Today in nostalgia: ‘Worthless’ from The Brave Little Toaster

August 14, 2014 at 11:42 am (Nostalgia) (, , )

I love this song. It’s at the climax of The Brave Little Toaster, a gem of an animated film that came out in 1987. The film was originally pitched as a 3D movie for Disney by some dude named John Lasseter. Disney said no, fired Lasseter, and shifted the project to a different studio with a third of the original budget. Instead of accepting that The Brave Little Toaster had been earmarked to be one of those cheap cartoon flicks that could be easily shipped overseas, the crew working on it decided that they wanted to make it awesome.

It would later be screened at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival, where it got a Grand Jury Prize nomination. Lasseter on the other hand, would go on to direct a little 3D movie called Toy Story, also about inanimate objects having rich, harrowing lives.

But I digress. The mourning of doomed cars with sad headlight eyes haunts me to this very day.

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Today in nostalgia: Early 2000s anime openings

March 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm (Nostalgia) (, , , )

The anime of the early 2000s came off the wave made by titles like Great Teacher Onizuka, Cowboy Bebop, and Weiss Kreuzz. On the other hand, this generation would lead on to things like Samurai Champloo, Code Geass, and Soul Eater.

For people like me, who were in high school at the time, anime was all about how no overwhelming world-destroying force couldn’t be defeated with a steadfast heart and a ragtag group of friends (except for things like Wolf’s Rain. Because sometimes, world’s just got to end).

Gate Keepers (2000)

Vandread (2000)

Gensomaden Saiyuki (2000)

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A few words about Halloween

October 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm (Nostalgia, Random Shit, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Let Mr. Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud and the boys from Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree explain:

moundshroud

“Do you see lads? Think! People vanished forever. They died, oh Lord, they died! But came back in dreams. Those dreams were called Ghosts, and frightened men in every age—“

“Night and day. Summer and winter, boys. Seedtime and harvest. Life and death. That’s what Halloween is, all rolled up in one. Noon and midnight. Being born, boys. Rolling over, playing dead like dogs, lads. And getting up again, barking, racing, through thousands of years of death each day and each night Halloween, boys, every night, every single night dark and fearful until at last you made it and hid in cities and towns and had some rest and could get your breath.”

moundshroud 2

“And you began to live longer and have more time, and space out of the deaths, and put away fear, and at last have only special days in each year when you thought of night and dawn and spring and autumn and being born and being dead.

“And it all adds up. Four thousand years ago, one hundred years ago, this year, one place or another, but the celebrations all the same—“

halloween tree kite

“The Feast of Samhain—“

“The Time of the Dead Ones—“

All Souls’. All Saints’.”

“The Day of the Dead.”

El Dia De Muerte.”

“All Hallows’.”

“Halloween.”

I miss Ray Bradbury.

Illustrations by Joseph Mugnaini. Kite image taken from The Haunted Closet. Vid is from the 1993 The Halloween Tree cartoon.

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Creepy videos for Halloween 2012

October 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

There’s a lot of creepy shit on YouTube. Some of them are the short, gut-punch bits of scary that one may watch for that immediate dose of ‘what the fuck did I just see’ that makes any day, but most especially Halloween, all the better.

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Like these:

The Cat With Hands

Directed by Robert Morgan. This appeared on Neil Gaiman’s blog some years back. It starts off with a rhyme that tends to get stuck in your head.

The Gloaming

Directed by Andrew Huang. This is the real reason why people shouldn’t stay at their offices late, especially when ravens have gathered at the windows.

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Today in random shit: The Dark Knight Saga’s rogues gallery theme songs

July 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm (Random Shit) (, , , , , )

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Saga has wrapped up with The Dark Knight Rises, but there’s plenty left for fans to mull over, including Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard‘s musical scores for the trilogy – particularly the bits they wrote for the bad guys.

Here’s Bane’s theme (‘Gotham’s Reckoning’), which has plenty of ‘Deshi Deshi Basara Basara‘ and percussion:

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Today in random shit: The dog who was a cat inside

June 14, 2012 at 8:38 am (Random Shit) (, , )

For today’s quota of pretty animation.

I think the moral lesson is ‘somewhere in the world is a freak just like you, except inverted.’ Or. Something.

 

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Today in random shit: Batman and Joker singing

March 8, 2012 at 9:38 am (Random Shit) (, , , , )

Joker singing ‘Only You’ from the ending of Arkham City. If you’ve played the game (or been heavily spoilered) this makes perfect sense.

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Today in awesome: It’s Suikoden Day!

December 15, 2011 at 6:01 am (Awesome, Uncategorized) (, , , )

It is Suikoden Day. Let’s party n__n.

Have a drink
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Today in awesome: Fight scenes (anime – duels)

September 30, 2011 at 9:55 am (Awesome) (, , , , )

I’m not saying these are the beeest anime duels ever. I’m just saying, sometimes, at the end of a long week, all you want to see are a couple of characters artfully tearing each other to ribbons in the best possible quality animation. Because it makes for a better weekend that way.

Wrath vs Greed
Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

I love any fight scene with Wrath in it n__n.

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Today in random shit: Kung-fu Bunny

June 7, 2011 at 5:10 am (Random Shit) (, , , )

Awesome short film by Chinese indie animator (and Animation Department of Communication University of China lecturer) Vincent. I first saw this during last year’s Philippine International Cartoons, Comics and Animation (PICCA) festival.

It’s about a bunny and a puppy and the artist in a very meta way. With kung-fu.

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