So last night I finally got to see Song of the Sea, the latest animated feature from the clever folks at Cartoon Saloon (Kilkenny, Ireland).
Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Friday, December 05, 2014
Terry Gilliam made a film I love called "Time Bandits".
He described it as a film that children would enjoy and adults wouldn't be embarrassed to see, which it is, but it's more than that.
Which is the best introduction I can think of to encourage you all to seek out Strangebeard by the excellent Canadian, Kelly Tindall.
Strangebeard details the adventures of Jenny Brigham who on her 12th birthday discovers that she's the reincarnation of the legendary pirate, Augustus Strangebeard.
This supernatural inheritance imbibes her with a number of powers that are more fun to read about in the comic than to have me tell you.
She's joined on her adventures by Sluggo Sealock, a kind of Tintinish Captain Haddock, and her Boston Terrier, Lemmy.
The villain of the piece of Memoria Morder, one of the Pirate Masters.
Kelly has drawn the whole business in a very accessible hand that is appealing to young readers but is sophisticated enough in it's storytelling to engage all ages (like Time Bandits, children will enjoy it and adults won't be embarrassed to read it).
My four year old leapt onto it and pored over it for a good 40 minutes but it's intended for older children, really.
It is easy to imagine parents reading the book with the kids and in that it serves as a great introduction to the comic form.
It's noteworthy that the lead character is a young girl as we don't see enough interesting woman characters in popular books and film.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to everyone but I think parents with girls should have it on the bedtime roster as soon as possible.
A good chunk of the book is available online but you can buy a paperback copy here and then there's a good chance you could infect your child with the spirit of the book and then maybe one day they'll make their own Strangebeard and the world will be a jollier place because of it.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Friday, October 24, 2014
For those of you in Armenia, B&R will be playing at ReAnimania on October 27 at 11am and 7pm.
Screenings continue in Romania where the run seems to have been extended.
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Saturday, October 04, 2014
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Saturday, August 02, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
1) See that roll of white paper next to the toilet? Try wiping your bum with it after you take a shit.
Stop wiping when there's no brown on the paper. No more bleeding rash!
2) Hungry? Put food in your mouth and chew it. Then swallow. Yum!
3) Need to get someplace? Try walking or driving or taking public transport. You'll get there eventually.
4) Tired? Yawning? Close your eyes for a while and see what happens. Crazy!
5) Full bladder? Make wee-wees! Do it wherever you like, just don't let anyone see your willy!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Writer, broadcaster, middle earth reporter and all round super chap Brian Sibley wrote about The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead.
Or if you want to avoid Faceybook.
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Friday, June 13, 2014
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Friday, March 28, 2014
The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead will be playing at the Melbourne International Animation Festival and I'll be there!
We had a lovely review from the festival:
"...For his feature, Cowan has held onto the simple, graphic design of his two leads, but has rolled out a much more lush and intriguing range of backgrounds and environments. The writing is snappy, the voiceover work is pitch perfect and the look of the entire piece is graphically clever. This isn't a slick CG blockbuster. It instead musters the creative resources on hand to embody what an animated feature is supposed to be like".
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