, this episode is a personal favorite. It parodies the style of stories in rhyme that target children but with an over-the-top dark edge.

In this episode, Aunt Muriel’s cousin comes to visit. He is a deranged barber who likes to shave things. The actual scare is just that: he wants to shave Courage. But the episode uses horror-movie film angles, flashbacks, and a musical score, which makes it just the right kind of cartoon for Halloween.

#3: A Pinky and the Brain Halloween

pinky and the brain are looking at a contract that the devil holdsThis is one of the rare Halloween specials from my childhood that I still watch today. It is sitting in third place, instead of higher, because I’m unsure how it will stand up for child viewers who have never watched Pinky and the Brain.

This Halloween special manages to capture the best parts of the TV show with a spooky supernatural storyline that ends up involving the Brain in a rhythmic gymnastics competition against the Devil in literal hell (Of course, since this is a cartoon for children it is referred to as Heck or Hades). The episode’s winking verbal humor for adults mixed with visual humor for children makes it a great family watch.

#2: Gravity Falls – Summerween

gravity2In Gravity Falls they celebrate a summer Halloween, aptly called Summerween, with costumes, trick-or-treating, and Jack-o-melons. Twins, Mabel and Dipper, are famous for their Halloween costumes where they dress as a themed pair.gravity1

Dipper is beginning to feel too old for trick-or-treating. His lack of Summerween spirit causes the twins to be cursed by the Summerween Trickster, who threatens to eat them if they don’t collect enough candy.

One of the things I love about this Twilight-Zone style show is that it is animated as if filmed by a hand-held camera. The shaky cam adds an eerie tone to a freaky-fun show. Lots of laughs for both children and adults, as well as tense action scenes make this a great family special for the season.

#1: Witch’s Night Out

witch3Recently released on DVD for the first time, Witch’s Night Out is a Halloween special that first premiered on NBC in 1978. It became a staple on the Disney Channel, airing on Halloween from 1989 until the late 90s. For me, this is cartoon is pure childhood nostalgia yet still a fun watch as an adult.

The story follows Tender and Small, two children who want to embrace the holiday spirit. They are surrounded by adults so out of touch with their child-side that the Halloween party they throw is seen as a community building activity, and none of them dress up. The children seek out the help of a washed-up witch who loves Halloween as much as they do.

The animation for the protagonists is brightly colored and abstract, adding  visually playful humor to this fun flick.


Growing Pains

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This is right on time! Jason and I just got off the phone. He was helping me set up my 3twins’ email server account. For the past couple of weeks I have felt like a small ship drifting in open seas without having contact with the rest of the 3twins “crew”.

This process has really made me think of the leaps and bounds we have made as a company over the last 24 months or so. Going from a ragtag confederation of freelancers and optimistic dreamers, today we are a cohesive organization on the cusp of releasing our game into the world (WHERE IT WILL TOTALLY DOMINATE). It has certainly been a ride…a mostly fun, at times harrowing, and at other times profoundly inspiring ride.

What I am pleased to say to any and all who read this post is that we are no longer groping in the dark. We are not only a team with a purpose, but through determination, prayers, and hard work, we are a growing, thriving company on the very edge of fulfilling a major milestone in the mission that is the 3twins company!

Glad to be back in the flotilla, everyone. Onward and upward!!!

Spirited Away… to Work?


Recently I began writing an encyclopedia for everything 3twins, from Midieville to Hatman to Star Fetched. While it’s currently hosted on, it will eventually be made part of the 3twins site itself. Right now I just have to write articles and balance that with homework and another job I’m starting this month. I’ll be serving as a student mentor in the history department at my university, and my job will be to help students who are in danger of failing in American history classes. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher of some sort, and here I’ll get to help not only some of our students but also teachers.

I have a lot of work to do, both at 3twins and at school, and my situation reminds me of the movie Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away is a fantasy about a girl named Chihiro who gets trapped in the spirit world and must save her parents by getting a job at a resort for spirits. The witch that runs the resort takes Chihiro’s maxresdefaultname, renaming her Sen. Sen not only has chores to do, but a greedy monster, a dragon, and the threat of losing her parents to deal with. She also has to learn how to finish what she starts. At the beginning of the story, Sen is whiny and doesn’t want to take responsibility, but she has to grow up. That’s enough, though, about the plot, since I don’t want to spoil the story if you haven’t seen it, but it’s a great animated film and a fun watch, with a good lesson, so if you haven’t yet seen it, check it out.

MV5BMjYxMDcyMzIzNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNDg2MDU3._V1_SX640_SY720_My point is that sometimes we’re handed a great deal of work, but there’s a reason for it. In Spirited Away, Chihiro learns not only the value of hard work done well, but that she has it in her to be a hero. She grows up through the events of the story, and I think we all can learn something from her journey. We may not have to save our parents from a witch or a resort from a greedy spirit, but we all have work to do, and we all have the chance to do that work well. So, I wish everyone well on their enterprises this year, even if you have to ride a dragon–or write encyclopedias. Next month I’ll write about the hero’s journey, something we love here at 3Twins. Until then, take care.

Ready for the Doctor


Tonight is the series 9 premiere of Doctor Who. I say, “It’s about time,” because for the last few months I have been quietly going through a small amount of withdrawal, along with a large amount of obsessing.

For example, the 9th episode of series 8, Flatline, involved a type of monster that was two dimensional and posed as paintings of people in tunnels and walls, and a few months ago, a group of my family and friends (including 3twins president Jennifer Kuder) went to the Toledo Zoo. They have a short tunnel that goes from one area of the zoo to another. Inside that tunnel are paintings of people, and I said to Jennifer, “Watch out, the 2D’s are gonna get you.” This could just be chalked up to a fan making a reference, but what happened last week made me realize the truth: I was yearning for series 9 to start.fear her

I also went to the open house for my son’s elementary school, and each of the students in his class had created a piece of artwork that was their faces made of pieces of torn construction paper. I looked over at my older son, and poking him in the ribs, I said, “Those look like they could be a Doctor Who monster.” He in turn looked at me and said, “Whatever, Dad.” The thought came to me in reminiscence of the second series episode Fear Her, which was about a girl who drew pictures in crayon, and the people she drew became stuck in the pictures. Recalling that episode, I could envision the scraps of paper moving and the images saying, “We are the Tear, and we bring terror.”the tear

As I said before, it is fortunate that tonight is the beginning of a new series to hopefully ground me back to normality so my children don’t start to think I have totally lost it. Thankfully, since my household no longer has BBC America, Madame President has issued an open invitation for us to come to her house on Doctor Who nights. Hail to the Chief!

Rob the Orange Wizard

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Today I bring you the last of the 12 wizards, Rob the Orange Wizard.  20150520_124247_resizedHe may look a bit familiar because a while back I wrote a post concerning Aju the Ancient One.  Rob and Aju are one and the same.

Aju joined the troop of 13 mages who sought to stop Iniquity’s tyranny.  Aju was renamed Rob after being appointed the Orange Wizard.

Rob has dominion over the air element of reality and governs the Satyrs in the Red Swamp at the southwest corner of the land of Midieville.


Looney Tunes, a Success Story

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Last time I wrote about being a little girl and watching Saturday Morning Cartoons, which were usually Looney Tunes, and since then I have found myself wondering about the history of Looney Tunes. For example, when, where, and how did the animated series of cartoons originate? So, given inquiring minds want to know, I conducted a bit of research, courtesy of Google, and this week I thought I would share what I learned with all you cartoon fans.

Silly-SymphoniesFirst, I learned that Warner Brothers couldn’t help but notice the success of Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse cartoons, so propelled by (and perhaps envious of) that success, “Warner contracted with Leon Schlesinger to produce an animated short that would incorporate music from the studio’s vast recording library (Britannica).” Oh, and by the way, I also learned that the name Looney Tunes is actually a parody of Walt Disney’s musical cartoon series Silly Symphonies.

“Schlesinger,” according to Britannica, “subcontracted the work to animators Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, who were using the then novel innovation of synchronized sound to create animated talkies. Their first animated film for Schlesinger, Sinkin’ in the Bathtub (1930), featured Bosko, a wide-eyed character that bore an uncanny resemblance to Otto Messmer’s Felix the Cat. The cartoon concluded with Bosko addressing the audience with a phrase that would become a Looney Tunes trademark: “That’s all, folks!’” Pleased with the short’s success, Warner Brothers then ordered more shorts to be produced, and the Harman-Ising studio added a second series of animated films under the banner Merrie Melodies, with Melodies becoming the main showcase for the Warner’s music collection.

Bugs-Bunny-Whats-Up-DocThen things really began to take off, according to, when Warner hired directors Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, along with probably the greatest of all voice actors, Mel Blanc, and also greatly increased its roster of cartoon characters by adding such unforgettable personalities as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, and the Tasmanian Devil. The result was to make Loony Tunes and Merrie Melodies the most popular animated series in movie theaters across the country, even more popular that the cartoons produced by Disney, MGM, Terrytoons, Walter Lantz Productions, or Fleischer Studios.

According to, Looney Tunes, alongside Merrie Melodies, was produced by Warner from 1930 to 1969, an era many cartoon buffs and film scholars alike consider “The Golden Age of American Animation.” Moreover, since its inception Looney Tunes has become a worldwide media franchise that includes television series, feature films, comic books, music albums, video games, and amusement park rides. Many of the characters also have made and continue to make cameo appearances in various other television shows and movies, as well as in advertisements.

That's All FolksFinally, I wasn’t in the least surprised to learn that the most popular Looney Tunes character is Bugs Bunny. “Bugs”, in fact, is a cultural icon and has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

And that’s it for what I learned about Looney Tunes in my romp through cyberspace, so, until next time, “That’s all folks!”


Guinness Book of World Records (2015) Most Portrayed Character in Film.

“Looney Tunes, the Early Years” (2011) Retrieved from

Ray, M. (2015) Looney Tunes Cartoon Series. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from

“Warner Bros. Animation” (2014) Retrieved from

The Story of 3twins: Part 4


This post is Part 4 in an ongoing series about the history of our company. If you need to catch up, here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Last time in this series I delved into some early aspects of our creative work Tuesday Evening Taped and our original company name Hyper*Fiction. Today we’ll explore how we got from there to 3twins.

In 2002 I was living in a house with some friends from Western Michigan University, and Jason used to hang out with us quite often. Jason and I wanted to take our video skills to the next level, so we recruited a few of my roommates and some other friends to make a short video that would test our editing and special effects abilities.

The video was called Cybernetic Superheroes. It was about a computer hacker who created a program that could bring people back from the dead and give them super powers. Using the program, we created a super hero team that consisted of The Screamer, a woman who could make a shrill-sounding noise that could kill whoever heard it; Mouse, a man who could morph his body to fit through any space; and The Golfer, a man who carried around a golf club and could hit shots with deadly accuracy. Together they hunted down and killed Psychedelic Steve and The Henchman, played by me and Jason respectively, for killing The Screamer earlier in the film.

The video, which we shot entirely in one night, had a thin plot and weak acting, but it helped Jason and me learn some important techniques for video editing, gave us some insight into recruiting people to work with, and motivated us to set the bar as high as possible for future projects. The hope was to use these new skills in the production of Star Flick: The Motion Sickness, but as I wrote about in Part 2, that project was put on hold.

A tag at the end of Cybernetic Superheroes read “Yet another gem from the minds behind Hyper*Fiction.” But in reality this was the only gem that Hyper*Fiction ever made. Given that Jason had previously used this brand for his personal work, Andy, Jason, and I set out to create a name for our company that reflected the three of us equally.

The answer came from Andy and Jason’s grandpa, Carl Kuder, whom they were living with at the time. I hung out at the Kuder’s house so frequently that Grandpa Kuder started calling me the third twin, so calling our company 3Twins Productions made perfect sense. Though the name has now morphed into, Inc, it’s a title that has stuck with us for over 10 years.

What would we do with this company? We’ll explore that next time!