Thursday, October 18, 2012

Top 3 cartoons that Shaped my life

Hey there! Time for another random blog post~ Arent you special- today guys we're going to look deep into my brain and show you the top cartoons I used to watch as a kid- that made me the crazy girl I am today!

Some of you may remember these- and maybe they shaped you as well? I havent a clue!

Either way lets get on with this!

1 - Rankin/bass's Return of the king

Though generally thought of by people as... well Horrible- this movie was one of the BIGGEST influences in my life- we got the vhs when I was 4. because well mom (as she had told me) thought it sounded like a fun adventure for us little children...if only she had known then what she had done.

if only.

This is as we found out over 10 years later- the ENDING of the trilogy- so basically we knew the ending before we even knew the beginning of the story- (The minstrel explaining some of it in this movie DOESNT count people!)

Either way we didnt care- me, and my cousins ate this nonsense up- we loved it- for us it was the greatest thing! We'd always watch it- and act out the scenes (my one cousin would be frodo and I'd play samwise...Shut up- he can be a girl if we wanted him to be!) Though back then I wonder why we kept his name...Instead of samwise why not call him Samantha-wise? hahaha. Back on topic.

To be completely honest Alot of the story made no sense- Im betting due to not being able to see the ones before this movie- I mean...I didnt even know what sauron was...until I saw peter jacksons version I thought he was a fiery shield... I mean...look at this and tell me you dont think the same?

Seriously...thats what it looks like...but was still a bit creepy.

There are also ALOT of songs in this show- due to Jules Bass and Aurthur Rankin always figuring its easier to tell a story with sung words than have to animate everything- And considering their cartoons are usually over 90 minutes...yea I can see why they would do this...I personally LOVE the songs- but again I grew up in love with them.

But the one most people seem to remember is this one:

In fact if I ever mention the movie to anyone- either they ask if its the one with this song in it- or they dont know it until I mention this song, OR they simply dont know what the hell the movie is.
And mostly their reaction if they DO know the movie is "That movie sucked except that song"

Ah well. I still love the hell out of this movie. I watch it allllllllll the time- even being as old as I am- I still have my original VHS too- still sorta works, was watched so much the tape inside looks alot like this ~~~~~~ hahaha...yup.

But I have it on DVD now beeyotches~ ^^

It may not have been a cinematic masterpiece or anything to most people- but to me and my cousins who may as well have been siblings- it was awesome as hell! So it has to make this list.

So what were the impacts this movie left me with?
-It made me like angst
-Gave me my love for angry eyes... (Seriously Frodo has some of the best ones.)
-Probably gave me a few of my fictional sadistic tendencies.
-Made me like weird...warbly music- Silly Glenn Yarborough.

Also Did you know? Animators from studio ghibli used to work for Rankin/bass.

And now I move onto the next entry- and leave you with a funny review of ROTK.

2- The original My little pony

I dont mean that series that came out in the 80s. I mean the first EVER episode ever animated of my little pony-

I still have this- and it was amazing! In fact even though it was only like a half hour long- the censors STILL found ways to cut stuff out of it to make it EVEN shorter- now if you buy this movie you're missing out on alot because they took out an entire song (Because mr. Moochick lived in mushrooms) So you have the characters say "Lets go find that rainbow!" and suddenly they have it- without much of an explanation because they guy they got it from? yea he was removed...great job guys.

does he look dangerous to you?

I loved this movie in its entirety, and when I was younger I loved my little ponies. (I still have like all my toys- or at least the ones our dogs didnt get a hold of and completely destroy...)

And firefly was definately my favorite I also really liked Scorpan...though he looked cooler as a monster...
yes..that is spike <3

Ahh well whatever- this movie rocks... and if you want to watch it all- you can go right here!

What this movie made me like?

- It taught me that even sparkling pretty goody two shoe magical ponies can be badass
-that rainbows can be badass
-I probably was my first introduction into anthro art and I just didnt know it.
-It made me wish I was Megan....damn you megan!!

3- Teddy ruxpin

Next on this list of awesome was Teddy Ruxpin!
Truth be told I didnt remember much about this from when I was little except the fact that we had the awesome Fob puppet. (An orange one I affectionately call Normie.) And the Teddy and Grubby Dolls that spoke or sang or did whatever you wanted depending on what Tape you put into those creepy holes in their backs.

I also remember I used to try to Ride on grubby...Giddyap you....Octopede!

And upon watching it now that Im older- My favorite character has to be Tweeg-

Seriously... hes such  bad guy... and hes also BAD at being bad. He always makes me giggle. From lighting a match on a "thank you for not smoking" sign, to actually engraving his cannon balls with "Return to tweeg" He is funny as hell. PLus he has a complex with what he is and the fact that L.B always mispronounces his name.

What Teddy ruxpin taught me
-Just because you're bad doesnt mean you're BAD- you could be misunderstood.
-Songs can fix EVERYTHING....
-It doesnt matter what you are- it matters how you live.

and so I leave you with the Opening theme- and you tell me thats not something you'd enjoy watching.

And there you go- the three cartoons that influenced me-when I was little <3

ahh nostalgia~

what about you? What cartoons do you think helped make who you are?


Saturday, September 1, 2012

10 More animations you need to see~

Hey! Welcome back- I found more stuff you guys should totally check out- You know if you'd like to that is <3 I put them all in the same post this time. XD

So lets get started!

1. The canned Cat

A young girl buys a cat in a can (just add water!) from a grocery store, and gets more than she bargained for.

2. The butterfly dragon

Beautiful, sweet and endearing. Proof that you can tell an awesome story with no words.

3. Entropy

One of my friend Boodles favorites, I like the song at the end the most though XD I want a full version of that! not that the rest of it isnt good- its very awesome! which is why its on this list~

4. Red

A different sort of telling of Little red riding hood- and probably the better one in my opinion <3

5. The Thomas Beale Cipher.

Apparently it was based on a true story, but the animation is interesting and different- and well worth a lot. plus that narrarators voice... o-em gah...<3<3<3 *swoon*

6. Oktapodi


7. Gary

a simple story about wanting to grow up way too fast and the consequences it can cause.

8. Laundry day

hahah an unexpected twist! I'd be pretty freaked out too though to be honest XD but Im not sure if that would be before, or after I started laughing hysterically.

9. Thought of you

A wonderfully sad and dramatic if not beautiful animation to a beautiful song. This guy is my hero....

10. The backwater gospel (NSFW- its got blood)

well...that escalated quickly....O-O

Hope you enjoyed!!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Top saddest things I've seen/played/read

Hey there!

I have certainly read, seen and played alot more than whats here- I just cant remember everything- and if I think of more to any of these areas I'll probably add them- or just make another list XD I also really need to make myself a top banner.... haha- in any case!-

You have been warned

Now just to let you know- these arent in much of an order- because I cant decide the order....So... heres the top shows, books and games that made me cry that I've played (but may not have finished!)

Games first~

--Harvest moon: A wonderful life

Okay....first off lemme tell you something for those of you who havent played this- or may never play this...this isnt the SADDEST game ever. Its not the game itself thats particularly sad... its something that happens to you in this game...

Lemme explain.. Harvest moon: a wonderful life lets you live through a lifetime- and when I say a lifetime I mean it- you literally grow old in this game. grey hair and everything...


you spend a long time playing it- the different chapters range from one to 3 years....after playing it for so long, getting invested, raising your son....building a successful farm...

On the last day of the last year...

You die!

Im not kidding...your character friggin dies! I mean yea you get old..and everything but...I was so heartbroken! I found myself playing the last day repeatedly- and then not going to sleep and shutting it off so I didnt have to have him die again..

it was sad okay?? DONT JUDGE ME!

**Notable mention: When Galens wife nina dies after the first year.

-The Dog Island

Do you all remember that phenomenon a while back with the pictures of dogs with their noses too close to the camera?

Well they made a game out of it!

This game is actually for kids- but its soooo cute I had to at least try it- with their big heads- big eyes and augh adorable!

anyway the premise of this game is that well you're a live in a colony/town of other dogs...and these dogs wear adorable get to choose from a bunch of breeds and what gender, then whatever you choose you get a younger sibling. Then you get to run around as an adorable big headed puppy dog! Howling at enemies to stun them instead of attacking them, and sniffing everything and digging up places to find cool stuff! Whats so sad about that?

Oh right I forgot....your younger sibling is REALLY REALLY Sick!

the whole point of this game is that you're trying to find him/her a cure. But gah... he sends you letters...

LETTERS! and they make me sad to read them!

I couldnt find any pictures...but gawd...those letters... anyone whos played this game would know what I mean! I still havent finished playing it.

-Professor layton and the unwound future


For those of us who have played the other games and seen the movie the ending of this one hit us alot harder I think- but that doesnt mean the ending of this game doesnt still resonate well with other people too- even if they never played the other games- it still gets you invested in the story enough to get upset at this ending.

Whyyyyyyy simply whyyyy

Wanna see what I mean?


It had me crying like a small child....

Damn you made me have feelings...!! *clings to Layton*


Books now~

--Socrates in love-

I read and own the manga of this, and I really liked it. Its about this kid who loves this girl Aki, and they seem to be really happy together- but then he finds out she has Lukemia, and despite his best efforts he loses her-...just the way it was done made me cry....

If you want to read it yourself you can go here-

Read socrates in love

One day I'll have to read the actual novel.

--Apollos song

I actually picked this one up out of pure chance- my friend Crystal and I were at the library in the used book area I didnt see it- but Crystal did- and when she showed it to me I went for it- it was done by Osamu Tezuka, one of my all time faves (along with Miyazaki and Kon) and I had to have it no matter what- so I bought it for a dollar. And started reading it.

The story was interesting but really sad..

as wikipedia says:

"The story begins with the words of Tezuka describing love and death as a cycle that men and women must endure and repeat until the end of time. We are introduced to Shogo Chikaishi, a young boy living with his single mother, who gave birth to him after a series of affairs with various men. The hatred of Shogo's mother causes the boy to grow up lonely, bitter and angry. This leads to Shogo killing various animals upon seeing the love they give to their offspring. After sneaking into a farm and murdering a hen, Shogo is arrested and taken to a mental institute.

The head doctor at the institute uses shock therapy to try to clear Shogo's mind and stop his violent behavior. However, upon being shocked for the first time, Shogo has an out-of-body experience and ends up in a temple where he meets the Greek goddess of wisdom Athena who subjugates him to a series of 'trials'. Shogo would have to experience love across different time periods for the rest of eternity, dying repeatedly until he can one day understand the true meaning of love'."

All the different experiences are well done and make you feel bad for him...especially the ending...but I wont spoil that....

I love these books (theres two)- Check them out if you can find them.

---Chrono crusade

Technically this could be in both books and movies- but since the mangas came before the anime- we'll put it here. Chrono crusade is Sad. undeniably sad. And its one of my prized possessions both the anime and the mangas, no ones allowed to borrow them.

Anyway- This Manga is about a girl named Rosette who works for a convent exterminating demons and all manner of unholy things- she does this with the help of her demon partner Chrono who she has a contract with- and said contract is slowly killing her everytime she calls upon it. Chrono tries to keep her from using it- but dammit baddies keep getting in the way!

The series is the perfect blend of everything- but its mainly the ending to both- that makes you sad- I mean sure the rest of it has sad moments too-like when Chrono tells us about Mary Magdalene, Or when Azmaria tells us about her own curse, or even rosettes brother Joshua and what happened at seventh bell orphanage all those years ago- but once you become so invested in these characters and their lives....the ending...It just made me sad.

But least Chrono and Rosette get to be together.

right? ;-;



---The iron giant

Okay- to be fair alot of this movie isnt sad at all...theres just two particular scenes that get me everytime. But first what the storys about eh?

A giant robot crash lands on earth near this small town....somewhere (I dont recall it ever telling us where it is.) And this adventurous kid named Hogarth (haha it still makes me giggle) goes out to investigate a noise when hes home alone and without Television... (the giant ate his antennae) And finds him- terrified at first the two become friends. And Hogarth teaches him earthly things...and whatnot and its just all around good fun and mayhem...

Until you use weapons near him. Then the giant tends to...well...go a little crazy...Or if you hurt Hogarth you're in for a world of hurt. But to the two parts that make me sad.

The first one is where Hogarth and the giant are wandering around the woods-and they hear a gunshot- they run to investigate and find two hunters have shot and killed a deer...and well...Its not good- They find the deer and the giant is wondering why its...not moving- Hogarth yells at him for touching it- and augh its so sad! Poor giant!

The second one...its near the end. When the military and its stupidity (or rather the idiocy of ONE idiot) decides hey- lets blow up the giant...right where we're standing....

In the middle of a town. And well... then you get this...

You go be superman Giant..! you go be superman!

I wont follow! ;-;

--The Simpsons movie

You're probably asking me, "Kid, WHY the simpsons movie?... the simpsons isnt sad... its crazy funny nonsense!"

You're right... It is.. But how long have we watched it? known about it, heard about it? Read it? For over 20 years- Thats 20 years to learn these characters inside out- get into their families, and almost make it seem like they're in the town next to you-

You get close, you love them. So when something bad happens.... you feel bad.

And thats what happens in the simpsons movie...

the basic premise is Homer being stupid- he saves a pig at krusty burger- but doesnt properly dispose of its....leavings, instead he keeps them all in an appropriately named "Pig silo *insert bad drawing of a pig here* " And then well Marge tells him to get rid of it... so what does he do? He throws it in the already polluted lake... and sets off a chain reaction that leads to the government covering all of springfield in a huge dome....then eventually trying to blow up the entire town...But even that didnt make me sad...

This did.

(sorry about the quality- this pic was hard to find)

See Homer doesnt want to go back to the angry mob that tried to kill him in springfield for polluting the lake- even though the town was going to be destroyed- so Marge takes the kids and leaves him to go save the town... but the sad part isnt that either- its the video she leaves for homer that makes me cry...

I couldnt find a video clip of it.

But she taped her goodbye over their wedding video...bawww!


This movie is by one of my faves- Osamu tezuka (he was mentioned earlier) Its basically set in a futuristic town, where theres tons of advanced robots that run nearly everything and do nearly everything, like detective work, police officers, and even firemen- yes there are firemen robots- and they make a cute little buzzing tune while they form up and put out fires. This seems silly but its really not. All robots have their places- and if they go out of their boundaries they're dealt with in a very violent manner. (usually by shooting their robot brains out...woohoo!)

anyway the story is about this kid named Ken'ichi, his grandfather, and a girl named Tima and this giant... Tower...called the ziggurat.

Tima is a robot created by a scientist (you dont really learn alot about him) to resemble the dukes deceased daughter- Madness ensues... and well here- this video will sum it up well.

nooooo Timmaaaa!! ;-;

--Grave of the fireflies

Augh this movie... THIS MOVIE! I have never watched this movie again- I watched it once at least over 9 years ago- it depressed me- never saw it again- I was crying so hard! Its not a bad movie- in fact its VERY GOOD- Its just depressing! In fact it was SO depressing that apparently when it was shown in theatres it had a double feature with "My neighbor totoro" so that people had something happy to leave the showing with....instead of depression!

Deep gnawing...evil depression!

Its basically about a brother and sister who are orphaned during the end of the second world war- the hardships they face, and how much Seita cares for Setsuko- the things he does to try to keep his sister with him are both adorable and heart breaking...

All they go through- you want them to Succeed you want them to be together forever

And they do... just... not...

Augh this movie!


-AI artificial intelligence

Another movie I watched once and never watched again. And again its not a BAD movie... Im just a complete sissy. I watched this movie so long ago- I cant tell you everything about it- but what I do know is that theres this family whos son has a rare disease and has been placed in suspended animation until a cure can be found, so these scientist guys give the parents a robotic child to care for to test it out- His name is david.

David by all means acts like a normal kid- he falls in love with the mother like a child would- However a cure is found for the REAL son (martin) and a sibling rivalry starts up- where Martin and his friends keep getting david into trouble- where finally things get too out of hand and instead of Destroying david like shes supposed to- the mother (monica) leaves him alone in the forest. Distraught and alone- David goes on his own adventure- runs into trouble...and really all he wanted was monica....

he gets his wish though.

After I watched this movie I was crying so hard and hugging my pets so tightly, and they hated it- I will probably never watch this movie again- once was enough!

I do have to reiterate that its a good movie though..

Just so you know. XD

So? Are you as much of a sap as I am?


Friday, July 6, 2012

5 of the strangest medical stories (NSFW)

1. Mary Toft- the woman who gave birth to rabbits

 I remember finding this one on a long time ago- and at the time I was so intrigued by it- wondering why the hell someone would do such a thing- and how and if it was possible. At the time I was reading it I had been talking to my boyfriend- and he just let me alone calling me "a bit weird" which is fine- I AM weird. and I fully accept it.
In the end it turns out it was (obviously) a hoax- but her reasons behind it were merely for fame....and possibly something wrong in her head.

also those poor rabbits!

you can read a detailed account here- Mary toft on wikipedia

Either way the story with her basically goes that she became pregnant- back in those days people were very...whats the word? Stupid. They thought things like "the baby will be deaf if you hear a loud noise while pregnant." and other such nonsense like that. So while Mary was with child she had been startled by a rabbit. Became obsessed with them And got this crazy Idea in her head.

She ended up losing her baby, but decided to try for fame by saying she was impregnated by rabbits- several doctors watched her "birth" them. and she had everyone fooled for a while. Until it was found out that her husband had been buying rabbits- and apparently his sister in law supplied them to Toft.

She did sort of get her fame though, didnt she?


2. Vladimir Demikhov's two headed dog  

Okay so, back in the 1930s-1950's there was this scientist called Vladimir. One could call him a ...MAD scientist. Because for some reason he had this affinity for making two headed dogs.

ones not really sure why he started doing this- but ah here- just read this copied article from wikipedia about him-

"Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov (Kulini Farm, July 18, 1916 – Moscow, November 22, 1998) was a Soviet scientist and organ transplant pioneer, who did several transplantations in the 1930s and 1950s, such as the transplantation of a heart into an animal and a lung-heart replacement in an animal. He is also well known for his transplantation of the heads of dogs.[1][2] He conducted his dog head transplants during the 1950s, resulting in two-headed dogs, and this ultimately led to the head transplants in monkeys by Dr. Robert White, who was inspired by Demikhov's work.

The first head transplant was actually done by Professor A. G. Konevskiy[2] of the Operative Surgery and Topographical Anatomy Department of Volgograd State Medical University. The head transplant was not planned. Konevskiy had planned an experimental heart transplant but the puppy was involved in an automobile accident. Not wanting to "waste the sterilized operating table", the surgeon proceeded with the head transplant.[citation needed]
Demikhov coined the word transplantology, and his 1960 monograph "Experimental transplantation of vital organs", for which he received his doctoral degree, later published in 1962 in New York, Berlin and Madrid, became the world's first monograph on transplantology, and was for a long time the only monograph in the field of transplantation of organs and tissues. Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first heart transplant operation from one person to another person in 1967, twice visited the Demikhov's laboratory in 1960 and 1963. Barnard through all his life considered Demikhov as his teacher.[citation needed]"

It totally says it better than I ever could.

So not only did this guy go frankenstien on Dogs...but also on monkeys...and im assuming anything else he could
get a hold of...

scary....but interesting.


3. The woman who put worms in her arm

This one I remember seeing on "untold stories of the ER" She was a homeless woman, who had a really big cut on her arm. And since she had no friends, she decided to make earthworms her friends...and let them live inside her, named them, and freaked when the doctors tried to remove them...

(sorry about the quality- its the only one I could find.)


4. Mark Chenoweth - the man who swims so he can walk

Mark was born with spina bifida, and by 34 he was unable to walk. When he went on a vacation to Menorca he persuaded a local diving centre to let him dive- when he resurfaced- he found he could walk again much to his families and everyones surprise. No one is sure why its happening or how- but its only temporary and he needs to dive again when he finds he cant stand up.

Pretty amazing...

heres the full story


5. The baby without a brain

Nicholas Coke was born like every other child in america, except that he had a rare disease called Anencephaly (I dont know how to pronounce it either 0.o) which means he had no brain. Usually these children dont live very long, But Nicholas beat them all and managed to live to be two years old.

Sadly Nicholas Coke passed away before making it to 3 years old. But his family says that they will never forget what he taught them.

Rest in peace Nicholas.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

10 amazing animations (part 2)

6. Second wind

This not sure what to say about this one... its...hard to explain. but the animation style reminds me of the secret of Kells. one of my all time favorite movies. It also makes me wish I had a giant cat to hang out with... haha

7. Dragon boy

This little animation shows you that your knight in shining armor- isnt always a good guy. my question is...where did a kid so young get a blade so sharp? 0.o..

8. Alarm

This animation reminds me of what my brother probably looks like when hes getting up in the morning...full of humor and half asleep badassery to keep you entertained. Plus the way he gets his milk from in front of the door is simply amazing! plus look at that bouncy hair!! hahaha!!

9. Squishy

This one is Cute...simple and makes you go Aww =3

10. The Cat piano

Oh how could I forget about this little gem?? Seriously? I friggin love this...Nick caves narration to the amazing poem and Animation just makes this a wonder to behold. Watch it- enjoy it- love it.


10 amazing animations (part 1)

Hi there- Kid Amaru here- Coming to you to bring you some awesome things you need to watch. Because they deserve the knowledge of their existence from more than just me. I look for these things when Im bored and have nothing to do- and sometimes I even surprise myself with what I find. So lets get started!!

1. Kung fu cooking girls (NSFW)

Not only is the animation interesting and cool, but the basicness of the story and what they do with the characters is both fun and very enjoyable. theres nothing really horrible in it- but there are a few shots that would make your boss wonder haha. Not only is the animation in this amazing and unique- but it somehow manages to still be good even though they obviously and purposely color outside the lines in the cells. seriously- Its got delicious food and kung fu action and pretty girls doing that kung fu.. What more could you want?

2. A portal 2 fanmade video

Its adorable, well done, fits perfectly, and I wish it was the actual ending to the game.

3. Crayon dragon

I seriously LOVE LOVELOVELOVELOVE this little video- I have watched it multiple (and I mean like... in the 20s +) times and every time I choke up at the end. It has beautiful animation, a wonderful matching soundtrack....and it does in 3 minutes what most movies cant do in over an hour- you wont be dissapointed.

4. Follow the rabbit

(it wont let me embed- so heres the link ^^)

Follow the rabbit link

This is one interesting Short animation piece- Im not sure what to say about it really- but its definately worth a watch- and I wont spoil the ending for you... why dont you just... follow the rabbit? ^^

5. Switch

This one has such an interesting and simple concept- boy locked in room with white walls and one switch...nothing else to do but flip it and see what happens =3

(continued in part 2)