I had almost little expectations going into this film. I’m not saying I didn’t expect it to be good. I just didn’t know what to expect. I was aware of this film only from hype. That’s not a lot to go on enough for me to get excited about a film. I mostly knew it from the fact that the style looked exactly like that of Secret of The Kells. I still haven’t seen that film, but I think I will be seeing it soon after seeing Song of the Sea. I collect favorite animation studios like Smurfs collect Smurfberries. Disney, Pixar, Ghibli, Laika, Aardman. All amazing. Song of the Sea was my introduction to Irish animation Studio, Cartoon Saloon. It is a discovery I am glad I made.
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I remember the very first time I saw Pee-Wee Herman, the luckiest boy in the world. I was very small. My Uncle had purchased a copy of Mad Magazine, spoofing the character. This was also my first exposure to Mad, a fact I think Pee-Wee himself would really like. I wanted to know what this guy was, what was he about, and what makes him so instantly likable. I did not have to wait long as a TV show and feature film were in the works. He became insanely popular, with toys and lunchboxes flooding stores. I became an expert almost immediately, soaking in all Pee-Wee knowledge, and continuing to love Mr. Herman to this day. Although, his residence in pop culture hasn’t been omnipresence, not showing up for years at a time, his charm had laid dormant in the hearts of millions. This characters and his appeal are seemingly endless, like a sweater that someone keeps knitting, and knitting, and knitting, and… you get the idea.
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I am a huge Star Wars fan. I mean big. Toys, tattoos, games, books, comics, cartoons, costumes, props, films, the whole thing. Three Years ago, my life as a Star Wars fan changed forever. I was watching the story unfold on TV as George Lucas had sold the right for Star Wars to Disney, something I never thought I would ever see. He had such tight control on that empire. He had to sign off on everything. His daughter was writing episodes for Clone Wars. He wrote his whole family into the universe. And there was one other clear thing, he was NOT ever going to do an Episode VII. Ever. OK.
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It has been two months since The Force Awakens came out. I have spent a ton of time reading online reading reviews, acclaims, criticisms, gripes, predictions, and speculations revolving around it. I knew I wanted to do a review, but I didn’t want to just talk about how much I love Star Wars. This is something I am doing twenty four seven already.
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When it comes to animated features, there have been many masters. The old cartoonists of the early twentieth century put their ink to cell to create wonder. They refereed to cartoons as “wish fulfillment” because anything was possible if you could draw it. Soon ink was coupled with paint and the dream machine ran. One of the greatest masters of this art is Hayao Miyazaki, a skilled portal maker with the power to send us into worlds untold. His films are unmistakably his, beautiful and deep, yet even the smallest child can follow along with them. Among the many worlds he has shown us, one of his best loved, is Spirited Away. This is a story of a young girl trapped in the spirit world were she must use her wits to survive and find a way back. An amazing story, but certainly not a new one. In fact, more than any other Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away takes a Western fairy tale template and applies it to the pantheon of Japanese Shintoist ghosts. But to understand this, we must visits the dream weavers from before animation.
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I am, by no modest claim, the world’s biggest Star Wars fan… or so it seems to me. I have breathed it since I can remember. I have know it inside and out for pretty much my whole life. When I turned eighteen, I just knew I was going to need to bleed for it. This is when I decided to get me first tattoo, and it had to be a Star Wars one.
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To say that I am a Miyazaki fan is a great understatement. I put his film fight up there with Disney classics. The smoothly painted and animated images that dance on screen just as colorful, with the exception that Ghibli films are animated 60 frames per second instead of Disney’s 40. This gives his work a very realistic motion. Of course Studio Ghibli fan will recognize Totoro, the Micky Mouse of the studio as it were; becoming the mascot and logo for the company. This is Miyasaki’s most beloved film worldwide, and for good reason. Many of his films deal with concepts of human arrogance: pollution, deforestation, good characters being forced to do bad, greed etc. My Neighbor Totoro deals with a very simple, yet all encompassing concept, life. Growth, youth, death, and spirit are the things that our lovely neighbor brings to light in this film.
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