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Now on Netflix Streaming: The Boxcar Children

The animation is simple, the story is bare bones, and the CG is anything but photo-realistic. Yet I’ll be damned if I didn’t get totally sucked into The Boxcar Children.

The Boxcar Children made me think back to when i was a little kid. I grew up in a pretty shitty home, and I used to be OBSESSED with the idea of runaways and running away. This film’s portrayal of a family of 1920s orphans who create their own small world in an abandoned train car in the woods would’ve been like cartoon crack to me! I can only imagine how enchanted I would have been watching the Alden kids figuring out how to live on the outskirts of society. It would’ve easily made it onto my ‘favorite films’ list at the time.

There’s something quite special about the way that directors Daniel Chuba, Mark A.Z. Dippé and Kyungho Jo bring Gertrude Chandler Warner’s classic children’s books to life. The film’s lo-fi aesthetic matches that of the orphans’ make-shift boxcar home. And like the boxcar, the film’s antiquated appearance actually serves to enhance its hominess and warmth. Animation students and low budget cartoonists would do well to study the film’s engaging characterization and pitch-perfect pacing. These, accompanied by the filmmakers’ deft use of their limited animation budget, will surely serve as inspiration and encouragement for anyone struggling to create their own cartoons.

What The Boxcar Children lacked in funding, it more than makes up for in heart. It truly is a charming film!

Graduating

I’ve been pretty quiet recently, and that’s mainly because I’m graduating with the Class of 2015 at RISD tomorrow. Its pretty surreal, these last 4 years have been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world.

A message to all the RISD kids/general stuff about college who follow me …
Always remember the basics, study foundations and fundamentals. Learn the rules of art before you break them.
Don’t disregard a class just because it isn’t part of your pool of interests. Trust me, you have a ton to learn, regardless of how you think the class seems to be useless. Take advantage of the diverse options, and don’t be afraid to take courses in other majors. You just might find something new about yourself there.
Make sure to make personal projects for yourselves, takes breaks when you need it, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Professors are there to help you out, and friends are there to support you.
Give each other respect that you deserve, reach out and help those who need it, and don’t look down on other people’s style, its not beneficial for anyone to have negative feelings towards each other.
Also don’t worry about fucking up. Just learn from your mistakes and move on.
Work hard. Believe me. Good things will come.

See through eyes unclouded by hate, and don’t forget to say good morning! Smell ya later RISD, it’s been real.

okay I did it, was tagged by michaela, marianne and tessa and I think basically all risd kids have done this already so whoever wants to do it can do it??