Sunday, August 09, 2009

Links of a Sunday

This video argument about why Wonder Woman doesn't work too well in live action (despite Linda Carter's teevee show) actually makes good sense.

Cartoonists Sergio Aragones has an exhibit of his work happening in Ojai just now ....

The artist would like you to feel perfectly at ease in the miniature cosmos he has created, which, you may have observed, is as spatially balanced and packed with information as a Medieval prayer book ...

"My cartoons are always in equilibrium," says Aragon├ęs, arching his bushy eyebrows over round-rimmed glasses and a formidable Zapata mustache. "They do what I want them to do. They're very obedient." ...

The Los Angeles Times offeres up a study of Hayao Miyaziki:

The good-guys-versus-bad-guys formula often falls through the rabbit hole in Miyazaki stories, particularly the ones that suggest a moral philosophy in their portrayals of individuals caught in conflicts between destructive civilization and a mysterious powerful Nature. Kelts pointed to the wizard father in Miyazaki's newest film, "Ponyo," comparing him to Shakespeare's Prospero as "more of a troubled man than an evil one."

Miyazaki responded: "To have a film where there's an evil figure and a good person fights against the evil figure and everything becomes a happy ending, that's one way to make a film. But then that means you have to draw, as an animator, the evil figure. And it's not very pleasant to draw evil figures. So I decided against evil figures in my films." ...

Go out and barbeque something.

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