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September 13 at 3:00pm

Homemade Doctor Who

It’s the weekend, so we are watching the Doctor.  We are almost done with Season Two.  Soon we will have to say good-bye to Rose.  It’s tough to get enough.  I am sure that they can’t make them fast enough.

Thankfully, the fans have started to make their own.  BoingBoing tipped us to this “sweded” adventure.  It’s gets big points for the Dalek costume.


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July 17 at 2:40pm

Recommended Viewing #3: Nausica Of The Valley Of The Wind

NAUSICA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1992) was the first film of Studio Ghibli (even before they were Studio Ghibili!).  It’s got everything in it, from the first seeds of steampunk, robots, a great female youthful heroine, and an environmental message (plus another one of how aggression is often a cry for love…).  We’ve watched it numerous times, have the figures, and our very own pet fox-squirrel.

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July 16 at 1:53pm

New Miyazaki Film!


The new film from Hayao Miyazaki will open in Japan this month.  So the countdown for it coming stateside has begun.  It’s already being called a classic.

The official Studio Ghibli website for it is here now though (okay, so what if it is in Japanese, just click around it and explore!).  Evidently it is geared for a younger audience than the last few and is closer in tone to MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE.  The film is called PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA.
The title character, Ponyo, is a girl fish with a human face who decides one day to leave her underwater home — and her school of smaller sisters — to see what lies on the surface. Riding on the back of a jellyfish, she is nearly trapped by a drift net, but escapes — with her head stuck in a glass jar. Sosuke , a boy who lives on a house on a seaside cliff, spots Ponyo in the shallows and rescues her. He is delighted with his new pet — and Ponyo is delighted to be in the human world at last. She says her first words, to Sosuke’s astonishment — and begins a transformation from half-fish to human.

Meanwhile, her human father, Fujimoto, who lives in an undersea manse with Ponyo’s sea-queen mother, starts to search for her. With his long hair, beaky nose and tormented, bags-under-the-eyes expression, Fujimoto looks like a decayed aristocrat from a shojo manga (girls’ comic), but he possesses magical powers over the waves, which become like living creatures under his command. What can a mere kid, if one with a feisty mom he calls Lisa, and a good-natured, if mostly absent, ship-captain dad, do to stop him?
I wonder what will the equivalent of the Cat Bus in this one?


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June 29 at 1:05pm

Recommended Viewing #1: My Beautiful Girl Mari


Lee Seong-kang’s MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL MARI (2002) was one of our great film discoveries this year.  The animation is beautiful and inventive.  It’s the story of a young boy who seems to have everyone around him always leaving him.  He seems to find a solution by entering a dream world, where he meets Mari.  Seeing it’s set during his summer vacation there’s no better time to watch it than right now.  We’d say appropriate for age 7+.

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June 21 at 3:19pm

The Fifty Greatest Cartoons Ever!


The 50 Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals is a 1994 book by animation historian Jerry Beck.  Five of the top fifteen are up on the internet for you viewing pleasure, including one of our faves Duck Amuck.  Porky In Wackyland is so great (and not available on line).  If you don’t have the Looney Tunes Collection, we recommend a netflix order or purchase.  Vol. 1 has Duck Amuck.  Vol. 2 has Porky In Wackyland.  No life is complete without having seen Wackyland.  Seriously.  You have our word.  Check these out online.

15. Bad Luck Blackie (1949)


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June 18 at 9:22pm

Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Brick

LEGO continues to be one of the most creative toys and companies out there. This movie is almost as good as the first Indie, and definitely tops the other three. Plus it’s only five minutes!

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June 9 at 11:46am

Best Film of 2008: Blu

I saw another installation/film of Blu’s awhile back at a gallery in NYC with my family and we were blown (bluwn?) away.  In that one you could see him painting the animation but this one, sans human, with the sun and clouds working as the clock, adds onto the prior one’s promise. 

Right now, this is my favorite film of the 2008.  This guy’s imagination soars — and thus does the same for mine.  My son had loved the first one as much as I did.  You might want to scout this one first before screening for the young ‘uns as it is a tad freaky — but good freaky fun if you ask me.  
Of course it is ultimately graffiti and you may have to explain that one, less your walls start to change.  Not to mention the explanation on why Buenos Aires is looking cooler than NYC.



Check out his whole website here.


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