these animators were having so much fun

John Mulaney Sentence Starters
  • "The more you do stuff, the better you get at dealing with how you still fail at it a lot of the time."
  • "All my money is in a savings account. My dad has explained the stock market to me maybe 75 times. I still don't understand it."
  • "It is 100% easier not to do things than to do them, and so much fun not to do them - especially when you were supposed to do them."
  • "In terms of instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin."
  • "I was always the squarest person in the cool room, and alternatively, sometimes the weirder person at the mainstream table."
  • "I have a lot of stories about being a kid because it was the last time I was interesting."
  • "Why do people shush animals? They've never spoken."
  • "A lot of times you're anxious and people say, "Relax. Shut up." And that just feels like, Well, I guess I'm also crazy."
  • "I'm an idiot, but I've shoveled through life rather nicely so far."
  • "I kind of thought, wouldn't it be funny to take a swing at being on the weird side of mainstream?"
  • "I like when things are crazy. Something good comes out of exhaustion."
  • "There's just something really, really funny about someone tearing into me."
  • "Being president looks like the worst job in the world."
  • "Thirteen year olds are the meanest people in the world."
  • "I always though quick sand was gonna be a much bigger problem than it turned out to be."
  • "'Do you want a salad or fries?' that's like asking 'Do you want to go for a jog or freebase cocaine?'"
  • “You have the moral backbone of a chocolate éclair.”
  • “Anyone who’s seen my dick and met my parents needs to die; I can’t have them roaming around. They know too much.”
  • "I was once on the telephone with blockbuster video- Which is a very old fashioned sentence."
  • "I cannot express to you the humiliation of, every Saturday morning, putting on a pair of breakaway pants and never having a reason to break them away -- then they're just pants."
  • "My body is bad at sports: that's the problem."
  • "It was so beautiful today that I only watched four hours of "Law & Order" in my apartment."
  • "I don't look older, I just look worse."
  • "So, I would just have a couple of drinks, and my brain would be like, 'OK, I see where this is headed. We're just going to power down now and get restarted sometime tomorrow morning'."
  • "Here's how easy it was to get away with bank robbery back in the '30s -- as long as you weren't still there when the police arrived, you had a 99% chance of getting away with it."
  • "'Ocean's 11' with women wouldn't work 'cause two would keep breaking off to talk sh*t about the other nine."
  • “Sometimes I’ll be talking to someone, and I’ll be like ‘Yeah, I’ve been really lonely lately’ and they’ll be like ‘Well we should hang out!’ and I’m like ‘No, that’s not what I meant. That’s not what I meant at all.”
  • "We'd all go play jacks by the soda fountain."
  • "No one knows what you're talking about you idiot."
  • "Blackout drinking is when your brain goes to sleep but your body gets all 'Eye of the Tiger' and soldiers on.'
  • "Am I proud of it? No. Just like I'm not proud of the fact that I saw the movie The Notebook in theaters. But it happened!"
  • "You don't know me. I have secrets. Why yesterday I wore my footie pajamas under my clothes and pretended I was a fucking fireman."
  • “Excuse me: I am homeless. I am gay. I have AIDS. I'm new in town.”
  • "Because we're Delta Airlines and life is a fucking nightmare!"
  • "I could never be goth, don't get me wrong, I'm unhappy, it's not that."
  • "To me Person of Interest is almost too flattering. Like, if the police were to pound on my door and go 'A man has been murdered in your building and you are a person of interest' I'd be like 'Moi? Oh do go on. Fresh.' "
  • "Ma'am can you turn off your bluetooth? This is a baptism."
  • "It was really easy to get away with murder before they knew about DNA."
  • "Do you want a plate of fries? If I get fries for the table would you take some? I know you'll eat fries if I get fries!"
  • "I watch so much Law and Order that sometimes I think I'm on an episode of Law and Order."
  • "You asked if I brushed my teeth but I never specified that I did so tonight. If the court reporter reads back my remarks you will see I did not purger myself."
  • "Traveling can get kinda lonely sometimes, actually no that's not the right word, Life. Life can get kinda lonely sometimes."
  • "Scientists have long since wondered if you can make grown men and women cry by playing Tom Jones' It's Not Unusual. And the answer is yes."
  • "Like my god man people are dead! But no you keep stacking those boxes."
  • "You seen this shit? You seen this Home Alone 2: Lost in New York shit?"
  • "As they say in Jerry Maguire, 'You had me at AIDS.'”
  • “Papa, today I met a boy with no eyes.”
  • "Adult life is already so goddamn weird."
Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic musical directed by Bill Condon. It stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. The film is a remake of the 1991 animated musical about Belle, who falls captive to a Beast only to slowly gain affection for one another as time passes. 

I loved the animated version. It is by far my favorite so-called “Disney Princess” movie and I was raised with its characters and music. Of course, expectations were high going into this film. The trailers looked very promising and all signs lead to the film not disappointing much-anticipated fans. And sure enough, fans were not disappointed. Beauty and the Beast is a magical visual experience; One of Disney’s best animated musicals becomes one of Disney’s best live-action musicals.

Let’s begin with the positives.

First off, performances. Everybody in this film was very invested into their character. You can clearly tell everybody was having fun during the making of the film and not a single performance let fans down. Emma Watson did great as Belle, adding singing and dancing to an already impressive set of talents. Dan Stevens is great as the beast. We really learned to feel for his character and sympathize with him. Josh Gad is wonderful as Lefou and Emma Thompson is amazing as Mrs. Potts. Even veterans Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen put in great performances as Lumiere and Cogsworth respectively. But perhaps the best performance has to be the one I doubted the most; Luke Evans as Gaston. At first, the casting choice seemed peculiar as Gaston is much more muscular and tall in the cartoon, but to my surprise Evans stole the show as the egotistical Gaston. He captured his selfish and delusional nature perfectly, and I can only give him credit for that.

Also, production value and special effects. Everything concerning production was brilliant in this film. The production design was absolutely outstanding. It is easily some of the most impressive sets of the year and every shot utilized its beautiful surroundings. The costumes were just astonishing and one scene in particular blows audiences away. The “Beauty and the Beast”, “Be My Guest” and “Gaston” musical numbers were just incredibly well-executed and it was incredibly pleasing to the eye. Some of the special effects really wowed the crowd, including myself.

However, there is one small problem about Beauty and the Beast, and it hurts the film significantly.

Predictability. This is the most obvious flaw, as this is a remake of an animated classic; audiences will know what happens, which beat of the film we are in and what the characters fates are at the end of the film. However, to the film’s credit they do insert some extra scenes and musical numbers that elevates the film beyond just a generic remake. But the fact that the audience anticipates what will happen does not help the film much.

All in all, despite the film being predictable due to the fact that it’s a remake, the film still manages to add more originality and depth to the film by adding some scenes and songs and I certainly appreciate that effort. It is full of great performances and amazing special effects, costume design and production design. If Disney makes the rest of their live-action remakes similar to this, then I am certainly all for it. Beauty and the Beast receives an 8.1/10.

4

This is a collection of gifs that the fine folks at Cartoon Network commissioned me to make recently. It was so much fun playing with the world of Gumball. Ben Bocquelet and Mic Graves have created something really special there. Oh and Jacob Escobedo deserves a shout out too. He’s always pushing for fun stuff at CN HQ.

The first 3 were animated by me and had some clean up help from my buddy Jarrod Prince. The fourth piece was an anim colab with Ben Ommundson (I set up the gag and the design and and he delivered the punchline and finished everything off. It was a fun way to work!)

  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: The raptors and the Indominus in Jurassic World were kept in complete isolation from both each other and others of their species. The raptors, highly intelligent animals seemingly almost sapient, most likely have a completely different language that they use between each other, much like Orcas. They would make similar calls, but their language system would have been different from every other velociraptor pack. Then the Indominus, regardless of her velociraptor DNA, wouldn't have been able to communicate with Owen's pack, let alone recognize what the raptors even were. It had never seen nor heard velociraptors before, so it doesn't make sense that when she suddenly happens upon them they would be able to have a conversation. Also, why would the pterosaurs go after people after being freed from the Aviary? Why would a panicked animal that was experiencing the outside world for the first time go towards a very large and noisy crowd of humans? Their beaks and 'feet' seem more designed to be catching fish and smaller prey. Them being able to lift and fly away with a 200 lb human just does not seem physically possible, not to mention that those animals had probably never seen humans as a food source in and of themselves.
The Cave

“Come on honey, we’ll be safe in here.” I reassured my daughter as we made our way into the cave. “The storm won’t last long, then we’ll be on our way.” She still looked petrified.

Since my wife and I got divorced, every weekend I get my daughter from Friday night until Sunday night. And she never seems to have much fun with me, so this weekend I decided to take her camping. It was going well until this brutal storm started out of no where. Sheets of rain were pouring down, it seemed to be lightening right over us, and the wind was so strong it blew our tent away. So the only thing I could think to do was bring her to this cave for shelter.

She was terrified to be in here, I could tell. She was afraid that there might be some dangerous animals deeper in, and to be honest I was too. But I had to keep her feeling secure so I didn’t let my fear show.

“Daddy, are you sure there’s nothing else in here?” She asked.

“Absolutely sweetheart.”

“But how do you know?” She questioned, staring into the darkness of the cave.

“Hey!” I shouted. “Anything there!”

It echoed back…. “Hey anyone there….hey anyone there…..

We listened for a moment.

"See,” I said. “Nothing but us.”

She began to smile in relief. “I like the echo,” she said with a giggle. “Hello!” She hollered into the darkness.

The echo rolled back……
“hello….hello….

I had to smile, at least she was kind of having fun.

"See, no storm can keep us down.” I gave her a pat on the head. “Were alive and having fun!” I belted out waiting for the echo.

It echoed back…… “Not for long!….”


Written By: Sage
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BEST. FACE. EVER! 

Screenshots from TALK LIKE THE ANIMALS | Riddle Transfer 1! :D

I swear these games just get better and better! Every single time Jack plays a new one I’m always like this one is my favorite out of all of them. xD I loved this game I loved the animal creature characters and the jokes were pretty funny. :) The riddle school games have their own special charm to them. I also loved watching Jack play this game too this was such as fun video. As you could tell I had fun with it because I made 4 posts about stuff from this video. xD I seriously can’t wait to see him play the next game. ITS GONNA BE SO MUCH FUN! :D

Also one last thing.

I love this flying pig!

Timehop shattered me today. Usually it’s okay. Melancholy for the past, but still good. Today was not. Today hit me like a brick wall.

I’ve been talking to the most amazing guy for years now. We met on Omegle.
The year I graduated high school(2011!), a really big tumblr trend was to go on Omegle under the “tumblr” tag and try to find your friends/followers. It was hysterical. It was fun. I was on there so much it started leaking into my real life. My friend and I would have sleepovers and stay up until crazy hours, on Omegle just finding people to talk to. Obviously the cute ones would get more attention, and we’d have to skip a dick or 10(yes literal dicks), and on the rare occasion we’d get a guy’s number and text for 48 hours and then never again.
But one night, it was different. If I remember right, we were dicking around with stuffed animals. We’d hold them on screen and try to get people to interact with them without seeing what we looked like. Accents, whatever. And if they gave us the time of day we revealed our faces after a while. So we connect with this random babe. And he’s got the bluest eyes. And this swoopy brown hair. Squarish jawline. And he says he’s from England and we’re swooning because we’re American and foreign accents are delicious. He’s not talking though, just typing. We eventually show our faces. My friend gets bored and says we should skip him but I don’t want to. He’s so cute and the way he won’t speak is making him a mystery I’m dying to hear. I get his Skype so we can move on and promise to talk to him later. This guy is cute and all but we’ve only just met and I’m hosting a sleepover and my friend is bored. A bit later, I get a Skype message. I let the guy know we’re still on Omegle. What’s he still doing up? It’s like 6am there. He’s nuts. But he wants to Skype me. But I can’t. My friend is there. I can’t just take over the computer. Eventually my friend gets tired. So I close Omegle and Skype the England Boy. I’m begging him to say “love” in the accent I know he has. But he won’t do it. I’m 18 years old and teenage romance novels are my weakness and romcoms are everything and the way Gerard Butler calls his leading lady “love” is all I need in my life. My friend is falling asleep on the couch and I’m busy falling for the biggest fall of my life. We’re Skyping for four hours. He barely speaks. And then gloriously he says to me, “goodnight love,” and I’m dying from head to toe, it’s beautiful and this cute guy said it in his cute accent and even if he didn’t mean it, if he only said it because I begged and persuaded it out of him, it’s still got me in a puddle of emotions. It’s perfect. He’s great. I’ve got him on Skype. I can call him up whenever I want.
That was how it started. It was everything to me. I stayed up Skyping him when I should have been sleeping. I stayed on Skype with him for 6 hours 6 days a week. It was the summer before I went to college. He meant everything to me. He made me laugh. Die laughing. He was adorable and funny and charming and immature and sarcastic in all the right ways. He’s terrified of spiders. Sometimes, he sleep walks. He hates pineapple. He’s got a lesbian sister. More siblings. He’s never owned a car. He doesn’t have a license to drive. He’s getting a 7k inheritance when he turns 21. His dad’s an accountant. He had a brother who passed away. His girlfriend appears to be a massive uncaring bitch. He can do better. Dealing with my feelings and his girlfriend was a rough patch. She’d infuriate me so badly some nights. He’d Skype me from her house. It’s okay, she’s asleep. Why are you talking to me? You should be sleeping next to her. You can’t sleep? That happened more than once.
When he broke up with her I was so happy for him. So proud of him. He didn’t have to date me. Distance. Yuck. But now he could find someone to treat and be treated better. He never really did.
He’d watch American Football. Something I’m not sure he’d ever even thought about before me. He’d say he’d seen a Vikings game. Why would you watch that? We’re terrible. Football sucks.
He Skyped me through the single semester I went through college. He made a tumblr because I used it so much. We had matching links at one point. He Skyped me when I came home from college. I got a job, a good job but I still had time for him. I moved in with friends downtown. I got a new, good job. I was meeting people. I was partying. I was hooking up with people because I had all these feelings for a guy halfway across the world that were becoming hard to deal with outside our computer screen Skype world. It was easier to crash into guys who didn’t really care about me and wouldn’t notice I wasn’t exactly there for them emotionally 100%, even if I pretend or felt like it for fleeting moments in time. It had been three years since we first met. I started fading. I was working 40 hours a week. I hated my job. Loving him and not being with him was suddenly becoming painful. Not talking about it because it was painful and a useless conversation was even more painful. It wasn’t easy to accept anymore. It wasn’t easy to know that everyone around me wasn’t him. That no one could amount to him. That I could harbour so much feeling for a guy I’d never met. Would maybe never meet. These feelings were suffocating. I was drowning in something I couldn’t have. Couldn’t even touch. He was mad at me for becoming more and more unavailable. I tried to explain it. He was killing me. He couldn’t understand. He still wouldn’t.
We Snapchatted. Barely. I found a boy at home who wanted to hook up and also be a friend. Eventually it crashed into a million fucking pieces, but it helped me. At least, I thought it did. I tried so hard to make it work. If I couldn’t have England Boy, maybe this guy would date me. Maybe I’d finally be worthy of “girlfriend.” Well, I wasn’t. I lost the extended fling, and the guy halfway across the world was hurt that I was distant. Because he couldn’t understand. Because I couldn’t understand.

Now we never talk. I don’t remember the last time we had a video chat. Over 6 months ago? He’s back with his girlfriend who never cared enough. He’s got a life and he’s ignoring me.

It’s August 11th, 2015, and four years ago today, I met you. And our relationship killed me.

The Cave

“Come on honey, we’ll be safe in here.” I reassured my daughter as we made our way into the cave. “The storm won’t last long, then we’ll be on our way.” She still looked petrified.

Since my wife and I got divorced, every weekend I get my daughter from Friday night until Sunday night. And she never seems to have much fun with me, so this weekend I decided to take her camping. It was going well until this brutal storm started out of no where. Sheets of rain were pouring down, it seemed to be lightening right over us, and the wind was so strong it blew our tent away. So the only thing I could think to do was bring her to this cave for shelter.

She was terrified to be in here, I could tell. She was afraid that there might be some dangerous animals deeper in, and to be honest I was too. But I had to keep her feeling secure so I didn’t let my fear show.

“Daddy, are you sure there’s nothing else in here?” She asked.

“Absolutely sweetheart.”

“But how do you know?” She questioned, staring into the darkness of the cave.

“Hey!” I shouted. “Anything there!”

It echoed back…. “Hey anyone there….hey anyone there…..

We listened for a moment.

“See,” I said. “Nothing but us.”

She began to smile in relief. “I like the echo,” she said with a giggle. “Hello!” She hollered into the darkness.

The echo rolled back……
“hello….hello….

I had to smile, at least she was kind of having fun.

"See, no storm can keep us down.” I gave her a pat on the head. “Were alive and having fun!” I belted out waiting for the echo.

It echoed back…… “Not for long!….”

Written By: Sage
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Himaruya’s Words {5}

Himaruya’s speech to his fans, extract from Volume 5 of Axis Powers (circa 2012)

Translated from German by hetare-hetalia

“Hello! Here is Himaruya Hidekaz.
I was on the road for Africa, looking for cute animals. And the huge large animals have it to me. Hippos are just so cute. But no matter. I thank you very much that you have bought the fifth volume of Hetalia! I hope you had friends on the book.
This time I had more helpers, and so the work was a lot of fun.
While I lived so before me, there were all sorts of exciting messages worldwide and I was once again aware of how interesting the world is.

I scribbled the fifth volume in the corner of a dark room squatting in front of me.
I’m done with work, I plan to go again in another country!
Many heartfelt thanks that you have read Hetalia 5. I would be delighted if we meet again on another occasion.

See you!”

-Hidekaz Himaruya

- aftermath -

The first thing Dean did upon exiting the car was to shirk his jacket. Beloved as it was, he was relieved to feel its weight slide from his shoulders, leaving the skin of his arms exposed to the caress of a dawning Kentucky sun.

The second thing Dean did was check on Sammy. His brother’s hair stuck out from brow to crown, made wild by highway winds tackled at 80 mph on average, but closer to 120 when Dean thought they were in the clear of local law enforcement. A line of drool was making its way down Sam’s chin. Under different circumstances, Dean might have had fun seeing how much he could stick to his little brother before he woke up.

Dean was not the type to pray, but he did talk to the dead, even when he didn’t expect an answer. And so, for not the first time, he looked to an indifferent sky and muttered, “Now what, Dad?" 

Dean could still see Ronald’s face, emptied of the animated enthusiasm that had possessed him since he and Sammy had first entered the banker-turned-conspiracy-theorist’s home. Lifeless on the cold marble floor, Ronald’s face had also been emptied of fear. 

There was that to take, Dean supposed, from life’s doleful handouts of a bright side. 

Dean did not think about how he nearly stabbed an innocent woman. 

And he definitely pushed aside the memory of how it felt to watch what looked like that same woman slide dead from his blade.

Dean killed monsters, not people. That’s why he was a good guy. 

Most of all, Dean ignored with a singular determination the fear that now sucked the air from his chest, constricting the bone until it left little room for his heart to beat. 

"Dean?” From his seat, Sam leaned against the window frame, one hand rubbing away a pink imprint the door had left on his temple. 

“Yeah. Just had to stretch my back. We’ll go in a second." 

The sun was making its lazy shift into place, chasing the remains of the night from the horizon. 

Dean, too, could do the same. To protect his brother, he’d shift the night away, chase the shadows off. At least for one more day. 

Neither looked back as they drove toward Rhode Island.

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was great, but not long enough! 

At work, we are celebrating banned books week, so I though it would be fun to post a list of my favorite banned books. I was astounded at some of the reasons that various institutions/schools have used to ban certain books. My favorite two so far were banning Anne Frank for being too depressing and banning Winnie the Pooh because talking animals are an insult to God. I just do not understand people! 

Do you know any other ridiculous reasons that books have been banned? What are your favorite banned books! Let me know! 

Much love, 

Lauren

P.S. Giveaway is still going! Catching up on entering in the entries today!