I draw the webcomic Manly Guys Doing Manly Things and work on cartoons you might see on TV sometimes.
This week on the serialized Success of Suexliegh, orated by Nic Frantela, we learn about our hero’s most feared financial foil… April 15, the day he must pay his taxes. It’s all been fun and games up until now so see what kind of trouble Suexliegh gets…
My friend made a thing and you can listen to that thing.
There is a long and complicated list of reasons people are frustrated with Disney’s choices regarding this movie
Well, now I know why when TreadBanger did and episode on these they called them Spirit Hoods. But $99 seems like a lot for a hat that I could build in an afternoon.They have machine washable speakers in them so you can hook your MP3 player up and use the hood like headphones, and they’re made in American factories as opposed to overseas, so the production costs are higher.
I’m conflicted about the Spirit Hoods company because on one hand they make a cute product that friends of mine would love, they do their manufacturing in America, and give 10% of their profits to a number of charities that protect endangered animals, but on the other hand few things make me cringe quite like people trying to brand goofy animal ear hoods on sexy models as some kind of spiritual awakening with this weird white-people-pretending-to-be-native marketing angle (Buy a spirit hood, become a member of their “tribe” #tribelife) and their logo is basically the Hylian Crest minus the triforce.
If only people put as much effort into reading things I write as they do into writing paragraphs long responses to express their disagreement with me, they might notice I already addressed every point they tried to make.
A movie is made by hundreds of people working on thousands of scenes, projects will almost always have occasional issues keeping the most recent and up to date versions of a scene straight. And when scenes move from one executive branch to another it’s entirely possible for wires to get crossed and things to get shuffled. Especially on projects where things are being revised right down to the wire, where a scene might be sent back for urgent, last-minute retakes multiple times in one day.
This is entertainment being made by humans, subject to human error. If you’re scrutinizing every movie frame by frame these errors pop up all over the place, Disney, live action, everything. There’s a scene in the Little Mermaid where a ship in Ursula’s whirlpool disappears a couple frames before the end of the scene, there’s a scene in the Bonjour song in Beauty and the Beast where a woman walking in the background loops or something and pops back to her original position before the scene is over, in the recent Bluray release of Little mermaid there were two scenes in Part of Your World that got flopped with each other, you’ll see bad scene hookups all the time in animation and live action where the scene cuts to a different angle on the character and they’re standing in a totally different pose or making a different expression, things like cigarettes or candles might be different lengths as a scene jumps around because the continuity guy lost track of something, all sorts of things can get lost in communication. They’re issues that, in isolation when viewed ad infinitum in a looping gif, might seem egregious, but in reality are very difficult to notice in the actual film unless you know to look for them and are understandable things to slip through the cracks in the expansive hierarchy of hands a scene passes through before it shows up on screen.
But all those things are background details. The one Frozen gif is about whatserface’s hair. There were multiple points of attention on her hair. Her hand was touching her hair. Her eyes were turned toward it. You were supposed to be looking at it. It wasn’t just a detail in the background, it was the point of focus at the moment that it clipped.
Except it wasn’t, as it was turned away from the camera at the moment it happened, most people didn’t notice it until it was explicitly pointed out to them via looping gif and still don’t notice it playing at regular speed in the movie, and others have made a strong case for the possibility it was intentional.
And even if that was the case, it doesn’t negate anything I said at all. When scenes get mixed up in production it’s not a matter of how prominent the character is in the scene, it’s a matter of someone grabbing the wrong version of a file off the server, or not archiving their work correctly, or files being moved to a new server, that kind of thing. Cases like two scenes playing out of order aren’t just “background details”. I mean, I’ve seen networks flat out play the wrong cut of an episode on television because some goof happened somewhere in the pipelline and they didn’t realize they were using a version with a handful of missing BGs and animation errors.