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Today in Nerd History | June 9

Buckle up for an eclectic ride through the worlds of quirky heroes, charming towns, animated racing, and time-bending mischief. On June 9, we delve into the launch of the wildly inventive video game “Earthworm Jim” in 1994, the premiere of Pixar’s “Cars” in 2006, the delightful release of “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” in 2013, and the mind-twisting adventures of “Loki” on Disney+ in 2021. Let’s explore some “Nerdy Facts” about these vibrant additions to their respective universes.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.

© Shiny Entertainment

1994: Earthworm Jim (Sega Genesis)

“Earthworm Jim,” a platform game developed by Shiny Entertainment, became famous for its wacky humor, surreal levels, and the unusually heroic earthworm clad in a robotic suit.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Outlandish Origin: The game’s protagonist, Jim, was originally an ordinary earthworm until a super suit fell from the sky and he crawled into it, gaining intelligence and strength beyond his wildest dreams.
  • Animation and Art: “Earthworm Jim” boasted animations and character designs by Doug TenNapel, rendered with a level of detail and fluidity that set new standards for graphics in video games at the time.
  • Cultural Impact: The game was so popular that it spawned several sequels, a toy line, and even an animated television series that captured the zany spirit of the original game.

© Disney/PIXAR

2006: Cars (Theaters)

Pixar’s “Cars” raced into theaters, bringing to life a world populated entirely by talking vehicles, with the hotshot racing car Lightning McQueen learning valuable lessons about friendship and life off the fast lane.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Voice Talent: Owen Wilson voiced the main character, Lightning McQueen, bringing his charismatic and laid-back style to the fast-paced world of racecar driving.
  • Technical Innovation: “Cars” featured groundbreaking visual effects for its time, with Pixar animators visiting car shows and races to study reflections on cars’ bodies and achieving an incredibly realistic depiction of metal and chrome.
  • Award-Winning Soundtrack: The film’s soundtrack featured the hit song “Life is a Highway,” which was re-recorded by Rascal Flatts for the movie, becoming a major hit and further cementing the film’s cultural footprint.

© Nintendo

2013: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS)

“Animal Crossing: New Leaf” provided players with the immersive experience of being the mayor of a small town filled with anthropomorphic animals, offering unprecedented customization and gentle, engaging gameplay.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Mayor in Charge: For the first time in the series, players could perform mayoral duties, such as improving the town and enacting ordinances that affected how the town functions.
  • Customization Galore: “New Leaf” significantly expanded the customization options available to players, from designing public works to changing the town’s layout, allowing for a highly personalized game experience.
  • Global Appeal: The game became one of the best-selling titles on the Nintendo 3DS, beloved for its charming graphics, relaxing gameplay, and the daily surprises offered by town life.

© Marvel Studios

2021: Loki (Disney+)

“Loki,” part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, followed the misadventures of Thor’s brother, Loki, as he encounters the Time Variance Authority after escaping with the Tesseract, diving into themes of identity and destiny.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Time-Travel Twists: “Loki” introduced fans to the Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization that manages the various timelines of the multiverse, adding a complex layer to the MCU’s narrative structure.
  • Multiverse Introduction: The series played a pivotal role in setting up the concept of the multiverse in the MCU, which has significant implications for future films and series.
  • Critical Reception: Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki was widely praised, along with the show’s writing, which skillfully balanced dark themes with humor and character development.

June 9 is a day to celebrate the creativity and innovation that continue to delight and inspire fans across gaming, animation, and television. From rescuing Princess What’s-Her-Name to racing toward personal growth, managing a town, or unraveling the fabric of reality, these stories remind us why we cherish imaginative escapes. Happy Nerd History Day to all who explore these fantastic realms!

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