The June 18th speaking engagement went really well, despite a malfunctioning VCR that prevented us from showing any of our animation work from Primal Screen. Not a tremendous loss. I tried to focus on being informative instead of droning on with my biography. My bio is not thrilling, unless you’ve never worked in animation above a television level if at all, and Scooter and Ferret hasn’t been around long enough to qualify as a success story. At least the meeting was a succes story, and I appreciate everyone who came up afterward to tell me how much they enjoyed it.
Did you see Michael Moore’s latest docu-dreamworld? Why did you waste your money? This review by Christopher Hitchens sums up the movie for me, but you really have to have been following Moore for awhile to fully appreciate what a slimeball he is. And you gave him more money, didn’t you? What were you thinking?
What was I thinking when I went to see The Day After Tomorrow at the drive-in? Only the open air of the drive-in could have made me want to sit through this movie without walking out. I have to ask, when the wolves get out of the zoo during the first storm, where are they hiding when New York floods then freezes over? Are they hiding in a different library? I don’t know that much about the weather and I still know the events in this movie are a joke. Fortunately it was double-featured with Dodgeball, intentionally a joke, which surprised me by making me laugh.
For the first time in a long time, we did pratically nothing this weekend. Of course that’s relative, mostly that means I didn’t have to leave town and return to work exhausted on Monday. One thing I did catch was the Comedy Underground on Friday, where Rod Long performed a terrific routine with a local flavor.
It’s settled that we will be speaking at the June 18th Cartoonist Northwest meeting. That will be at 7:00 at the School of Visual Concepts, you can get more information about how to get to the college on the club’s website. We’re always in Room 2004, which is right up the scary elevator to the second floor. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend, it is free. We’re looking for a few good attendees! I’ve got some mumbo jumbo to talk about, and I hear that if I’m really lucky I’ll get a VCR/TV to present with.
Two movies have arrived in theaters that completely surpassed all of my expectations: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Shrek 2. I’m an avid reader of the Harry Potter series, even one of those people who reads the extras, follows the interviews and tries to unravel the clues. I enjoyed the first two movies quite a bit, but the third amazed me. The stamp of the director was distinct right from the start, it was like watching an art film. And seeing David Thewlis, Alan Rickman, and Gary Oldman in the same movie was almost too much for me to handle.
I didn’t care much for the first Shrek movie, but I laughed all the way through the second. What really worked here was the writers’ abandon; while the Shrek seemed at times to constrain itself to some basic fairytale guidelines, Shrek 2 doesn’t hold back. Before you know it, a giant gingerbread man is attacking the castle and who knows how you got there. Puss n Boots makes this movie, hands down.
We’re getting ready for our speaking engagement for Cartoonists Northwest, which looks like its going to be on the 18th. I’m still mulling around with what I’m going to say, we haven’t been producing a comic all that long. We’ve been animators for quite awhile so we’ll probably end up talking about that.