I WILL COME AT YOU WITH CINNAMON AND NIPPON POWDER IF YOU DON’T STAY OUT OF MY KITCHEN, YOU LITTLE BUGGERS.
Get it? Buggers? No?
Seriously though, how annoying… my flatmates and I are very tidy people and they at first came in because we had a few plants in the house (some plants had an aphid problem, others I guess smelled very sweet). Plants are now outside so heaven only knows why they’re still coming in… Our floor is devoid of crumbs (but admittedly it needs a good wash). My mother told me it’s the time of year and I think she’s probably right. Ogatamom is always right.
Still, cinnamon seems to be working. It’s amazing, it really confuses their scent functions. I sprinkled some in a circle around one and it was as if I had put a barrier around it. It couldn’t get out!
Who knew that cinnamon had so many uses?
…And there ends one of the strangest posts I have ever written. I think it’s a combination of being overtired, procrastinating and having spent a lot of the early evening crouched on my kitchen floor, sprinking cinnamon along the skirting board…
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because some of the voters were too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH
This is exactly what made me so, so upset about this decision. Thank you for this article and for your insightful post, it’s my feelings exactly.
7 members of the academy did an interview and a lot of them didn't vote or only voted for frozen without watching any of the other movies
My point exactly, thank you! Which, if you ask me, isn’t an exactly fair or academic judgement.
Oh come on, don't be so judgemental. The academics are highly qualified people who are truly fit to make a judgement on the highest of cinematic achievements. You can't expect them to deal with such trifle pop cultural fads like animation. After all its roots only reach back to... What? The birth of film itself? And what has it accomplished? Constantly raising the bar of special effects like CGI? Opening a floodgate to the most critically acclaimed specimens of moving pictures? Pfffff...
Highest cinematic achievements does not mean box office numbers and advertising budget. These awards should be given based on quality, not on the hype that surrounds a film. All the other award winners this year were, for a change, much deserved, I felt. So I was pretty appalled by their decision for Best Animated Feature.
You know, dear followers, I could write a lengthy argument about how much more The Wind Rises deserved that award than Frozen but that wouldn’t change anything, sadly. So all I can do is suggest that you watch it, somehow. Then hopefully you’ll see why I’m so disappointed and, if not, you can formulate your own opinions.
Well is not only Frozen's foult, animation even now is very understimated, degrading it to be consiser an only child market, that is very sad considering how manny beutiful storys go unaprisiated
Yes, I completely agree! Although, Ghibli goes the opposite way— in Japan, Ghibli is considered for children but in the west it’s considered arthouse cinema… which is pretty interesting.
But generally, you’re right… animation still has a reputation in the west as being for children.
It’s very hard to concentrate on academia…
…When all I want to do is draw comics. D:
An amazing fuck-ton of jumping references.
Note that there are several types of jumps. There’s the “proper” way to jump, where you keep a straight back and a bunch of other anatomical alignment junk that physical therapists tell you to do. There’s the “Wholly shit the building’s gonna blow up!” jump where the limbs are flailing, circling, doing whatever (you see this kind in action movies). There’s the “clearing an oncoming object in a very ninja-like way” kind of jump where the goal is to get as high as possible and tuck the legs in tight to the body. There’s the “I can touch the ceiling ‘cause I’m tall and you’re not” jump where you’re simply trying to reach something, so the legs are typically straight and the arms are stretching upward (also a slam-dunk jump). And there are athletic hurtle jumps, trampoline jumps, volleyball jumps, and the tackling your pursuee jumps. Many many jumps. What I’m leading in to is that you ought to know what the character is jumping for. When you identify the jump type, it’s a great idea to find video clips of it in many different situations (or for a specific situation, depending on how precise you want it for the scene), as this is an action you’re drawing, so the best way to grasp the concept of the movement is to see the movement.
O, and I found this after posting everything (if anybody’s interested):
[From various sources]
You know that Frozen had literally 3 votes because the rest of the academics abstained from voting because they didn't watch the other movies and/or 'don't watch toons'?
Are you serious?! That’s just disgraceful! So the other films basically weren’t even considered!
Says something about Frozen that it won because it was simply the only film the academics knew about.