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Realism Lapse In ‘Bluey’

Bluey is the most realistic representation of living with children in popular culture (maybe tied with Fowl Language).

The only time I’ve seen it fall down is this supermarket scene where the shelves are stocked with toilet paper.

Other than that, pretty perfect.

If you don’t have any kids around and you don’t think you should watch it alone, borrow some.

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The Three Step Plan To Dealing With A Crisis

“All right, first: don’t panic! Second: don’t panic! And third: did I mention not to panic?”
Jiji the cat (as voiced by the late Phil Hartman in the English dub), Kiki’s Delivery Service.

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The Faces Behind The Voices (via Great Big Story)

This video from Great Big Story compiles four segments featuring voice actors Charles Martinet, Tara Strong, Redd Pepper, and Jim Cummings. You may not know the names, but you’ll recognise the voices if you’ve played Mario, watched Raven in Teen Titans, listened to a movie trailer, or seen a screen version of Winnie the Pooh. I’ve featured the Tara Strong section of this before, but it’s all very entertaining.


Aladdin 2019

So, I accompanied my three daughters who put their childhoods in Disney’s hands today as we saw the live action adaption of the animated Aladdin.
The verdict was positive.
Merging the existing storyline with some modern cultural sensitivity and some bollywood stylisation enabled the whole thing to appear more worthy without taking itself far too seriously.
The absence of Robin Williams was always going to be the greatest challenge; Williams was capable of subversion and pathos without alienating audiences or descending to sentimentalism. The movie’s solution is to allow Will Smith to play himself, a popularly likeable figure while also providing the character a story arc that effectively helps him bridge the emotional gap that Williams carried the first movie over.
The character development of Jasmine makes sense, with her song bringing the more recent power ballad style song (ie Let It Go) into the plot to stand alongside the more classic musical numbers. It also seems that the original probably lacked an ‘I Want’ song, so this provides that as well.
Some rebalancing of Jaffar and Iago meant Iago is more restrained and Jaffar is far more emotive, which makes some sense.
Anyway, not too bad.
We await The Lion King.

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Mickey Mouse In The Land Downunder

This Mickey Mouse cartoon is set in Australia.
Mickey’s voice doesn’t sound ideal, but the cartoon shows what goes around comes around.

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Watership Down Trailer

The BBC are producing a “new adaptation of Watership Down [that] uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring an innovative interpretation to the much loved classic”.
I’m not sure what that exactly means, but it looks like Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and the others will be along.
It wouldn’t be the same without Art Garfunkel’s song, I wonder if it will be included or homaged somehow.
Here’s the trailer.