The other day I checked out Sing, Illumination’s 2016 animated jukebox musical about anthropomorphic animals trying to save a koala’s theater. Overall, I found it pretty enjoyable. It’s probably not going to be a favorite, but it was fun, uplifting, and made some good use of its premise. The story: Buster Moon is the owner … Continue reading Thoughts on ‘Sing’
Comparing Animation, Or What Happened to CG?
Is it just me, or has small-screen animation been deteriorating lately? I happened to see this clip of the Star Wars: Rebels TV show and...my goodness, this animation is pretty darn bad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJo169NVMTw The characters not only look like they're made of sculpted rubber, but their movements are very, very awkward. There's a kind of … Continue reading Comparing Animation, Or What Happened to CG?
Friday Flotsam: Depression, Thrawn, and Lady (and the Tramp)
1. This week was overall pretty miserable: I was strangely exhausted most of the time and my depression flared up badly. I want to say it’s some form of burnout, but you know what they say about self-diagnosis. In any case, I was able to get through by severely curtailing my activity and schedule to … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Depression, Thrawn, and Lady (and the Tramp)
Friday Flotsam: Whither Milo Murphy?
1. BW Media Spotlight posted a good piece defending Milo Murphy’s Law, the sequel series to Phineas and Ferb that, alas, failed to find the same audience its predecessor did and lasted only two seasons. Me, I’m a big fan of Phineas and Ferb: it’s one of my all-time favorites, and I really liked Milo … Continue reading Friday Flotsam: Whither Milo Murphy?
Flotsam: Various Writing Observations
1. A few observations on different works: 2. When Uncle Walt adapted Alice in Wonderland, he and his writers ended up giving it a bit more of a plot than the book had. Not much, but a little. And if you notice, the plot they gave it was pretty much lifted directly from The Wizard … Continue reading Flotsam: Various Writing Observations
Between depression and job hunting, been really behind on writing. So instead of any new original fiction, I'm just plugging along offering you works I like. And I've got a treat for you today: the first three of Dave and Max Fleischer's original Superman cartoons. My goodness, the artistry on these old cartoons is amazing. … Continue reading Superman Cartoons
‘Make Mine Freedom’
Allow me to present a startlingly accurate warning from 1948, back in the days when the American system actually tried to defend itself. https://videopress.com/v/GdRUxlfG?preloadContent=metadata You know, I have my own criticisms of the position taken by this short, but my goodness, it's refreshing to see it actually articulated, and pretty well too. Also, note the … Continue reading ‘Make Mine Freedom’
Thoughts on ‘Mulan’
With the unnecessary and unwanted remake becoming the ‘who the heck thought this was a good idea?’ film of the season (previously occupied by such luminary pictures as Birds of Prey and The Rise of Skywalker), I decided to revisit the original Mulan, which I had not seen in many, many years. Mulan came near … Continue reading Thoughts on ‘Mulan’
Happy St. Valentine’s Day: Some Favorite Couples
And Saint Valentine said [unto the Emperor Claudius]: Certainly Jesu Christ is only very God, and if thou believe in him, verily thy soul shall be saved, thy realm shall multiply, and he shall give to thee alway victory of thine enemies. -The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne's … Continue reading Happy St. Valentine’s Day: Some Favorite Couples
Drakken and Shego Manip
Here's a photo manip I did of live-action versions of Drakken and Shego from Kim Possible. Features my dream casting of Jeffrey Donovan and Morena Baccarin.