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Just a speck of an entry this time, by way of contrast. ^_^ (Assuming I can actually submit this.. looks like today may have seen the threshold met for RFI disrupting DSL connections, due to locals using Mr Hertz' popular new invention, Old Sparky Brand Lights of Seasonally Flickering Illumination) I also wanted to post this before it went stale: tomorrow (Thursday) evening at 7.30pm, Asifa Hollywood members can see The Incredibles. With a Q&A session with Brad Bird. Moderated by Matt Groening. Not such a bad way to spend an evening, ne?

An interesting glimpse inside North Korea (11MB QuickTime), portraying an atmosphere of fear of an outside attack, and continued reverence for their leader.

A curious cross-marketing agreement should see fruition in the coming summer, between the California Tree Fruit Agreement and Apple, offering iTMS tracks with the purchase of peaches, plums, and nectarines.

Interesting inclusion in the 2005 Meeting of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association: "[F5] Pervert Studies: Considerations of the Social Life of Sex, Pleasure and the Erotic"

A look into the one possible future of DVD cryptography, as explained by the scheme's architect.

Finally, for the otaku with not enough music in their life: Bandai's limited run of 2000 units of the Neon Genesis Evangelion iPod. Meet the end (or rebirth) of the world in style!

And tonight.. I'm making toast!'ll be seeing the aforementioned flick. At last!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh, agreed. Disney's 2-D animation department didn't die because 2-D animation sucks. It died because their writers couldn't produce a good concept worth crap.
Sadly, yes. I'm still fairly astonished that the Florida and .au closures were authorised, when those units reflected some of the best talent the company had in their employ.. to dispose so casually of, in a corporate sense, such a core part of one's makeup, makes no real sense. But then, Eisner's gone the way, it seems, of many before him - brought to prominence on deserved success, and then come the endless laurels to be sat upon. (Be nice)

After all, it was Eisner who showed me the fun Disney had to offer again, in The Little Mermaid (yes, another bastardised public domain story derivative, and another argument for sharply reducing copyright terms), and Beauty and the Beast, despite the sad ending. Then, of course, his apex - The Lion King, which I saw about seven times cinematically, and went for the laserdisc box set immediately, a couple months before I had a player.

Since then? Tarzan, Atlantis, Treasure Planet. Yet, their B-movie division turned out Dinosaur (no storyline, but some highly impressive CG and integration, plus some cool characters. I wanna be Plio! :), not to mention The Emperor's New Groove.

Pixar knows where it's at. I just wish there were more studios of their ilk - perhaps there are, of course, and it's up to them, and the net, to get that talent seen.

Oh, yes, there was Pocahontas too. Which I've also not seen, but which did bring us Meeko, a landmark in procyonid animation, not to mention plush. ^_^


Dude. Lilo & Stitch.
How can you leave that one out? It's the best thing I've seen from Dizzy since...
Well, actually, I liked Atlantis.
Okay, since Emperor's New Groove, which is terribly funny.

But anyway, Disney sucks rocks, they closed all their 2-D studios, the contract with Pixar is ending,
and when they say stuff like "we're going to focus on 3D animation now", well, I have to laugh.
Because they don't even have a 3D animation studio, as far as I know.
I was under the impression the "Dinosaur" team got canned.
It is entirely possible that I am completely wrong.

Anyone?


Oh, gods, of course! Yes, Lilo and Stitch most certainly belongs in that list. Gorgeous design work throughout, and a comparatively mundane setting for a Disney production (the routine contemporary life, that is. If life's got to be tough, somewhere in Hawaii seems like as good a place as any to endure it), plus some great little jokes. (Stitch as record player, yay! I might have to try rigging up a suitably miniscule switch between my teeth sometime just to pull that off as a prank someday :)

Yes, I recall something about the Dinosaur unit being amongst those axed. Bizarre, if Disney's really going to try going head-to-head with Pixar. I wonder if there's some chance they might actually rise to the challenge? Then again, is there any need for them to do so? Certainly at the moment, they seem quite content to live off TV-grade animation direct to video, the parks, and general merchandising, these occasional gems notwithstanding. And whilst hardly a classic in the sense of the original, TLK 1.5 was far better than I'd expected, especially given the level of the first sequel.

Interesting that Pixar's delayed Cars 'til 2006 - amongst other effects, that means the Disney contract stretches out that long, too, though Eisner's due to go on Sept. 30, 2006, too. (That photo is disturbing)

And I finally got to see The Incredibles. Wow. ^_^
I hear tell that Toy Story 3 will be Disney's first 3D film--done without Pixar, as Disney actually owns the license. Can anyone collaborate this?
Ugh. I've heard a similar murmuring, but whether it's actually officially on the production schedule, I'm not sure. Pixar doesn't want to see it happen, obviously - they don't want to be stuck making endless sequels, and it wouldn't count towards the five-picture deal, which presently runs out with Cars. Disney does own the rights to the characters, though, and I believe Pixar has first refusal on any such project.

Stories like this suggest they may well be proceeding, although Tom Hanks has expressed hesitancy over appearing. Perhaps they could go with good imitations of the stars' voices, and just through brand recognition, I dare say they'd turn a profit.

And then there are masters like Miyazaki, who shuns sequels entirely, the closest being The Cat Returns (not one of their best, I felt.. a fun ride, but I'd been hoping for so much more, given how vibrant and promising the Baron's character had been in Whisper of the Heart, even if so briefly). Aah, I want to see Howl's Moving Castle! Maybe I'll just slip in Spirited Away in the meantime. ^_^