By Brentalfloss and Pat the NES Punk. I totally needed this today.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
Disney paid George Lucas $4 billion for Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic. Of all the hypocritical fan whines possible, the last one I expected to hear was people calling George Lucas--the grand merchandiser of Star Wars--a sellout. That one was totally bizarre. Especially after all of the shit they called him because they still can't get over not being 6 when the Prequels came out. Every time I think the fanboys have given me enough reason to really despise them, they do something even dumber. I think Hank Hill said it best: "Every time I think you've said the dumbest thing ever, you keep talking." Sellout? The guy who's been making money off of Star Wars bedspreads for almost 40 years is a sell-out now?
UPDATE 2:05 PM: Two more favorites today. First, that Disney will somehow make Star Wars movies that are more mature and adult. "Remember when the Star Wars movies weren't made for 8 year olds?" one blogger asks, to which I have to answer, no, I don't remember that ever being the case. They were always family movies and you're just going to have to get over that because you're too old to be whining about this. My other favorite is the idea that a non-George Lucas Star Wars movie at Disney means that some director is going to do without so much CGI. I think it's naively cute that someone thinks this is just going to happen, especially because Disney is involved. Disney has always been an innovator of special effects, and just earlier this year made John Carter. So good luck with your cute fantasies.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
This has been kicking around for a few years, apparently, but I've never seen it before and I'm thrilled to see it now. The Nightmare Before Christmas was, famously, based on a poem Tim Burton wrote in 1982. That was released as a book, illustrated by Burton himself, and it's probably my favorite thing Burton has ever done. Here is a video, a partial animation of Burton's illustrations, with the poem itself read by Christopher Lee. Was this some kind of DVD extra, or something? Whatever it is, it's purely wonderful, and I'm thrilled to finally be seeing it. (And hearing it!)
Posted by SamuraiFrog at 1:53 PM
The big day is here. Whatever you're doing tonight--trick or treating, partying, staying in and watch TV, or dealing with the aftermath of Sandy--please be safe.
:: Vanity Scare
:: My Top 5 Favorite Halloween Foods
:: Frankenweenie Monster Posters
:: The Great Pumpkin Returns!
:: October Weird Creepy Crap is Back!
:: Hallow-meme 2012?
:: The 100 Greatest Horror Movie Quotes of All Time
:: Tumblr Finds I
:: Diet Coke Ghost!
:: Peanuts, 1961
:: Doesn't It Kind of Look Like Kermit Is Eating a Baby?
:: Ranking the Funko Pop Vinyl Horror Characters
:: Donald's Halloween Scare
:: Tumblr Finds II
:: My Little Maddie
:: Peanuts, 1962
:: My Top 25 Muppet Monsters
:: Seriously, Where Were These Cute Muppet Costumes When I Was an Adorable Toddler?
:: Principal Skeleton
:: Tumblr Finds III
:: V Day
:: Pumpkins, Part I
:: Peanuts, 1963
:: The Maker
:: Pumpkins, Part II
:: My First Two Halloweens
:: Tumblr Finds IV
:: Pumpkins, Part III
:: Happy Halloween from Sam!
:: My Three Favorite Pumpkins of 2012
:: Jack O' Lantern 2012!
:: The Nightmare Before Christmas Read by Christopher Lee!
:: ALL OF MY PREVIOUS HALLOWEEN POSTS EVER
(That's 8 years of Halloweens now.)
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
It was down to the wire. I admit, I wasn't sure I was even going to get to carve a pumpkin this year. But then Becca passed a farm yesterday offering three pumpkins for five bucks, and she brought some little pumpkins home. And when I say little... well, they're about a foot tall, but they were on the thick side and narrow. It killed my hands carving this thing, and then I couldn't even get my hand inside through the top. Becca helped me with some of the scooping and then we had to light a pencil on fire so we could light the candle inside with it, but god damn it, that pumpkin got carved.
Becca's pumpkin? Amazing, of course.
This is an update of a pumpkin she did back in 2008. If you look at the two, you can see how far she's come in her decorative skills. I love how ornate and stylized this one is. My favorite details are the sort of wisps and tendrils from the witch's skirt and hair, whipping in the wind. She managed to get some really nice detail in there. I am absolutely impressed with this. This is some great Halloween here.
1. It's surprising, but also seems inevitable, given how much of an attraction Star Tours is. I think 90% of the theme park advertising I've seen in the last few years has been Darth Vader-related.
2. Damn: Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, the Incredible Hulk and Artoo Detoo all live under the same roof, so to speak. It somehow seems so right.
3. How many inevitable hypocritical fanboy laments will I see? And will they all be from the same people who have wanted nothing more than to take Star Wars away from George Lucas for the past decade?
4. I'll believe this Episode 7 stuff when it actually happens. Though I'm sure Disney wants it more than anything they hope to gain from this purchase, that seems like a long shot. Unless all of this Star Wars TV show preparation has really been development for Episode 7. And I really want George Lucas to be heavily involved. I'm just not ready to see someone else start shepherding the whole thing, unless he's actually ready for that. But seriously, I'm not holding my breath on this one actually happening by 2015. Not that I wouldn't be happy to be wrong...
5. How are we doing on making another Muppet movie, anyway?
6. I like George Lucas. He's one of my heroes. Filmmaking owes him a debt. He changed the very nature, process, and technology of filmmaking. I hope he gets to do what he wants to do and can make smaller, more experimental movies and just tinker around however the hell he wants in his retirement. He's more than earned that. But seeing someone else in charge of the whole thing just makes me feel a little bit like I did when Jim Henson died. Like it's really the end of an era, of an important piece of my childhood. I don't think it's overdramatic to say that.
Still, the Muppets have done a lot of good things since 1990. I'm sure there can be good Star Wars things, too. I'll keep an open mind as a fan.
But wow, does this feel weird.