Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Day TV

Today in the news a man got lost in a cake universe.

Also in the news

Well Christmas is over and the new year is waiting for a broken back.
The lights, the colours. It will all be over soon, i hope you made the most of it. If you were complaining that 'it was meant to be a time of happiness and you were actually depressed' it is your loss. Maybe that will teach you for next year. Have you not seen the chripy New York Christmas movies that scatter across television over the Christmas season? They'll teach you whats what.
I watched a great British one where a mother with two daughters were living in a giant store full of everything from foods and furniture to christmas decorations and tents. They came across a wonderful adventure and ended up getting a free meal with a one legged pirate from Blackadder who had recently met S Club 7 who are actually dead now.
It was a lovely TV movie. Mainly because i love the idea of living and hiding inside a store full of everything. Astonishingly it was called 'The Greatest Store in the World. '
It starred Dervla Kirwan as the mother.
Later on that evening we saw the wonderful new Wallace and Gromit Film which was as expected. Unique compared to the other films, and freshly baked. I very much enjoyed this rather predictable but loveable film. Then of course was the depressing stories of Eastenders which were up to standard, everything messed up.
I was surprised to see Ian Beale with a smile that was not related to an evil plot.
Dervla Kirwan, the mother in the earlier film then appeared in the wonderful Christmas Episode of DOCTOR WHO!

Doctor Who: The Next Doctor
None of the Christmas Episodes have been 'brilliant' compared to some of the series episodes but this one was definitely at the top of the list.

So it began just mumbo jumbo, whats going on? But that made it exciting with flying up the walls and sliding on the floors. With SO much confusion you knew it HAD to be explained somehow as the episode went on.
With the two brilliant actors, David and David the story panned out and became easily understandable.
Maybe Russell's earlier writings have not been clear due to the actors abilities? Aah.. nah probably not. There is no doubt, Russell is a fantastic writer, but having to write SO many episodes a lot of them lack...
As i said earlier the Christmas episodes have never been amazing,
Chrissy 1. because of the 'directing' (i'm sorry Mr. Director for that episode)
Each one has topped the other though.
Chrissy 2. Catherine Tate was a pain.. and continued to be when she was brought back mysteriously. I know many of you wont agree with me. At points in the series she really did well. I blamed a lot of her annoying performances on writing, 'Partners in Crime' and some points in 'Pompeii'.
Chrissy 3. Titanic.
I thought this was my favourite Christmas episode with the golden colours, great effects and epic writing. Although the whole 'REASON' behind the story shot past at first viewing and well, didnt make much sense.
Also, that bridge scene, killing everyone off in one go? That didnt annoy me too much when i first viewed it though. It was the slow motion falling and waving at the camera as they moved towards their deaths. Every single one of them changed position when they fell!
I'm rambling on, THE NEXT DOCTOR, i think i like better than any of those episodes.

The Next Doctor was full of great photography, camera tricks, colours and a very original first half story with the 'other doctor'.
That, is how a story is meant to pan out. I very much enjoyed that, the era was perfect. The red dress in the snow was a wonderful touch as well as the cybermen's electricity in the white background.
Then they topped it all off with a giant robot stamping on the town, and it looked SWELL. Very well done, the cgi has upped a lot since Christopher and i thought it went well with the story. Miss. Hartigan was amazing a long with the rest of the supporting characters.
She of course becomes the CYBERKING. Which was... also great. A little odd at times with her sitting in the (i think its the mouth of the giant robot with her armoured guards beside her).
But this was ignored (by me) when the Doctor used the BALLOON Tardis.
I think the colours are really what made this whole episode amazing, from Morrissey's clothing to the night scenes.
The Cybershades were also a nice touch, just something tiny to tag along. Apart from them being like pantomime animals their jumping and climbing skills were awesome.
But, like the TITANIC ending the reason behind how the Doctor defeated them was shot past but luckily still understandable at the same time.
The balloon, the robot, both standing tall in the sky made the episode close fine. Then the folks below finally applauded the doctor, another nice touch to the story. I am just ending on little points now, the second being as a doctor who fan i loved seeing the memory of faces appear from the infostamp.

And thats it!
I cannot really decide which is the best Christmas episode. Catherine Tate's had the TARDIS flyby on the road which was amazing. Titantic has.. well a flying space Titantic and this episode was just grand.
I think this Christmas wins because of the first half storyline. :)

Have a happy new year!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Tomothy and Pals: Killed off on Christmas Day

Today in the news graffiti tag on mailbox.
Anonymous Artist recieves mailbox in the mail.

Also in the news
Tomothy and Pals: Killed off on Christmas Day

Tomothy and Pals: Killed off on Christmas Day from Benjamin Biscuitboy on Vimeo.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

I can smell Christmas

Today in the news a man was found with an amazing sense of smell.
He said this, "I smelt prison in that mans past."
The police said good job and arrested an innocent man.

Also, Blob corp released a very short christmas treat which you can check out here

And here is the last screenshot of Tomothy and Pals Christmas 2008
I am nearing the end now

The story of which has been kept secret. Thats a first!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blob and The Earth Child

Today in the news i was going to joke around with a Christmas song.

9 min 39, Blob and the Earth Child is Matthew Menhenick's new Animated Adventure released only on Youtube for your delight.

Introducing a whole heap of new characters (The Elements), Blob has to save the day once again but this time making some strong new friends.
This cartoon has a great story and very entertaining for a younger audience, the colours, unique and clear characters make the story easy to follow and recognise.

Not to mention how great the high lords voice is.. *cough* BUT in truth his voice meshs with the choice of music grandly. I love the 'painted' like images behind him as he speaks about the many elements. Also, their unique hats.
For Matt, it must be great to see his drawing (Blob) becoming a person of his own on the screen. With his plants, sun bed/ deck chair and drink.
Both Blob and the Earth Child as well as the High Lord and the General were good double act teams.
All in all it was well directed as well, seeing the animation improving. And constantly being ahead of me with camera angles :(
well done! Well worth the wait.
The best feature yet!

Have a watch of the film, and check out his website for new updates if you like the work.

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Grave of the Fireflies and Christmas Cast List

Today in the news basket of food given to dead body.

First off, before even thinking about the depression Grave of the Fireflies produces here is the cast list for the Tomothy and Pals Christmas.

Tomothy: Benjamin Biscuitboy
Jerome: Courtney Leacock
Ellie: Eloise Viney
Tadhg: Tadhg Viney
Vinnie: Lee Sands
Monet the bear: Mike Swain

I'm very happy to have Mike Swain in this short! weeheee!

Because Blob Corp are good at releasing screenshots ( formerly RMNCOPZ Blog.
I will.

So this is Jerome on the phone, and they've just hung up on him OUCH

Studio Ghibli:
Grave of the Fireflies

Sure, they're ghosts so they're going to die.
But hopefully they hav a nice eventful, jolly time before they pass away.
No they dont, without ruining the film for anyone it starts off depressing, the middle is a bit lighter and then it ends depressing.
To be honest, a fantastic story, but not one id read to the kids.

A note for all UK readers, Whisper of the Heart is being shown on channel 4 this week i believe so set your recorders.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tomothy and Pals: Belt on

Today in the news Blur Live tickets for 2009 Hyde Park are bought by me.
Also in the news:

Thought id let anyone know that the new Tomothy and Pals is moving fast, not good, but fast and that is of course the most important thing.

So here is an irrelevant picture.
One day Tomothy and his friends go on a little picnic, they soon realise that there is a friendly woodland animal that can play piano near by.
Unfortunately that is not the story.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

This christmas Adam Phillips brings you a new look at Christmas, Christmas Time

Today in the news we'll hold them down by putting stones on their feet.

Before we all go crazy over Adam Phillips' new chrissy short im just letting people know Tomothy and Pals will be back for a short youtube video this Christmas.
And without any further applause. presents:
Click the image

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Well would you look at the quality on that

Today in the news i already told you the big story (on the post below) but a tiny story has just emerged. We will let you know when we can read it.

Why didnt i think of it before?!

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US Ponyo Update and 'Murder the Farmer'

Today in the news a farmer was run over by a tractor. In an interview the tractor said, "I felt a large head being cut open below the wheels. When i saw the blood on the windows i did not laugh. I only prayed that one day i would be forgiven for murdering this monster. He was well known for abusing his tractors. hitting us with hammers and logs.
But this, of course was an accident."
Police arrived at the scene and have corned it off as attempted murder and a suspicious event. Chief of Police had this to say, "It is a very suspicious case, how on earth did this tractor learn to speak and think by himself? Without releasing too much information, i have to say we are worried that this may be a version of American warfare."
The farmer said this, "I was minding me own buisness, id just finished grinding a set of keys against the metal side of the tractor and suddenly it started to roll towards me. I think i forgotten to put the break down. It rolled and rolled and soon i was under it. If i dribbled this, please forgive me as i am missing half a face."
Do you think it could have been attempted murder?
"Maybe, i have been eating some of the neighbours carrots this winter."
I actually mean, do you think this was a way of the tractor to get revenge?
What? Mental case you are.

The Tractor said this, "He always ignores me! Like im not even saying a word! But i have spoken to him since i was a puppy. Now im going to go to jail all because of his abuse. I will be known as the saviour by all tractor kind."
But you didnt kill him, they're still going to get hurt because hes still alive. You'll just be known as the tractor that tried his best.
At this point the tractor began to cry. He then rusted up was pulled away to the construction yard to be crushed.

How do you feel about your tractor being crushed?
"Absolutely horrible! They could have just cleaned the blood off and handed it back to me."
Are you not worried it would have tried to kill you again?
"Why the hell are you blaming a machine?"

We then asked the farmers neighbour this:
So what do you make of this whole event?
"Well im just hoping i didnt leave any evidence."
But the tractor did it.
"Is that what they're saying? Perfect!"
What can you say about this?
"Well i am an inventor, i put a voice program in the tractor so it speaks human-like. Gave it a miserable story about abuse."
It all makes sense now. You realise when the police find out you will be jailed for a very long time?
"Whos going to tell them hm?"
The neighbour then threatened me.

I'm going to tell them.

Well that ends a wonderful case. We dont need the police. We have, THE DAILY CRUMB.

Loved, adored & respected by almost every Japanese, movie critic, cinephile and animation fan around the world, the films of Miyazaki Hayao are yet only one step away in fully reaching the west’s mainstream audience. Next year’s release of the English dub of Miyazaki Hayao’s latest film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea is likely to finally make this step and win the hearts of everyone. Besides the film’s adoring high qualities, an exclusive word on the English dub voice cast has reached

The US audience version, produced by Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, is to feature an all-star voice talent cast including Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White, Fankie Jonas, Noah Cyrys and Cloris Leachman. Though one will not deny using stardom does not automatically guarantee a good voice dub, it will at least be useful in gaining the mainstream audience’s attention. Those wanting to find out what the end result will be still have the wait a bit though. Test screenings are currently being held, the final version will screen in US theaters in 2009.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Traditional Para Cat

Today in the news the 3 candle is attacking me.

As the course progresses we produce more fun time traditional animations.

Unfortunately, they come out bad quality. But never mind that.

This is para cat jumping on a branch, yaaaay

Traditional Animation TEST: Para Cat and Leaf from Benjamin Biscuitboy on Vimeo.
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Monday, December 01, 2008

The BBC this Christmas

Today in the news Matthew Menhenick makes Harry Hill Joke in, Plymouth.

Well we all know television is the best at Christmas.
And this year there wont be any change.

In the UK the highlights i can pick out are

Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
A Jonathan Creek Special
Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (The door/cyberman clip in this video is funny)
and the various dramatic moments of Eastenders.

Here is a trailer for the drama side of things:
(May only viewable to those in the UK)

Also: I have not seen this video before

Talking of David Tennant. Is this not just the greatest messege you have ever seen?
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Wallace and Gromit on ABC this wedensday

Today in the news you're shaking

Well it looks like Australia has got the TV first. Wallace and Gromit, A Matter of Loaf and Death is still in 'coming soon' stages in the UK.

But on Wedensday 3rd of December the Australian Broadcasting Coporation are broadcasting the half hour/? film.

But for all the rest of us, we get a taster from the ABC website

You lucky

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