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

Just my Type

Simon Garfield‘s lovely book, “Just my Type” tells the history of typography like a storybook, is quite accurate, includes much fun trivia and even has info about stuff like why comic sans became so popular. Made me stop disliking comic sans : )

I really do highly recommend reading this book even if you know everything in it. It’s a fun and very good read and the book design will make you proud to display on your shelf.

Tangled

Tangled will be the newest Disney movie. It will be the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, planned for release on November 24, 2010. The story is loosely based on the classic German fairy tale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.

The movie’s visual style will be based on the painting “The Swing”, by the French Rococo artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard.

Disney’s previous animated feature The Princess and the Frog in 2009, although being highly critically acclaimed and taking in nearly $270 million worldwide, was not as successful as Disney had hoped. Disney expressed the belief that the film’s emphasis on princesses may have deterred young boys from seeing the film. In order to market the film to both boys and girls, Disney changed the film’s name from Rapunzel to Tangled, while also emphasizing Flynn Rider, the film’s prominent male character. Disney was criticized for altering the classic title and story as a marketing strategy. Floyd Norman, a retired Disney and Pixar animator, said, “I’m convinced they’ll gain nothing from this except the public seeing Disney as desperately trying to find an audience.”

Guy Harvey

While zapping on the TV with my sister, we came across a news report about Guy Harvey, who was painting an sword fish with watercolors. At first I thought he was an artist very talented in using watercolors, but turns out that he was a scientist and a businessman as well. He is currently working on raising fund to save the gulf after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed.Guy’s artwork can be found in art exhibits, stores, galleries, restaurants and at fishing tournaments. He makes appearances at store openings as well as public appearances for a variety of environmental causes.

Born in Lippspringe, Germany on September 16, 1955 while his father was serving as a Gunnery Officer in the British Army, Guy is a 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage as his family immigrated to Jamaica in 1664. From his early inspirations, Guy’s natural gift to recreate marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to a Wildlife Artist and Photographer. Guy initially opted for a scientific education, earning high honors in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977. He continued his formal training at the University of West Indies, where he obtained a Doctorate in Fisheries Management.

In 1985, he depicted Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing story “The Old Man & the Sea” through a series of 44 original pen and ink drawings and displayed them at an exhibition in Jamaica. Based on the positive response he received at the show, Guy began painting full time and by 1988 was providing custom artwork for use on a variety of products. Guy began to travel the world to gain more knowledge of the habits and activities of marine wildlife. He became an avid scuba diver and skilled underwater photographer. He pioneered a technique of diving and photographing free-swimming billfish. His personal observations made during these diving expeditions have better enabled him to capture the detail in his paintings that contributes to the popularity of his work.

A passion for the beauty and wonder of the underwater world has driven Dr. Guy Harvey to be a leading conservationist and advocate for the protection of our environment. Guy dedicates much of his talent, time and resources to programs that protect our oceans, fish population and reef systems. The Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation have taken on a leadership role in providing the scientific information necessary to understand and protect the world’s fish resources and biodiversity from continued decline.”

Toy Story 3 Character Spoilers

Here are 10 of the 14 adorable new characters designed for Toy Story 3 by Pixar. We have yet to see the remaining 4 characters, but it’s exciting to see all the textures and squishiness of the new characters already. My favorites so far is are Mr Picklepants the hedgehog plushie, and Stretch the octopus. Watch the trailer of Toy Story 3 here on one of my previous posts.

Dolly is a soft and sweet dress-up rag doll, and is the perfect gift for any young child! Her floppy body and sunny smile will make her an irresistible new member of your family. Dolly has purple hair, googly eyes and gently blushing cheeks. She comes with a pretty blue dress, but templates are included to create and sew your own outfits! Machine washable on gentle cycle. http://nku.me/TS3Dolly

Frolic your afternoons away on woodland adventures with Mr. Pricklepants! This charmin lederhosen-wearing hedgehog is from the Waldfreunde collection of premium imported plush toys. He may look prickly, but the plump and fuzzy Mr. Pricklepants is made strictly for cuddling! Hand wash and air dry. Restore fluffiness with fingers. Made in Germany. http://nku.me/TS3MrPicklepants

Sparks will fly – literally – during electrifying playtimes with your new robot friend Sparks! This retro-inspired toy has flashing red LED eyes and a blaster cavity that actually spits out real sparks when he’s rolled along on his sturdy rubber wheels. Sparks also sports telescoping arms with working pincers, and an elevator action that raises his entire body to new heights. Sparking action completely child-safe. Requires two AA batteries (not included). http://nku.me/TS3Sparks

Meet Twitch, the insectaloid warrior, where MAN + INSECT = AWESOME! This sturdy action figure stands over five inches tall, with more than 15 points of articulation, including ferocious chomping mandibles. Use his powerful wings and impenetrable exoskeleton to evade capture! Twitch is meticulously detailed and includes his signature magical battle staff and removable chest armor. For children ages 4 and up. Other insectaloid figures sold separately. http://nku.me/TS3Twitch

Stretch is a fun-loving under-the-sea octopus friend that shines in glittery purple. Kids can count her eight rubbery legs and dozens of sticky suckers that are sure to stand up to rough-and-tumble play and extreme stretching. Toss her high on the wall and watch her climb her way down! Clean in mild soap solution to remove dust and lint. http://nku.me/TS3Stretch

Peas-in-a-Pod will quickly become a parent’s favorite on-the-go toy. The soft, plush pod secures the happy peas inside with a durable metal zipper, making it perfect for the car or stroller. The Peas-in-a-Pod plush toy also develops fine motor skills by catering to a child’s natural grab instinct. Pulling the three peas out of the pod will provide repeated enjoyment for infants and toddlers, and soon they’ll learn to put them back in! Machine washable. Not for human consumption.

Saddle up for fun and let Buttercup lead your child away on a magical adventure! This cuddly unicorn features velvety-soft, snow-colored fur with sparkly gold and pink accents. He sports a signature mythical golden horn and a fun-to-comb mane and tail. Buttercup’s durable plastic eyes are both charming and scratch-resistant. Hypo-allergenic. Ages 3 and up. http://bit.ly/TS3buttercup

Trixie is a perfect playmate for prehistoric playtime! Visit the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Made of rigid, durable plastic and in friendly shades of blue and purple, Trixie features an expressive mouth and movable legs. This gentle Triceratops will feed any child’s imagination. Also available: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Velociraptor. http://nku.me/TS3Trixie

Grab your binoculars and join Ken on a safari! A swinging bachelor who's always on the lookout for fun, Ken sports the perfect outfit for his eco-adventure: light blue shorts and a leopard-print shirt with short sleeves sure to keep him cool in the hot sun. And after his exciting expedition, Ken will be ready to hit the dance floor in style. His accessories include matching scarf, sensible loafers, and a fashion-forward gold belt. Dozens of additional Ken outfits sold separately.

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is a jumbo, extra-soft teddy bear with a pink and white plush body and a velvety purple nose. This lovable bear stands fuzzy heads and shoulders above other teddy bears because he smells like sweet strawberries! With a smile that will light up your child's face and a belly just asking to be hugged, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is sure to become a bedtime necessity. Stain-resistant. Spot clean plush surface with a damp cloth.

Proposal for VA 302 Multi-page Document

The multi-page document for Project Studio will be a magazine that Çubuk the fictional Chinese Restaurant will publish.

Ideas for the magazine name are:

uçuk, buçuk, çubukluk

Ideas for the department pages are:

Chinese astrology page which will feature monthly horoscope readings for each of the 12 signs, and fun facts about the legends behind the animals who symbolize the signs.

DIY page where there will be illustrated guides that show how to make things, like chinese lanterns or things like Japanese paper foldings (origami).


Travel page/ destinations which will have brief introductions for locations that are located in Asia. However, writing about countries will be too general, so smaller places like cities or towns will be featured, like Kuala Lumpur instead of Malaysia.


Music, book, game and movie reviews will introduce the asian popular culture, like j-pop, k-pop and t-pop, books written by Amy Tan, games produced by Square Enix, movies by Hayao Miyazaki (My Neigbor Totoro) or Kar Wai Wong (Chungking Express) etc.


Some words from the editor, which will talk about the new issue, the happenings of the month and what is going on within both Çubuk and the magazine.

Health department which will feature general knowledge about subjects like acupuncture and herbal medicines, where people tend to be most biased or misinformed.


Jokes where there will be jokes that the readers send in. Readers will be asked to send jokes and funny incidents that have happened to them. This is for breaking away from the well known jokes.

Puzzles that will be fun and challenging for children and adults. This part will feature puzzles like sudoku.


News from Çubuk which will be about the kitchen, new products, new themes, new branches etc.

Ideas for the feature pages are:

Interview with an Asian celebrity, like Yang Chengling (Rainie), singer from Taiwan, or basketball players like Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi, from China.


Article about subjects like yoga, Chinese tea, feng shui…


A short story page, selected from a competition among the readers.

A special report on how to select what you cook.

Might be the cheesiest post I ever made. Here is the proper nice snazzy and promised PDF: Proposal for multipage document