Sunday, October 21, 2012

Create is a Verb!

Scott Berkun writes and speaks about creativity, and I really enjoy his funny, smart, energetic, inspiring, and informative
blog and lectures, especially this video:

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Twice Upon a Time

I love 2D animation, and since seeing Twice Upon a Time on HBO in 1984, it is still one of my favorites.  Every time I've loaned a copy of this movie to someone, I have never gotten it back.  My fourth copy (the hilarious version with Botch's full-blown potty mouth) does not leave my house!  Directed and written by John Korty and Charles Swenson, the film uses both live action and animation with a special technique developed by Korty called Lumage wherein light shines through the cutouts.  The characters and story are unique and brilliant: Villain Synonamess Botch makes nightmare bombs at his Murkworks factory and has his minions, scary vultures led by Rudy, deliver them to the people of our world, the Rushers of Din.  Sweet dreams are delivered by the Figmen of Imagination, led by Greensleeves, and come from the land of sunny Frivoli.  Botch hatches a plan to kidnap both Greensleeves and the spring of the cosmic clock in order to make the Rushers experience nonstop nightmares.  Ralph the All-purpose Animal and his silent sidekick Mumford are tricked into helping, but when they figure out the scheme, they get help from FGM (Fairy Godmother), Rod Rescueman, and Flora Fauna, aspiring actress and Greensleeve's niece, to get the spring back.  My favorite character is Scuzzbopper who writes the scripts for the nightmares, and my favorite scene is when a nightmare bomb goes off while Ralph and Mumford are in an office full of scissors, stapler removers, and tape!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Children's books

When I find a new (usually used, but new to me) book, I flip through and decide if I like the artwork.  If I do, I buy it and take it home to read.  Most of the time, the stories are not completely satisfying, but I keep them for the pleasing art anyway.  However, when I find any written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, I know it's going to be a delightful afternoon snuggled in bed giggling at their whimsical creations.  This wonderful team worked together for over fifteen years and produced many brilliant books.  Quentin Blake is an amazing illustrator whose messy scribbles are full of personality and humor.  Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers ever, so funny and natural you barely know he's there until you burst out laughing at his charming and wicked honesty, as here in George's Marvelous Medicine:
      George couldn't help disliking Grandma.  She was a
       selfish grumpy old woman.  She had pale brown teeth
       and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom.   

George's Marvelous Medicine

 Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator 

Fantastic Mr. Fox 


The Witches 

Revolting Rhymes