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Wookiees in Star Wars Rebels vs Star Wars The Clone Wars

I have heard many complaints on how the Wookiees are drawn in the new animated series Star Wars Rebels ‘mini movie’ “Spark of Rebellion”. Therefore, I decided to do a side by side comparison between the way the Wookiees were presented in Star Wars Rebels to the last time the Wookiees were animated in Star Wars The Clone Wars.

Images of Wookiees in Star Wars The Clone Wars

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Images of Wookiees in Star Wars Rebels

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I personally do not see where there is a significant difference in how each of these series draw Wookiees. In fact, I want a plushee of Kitwarr! However, with so much negativity on Twitter and Facebook about this, I thought I may be missing something just based on this comparison. Therefore, I asked fellow fangirl and someone who has a better pulse on the creative side of Star Wars, Tricia Barr, about this topic and here is what she had to say:

The Clone Wars had a bigger budget and better modeling capabilities so some of the animation isn’t going to be quite as stunning as the old show. The Clone Wars was working toward photorealistism in its animation and Star Wars Rebels is firmly positioned as a cartoon. With that said, the Star Wars Rebels animation is beautiful.

What was important to me was that the emotion of the moment in the scenes with the Wookiees still struck home. I’d much rather have a good impactful storytelling moment than worry about the minutia of hairy details.

So have you seen the mini movie Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion yet? If so, what did you think of the character designs of the characters, especially the Wookiees? If not, then you may want to watch the ABC prime time television debut of Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion Tonight (October 26) at 7:00PM EST on ABC with an extra scene added featuring Darth Vadar voiced by none other than James Earl Jones!

Sailor Moon Crystal Observations

As I mentioned before, I love Sailor Moon, and have been spending time lately re-watching this series on HuluPlus!

Today, the first episode of Sailor Moon Crystal premiered in Japan and on many other streaming sites, with English subtitles, including Neon Alley, Hulu, Crunchyroll and NicoNico.

Sailor Moon Crystal Summary from HuluPlus

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Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

I watched the first episode three times already, once this morning and twice this afternoon. Overall, I believe it is a wonderful start to a great series and I cannot wait to see the next episode in two weeks! However, there are a few observations that I want to mention here as a long time fan of the original anime series.

Observation 1: The art in Sailor Moon Crystal is very beautiful, like a painting that would hang in a gallery somewhere and not something that I would be watching on my 56″ HD TV or my tablet. Below are just a few examples from this first episode of the beautiful art created for this series:

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Observation 2: Some of the characters, especially secondary characters, have slight differences in Sailor Moon Crystal compared to the original anime. For instance, Shingo, has the same attitude as in the original Sailor Moon anime, but in Sailor Moon Crystal he has blond hair, like his sister Usagi, while it was light brown in the original anime as seen below.

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Shingo as seen in the original anime

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Shingo from Sailor Moon Crystal

Observation 3: Background music and effects are toned down in Sailor Moon Crystal.

The background music in this episode of Sailor Moon Crystal is much more subtle than it ever was in the original anime. In the original anime, the background music was used as cues to the characters and what was going on in the story. In Sailor Moon Crystal, it is part of the beautiful background and is not really noticeable, except during the transformation sequence.

Observation 4: Opening Music

Although I loved both the original Japanese version along with the North American version of the original’s Opening Theme, I really love the new opening music by “Momoiro Clover Z”. I cannot wait to add this theme to my music collection!

Observation 5: The eye catches for the commercial breaks are just gorgeous when compared to the original anime! I plan on making this my new tablet background!

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Observation 6 (and the one that bothered me the most for some reason): In Sailor Moon Crystal, Usagi’s room seems very empty when compared to the original anime. There seems to be some accents in her room and a few things on her desk, but not much stuff. In the original anime, her room contained lots of stuff including a Chicken Clock, a bookshelf full of Manga and other nic knacks scattered across the room.

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Usagi’s Room as seen in Sailor Moon Crystal

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Usagi’s Room as seen in the original Sailor Moon Anime.

So, have you seen Sailor Moon Crystal yet? If so, then what observations do you have? Inquiring minds want to know!

#AtoZBlogChallenge: Rocket Ships

#AtoZBlogChallenge Topic: Rocket Ships

Watching the BBC America Series, The Real History of Science Fiction reminded me that many classic science fiction magazine covers featured, at one time or another, a spaceship powered by rockets, aka, rocket ship. Below are 5 examples of classic science fiction magazine covers featuring a ‘rocket ship’:

Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine from 1958

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Astounding Science Fiction Magazine from 1939

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Space Science Fiction from 1952

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Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1956

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Dynamic Science Fiction Magazine from 1953

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Past Adventure: Art in the Desert

Last year, my husband and I went with a friend to visit some interesting places in the Nevada desert. One of the places we visited is the Goldwell Open Air Museum near the ghost town of Rhyolite.

The Goldwell Open Air Museum offers spectacular, south-facing views across the Mojave Desert; seven monumental sculptures; a historic early 1900′s house; and is surrounded by varied desert terrains (mountains, flats, and washes).

There are some interesting pieces of artwork displayed in this open air museum. However, I connected only with two pieces that are displayed. Therefore, I decided to share with you what these two pieces of artwork are and how I connected with them.

Full Size Couch Sculpture called “Sit Here” by artist Sofie Siegmann

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      I am impressed with the medium that the artist used, especially the various colored tiles. I am also impressed by the detail and even the functionality of the piece. Overall, I compliment the artist on the whole concept and the execution.

However, what I connected with the most on this piece is the emotion I felt when I saw how damaged it is. The damage is not just from the elements, which I expected being in a desert environment, but by people who I assume want to “take” a piece of this artwork home with them. It is a shame what has happened to such a beautiful piece of art and I hope that someday it can be restored.

A Ghostly sculptured version of “The Last Supper” created by artist Albert Szukalski

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    This seemed, to me, to be an unusual version of this famous piece of art. The ghostly motif, I believe, gives this famous scene a new meaning. Overall, I get the impression that death is not very far anyone who appears in that scene or whomever views it. I am not sure if this is the impression the artist tried to convey with this piece. However, there is another reason why this sculpture impressed me. I am impressed at how well made this piece is. The artist used some great materials in creating the sculpture. Based on my observation, this piece holds up very well in the environment of this open air museum. I would not be surprised if this is still in the same spot for many years to come.

Even though I only connected with a few pieces in this museum, I would encourage anyone who is interested in this type of artwork to visit. For more information of the other artwork displayed or how to get to the Goldwell Open Air Museum, please visit the following sites:

Southern Rhyolite: The Goldwell Open Air Museum

Visiting the Goldwell Open Air Museum

Trip Advisor Article on The Goldwell Open Air Museum

Death Valley Chamber of Commerce article on museum

Places Earth article on museum

Via Magazine article about museum

Upcoming Adventure: Yets!

I recently attended Motor City Comic Con and met author and illustrator Mike Bocianowski in Artist’s Alley. When I visited his table, I saw some illustrations of some very cute looking creatures. I instantly wanted to learn more about them. As I was looking at the illustrations, the artist formally introduced me to them. These cute creatures are called YETS.

What are YETS?

YETS are creatures who have no name as of yet. They live in the giant Treeworld of Chlem. Humans couldn’t pronounce the real name of these creatures, so they renamed them Yets

It did not take much persuasion on the artist’s part to convince me to buy YETS! 1: The Adventure Begins, which is the first volume of the graphic novel series starring the YETS.

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After only reading the first pages of this volume, I noticed that the artwork was very crisp, clean and easy to follow. In addition, the story was interesting and the dialog was fast paced. I could tell right away that this was going to be an interesting adventure. Therefore, I went back the next day to Mike Bocianowski’s table and bought the other two volumes of the series as well.

These volumes have now been added to my ever growing to be read (TBR) pile. Once I read the entire series, I will write a review and post it here.

#AtoZChallenge Disney Dreams Collection

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A to Z Blog Challenge Topic: Disney Dreams Collection

The Disney Dreams Collection are painting created by Thomas Kinkade that depict great moments from Walt Disney Films. I have seen most of the artwork in this collection on display when I visit the Art of Disney shops at Walt Disney World in Florida. I would love to add any of these to my collection. My favorite piece from this collection is Beauty and the Beast Falling in Love

I have always admired how special this artwork makes me feel as a fan of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. I can lose myself into the world that is depicted on the canvas, especially the characters and the beautiful settings. I will eventually add this artwork to my ever-growing collection of Disney memorabilia.

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