Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This Movie Needs a TOON Up?

Okay, this is a new one. Actually, it’s an old one. With a twist.
Isn’t that how it usually seems to go?

However, this time, it really is a “new” one.
It’s fascinatingly wrong... and therefore maybe a good idea.

Hollywood is producing yet another remake. But again, there’s a twist. Not in semantics this time, as in “reboot” or “reimagining” or “revisionist” or “retooled” or anything of the sort. The “rub” is who’s starring in it.

The movie being retackled is The Stooge. It starred Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Who on earth could re-do those two, right? Oh, probably in Hollywood-ese that likely works out to George Clooney and Jim Carrey, yes? No. Ready for the twist? Martin will be portrayed by Mickey Mouse and Lewis by Roger Rabbit in an animation & live-action hybrid film. Whoa.

With any luck it will be an entertainment classic. But regardless of how good a movie it turns out to be, it has earned a place as a truly original take on a hackneyed “genre.”

And despite all the rest of it I, for one, would love to see Roger frustrate Mickey. Could be fun.

Oh yes - there’s one other “twist” as it were. Also ‘starring’ are Walt Disney and the great Orson Welles. Ah, what CGI and the 21st Century can’t do, eh? I do find this idea unnerving. I just hope they creatively use their previous utterances to shape ‘new’ dialogue for them. In other words (ha!) there’d been talk MANY moons ago about being able to feed all of a person’s voice recordings into a computer and then have it interpolate and extract and configure it into an entirely new set of words, the result of which is [supposedly] how said person would have sounded when speaking it. For instance, in theory it’s possible to have John Lennon sing a NEW song. In my opinion, this is creepy and wrong. So, yeah, I hope they never perfected this practice...

But anyway, here's to it coming out well and we pray it doesn’t make stooges of them, the cartoons, Hollywood and us.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Interpretations CAN Be Wrong

Somebody’s interpretation
of Peter being a
bird & human is quite freaky.

I’ll have to go with this being utterly the wrong idea.

This, you see, makes it even more complicated than it already is.  In order for this image/idea to be so, his parents would had to have seen him as a bird to begin with... and if that were the case, they certainly wouldn’t have left the window open.  It also implies that he mutates fully into a human later on in life.  If THAT were the case, then he’d lose his special magical quality of being neither-nor.  Besides all the [warped] logistics of it contained therein and beyond, we can’t ignore the fact that Barrie had been well aware of Rackham’s drawings.  Which means that if Pan had been meant to literally be “betwixt-and-between” in physical form, Barrie would have corrected Rackham’s interpretation.  Sure he would have, given how fussy and attentive he’d been when it came to his eternal boy.

For anyone needing clarification on "Betwixt-and-Between" you'll certainly find it in my interquel novel.  As you might expect, it expands the idea into the broader scope of the character of Peter Pan.