gregory brother

stuckony soulmate au with misunderstandings everywhere!

The given name of your soulmate is what’s written on your arm. If you go and have your name changed or take your spouse’s name it won’t change on your soulmates arm. It’s permanent. It’s stuck. 

Tony was born under Anthony Edward Stark and grows up along with his brother Gregory Stark. The two absolutely hate each other and it doesn’t help that Howard always, always takes Gregory’s side, no matter who is in the wrong. Maria sees this and Maria speaks her mind, but ultimately her concerns are ignored by Howard. She doesn’t stick around to be treated like this. They’re not soulmates, she’s in no way obligated to stay and gets a divorce. It’s messy, it’s brutal, Howard doesn’t want to see her go so he fights his hardest to convince her to stay. Writes her off his will, cuts any fundings under her name, threatens to fight for one of the kids “don’t separate our children, Maria. They need a family” but Maria ain’t falling for that. 

She doesn’t need Howard’s money. She never needed it, and while she loves Gregory she knows that boy will resent her for the rest of their lives if she took him away. She takes Tony instead, knowing he wouldn’t survive living with Howard if she didn’t act up and fight for custody. She gets her divorce, wins custody over Tony, uses the fair amount of money under her family’s name and moves them away, changing their names. She’s back to Maria Carbonell and Tony is renamed Anthony Carbonell. 

They leave the spotlight life, live in a little place so small compared to the mansion but warmer, daring to call it home. They’re happy, she’s happy, he’s happy, and they don’t regret anything. Tony leaves private school and goes to public instead (something he’s always wanted to do). Goes through the years easily, could jump grades if he wanted to but he no longer wanted to be the son of Stark. He just wanted to be Tony. He makes friends here and there but they usually never stick around, not until high school where he meets the gang. Science bro Bruce who is friends with Natasha who is friends with everyone else. Here he meets Steve and Bucky and nearly has his heart stopped when they say their names. 
Steve Rogers
Like the name on his arm Steven Grant Rogers
And with a Bucky Barnes next to him and the way the two are very close it’s not hard to guess Bucky is really James Buchanan Barnes and he can’t believe he’s found his soulmates, and at seventeen years of age! 

He tells them his name, Tony Carbonell, and finds it odd they don’t react any differently than getting to know a stranger, instead of reacting like most do when they literally found their soulmate. 

He shrugs it off, thinking they’re not big on emotions, or don’t want to make a show out of it. Then they keep treating him as nothing but a friend as the days go on. It hurts, he won’t lie, but he guesses they’re not ready yet to add their final soulmate yet. They probably had years with each other an didn’t think they’d find their missing piece until well into their thirties. It’s natural to be hesitant. He takes it slow. 

Except two months go by and even though he’s tried to take it their pace they still don’t treat him any different or even tried breaching the subject. Maybe they don’t want him at all? But no, his mother always told him soulmates were meant for each other. His soulmates wanted him, would wait for him. 

But waiting has become tiresome. Half the school year is over already and nothing has changed except for maybe the others realizing Tony might or might not have a crush on the pair. In the moments that he could he subtly gave them touches and stuck close, trying to ease himself and make it natural. But Steve and Bucky either don’t notice because they don’t add in their effort, or they’re outright ignoring him. 

The others give him pitying looks, but this is soulmate matters so they don’t say anything. 

Eventually he realizes Steve and Bucky had noticed but never said anything, not until one day Tony put a hand on Bucky’s arm and the other brunet not so subtly pulled away from it. It hurt to have his hand rejected like that, but it hurt more when they made faces and began twitching, exchanging a silent conversation with each other, never including Tony. 

“Tony, we need to talk.” 

“Yeah, we know you have a crush on us, and it’s endearing and all, but we can’t let you continue like this. We don’t want to do this to you.”

“We can’t return your feelings. Bucky and I are soulmates and we know how it feels to be united with one of our other halves. We’re waiting for our third and there just isn’t room for you. It won’t be fair to you. Our feelings for each other won’t be equal to you.” 

And that is the stupidest thing Tony had ever heard. He wanted to shout at them “I am your other half!” wanted to scream if they didn’t want him all they had to say was no instead of making up such a ridiculous lie. He had their names on his arm and he was positive they had his, but clearly they didn’t want a third. They didn’t want Tony. 

He gave them a silent nod, holding in his fury, his sadness, the shame, and left. He continued the rest of the year all the way to graduation day in this state of numbness. The others either guessed or were told by Steve and Bucky about what had happened. They tried to sympathize but it just didn’t work. Tony pulled away from them, from Steve and Bucky. Didn’t go to prom, didn’t hang out with anyone on their graduation day. Just returned home and started planning his following years for MIT. 

He continued numb well into his first year until one day he just decided “fuck it, soulmates are overrated anyway. They don’t want me, fine. I’ll love someone of my own choice!” 

Befriending Rhodey and Pepper was perhaps the best thing in his MIT years. He graduates, starts a small business as a mechanic fixing up expensive cars or something, calls his mother every day, makes sure to send Rhodey letters when he’s deployed, and always makes time to check up on his favorite red head.

Years later the media goes nuts about some big announcement. The tv in his work building is on and the reporter is talking excitedly as three men stand side by side in front of a large crowd. One of the men looks like he wants to be anywhere but there. The other has an arm around his shoulder for support. The last one is on a podium talking to the crowd. At the bottom of the screen the words ‘Tony Stark’ are in bold. 

“Tony Stark’s soulmates have just been announced! You heard it here live, folks,” the reporter says. 

Tony huh’s as he watches his brother tell the crowd the happy news, about finding his soulmates Steve Rogers and James Barnes, and huh’s even louder when one of the reporters calls him Tony instead of Gregory. 

He walks away.

Crap vid, sorry, literally straight from my snapchat (aduje96 btw) but I went to the Music of Nerdfighteria show at Vidcon and The Gregory Brothers played a medley of their Songify YouTube songs. The two girls standing next to me went crazy as soon as they heard the first notes to All The Way. It was adorable! They were so excited and I just loved seeing them enjoying the song.
It was a weird moment to like have a bunch of people singing along to some YouTube videos. I’m never getting used to it, but it’s one of my favorite things.

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The Jungle Book

136 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Oct. 18th, 1967
Country: USA
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman

“The Jungle Book was inspired by the 1894 book of the same name by English author Rudyard Kipling. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear try to convince him to leave the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.

After The Sword in the Stone was released, storyman Bill Peet claimed to Walt Disney that ‘we [the animation department] can do more interesting animal characters’ and suggested that Kipling’s The Jungle Book could be used for the studio’s next film. Disney agreed and Peet created an original treatment, with little supervision, as he had done with One Hundred and One Dalmatians and The Sword in the Stone. However, after the disappointing reaction to The Sword in the Stone, Walt Disney decided to become more involved in the story than he had been with the past two films, with his nephew Roy E. Disney saying that ‘[he] certainly influenced everything about it. (…) With Jungle Book, he obviously got hooked on the jungle and the characters that lived there.’

Peet decided to follow closely the dramatic, dark, and sinister tone of Kipling’s book, which is about the struggles between animals and man. However, the film’s writers decided to make the story more straightforward, as the novel is very episodic, with Mowgli going back and forth from the jungle to the Man-Village, and Peet felt that Mowgli returning to the Man-Village should be the ending for the film. Some plot points were taken from Kipling’s 1895 novel The Second Jungle Book. 

Disney was not pleased with how the story was turning out, as he felt it was too dark for family viewing and insisted on script changes. Peet refused, and after a long argument, Peet left the Disney studio in January 1964. Disney then assigned Larry Clemmons as his new writer and one of the four story men for the film, giving Clemmons a copy of Kipling’s book, and telling him: ‘The first thing I want you to do is not to read it.’ Clemmons still looked at the novel, and thought it was too disjointed and without continuity, needing adaptations to fit a film script. Although much of Bill Peet’s work was discarded, the personalities of the characters remained in the final film.

Many familiar voices inspired the animators in their creation of the characters and helped them shape their personalities. This use of familiar voices for key characters was a rarity in Disney’s past films. The staff was shocked to hear that a wise cracking comedian, Phil Harris was going to be in a Kipling film. Disney suggested Harris after meeting him at a party. Harris improvised most of his lines, as he considered the scripted lines ‘didn’t feel natural’. After Harris was cast, Disneyland Records president Jimmy Johnson suggested Disney to get Louis Prima as King Louie, as he ‘felt that Louis would be great as foil’. Walt also cast other prominent actors such as George Sanders as Shere Khan and Sebastian Cabot as Bagheera.

David Bailey was originally cast as Mowgli, but his voice changed during production, leading Bailey to not fit the ‘young innocence of Mowgli’s character’ at which the producers were aiming. Thus director Wolfgang Reitherman cast his son Bruce, who had just voiced Christopher Robin in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. The animators shot footage of Bruce as a guide for the character’s performance.

The characterization of the orangutan King Louie has frequently been cited (including by Anthony Edward Schiappa, Susan Miller, and Greg Rode) as a racial stereotype, especially given the political and civil rights climates in America during the time this film was released. Initially, the producers considered famous jazz musician Louis Armstrong for the role, but to avoid the likely controversy that would result from casting a black person to voice an ape, they instead chose Italian-American musician Louis Prima.

Longtime Disney collaborator Terry Gilkyson was brought in to write the songs for the film. Gilkyson delivered several complete songs which were faithful in tone to Rudyard Kipling’s novel, but Walt Disney felt that his efforts were too dark. The Sherman Brothers were brought in to do a complete rewrite, on the condition that they not read Kipling’s book. The only piece of Gilkyson’s work which survived to the final film was his upbeat tune ‘The Bare Necessities’, which was liked by the rest of the film crew. Walt Disney asked the Shermans to ‘find scary places and write fun songs’ for their compositions, and frequently brought them to storyline sessions.

In the original book, the vultures are grim and evil characters who feast on the dead. Disney lightened it up by having the vultures bearing a physical and vocal resemblance to The Beatles, including the signature mop-top haircut. It was also planned to have the members of the band to both voice the characters and sing their song, ‘That’s What Friends Are For’. However, the Beatles member John Lennon’s refusal to work on animated films in that period led to the idea being discarded. The casting of the vultures still brought a British Invasion musician, Chad Stuart of the duo Chad & Jeremy.

The Jungle Book was released in October 1967, just 10 months after Walt’s death. Produced on a budget of $4 million, the film was a massive success, finishing 1967 as the fourth highest-grossing movie of the year. The Jungle Book received positive reviews upon release, undoubtedly influenced by a nostalgic reaction to the death of Disney. Life magazine referred to it as “the best thing of its kind since Dumbo, another short, bright, unscary and blessedly uncultivated cartoon.’ The song ‘The Bare Necessities’ was nominated for Best Song at the 40th Academy Awards, losing to ‘Talk to the Animals’ from Doctor Dolittle. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Gregory Peck lobbied extensively for this film to be nominated for Best Picture, but was unsuccessful.

According to Elsie Kipling Baimbridge, Rudyard Kipling’s daughter, ‘Mowgli’ is pronounced ‘MAU-glee’ (first syllable rhymes with cow), not ‘MOH-glee’ (first syllable rhymes with go). She reportedly never forgave Walt Disney for the gaffe.

After a studio screening of the finished film Walt Disney’s personal nurse Hazel George came up to animator Ollie Johnston with tears in her eyes and told him that the final shot where Bagheera and Baloo walk off into the sunset was perfect and that it was ‘just the way that Walt had gone out.’”

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FIRST POSTED: 5/15/17

This fine lad, @gregoryalanisakov , is still selling out venues all across Europe right now and I both miss the dude, and find myself oddly jealous and wishing I was on that trip too. Such longing I have for far off places, to fill my eyes with such strange and stunning sights. I have a nomadic heart, and it’s been still a bit too long these past months. It’s time to move, time to stir, time to put footprints on brand new soil.

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Please watch this haunting video if you haven’t already.

  Here’s a link to the full episode of the show it’s from.

Wirt and Greg descriptions from Tome of the Unknown (original pitch)

on @adelwood‘s request

Wirt is a thinker. In fact, he overthinks things. He’ll analyze a problem until it’s way more complicated than it should be. He’s often seen just spacing out with a blank expression on his face, thinking deeply about … well…. who knows?

He comes off as shy because he tries not to talk too much. The problem is… he tends to accidentally blurt out insulting or inappropriate things because he’s not good at editing his thoughts. And the more he tries to backpedal, the deeper he digs his hole. This can be especially awkward for a young man trying to talk to girls. “No, no, I’m not saying your dress looks ugly… I just mean that you would look great if you weren’t wearing it. Wait! No, I don’t mean…! Oh no…” So he ends up retreating back to his thoughts, analyzing what he could or should have said.

That said… when immediate danger threatens his brother Gregory, his intuition will usually kick in to help him make decisions more quickly. 

Gregory is a doer. He’s energetic, playful, and carefree… often to the point of being oblivious to serious danger. He likes to eat things (including, but not limited to, “food”), likes to touch things, likes making friends with strangers, and loves his pet frog.

He looks up to Wirt a great deal but doesn’t really understand why his brother thinks and worries about stuff so much. Greg is hardly ever worried or scared (which can get him into all sorts of trouble).

He’s usually easygoing, but that changes when he gets sleepy or hungry.