December 22nd, 2009

Ann Vole

Walk it off

On the movie Over the Hedge, RJ says "Walk it off" when coaching Hammy through being attacked by girl scouts (instead of scaring them off by pretending to be rabid). When involved with non-profit groups, often there are people who join the group and try to take over. the original leaders of the group will try all sorts of things to scare off the intuders but it only results in being attacked specifically. That is when the best advice is to step aside and wait or "walk it off" because eventually the intruders will lose interest and like the girl scouts, go do something else leaving the prize for the taking (like the cookies and the wagon the came in). You can guess who are the girl scouts and who is the crazy squirrel.
Ann Vole

Astroboy stealing from AI

I believe the movie "Artificial Intelligence" is the one that has a robot seeking to be a real boy like Pinoccio but meets up with a gladiator-like fight to the death for robots by people who have a problem with robots being treated as humans. Astroboy, the movie, has the same sort of show. I watched Astroboy right after watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and found it interesting how many similarities there were between the two movies. Both starred a geek character who lost their mothers and both felt their mothers understood them better then ther dads. Both protagonists changed in som way and were subsequently rejected in some way by their dads because of that change. I never changed much but I think I did change when I discovered animation and the resulting "furry" interests (puppets, mascot suits, talking animal fixation). Making my career preference to be raising rodents and making films instead of being a technician of some sort involving electronics or computers may have been the more outward change that my dad rejected of me and now seems to have a problem taking to me about any of my plans for the future. Will success be useless like in Cloudy or superficial like the home run by Chicken Little (another animated movie character rejected by his dad). Kung Fu Panda also had a problem with his dad not accepting his career choice but at least that dad just dismissed the career choice as a fad and kept believing in the noodle dream (proof that Po was ment to make noodle soup as a career)
Ann Vole

Sony taking over

I thought Sony's animation resources were in competition with Disney's animation resources but I noticed that Sony did the animation for Disney's G-Force movie. I noticed then that Sony is now doing the animation or effects for a good portion of the movies made this year. When watching the making of Open Season, Sony's first self-made animated feature (instead of doing the animation for someone else's movie), I noticed that they were using Sony brand computer monitors. Of course they would use Sony electronics for Sony's animation studio but that may hint at the key of Sony's success... start with good technical abilities then add the best artistic tallent and stay out of the way of that artistic tallent.
Ann Vole

Peace-keeping 101, Where the wild things are

I watched "Where the Wild Things Are" again and stayed awake this time. It is really just a primer for learning peace-keeping skills. Now that I watched the film and got the basic idea, I remember the book and my reaction to the book when I read it about 12 years ago. I was amazed at how much it delved into psycology and ways of rebuilding relationships between others. I don't think there are many children's books that even scratch the surface of that sort of thing. I am not so sure I have the knowledge required to write that stuff but I may have the wisedom. I might have to do some research and learning in this area. Keeping pet rodents from injuring or killing each other is a skill I do have and it is mostly just getting into the mind of the animals and seein things through their eyes. This is also what peace keepers do but with the difference being they have to go the next step and help people see the minds others. I still have the opportunity to do art work for educational materials for kids with Fetal Alcohol Syndrom (FAS) that has been partially authored by my sister. This will require my art work to help the FAS kids to see and understand the emotions of the characters in the art. The skll of a peace keeper and a furry artist are not much differeent.
Ann Vole

Everybody's Fine

The theme continues... I just watched "Everybody's Fine" which is where an older family loses their mother and the dad has to confront the good and bad of his parenting skills as those skills have molded the lives of his now-adult kids. Again this film hits close to home but through the eyes of the dad rather then the kid. The key theme of the movie is that striving for a better life for your kid is natural but you have to make it clear to the kids (and mother) that you (the dad) are satisfied with a "Yes" to "Are you happy with your life?" My dad seems to be strongly concerned with a retirement savings and asset base. Making sure I have a house in my name was the goal and it seemed to my dad that I did not appreciate his effort to secure that for me. I am just not secure in my mind with just a house... I need the house to have no utilities, a means to make food, and a means to make enough income (even when wheelchair-bound and senile) to maintain the condition of that house. Retirement savings are not good enough because money can lose value very quickly and same with investments. Instead I need to be free from needing money other then money being made at the time of use (so there is no time to lose value). Raising pets and making films are two ways I figure I can make money with while in a wheelchair once things are set up right.