|Posted by douggoodman on October 17, 2012 at 8:15 AM||comments (1)|
I drop off my daughter and her best friend at school in the mornings, and sometimes we have some pretty interesting conversations, like today, when one of these young women said that she had never been told about the "birds and the bees." This is where she would be screaming at me to put on the brakes.
"I've been to the classes and I know, but nobody has ever explained to me why people talk specifically about birds and bees."
So her best friend got to tell her about birds and bees. Her best friend started: there are these things called birds, and they fly in the sky.
I added that bees make honey, and that while many people think bears live off of honey, the bears actually devour the entire honeycomb, including the larva.
Somehow, this got twisted into me describing what I thought were the scariest creatures of the natural world. "The horror movie monsters of nature," I put it. In short: wasps.
We all agreed wasps are scary-looking. There is just something vicious about the black and yellow patterns, the bulging eyes, and those bloated segments. And then there is their audacity, too. Many bugs will try to run from you if you disturb them, but a wasp will charge you like a male silverback gorilla. But that wasn't where I was really going. After mentioning how horrible these monsters were, I had to introduce the young women to emerald wasps. These monsters turn cockroaches into zombies and then leave them paralyzed while the wasp larva eat them alive!
And then there are the bee-killing wasps, which attack bee colonies by ripping the heads off bees! They kill the entire colony to dine on bee larvae! (I'm sure that if bees went on campouts, they'd tell horror stories of serial killer wasps and wasps that murder all the parents to eat the young.)
Go figure, one of the girls said she thought she had a phobia of bees. I suggested she read the Pop-Up Book of Phobias to help her.
|Posted by douggoodman on October 15, 2012 at 6:25 AM||comments (0)|
I am a big fan of Andy Fairhurst's DeviantArtwork for kid superheroes. I cannot speak for his intentions when he made these, but I like to think these are all children wearing home-made costumes of their favorite superheroes. Here is a link to more of his artwork, which also includes children dressed as the Flash, Robin, Iron Man, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, and Joker and Harley Quinn.
My favorite of this line is this piece he made of a kid dressed as Spiderman. I love that the child is looking up the chains of the swingset to a spider web. According to his page, Andy Fairhurst says the child is looking at a fly. I never noticed the fly until he pointed it out. I'd prefer to think that he is looking at the web and perhaps the sky beyond it. The child is thinking of what he could be. This is a very innocent, romanticized view of Spiderman, for sure, but that is a good thing.
For all the little and big kids dreaming of more, I hope you continue to dream big and that you have a happy Halloween!
|Posted by douggoodman on October 3, 2012 at 7:30 PM||comments (0)|
I wanted to post this and give everyone a chance to check out Tim Burton's original Frankenweenie before the one came out Friday. I watched this short film (30 minutes) last year, and I thought it was pretty clever, even if a bit cheesy. It is especially memorable when you think that this was one of the first things Tim Burton made (way back in 1984), and he made it for Disney and was promptly fired for it. Apparently kids got scared watching this short film, which is almost laughable to think about now. I think it is safe to say Frankenweenie was before its time. The movie just needed 30 years of Beetlejuices, Edward Scissorhandses, Sleepy Hollows, Batmans, and Alice in Wonderlands to make audiences not feel so disturbed by his style. Fast forward 30 years, and Frankenweenie will probably be the number one film in America this weekend. Life has a nice way of twisting around like the stark spirals in a Tim Burton movie, and this is certainly the case with Frankenweenie.
Seeing this movie on YouTube makes me wonder why we don't call the 2012 movie a reimagining or a redux or something like that. Surely redoing a 30-year old movie in stop-motion should count as a reimagining, right? At least it wasn't a prequel...
Oh, and it is crazy seeing Shelley Duvall again. I think she fits right in with Tim Burton's "rogues gallery," don't you?