[Five Deadly Everythings]

Alice through the gateway

Posted in *dead*, animation, Killing the ego by Jef on December 3, 2010

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Captain Planet: End of Days

Posted in animation, television, video clip by Jef on February 18, 2010

Look at this f–king monster

Posted in animation, books, comics, monsters by Jef on January 18, 2010

This beast was recently discovered and some people are speculating it’s the legendary chupacabra, even though it looks like nothing like Taylor Lautner. Well ok it looks a LITTLE like Taylor Lautner. Chupacabra, by the way, translates to “goat sucker”, which is highly disappointing as far as monster names go. I don’t want to get into it, but that also means I am technically a chupacabra. Just joking, sort of.

Monsters have been on my mind recently because I finally read that copy of “The Island of Dr. Moreau” that has been on my bookshelf for a decade or so. H.G. Wells’ tale is a little hard to get through because the basic story has been re-done a million times and his prose isn’t tasty enough to get you through a meal you’ve already had but with more gravy. I know this is kind of blasphemous, but I couldn’t read “Moreau” without picturing that episode of the Batman cartoon, where Bats chases after Catwoman to an island of beast-men and befriends the Man-Beast and it all ends with a reading of Blake’s “The Tiger”:

What IS dope about the book (besides the obvious glee Wells gets from describing stupid slow things) is that I had no idea the original island-scientist-creates-horrible-man-monsters narrative was so clearly about religion, and humanity’s use (in Wells’ eyes) of faith to keep us from realizing our beastly natures. Most times I’ve encountered it, as in the Batman episode, it has been re-molded as a cautionary tale about science and playing-God (which while somewhat related to Wells’ intent isn’t nearly the same thing), or it’s been made to be about tolerance and animal cruelty.

In other news, that likewise I was not cool enough to discover on my own, check out this Wikipedia list of monsters. I am happy that such a thing exists.

And yes, this is how I return to my personal blog, which I have missed. Even though I will be disappearing again on vacay next week, so don’t call it a comeback. (This post has been brought to you by a Half-baked New Year’s Resolution.)

“Up” and the missing Pixar ingredient

Posted in animation, break it down, movies by Jef on June 3, 2009

Up

I saw Up on opening night but hadn’t gotten around to thinking about it until now, hence the late review. That delay got me thinking though — why hadn’t I thought at all about a movie I was so impressed with as I walked out of the theatre?
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The lighter Dark Knight returns

Posted in animation, comics, video clip by Jef on June 1, 2009

braveandtheboldLast week’s episode of Batman: the Brave and the Bold was both a subtle kick in the nuts to militant fanboys who decry the cartoon’s playfulness and want a return to the tortured-soul Batman and also a dead-on tribute to classic Warners Brother’s animation. There’s a bunch of in-jokes for animation heads, comics fanboys and general casual cartoon watchers and, depending on where you’re coming from, the episode works on several different levels. Mainly though it’s great fun and it really shows how far cartoons have fallen off in recent years. Watch along after the jump.
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Because the original wasn’t trippy enough

Posted in animation, music, music videos, video clip by Jef on May 13, 2009

aliceYoutuber Fagottron (true story) took Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” one step further with his song “Alice”, a weirdly beautiful electronic piece composed almost entirely using sounds from the classic cartoon, and then went a few grams deeper by splicing together an awesome video for it. But the mindfuck doesn’t stop there. Someone had the bright idea to plug the vid into the amusing but mostly useless rendering site Yooouuutuuube and ended up with this fantastic trip:
[“Alice” – 18 Rows, 18 Columns]