ANNOUNCEMENT

PLEASE support Dreamworks Animation and watch Home in theaters.

"Why?" you ask. "The movie looks somewhat interesting, but not enough to buy a ticket for."

Well, I’ll tell you why.

At the beginning of this year, Dreamworks Animation had to cut 500 jobs in their department - over 20% of their total employees - and cut their output from 3 to 2 movies per year, due to their continued misses in the box office. In fact, Home is the ONLY Dreamworks movie to be released this year.

Movies like Rise of the Guardians and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, while good movies, were unsuccessful in the box office. It is a popular question if Dreamworks can survive another failure.

The company is in debt, the stock value of Dreamworks has drastically decreased, and competitors such as Disney and Warner Bros are providing difficult competition.

Now, why should you support Dreamworks?

Dreamworks is one of the few animation studios to truly put themselves out there and create something new. Disney, whom everyone idolizes - and yes, I love too - plays it safe with princess movie after princess movie, love interest after love interest, skinny, big-eyed heroine after skinny, big-eyed heroine. Disney adapts pre-created stories, and everyone in their movies fits the Eurocentric definition of beauty.

Dreamworks breaks the mold.

Dreamworks makes movies about people who don’t fall in love. The stories are wacky, weird, but infinitely more original. While Disney opts for retellings of famous legends and stories, Dreamworks makes movies like Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, Spirit, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek, and The Croods. Maybe these don’t sound “groundbreaking” just to hear the titles, but think about it - Dreamworks makes movies where the villain is the main character (Megamind), where the “nice guy” isn’t the “good guy” (Megamind), where characters challenge societal and cultural beliefs (How to Train Your Dragon), where characters who people write off as “inept” are able to overcome their odds without changing their individual identity (Kung Fu Panda), and so much more.

Dreamworks also creates a diverse and varied cast for every film because Dreamworks is not afraid to depict characters who do not fit modern Eurocentric definitions of beauty. Dreamworks depicts women with varying weights, body types, noses, hair, any sort of physical feature. Women are depicted as they are in real life - different. The men follow suit. The body positivity that Dreamworks promotes through its films is practically unseen in Disney Animation, where all women have the same nose and look like they wear a corset at all times.

(You want proof of Dreamworks’ body positivity? Here)

Also - and, admittedly, Disney beat them to it - a female black lead? In animation? CAN YOU NAME MORE THAN TWO ANIMATED FILMS WITH A FEMALE BLACK LEAD? This representation is INSANELY important, and if we do not show our support by watching the movie in-theaters, we could be risking the opportunity to see more diversity in the media!

If we lose Dreamworks Animation, we lose one of the most diverse animation studios in the game. We lose more than just “this year’s animal movie” or “that movie where the girl looks weird”. We lose SO MUCH diversity in story-telling, we lose body positivity, we lose unique stories within the media, and the field of animation itself will suffer terribly for the loss of one of the biggest franchises supporting it in this nation. We CANNOT lose Dreamworks.

PLEASE, go see Home. PLEASE, support Dreamworks. PLEASE, realize that Dreamworks - while wacky - is so very, very important to the field of animation, and we cannot afford to let it die.

This is now the final first GIF for my storyboard of pain. I’d been thinking for ages (more like daydreaming) about maybe becoming a storyboard artist one day, yet this is the first actual storyboard I’ve done. 

It’s an extended funeral scene for How to Train Your Dragon 2.

I tag this project with the tag “Stoick Lost”, and there is a lot more spamming to come from me.

HTTYD Theme 4: War Theme
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The project to document HTTYD music themes continues! (See also [x], [x], and [x]).

This theme is heard only in the midst of war or during threats of war. When first heard in “This is Berk,” the music blares while the Vikings are fighting dragons, and plays prominently as soon as Hiccup boldly declares he shall be the first to kill a Night Fury. Low brass plays the melody intimidatingly when Stoick and the Hooligans sail away to Dragon Island to attack, as well as right when they reach the island and prepare for battle. A few borderline incidences, meshing with some other related musical themes from the movie, occur when war is being psychologically recalled or alluded to, such as during the war room sequence, at the end of “The Dragon Book,” and right when the teenagers step in for their first day of dragon training.

Brass instruments are abrasive, bold, and belligerent, and the deep baritone of lower-ranged trombones frequently takes up the melody for this equally determined theme. It shows the same brave, driven, deep-voiced resolve that drives Stoick and his beefy Viking warriors toward war against dragons. The music itself is determined, landing heavily on the first note solidly several times before moving downward to other notes.

Note that this theme almost completely disappears in How to Train Your Dragon 2, being as the Vikings no longer have a need to be at war with the dragons. A different war theme - Drago’s Theme - replaces this melody, and thus I found it only once in the second movie’s score. That was in “Battle of the Bewilderbeast,” which parallels both musically and thematically the first movie’s war on Dragon Island.

I cannot claim to have posted all incidences of this melody, though hopefully the audio is fairly completely. I know already I am missing one brief incidence from “Meet Drago.” The motivic instances within this sound clip are taken from the following tracks:

This is Berk (HTTYD), Introducing Dragons (HTTYD Expanded), War Room (HTTYD Expanded), Dragon Training (HTTYD), The Dragon Book (HTTYD), You’re Not a Viking (HTTYD Expanded), Ready the Ships (HTTYD), It Ends Today (HTTYD Expanded), Battling the Green Death (HTTYD), Battle of the Bewilderbeast (HTTYD 2)

Quick something before bed. Since all I’ve been drawing in the past 9 months is HTTYD fanart, sometimes it’s tempting to draw something personal using these characters. So I drew Hiccup looking at his hands having this weird feeling they are somehow not really, not fully his, something that’s been bothering me a little, especially since this weird feeling often comes right as I’m trying to fall asleep. I guess this feeling is maybe a manifestation of my mind wondering what the fuck I’m doing being an accountant while not being sure if I was meant to be a professional artist or whether I should just stick to entertaining myself and this fandom as sort of a hobby.

youaremybestfriendbud asked:

Hiccup or Kaneki

Wh— wha… WHAT?

Um..

Okay…

Err..

I mean…

OH, OH

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HICKEN?!

Hicken Kanendous III …

Hicken Kanendous III was kidnapped by dragons when he was little, and grow up with them. Once he went back to Tokyo to become the first being to speak for dragons, he made beloved friends on human side.

But Trappers took him away from his friends to question him about dragons’ whereabouts. No matter how much they tortured him, he never gave up his family. The pressure grew until Hicken’s hair started to grow white, his pulled nails regrowing black… Hicken finally broke… and there came out the ‘dragon’ inside him, only to reveal the truth.. 

Hicken was a human protecting the soul of the last nightfury dragon; he was taken away by dragons to be protected. Half-human, half-dragon, with his fire-breathing power and newly found tremendous strength, Hicken escaped from the Trappers and now seeks peace between humans and dragons at last, and trying to protect those he cares about…

They called him… Nightfury.

and I totally didn’t draw that and make up a story just because I couldn’t choose between two fictional characters

~Aty