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athena

KF Animation Editor
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Birthday: March 4
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About me:

For me great animation is a marriage of two other big loves of mineóbeautiful art and captivating storytelling. You nail those things and it's almost guaranteed that you'll have my eyeballs glued to the screen. I grew up on Disney films like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast so my tastes tend to unconsciously lean that way, however I love seeing animation that breaks new ground and really shows where the medium can go.

Interests:

drawing, painting, animation, absorbing pop culture, animation, web design, writing, animation...

Animation that I love:

How to Train Your Dragon, Mary and Max, Tangled, Princess Mononoke, The Incredibles, Nightmare Before Christmas, Rescuers Down Under, ... etc. etc.

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animated series Gargoyles © Disney
Gargoyles
Rated it: 4
posted: Jan 10, 2012
It blows my mind that I haven't gotten around to reviewing this series yet since it was one of those that I consider a quintessential part of my TV watching growing up. I bought the Season 1 DVD set as an adult and found that it does hold up fairly well even today.

I think what intrigued me the most about this series was the blend of the mythic and the modern. Just this idea of medieval magical beings flying around New York city. Now that I think about it, there's a certain "American Gods" flare to it with these displaced creatures just trying to bumble their way through our world.

The animation isn't quite as edgy as say "Batman: the Animated Series" but it has a bit of that vibe and, considering what else Disney was making at the time, this is definitely a stretch for them.

Although I liked the gargoyle characters, particularly Goliath, thinking back Elisa was probably my favourite character. Just this tough female cop who could hold her own with these guys.

Oh, and for the DVD hunters out there, all of Season 1 was released but only the first half of Season 2. So if you look on Amazon or elsewhere you'll find Season 2, vol.1 but not vol.2. Disney says it was due to lack of sales, but it's frustrating to be one volume from having the full series on one's shelf.

animated series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic © Hasbro / Studio B Productions / DHX Media
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Rated it: 4
posted: Jan 09, 2012
I admit to being a serious My Little Pony fan as a kid--the TV show, the toys, etc.--but would freely admit that looking back on the obsession as an adult the whole business seems a bit silly now. When I heard they were making yet another reboot, my scepticism level was fairly high and I couldn't imagine a scenario where I would willingly seek out this show that didn't involve being super-glued into my seat.

Then I began hearing this roaring buzz on the show that just kept building. First here when Toonboy became a serious champion of the show and then videos on YouTube like the absolutely brilliant "PonyCraft 2" (do a YouTube search for it if you haven't seen it yet).

So I began hunting down episodes and became a near instant convert. This is a show with smart writing, strong characters, and great humour. I can absolutely see parents/teens/older siblings enjoying right alongside the really little ones. It is definitely worth the so-called "brony" movement that it has spawned and it's easy to see why people are caught up in it.

For myself, I'd say I most heavily identify with Twilight Sparkle--overly organized and uptight--but it's probably Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy that give me the biggest chuckles. The episode that has Fluttershy stuck with a Barry White voice is one of my favourites.

The powers-that-be... I really hope we get to see a full Season 1 DVD release soon. :)

animated series Potatoes and Dragons © Cookie Jar Entertainment / Alphanim
Potatoes and Dragons
Rated it: 3.5
posted: Jun 01, 2009
I have always had a huge soft spot for this series. I only ever seemed to be able to catch it on TV by accident, but whenever I did I would be delighted to have stumbled upon it again.

I just love the concept of it. King Hugo is so adamant about getting rid of this dragon, but it's done in a way that reminds one of an old man who is just determined to get the gophers to stop popping up through his lawn. And the dragon, who is this big lumbering lump that hasn't really done anything to deserve the old man's ire, is content to go about his business and seems more amused about Hugo's determination to get rid of him than anything else.

I also love the whole look of this series. Simple, but kinda wacky looking as well.

I haven't seen in it on TV for ages and it doesn't seem to have earned itself a DVD release, but if you stumble upon it I hope you'll give it a chance.

animated series God, the Devil and Bob © Carsey-Werner Company / Fil Cartoons Inc. / Vanity Logo Productions
God, the Devil and Bob
Rated it: 3
posted: Apr 03, 2007
I think the only truly shocking thing about this series is how tame it is. With the show's title and surrounding controversy, I was expecting it to have some edge, but I don't think this portrayl of God is really all that more blasphemous than Morgan Freeman in "Bruce Almighty." What this show is really about is Bob and his family with God and the Devil acting almost as Bob's 'wacky neighbours'. The whole thing almost feels kinda "Leave it to Beaver" with Bob running around helping his teenage daughter with her boy angst or his son with the kids who are picking on him at school because the kid says his Dad is God's prophet.

I've seen four episodes at this point... the first two were kind of weak, but the last two were better with some nice gags and even a couple salient points about good and evil.

I'll probably watch the rest of the episodes on the disc I rented, but I'll agree with whoever it was who said that it's probably best the series ended quickly. Simply from a story point of view, I'm not certain how long this concept could've held together and remained funny.

animated series Clone High © Nelvana
Clone High
Rated it: 3.5
posted: Jan 21, 2007
Given how many positive things I'd heard about this series from various friends, I was genuinely surprised to learn that only 13 episodes of it were ever made. Despite the rather goofy premise, it's a laugh-out-loud funny in places with great sight gags and good writing.

I suppose my only complaint is that so much the show centers around the 'love triangle' of Abe, Joan and Cleopatra. Whenever Abe blindly falls for Cleopatra, I kinda have to wonder what Joan really sees in him... although I suppose it just goes to show that girl crushes in high school are just as illogical as their male counterparts.

I've only seen the first five episodes--I rented Disc 1 of the box set--but it's enough that I'll likely be buying the DVD set at some point in the not too distant future.

 
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