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Part 2: Task: 12 Days of lesser known animated show/film recommendations

Hey, guys! I’ve been a bit down lately, so in order to give myself something to do, I decided to share with you all the lesser known, underrated or entirely hidden gems of the animated world (as far as I know), be it show or film.

Rules:

-The animation must be traditional (no CGI unless it’s minor and in the background; i’ll do an all CGI list later).

-The recommended work must have soothing, inspiring or otherwise admirable leads with realistic emotional connections.

-The plot of the story must be intriguing if not wholly believable and the artwork must meet certain aesthetic standards.

-The characters must have emotionally realistic interactions with one another in ratio to the time allowed for them to interact.

-The animation in question may be from anywhere in the world.

Also, feel free to clue me in on any that I don’t list, because I would really appreciate a new animated find!  

As a matter of course, a great deal of the listed shows/films will be ‘anime’, simply because japanimation has the monopoly on the most unique and varied story lines, and Japan (and sometimes France) are the only ones making mostly traditionally drawn animated features still.

Alright, here we go … …

Day Two: Fairy Tale Films :)

The Day of the Crows

I absolutely adore this film. Not only is The Day of the Crows a superbly animated feast for the eyes, but the characters, lessons and honest interactions take it a level above most children’s films. Not only that, but the dialogue is wonderfully translated from the French to the English subtitles. As a matter of course, I prefer watching films in their original language unless the dub has some inventive dialogue or more adequate voice acting, but this little known gem isn’t likely to pick up a dub any time soon anyway, so all of you who only watch dubs should make an exception for this one. 

It is the story of a young boy who has been raised by an ogre in the woods, until one day he must leave the protection of the trees for the nearby village in order to save someone precious to him. While there, he meets a young girl and begins to learn the touching history of his family. It’s a delightfully nuanced film. Really, don’t miss it!

Note: The title is mildly misleading, as any crow characters are showcased near the end of the film and don’t get much screen time. But why should that bother anyone?

A+

Fusé: Teppō Musume no Torimonochō 

Is there any anime lover who would pass up a film with adorable characters and animal transformations? Well, I actually would pass up the ‘animal transformations’ part, but that may just be me. Fusé is a touching fairy tale centring around a young huntress who befriends a dog-like humanoid named Shino. What puts this movie a pitch above the other films out there with a similar premise is it’s refusal to give the characters more slack than any real person would get. People die…there’s a surprising amount of gore which I feel is somehow toned up despite the soft animation. It’s the sort of film that makes you laugh less because it’s funny and more because you know your window to find things humorous is rapidly disappearing. You want the characters to be happy….you think they should be because the film is so cute…but it’s the bitter-sweet trick of the story. 

It’s based on the Hakkenden, an old Japanese novel series that details the exploits of the ‘Dog Warriors’, beings reincarnated from the slaughtered spawn of a princess and her dog lover. This is part of why I can forgive the dog-creature theme, because the characters within the story on a few separate occasions refer to the story as a ‘counterfeit’ or parody of the Hakkenden

A

Snow Maiden

An old Russian animation about a young woman who is the child of Spring and Winter, stepping into a village for the first time and learning that she does not have the capacity to love as other humans do. It’s very touching, very whimsical, and in the end bitter-sweet. I’d recommend it for the beautiful artwork alone, but the characters are given a surprising amount of life considering how old the film is. It’s clearly a labour of love.

A+ 

The Dead Princess and the Seven Knights

An old Russian film based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The most fantastic thing about this film is that from start to finish the entirety of the script is one looong poem, complete with rhymes. I believe this film, Snow Maiden and The Twelve Months are all apart of the same collection, but these three are not dubbed into English, like some of the better known in the series, such as The Snow Queen. 

A

The Twelve Months

If you are familiar with this film, it may be because you’ve watched the anime incarnation. I’d advise you to watch this one instead. Not only are the characters a bit more vital, but the art is a step above the anime and the humour is a bit more fluid. It is a Cinderella-like tale about a girl who wanders into the woods after being forced to preform an impossible task, and receives guidance from the Twelve Months, who are portrayed as a band of merry males of various ages having a meeting around a camp fire in the dead of winter.

A

Kirikou and the Sorceress

Kirikou and the Sorceress is a fascinating film about a young boy who, from the moment he is born, is able to talk and think like an adult. But he is still only a baby, and is very small because of it, which causes troubles between him and the towns people, and eventually gets the attention of a wicked sorceress that finds him a nuisance as he starts to use his size for unusual heroic feats. 

Every character is fun, the dialogue is insightful and the resolution is terribly sweet.

A+

Tales of the Night

A series of re-worked fairy tales told through ‘shadow puppet’ visuals. Beautiful stories, really. All of the interactions between the characters are unique and admirable, and every tale has a satisfying conclusion. You may think the shadow puppet look takes away from it, but, really, it only gives you a bit more emotion to savour since every character looks pretty much the same, allowing their intentions to nakedly drive the stories, rather than their looks.

A

The Last Unicorn

Based on the book of the same name, and with a screen play by the author, this film is one of the better known ‘hidden gems’. The story follows the ‘last unicorn’, as she searches for others of her kind, who are being held captive in a barren land that is very far away from her gentle forest. She gathers loyal and endearing companions along the way, and eventually looses a bit of herself in the throws of a pseudo-romance with a prince. 

It’s a classic. The animation is unique and whimsical, and the pacing, characters and eventual resolution are all wonderful. It was my favourite film as a child.

A+

The Princess and the Pilot

The Princess and the Pilot is a touching tale about the blooming tenderness and self-awareness between a pilot and the princess he is tasked with transporting across the ocean. There is political intrigue, bold decisions and the rude awakenings of reality in a war torn country. Both the leads are relatable and worth the care you inevitably develop toward them. And though the ending is a little frustrating, it is handled in a realistic and tentative manner that shows the meaning of personal feelings, even if physical circumstances can’t reflect them.

A-

Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai is the fictional and slightly sensationalised biography of an actual historical figure from the Japanese artistic past. The story is told in a series of self-contained artistic episodes that explore the philosophy needed to produce vital art, by teaching the characters emotional lessons through supernatural interactions. It’s very unique and telling, and every character has a degree of believably that is pleasantly attention grabbing. Some might complain that the formatting leaves a bit to be desired, but I’m pretty sure this is all intentional. 

A+

Princess Arete

Princess Arete is one of those rare princess films that is all about a princess and her character building, and not at all about romance. 

Little Princess Arete is kept in a tower where she grows increasingly depressed, despite her night time slips into the town bellow her window. By a bitter sort of luck, she is kidnapped by a wizard, and from here able to experience the world, albeit under a curse. The film has a very charmed and truthful grasp on the meanings in minor interactions and it never betrays the passionate heart of it’s female lead.

It’s a bit slow, but if you watch movies for the enrichment they provide and not for the face paced thrills, this one may be for you.

A+

Magic Boy

An old Japanese feature from the ‘60′s about a young boy who must do battle with a wicked witch to protect his home and family. The characters are enjoyable, the battles are pretty neat and the animation is a proto-perfect anime film suite. Honestly, if you’ve seen Kubo and the Two Strings and then you see this, you may feel, as I have, that it is like the spiritual grandfather to Kubo

A+

The Life of Guskou Budori

If you’ve ever seen Night on the Galactic Railroad, these two may look familiar to you. As you watch Guskou, you may develop the suspicion that the characters are an alternate incarnation or perhaps even a canon reincarnation of Giovanni and Campanella. 

The Life of Guskou Budori is about said titular character as he navigates life after the death (otherworldly kidnapping?) of his younger sister during a great famine. The animation is simply gorgeous, and if you can forgive the incredibly vague narrative, you may just find yourself walking along a very enchanted dream.

Like Galactic Railroad, all of the characters are anthropomorphised cats. I’m unsure why that is, but it’s cute and inventive. It too, is based on a book. If you haven’t seen Night on the Galactic Railroad, I would also recommend that one, as it is very touching and poetic, but it is very slow. If you happen to like both of them, the anime Spring and Chaos, another anthropomorphic cat tale, may be for you, as it is about the guy who wrote the two aforementioned stories.

B+

Tales from Earthsea

If you are a studio Ghibli fan, you may be in for a treat. This is a loose adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s seminal work the Earthsea series. It wraps into one film the characters and issues of four books, and so it doesn’t do the books much justice as it has bit off a bit more than it can chew. But if you accept it as an entirely different story that happens to have similar magical rules and the same names as the Earthsea series character’s have, the film is quite good. 

Young Arren is a disturbed young man who runs away from his posh life and is picked up by the Arch-mage Ged. After making a special friend and fighting a deranged wizard, Arren learns how to own up to his fears and find peace despite his crimes. I recommend watching the original Japanese dub, as it is a bit more insightful about the Earthsea world.

It is directed by Miyazaki’s son Goro. If you like this film, you may like his other, more well rounded film From Up On Poppy Hill (my favourite Ghibli film), and Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle, which is an adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s book of the same name (and a far more skillfully crafted adaptation than Tales from Earthsea. The perks of being a seasoned animator, I guess).

If you like the films, or even if you don’t, I recommend reading the Earthsea series and the Howl’s Moving Castle series. I prefer the latter. 

A by itself, B-/C+ if compared to the books.

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice is one of those barbarian films from the early 80′s. It’s got action and romance and wild prehistoric beasts, an obvious bad guy that’s still pretty well rounded despite his minor screen time and a bit of sorcery that you can laugh at if your mind is dirty enough to catch the innuendos. In a nutshell, Fire and Ice is a great late night blast from the past that every child of the 90′s should see at least once.

With art overseen by the legendary Frank Frazetta, I think any serious artist could find this film pretty rad as well. 

A-

The Cat Returns

The Cat Returns is a fascinating continuum of Shizuku’s story from Whisper of the Heart (another Ghibli film). It’s a fairy tale to the max, complete with a dapper cat ‘prince’ and woefully silly damsel-in-distress. It’s a lesser known Ghibli film, which is why it’s on the list, and if you do watch it, I recommend pairing it with Whisper of the Heart, a high school drama about a young girl’s blossoming romance and her attempt to write a novel, since it’s only right to see the little strings that connect the two tales. 

It’s funny, charming and the Baron has a British accent ;) Mmm-mm delish!

A+

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Whew! What a long list!

Next time: Best Comedy Supernatural animated shows/films.

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“Dekh, Sejal. Ek time aayega jab tujhe jaana hoga. Mud kar nahi dekhna hai peeche.”

anonymous asked:

Could I get headcanons for TFP Breakdown + Knockout, TFA Prowl, MTMTE Drift, Fort Max, Rodimus (and whoever more you'd like to add yourself)? Human!reader (crush or s/o) is sleeping and the bot gently nudge them with a finger to wake them up, but human instead grabs onto the finger and nuzzles into it, softly mumbling and still asleep. Reactions? ^^

K so I’m guessing Breakdown and Knock Out are a poly request? This is super cute tho oh my g o d

Breakdown/Knock Out/Reader (TFP) 

  • Knock Out is the one who tries to wake you, and is a bit caught off guard when you grab him instead of waking up. Breakdown thinks you’re absolutely adorable and insists on filming you mumbling in your sleep as you cuddle against KO’s finger even more. Knock Out is not impressed and just stands there looking down at you disapprovingly until you wake up. Breakdown is trying real hard not to giggle.

Drift (MTMTE)

  • As soon as you grab his finger and nuzzle into it he freezes, then relaxes once he realises you’re not waking up. He settles for watching you and listening to your mumbles instead, trying to decipher your sleep talk. He thinks you’re adorable when you do this.

Fortress Maximus (MTMTE)

  • Max doesn’t even poke you, he just starts inching his finger towards you slowly, so he doesn’t hurt you, and then you latch on as you roll over. The poor guy is scared stiff for a solid 5 minutes and doesn’t dare to move in case you get hurt. Once he’s sure you’re not gonna wake up suddenly he’ll move so that he’s sitting down, his finger staying in the exact same place the whole time. He’s actually very flustered, this is the closest thing to a hug you can give him so he’s gonna make the most of it until you wake up.

Prowl (TFA) 

  • When you first latch onto his finger he’s torn between waking you up like he planned, or letting you continue to sleep. He thinks on this for a while, staring at your sleeping face and smiling at your mumbling. His mind starts wandering to what you could be dreaming about, how peaceful you look, and how it would be a shame to disturb such beauty. He decides he’ll wake you up only if you start having a nightmare.

Rodimus (MTMTE)

  • Rodders was planning on tickling you awake, but as soon as you grab hold of his finger and cuddle up to him, still asleep, that plan goes out the window. Instead, he tries to scoop you up while you’re still cuddling his finger so he can hold you against his chest. Then he uses your sleeping form as an excuse to get Ultra Magnus to leave him alone. He can’t write reports without waking you, after all, and everybot knows that humans need more rest than Cybertronians. He also thinks it’s really cute when you start mumbling in your sleep. He’ll tease you about it when you wake up.
King of Hearts Le Repos
Georges Delerue
King of Hearts Le Repos

Georges Delerue || King of Hearts Le Repos

“I want this one moment. It’s what I want in a relationship, which might explain why I’m single now. It’s kind of hard to- It’s that thing when you’re with someone and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it- But it’s a party! And you’re both talking to other people, and you’re laughing and shining, and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes. But not because you’re possessive or it’s precisely sexual, but because that is your person in this life. And it’s funny and sad but only because this life will end. And it’s this secret world that exists right there, in public, unnoticed that no one knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us but we don’t have the ability to perceive them? That’s what I want out of a relationship or just life, I guess. Love." 

stacylk  asked:

Loved your SpeedPaint for the new Nessian art!! The fact that you used a Princess Bride instrumental track just makes me love you, your art, and Nessian more. It fits the ship so well.

Thank you so much! The Princess Bride is one of my absolute favourite films, I adore it. And that is one of my favourite songs, I listen to it all the time.

30 Day Writing Challenge - Day 2

Day 2: Cuddling Somewhere

Summary: You and Sherlock wind down at an outdoor film festival.
Author: Maddy (@laterthantherabbit)
Words: 615
Characters/Relationships: Sherlock x Reader, Greg Lestrade (mentioned)
Warnings: None

Author’s Notes: So this is the second installment of my 30 day writing challenge. I wanted the days to line up with this month’s days, hence why you guys get two today. This is one of my shorter drabbles but I hope you guys still enjoy it. Thanks fellas!

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How you had managed to drag The Sherlock Holmes from his stupor to a local film festival in Regent’s Park, no one could say. After you had introduced yourself as the new forensic analyst at the Yard, he had made quite clear of his intentions to not work with you as a partner but rather you listen to everything he said, disregarding your training in the area. Little did he know that by doing so, a fire had been sparked in your being and you thoroughly taught him a lesson that day by first insulting his intelligence with your own and then solving the case before him hours later, even though it wasn’t in your division. Lestrade had known of your fierce attitude, hence why he had gotten you two to work together. He had hoped to knock Sherlock’s ego down a few pegs, instead he introduced him to perhaps one of the most interesting people he had met, and his future partner. His future partner that absolutely adored local film festivals in the middle of summer apparently.

“I don’t see why I had to come to this Y/N. It’s absurd.”

“Oh come off it Sherlock, you’ll love it! I’ll even let you deduce the people in the audience between films to your hearts content.”

“What difference does it make? I’m still stuck here when I could be examining the infected kidney and toes in the fridge back at Baker Street.”

“Infected kidney and… no don’t tell me I don’t want to know. Come on let’s find somewhere to sit.” You led Sherlock through the mass of camper chairs and picnic blankets to a large bean bag off to the side of the outdoor theatre. The area had been sectioned off from the rest of the Park, creating a secluded expanse of green grass for people to spread out upon. Bean bags and picnic blankets were provided and spread out across the grass in abundance in front of an outdoor screen. The trees surrounding the makeshift movie theatre had been adorned with delicate fairy lights, their warm glow casting soft light upon those who had decided to attend the festival. You got Sherlock to sit on the bag first, him sinking into it’s comfort quickly, then you sat on top of him between his legs. He wrapped his arms around you and rested his head upon yours, letting out a content sigh whilst doing so. It wasn’t long after that the fairy lights dimmed and the twilight glow dwindled into pale moonlight, the temperature dropping rapidly. You had been prepared for the chill that would come with the setting of the sun and had brought along a thick blanket in your tote bag. You brought it out as the first film began to play, wrapping the softness of it around you two, creating a cocoon of warmth. Sherlock moved his head and nuzzled into your neck, pecking a kiss there.

“This isn’t so bad.” He murmured some time through the film, his voice low and quiet, soothing you further as you settled deeper in his embrace. “Even if the films are atrocious.” You giggled and looked up at your boyfriend, pressing a light kiss to his jaw as he tightened his hold on your frame.

“I’m glad you came. I know that these aren’t really your thing. I really appreciate it.” He looked down at you and smiled, placing another kiss on the tip of your nose, his eyes bright with tenderness.

“I’d do anything for you Y/N.” You smiled with affection and returned your gaze to the film, Sherlock’s body close to yours, his mind quiet and his heart full.

anonymous asked:

Have you seen Blue is the Warmest Color? What are your thoughts? I have the biggest crush on Adele !! (._.")

I absolutely adore that film. I loved how raw, and real it was. You see them chew, have them spit as they speak, you get to actually see these characters living their lives. It was refreshing, honest, genuine, I can go on.