Saturday, February 13, 2016

I'm a Guest on "Deep in Bear Country"!

Earlier this week, I went down to Bear Country to talk about the insane Berenstain Bears mini-storybook "The Berenstain Bears and Too Many Dinosaurs the Dinosaurs" with Phil Gonzales and fellow special guest Talcott Starr.  That episode is up now, so enjoy my deep and ridiculous voice discussing dinosaur-themed entertainment in the pre-"Jurassic Park" era, Mama Bear looking ready to eviscerate everyone, and whether the Bear youngsters can ever enjoy fun things.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Hooray for the 21'st Century!" - Let's Watch the 1982 EPCOT Opening Special!

My winter hiatus is over!  Let's go to Disney World!



Oh my goodness, this is wonderful. 

First off, when I think of futurism circa the very early 80's, I think of no other person but Danny Kaye.  Yeah, it's a strange choice from our point of view here in the actual 21'st Century, but it works.  Early Epcot was very high-concept, and Kaye introduces it all with humor and warmth.  (And ear-worms.)

Keep an eye out for Roy "Guy Who Seems To Be In All These Old Disney Specials" Clark, Sico, better known as that robot from "Rocky IV" with a surprisingly poignant origin, many teases for pavilions that would never see the light of day, a finale where Marie Osmond makes it weird in the way only an Osmond can, and loads of early 80's "Computers can do ANYTHING" hype.

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1.31.16 - Winter Goldfinch

Winter Goldfinches are extra-cute.

Friday, December 25, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 25: Lotte Reiniger's "Post Early!" and "Star of Bethlehem"

Here's something genuinely, seriously cool for Christmas Day -- but still delightfully weird:



Now, I really hope I don't have to explain who Lotte Reiniger is here. While these shorts don't quite have the full majesty of her "Prince Achmed", they are very nice indeed.



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You know what Father Christmas could use along with new boots? A giant robot buddy.

12.9.15 - Christmas Robot

I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, safe, and creative new year.  See you in 2016; hopefully my cousins and I will be going to see "Star Wars" (again?) so hopefully we'll kick off the year with a review.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 24: "The Snowman and the Snowdog"

"The Snowman", the nearly wordless and gorgeous animated short based upon Raymond Briggs' entirely wordless picture book (graphic novel?  Sure, why not), is such a strange, melancholy Christmas special, isn't it?  It captures the weirdly bleak and lonely aspects of winter and the Christmas season in such a beautiful, haunting way.  It is a sad, lonely sort of Christmas special for sad, lonely children.

That's precisely why I love it; it's one of the many beautiful and slightly unsettling animated films that affected me deeply as a child and hit many of those exact same buttons as an adult. "Snowman" honestly stands with "Watership Down", "Brave Little Toaster", "The Mouse and his Child", "The Secret of NIMH" and "The Last Unicorn" as Animation That Knocked Me Right On My Ass And Permanently Changed My Entire Philosophy Of Life When I Was, Like, Five.  (Anyone who has been following my Internet shenanigans for a while is probably nodding sagely and thinking, "Yeah.  Yeah, Trish seeing those particular animations at a young age explains a lot.")

I had every reason in the world to assume that "The Snowman and the Snowdog", a new sequel short created for the 30'th anniversary of "The Snowman", would be, in so many words, not that.  I've never been so happy to be so very wrong.



It's so damn sad, but it's a worthy successor to the original.  You can find it and the original "Snowman" on Hulu.  Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Ah, my feels!

12.13.15 - Snow Dog

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 23: "Mumfie's White Christmas"

Oh goodness, you can't understand how happy I am to have found this.  It's available on, last time I checked, every streaming service their is.  Have a little clip:



"The Magic Adventures of Mumfie" was one of my very few "Are you *sure* I didn't dream that?" shows.  I discovered it in college during that strange era when FOX Kids snapped up the rights to a... unique... variety of international animated series, ranging from this, to "Vision of Escaflowne" and "Cyber-Six".  It's very much as I remember, very sweet and soothing, kind of similar to "David the Gnome" with the weirdness of "Dr. Snuggles".  That's a combination I can get behind.

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The Snowbird is totally Mini-Articuno, isn't she?

12.13.15 - Snow Birds

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 22: "The Nutcracker" (2010)

The other day, I was sick, sick, sick!  I took some Nighttime Medicine on the same night our alarms decided to announce that they needed new batteries by shrieking their "Oh sh*t, you're gonna die" alarms like crazy at around Midnight.  Fun times.  I woke up looking, feeling, and smelling like this:

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As you might imagine, I had me some fantastic festive fever dreams that night.  Allow me to share them with you:




Oh, wait, that's the teaser trailer for 2010's "The Nutcracker 3D", which can now be found under the title "The Nutcracker: Saturnalia Ascending The Untold Story" on various streaming services.  It is actually *less* insane than I'd been led to believe but it is still really something else.  I mean, who doesn't need a holiday movie in their life where this happens:

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Incidentally, I still long for "Bioshock: Christmas Edition".

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12.18.15 - Bioshock: Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2015

The 25 Weird Days of Christmas Day 21: "Frosty's Winter Wonderland"

It's the Winter Solstice, and therefore a good time to accidentally create life according to this sequel to "Frosty the Snowman".



I'll invite somebody else to write an essay on the gender issues in this short.  What I'm wondering is why in the world this wasn't titled "Bride of Frosty"?

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Time to add some Jack Frost fanart to the pile:

12.18.15 - Jack Frost Fanart