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WHY I HATE RIO PART 1: THE BIRD DESIGNS

If anybody knows me on my main blog or irl i’m sure you are aware I am an avid theropod enthusiast, I predominantly draw birds. When I first saw posters for Rio I was exited because I did like the first ice age, and I actually did like how Blu looked design wise. I did not see it in theatres, for whatever reason a school friend dragged me to see the 3D yogi bear movie instead (it was horseshit). Eventually I rented Rio on DVD to see with my mom and it was…….meh? and then mostly forgot about it. 

But that was younger me before I critiqued movies and had fermented in bitterness. So being a bird lover with a lot of things to say I decided to crack this into two separate posts because covering the designs alone will make this posts long and image heavy.

Why am I cracking down so hard on ‘realism’ in this movie’s designs? Well mostly because the “theme” of this movie is bird conservation. In a realism-based setting. Unlike, say, Seuss’s original Lorax. it has an environmentalist message but has a well developed Seussiverse where nonsensical creatures fit the nonsensical habitat. With rio however, it is based in our world in our present time. I expect the creatures shown to be based on reality. Otherwise you break reality, making your conservation message weaker by showing animals in this context that don’t even exist. These bird designs come off as lazy recolourings where the story and setting is just under researched.

Most clearly this can be seen with the “blue macaws”. 

Blu and Jewel are in fact supposed to be a real species of parrot, they are Spix’s macaws (which look adorable). They are critically endangered, and only one wild individual is known that was spotted earlier this year. Too bad they look nothing like the design, they couldn’t even at least make Blue a more turquoise tint.

Rio seems to model all of their macaws as Aras, the genus of larger macaws including the stereotypical scarlet and bluegolds. Spixs arent Aras, they are the only Cyanopsitta species, a smaller macaw which would be about under half of Blu’s size and roughly half a pound in weight.
If you took a colourless image of Blu i would assume he is an Ara macaw, or even the giant Hyacinth’s macaw. (In fact, most images that come up when i look for ‘Rio bird species’ places him as a hyacinths.) They also use Ara calls for his noises… 

Call me old fashioned but I think when you’re trying to make a movie about a real critically endangered species, I think you should at least try to competently represent it. Had he been a large species i would have loved his design.

However personally that doesn’t bother me as much as the background birds do. All of the macaws are odd recolours by which i mean hardly discernible species. In the top photo I see what may be a blue and gold, a scarlet or green-wing, and maybe even a red-shouldered macaw… which makes no sense because they are the smallest macaw, at 0.3lbs. BUT THEY ARE ALL OFF COLOUR AND NONE OF THEM INCLUDING BLU HAVE BARE SKIN ON THEIR FACES. i guess for whatever reason they thought it would look ‘too ugly’ :/

I literally had no idea what these bottom ones are, the only bird I’ve ever seen like that first one is a leucestic blue and gold, the green one may be a military macaw???? its just so frustrating to look at. So I went on the wiki and there they called them golden conures and peach fronted conures… that are large macaw sized..

(a golden conure with a large macaw trio, rio’s are the same size and shape..)

fhghjkkk

Then there’s the stock passerines… these guys are supposedly finches and there’s again a variety of recolours in the movies. but they are all just ‘ball with eyes’, a bird design stereotype that i really hate. I thought the blue one may be fairy wren but those are only endemic to australia soo

Other background birds included in Rio 1 are waders and other passerines or near passerines. I’m alright with the jamie foxx and will i am birds. I actually enjoy the cockatoo design as well as the toco toucan, but there’s more birds I dislike than ones I like. 

 I’m also bummed they had no raptors because south america some really cool ones like the harpy eagle, an abundance of diverse owls, and falcons. Other neat birds include hummingbirds, woodpeckers, herons, guans, hoatzin, cock-of-the-rock, curassows, and the potoo, just off the top of my head. Basically it just feels under researched on blue sky’s part when they set out to have a movie about birds and endangered species, but i’ll talk about my resentment for the plot later…

design nitpick round:

  • the parrots’ feet are missing a toe. parrots are zygodactylous, they should have two toes in front and two in back. so do woodpeckers.
  • the baby parrots are already immediately fledged with all their feathers, just looking like mini adults with a large head. just for once i would like to see nakey altricial birds in cartoons..
  • how did a toco toucan and keel billed toucan mate and have offspring.

Requested by anon. The reader and her brother Jim, convince her boyfriend Leonard to see a horror movie. While Leonard remains unaffected, that’s not the case for the reader and Jim.

Warnings: Swearing

Word Count: 1,130

A/N: I’m such a bad person for abandoning my blog for so long and not writing much. But I had reasons… Anyways I’m sorry this is not good but I tried ): Btw I made Jim the reader’s actual brother. Hope that’s okay for ya :3

~•~

“Why are we seeing this crap while there is a Tim Burton marathon is all I am asking?”

You rolled your eyes at his whining and pulled him closer to the movie theatre. “I love them and all but we saw his movies like a billion times Leo.”

“Yeah, grow up a little.” your brother Jim butted in. Leonard’s eyes narrowed.

“You are never old enough to not watch Tim Burton movies you idiots.” he countered but before he knew it he was seated between you two.

“Okay I am ready for sleepless nights for a month.” you giggled, getting nervous all of a sudden.

“Relax, sis. I bet the movie is not that scary. This is gonna be great!” Jim grinned and took the popcorn from your hands.

“Just hold onto my hand if you get scared.” Leonard tickled your neck and you quickly swatted his hand away.

“How about I bite your head off if I ever feel like screaming.”

Jim laughed at you and Leonard scoffed but took your hand. And the lights went out, indicating that the movie was about to start.

~•~

“Well that was boring.” you looked at Leonard, terrified and shocked. “Aren’t you affected even a bit?” you almost screamed. You were pretty sure you almost broke his hand while shaking and holding onto him the whole movie. He shrugged his shoulders.

“It was pretty scary Bones…” your brother’s voice came in. You turned to see him smiling but knew that he was affected as much as you are.

“Did Jim Boy just admit he was scared?” you giggled and pulled his cheeks. He quickly escaped your grasp and said “I didn’t say I was scared, I said it was pretty scary.”

Leonard let out a hearty laugh beside you. “Sure you didn’t Jim Boy. Sure you didn’t.”

~•~

You pushed the blanket away from your body. Then pulled it back up to your chin. You turned to your right. Then to your left. You took a deep breath and hid under the piece of fabric. When it became hard to breathe you pushed it away once more but pulled it back when you felt a little too exposed. Your head shot up. You could have sworn that you saw something moving.

“Your mind is pulling tricks on you [Y/N].” you scolded yourself. “Just close your eyes and try not the think of any monsters and spirits.”

You felt your eyes water when you decided that you could not sleep alone at this point. You quickly got out of the bed. “This is why I shouldn’t be allowed to watch horror movies" you angrily said to yourself.

The corridors were empty as you expected and you silently walked to Leonard’s quarters which weren’t that far away. You rang the bell but no one answered.

Even though the corridor was filled with light you still felt a little exposed and rang the bell again. You let out a sigh of relief when the door opened this time. There stood a bare chestted Leonard McCoy with his messy hair and sleepy eyes.

“Hn? [Y/N]? What is it darling?” When he saw your shaky form he got into emergency medical mode. “Are you hurt? What happened? Let me get my tr-“

You quickly grabbed onto his arm and entered inside. “I’m not hurt Leo but um… Can I sleep here?”

Leonard raised his eyebrow and examined your face for while. “Don’t tell me you got scared from that pathetic movie.”

When he saw you purse your lips he rolled his eyes and scooped you up into his arms unexpectedly, making you squeal.

“You’re gonna be the end of me woman.”

Even when he placed you onto his bed he continued to bicker. “Why would you insist to go see that piece of crap if you get easily scared?”

You wrapped your arms around his torso and placed a kiss on his lips to shut him up. “Thanks Leo.” you said and giggled.

You heard him let out a huff and mumble “You’re welcome.” before he too wrapped his arms around you and closed his eyes.

Finally feeling safe with your boyfriend beside you, you were almost asleep when the bell rang waking you both up in the process.

“Come in!” Leonard almost growled but pulled you closer to him, not wanting to deal with whoever it was at this point. You heard footsteps and then someone sitting on the bed.

“James Tiberius Kirk. What are you doing in my bed?”

You raised your eyebrow and straightened up, just to see your big brother with a hand on his head, smiling sheepishly.

“I couldn’t find [Y/N] in her quarters…” he said. “…so I guessed she would be here.”

“Why were you looking for me in the first place?” you asked only to realise he has been scared shitless just like you. Your laughter filled the room.

“Jim, did you really-”

“Shut up [Y/N]!”

Oh my God I can’t wait to-“

”[Y/N] NO!

You could see Leonard rubbing his temples from the corner of your eye so you stopped harassing Jim and returned to your boyfriend’s side.

“You’re such an infant.” Leonard snapped but groaned when Jim gave him the puppy eyes. “Fine, hop in.”

You laughed at your brother when he let out a happy sound and lied down on the other side of Leonard. “Goodnight boys.” you said before closing your eyes and falling asleep.

~•~

Leonard McCoy woke up to find two pairs of arms wrapped around his body. One pair belonged to his girlfriend and the other his bestfriend. He stopped himself from groaning, fearing that he might wake them up.

He turned to his right to see you. You slept gracefully while hugging his chest. He turned to his left to see Jim. Mouth agape and snoring lightly, sleeping not so gracefully while clinging onto his arm. Leonard let out a chuckle.

“Nice family I have here.“ he thought, just before Jim let out a loud snore.

Leonard laughed.

“The best indeed.”

Honestly as someone who knows so little about “classic” Broadway but is pretty much subscribed to the tumblr theatre community, I hear about actors I’ve never seen… and they just kinda become, like, almost slang? in my head??
Like whenever anybody mentions Bernadette Peters, the only sentence that comes into my mind is “She gave me a Bernadette peters behind the school”. Like i have no idea who this woman is. Similarly, “oh, nice sandals. Are those Patti Lupones?” “Yo, how much for an ounce of Ethel Merman… ya, the pure stuff” like I’m not sure who these people are but it gets worse with every Broadway blog I follow

Introduction Post

Originally posted by theglossdotcom

Hi there! I am still working on setting up this blog but I thought I would go ahead and introduce myself!

Who am I?

 My name is Emily and next year I will be a junior and a first year IB student! I love learning new things, my cat, reading and writing, and lots of other things! I am a Ravenclaw/Slytherin, I am sixteen years old, and I live in the U.S.!!

What classes are you taking next year?

I will be taking:

Psychology SL, English HL, Theory of Knowledge, Math HL, Chemistry HL, Physics HL, German SL, and Musical Theatre! 

Why did you make a Studyblr?  

MOTIVATION!!! I need something to keep me accountable, and I want to make friends with people who are all motivated to study! Also I want to give tips to those who are in, or are soon to be in my place.

Studyblr’s that motivate me! 

@universi-tea @studyign @studie-s @studyrelief @studytwice and so many more that I forgetting!!

let’s ignore the watermark

hi! i’m lee, i’ve been on tumblr for a couple years, but i’ve just now been sucked into the studyblr community, mainly as an attempt to actually get better at studying lol

about me:

  • sophomore in college
  • double majoring in music with a concentration in musical theatre and mathematics
  • in slytherin
  • i have 4 cats, one of whom is my icon
    • i actually took her from my school, she lived outside my dorm last year and she just kinda adopted me, so i brought her home
  • i hold the record at my elementary school for most books read (though it looks like that record should be broken this year!)
  • i sing soprano
  • bisexual as all get-out
  • currently learning modern and faux calligraphy
  • part of @uni-net

classes this semester:

  • DNC 101- Tap Dance Technique I (1 hr)
  • ENG 210H- Honors English Composition/Rhetoric II (3 hrs)
  • MAT 203- Introduction to Statistics (3 hrs)
  • MUS 102P- Applied Piano (2 hrs)
  • MUS 122- Music Theory II (3 hrs)
  • MUS 152- Coker Singers (1 hrs)
  • MUS 102- Applied Voice for Musical Theatre (2 hrs)
  • THE 356- Acting III: Improv & Meisner (3 hrs)

why the url?

  • yeah, it’s a bit long, and doesn’t really fit the “___study(s)” format at all, but it covers what i’m studying, and hey, i think it’s kinda clever

why studyblr?

  • i am the FIRST to admit that i’m really bad at studying, and i’m pretty unorganized. i really want to change that, and this blog is to help motivate me!

favorite studybrs:

!!! IMPORTANT PLEASE READ !!!

I love this blog. I love it so SO much. I absolutely love writing for everyone and I love to make people happy. I recall an ask saying that I helped someone fall in love with Sweden because the anon loved how I portrayed him. I can recall an ask that an anon said that I make their world a brighter place as well as another one saying that every single time I post I make them smile.

However with the school year starting, I won’t be able to post often, despite having created this blog during school earlier this year. Why, may you be wondering? It’s my senior year. Not only is it my senior year of high school I’m actually aiming to get an early diploma, so I’ll be taking some pretty advanced classes this year. With advanced classes comes a lot of homework and projects. I am also taking theatre again, and with theatre comes the shows and with the shows comes auditions and rehearsals, both which take some time.

On top of all of this, for the first semester of the school year I do not have study hall/resource so I won’t have extra time for the first half of the year.

And to top it off almost completely, I don’t know how many of you know this but I do have a part time job. During the school year I’ll only be working 2-3 evenings each week, however like I mentioned earlier I’m going to most likely have a lot of homework, especially for the first semester.

I hope you all understand how this new busy schedule will mess with my blog. I do not wish to have a new admin because this blog is some sacred shit to me. I promise I’ll try to make some time, and I’ve even come up with a schedule (ex; Sundays I’ll do this, Mondays I’ll do that so on so forth) however that will be posted once I finish requests.

I love you all, thank you for bearing with me 💖

rarietty replied to your post “no not phantom of paradise andrew lloyd webber’s own personal wankfic”

Ah, yes, the reason why I’m confused when great composers keep teaming up with Glen Slater (the lyricist behind this abomination. They actually had to bring another lyricist in to fix his lyrics, yet he still gets constant work with both Webber and Alan Menken.)

YOURE TELLING ME SOMEBODY ELSE DID DO THE LYRICS?? that explains everything holy shit

the lyrics are sooooo badd

Snake storytime, opera premiere edition!

Tonight I took myself out to the opera because I love opera and it was the opening of the 2015/2016 season at the Lyric and they were doing The Marriage of Figaro and most importantly student tickets are twenty dollars. Because I was flying solo, I got an amazing seat. First balcony, second row, centre aisle. Normally first balcony starts at two hundred dollars, to put that in perspective. The seat I got was a vacated season ticket and I found myself in a coven of wonderful old ladies who were so thrilled that I was there because the man I was replacing was extremely tall and broad and I am short and stout, like a little teapot. Anyways, the dear lady I was sitting next to was an amazing person. She was sort of the leader of this group and she teaches opera and theatre classes- not so much acting/singing but as literature. So before the show she asked me if I’d been to the opera before and I told her yes and she asked what I’d seen and- well, it was a lot because I really love opera

So why am I telling you this story on my reptile blog?

Because during intermission, we didn’t really talk about opera. Instead, we talked about snakes. She was chatting with one of her friends about something, and then she uttered the words “and my snake was sitting on my shoulders, watching tv with me.”

To recap: This is a little old lady university professor who has season opera tickets… and a twenty-eight-year-old ball python named Gustavo (after a character in the Verdi opera “Un ballo in maschera” aka A Masked Ball). I had to ask her about him - “Excuse me, ma’am, did you say snake?”

“That’s right, I have a ball python and he’s a darling.” She says this with an air of defiance; there’s a silent “how dare the world challenge me about my pet” hanging in the air.

“MA’AM I ALSO HAVE A BALL PYTHON HE IS THE DEAREST CREATURE.” I tried very hard to control myself, but I think I looked about as delighted as she did- which was extremely delighted.

Which is when she pulled out her wallet… in which she keeps a picture of her snake. So of course I had to show her Harker. I pull up the birthday pictures on my phone and she has the entire group of her friends look at him. It was decided by this entire gang of ladies- there were six of them, all of them two generations older than me- that he wears the hat with great panache. It was surreal. We spent the entire half-hour intermission chatting about what wonderful pets snakes are and how much we love our babies. I want to be this woman when I grow up. 

finally an official intro wow

i’ve had this blog for around a month or two now so i should have probably done this sooner oops

hello friends!! my name is kip (yes, like the pokemon, shh). i’m currently not in school but starting in january i will begin my first term of college! i plan to pursue a career in the medical field and i am especially passionate about pathology and immunology. my other interests include choir, theatre, and language, especially vocabulary and etymology. seriously, i love words and i have no clue why lmao

i am 18 and would be a senior in high school, but i was forced to drop out in the middle of my junior year. i was a straight-a student til sophomore year saw many personal and mental hardships, leading me to eventually switch to online school and finally quit school altogether. however, i have since received my GED and i am eager to start learning again! i have a longer post talking about my experience here.

i want everyone to know that no matter what you’re going through, you will get through it and come out even stronger. you’re on the up-and-up, friendo!

some of my favourite studyblrs are @studyblr, @studie-s, @studypetals@studywithinspo, @jhonstudies, @intellectus, @educatier@etudiance, @einstetic, and @zebramildlincr! there are many others of course, these are just a few :>

i look forward to meeting, following, and learning from all sorts of new people! if you like this post i’ll definitely check out your blog and maybe say hello~ c:

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POST TITLE: The man who greatly loves bikes and his friends

TOP PICTURE: I’m still fired up, so be careful y'all!
Birthday? Never mind that, ya don’t have to worry about it!!

NARUKO: A man’s gotta shut up and drink milk!! (eating spaghetti with meat sauce)
ONODA: (It’s a surprise, okay?)
IMAIZUMI: (Why am I here too…)

AFTER THE SURPRISE:
NARUKO: (sobbing) Onoda-kuuuun! Hotshooooot!! You idiots! Yer so nice!!
ONODA: Happy birthday!
IMAIZUMI: No! I just did what this guy told me to–
ONODA: Hehe, Imaizumi-kun chose the cake.
IMAIZUMI: Idiot, don’t tell him!

08.28.2013

SENSEI’S BLOG: Today is Naruko Shokichi’s birthday.
(For details, check the Yowamushi Pedal fanbook volume 27.5!)

Loves to be flashy
And shine at anything!
Naniwa’s speedman
Red Pinarello!
The executor of the Naruko Theatre!

A fierce man
Born in the fierce heat of August
His birthday is always shared
With his brothers

But I think he’ll be held down with piles of homework every year at this time. (lol)

Happy birthday Naruko!
There’s always a request for him at autograph sessions!
He’s popular among the young people!
Maybe because he’s red and stands out (lol).

By the way, I hear that Torigoe-kun, who is the actor for Naruko Shokichi in the stageplay, has finally bought a bike!
Plus, it’s a Pinarello!
Whoaaa!
Let’s ride together some time soon! In Sohoku jerseys!


Naruko Shokichi 2014

People write what they know.

I write about Hispanic girls and gay women and girls with eating disorders and abusive families and broken Spanish while crying, and eating Cheetos in closets to feel safe.

John Green writes about white people.

If he were to make his main character anything other than white, you’d all scream cultural appropriation or say he’s creating his characters based around stereotypes. You’d slam him for describing skin colors or talking about chanclas or the way they pray. You’d take his writings and rip them apart if he never described skin color. If he wrote to leave the character’s physical identification up to the reader in question. He’d be taking the easy way out.

A month ago, before TFiOS hit theatres, half of the internet (the same half giving John Green shit) was licking his bootheels and calling out anyone who disagreed. Screenshots of TFiOS hits Tumblr and people run with the metaphor gag and all of a sudden you want to string him up by his pinkie toes.

Is there really any pleasing you guys?

If John Green isn’t your taste (and he has said HE GETS WHY PEOPLE DON’T LIKE HIS WRITING, HE HIMSELF ON HIS BLOG TO HIS FANS HAS SAID “I AM NOT THE BEST WRITER.” IT’S ON THE INTERNET. HE ANSWERED AN ASK AND SAID THIS. TO YOU. THE INTERNET) that’s fine. That’s OKAY. 

But Jesus Christ, all of you bandwagon haters need to get on some fucking stool softener because this is some hard shit you’re dishing out and it doesn’t need to be.

Tony Awards angst

I downloaded the cast recording of “Fun Home” after watching Sydney Lucas on the Tonys last night. When I heard her song “Ring of Keys” this morning during my commute, I wept. I wept because it’s beautiful. I wept because a lesbian protagonist sang a song about being a lesbian, about realizing she was a lesbian as a little girl, and later in the telecast that show won Best Musical. I wept because later in that same telecast - in which a lesbian protagonist sang about being a lesbian, in which an Asian woman won Best Featured Actress in a musical, at which a bisexual host presided over the show - another musical reduced black women to a punchline using appropriated language about being hypersexualized. I wept because it was shocking and ugly. Especially after the beauty I saw and felt as I watched people in my community excel. But that’s life. That’s why my blog over here on the tumblr is called “Holy Shit! I’m black!” because it always sneaks up on me - when I feel secure and inspired and just, you know, like a guy who loves and lives and makes art regularly and cooks and shops - it sneaks up on me to remind me that no matter how secure I am, I am still a punchline to some people. I should not be surprised. But. Holy Shit. I am. That’s what hope gets me, I guess. Holy Shit.