From a friend of mine’s blog. It’s EXCELLENT.
I need some help remembering a children’s film from my youth. I have tried every search I can think of to find it but what I can remember seems to be too vague to yield any results. The story revolves around a boy and a girl who’s humpty-dumpty-like soft toy gets kidnapped by a menacing character, who is believed to stay in the furnace in the basement, called Mister Whobody. They walk around the city (I suspect New York, but I’m not sure) dragging a little red wagon on which Egg sits and rhymes from which he is snatched. I think it was made and released during the 1980’s but it could be the early 1990’s.
What made this show so memorable is the musical numbers, the first is when the boy brushes his teeth, but the best one is at breakfast when hands appear from the yellow checkered table cloth and gobble up the children’s pancakes before they can have any. The rhyme that is used in this animated performance is Betty Botter Bought Some Butter:
Betty Botter bought some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter;
If I put it in my batter,
It will make my batter bitter;
But a bit of better butter,
Better than the bitter butter
Will but make my bitter batter better.”
So she bought a bit of better butter,
Better than the bitter butter,
and made her bitter batter better.
The film is not a drawn animation, real actors play the roles and I think the songs are done using clay animation. I have no idea how the story ends, I can just remember Egg falls in a few puddles and comes home very dirty and the children overcome their fear of the basement. If anyone knows or remembers anything useful, I would really appreciate it!
In honor of my search I am posting this empty red wagon vector (free for commercial use) which can be found here.
I had to go to the doctor today. I really hate going to the doctor. But I felt like nothing could get me down after watching today’s Google animation in honor of Martha Graham.
Tekkonkinkreet blew me away with its intricate backgrounds and almost three-dimensional effect. I fell in love with the character White, but both are excellently drawn and well-developed. If you are in need of some visual inspiration I would highly recommend watching this film.
To visit the Imdb site click here, since there is no official site.
I was stuck in doors this past sunny Saturday working on two assignments, which weren’t for any of my subjects (a paradox I know, but another post altogether).
I was in a very bad mood.
So much so that I felt the need to share my sentiments in a random sms to a friend. He responded by sending me a link to this video.
It helped a lot!
I haven’t posted in a while, I haven’t worked a stitch, my flat’s a complete mess, and my boyfriend has gotten used to speaking to the back of my head.
The reason? Machinarium!
The game is super cute and the puzzles are quite tricky, but THE DESIGN! It’s so pretty I find it difficult to concentrate on the puzzles! The landscapes and play areas are very intricate and the characters are so sweet. If you have time to waste I highly recommend wasting it with this little robot, and if you don’t have time don’t even start! It’s friggin’ addictive!
To download it for free, go here: Machinarium
*please note, this is not where I got my version of the game, so if you use this link and it does not work for any reason, please let me know.
I have always enjoyed animation, and for a brief time I even considered becoming an animator. And then I saw how much work it actually takes! So I decided to rather enjoy it than to slave for it. But because of this experience I have a lot of respect for animators and the magic they create.
When I was still small and bean-shaped I met and befriended another beautiful little bean-shaped girl and we shared a few sleep overs, but her family moved to the UK and we sadly became separated. Our mothers stayed in contact and when we were old enough to work facebook we found each other again. And to my delight Shannon turned out to be such a cool artist and animator! I feel proud to brag with her, and to showcase her work in my blog.
She also does commission work, you can view a collection of her work on her blog: Shannon Animation. I’m also adding a permanent link to her blog.
I delight in well executed animated films. And in times of heart break or illness I rely on a specific collection to ease my troubles. Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio that tells magical tales from the East and West. Their style is innocent, playful and visually rich. The films include famous voices such as Christian Bale and Billy Crystal (in Howl’s Moving Castle) and boasts many awards and nominations.
If you’re having a bad day and need a little adventure and a lot of magic, I personally promise these films will deliver:
Howl’s Moving Castle
The Castle in the Sky (Laputa)
My Neighbour Totoro
Tales from Earthsea
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Other films by Studio Ghibli that I haven’t seen yet:
Grave of Fireflies
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Whisper of the Heart
My Neighbours the Yamadas
The Cat Return