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Fall Media Roundup

I’m going off the grid for a few days, and haven’t really prepared anything to fill the time I’m certain you have budgeted for this site. Thus, I’ll be all spiritual about it and just point you to what has been occupying my time lately.

Amazon links first, more nerdy link following.
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Stop-frame; collaborate and list them

VW has posted 120 short films about the new Passat. Some of them are cute (the Macpherson strut one in particular) but some of them are pretty pointless.
Speaking of pointless, I have to think anyone who wants to watch that many short films about the car wants to buy the car anyway. (Or they have a serious Auto Union fixation, but how many of us can there be?)

And speaking of advertising: stop-motion animation is cool.


Nerd Porn II

The Science Photography Award winners were announced recently. The pictures really are amazing. Some of them have thoughtful intent behind them, but as a cook, an AB fan, and a lawyer, my favorite is this one.


Unicef’s new ad to shock the smurf out of people

Telegraph | News | Unicef bombs the Smurfs in fund-raising campaign for ex-child soldiers:

The people of Belgium have been left reeling by the first adult-only episode of the Smurfs, in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters’ village is annihilated by warplanes. The short but chilling film is the work of Unicef, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and is to be broadcast on national television next week as a campaign advertisement.

Derivative works not only are more efficient in terms of creation costs, they are more efficient in delivering messages.

The advertising agency behind the campaign, Publicis, decided the best way to convey the impact of war on children was to tap into the earliest, happiest memories of Belgian television viewers. They chose the Smurfs, who first appeared in a Belgian comic in 1958.

DVDs have ruined a lot of shows we loved as kids as we see that they actually are pretty bad shows. My roommate John ruined Silverhawks for me forever. But the reason I was so disappointed is that I had these memories of what it was from my formative years.
Despite the fact that the Smurfs are a Hipster favorite for conspiracy theories about satanism, Communism, Biological categorization, and reproductive health in a society containing one woman and one girl they do still have an idillic aura for many people.


Happy Happy, Joy Joy!

IGN: IGN Interviews Billy West:
IGNFF: And what about the rumors of new Futurama adventures on the horizon?

WEST: Well, they’re more than rumors. I was talked to. The first bulletin that I got is that they were in talks with Fox because Fox was very, very happy with the way the DVDs were selling. (Executive Producer) David Cohen told me they were in talks with Fox and that things were looking great, and that their idea was to make a Futurama movie to DVD, and then maybe release a second one. Then I heard that it was decided to do that.

IGNFF: And you’re ready and rarin’ to go?

WEST: I’m ready and rarin’ to go, because I love that show more than anything. I thought it was just far and away above anything I had ever done.


Gruntled Consumer

Making the Simpsons DVDs box has apparently become rote and dull for whoever does that, so the latest season came in some flimsy misprinted plastic Homer head which is not large enough to hold the DVDs.  Having at least the foresight to know that this was a bad idea they set up a complaint line where you can request a replacement box.  I thought the recording was kinda funny, but maybe I’m just nostalgic for hearing unexpected voices on the telephone.  Try it yourself:  1-800-223-2369


“Watch as he carries the remainder. . . FOR JUSTICE!”

Just another example that blog jokes, no matter how good, are as useful for preventing atrocities as web petitions.


There are snakes EVERYWHERE.

Didn’t have the money to attend the Joseph Campbell conference in ATL this weekend? Join the club. The club requires you view these great TV shows produced by PBS of Bill Moyers clumsily trying to understand the universal humanity described by Campbell. Irony! Also, view George Lucas trying to make the Star Wars flicks seem more important than they are by propping up the still-warm corpse of his friend Joe Campbell.


Yes, but that’s nothing to be proud of David, now pick up grandma

David E. Kelly, long-time vocal opponent of reality television is now making reality television. Based around (surprise) a law firm. While showing the dramatized pain of new associates trying to succeed in a big law firm should do wonders for decreasing law school applicant admission competition there are a few problems here:

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Lori Loughlin is creative, or a liar.

Didn’t see Raising Helen yet? No Problem. It’s already been released on TV.

Loughlin –

“I thought about a friend of mine who works for Vogue,” Loughlin says, “She’s always in great clothes and fantastic shoes. I thought, ‘Wow, I’d like to play a character like that.’
The original one-hour pilot made Ava a lawyer, but Spelling had other ideas. “I took a chance of her hating me for something I did,” he says, “and it was really nice to hear that she loved it, and we’re doing it. The original was perfect except for one thing — she was a lawyer.


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