Don't call me: Shirley
•23 year old animation/sequential art student
•USAmerican by way of NY
•cis/het, preferred pronouns are she/her/her, etc.
•invested emotionally in cartoons!
•This is my whatever blog, wherein you will find whatever, like I just said, dang dude.
•This blog strives to be queerfriendly, bodyfriendly, just generally socialjusticefriendly, so if I ever screw up as far as that goes, please alert me to it and I'll do my best to not be such a jerk!
Celebrating the wifuu’s birthday in Vegas for a little bit. Quick recap of my past week!:
•Celebrated Thanksgiving with a couple of butts.
•Saw Frozen, on which I have Thoughts. General opinion was that, problematic aspects aside, I enjoyed it, I thought Anna and Elsa were both utterly delightful, but that it had some story problems, mostly having to do with pacing and poor judgement in regard to what information should have been considered important.
•Burned my hand catching a falling curling iron with the same hand that I have previously sliced open catching a falling piece of jagged metal. :(
•Considering opening up a sideblog for fandom stuff, mostly fanart with some fanfic.
•Slapped together an incredibly quick, rough all over the place application for Laika’s Intern Hunt, figuring something is better than nothing. It’s embarrassing but at least I’ll have applied. Having seen some recent Vis Dev portfolio advice, I’m trying to find a story to base a portfolio on.
•Started Christmas shopping!
I’M TRYING. DOn’T YELL AT ME.
I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end, I couldn’t meet the deadline.
Desdemonia asked: Hey you! I recently watched A Monster in Paris and was thoroughly underwhelmed, but couldn’t strictly articulate why, and then I remembered the post you made a while back about the film and what did you say???????
I am sure I ranted about A Monster in Paris before but I can’t find the original post! It was before I started tagging story thoughts under #story, for sure. Let me take a crack at deciphering that vaguely underwhelming feeling*.
AMIP’s strengths lie primarily in its visuals. Its beautiful design and color create a certain expectation that we should like this story and care about the characters, so it is a surprise when the story fails to deliver in:
—Character: AMIP’s characters are based enormously on shallow running gags (such as the skinny guy’s straw coat) that reveal nothing about the character or build towards anything. The cast are given very few recognizable traits (the main girl is pretty? she sings well? she likes other things that sing well?) so it’s hard to empathize with them. Secondary characters are often limited to astoundingly one-note gags—oftentimes literally repeating the same gag over and over.
—Dialogue: The characters talk CONSTANTLY but rarely say anything really important. Oftentimes, writing that might have been resonant in one sentence lose their meaning when expanded into long rambling diatribes. The song sequences are by far the strongest in the film, if only because it shuts Raoul up for a few minutes.
—Focus of story: Who is the protagonist? What is the main point of the story? The film’s promotional art promises an exciting story about a monster and a pretty French girl in Paris, but the first twenty minutes gives us almost nothing but two chatty dudes going on errands. I genuinely don’t know who the main character is supposed to be. Francouer is clearly the most sympathetic character, but it’s hard to tell what he wants at any given moment, and a huge chunk of the story downright ignores him.
THANKS FOR COMPLAINING FOR ME, ARY. A+ ALL AROUND.
Commission for tumblr user ZoeStanleyArts of her characters Bibi, and Chip. :) Client gets the hi-res version.
Okay, for real, why is my Sufferer+KK picture getting all these notes all of a sudden??? Did someone important reblog it or something? Was it the president?
I remember writing, four or five years ago, an essay once for a History of Animation class, and I chose to write about the lack of female-driven stories in current mainstream animation. I thought it was a pretty decent paper, all things considered, or at least one I cared about more than most essays I’ve written in the past, but I got a worse grade than expected, and when I asked why, he (the professor) cited my lack of sources. I remember sourcing what I could, so I went back to check, and it turned out he specifically circled out only one lack of source - the part where I’d laid out my basic premise. That is, something like “there is a lack of female-driven stories, or even stories featuring more than the bare minimum acceptable number of female characters in today’s mainstream animation, including powerhouses like Pixar and Dreamworks.” He wrote next to it in red something like “source for this???? seems like opinion”
And I remember staring at it for a long time and then thinking: THE SOURCE IS MY LIFE???? THE SOURCE IS HAVE YOU SEEN A MOVIE LATELY?
And I just remembered this all out of the blue and boy it makes me mad all over again.