Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Balance and Sega-CD ad

So, here's something I've been meaning to talk about for a while, even before I started this blog. It's been bugging the hell out of me.

I saw the Oscar-winning German animated short film Balance (1989) when I was about nine. It was one of those shorts that really got me into foreign animation, and also helped to show me what the medium of animation is capable of.

While watching videos on YouTube, I stumbled across this (the part I'm talking about comes in after 45 seconds) :

The similarities can't be denied. The look of the characters, their actions, the object of interest that is in front of them... well, you be the judge. It's worth noting that this is the European Sega CD commercial, and this may have something to do with it. I really have no idea if the two are related, or if it was a work of plagiarism. I can't find any info about it anywhere, and yet I feel like I'm being stupid by wondering. Hopefully I'll figure this out...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Worst. Birthday Present. Ever.

This movie is coming out the day after my birthday. Wonderful. It should be a double feature, right after Space Chimps.

They should just stop making movies. Now. Like, everyone should just stop making movies. They all need a movie time out.

Here's the trailer, if you dare, although I strongly suggest the much more entertaining version, which accurately shows how most (not stupid) people, including myself, felt about the film.