Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Hotel Transylvania" Trailer Disappoints

Genndy Tartakovsky is one of the more ground-breaking animators in recent memory. While I wasn't the biggest fan of, well, any of his work, it was undeniably different. And in the animation industry, different is rare. Different that sells is even rarer. SO when I heard that Tartakovsky was working on a CGI film, I was hoping to see something different. We appear to have gotten... half and half.

The animation itself is very different. I haven't seen anything like it in CGI yet. Look at the animation of the shadowed monsters running, Dracula walking down the hall, or the husband skeleton who bursts out near the end. Their movement is 100% Tartakovsky. It's refreshing.

The character designs are not Tartakovsky, nor is the texture of the film. All of the characters are cut from the same "meat" as all of the characters in every other CGI film on the planet and appear to be the design work of Cal Art CGI sculptors.

That said, aside from Brave, I am most excited about this film over all other animated projects in the pipes. I wish Tartakovsky the best of luck after his unfriendly break-up with Cartoon Network (they cancelled his Sym-Bionic Titan show because it didn't have enough toys attached to it. I'm glad to see that quality is job-1 at CN).

Dreamworks' "Rise Of The Guardians"... um, Rises

Danielle: So, it's about Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny?
Me: And the Tooth Fairy...s, and the Sandman, who bind together to fight a dark... character.
Danielle: ...That's the dumbest goddamn thing I've heard in my entire life.

Yeah. That about says it all.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Vixen Of The Week

I've found myself being really lax with producing much of, well, anything. I think that if I put myself on a schedule (or shehjewall if you're British) I'll produce more. So here it goes. I don't like this as much as my Thin Woman, but I just wanted to get it off of my working list.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hunting Husbands? These Comics Can Help.

Second  vintage "thing" post in as many posts, but it's just so great! See the rest of the images at Lady, That's My Skull.

It actually kind of blows my mind that this perspective was accepted, widely accepted, not that long ago. This was only sixty years ago. I mean, my god. If this is the world of less than a single lifetime ago, the feminist movement should be immensely proud of itself. Moreover, if this was the world of the time, it is no wonder that we have the current public debate about female sexuality in the tone that it is. It's because the white men who are driving this idiocy were raised on the very values that we see above, drawn in bold, happy colors, and encapsulated in clean, easy, efficient little blocks. No one needs shades of grey when primary colors will do.