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fannishcodex replied to your post: fannishcodex said:Have you seen R…

I don’t remember being super into it before either, though I’d seen some of the older movies, but then I saw those movies and it’s just…they’re so good, I love them, and I eagerly look forward to their continuing story. Hope you enjoy them too!

Yeah, I’m sure I’ll see them someday. My lack of interest is entirely based out a of a personal thing of not finding apes all that interesting or appealing as real-world animals and a subsequent disinterest in seeing them as movie protagonists. I’d rather watch a movie about lizards or something.

Where’s my Rise of the Planet of the Pythons?

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fannishcodex asked: Have you seen Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes?

I actually haven’t yet. I’m not super into the Planet of the Apes franchise, but they’re on my “to watch” list for sure

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fannishcodex asked: I'd love to hear you talk about Kung Fu Panda 2 more. It remains one of my most favorite movies ever.

Ha ha, I could talk about Kung Fu Panda 2 (and Megamind, and Osmosis Jones) from dawn until dusk. I have a discussion about Shen and Tai Lung up here, but I do plan on writing more at a later date. Depending on how the rest of the year goes, discussing KFP2's supreme awesomeness is something I'd like to do a video about…

But to give you something to read here and now: Kung Fu Panda 2 is a great film because it does everything a good sequel should do (evolve characters/their relationships, expand the scope of the world, increase the threat of the antagonist, cut out what didn’t work in the first film while capitalizing on what did) while still being a solid story in its own right. It stands alongside Persona 4 and The Rescuers Down Under as a sequel which is surpasses the original in terms of quality and entertainment value.

And this isn’t even scratching the surface at all the little details which make it great, like the music and animation, the stellar cast (I love Angelina Jolie as Tigress and how they never felt the need to give her a “sexy” affect), the emotional gut punches all matched by equally creative bits of visual comedy, the stylized yet believable designs of the characters/world (CGI tends to have issues with giving its sets “Personality” but KFP gets it right), the beautifully choreographed fight sequences, and the fact that it’s got so much appeal for all ages.

It’s just a damn good motion picture and I’m really happy to have been a part of seeing the series come into the world.

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fannishcodex asked: Your meta on the new Hobbit film was super interesting! And it made me wonder, did you read the original book? Because I feel like what you said about the movie could apply to the original book as well, to some extent.

Hey there, glad you liked it.

Yes, I’ve read the original Hobbit novel (both as a child and recently in preparation for the movies) and the Lord of the Rings book trilogy (way back in high school).

As to you second point… I agree partially. It’s true that the children’s book has Bilbo only semi-attached to the Dwarfs on a friendly level, but this is made up for by the story constantly framing everything through Bilbo’s perspective. The book is about Bilbo doing things, wanting things, solving problems, getting frightened, getting happy, getting angry, and being self-motivated. Though he is but a small person caught up in a world and wars far greater than himself, he is consistently central to the narrative. I never question why Bilbo is on his quest or why he makes certain decisions because the character always lets me know.

In the film series though, the overarching story always comes back to Thorin and his desire to reclaim his homeland, settle his birthrights, prove his worth, smack Elves in their smug faces, etc. Rather than Bilbo being our hand-hold into a world of magic and adventure, he feels disconnected and tangential to major events. Bilbo doesn’t feel like a protagonist anymore and the long stretches of time he’s off-screen only worsens the problem. Admittedly, a lot of this comes back to issues of adaptation and the differences between writing a literature protagonist and a cinematic protagonist. A book has the liberty of picking a narrator and letting me in on their intimate thoughts and feelings more easily than an onscreen actor (see also the differences between the Game of Thrones tv series and the ASoIaF novels). Moreover, a film’s limited run-time means I have to be on-board with the decisions characters makes given the information I’m seeing. But still, in the LoTR films, I never forgot about Sam and Frodo, and I never questioned why they were doing what they were doing, and why I should care.

Abridged version: both the film and the book version of The Hobbit present a protagonist who is a small, simple, everyman embroiled in events far out of his immediate impact or understanding. But the book version keeps its focus squarely on Bilbo Baggins, whereas the movie seems to want to tell Thorin’s tale above all else and thus leaves its supposed protagonist in the dust.

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fannishcodex asked: I feel like I should let you know in my daydream of trying to write a Transformers Prime Abridged series with others in the vein of Dragon Ball Z Abridged and Avatar the Last Airbender Abridged, I think of use as the master video editor and also idea person/fellow writer. XD Have you ever thought of that before, TFP Abridged like--hmm, have you seen DBZ Abridged and AtLA Abridged? (I find them really funny, particularly DBZ Abridged.)

fannishcodex:

draqua:

Well, thank you very much (-‿◦☀)

To be honest, I’ve never really thought of ever doing a TF Abridged series… Though I have indeed seen the several major Abridged series, particularly DBZ Abridged and Sailor Moon Abridged, which I really like. Mostly because the type of unintentional humor or potential “joke hooks” I find in regular episodes of TFP or other Transformers cartoons for that matter are better explored through editorial-style discussions of the episode (see what SF Debris does with Star Trek) rather than running a full on parody of the episode.Or at least that’s how I feel. Still, there’s certainly room for other styles and interpretations of humor out there.

Ooh, there’s a Sailor Moon Abridged? I’ll have to check that out. And this is interesting, I never heard of these editorial-style discussions of the episode (SF Debris and Star Trek) before. Another thing I’ll have to check out, thanks!

You can find Sailor Moon Abridged here. I got interested in it, among other reasons, chiefly because it was a fairly well done abridged series with a woman heading up the project. But I’ll be honest when I say that I haven’t totally kept up with it. It’s solid enough though.

SFDebris is here. I should point out that he does more than just Star Trek reviews, but also tackles a wide range of sci-fi shows, movies, cartoons and even some anime. His full-series review of Magical Girl Madoka is particularly interesting, and he recently did a nice set of videos on Batman Beyond. His style, opinions, and angle may not be for every one, but I kinda go for the dry wit, and I find his voice oddly relaxing. Much in the same way I enjoy Bobby the Tongue’s videogame editorials.

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fannishcodex asked: I feel like I should let you know in my daydream of trying to write a Transformers Prime Abridged series with others in the vein of Dragon Ball Z Abridged and Avatar the Last Airbender Abridged, I think of use as the master video editor and also idea person/fellow writer. XD Have you ever thought of that before, TFP Abridged like--hmm, have you seen DBZ Abridged and AtLA Abridged? (I find them really funny, particularly DBZ Abridged.)

Well, thank you very much (-‿◦☀)

To be honest, I’ve never really thought of ever doing a TF Abridged series… Though I have indeed seen the several major Abridged series, particularly DBZ Abridged and Sailor Moon Abridged, which I really like. Mostly because the type of unintentional humor or potential “joke hooks” I find in regular episodes of TFP or other Transformers cartoons for that matter are better explored through editorial-style discussions of the episode (see what SF Debris does with Star Trek) rather than running a full on parody of the episode.Or at least that’s how I feel. Still, there’s certainly room for other styles and interpretations of humor out there.

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Anonymous asked: Do you think you'll rewatch transformers prime? I certainly will :)

fannishcodex:

draqua:

Oh for sure. The truth is, I tend to watch one to three episodes of TFP a week just to brush up on a nicely boarded scene, to hear the music, or because it has a cool character moment I like. I do this for Beast Wars and Rescue Bots as well because I am a massive nerd, but not as often.

I generally don’t “rewatch” series in the sense of going through from start to finish rewatching every single episode in direct order. But for something that I like as much as Transformers Prime, I might make an exception… maybe plan to do a full rewatch in roughly a year or so and do a “TFP revisited” blog session or something if people were interested.

Interested in “Transformers Prime revisited.” :D

Though I’m also interested in “Beast Wars revisited” too…. ;)

Someday…

Someday…

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Upcoming Projects…

fannishcodex:

draqua:

Salutations everyone.  I thought I’d plonk down a general list here of my upcoming essays/projects just in cast people were interested.

  • Another video project, probably an Anime Music Video this time.  I’m currently trying to decide between a K-on! or Persona 4 tribute
  • Series reviews of both Pound Puppies S1 and GI Joe Renegades.  (Short version: both programs are excellent examples of their respective genres with sharp writing and engaging characters…  but of course, both still have a couple little points that prevent them from reaching true greatness)
  • Korra discussion…  Tenzin vs. Obstacles in Life
  • A few brief pieces on Tron: Uprisingand what makes it so interesting to me personally.  I already have a small one here.
  • Transformers Animated’s Arcee…  that’s gonna be a bit of a negative-nelly one, I’m afraid…  Well, what can you do?*
  • Beast Wars, my definitive childhood TV show and why it’s so awesome even to this day
  • This will have to wait for the season to conclude…  but I’ve been noticing a very interesting theme in Transformers Prime regarding the Decepticons and Autobots…  but, like I said, I’ll need to wait for the season to cap off to see if I’m right or not
  • Osmosis Jones discussion (aka best movie ever)
  • More Dreadwing the Moth adventures… 

So, that’s what’s on the slab right now.  As you can see…  it’s pretty varied.  If there’s anything that stands out to you as super interesting or something you think should wait awhile, leave a comment or send me an ask.  Let me know if you’re more interested in a Persona 4 AMV or a K-on one too if you’re so inclined.  If there’s something you don’t see above that you’d like to ask me about, feel free to do that too.

To any rate, as always, thanks for listening.

*I suppose I could counterbalance with a discussion on things I like about TFA.  While it may not be my favorite cartoon nor my favorite Transformers iteration at the best of times, it still is an entertaining program, and does have a lot of good points.  It certainly isn’t a bad show, not at all…

Tenzin down, and it was awesome.

HELL YEAH BEAST WARS.

Looking forward to a lot of this!

Aw, thank you very much.  It makes me happy that people enjoy reading my stuff and find it interesting.

As for Beast Wars, there’s just so much about that show I find discussion worthy, it’s difficult to pick just a few things.

I wonder if there’s anything in particular with regards to BW people would like me to focus on?

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fannishcodex answered your question: Saw Brave…

I really loved Elinor. It would’ve been cool if they pulled a Finding Nemo and made the parent the protagonist.

I agree.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Merida.  She’s a great character and a fun protagonist.  They did a good job of blending teenage strong-headedness with her desires to live as a warrior.  Her character animations and vocal performances were great, and her ranger skills are impressive too.  Hell, put Merida on The New Team Avatar coach, she’s ready*!

But, to me anyways, Elinor was by far the more dynamic and robust character.  After-all, she’s the one that turns into an animal, must learn how to survive in a completely new environment, nearly loses her humanity, and ultimately fights/kills Mor’du.  Furthermore, Elinor is far more changed by her experiences within the film than Merida.  Of course, Merida does evolve as a character, yes.  But her arc is more about learning to admit her wrongdoings, accepting responsibility for her kingdom while still proving she can be a new kind of warrior-princess.  Merida has a goal, there are obstacles, she works to overcome them, and she ultimately obtains what she wants (doesn’t have to marry, gets a better relationship with her mom, balances personal interests with work).  Whereas Elinor completely restructures the way she sees herself, her daughter, and the future of their kingdom.  Elinor comes out of the film a very changed woman.

Pixar’s always been one to challenge audiences with protagonists you wouldn’t typically find in children’s movies; serving up adults, parents, and senior citizens in focal roles.  Finding Nemo and Up would not be as interesting or deep if Nemo and Russel were the central characters of their films respectively.  However, I understand that it took a long time and considerable effort to get a female protagonist out of a Pixar film, so hopefully one with a female adult/parent/senior/whatever is not far off.

As I said, this isn’t a deal breaker on Brave for me at all, because I like Merida so much anyways and the film, for what it is, is solid.

*(Just imagine…  Merida on Naga’s back shooting arrows over Korra’s shoulders and bracing herself on Bolin’s head… "Steady on then!")

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fannishcodex answered your question: TFP S2 might not be in the Itunes store….

“Coin-operated boy” by Dresden Dolls for Aya and Razer in Green Lantern? With Aya being the coin-operated boy.

http://youtu.be/j4gPZPKJc0s

Hmm…  It certainly is an interesting song (and has a visually impressive official video too). And I want to say thank you for your interest and the suggestion. But I’m looking to do a more general series overview, rather than a couple-specific video. Upon further consideration, I probably wouldn’t be doing the Green Lantern video until S2 finished airing, as that would give me more footage to work with. Once again, thank you for your suggestion.

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