Monday, April 20, 2015

"Do something instead of being afraid." - Let's watch 1990's Earth Day Special!

Remember back in 1990, when Gaia appeared in front of a kind-of-evil Robin Williams in the glorious form of Bette Midler and would've died if not for the valiant efforts of Neil Patrick Harris in-character as Doogie Howser M.D.?



All joking aside, yes, it's the cusp of the 80's and the 90's.  Yes, looked at from a certain angle, it's the weirdest "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" Prequel / "Ghostbusters" and "Back to the Future" Sequel ever.  And yes, this is a nearly two-hour movie where Gaia appears in front of a kind-of-evil Robin Williams in the glorious form of Bette Midler and would've died if not for the valiant efforts of Neil Patrick Harris in-character as Doogie Howser M.D. (and as far as I know, Michael Eisner wasn't involved).  And yes, there is a scene where Midler-Gaia, in a last-ditch effort to save herself, litters, and the litter lands near E.T. (who's just kind of there for reasons unknown), who turns it into a book that teaches some children and IDK, WTF.  But dang me if I wasn't genuinely moved by this special.  I mean, that bit with Kermit and Robin...
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Sketch of the Day!

In honor of all the adorable amphibians out there, meet my #Salamandersona!
3.26.15 Salamandersona

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kill Refurb Marry - Disney Partners

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Well, first of all, if we're talking Partners and Walt Disney World, I'd be remiss if I didn't include the following hilarious incident I managed to capture on film a few years ago.

"What?"

Walt Disney World has been the site of many memorable partnerships throughout the years.  Some of them worked, some of them... did not.  Brace yourselves, I'm going to harp on Dinoland USA again.

Kill: Disney and McDonalds

This was just a bad, weird time for Disney in general, and I never even visited the parks while it happened, but there's something that hurts my heart when I look at this page in Yesterland.  It does go a ways in explaining why Dinoland is the way it is, and at the very least we got some badass William Stout art out of the whole mess.

Refurb: Michael Eisner and Michael Eisner's Obsession of the Week

If there's one thing to notice while touring Disney World these days, it's that nearly anything that makes you say, "Why...?" is thanks to Michael Eisner having a seemingly sudden and momentary obsession with something. Sometimes, that'd work out for the best (Touchstone Pictures, Disney/MGM Studios, the Disney Institute in theory), and sometimes it would not (the Swan and Dolphin, the Disney Institute in practice).

Marry: The Original EPCOT Imagineers

Need more be said?  They pulled off a lot of amazing effects and shows pretty much while flying by the seats of their pants and repurposing bits from never-built rides.   I'm just sad that so much of what they accomplished is gone, when I know I'd appreciate it more as an adult.

Next time: Extinct Attractions.  Oh boy...

Addendum: Boy did I ever go in a completely different direction from everyone else on this one...

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Sketch of the Day!
I don't know the original context for this but it's fascinating nonetheless.

3.22.15 - "Let's Play" Doodles

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

"I'm Still Comparing My Past to My Future" - Thoughts on "Big Hero 6"

Movie #68: "Big Hero 6"

It's hard not to compare "Big Hero 6" with other recent Disney films and with other animated features that cover similar themes.  And to me, that's being unfair to this very good animated Disney feature, so rather than say that this is the best Cute Kids and Robots animation since "Iron Giant" (and, like "Iron Giant", is that vanishingly rare case of creating an excellent film by completely ignoring the source material), let's talk about how awesome this movie makes science.

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Yup, we got ourselves a Walt Disney Studios animated feature film with a matter-of-fact no-big-deal diverse cast of engineering geniuses who save the day through science.  This is awesome.  I feel like "Big Hero 6" has succeeded where "Meet the Robinsons" tried and failed, maybe due to the former having a much more streamlined plot and smaller cast of characters.  I do agree that the secondary characters should've had as bit more room to breathe (side-note: I totally understand why we're getting "Frozen 2", but I don't *get* why we're getting "Frozen 2").  But the focus of the story is on the relationship between Hiro and Baymax, and for me, they've already joined the ranks of the great Disney BFFs.

For more posts in this ongoing series, go here, or click the Chronological Disney Animated Canon tag below.

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Sketch of the Day!

Appropos of nothing, have some "Ocarina of Time" fanart:
"Ocarina of Time" - The Great Fairy

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

"Oh, this looks like fun! A bench!" - Kill, Refurb, Marry Peoplewatching Spots

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I'm turning thirty-three for the fourth year in a row tomorrow!  To celebrate, I've got a nice hefty post in mind for whenever I can sit down and write it.  This is not that post.  Instead, here's an interesting topic for today's bloghop: quiet places in Walt Disney World.  Places to stop and recharge from the activity of the rides and shows and angry gulls and little kids running around screaming and adults screaming at their kids and, generally, a lot of angry screaming.

That is to say, I don't want to kill any of these places. We need them.  We need as many as we can get for psychological reasons.  Furthermore, I'd argue that there are, strictly speaking, no bad places in all of Walt Disney World to observe human behavior.  It's just that a lot of times, you're going to be seeing really s**tty human behavior.

But as far as great places to relax and/or peoplewatch, in no particular order:

Your Resort's Lobby - I especially love the Beach Club, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, and Polynesian for just having a good sit.  (Mind you, I haven't been to the Poly since the beautiful indoor forest was replaced with the Sadness Rock.)

World Showcase - Pick a country.  Odds are good that there's a little-known quiet spot hidden away somewhere.  I especially like the gardens in France and UK, and the galleries in Japan and Morocco.  And, of course, there are the wine tasting rooms...

The Peoplemover - Yes, this is my favorite.  You get a lovely view of Tomorrowland and a nice, long ride.

OK, so I may not have followed the rules to the letter on this one.  Next time, Disney Partners.  Not sure what that means yet; hopefully it's open to interpretation?

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Sketch of the Day!

Bears!
1.23.15 - "Bears"

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's a Science-Art Tweetstorm!

Do you like science?  Do you like art?  How about when science and art combine?  Heck yeah, you do!  After all, you're reading this blog aren't you?

This week on Twitter, Glendon Mellow of Symbiartic is inviting artists to share their science and nature-related or influenced art.  If you'd like to participate, here are the instructions from Glendon:

Post your art on Twitter using the #SciArt hashtag.
Aim to post a minimum of 3 of your works per day, so 21 for the week.
Feel free to post more, a lot more than 3.
Post anything sciart-related: sketches, finished pieces, cartoons, fine art, bioart, paleoart, medical illustration, nature painting, you name it.
Works do not have to be new. Get out that back catalogue. If there's one thing I've learned about Twitter, it's that your old artwork is always new to someone.
Post the same piece more than once. If you've got an image or 2 you really want to promote, the audience at 2pm Tuesday is not the same as the audience at 2am Friday.
By all means , promote your blog and online store. A tweet consisting of "(name of art), (link to website) #SciArt" + the image itself looks perfect to me.
Try to retweet at least 5 other #sciart tweets by other people per day.We are not policing this effort, so more or less is fine. Whatever you are comfortable with.

The goal of this is to share the variety and importance of art as it relates to science. By posting a huge flurry of tweets all in one week, we hope to reach an even broader audience. We hope you'll be a part of it!

Sounds like fun!  I'll be posting @Babbletrish and hope to see lots of participants.

Update: Nature took notice!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Let's Watch "Bonehead Detectives of the Paleoworld" and Get Steamrolled by the '90's!

Little Pete welcomes you to 1997.



Okay, honestly this isn't so bad.  It is very definitely made in the late '90s, and it has that distinctive slightly obnoxious 90's educational kid show-ness going on ("Editor, your one job is to make sure the little brats watching this never get bored ever.")  But it's a pretty good, if dated, introduction to paleontology.  We're not in the "Throw dubious CGI up all over everything" era of paleo documentaries yet; instead we meet paleontologists working in the field or showing specimens.  It's a nice change of pace.

Still, "Man-dude"...

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Sketch of the Day!

1.20/21.15 - Doodles

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Let's Ask Walt Disney World Tourists in 1993 About Their Favorite Attractions!

Hailing from the same year (or thenabouts) as "Journey Into Magic", this video was a trip-planning instructional film put out by Disney and Delta.



There's a lot of great footage of then-new and currently-gone attractions (that shot of Horizons got me right in the feels). There are also some pretty candid interviews with guests and cast members.  And there's a great deal of regrettable 90's fashion.

Sidenote: Again, the more I see/hear about Adventurer's Club, the more deeply sad I am that I never got to experience it myself. Tell me it wasn't as fun as it looks. Look into my little face and lie.

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Sketch of the Day

Ni-No-Kuni Doodles