Brave

So as Pixar fans (like me) know already, Brave will be released on the 22nd of June (which is also my birthday!), 2012. For those who haven’t seen them yet, here are the trailers, and a sneak-peek from “La Luna” (which has been nominated for animated short oscar) which will be shown right before Brave.

Additionally, the synopsis of Brave has also been released for those who want to know more:

“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.”

Grimm and other Folk Tales

Here are some illustrations made by Cory Godbey about some fairy-folk tales. I like the style very much, and hope you enjoy it too. My faves are The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers and The Troll from the Three Billy Goats (which oddly was one of my favorite stories from preschool.)

The Prince in the Tree from the Old Woman in the Wood

The Glass Coffin from Snow White

The Princess and the Dragon from The Four Clever Brothers

Little Red Riding Hood from Little Red Riding Hood

Hansel and Gretel from Hansel and Gretel

The Nine Peahens from The Nine Peahens

The Death and Life of the Beast from Beauty and the Beast

Ivan and the Fire Bird from Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf

The Troll from The Three Billy Goats

Daga and the Trolls from Dag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain

5 Centimeters Per Second: a chain of short stories about their distance – 秒速5センチメートルアチェインオブショートストリーズアバウトゼアディスタンス

I love the movie, 5 centimeters per second, which is an animation and it consists of three parts that relate to one another in such a way that it is sure to make you cry at a point. The movie was produced by Makoto Shinkai, and I think the graphics are awesome and very realistic. It’s really a must-watch, as I did for 6 times :) My friend Pınar showed me a blog page where somebody did have a bit time to kill and tracked down some places which were used (as in drawn) in the movie. So here are some of the pictures from that post, and please, watch the movie too :D

Byousoku 5 cm

Byousoku 5 cm

Real life

Real life

Byousoku 5 cm

Byousoku 5 cm

Real life

Real life

Byousoku 5 cm

Byousoku 5 cm

Real life

Real life

So, you see how realistic the animation is now, right? It is, truly a masterpiece :D

Sandman

My friend Özgün had posted about Sandman here, but I was reminded of it because my boyfriend tried not to give spoilers since I hadn’t finished reading the whole storyline. I recently finished the entire series, and I think it is my favourite comic ever. The art of Sandman is amazing, and the story that Neil Gaiman tells, giving references to uncountable myths, other comics and other stories are astounding.