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June 27, 2012
Decided to take the afternoon off and make some free art out of old office supplies. Here I tried my hand at some more Mimis. While I don't think I'll make a habit if this, plastic divider sheets are much easier to work with than styrofoam. Follow @jothezette or @FAFATL to be notified when I drop these.
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June 26, 2012
What what what? The pencil animation for "Monkey Rag" is done? Well feed me nails and call me Rusty if it ain't so! At times I never thought I would make it this far, so even though its taken years, I guess I arrived here sooner than I expected. Inking starts tomorrow, but first, bedtime.
Posted by Joanna Davidovich at 11:47 PM
June 25, 2012
Yesterday I saw "Brave", and I was very pleasantly surprised. There was the scene from the trailer where Merida cries "I'll be shootin' for my own hand" and blasts away the competition, but it is not in the least annoying or unbelievable like other depictions of the warrior-princess. In fact, I really liked her and immediately believed that she could exist in that world. And what I really loved is that this theme is not what the film is about. Merida is established as a capable, independent heroine in the beginning. The story is not a tedious chronicling of how she came to "discover herself." The real story completely surprised me and I loved the unexpected direction. I have read many negative reviews complaining about the story of "Brave", and this is something I am willing to argue about. This story of the bond between mother and daughter is very satisfying, believable, and sympathetic. Queen Elinor is a brilliant character, and captures a dignity, strength, and beauty that is lacking in most live-action actresses. I loved watching the relationship between Merida and Elinor grow and evolve, and afterwards I *really* wanted to give my mom a big hug. Not to make "Brave" sound like a chick flick- there's was a great deal more to enjoy in it, but the mother-daughter story is what stuck with me afterwards.
The tone of the film is definitely "fairy tale", but not at all Disney. I've devoured much fairy tale literature, and what you realize about those stories is that they are very rarely epic on scope. Disney turned little five minute tales into veritable operas of sweeping emotion and spectacle, and while I do love that, that is not what fairy tales really are. "Brave" is not a Disney-esque epic, and I actually prefer the film's previous title "The Bear and the Bow" because it better suits the feel of the movie. The world of the film feel so very real and tangible. It seems like an honest, if kid-friendly, depiction of life in the middle ages. There is very little finery about the castle, everything is lit by fire, and the royals are respected, but not grovelled to. I do wonder if the film could have been made a little more serious, have more violence to increase the tension and heighten the stakes. But then, that would probably make it an entirely different movie. I'll just save all my bloodlust for my own fairy tale film. "Brave" is definitely a winning film, and while it doesn't knock "The Incredibles" out of my number one spot for Pixar films, I look forward to rewatching it again and again.
Posted by Joanna Davidovich at 7:59 PM
start a blog and you realize there are dozens of stories you never knew, even important ones of how the family came to be in America. Every entry makes me tear up. So Happy Birthday Mom- I am so lucky to have such an amazing mother.
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