Cartoon Network 20th Birthday Music Video
Childhood is always a difficult time in our lives. It’s a time when we’re most vulnerable to the cruelty that life has to offer. I don’t think anyone ever goes through adolescence without asking themselves if they belong at least once. For Norman I guess having the ability to talk to ghosts and the inability to open up to the people around him makes belonging that little bit more arduous for him than everyone else. To fill this vacant void in his life he immerses himself in the glorious splendour of B-movie horror, turning up the volume and sitting close to the screen in hopes that those schlocky flicks push back that chatter that seems to follow him around like a plague. So while he may be suffering from a very specific phantasmagoric condition, his fears and his doubts are universal.
When things begin to go awry, if life wasn’t already so difficult for Norman, like a crazy hobo uncle, zombies rising from the grave and maybe the curse of a witch, he could easily slip into resignation and defeat. He could grab a pitchfork and join the townspeople in their manic fervour, answering the obstacles in life with destruction and death, it would certainly be easier. However he understands what it’s like to be an outcast, to be misunderstood and to be judged unfairly.
Ultimately he rejects war and instead chooses to understand these problems, answering them with a calm head on his shoulders and an open ear, acknowledging that just because this earth, society and the people on it may be corrupt and unfair at times we shouldn’t just let ourselves be swept up in the mob. We won’t be any prouder having absolved ourselves of responsibility, no wiser for ignoring what differences can teach us and no happier getting revenge on those who do us wrong. Instead we should do the best we can to find those people who will shrug their shoulders and just smile along with you in the face of it all.
**** 4 Undead Stars
I need to just state outright for the benefit of any potential readers as well as my own that what I had just seen was a FRENCH ANIMATED MUSICAL COMEDY ABOUT SUICIDE… IN 3D.
The story is set in an otherwise completely and utterly dour world where giving in to suicide is simply so prevalent it has become an inextricable fabric of society, so ubiquitous that suicide is taxed like everything else. The message is pretty clear: one day you’ll commit suicide just like the rest of us, so no point wasting energy being happy.
Suffice to say I have never seen anything like that before. Yet in spite of that the narrative beats still felt familiar in the face of all that was dark and macabre.
It is reassuring to find that all it takes to steer against the tide of misfortune is just one small gesture to plant the seed that will blossom into life, marking the musical as an idealistic call for optimism in the face of all that is bleak and grim.
*** 3 Deathly Stars
All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat) (by DiceProductions)
Oh geez oh geez, when I watched this I thought two things:
This is a short demo rendered in real-time made by the folks behind the PS3 game Heavy Rain. The animation is great with lots of elements moving around, really bringing the scene to life - a coincidence then that the short revolves around a robot struggling to maintain sentience.
“Kara” by Quantic Dream (by sceablog)
Check out the music video to Josh Ritter’s “Love Is Making Its Way Back Home” made out of 12,000 sheets of construction paper. While these videos are always impressive you need to see what director Erez Horovitz calls the strata-cut technique in action.
This is something you can try doing if you happen to have 288,000 jellybeans at your disposal.