Lately I’ve had an itch for picture books. They’re a source of brilliant illustrations, but more fascinatingly is the incredible challenge of writing a good picture book. You can bring only a handful of words and pictures to the table, so those who are skilled at using the medium are considered geniuses. If you go back to some of the literature of your childhood, I think you’d be REALLY surprised at just how witty, entertaining, and deep a kid’s book can be.
Although it’s not technically a picture book (a few too many words), one of the highlights in this journey so far has been Neil Gaiman’s telling of the classic Hansel and Gretel, illustrated by
Above are some of
Lorenzo Mattotti’s fantastic illustrations for this book. I envy the
power of those little specs of light sprinkled between all those
gigantic brush strokes. A story as dark as Hansel and Gretel deserves drawings as creepy as these ones.
Gaiman is extremely faithful to the original storyline, but is talented at pointing out just how gloomy and terrifying Hansel and Gretel really is without going too far. Everybody expects the witch to be scary, of course, but she isn’t the most harrowing part of the narrative.
In Neil’s version, he puts a strong focus on the starvation the family goes through in the beginning of the story. For a mother to rationally come to the decision to abandon her children in the middle of the woods, she has to be in an extremely dire position. The details of the hunger and desperation the family goes through in the introduction sticks with you.
With a book like this, it’s tempting to consider whether Hansel and Gretel is too scary or bleak to be read to children, but often adults are the worst at deducing what does and doesn’t fit the interest of children.
If you know the history of the Grimm fairytales, you’d know that the Brothers Grimm didn’t collect those folk tales with children in mind. Instead, they were seeking to academically archive the legends and stories of their ancestry out of fear that they’d someday be forgotten.
The brothers never imagined children would take to these stories, since these tales are often fueled by the darkest emotions and experiences that a human being can go through. But believe it or not, it was the CHILDREN who discovered these books and fell in love with their gripping and twisted storylines. The market reacted, and we’ve considered them stories for kids ever since.
So I guess my point is that we should give children more choice in the matter. Nobody knows more about what you like or dislike reading than you do — no matter what your age is. It’s hypocritical and patronizing to expect children to survive the emotional turmoil that comes with youth (and life in general), but also forcibly shy their eyes away from stories of the same subject.
An unappreciated Disney toon that makes Family Guy even more shitty now! It’s Righteous time!
Jesus, people, I had that dream again. You know the one where the Kardashians were raping us out of our time and money again? Undermining that, Dave the Babarian is practically one of the funniest things Disney ever created. I’ll say it was certainly funnier than that show with the jaundice infected city. And again, it’s another cartoon in the 20th decade. That’s another blow to the late 90s, people. It only lasted a season and, thanks to the internet, I was angry at Disney. However, thanks to the internet, Youtube is the main source for all 40 episodes. I apologize Disney for all I’ve said before (especially for my Toy Story slash fic). With that said, what’s the deal?
Can somebody turn off my microwave please? Now, the story here is as simple as logging off Tumblr. We have Dave the Babarian starring Dave the Babarian. Now you may think, looking at Dave, he’s gonna be Schwarzenegger with Candace Flynn and Dot Warner. However, one thing makes this totally different and better on TV:
He’s the biggest pussy in the Middle Ages. He actually wanted to be a librarian that’s also a barber. Huh, I wonder what Nickelodeon actually means? Guess we’ll never know. I’ll say this, though, his cowardice gave me some of the best episodes in the show. Remember kids, if you’re a muscular guy, stay away from Florida. Learning this will make you detest America even more.
One down, people. With the others, there’s Princess Candy. Basically, imagine Candace Flynn that’s a good queen (first one, Disney) and is not representing a dark innuendo. She actually does more than Dave, not saying a lot, and I find her horse the better joke. That reminds me of a tragic story of Derpy Hooves and the can of fudge. But my favorite character is indeed Fang, or Dot Warner. She’s, ‘cuse me a sec, a cross between both Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm of The Flintstones. With her running gag with people confusing her for a monkey (Nope). Frankly, I thought she looked like the fusion of Icky Vicky and Fuu from Champloo.
Just imagine her with cartoony eyes. Then we have Uncle wizard Oswidge; one of the best Foxy Grandpas that ever existed. I’ll especially love his actor, Kevin Richardson, who also played the Boogie pimp. Give a round for this Darth Lazer, and his swinging ass tone, cause he’s basically badass in every role he has.
“Once I commited to acting, this has been it.”
Then we have Faffy; he’s basically every other of Frank’s role. Lastly, we have our narrator. I actually find this one better than the one from Powerpuff girls. Both could be equally slick, but this narrator actually talks with the characters beside one episode. I’m just saying, why can’t the background people talk to their audience? Hell, Roy’s not even my full name. Then again, I do have to keep my identity a secret for the greater good. HEY, DIDN’T YOU ONCE HAVE A SEL- Sorry for that cut, I’ll whack him later. Continuing, I haven’t even given the main plot of the series. With Dave and the Gang, this here sums it up nicely.
There, except for the first one there. Remember kids, TV-G. With Dave the Babarian, it made The Flinstones look boring. BOO! I’m just saying, guys, in comparison Disney offered us something way funnier. My god, their villain is a fucking talking pig! I’ll say with this, he gave my best episode in the series. It’s where Dark Lord Chuckles the silly piggy (fucking brilliant) kidnaps the narrator and makes up his own episode. The Powerpuff Girls did this before, and both were hilariously awkward. When the new “The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy Will Destroy You All Variety Hour” (Bitch, genius!), this gave the 4th wall a branded definition. You thought Deadpool was a 4th wall breaker? He is Michael Jackson’s 2nd nose-job compared to this 30-min episode. Let’s just say I feel certain joy when we’re given something out of the norm.
“Jesus Vigoda, I daydreamed another internet reviewer made a bad joke for once.”
This show was pretty great, even if it was short lived. It’s weird because it lived long as much as the Buzz on Maggie and Cory in the House, but survived more than most of Disney’s real life shitcoms. When I say survive, I meant they received better treatment and are worthy of reruns. Seriously, fuck Montana! With what they gave, creator Doug Langdale certainly promised to actually try making us laugh and remember this fondly (except people are too simple with nostalgic tastes). Doug is now later working on the new Halloween movie, The Book of Life. Please people, watch this movie. It has a great setup, good design, and Guillermo Del Toro. That should be enough to give 'em their money!
And that’s just the fan art of what’s to come. As for Dave the Babarian, check it out on Youtube. I’ll definition show this more appreciation later on this month. This show was great, and I’ll continue to watch it illegally. I’m Roy Macintosh, love and peace, and I’m giving another point to Disney. YOU’RE NOT GONNA GIVE US WHY ON THE FAN ART ABOVE? Hey, I have to give them something besides this appreciation speech. Have a great day.
The newest Toon Book is here: it’s store favourite Lilli Carré’s Tippy and the Night Parade! Carré’s art and storytelling are beguiling, as always. The titular Tippy wakes up to a confusing mess in her room, and has to recreate events from the previous night to make sense of it all…
I purchased Adam Phillips’ Animate to Harmony Toon Boom book, and I have to say so far I’m enjoying the information! He provides exercises right away as you start to read the chapters.
It’s a monster though, over 400 pages of amazing info and wonder! So hopefully when I get finished with the book (hopefully by the summer) I can start animating in Toon Boom (when I get a license, this is the demo). And then one day I’ll be animating as awesome as cookiefication! :)
Btw, check out cookiefication’s tumblr! Cookie does a lot of animations in Toon Boom, specializing in special effects hand drawn animation. A lot of great stuff to watch, you will not be disappointed! :)
Another quick tip - the Toon Boom demo is unlimited! That’s right, no deadline or due date on the demo software - so you can take as much time learning as you want! :) Makes it way better than Adobe in my book!