Wednesday, September 16, 2009

hmmm....

Some time or another,
we've all watched at least one, or some of them in our lives.
& by watching them, i specifically mean an entire episode,
not just an accidental-few-second-glance when flipping through TV channels.
Cartoons. Anime. Animated series.
At a glance, one would say all three are the same.
Ah, that's where we're always mistaken.
Let's relook the definitions.
*Sources are from Wikipedia.

At a closer look,
When the word cartoon is applied to print media, it most often refers to a humorous single-panel drawing or gag cartoon, most of which have captions and do not use speech balloons. The word cartoon is sometimes used to refer to a comic strip.
Because of the stylistic similarities between comic strips and early animated movies, "cartoon" came to refer to animation, and this is the sense in which "cartoon" is most commonly used today. These are usually shown on television or in cinemas and are created by showing illustrated images in rapid succession to give the impression of movement. (In this meaning, the word cartoon is sometimes shortened to toon, which was popularized by the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Although the term can be applied to any animated presentation, it is most often used in reference to programs for children, featuring anthropomorphized animals, superheroes, the adventures of child protagonists, and other related genres.

Anime, an abbreviated pronunciation in Japanese of "animation", but typically is animation originating in Japan.

Animated series is a set of regularly presented animated television programs created or adapted for television broadcast with a common series title, usually related to one another. Cartoon series either appear once a week or daily during a prescribed time slot and are usually created to be open-ended, not with a predetermined number of episodes. These programs typically share the same characters and a basic theme.

I haven't really watched much of the animated series in the 2000's era.
But there has been a similarity that seems very obvious.
Most of them, in overall aspects, have come to be inferior to their counterparts in the 90's.
[i refer to those with a continuous plot, not stand-alone episodes like Tom & Jerry]
Usually i make the comparison by the show's intro scene.
Simple, nice & memorable tunes make them even more remembered.
X-Men, Rescue Rangers, Batman or Duck Tales ring a bell?
If u were a fan of those, u could take a stroll down memory lane with these videos...
Ah, the wonders of Youtube.

Duck Tales.


Chip 'N' Dale: Rescue Rangers


Disney's Gummi Bears


He-Man


Thundercats


Batman


X-Men


Dragon Ball.
As it was created by Akira Toriyama, a Japanese mangaka, it's best u see the original Japanese theme too. Catchy tunes =)


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

At those times, the people behind the scenes emphasized on the makings of a good story.

These days, it seems that they're more focused on the merchandising power & the profits it'll bring in.

We seem it everywhere, really. Stickers, toys, video-game tie-ins.

A popular trend these days though, is Happy Meal collectibles. Welcome to McDonalds !

[think Monsters Vs Aliens]

I'm don't mind if they have movies about it too, as long as they have a good plot & good acting.

[x-men, x-men 2, x-men origins: wolverine]

15 Malaysia Part 3: The Last

The finale of the 15 Malaysia short film project.
The 15th video.

Synopsis
A Rojak seller’s take on Malaysia’s multi-faceted social political tapestry. Made entirely with CGI special effects. Visually stunning.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

15 Malaysia Part 2

The 9th to 14th of the videos.
They're all quite interesting.


Synopsis
A comedic re-enactment of how one politician tries to entice another to switch party allegiance as DVD pirates look on.

Synopsis
Two secret lovers rendezvous in a plush hotel room while TV news is read in the background. A dark take on apathy in Malaysia.


Synopsis
The controversial head of UMNO Youth plays a taxi driver who is asked his views on some current Malaysian talking points. He ends up offering a keris to a Chinese boy as a gift


Synopsis
A man finds himself without small change in a cheap brothel. Many arguments ensue and problems faced by the Malaysian common man are discussed humorously.

Synopsis
An over-zealous public relations consultant advises the current minister of health how to discourage unhealthy lifestyles in Malaysia.

Synopsis
A haunting portrayal of a paedophile preparing to hunt, interspersed with metaphors on the state of Malaysian politics

15 Malysia Videos.

These are the 2nd to 8th of the films.


Synopsis
A quiet tale that reminds us that, despite the multifaceted contradiction of Malaysia, life goes on – even if not all of it is sweet.

Synopsis
Malaysia’s most influential spiritual leader Nik Aziz offers commentary on the virtuous and Islamic way to conduct ethical commerce in his inimitable style

Synopsis
An Indian boy is asked to build a model of his house at school. A tale on the social economic plight faced by many Malaysians.

Synopsis
A very silly slapstick comedy demonstrating the proper Islamic way to slaughter chicken

Synopsis
A teenage Chinese witness to a racially motivated assault is being driven to the police station. A quiet reminder of the dangers of inter-communal suspicion and conflict.

Synopsis
A modern, poetic and beautifully constructed ode to Malaysia – its common people, places and enduring spirit.

Synopsis
An edgy and powerful science fiction story of a society where everything is perfect, except no one is allowed to speak

& what is your answer?

Take a good look at this picture.


Now, as the saying goes, every picture is worth a thousand words.
Oh no no no, i'm not asking u to write an essay or do some research about it.
We all know that you,
[ YES, YOU. ]
are just going to glance throughout this post to see if there's anything of interest at all,
just like the average blog reader looking for posts worthy enough of his or her time.

All that i ask, is for u to take a few moments to ponder over the picture.
Then enlighten us with your views & opinions.

Now at this very moment, i'm sure you're having thoughts like these in your mind:
"What is its significance?
Why am i being given this question?"

& if i were to ask you the same question again,
we'd probably hear these sentences:
"Oh, that's easy. What we have here is geographic map of Malaysia. Its a multiracial country with a Constitutional King & Democratic Parliament, separated by the South China Sea into East & Peninsular Malaysia-"

Do stop right there & then. I'm not asking for scholarly answers. Everyone knows that you can find those through Google-ing or Wikipedia.
What i truly seek,
is on what are your thoughts about the country?
If you're a local, i'm sure u have lots to tell.
Please do. =)
If you're of a different nationality,
do share your views too. (^o^)
It doesn't matter if you have or haven't visited the country.

There's plenty of things that can be said of Malaysia.
If anyone were to make a collection of them,
I'd say it'll be able to fill up a section of any major bookstore.
Be it good, be it bad, or just trivia, anything goes.

Just recently, the 1 Malaysia concept was introduced as an idea of fostering unity throughout the country, regardless of race, culture, religion & status.
With the same idea in mind, a band of local filmmakers came up with a short film project, consisting of 15 short films by 15 Malaysian filmmakers.
On a personal review,
i'd say its worth your time to view them.
[Its viewable for free, all of them.]
Their tales portray the issues of the country in a simplified manner.
Their official website is http://15malaysia.com/

For starters, you can view the first video right here. *Be sure to mute the Naruto music first for best viewing. The pause button is where the moving columns are.*

Synopsis
A laugh-out-loud film about a Chinese boy’s misguided attempts at opening an Islamic bank account


& if my instinct is right,
you'll be asking me the same question i asked you earlier.
Well, if you want an answer,
here it is.

That is a picture of my homeland, Malaysia. It's where I grew up. It may not be a perfect country, but I am grateful for what I have. I've had a peaceful life, received decent education & given proper healthcare. That trait, is not something that every country in the world is able to give. In simpler terms, I'm proud to be a Malaysian.