Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Spring of Weird 90's Magazines

Like so many things in life, it all started innocently enough.  Not too long ago, legendary animator Andreas Deja posted an issue of Modern Maturity magazine about animated films of the 1990's.  I recognized it immediately; my grandparents had a copy of the same issue and I read it over and over until I practically had it memorized.  Please go to Deja View and read it now, if only for that list of upcoming films, yo.  Bluth's "Hansel and Gretel", something from Hannah-Barbera called "Endangered", and of course the "Roger Rabbit" sequel, which I will believe is a thing when I'm in the theater watching it.

That sent me on a quest looking through old magazines I'd collected over the years.  Sadly, I did not find that issue of Modern Maturity ... but look at what I did find:

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So.  We're going to be reading some of these this spring.  Not all of them: Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs already covered that National Geographic issue, the Pokemon Stadium magazine is just the game's guide, and the anniversary issue of Disney Adventures is surprisingly boring.  I have many more old TV Guides than shown here though, and they've turned out to be treasure troves (though I suppose that's inevitable when you do issues about television for children twice a year).  And I cannot wait to get to Summer's Best Bets For Kids, which dates back to 1993 and is so packed it might take all summer to cover. I'm saving that one for last.  The rest I'll do in chronological order why not.

I'm going to be very busy scanning all these so this post is really just a teaser.

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Sketch of the Day!

You know, I don't remember my dreams often enough todraw things that appear in them, but when I do...

3.30.16 - Dream Creatures

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

"The Good Dinosaur" Tweetmentary!

This one was way weirder than I expected.

It's Storify time again!  Once again, note that posts couldn't be edited for spelling or anything but they have been shuffled around a little for clarity.  If you're having trouble with the embedded Story, click here.  Thank you, everyone who watched along and contributed.


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Drawing of the Day! Just a little pet portrait.

3.8.16 - Junior Pet Portrait

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Drop Everything and watch "Imagining Zootopia"

So... I'm postponing my long Chronological Disney Canon review of "Zootopia" until it's out on home media.  This is partially because everyone already knows that it is an excellent movie and there isn't much I could add to the current conversation.  It's mostly because I really want to do a Live-Tweet commentary (I need a name for these; Twitmentaries?*) of it because this cute Disney cartoon movie where animals wear clothes and talk and do people things is freakin' packed with interesting stuff to talk about. 

Which brings us, in the meantime, to this very cool and good Fusion channel documentary, "Imagining Zootopia".  It is not only reminiscent of the "Making Of" documentaries the Disney Channel used to air in the immediate wake of their new animated film releases, a tradition I dearly miss, it also demonstrates just how much careful consideration was taken into the film and the issues it tackles.  You'll get to see different, generally darker and weirder early versions of "Zootopia", great demonstrations of the intersection of art and science, moving personal stories from the writers, and it really is just awesome to see the current team of Disney animators at work.  It was posted on YouTube a few days too early, and is officially marked as unlisted, but you can watch it here.  Note that there are spoilers with regards to plot and theme, so watch this after seeing the movie.

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Art of the Day!

By far the most controversial part of "Zootopia" is the traditional Disney end-credit scene, cause it's just John Lasseter pointing at the audience, laughing at us, and saying, "Ha ha, you are all Furries now!"**

My Fursona would totally fall for the Pawpcicles.

3.29.16 - Zootopians!

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* - Speaking of Twitmentaries (I like that name; I'm keeping it), I really need to do "Frozen" as part of the Princess Project one of these days, huh?  I'd really like to do "Inside-Out" sometime too.  I've also been sitting on this rental DVD of "The Good Dinosaur" for days, and "E.T." was just added to Netflix Instant -- boy-howdy, that'd be an awesome one to analyze.  In the meantime, adults, watch "E.T." with a kid you know cause I feel like there's a generation who missed out on being thoroughly freaked out by it.

** - I'm going to get weird comments from humorless people about this aren't I?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Animal Kingdom Drawings

With any luck, I'll be seeing "Zootopia" soon and will add another glowing (Or not?!?  Nah, I'll probably like it a lot.) review to the giant pile.  Until then, Disney animals of another sort:

2.18.16 - Animal Kingdom
I hadn't ever seen the African Wild Dogs/Painted Wolves/Lycaon pictus before on the safari.  I think they were added rather recently.  Beautiful, cool animals.  So of course the driver introduced them as "The nastiest animals on the savanna."  Of course.
2.18.16 - Animal Kingdom
2.18.16 - Animal Kingdom
I've a hell of a story to go along with the above lioness and zebra.  We'd just made the turn around the lion habitat and there's a zebra standing in the road.  The lioness became very interested in this.  The folks at the back of the jeep started freaking out because they could not see the zebra, so they were sure the lion was very interested in *us*.  I knew we were safe as kittens (1. It's Disney World and 2. moats!), and the situation diffused almost immediately after the zebra moseyed on, but yikes.

Also, while I will spare you the photograph (which as blurry as hell, hence no drawing either), we got to see endangered baboons -er- in the process of making themselves a little less endangered if you catch my drift.  The realest sh*t right there, in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
2.18.16 - Animal Kingdom
2.18.16 - Animal Kingdom
I don't understand why skipping the fruit bats is even an option.
2.18.16 - Animal Kingdom

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Animal Kingdom Lodge Drawings!

I've got at least half a dozen posts to sort out and write!  But let's start with this: I LOVE Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I love it I love it I love it!  I want to get into more detail later but look at the drawings I was able to do over breakfast:

2.18.16 - I Love Animal Kingdom Lodge

2.18.16 - I Love Animal Kingdom Lodge

2.18.16 - I Love Animal Kingdom Lodge

2.18.16 - I Love Animal Kingdom Lodge (and Living Seas)

2.18.16 - Animal Kingdom (with bonus Cuttlefish)

2.19.16 - I Love Animal Kingdom Lodge

2.19.16 - I Love Animal Kingdom Lodge

2.19.16 - I Love Animal Kingdom Lodge

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The World Needs Another Version of "Walk the Dinosaur". - Let's Watch "Flick's Musical Adventure"!

The full, absurd title is (deep breath) "Disney Sing-Along Songs: Flick's Musical Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom".  Here to please both fans of "A Bug's Life" and Disney's Animal Kingdom - without showcasing the song in "A Bug's Life" or ever mentioning the fact that there is a "Bug's Life" themed attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom:



This makes for a pretty fascinating companion piece to last week's Animal Kingdom grand opening special.  Once again, they highlight the attractions centered around the animals themselves, this time in song.  And the songs, when they aren't from "The Lion King" (I have learned that I will never not get frisson from "The Lion King" OST) or Disney songs with new lyrics, are... dubious.  Yes, we do get another version of "Walk the Dinosaur", because why pass up an opportunity to trot out the world's laziest animal-related music cue?  It's not like there's a song specifically written for Animal Kingdom's Dinoland USA, right?

But oh my God, those "March of the ART-imals" parade costumes...

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Art of the Day!

1.22.16 - RE:Coded

Ah-hahaha, "Kingdom Hearts: RE:Coded"...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

"Ancient Dead Lizards" - Let's Watch Disney's Animal Kingdom Opening Special!

We're traveling through sixteen years of Walt Disney World history in a couple of weeks.  And, as far as opening specials for the higher-concept gates go, not a whole lot has changed:



Drew Carey is our advertised host, but it's really Jane Goodall who steals the show and lends a great deal of class and authenticity to a park that, at the time, was going through an awkward age.  You'll notice that, although we do have mercifully brief visits to both Camp Minnie-Mickey and Dinoland (but a-yi-yi, that Dinoland segment.  I guess it does make for a fascinating demonstration of many of the things we talked about here, but I'd be in a far happier place if it didn't.), most of the emphasis is put on the safari and other live animal attractions.  They were hands-down the best things Animal Kingdom had to offer at the time; arguably they're still the best parts of the park to this day.

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Art of the Day!

2.2.16 - Bird Creatures

Weird bird-things!