WARDOGS

anonymous asked:

Also I've never actually watched Robin Hood!! I've meant to, but haven't gotten around to it. What are some of your other favorite animated movies? Oh, and did you like any 2016 movies?

Okay, this turned into a monster.

Anna loves animated films. Brace yourself, Nonie.

The Top Ten Animated Films of All Time (in Anna’s most humble opinion).

10. South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut

Originally posted by team-southpark-fuckyeah

Anna is a shameless South Park fanatic. I’ve seen every episode, and I reference the show constantly (nobody around me seems to understand). I think it’s genius. I will never outgrow it. Bigger, Longer, Uncut is South Park in its prime. Hilarious, ridiculous, totally quotable. 

And who can forget - 

“Blame Canada!”


9. An American Tail 

Originally posted by questerdaytodayforever

I fell in love with these characters. I’m a sucker for a good “presumed dead” story, and this one hits all the beats for me. Also, Anna’s got a huge soft spot for Don Bluth films.


8. UP

Originally posted by permeate

You’ll see a common theme, here. Anna can sacrifice a good plot as long as the characters are on point. The story of UP is pretty dumb, but the characters slay me every time, especially Carl, Kevin, Doug, and Ellie. 

Oh god, Ellie.

Aside from that, UP has to be on the list solely for the beautifully executed montage at the beginning. The pacing, the score, the emotions - it’s all there.


7. Bambi

Originally posted by yournufik

Oh, man. Bambi is purely a nostalgia pick. 

I don’t like princess movies, but there’s something fascinating about the old Disney animations, so this fits the bill for me. 

Also, and I’m not sure why this is, but my family just has lots of inside Bambi jokes (many of them are completely inappropriate for Tumblr). 

I can tell you that my grandmother, still to this day, says, “Nice or nothin’,” which is a direct derivative of Thumper’s infamous, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

I got that a lot, growing up.


6. The Lion King 

Originally posted by unlicking

Hamlet, but with lions. God, this movie is so iconic - the second highest grossing film of all time when it was released. Holy shit (and Disney didn’t even think it would be successful). I frickin’ love this movie. I was right around the target age when it came out. I still sing grew up singing Hakuna Matata and Be Prepared. Mufasa’s death gave me my first feels, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Scar, too.

Also, Anna firmly believes that Nala is the best Disney female to date.


5. The Land Before Time

Originally posted by j-u-s-t-alittle-b-i-t

Another Bluth film, and another nostalgia pick. 

Anna was obsessed with The Land Before Time.

My parents still jokingly refer to it as the jurassic period. I stomped around our property obstinately referring to sweetgums as “tree stars.” I wanted to be a Sharp Tooth so desperately that I bit a kid once at church. 

I got in a lot of trouble for that one.


4. Robin Hood

Originally posted by redpyrofox

This is kind of an obscure choice, really. Disney was going through a rough patch at the time - budget problems and such - so a lot of the animations are recycled from older films. But, the characters - again -  are excellent, and the music has always stuck with me.

This is another one that my folks make a lot of references to, also.

Golly, what a day!


3. My Neighbor Totoro 

Originally posted by ghibli-forever

I was drunk as a skunk the first time I saw this.

It was in undergrad, when I was living with some yogi English majors (seriously the high point of my life, guys). I couldn’t really follow the story - there’s not a fuckton of story to follow here, anyway - but, again, it was the characters that pulled me in. 

They were so real.

It was the scene toward the beginning when Satsuki and Mei are cleaning the house that got me. They’re scrubbing the floors, running back and forth as fast as they can, sort of push/sliding the rag in front of them.

I remember being drunk off my ass and thinking, “Hey, I did that when I was a kid.”

And then came Totoro.

So began Anna’s love for Studio Ghibli, and for Miyazaki. 


2. The Secret of NIMH

Originally posted by skylashes

Just a damn good film, if you ask me, and totally underrated. I have my nitpicks, but for all that, it’s still high on the list. 

I highly recommend the book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. It’s even better.

Genetically modified rats, y’all. 

What’s not to love?


1. Princess Mononoke

Originally posted by bakamermaid

I cannot sing the praises of this film near enough.

It’s beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. The score is excellent. The characters are extremely believable. The message bites hard without being preachy. 

The animation, guys. 

Oh man, oh man, the animation.

I’ve never seen anything as gorgeous as the nightwalker scenes. Fuck me, dude. 

People praise Spirited Away (which only narrowly missed this list), but guys, truly, Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s magnum opus.

If you have not seen this film, please, please, make time over the weekend for it.

I promise, you will not regret it.




2016′s Noteworthy Films

  • Star Trek Beyond
  • The Witch 
  • Zootopia
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


2016 wasn’t really a stellar year for film, in my opinion, but I’ll freely admit, I haven’t spent the time I usually do watching movies. Residency’s got me snowed under. I can tell you that I did not like Finding Dory, Doctor Strange, The Boy, Ben-Hur, Wardogs, The Legend of Tarzan, or The Jungle Book

Whew, okay. Enough about me, Nonie. Your turn. 

Reblog, guys, and tell me what I missed, or what you hate!

I love to overanalyze films!

Some of my favorite lines from Ginga Nagareboshi Gin + its sequels

JOHN
“Hougen… you’re mistaken if you think everyone dies crying and moaning! My body may crumble and rot, but my mind will live on - a mind that has become home for the spirit of justice. This spirit will dwell within my comrades after I’m gone. …An insignificant cur like you will never be able to destroy it!”
- last words to Hougen (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

JOHN
“Sorry, friends… I’ve always hated waiting… can’t help it… I’ll go on ahead to Hell to chase Akakabuto once more…”
- last words before passing away (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

—–

AKAME
“To know your own weakness is more important than the techniques you use. Those who lose sense of their own condition during battle will fall prey to the enemy.”
- after killing Shuuga (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin)

—–

AKATORA
“Don’t feel sorry, Ben… I don’t regret saving you, even if it cost me my life. Do not grieve. …I won’t forget you even in the afterlife… thank you, Ben… you once told me that you could finally sleep in peace… now it’s my turn…”
- last thoughts before passing away (Kai no san kyodai)

—–

BEN
“I have seen Hell several times! Trust me: you don’t want to go there!”
- while attacking Shuuga’s underlings (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin)

BEN
“Gin… a warrior never shows weakness in front of an enemy! Even at the brink of death, a warrior should not waver. Strength of will may determine who survives!”
- to Gin (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin)

—–

GIN
“Alone, each of us is like a wooden spear. However, bunched together we become a weapon that no force can break!”
- after taking charge of the Ou army during the Great Fight (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin)

—–

HYENA
“The river of death calls, Sniper! I’ll be your ferryman!”
- last words, flashback (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

—–

KOTETSU
“Don’t you understand that the commander-in-chief’s friends are in danger?! Is your own happiness all that matters to you?! Don’t you care that your friends are going to die?! I came all the way here just to ask you this.”
- to Weed after Weed refuses to go fight the Russian wardogs (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

—–

KUROTORA
“I would much rather die fighting than on the run! If I fled from an enemy, what would I tell Akatora once we meet in Hell?!”
- while attacking the army of Gaia, the emperor of wolves (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin)

KUROTORA
“Remember this, we elderly will never hesitate to die for our dear children. So once it’s time, give us the order. Then, in honor of our children, we shall grow young for one last time.”
- to Kagetora, Ken and George (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

KUROTORA
“A tree that grew crooked can’t be straightened. You can only chop it down.”
- about the twisted personalities of Yusuke and Yuji (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

—–

KYOSHIRO
“I am only a year old, but I have seen ten years worth of life during this one year!”
- while describing his experiences (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

KYOSHIRO
“I wouldn’t trust anyone who has grown without shedding tears!”
- to Weed (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

KYOSHIRO
“I grew up without knowing anything except misery… I couldn’t deal with others without getting angry. I only learned to love and laugh after joining the army of Ou. I decided long ago that once my maker came for me, I would die laughing, no matter the pain!”
- after Kamakiri’s underlings nearly killed him (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

—–

REIMA
“What is courage… what is justice… living is more than just being alive! Dare to always be on the side of justice! Find meaning for your life that won’t pale next to even Gin himself!”
- last words, aimed at Hyouma and Retsuga (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin)

—–

SMITH
“I did what I had to… I didn’t betray my own deliberately. …Gin… I, Smith, never ceased being your comrade-in-arms.”
- last words (Ginga Densetsu Weed)

i love rey so much here are some things i think about her
  • She loves smol helpless things and adopts many of them and defends them with a ferocious, feral love that is both glorious and terrifying. Within a month she has taken the following Smol and Helpless things under her wing: Princess the floppy-eared puppy, Scraps the injured former wardog, four cats (Fluffy, Fluffs, Schnookums and Buttercup; Rey likes cutesy names. You tell her to call them something else. Go on, I’ll wait); and, of course, Finn, the former Stormtrooper. 
    • And then she adopts the Jedi Master, bringing him back like she brought back the kittens and the dogs, staff tense in one hand but the fingers of the other gentle on his elbow. I’m your teacher, he says, indignent. Yes, she says, and that means I look after you.
  • she’s the worst cook in the known or unknown galaxy. food is not meant to Taste Good, it is meant to be quick and simple to prepare and energy effecient and contain as many calories as possible. Most importantly it is meant to be Abundant. and food is given to people you love. she was raised starving – of course food is the best gift you can give anyone! so she cooks so. very. much of her dreadful dreadful food for her New Friends and not one of them complains about it because Rey’s happy face is the cutest thing ever.
    • it is Finn who, in a show of supreme diplomacy, teaches her to cook Different Food. Proper Food. He says this is a cookie and makes a cookie. Rey proclaims the cookie the best thing she has ever had in her mouth. Finn would have blushed – but the sight of Rey eating is entirely unerotic. She eats with her mouth open and her hands, fast as she can. (Poe said, once, you can slow down! No one’s going to take it from you. Only once. Finn kicked him under the table, and Finn can kick with devestating accuracy when he wants to)
    • So Finn teaches Rey the wonders of aking a little longer with food and not just mixing all the protein pastes into some kind of awful porridge. 
DA2 LIs and Hawke’s mabari while Hawke is with Inquisition

Anders: The first night that Anders lets the mabari sleep next to him he tells himself that its just because he’s cold. “Hawke’s not here after all,” he says, trying to ignore the stink of dog. “It wouldn’t be smart to start a fire.” The next time it happens its because he misses Hawke. Hawke has been gone a long time and the fact that he has something of Hawke’s near him comforts Anders. He puts his fingers in the mabari’s fur and scratches the dog behind its ears. He imagines an eleven year old Hawke doing the same thing and he smiles. “You miss Hawke too, don’t you?” he says and the mabari lets out a sad whine. Soon, the mabari sleeping next to him becomes a regular thing. “I still prefer cats,” he warns as the mabari gives a huff that sounds like laughter and settles in beside him for the night. Anders smiles a little as he lays down. He knew that fighting for mage rights wouldn’t be easy, but having a friendly companion with him makes it just a little more bearable. The night that Hawke returns, Anders can’t stop grinning. He presses himself against Hawke in their bedroll and nuzzles his face into their hair. “I missed you so much, love,” he says and Hawke wraps their arms around him and kisses him. Something isn’t right though. Something is missing. He sits up to see Hawke’s mabari laying down next to the fire by itself. When he calls it over to sleep beside them, Hawke turns away to hide their grin.

Fenris: Fenris feels honored that Hawke trusts him with the mabari while they’re away. He’s always gotten along with the dog and enjoys its company as he hunts down Tevinter slavers. He does his best to make sure the dog is cared for, that it has enough food and water. At night he leans up against it in front of the fire. He misses Hawke and the nights are too quiet. Fenris has never had a problem with being alone before, but he feels unbearably lonely now. He pulls out a book that he and Hawke had been reading before they left and starts to read. Soon, he finds himself reading aloud to the mabari. The mabari puts its head on his lap and almost seems like its listening. When they’re in a fight, Fenris watches the mabari carefully. He will not be responsible for the dog that Hawke has had for years getting injured. Hawke trusted him and he will keep it safe. One time, he’s too careless and a slaver knocks him down. Fenris struggles, trying to get his hand up in time, but he knows he’s too slow. A huge mass collides with the slaver then, giving Fenris time to jump up and go in for the kill. Hawke’s mabari had saved him. On the night Hawke returns, he and Hawke are huddled up together in front of the fire, Fenris’ head on their shoulder and Hawke’s arms around him with the mabari laying in front of them. “Thank you for trusting me enough to keep your mabari safe,” Fenris says. “It meant a lot that you trusted me with something so precious.” Hawke gives him a surprised look. “Well I did,” they said, “But the mabari was keeping something precious safe for me too.” Fenris looks confused and Hawke leans in and kisses him. “It was you.”

Merrill: Merrill is doubtful at first that she can care for Hawke’s mabari. “Are you like a Halla?” she asks. “You’re almost as big as one.” The citizens of Kirkwall smile whenever they see the tiny elf leading around the huge mabari. Sometimes the dog has a crown of flowers on its head with Merrill wearing a matching one behind her ear and other times it has blood on its muzzle and Merrill is looking grim. The children in the Alienage are wary of it at first, but Merrill encourages them and soon the mabari has a gaggle of children following it around and bringing it treats. The mabari seems happiest when it has three or four children riding on its back and Merrill smiles as she sits in the shade of the Vhenadahl and watches. Merrill, for her part, enjoys the company in her house that’s too quiet without Hawke’s laughter. She talks to the mabari as she cleans or looks up maps, fingers tracing where Hawke is at and she swears the mabari talks back. If it doesn’t, she talks for it. When Hawke returns, late one night, they find Merrill curled up in front of the fire, a book open in her lap and the huge wardog wearing a flower crown with its head rested on her legs. Hawke can’t help but laugh at the sight and they lean down and give them both a kiss on the head to wake them up.

Isabela: A dog doesn’t belong on a ship. Isabela had tried to tell Hawke this before they had left for Skyhold. “It’s not a cat. It won’t catch rats,” she said. “It’ll just get in the way.” The day after Hawke leaves Isabela comes out of her cabin to find three large rats placed in front of her door with the mabari next to them wearing a hopeful expression. “Alright,” Isabela says, “but if you get lazy, you’re going overboard.” The mabari turns out to be more useful than she had ever anticipated. It catches the rats and keeps the crew’s morale up by chasing birds up and down the deck. It gives her a reputation of the Queen of the Eastern Seas with the blood thirsty Ferelden wardog and it keeps her company when her cabin seems too lonely without Hawke. One time when Raiders attack, it even takes down a man sneaking up behind her. Hawke returns to find the mabari with a shiny new collar, colorful warpaint and a fluffy bed right next to Isabela’s. “You’ve gone soft,” Hawke says with a laugh. “Maybe I need to take the dog with me next time.” Isabela scowls, pirate hat askew from kissing Hawke so enthusiastically. “That mabari is an important part of my crew and you can’t take it now.” Hawke laughs and pulls Isabela to bed and the mabari barks happily and lays down in its bed next to them.