Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jedi Ninjas

Not as cool as the idea of ninja cowboys, but I'll take it as I sees it.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Stop-motion FTW

Stop-motion animation is not only awesome when clay figures are manipulated in feature films. Something as simple as a box can become so much more. Check out Proteigon below.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cartoon Chatter | Total Drama Island

To give Cartoon Network series a bit more of a shout out, this Cartoon Chatter is all about Total Drama Island. The show is from the makers of 6teen, and it is a parody of Survivor. To its credit, Total Drama Island did an excellent job of jabbing fun at survivor-type reality shows while being creative. Like many Cartoon Network shows, some of the humor goes more to adults than children, but it broadens the target audience.

Each episode of the show follows the struggles of each challenge the participants face. The teens are all different with some very unique personalities. The beauty of a show like this is that you can create various characters to which kids can relate. The show has a lot of jokes, and it is linear, which I always enjoy. Some of the material is probably dated now, but the scriptwriters did a good job of keeping with things popular at the time.

Of course, some challenges result in some pretty disgusting things happening, but that's kid humor for you. Despite all maladies and vomit, the show often highlights interesting things without beating you over the head with it. There is something for everyone here—romance, betrayal, trust, acceptance, and more. The actual style of the show makes it easy to follow the characters from episode to episode. Like Pepper Ann and Doug, the characters generally wear the same outfit every episode. I think this could have been updated more often, but that's just me. I always like cartoons that switch things up in a realistic way.

Although it has now delved into more seasons than I have watched, I can definitely vouch for the first season of the show. I have some catching up to do to reach the current Total Drama Action.

Poor bat

I sometimes wonder if cats do things just to show off. Actually, I am kind of convinced that is probably the case.

Monday, December 5, 2011

What I imagined eReaders would do

When eReaders first popped onto the scene, I imagined that they would add depth and value to the written word. This small experimental video shows one possibility of how a book can be taken to the next level (without interactivity even). Some stories can be told differently now that eReaders can process information easily. Hopefully, authors consider this when they write their new books.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick from Daniel Savage on Vimeo.