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Yo. not much differs from my profile to anyone else's. i love to draw and write, like so many. hopefully i'll have my web site up soon so you can come visit. toodles!


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animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles © Mirage Studios
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Rated it: 3.5
posted: Oct 07, 2005
More pizza eating animals, but that's about as directly similar as it goes for this show and Pizza Cats. I'll be honest with you. If you haven't grown up with Ninja Turtles, or at least wasn't there when it came out, this won't be very impressive, as amusing as it was. The animation was AWESOME....if your 3 years old and in the 80's, which is the flavor that consumes this show. I loved the Ninja Turtles as a kid, and would enjoy watching it now to remember how I felt about it then. This has a serious 'Old School' feel to it, so the audience is pretty much narrowed to those who grew up with it. You won't see kids from Japan cheering insanely for it obviously. As for me, I'm embracing it for the colorful imagination it helped me develop, and the awesome fighting dreams I got from it. So I'm rating it specifically based on how I feel, discarding judgement based on technichalities in this case. Hm...that DVD's looking mighty tempting...time for some Ebay.
animated series Samurai Pizza Cats © Saban International / Tatsunoko Productions
Samurai Pizza Cats
Rated it: 3
posted: Oct 07, 2005
OH MY GOSH!! Never expected to see this one on the site. I believe I was around 6 or 7 when I first was getting attached to it. Do I remember half of what was going on? NO! Which really bugs. I remember detailed scenes of Bambi and Ninja Turtles and X-Men between 3 to 5 years old, but apparently my mind went on a trip and lost its ability to recal pretty much anything once I reached the age of 7 while watching re-runs of this and Biker Mice from Mars and Voltron. How freaking annoyingly strange is that? Although I do remember cute, high strung metal geared kitties running around whoopin' butt and posing after every puch in the face, but I could really be tying loose ends in my mind. Anyway, if your expecting any further detail of the show, don't look here. I'm simply remembering a nostolgic reminisce that makes me smile like a fool. It would be unfair to grade this any higher than three stars, but from the reaction I just got from seeing it on the front page, it sure don't deserve to be lower.
animated movie Howl's Moving Castle © Studio Ghibli
Howl's Moving Castle
Rated it: 2.5
posted: Aug 08, 2005
Wellll, first and foremost, I must say I wasn't surprised by not being enthusiastic about the film. I can understand how stressful it must be to create a high caliber film like Spirited Away, and then be expected to follow up with another one of similar quality, almost entirely because of your name.

Secondly, let's mention the book. The title sounds awesome, and the back cover read interestingly enough, but the book itself was bland. There were so many 'GOOD,' if not awesome ways the story could have gone, but (I'm reminded of The Black Cauldron,) it spun out in every way to make it sound like a fanfic that stops dead at every point for something potentially interesting. This was the first indication that the film made me shrug uncomfortably whenever I heard of it. Fortunately, the movie's different, and actually better, BUT there would have to be little to no similarities between the book, aside from the castle's magic and the characters, to make the movie great. One more thing, his name's Howl-- I was sort of hoping he could turn into a black wolf or something, but alas! dissapointed once again!

With that said, it really feels like this movie was trying to--I'll say, accomplish, too many things. It was very much a discreet riot, with all the ways the plot--I won't say twisted, that sounds too aggressive... okay, meandered along. For some reason this flick reminds me of mowing a lawn, and I can't quite figure out why. Maybe it's the loud, redundant noises, along with a required slow pace.

Ahem- anyway, it almost seems like Miyazaki lost ten points in his filming experience. In fact, his presence is disturbingly absent throughout the movie. I read a review that said, 'breathtaking animation.' He should have said, breathtaking backgrounds, because that's all that was really eye candy. The typical Ghibli style appeared recycled, and at times, out dated. I can actually picture a tired Miyazaki handing a few written and spoken ideas to some animators, and then sort of being a ghost around the rest of the studio. I don't say this to be insulting, but that's just what I'm saying. It felt like Miyazaki was hardly there. Speaking of recycling, am I the only one that notices that the young Howl very much resembles Haku, seemingly 'spirited away' himself into another era?
*Sigh* I guess I will say it's worth a rent...

animated movie The Black Cauldron © Disney
The Black Cauldron
Rated it: 1.5
posted: May 11, 2005
How would you like to spend 12 years making a film? How would you like to spend 12 years making one of Disney's worst films? I really have to feel sorry for whoever was involved in creating this piece, because ultimately, and very quickly, it was a known failure(that took over a decade to ruin.) The entire movie feels like it was made with chin scratching uncertainty, and every other scene is self-conflicting, and sometimes even out of place. It really felt(but it certainly didn't look) like a Saturday morning cartoon stretched to 80 or so minutes. As much as I couln't help but like Taran, with his rather wobbly personality(a *live* man made wobbliness) he appeared physically thicker than most scrawny heros in other Disney films of the same age *compare to Wart from Sword in the Stone or Mowgli from Jungle Book* but it could have been a trick of lighting or angle.

Now I gave a small list of cons, or semi-cons. Is there a pro? Of course, the animation and use of some real-life footage and techniques can't be ignored. And during so, we clearly see that this isn't a normal Disney film. Fluff and happy songs don't exist, only violence and darkness. An interesting change right? Perhaps...if it were pulled off decently. I mean, the movie FELT like it took twelve years to create. Only the main characters are halfway likable. Because of their appearence and status, you WANT to like them...but you'd have to do a pretty good job of convincing yourself of that. And now that I've reached the end of this little summery, I must at least mention the end of the movie. *Ack!* man, just thinking about it makes me wonder, "What the heck? Wait...did that just happen? Now what?'s the end...the end?" There was potential in certain strains of the scenes that you hoped the movie would follow, but a 180 degree turn was taken on every oppotunity to make the storytelling, and the characters better, and even superior to previous disney films. In my worthless opinion, if it was going to look this bad on screen, I think they should have taken those twelve years writing and drawing the storyboard alone, before touching any key frames.

animated movie The Sword in the Stone © Disney
The Sword in the Stone
Rated it: 4
posted: Apr 08, 2005
4 stars, that's a big rating isn't it? And there's a reason for it. I think it's downright unfair for a kid's movie(which Disney did most of the time) to be rated by adults with such critique and analasis. (as adults individually watching and purposely studying a film will do.) I saw this film when I was about 6 years old, and will grade by realyzing how entertained I was with this film (WHEN I WAS 6) Now I just watched it recently, with the ability to comprehend and observe things I didn't do at that kindergarten age, even when I didn't want to.

After knowing I watched several other films by Disney well before I entered the two-digit age, I realized more than ever that the films more or less were purposed to entertain kids. 'It isn't accurate to the actual book' well, what disney film is even remotely accurate to it's original source? Complain about Pocahontas if you're 20+ years old, whining about a kid's film.I watched the film (now) with great empathy and wonderful memories of when I was little and watched it then. 'Memories' is also a common word used in Disney statements and catch phrases, but it seems true.

As for the film (about time) I loved it then, I love it now, simply because I can see my little shadow laughing and being a happy child watching it, and now observing how time really improved on animation, plus the different, sometimes funnier sense of humor displaced( I still laugh hysterically when they were squirrels) the voices that acutally fit, and the wonderfully, fun, over-exagerated realism in the characters and animation. Did my 6 year old self know this movie was completely inaccurate to the book? No. Does your 6 year old kid know? Probably not. It was meant for fun for kids, but potent enough to entertain adults, and that's just what it did, 'nuff said.

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