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Been feeling kinda down lately, which isn't making me want to do much writing wise. Feeling very ungrounded and listless.

I want this soundtrack. Hell, I want this movie. The animation is gorgeous, the story is timeless and even though you can tell it's dated it still holds up. And it's always been one of those movies you can watch in any state of mind and be calmed. This and Flight of Dragons; know what, I just want the whole Rankin/Bass animated collection.
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Ah yeah, this is looking to be awesome. This video is really the one that got me going, but every version I've found has the embedding dissabled like it was Misery so I found something else. There's also this page which does some design comparisions, has an old CGI trailer when they thought they were gonna make that as a movie. But the best is the fan-made trailer at the bottom, it's very cool the movie melded to get what they did. But anyway, HOLY CRAP!

New show theories and geekage; I'm excited, are you? )

I'm stoked. Between this, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and G.I. Joe Renegades, my inner child is on a sugar rush right now. Not that other new original shows aren't doing it for me either, but these are what I grew up on and seeing them treated with respect in regards to bringing them back is really a plus for me. The new show doesn't start until July sometime, but I'm anxious already.

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I just got back from a Flicks on the Bricks showing of The Muppets Take Manhattan, probably the best of the original Muppet trilogy. It's a heart warmer to see some 500+ people gather on uncomfortable brick and cement seating to watch a slightly blurry movie on an inflatible projection screen at eight thirty in the evening in a public square with traffic coming from all sides. Because you know the Muppets are worth it.

The Muppets are an icon of what the imagination can do. Simple puppetry, good characterization, and the want to believe took these childhood stars and made them real. And they still do; you know that people have genuine feelings for these felt hand-socks when they cheer and clap at their wedding, or you hear a few sniffs and have to hold back a tear or two yourself when they all start singing "Saying Goodbye".

If you can find any old clips of Kermit and Jim Henson, watch the people talking to them. They address Kermit as if he were real; and he is, he is not Henson, nor is Henson speaking for him. They just don't talk at the same time. That's just rude. I remember a story Henson told, I believe it was in Jim Henson: The Works, where he and Kermit came out to a small group of children. The kids were a little out of control, and very loud, and finally Kermit had enough. He got angry, and told everyone to pip down. And they did. They had made Kermit mad, and that wasn't something they wanted. They became calm and a little worried, because Kermit the Frog is not someone you try to make mad. He won't do or say anything, but he will be disappointed, and that's just as bad as disappointing your parents. Only worse, for some reason. They truly believed in him; not that he was a puppet, not that he was being held by this man with a beard, they saw him.

As much as I love special effects and what technology can do today, some of my favorite films are still the ones that didn't have use of these techniques, or only used them when things were truly beyond what they could physically do. They needed practical elements. Can you imagine if they tried to do the Muppets in CGI nowaday? It'd tank, no one wants to see false imagry of these beloved icons. They are real, both figuratively and literally. When you look at a Muppet, you see them, you can touch them, you acknowledge them as their own person.

I was eight again, if only for an hour and half. I'm not anymore. But I still believe.
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I've never tried to hide it, I love animation. Movies, TV shows, shorts on the internet, traditional, CGI, stop-motion, anime, love 'em all. While not big, my DVD collection is probably at least half animated features, and smaller portion is animated TV shows.

I don't know why, exactly, but something about them seems more "real" to me in some ways. I love how there are no constrants in terms of what can be done, except by the skill of the or limitations of the animator. While it's always nice to see great special effects in live action films, too often they're held back by their budget in what they can do. Other times, when the film could easily go so much further, it holds itself back for practical or budget reasons. Animation, however, can defy reality ten times over and give us stories and images that might've only been seen in our heads. And style; there are no doubt styles in live action, due to lighting, staging, angles, so on and such. But animation wraps that again and again in it's presentation.

I will now proceed to ramble and get pretty wordy )

Good god, I've become the old man on the porch who starts everything he says with "Back in my day..." But it's true, you little bastards! My cartoons were better! Nyah!


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