So if we wanted to watch some French animation, what films would you suggest?
the Triplets of Bellevilleis 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 Parisis 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.
Persepolisis 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 Catis 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 & Celestineis 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 Sorceressis 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 Parisis 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 Mockingbirdis 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.
Just last week, a 7th grader with a curvy build came home upset about this. She had worn an outfit with a skirt and leggings, and in the morning, a teacher had said to her, “Cute outfit.” But then her homeroom teacher pulled her aside at the end of the day and said, “You know, another girl could get away with that outfit, but you should not be wearing that. I’m going to dress code you.” Juliet Bond and the child’s mom were discussing the incident, not certain if the message to the child was ‘you’re too sexy’ or ‘you’re too fat.’
The kids also report that the teachers have been discussing ‘appropriate body types for leggings and yoga pants and inappropriate body types for yoga pants and leggings.’
Bond says, “This is concerning because it is both slut shaming and fat shaming. If a girl is heavy or developed, the message is that she cannot wear certain clothes.” Neither is acceptable. We should not be sexualizing kids, nor should we be making them feel that they can wear leggings as long as they remain stick thin. Bond asks, “Why are the girls being pulled out of class to have assemblies on whether they are wearing the right clothes, while the boys remain in class, learning and studying?”
I don’t have a problem with a school having a dress code; in fact, I attended a school that didn’t allow jeans or shorts or shirts without collars, but I do have a problem when the dress code is discriminately based on gender and body type. There is a big difference between telling all students to dress respectfully and telling curvy girls to dress in a way that doesn’t distract boys.
I’ve read Divergent and Insurgent. It took that long only because it took me a whole day to get my hands on Insurgent. Not pleased about that gap. I could be done with Allegiant by now!
They were both really fucking good and i’m so pleased not to have a young adult love triangle going on. There’s romance but it’s secondary and it’s about emotion/communication connections instead and focuses on the aspects of the relationship that make it successful, and what makes it not successful. I’d like to say it’s secondary, but then again no I wouldn’t. It’s important to the story but it’s soooo good and i’m not going to apologize for it. I will say i’m glad it’s not another Matched Trilogy thing though. God those books made me hate life.
I’m tempted to stay up all night reading Allegiant but it’s already 11:11 and work starts again tomorrow.
Goodbye winter break! You were fun while you lasted.
Instead of me sitting here shitting on other people’s lives here is a list of shit I want to accomplish within the next year to improve mine:
Make a new recipe out of that one yummy Indian food cook book I have every week. (Mainly I want to finally cook Chicken Tikka without it turning into Chicken curry somehow because I got frustrated halfway through and made it into curry instead.)
Study Hindi in my free time. Actually speak to other people in Hindi for practice.
Grow vegetables on my balcony.
Sew a dress by myself and wear it.
Go to Portland/Oregon and get tattooed by Ryan Mason again. Hike in some forests.
Teach Penny to lay down, shake, and not jump on people. Also catch a Frisbee while running. Look into Canine Good Citizen training and certification.
Learn to knit. Make socks.
Consistently run a mile under 9 minutes.
Leg press 350lbs. Generally increase my strength. I don’t really care about losing weight but I want to be stronger. That would be cool.
In that same vein I want to cook more. Cook cleaner healthier shit. More whole foods, less processed foods. I have agency. I have my own kitchen. Get off your ass and provide for yourself Meagan.
Read more. Not just the terrible things my kids write. (I should amend this to say some of my kids write really excellent shit that makes me have hope for humanity. And some are legitimately getting better at writing.)
Study up on grammar because man i’m realizing my shit is weak.
Get an Orange cat friend for Icarus. (Sup Bubby. It’s happening next year.)
Shout out to Bailey’s year of the Pies for being my inspiration. She actually has kept up with her goal and has made some yummy looking pies.
Neil Gaiman has revealed that a film adaptation of his book American Gods is in the works.
The novel, first published in 2001, takes place in a world in which gods and mythological creatures exist.
In a recent interview, Gaiman exclusively revealed to DS that a director “who has many, many Oscars” is already on board the project.
“I’m going to be having a meeting in LA with the people that the film rights have been sold to,” he confirmed. “I’m going to be… talking to them, find out where they’re going and if there’s any way that I can help.”
He also described the unnamed director attached to the film as “a genius”.
“He fell in love with this [novel] about six or seven years ago and has not given up,” explained the writer.
Watch Neil Gaiman discuss the upcoming American Gods film in full below.
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Not a book post but a supremely awesome thing post. Related to book #7!