Friday, November 16, 2012

Desert Bus 2012

So it's that time of the year again, and I've been silent since I'm trying to get a lot of different things prepped for the holidays since I'm really not doing anything but working and watching Desert Bus for the next week. I will have a tutorial up in a day or two, and doing a few small crafty things while watching so I don't feel useless, so there.
Some of you are new and weren't here when my life revolved around this last year, so here's a quick recap.
The fine folks from LoadingReadyRun, who create awesome online sketch comedies, have been running a marathon of the game Desert Bus to raise money for the Child's Play Charity every November since 2007.
Desert Bus is a minigame from the unreleased 'Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors', you can read more about it here on the wiki page.
More about Child's Play can be found on their website http://www.childsplaycharity.org/
And of course if you want to join in on watching them sing songs, read books, auction off donated items and really, just do fun things, go here http://desertbus.org/
Also, if I really have to twist your arm to go check it out, here are some of my favorite clips from last year.
Our first clip is the opening they did, really put a lot of effort into it and getting everyone pumped for the awesome. ^_^


Nappa(Takahata101) plays who is a kitty.


Alex hosting his own call-in show, The Derpline. If you like it, there are three more on Youtube here, here, and here.

This last one I'm posting is just because it's special to Tayron and I. Kroze and Matt last year kept going on about MLP:FiM, and this song is what got us to actually watch the new series and get hooked.


Of course there are so many other videos I can post since the LRR crew did an amazing job as they do every year, but it does go on for roughly a week straight, 24/7, and I don't have enough space or time. Tune in and check it out, again here at http://desertbus.org/

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph

I just got back from seeing Wreck-It Ralph today, and I have to say I'm impressed with the movie. I'd seen some spoiler-free reviews in the past few days because I couldn't quite wait until today to watch them after watching the movie, so my expectations were lower going into it. Not low, just lower than what they were before seeing the reviews. And the movie just blew me away. Stripping away the video game-ness that some people say is pandering, the heart of the movie is an amazing story about motivations, friendship, and the truth behind what it is to be a real hero. I loved this movie just for that story, and it's ability to almost make me cry. And let me tell you, with how much I've seen and read in my lifetime, it's hard to get me to cry at works of fiction. Enough about me, back to the movie. We'll start from the beginning with a few interesting advertisements and the previews.

Of course, in a movie about video games, they had to have adverts featuring video game characters.
Sonic the Hedgehog in a Progressive ad here on Youtube.
There was a shorter cut version of this ad here, for the upcoming Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale game.

When this ad came on, I thought the previews had started since it seems like an interesting movie about 2 bloggers connecting with each other and forming a bond. Was not expecting what actually happened, and loved it!
The last advertisement-type thing as a short movie made through a Sprite contest, Sprite Films Presents: Prom Night. I can't actually find this online anywhere, when I do find it I'll post it right here.

On to the Previews!
First one up is 'Rise of the Guardians.'


Next up is 'Escape From Planet Earth.'


Here we have 'The Croods.'

Finally is 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

Since this is a Pixar film, there is a short in front of the movie, this one's called 'Paperman.' I just love these shorts, that they keep coming up with these amazing stories told with no words at all, and every one of them is different, unique and engaging. Paperman, while still being CGI, has an art style I'm finding hard to explain right now. It's like a combination of traditional animation and CGI, completely beautiful. A+
Before the movie starts, we get 8-bit Steamboat Willie, I thought that was a nice touch. Some of the side dialogue in the movie is hilarious, like here in the opening when the narration is going on, you can hear one of the kids from 1982 say "This animation's so real!" It's little touches like that side dialogue and cameos/references going on in the background that makes me want to watch this movie over and over just to catch everything. Like in the party for the game's 30th anniversary, we noticed Skrillex was the DJ, and if you blink during the scene where Ralph's escape pod is crashing through Game Central you can miss the rings flying out as he apparently squishes Sonic.
Going back to the story before I get too fangirly here, Ralph has been labelled and they've all been put into their boxes or roles to play on this video game stage. They've pushed him so far into his character archetype, they don't even care he's a person. One thing I did find kind of odd, was how accepting the people of Niceville were of him after everything he did to them, what with almost getting their game taken out. With Felix, at least there was a connection and shared feelings on being abandoned/thrown away by people you just wanted to be friends with, but nothing with the others in his game. I understand he's a hero now, in every sense of the word, and they should like him and not keep pushing people into labels other people have bestowed upon you, but it just seems they've flipped too hard from hating into loving him. Even with that minor grievance, I sill loved every bit of this movie, and everyone should see this film, whether you're into video games or not. If you're not a fan of gaming, you won't get all the references and cameos the movie has, but the story and visuals will still entertain you.


I leave you with a Perler Bead Ralph I mad while looking at one of the movie posters for this film.








If you're interested in more Wreck-It Ralph crafts, Spoonful.com has Disney's crafts and printables for it here, http://spoonful.com/disney-wreck-it-ralph