Friday, June 29, 2007
There is an interesting quote in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly from Brad Bird, director of "The Incredibles" and Pixar's newest "Ratatouille." Speaking about animation he says:
"I can't think of one other art form that has its audience so narrowly defined. If you work in animation, people are like, Oh, it must be wonderful to entertain children. Yes, but that's 10 percent of the audience I'm going for."
Of course, I can think of one...puppetry.
Kids love animation, and many times it's good to use that art form with kids in mind. Same with puppets. But one of the things that is great about both art forms is that they can be used to create a type of entertainment (and education for that matter) which is appealing to both young and old. That's what Henson did and I believe Pixar is doing the same.
It's an interesting challenge when thinking about children's ministry. Most of the resources out there focus on how to communicate lessons to the kids, and rightfully so. But perhaps sometimes we should look for opportunities to minister in a way that reaches kids and parents at the same time.
One of our puppet builders at One Way Street recently attended the Orange conference put on by Northpoint Church. There he got to experience the family services they do. It's a part of the children's ministry, but it's a kids service that the kids experience with their parents. It seems to be a similar concept to what we've seen from the likes of Pixar and Muppets...creating a great experience for kids and parents together.
Here's some more movie trivia! Check out this scene from "Back to the Future Part II." Michael J. Fox is looking through the window of an antique store of the future which features a Roger Rabbit doll. "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was directed by the director of the Back to the Future films, Robert Zemeckis. Over on the right side you can also spot a "Jaws" video game. Of course, the movie "Jaws" was directed by Back to the Future executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Probably the movie I am most looking forward to this summer is "The Simpsons Movie." I've always enjoyed The Simpsons, it's great satire. There is a cool new feature on the website for the upcoming movie where you can design your own Simpsons character. I tried to do myself as a I might appear on the streets of Springfield. Unfortunately, eyes with glasses was not an option, so it's not a close as it could be.
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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Here's another one of those quick bits of movie trivia that goes by too fast to notice. This is scene from "Charlie's Angles" where Drew Barrymore ends surprising two young video gamers after escaping from the bad guys. It seems that Drew has been to this house before, though. Barrymore's first big film role was in "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial." According to the DVD commentary, this scene was shot at the house used for E.T. A poster for E.T. can be seen behind the TV set.
Friday, June 15, 2007
I haven't blogged about movie trivia for awhile. I love looking for those quick little jokes in movies and I spotted two fun ones in "Flushed Away."
When the main character chooses his outfit for the day he quickly holds up several choices. Some go by so quickly you can barely see them, but two are worth hitting the pause button for. The one above shows the character holding the costume usually worn by the character Wallace from the Wallace & Gromit series of animated films. Those films were produced by the same folks that made "Flushed Away," Aardman Animation.
The next one shows the character with the classic yellow Wolverine costume from the X-Men comics. Hugh Jackman, who plays Wolverine in the X-Men films, provides the voice for this rat character.
I had heard some bad reviews of "Flushed Away," but I enjoyed it. However, I wish they had done it as a stop motion animated film, like Aardman's previous films, rather than going digital.
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Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I never used to fall asleep during movies. To a big movie fan, like myself, it was like a sin. But something changes when you grow up, have kids, and end up with an extremely busy existence. You end up falling asleep during movies sometimes and last night I fell asleep during the computer animated movie "Barnyard."
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Friday, June 08, 2007
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Monday, June 04, 2007
Friday night I was watching TV and ended up landing on MTV of all places. I can't say there is much that appeals to me on MTV these days, but they were showing "Shaun of the Dead," and I just can't resist that scene where the two guys are debating which Prince albums they are going to hurl at the heads of the approaching zombies (goodbye "Batman" soundtrack). During a commercial break, an anti-smoking ad came on.
I tried to embed the ad but when I copied the code I got a weird karate video instead...so you'll have to go to the website for whuda*xup to check it out. Click on videos and then look for the video called "Puppet TV."
The ad makes claims about tobacco companies marketing to kids and uses as an example that some unnamed company paid to place their products in "The Muppet Movie." Being a puppeteer and a huge Muppet fan, the ad caught my attention. First I had to stop and think where there was smoking in "The Muppet Movie." Perhaps in the El Sleazo Cafe scene, maybe the frog hunter character, and I think Orson Welles smokes a cigar in his cameo at the end. That's all I could come up with (I didn't actually check my copy of the movie yet). Of course, the Muppets don't do any smoking.
I don't like smoking. I think it's disgusting. I'm all for trying to discourage people from smoking, but this ad is just plain misleading. These folks are really going out of their way to try and make their point...I mean "The Muppet Movie" came out in 1979! 28 years ago! Are they actually suggesting that a generation of cigar smokers was birthed because they saw Orson Welles sucking on a stogie while he chats with Kermit?!? It's becoming the view that the mere sight of a cigarette encourages people to smoke. I guess I must have incredible will power because God only knows how many times I've watched "The Muppet Movie."
And by the way, WhudaHXup with calling the website for this organization Whuda*xup? That's just plain vulgar and unnecessary.
Posted by Squonk at 7:40 PM