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  • Disney animators making Frozen: Haha let's stick Flynn and Rapunzel in there for a fun little cameo! Won't that be nifty. The kids will get a kick out of this
  • Yall: DISNEY HAS BEEN CREATING AN ELABORATE UNIVERSE FROM THE FIRST MOVIE RELEASED
  • Yall: CAPTAIN HOOK KILLED ARIEL'S MOTHER
  • Yall: POCAHONTAS LIVED IN THE SAME FOREST AS THE BUGS FROM A BUG'S LIFE
  • Yall: FLYNN IS SECOND COUSINS FOUR TIMES REMOVED WITH PRINCE PHILLIP
  • Yall: NEVER AGAIN WILL WE BE FREE UNTIL WE UNRAVEL THE MANY STRANDS OF THIS ELABORATE PLOT
Star Trek & Food
  • TOS: RAINBOW CUBES w/ a side of tribbles
  • TNG: replicated everything ugh can we get something that's not replicated??? even the gagh is replicated. ur probably replicated, because this is that terrible episode with riker and that one alien kid who wants to be his son.
  • DS9: CULTURALLY DIVERSE AND SPECIFIC, WITH BLENDED TECHNIQUES AND MMM SPICY CREOLE SEASONING AND BAJORAN HASPERAT AND JUMJA STICKS AND THE MOST QUALITY BUGS FROM FERENGINAR AND rations rations rations during the dominion war ugh fuck fuck fuck gET ME BACK TO THE KLINGON RESTAURANT NOW
  • VOY: u must suffer through a constant diet of nutritional supplements, leola root, sickbay cheese, and coffee
  • ENT: *trip tucker voice* MMM PECAN PIE *t'pol voice* fuk u im vegan *trip tucker voice* actually ur vulcan *t'pol voice* FUCK OFF *malcolm reed voice* mmm tasty pineapple me likey
peculiar children as those weird children you’ve probably babysat
  • Emma: stares at a pack of matches and whispers "everything is prettier when its on fire" to seemingly nothing
  • Hugh: Eats bugs, just grabs a bunch and sticks them in his face even though he's allergic to everything.
  • Millard: goes missing all of the time, one second he's right beside you, the next second he's ran away and you'll probably never find him again.
  • Horace: says "you're ugly" with complete earnest, and then cries when you say you don't like his shoes.
  • Enoch: instead of stuffed animals he has a bunch of taxidermic animals. his bedroom is the worst place you have ever been. makes you feel uncomfortable on purpose.
  • Jacob: gets into fights with everything. he'll fight you, he'll fight that dog, he'll fight a car, he'll fight himself.
  • Fiona: sticks arms under ground as far as they can go and then lies face down in the dirt.

There are two things that are bugging me now. When Sherlock finds Ajay’s USB stick why is he having a flashback to the Christmas’ reconciliation scene?…He wasn’t there, he wasn’t in the same room as Mary and John. He was outside the house, smoking a cigarette with Mycroft. Second thing, why does he say “SHE destroyed it”… Mary didn’t destroy it, John did it. Could it be that these little details are meant to tell us that the story we saw in TST is, in some way, altered? 

Sorry if this a stupid observation but these two little details are really bothering me!

Every time I see a ~nature X~ moodboard, it’s just a houseplant in a white room and someone wearing a green sweater. Like is that what you fuckin city slickers think nature is? 

Where’s the bugs? Where’s the tall weeds that stick to your pants as you walk through them? Where’s the mud that’s just deep enough to fuck up your shoes? Where’s that strange feeling that you’re being watched but you know that if you turn around and look, you won’t be able to stop? Where are the spider webs that you don’t notice until you’ve walked into them?
Have yall ever been outside?

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in case no one figured it out.  I like to draw space.  Seri is the definition of cute.

Cute paws, cute back feet, cute little mouth, cute little curls, cute stars, 11/10 too cute for me.

Since he tends to pack himself smaller than is good for him, his energy permanently curls.  Like when you unwrap wire, they always twist back up.  Seri may look soft and fluffy, but he is dense. Most starfolk float because they are barely effected by gravity and will settle like smoke.  Seri can, but he has to consciously go weightless.  Otherwise he whomps to the ground like 40 pounds of blankets.  If he’s sleeping in this form, you cannot move him.  Fortunately, (or unfortunately) he tends to wrap around objects when he sleeps and you can move those no problem.  Shimazaki’s favorite prank was to grab the umbrella when seri was asleep, and place him in front of doors.  

Reigen eventually breaks Seri’s habit of nervous tail chewing, and he rapidly grows to his proper size.  Which is very good, because seri being that small is not healthy for him or anyone around him.

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no one ever told me chloe bourgeois is actually gwen stacy

  • Mary: I'm sorry, my love
  • Mary: *wheeling around a corpse*
  • Mary: Nobody will find me
  • John: has already bugged the memory stick like a month ago
Warner Brothers and Disney: Two Approaches to Two Similar Characters

I watched the Disney short ‘Trick or Treat’ (1952) for the first time recently and I noticed some striking similarities with a later Warner Brothers short ‘Broom-Stick Bunny’ (1956). 

I’d argue Warner Brothers does a much better job at characterisation than Disney and what better way to prove it than to show how the two studios approach two similar characters.

Both have a character named Witch Hazel, both are voiced by the same actor (June Foray), both of the stories involve trick-or-treaters. Fom then on they start to differ. Let’s start off with the designs. 

The WB Hitch Hazel is full of contrasts, subtle angles & curves. Even if she didn’t have green skin the design would still be very unique. She has a large overweight body, very short skinny legs, a big angular bulbous nose. Her hands are very skinny and bone-like (with knuckles, not always common in cartoons). The hat is unique, and so is her hair, it even has individual curls (a nice touch, adds to her character, shows that she’s a bit manic) and the Chuck Jones patented skin tooth.

In contrast the Disney Witch Hazel is a lot more generic. Being the Aryan lover Walt Disney is, the Witch is blonde & white. She has a wart, cleft chin, a couple of winkles on her lip and a bulbous nose (not as large or angular as WB). The big contrasts in her design is that she’s very short and her hat’s very tall. The hands are fairly unique & complex for Disney character design at that time but still nowhere near as unique as the WB Witch Hazel.

Now to be fair, you could argue that ‘Trick or Treat’ was made earlier than ‘Broom-Stick Bunny’ and the stylised, UPA-influenced designs weren’t as prominent in 1952 as they were in 1956 (the year ‘Broom-Stick Bunny’ was made) but even so ‘Toot, Whistle, Pluck and Boom’ (a stylised, UPA-influenced Disney short) only came out a year later in 1953 and Warner Brothers were already making more specific, angular designs in the late 40′s and early 50′s. Even the WB Witch Hazel character was introduced as early as 1954. 

Now let’s look at how the two characters act, starting off with the WB Witch Hazel.  I’d recommend watching the scene again from 2:43 to 3:12. Note how tailored the animation is to Foray’s voice than Disney’s. 

Here she says, “LIKE IT?!? why it’s absolutely HIDEOUS!!!”. Witch Hazel leans back & stretches out when she shouts “LIKE IT?!?”, crouches down & curls up as she says “why it’s absolutely..”, then stretches out again to say “HIDEOUS!!!”. The animator has exaggerated Witch Hazel actions when she shouts, but moves her less when she speaks softly. This kind of animation makes you believe the character you’re watching on screen is saying those exact words. 

There’s plenty of great scenes with Witch Hazel in ‘Broom-Stick Bunny’ (even though this is a Bugs Bunny short, she steals the show) but I really like this  particular scene for showing her character. Notice her hand movements, the way she twiddles her fingers, the way she leans in to talk, blinks slowly, flutters her eyelashes, moves her legs and so on.

Compare this this to scenes with the Disney Witch Hazel.

This would be one of the ‘better’ acting scenes in the short and even this isn’t in the same league as Looney Tunes. All she does in the clip is put her hands on her hips (to show she’s cross), pull a generic angry face (only the eyebrows show she’s angry), and rubs her nose (for what purpose I can’t fathom).

A lot of the scenes with the Disney Witch Hazel involve her moving and jumping around a lot. Which doesn’t add up to describing the character’s personality apart from saying that she’s energetic and happy. 

It doesn’t help that a lot of the camera shots are cut very short. Compare that to ‘Broom-Stick Bunny’ which has an uninterrupted animation scene for almost 30 seconds. Goes to show how much priority Warner Brothers put towards character compared to Disney.

Here she is introducing herself. There is a tiny bit of unique acting here, she does flutter her eyelashes (like WB Witch Hazel). 

Here she says “kids, this piegeon’s a pushover”. All she does is point to him, and flick her hand. Note here how in all of these clips (and when you watch the whole short) how the Disney Witch Hazel hardly makes any facial expressions at all. Meanwhile the WB Witch Hazel has no shortage of different facial expressions.

To sum up then, Disney take a very general, stereotypical approach to characters whereas Warner Brothers made more specific, unique characters and even though they’re more exaggerated than Disney, they’re based off observations of real life people. 

That’s why people remember not only the main characters like Bugs & Daffy, but a whole cast of other characters like Witch Hazel, Tweety, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote, etc. 

If you’re into animation and you’re studying animation characters, study Looney Tunes not Disney. 

Sherlock went to John before he went to Mary

In Morocco, it is revealed that Sherlock had bugged the AGRA memory stick and that it had been John’s idea, but Mary escapes with the memory stick immediately after Sherlock first shows it to her, and Sherlock certainly isn’t able to bug it while he’s unconscious or talk to John about it. This means that after he finds the memory stick, Sherlock goes to John and tells him what he’s found and John is suspicious enough of what Mary might do when she finds out that he has the idea to bug it. The two of them came up with this plan together, and when I first watched TST I was upset at how little Sherlock and John had been communicating, but it turns out they were in it together all along.