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Happines is something you go in search of, and when you have it you don’t realise. It’s in hindsight that you realise you were happy. In fact, happiness is everywhere… we just need to see it.        - Stéphane Brosse

“What does he care if he hasn’t got any money: he doesn’t need any money, all he needs is his rucksack with those little plastic bags of dried food and a good pair of shoes and off he goes and enjoys the privileges of a millionaire in surroundings like this.”

                                              -Jack Kerouac

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Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies (Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux) (2015) | Gwenn Germain

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Yesterday was Hayao Miyazaki’s birthday and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to pay homage to one legend of animation features in this #AnimatedWedenesday Gwenn Germain presents “Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux” or “Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies” a brilliant and epic tribute to maestro Miyazaki. Happy Birthday.

A brief vision he had of swirling cloud, and in the midst of it towers and battlements, tall as hills, founded upon a mighty mountain-throne above immeasurable pits; great courts and dungeons, eyeless prisons sheer as cliffs, and gaping gates of steel and adamant: and then all passed.  Towers fell and mountains slid; walls crumbled and melted, crashing down; vast spires of smoke and spouting steams went billowing up, up, until they toppled like an overwhelming wave, and its wood crest curled and came foaming down upon the land.  And then at last over the miles between there came a rumble, rising to a deafening crash and roar; the earth shook, the plain heaved and cracked, and Orodruin reeled.  Fire belched from its riven summit.  The skies burst into thunder seared with lightning.  Down like lashing whips fell a torrent of black rain.  And into the heart of the storm, with a cry that pierced all other sounds, tearing the clouds asunder, the Nazgùl came, shooting like flaming bolts, as caught in the fiery ruin of hill and sky they crackled, withered, and went out.

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In which Tolkien once again blows my mind and the symbolism of the Ring’s final destruction is dazzling.

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Today in Middle-Earth: Downfall of Barad-dûr and the destruction of Sauron (March 25th, 3019 T.A.)

A brief vision he had of swirling cloud, and in the midst of it towers and battlements, tall as hills, founded upon a mighty mountain-throne above immeasurable pits; great courts and dungeons, eyeless prisons sheer as cliffs, and gaping gates of steel and adamant: and then all passed. Towers fell and mountains slid; walls crumbled and melted, crashing down; vast spires of smoke and spouting steams went billowing up, up, until they toppled like an overwhelming wave, and its wild crest curled and came foaming down upon the land. And then at last over the miles between there came a rumble, rising to a deafening crash and roar; the earth shook, the plain heaved and cracked, and Orodruin reeled. Fire belched from its riven summit. The skies burst into thunder seared with lightning. Down like lashing whips fell a torrent of black rain. And into the heart of the storm, with a cry that pierced all other sounds, tearing the clouds asunder, the Nazgûl came, shooting like flaming bolts, as caught in the fiery ruin of hill and sky they crackled, withered, and went out.

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Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux by Gwenn GERMAIN 

Translated into English “Girls and Guys from Summits and Skies” is a 2D full-length animated film trailer that its creator 21 year old French animation student Gwenn Germain has stated is inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, Jean Girault and Syd Mead and took 5 months to create single handedly.  The plot follows a young boy who lives in a village perched on a giant tree that falls in the depths of the forest where he meets two Aboriginal strange that will help him return home. The videos audio track is “Hanna bi” by Joe Hisaishi. 

See Gwenn Germain’s vimeo channel here.