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The Secret Of Nimh

Posted by Grant-Sud , in Animation Dec 27 2011 · 107 views

Has anyone ever heard of this movie? I just watched it again the other day. It holds so emotion for an animated "kids" film. A very darker atmosphere then what I expected and though it's a tale about mice, it holds a lot of humanity in it. One small mother mouse on a journey to save her children in a harsh world? I love it. :3

If anyone gets a chance, this is one movie not to miss.

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Those are cobwebs, not ghosts.


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Last Night

Posted by Grant-Sud , in Animation Dec 19 2011 · 68 views
Gundam 00, My Little Pony
Last night my sisters and I are in a room while the rest of the adults are catching up in the Kitchen. (we have family in town)

We were planning to seriously watch Gundam 00, we're on like, ep 38 or something. But I ended up turning it to a funny Pony Quote, "Secrets and lies with those ponies." My youngest sister lol'd.

We watched a few more and my youngest sister persisted we watch the funniest ep of MLP I could remember. I chose Party of One, and my other sister was like, "Fiiine".

Ended up watching THREE episodes B-) We tried to get another ep in, but my other sister was tired. Anyway my youngest is an MLP fan now. :3

If only there was an MLP ep featuring giant robots. =/


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Gundam

Posted by Grant-Sud , in Animation Dec 07 2011 · 70 views
Mobile Suits, Gundam
I don't really watch Anime. I don't like the art too much, I feel like the content that's often portrayed isn't my thing (I'm sure not all Anime is like that but still) Not a big fan of animation with excessive blood, violence, nudity and a whole other truckload of stuff that just isn't for me, and I know it has it only because you can see it in commercials and movie covers back when old video stores were around.

However, I will say I'm kind of a fan of the Gundam series, and I've seen about three of them. Someone told me Gundam 00 is a really cool show, so I've been checking it out. They were totally right, though it is a little violent ... and also I want a giant blue robot with a steel sword that can fly around the world, now. :3

The Characters are pretty darn cool, and I just saw an episode that while I can't say what happens because of major spoilers, my jaw dropped at the surprise ending. D:

And just one question. From the little I've seen, I can never tell if a character is a man or a woman until I hear their voice. Why is this? lol


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Mata Nui Vs Discord

Posted by Grant-Sud , in Animation Dec 02 2011 · 568 views
Discord, MLP, My Little Pony and 1 more...
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Found on known fan art website. In the words of one of the comments, I hope he decided to kick Discord's rear for Fluttershy. >=3


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Review: Teen Titans (Tv Series)

Posted by Grant-Sud , in Animation, Reviews Oct 23 2011 · 680 views
Cartoons, Teen Titans, Review
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Okay so starting off with this review, I KNOW this is kind of an older show. If I'm going to review a DC animated cartoon I should probably go with the newest one, that being Young Justice. But the thing is, I love Teen Titans and want to review how a great show should be made. So, yes, I'm going to be very biased in the following review. With that said, let's ...



GO!

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Teen Titans the Tv Series was one of those shows that got a little criticism upon its arrival. For one, this wasn't the average DC Animated TV show with a mature look and following the canon of the comics. Instead you had five random Teen Titan characters on a team, together despite the varying ages and timelines for each in comic canon, a goofy hybrid western-eastern cartoon animation style and a show that was said to be made for kids. Not a good combination for older fans.



Thankfully, the show started gaining approval. Sure it was made for children, but surprisingly the audience demography started to widen toward the end of season 1. This was because despite the feel good tones and happy endings that kid shows receive, toward the end of the first season, varying episodes became darker. Not too dark really, but enough to say it followed a mature story line (an original mature story line). When you place that with the great voice acting the show had, and smooth, flowing animation that can be either dark or bright depending on the setting, you had one amazing piece of work here. Following that, with an older audience, the show's writers started to create stories with more depth, yet still light enough for kids to relate to and enjoy.

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And that's the magic of Teen Titans: It can be any kind of show it needs to be, to bring great entertainment. Depending on the episode the show could be very fulfilling (Sisters), humorous (Revved Up), depressing (Terra), action packed (Winner Take All), mysterious (The Beast Within), dark (Nevermore) and sometimes just plain weird (Bunny Raven … or … How to Make a Titananimal disappear). The best episodes were the ones that were able to bring them all together, and almost all episodes had a message to them.

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Teen Titans follows the plot line of five super heroes living together in a tower that looks over the city. The characters here include: Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy. Their lives are unique and just free. These young teenagers don't go to school, just hang out, eat pizza, play video games, they don't have secret identities and are always on the lookout for trouble. The characters really do make this show. The varying personalities are great, with ups and downs to all of them that just subtly or directly are shown. As the series goes on, though the show manages its plots ep by ep, there is a surprising amount of character development. The show is very unrealistic in terms of setting, yet surprisingly the Titans deal with issues that mirror the problems of real life. You can always relate to one of these characters in some way. And sometimes they'll find the answer to their problem, and other times they just ... won't or can't resolve the issue try as they might. Those thought provoking episodes reach out to me in a touching way. The underlining theme to the show is friendship however. No matter what problems come their way, they go through them together, whether they are serious or hilarious.

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Animation is fluid and carries itself with an influenced anime style. Besides that, they look like American cartoon characters. The incredibly high amount of action in this show isn't ruined by the different style, and makes it swifter. Atmosphere, depending on the mood, can be up building or gloomy. Music and sound is also well done. Voice acting plays itself seriously and is superb. There are no short cuts, when they need to be serious, they are. When they need to be funny, certainly so. Background music varies per ep, but there are some memorable scores.


Teen Titans is a children's show thick and thin, but it has a lot of heart, with great animation, music, characters and stories. And because of that, it's a show not only anyone can enjoy, but also one that anyone can relate to.


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Review: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Posted by Grant-Sud , in Animation, Reviews Oct 14 2011 · 208 views
My Little Pony, Reviews
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SO, after I told a good buddy of mine that I would, and because I wanted to write some reviews for good shows/games/music anyway, I decided to start off with MLP.

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You've probably seen one of those characters above of course if you surf the internet at all. And if that's true, you've probably met the MLP fan boys who constantly rave about the show and claim it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. AND you've probably read all about how there may in fact be more teenage/adult males who watch the show more than little girls whichare the demography the creators were shooting for.

Now if you know all that, then you're probably one of two types of people. You either HATE the show, or you LOVE the show.

This review though, won't get into any of that and it's strictly to talk about the show itself. This is because I believe some fans of the show take it too far in "converting" people, and it immediately turns other people who previously didn't care, to "hating" it. For that reason, the review is for all people who know about the show and for those who don't. This is in no way a rant against anyone.

So with all that covered, let's begin!

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic to start off with was developed/created/produced (or something like that) by Lauren Faust. You may have heard the name before (and her husband's name Craig McCracken) in other great Cartoons like the Power Puff Girls and Fosters Home for Imaginary friends.

With that said, let me just say the show is produced by people who as we all know, are what I consider experts at cartoon making. They know what they are doing. No one would have thought that three super hero girls at the ages of 8 years old or something, who fly around stopping bad monkey rulers named Mojo Jojo and then getting home before bed time was going to be something that was fun to watch. But the thing is, it WAS fun.

And for this review, that's the point of MLP in my opinion, don't judge a book by its cover.

The first time I watched the cartoon I really only did that. (also for laughs) I shook my head at names like "Twilight Sparkle", "Pinkie Pie" and to be honest I had no idea what Spike was doing there. I was simply waiting for the ending kid show formula of "learning a lesson about friendship" with smiles and hugs, until the NEXT episode which would be about the same thing. And with all that, you have a boring show that no self respecting teenager would watch. I mean hey, by that age you’ve learned all that friendship stuff already so why watch it again but this time covered in pink?

The problem is I really started to laugh. I lol'd at the part in the pilot where Twilight is in bed with a pillow over her ears because all of ponyvile was having a party down stairs in her house. That includes jamming music and lights. I was like, "What's this have to do with ponies?" I also took notice of how when Pinkie Pie began her "song", that all the other characters were rolling their eyes, annoyed and begging her not to get started on that, considering the dire situation they were in. Their response was just what I was thinking at the time, and for that I was grateful the show pointed it out so leisurely. It earned a ton of my respect.

It's a show for kids, so plot wise you can usually see the point and lesson to be learned coming a mile away. But there really isn't anything wrong with the lessons, and they vary per situation. I was impressed by this because sometimes you'll get a real simple plot, like how to overcome arguing between friends. Others though will feature more personal issues about overcoming a fear or even in a very impressive episode concerning a dressed, proper mannered lady, who can handle herself. (In a very non cheesy way might I add) Over all the points at the end of the stories while you’ve seen them before, aren’t done in a bad way. They get the lesson across, but don’t hammer it into your mind like all children shows seem to do. That’s a fantastic feat.

And to be honest it's really the way they reach the end of the story that grabs me. The Characters make this show. Period. With so many different personalities mixing and mashing together in a great way you just can't help but be impressed. Pinkie Pie is hilarious, cheerful and never stops talking, only shushed at the right moments to give everyone watching a laugh. Even Fluttershy the least talkative out of the group is a joy to watch, constantly second guessing herself to the extreme.

I haven't included the thrill seeking Rainbow Dash, the leader and arguably the wiser Twilight Sparkle, the proper Rarity and hard working loyal Apple Jack. And those are only the main characters. Their personalities are just as colorful and random as Foster's Main Characters were, though obviously much more sweet and kind, but just as colorful none the less.

The show is very bright, candy colored, pink, and soft. The animation is fluid, no question, but there is no denying this show was made for young girls and with that, I can see why a ton of people, anyone over the age of 12, wouldn't look twice at the show. They don't have time for another kids show. But really underneath it all is a well thought out piece of work that's FUN. The show doesn't take itself too seriously, at all, and only wants it to be enjoyable for EVERYONE. I completely agree that it has.

So for a final say, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic sets out with a cover to appease younger children, but really that's just with the animation and ending lessons. Plot wise, the story is cheerful and while the lessons aren’t always original, uniquely done to bring out the point. The characters are wonderful and the laughs are many, including smiles. Anyone can watch the show, which is what a good (and granted, adorable!) cartoon is supposed to do.



Recommended Episodes: The Ticket Master, Bridle Gossip, Dragonshy

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