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Creative Pathos

Some videos for a frantic weekend:

The band Walk Off The Earth performs a cover of “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye. (If it gets stuck, click off the ads at the bottom.):


The short film “No Robots” by Kimberly Knoll and Yunghan Chang:

Irish artist Frank Buckley makes commentary art in an abandoned office building by building a home out of shredded Euros:



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A Dose of Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed and starred in a cute pair of mixed live and animation shorts, the first of which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival. The first one, Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date with Destiny, also stars Lexy Hulme and Lawrie Brewster. The sequel, Morgan and Destiny’s Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo, adds Channing Tatum to the cast. (It’s almost enough to make one forgive the boys for G.I. Joe, but not quite.) Thanks to Tor. com for the introduction.

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Movie Trailers With Poignant Animation

First up, Sucker Punch, which is a Pan’s Labryinth sort of tale mixed with Girl Interrupted and Final Extinction:

Then, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga Hoole. I grew up with owls, thanks to my mother. I loved screetch owls, great horned owls you did not fool around with and barn owls were just, well, odd. This movie, based on the successful children’s book series,  is just visually beautiful, something we don’t always get with the comedy in animation today. And well, it has owls:

Next, the Pirates of the Carribean folk apparently had some extra time while doing the fourth movie, and so have prepared this ridiculous animated western for next year, featuring Johnny Depp’s voice natch, called Rango:

And finally, the Ice Age crew went with the parrots in Rio. Yes, it is cheesy. Yes, it is about as far from noir as you can ever get. And watching the hang glider take out the beach umbrellas made me laugh:

Also, my sister had a parrot. And I grew up with hawks too, so really, it all fits. But mostly, I’m just addicted to pretty colors, including the dark ones in Sucker Punch.

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Yeah, but you’ve got to love the hair

Scott Mendelson over at his Mendelson’s Memos blog is annoyed that Disney changed the name of their new animated film from Rapunzel to Tangled and that the new trailer centers on the cheeky thief who accidentally invades her tower, voiced by Zachary Levi. He sees it as Disney thinking that the only way to attract boys to the princess movies (and cement the interest of tween girls to a degree,)  is by essentially showing the princess as an afterthought in the story.


I see his point and I agree with it to a degree, but it also seems to me that Disney may be trying to do with their animated flick what is often done now with romantic comedies — have different trailers that emphasize different things, including one of the male love interest. And I can’t help liking watching the guy get beat up by her with her ninja hair. But I agree that the opening of the trailer — and possibly the opening of the movie — does skew away from the woman’s story. Yet I have no doubt that Disney chose another princess story, instead of a guy centered fairy tale, to add Rapunzel to its mighty princess merchandising army. And they got Mandy Moore to voice her. So I can’t see them sidelining the character that much. The hair is just too fun to play with. But people can decide for themselves.

The other thing that struck me was how much the thief resembled in terms of animation look and character style the two thieves of Dreamworks’ The Road to El Dorado. It seemed like very much a similar blueprint. That movie did not do so well, especially for its budget, but then did make up some cash for Dreamworks through a t.v. series and merchandising. But the reality is that so far, if animators are trying to find a winning bet for attracting tween boys away from comic book movies, Shrek, The Incredibles and Cars are about as close as they’ve gotten on the big screen.

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