monkey;journey to the west

WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME A CGI ANIMATED MOVIE ABOUT THE MONKEY KING JUST CAME OUT IN CHINA?!?!?!?!?

Sun Wukong is one of my favorite fictional characters OF ALL TIME OH MY GOOOOD THIS LOOKS SO GOOD I NEED TO SEE IT!!!!!!

It’s called “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” and it was just released in theaters in China on July 10th!!!

EVERYONE PLEASE GO AND SUPPORT THIS BEAUTIFUL MOVIE!!!

Like a Virgin: an A-Z of concept literature

Want to explore a concept, literary style or period? Not sure where to start? Here are books to touch you for the very first time.


A - Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Laissez-faire capitalism is the answer to everything.


B - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Alienating effects of a society in which humans are treated as mere resources.


C - The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. What is this socialism of which they speak? This pamphlet explains.


D - Dubliners by James Joyce. Modernist short story collection on the human condition.


E - The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. How to write reel purty.


F - The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer. 70s identity politics classic given to odd rants and wobbly logic. Bring a mirror.


G - Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Almost nobody’s read it, and nobody likes the people who have.


H - The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Gender divides and fundamentalism are bad for everyone.


I - I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith. Life with an eccentric 1930s English family isn’t a bowl of cherries.


J - Jeeves and Wooster by PG Wodehouse. Why so serious? Fun, fast-paced and hilarious adventures of a toff and his butler.


K - Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig. Two people in a cell in 1970s Argentina fight to stay sane and alive. Postmodern, but in a good way.


L - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin. Intrigue and adventure on a world in which almost no one has a fixed gender.


M - Monkey (or Journey to the West) by Wu Cheng'en. The comic adventures of a monk and his folkloric companions as they travel west to retrieve the sutras which will save China from immorality.


N - Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman. The anti-Narnia trilogy on why religion is bad.


O - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Human nature meets loneliness and depression-era capitalism.


P - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The life of a libertine, to be read on the surface and between the lines.


Q - The Qur'an (or Koran). Take the first step in understanding the cultural influence of this 7th century contribution to the Abrahamic faiths by reading the original.


R - A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. Short treatise on how the burden of unpaid domestic labour impacts the artist.


S - Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Why war is stupid, from someone who knows.


T - Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake. This baroque fantasy, with its lush prose and weird cast makes David Lynch seem vanilla.


U - Utopia by Thomas More. 16th century sci-fi set on an island and examining what a progressive society might look like.


V - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. This won the Pulitzer. Why? No one knows. Read this to learn how out-of-touch the establishment truly is.


W - Watership Down by Richard Adams. If you’ve never wept over the fate of rabbits, start now.


X - Sonnet XXV by Bill Shakespeare. A modest, cheerful sonnet reminding us love is better than glory.


Y - The Yellow Wall-paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Novella featuring a woman driven mad by a rest cure, a decorative scheme, and the patriarchy.


Z - Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche. Just kidding. Don’t read Nietzsche.

…super sloppy sleepy scratch study/sketch seshin’ while bouncing around the cramped caltrain to & from campus recently - keeping busy teaching traditional animation at the Academy …

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Sun Wukong 

These are some of the stages I see him as according to the books but I wouldn’t say they all are 100% spot-on. In the first book it’s mentioned that he looks like a rhesus macaque so tried to make his fur light brown, red face and short tail. When making these I developed a head canon that his red face changes according to his level of confidence. His red butt tho, is canon. The Great Sage, 3heads&6arms-form and Buddha outfit was inspired from the 2011 TV series by Zhang Jizhong. The paper talisman bears the mantra ǎn ma ne bā mī hōng (Om Mani Padme Hum) that Buddha uses to seal him under the mountain.

If you get the chance to read Journey to the West pls do so, it’s very enjoyable and you get to learn much about the Handsome Monkey King and a bit of chinese mythology in general. Also it’s fun how Wukong gives no shit and kicks everyones asses (or in most cases just kills them)

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