|—||Mychal Denzel Smith, "How to Know That You Hate Women"|
the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.
A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.
Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.
the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.
The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.
Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.
A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.
The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.
Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.
But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well.
Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.
Client: I threw out that black pen, it was out of ink.
Me: What black pen?
Client: The one that was lying on your tablet.
Me: You threw out my $150 Wacom pen?
Client: I tried writing with it and it didn’t work. It must’ve been out of ink.
I cringed less watching The Exorcist than reading this.
I have never seen such perfect sentences.
|—||Laura Erickson-Schroth, editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, discusses transgender issues with Alexandra Posadzki in the Globe and Mail. (via oupacademic)|
Content warning for OCD:
I would really like to stop having disturbing dreams about my teeth falling out, but I suppose anxiety-ridden crazy people aren’t known for getting their wishes.
Seriously, though, holy intrusive thoughts, Batman.
Science says: the body is a machine.
Advertising says: The body is a business.
The Body says: I am a party.
|—||Eduardo Galeano (via blotteracid)|
Shin Taga is a self taught artist, and one of the very finest draftsman.He was born in 1946 in Hokkaido.
Something being a social construct doesn’t make it not real, or a trivial and unimportant factor in someone’s sense of self.
For a nontraditional example, we all see money as being valuable, but the value of money is not objectively determined by some sort of universal authority - it’s dependent on existence in a social group that collectively assigns value to coins and colorful paper with numbers on it. If a CEO carrying a million dollars and someone with no money on them at all were both abducted by a UFO and taken to an extraterrestrial society, the millionaire wouldn’t be any better off in ability to access materials and resources, even though they certainly would be in our social system.
That doesn’t make money not real, unimportant, or not worth talking about - it just means the concept of money is only intelligible in the context of the society that defined it.
The predictable ending to most marriage equality debates I’ve had. I love agreeing to disagree! Just… not when your beliefs are actively hurting other people.