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The BBC and Netflix are collaborating on a new CGI version of Watership Down, to debut on Netflix, and air on BBC1 in 2017. =:D Production hasn't apparently begun yet, but we can hope they'll release some stills along the way.

So, with last Saturday not holding new pony, I subconsciously gravitated toward finally catching up with EqG: Friendship Games. ^_^ It did prove a touch disorienting, with Twi being unfamiliar with her friends and Canterlot High, and a mute Spike - I wound up needing to peek at the closing moments of Rainbow Rocks to be sure I hadn't simply forgotten some crucial plot point. ^_^; Some particularly good musical numbers - I'll have to extract those as music videos for later enjoyment on the iPad. (I have a good little collection thereof. Maybe I'll list them under a cut, just for fun) I do find myself distracted by inconsequential points, though, like the way Vinyl was seemingly happily bopping away to the pre-Pinkie party, clearly not fuelling anybody, or Photo Finish's camera making a very film-advance sound on taking the shot of Sunset Shimmer's spelling bee defeat. (Not implausible, I'll admit - she could be a film fiend, but in that kind of light?) And Sunset's boots are gorgeous. Interesting to see the girls now have "alternate" versions of their footwear as well, ranging from ankle boots to trainers. (And no, you don't use flash at an outdoor sporting event. Not unless you're using some dedicated rig, like quad SB-900s synced together and aimed at the subject from afar, to help with exotic surfing shots. Yet they got the look of a long telephoto lens right, so I can only assume they're trolling =:)

Ah, so many wonderful moments.. AJ giving assistance to "enemy" Twi on the archery challenge was especially touching. (And not just because I was quite good at archery back at school =:)

Zootopia will see its video release rather earlier than I'd anticipated: June 7 2016. ^_^ And a forum posting suggests what might be in store by way of extras. Meanwhile, there's always Imagining Zootopia, a 45 min insight, and a 30 min Meet the Filmmakers session hosted recently at the Covent Garden Apple Store. (Worth checking up on events, if you have a large Apple Store nearby - great opportunity to enjoy some big names talking way more casually than you'll normally find, and in a fairly snug setting rather than some huge audience. The downside, of course, is you may need to get your reservation in early)

Ye gods! Everyone was speculating what kind of titles Nintendo would release, when the news first broke, and it wasn't a huge surprise that their first foray into iOS was Miitomo. Next, though, it's official: Animal Crossing! =:D I just really, really hope they aren't seduced by never-ending IAPs - it's really not the kind of game you want to have sullied by being turned into a money sink. Still a little way off, though - they're expected around October.

Of the radio stations I mentioned previously, I should perhaps highlight KLFM, out of Zagreb, with a particularly diverse portfolio including Medicine, Dan Stuart, and The Nightingales. You won't be regaled with the same old tunes here. =:D (And then there's following John Denver's "Annie's Song" with Ride's "Mouse Trap"..) Come to that, Athens' En Lefko is fairly diverse as well, though perhaps with a slant toward 20th Century music.

Yay! Back in the days when computers were made out of wood, I backed the Art Story film on Kickstarter - and on Friday, I received the poster. Which is gorgeous. ^_^ (Slightly damaged, unfortunately, down in the lower right - someone en route managed to rip out one of the anchored endcaps of the poster tube, catching that end of the poster in the process - but they're sending out a replacement next week, which is very kind of them)

 
 
 
 
 
 
Nintendo's celphone-games partner is DeNA.

I have zero hope that micro-transactions will be handled in a tasteful manner. More like spam-these-like-crazy.
Ack! Yes, I'd forgotten about that, or possibly subconsciously scrubbed it. =:) I don't mind the idea of perhaps being able to buy some extras, particularly ones that only turn up in the store once in a blue moon, like the bunny hat, gasmask, and corset, but the core of Animal Crossing really wouldn't lend itself well to the kind of inducements we see in so many other "monetized" titles, like the otherwise rather good Sailor Moon Drops, where many of the levels can be almost impossible without shelling out for extra moves - though as I recall, The Simpsons: Tapped Out takes the cake with the enforced timers, courtesy of our dear friends at EA.
Zootopia will see its video release rather earlier than I'd anticipated...

Thank you!! All ordered for release-day arrival :o)

The Art of Zootopia is back to its $36 dollar usual price, up from $23 when I should have bought it and down from close to $400 earlier this week when all the reputable sellers ran out of stock. Still, the waiting period has gone from a ridiculous 1-3 weeks (this was why I did not buy it before) to a crazy 1-3 months!


I do need to lay my paws on a copy of The Art of Zootopia, when there's actually money in the account again. ^_^ Those teaser sketches they released when the project was formally announced quite caught me at first sight - an entire book of the world of Zootopia would surely be a dream. I'll probably go with the Kindle or iBooks edition, though - much easier to carry around (along with a veritable stack of other books and comics =:), and the iPad's a beautiful device for comics and books, with gorgeous color reproduction, especially the new 9.7" iPad Pro, with an exceptional color gamut.

I wonder what Disney will include in the extras? For this film, I'd lap up anything they've got to offer - you can tell they've put a lot of work into the city and the world around it, with much more than we saw in the bulk of the film. (And apparently the newscasters are localised too! Different voices, sometimes even different species) Ah well - sooner or later, they're surely going to announce either a sequel, or a TV series. Or both, I'd be fine with that too. =:)
I had indeed heard rumours of the $400 spike.. wowf!
Today's winners are...
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The last one wants you to pay for shipping even!
O.o;;

And the award for Ultimate Chutzpah goes to.. well, all of them, for still wanting $3.99 postage. =:D

(Of course, asking silly money, and actually having anyone pay that much, are different things, but still.. wow)
Computers out of wood LOL!! ... thanks for posting the DVD art, had not seen that yet!
Thought of trying to snag any store or cinema displays for the flick? ^_^ I imagine anything in the cinemas probably goes back to the distributor, but store displays might be available - though I'd be amazed if the staff don't already have dibs on it. =:)

(I once had a nice "life size" standup of Gex the Gecko. Pretty cool! Now there's a franchise that deserves a new lease of life on iOS, along with Aero the Acrobat)
.... *waggle* ... I actually have a snazzy projector that uses an 80 inch diagonal wall screen currently..... it should be reeeeally nice up on there 8> ... *chirrr-fluffle!*
...Once in a while my timing works out and I am able to pick up a nice standee for it, but I'd expect these will be in big demand!
The Twilight in Friendship Games is Sci-Twi, Twilight Sparkle's alter ego in the Equestria Girls mirror-verse. Spike really is a dog there. We saw both Sci-Twi and dog-Spike after the credits in Rainbow Rocks, as a teaser and primer for this movie. Thusly, I was prepared for this. 8^)