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The focus of this Brad Bird interview was his earlier work, The Iron Giant, whilst this recent submission from The Onion looks more, surprisingly enough, at The Incredibles (director of both, and writer of the latter): 'It's easy to blow up a city in CG, but it's hard for a character to grab another character's shirt. You could have some really spectacular scene, and [the animation staff] would just go, "No problem. How many of those do you need?" But one character touching another character's hair: "Aaah! No! Isn't there anything else you could do?" I mean, I had to budget shirt-grabs.' Oh, and the Incredibles trivia on IMDb is sorta geeky fun, too.

Disney's answer? A Pixar-less Toy Story 3. And then there are the other studios.. and Pixar's first post-Disney (if they do indeed wind up parting) feature, around November 2006, will be the tantalising - and furry - Ratatouille.

Most of us have one particular species we "belong" to; but, if it came to be that you could be anything else, what might you otherwise be? Could there be any alternative?

Have some free music, resampled from 1950s big band and jazz LPs, from the Coconut Monkeyrocket. ("Illogical Boogie" is particularly fun) What a brilliant site name. ^_^ And I really ought to link to the abovementioned spy music/orchestral uptempo jazz track, courtesy of Aurgasm.

Super Plusha, via discopanda.

A collection of recent election anomalies.

UK Online launches an 8 megabit service, courtesy of local loop unbundling, available within 2km of 230 exchanges.

There's a 50 second new ending to Eminem's Mosh video.

Baby skunk! An' a baby hedgehog! (Of course, now I'm wondering how schwitters' hejji is doing)

Not actually a continuation of the Mixerman Diaries, but, along those lines, someone else has been posting (and annoyingly, removing) a Canadian version.. part one of The Depths of My Stupidity. This is a Montreal not endorsed by the tourism board. ^_^ (Part 5 can be found here)

The return of Ellen Feiss. (Actually, it's one of a set of ads Errol Morris prepared for Apple's "Switch" campaign, but never aired) Of course, nothing can really top the original.

Snack for the evening: a frikadelle (heated) in a lightly toasted crusty roll, on a thin bed of coleslaw, top with some Thai shrimp sauce (ingredients: shrimp, salt. Delightfully stinky :) and a little tomato sauce. ^_^

I'll have to admit, the live action Cutie Honey movie, based on a long-running manga by Go Nagai, is a positive pile of fun. Some superhero movies try, and miss the mark horribly; some work well, but remain deadly serious; some discover a dark playfulness, as with Tim Burton's take on Batman; here, we have a storyline that's unabashedly lighthearted, yet still played perfectly straight, and is all the more fun for that. Hideaki Anno's direction proves he's not only adept at directing animation, and rounding it off, costumers who really got into the groove. Well worth it. ^_^ (Whether Warner Brothers will bring the film outside Japan remains to be seen; given the depth of their inept style, including their lethal handling of the domestic Cats Don't Dance, I wouldn't wait too long)

The British soap EastEnders will be coming to the US, in a new version set in Chicago.. ^_^;
Ha! I love Errol Morris' work and would never have expected him to be involved with that. Unfortunately, http://www.errolmorris.com/ is down at the moment. :/
Erk! Indeed, it's returning Forbidden errors to all requests now. It did seem to be creaking rather loudly the other day - said TV spot was only loading at some 4K/s. Not the best advertisement for phpwebhosting.. (perhaps that's how they can offer unmetered bandwidth? Just throttle down to v22.bis speed as necessary)
and Pixar's first post-Disney (if they do indeed wind up parting) feature, around November 2006, will be the tantalising - and furry - Ratatouille.

Even though I now only smile on the inside, you've made for a very happy rat here. I really hope this does get made. It's so rare to see positive portrayals of rats in the media.
Surely you smile on the outside as well, when a certain raccoon is around? ^_^ (Ah, you're so fortunate to have someone that close to you.. the last time someone said such wonderful words to me was over eight years ago)

I need to see what other word there is on Ratatouille - given it's still at such an early stage, I'd imagine there's not much to be found out. Still, there might be some early concept art.. and we've seen from Monsters Inc that Pixar can certainly manage fur well.

Wonder if I could sell them on the idea of introducing a red panda character? ^_^