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I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
so tell me why tumblr was so angry with brave and frozen being all white but not how to train your dragon……could it be tumblr is BIASED AND FAKE AS HELL and love male protags. i mean, honestly how to train your dragon is a gender swapped version of brave they’re pretty similar imo. like setting, magical animals, the kids with the struggle with gender roles and the parents who don’t understand because they’re the ideal of gender roles
Wow oh gosh. I’ve been saying for a while that tumblr is very biased in what it chooses to be critical of, and this is extremely obvious in the way they treated animated movies; Frozen and Brave coming to mind of course. While criticizing these movies for all white casts is valid, doing so and then consequently completing ignoring that other films do the same and giving them a free pass is very problematic.
But I always assumed that it was because Disney (and subsequently Pixar) are kind of like ‘the man’ to them, so they choose to be critical of them while giving ‘underdog’ companies like Dreamworks or Blue Sky or whatnot a pass (not that these companies are actually underdogs; they’re huge, major players). Heck, I’ve already seen multiple posts about how HttYD2 is so much more progressive than Frozen.
Now I think I may be wrong. I think it really could be because these movies have male protagonists and tumblr, as much as it likes to pretend otherwise, favors the hell out of media with male protagonists. While female lead stuff is far rarer than male led stuff, what does exist out there just doesn’t make even close to the blip on tumblr that male led stuff does. Because it’s not even just How to Train Your Dragon that gets a pass from fans; it’s Rise of the Guardians, The Lorax, and even Wreck it Ralph. Whereas the animated films that receive the most critique on tumblr? All of the recent major films starring women, which outside of Epic which didn’t make much of a splash, have been by Disney or Pixar.
And I know tumblr isn’t some monolithic hive mind, so when I say ‘tumblr’ I of course do not mean everyone. But the fact is tumblr is underly critical of stuff when it’s something they favor, and this is a perfect example of that. Feel free to love these movies (I know I do with several of them), but please be balanced about it.
A reminder that Tumblr has been completely freaking silent about Dreamworks removing a PoC character from the HTTYD source material and replacing him with a white kid.
There are tons of ways to help your local animal shelter that don’t involve forking over a huge chunk of change. A big one that not many people know about is the donation of blankets and towels!
Shelter workers are often overworked and underpaid. They depend on donations and volunteers to keep things running smoothly. You don’t have to do much to be a big help! Volunteering can be as simple as helping to socialize cats! Just go keep them company!
Visit your local shelter and see what they need!
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So you have this extremely positive, happy character who sees the world for all of the good in it. This character is always smiling and taking life’s hardships in stride, often to the surprise of the more melancholy people surrounding him or her. They face adversity with a smile, and never do they partake in any hateful actions or speech.
For some reason though, fandom feels the need to reject this as much as possible, deciding that “deep down, they’re really angry and bitter!” or “their smile is just a facade to mask their utter depression.” Because evidently happiness is “boring”, “uninteresting”, or “unrealistic.” The popularity of these cynical headcanons is really aggravating and I’ll tell you why they bother me.
By revoking this character’s personality in favor of your negative and cynical interpretation, you’re damaging both the character and the narrative. While it may seem like you’re adding layers of intrigue and complexity, you’re actually stripping the narrative of something important. This character’s overwhelmingly positive and loving attitude means something to the narrative. Whether it be providing a contrast to the setting or the other characters, or simply acting as the embodiment of the fact that there is purity and goodness among humans. They’re something warm for fans to latch onto in the face of life’s usual harshness. Your dark interpretation isn’t who the character is, and absolutely damages the significance of who they are to the narrative and what they’re supposed to do for the reader/viewer/listener.
Positivity isn’t bad writing.
GUYS, THIS IS IMPORTANT. I’ve been a lifeguard for four years, and I didn’t fully appreciate this until a little kid jumped into the shallow end of the lap pool. He wasn’t flailing. His eyes were wide in panic and h would try and push himself off the bottom, but the water was right over his head. It took me a couple seconds to register what had happened, and fortunately, another swimmer right beside the kid managed to grab him when he saw my reaction.