Thursday, April 13, 2006

Are Full Length Feature Films with Classic Cartoon Characters a Good Idea?

Cartoons are perhaps like quickies.
Quick and short, you don't remember the details but you remember it was good.
So making a full length movie with characters who rely on pretty clichéd yet interesting sequences (I wouldn’t want to say clichéd being a big fan myself, but for lack of better words to use...) isn't easy. And in "Looney Tunes - Back in action" it shows - I caught it on TV the other day.
With Brendan Fraser (of ‘The Mummy’) and Jenna Elfman (of ‘Dharma and Greg’ – "blonde" but never turned me on) it hardly holds your attention despite some of the good classic cartoon action sequences and the new-age movie practice of spontaneous spoofing. (This trick has hit big time these days.)
Perhaps as the next installment after "Space Jam" "Back in Action" is truer to cartoon theme having no significant plot and relying on the incidental sequences to hold your interest. But you'll sit through it fully only if you're a Looney Tunes fan like me. It's okay - but could have been better.

PS It's hard to say what would be a good classic cartoon movie. Even "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" was hardly a cartoon movie. It was a good flesh and blood detective movie with cartoons thrown in. It was not as if, if you replace the cartoons with humans the movie would lose its effect. Maybe in a good human + cartoon movie the human characters too should capture the essence of the cartoons... And I shall sign off now before I venture into unknown territory.

There's more to porn than meets your eye

"Today, real naked women are just bad porn."
Now that is an excerpt from a very thought provoking article
in 'New York' magazine by Naomi Wolf.
Check it out and perhaps and you'd even agree.
Here's the link.
Looks like no Trekkies noticed my 'Star Trek bashing' blog.
I wish one of them would and we could then have a 'heated' debate.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Star Trek and the whoosh in outer space

Statutory message :
The following material may be offensive to hard core Star Trek fans and I'd love to bring it to their notice.

-- It's funny, how in office when we do asfs with foreign language audio, we can't understand a single word, not a single word for the whole 30 min or 90 min length of the file, but in Star Trek whoever you meet, how many ever thousands of light years away from Earth, he speaks clear English and maybe even with your accent. Hail English, language of the Universe. Do I hear murmurs of 'universal translator'? I'll look that up and get back to you. Anyways alien lang audio and subtitles at least, would have been a bit more authentic to communicate the difficulty in well, communicating in that circumstance.
PS Thank God, the alien in 'Predator' didnt speak English.
-- But what really takes the cake, and this gaffe seems to be an integral part of all the Star Trek avatars, from the old to the new, is the 'Whoosh' sound when the Enterprise or the Voyager or perhaps the alien ship or even a torpedo, whizzes past. THERE IS NO AIR IN SPACE, SO NO SOUNDS. PERIOD. It's amazing they keep adding that sound after all that research which goes into the episodes.
-- And of course the 'all aliens are humanoid with some funny patterns dabbed on them' routine does look stupid at times inspite of the effort in the pattern creation.

The Great Indian Elderly's "I last you saw you when you were this small" sentiment

Well after that rather self-explanatory title let me explain the circumstances that led to my writing about this. I had gone this morning to an uncle's house - I like to abbreviate long drawn Indian relationships to uncle, aunt'ie' and cousin to keep long stories short - to pay my condolences - that sounds so different from what I was there for - on the passing away of his wife, when another uncle who was there and who had last seen me when I was a litle kid was terribly overjoyed to see me, patting my head, pinching my cheeks and going on about how I look soooo much like my late father (Well I do, a lot of people see the the black and white photograph of his younger days and think that that's me) and that set me off thinking.
Well he certainly wasn't so enthusiastic to see me when I was a kid. But maybe he was this time. Maybe time makes you react that way when you see someone young grow up into an adult. Maybe this 'you were this small when I first saw you' sentiment of older people which is much ridiculed by young people is genuine after all. Maybe if I go abroad for 10 years and return I won't stop telling my nephews how much they've grown. Heck if I go Hyderabad on a visit I can't stop talking about how much it's changed. (It's still as hot as ever in summer. Wish that could change somehow.) Maybe the fact that I understand this sentiment means I'm getting old.
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