Archive for animation

luminous lumage!

Posted in Film with tags , , , on February 26, 2015 by phanteana

what makes a great animated film…is it the plot development? the characters? the musical numbers? the animation itself? it’s a combination of all of these. truthfully, most animated features are pretty standard as far as their presentation; this statement cannot be applied to John Korty’s 1983 cult favorite Twice Upon A Time, because it is anything but mainstream. however, the lack of traditional screen fare and unusual style approach are by no means negative traits. despite its initial commercial disappointment, the film is regarded as a tour de force in animation and lauded by artists and fan alike. it is also incredibly difficult to track down, and has only been available in VHS and Laser-disc formats. but Korty confirmed at an extremely rare screening of the film in Brooklyn, NY that Warner Bros. will finally release Twice Upon A Time on DVD this year. this includes both the PG-rated family-friendly version, and the profanity-laced “adult” version made without Korty’s consent. after years of wondering and waiting, we can emerge out of the Murkworks!




(author’s note: the opening credit music, Bruce Hornsby’s “Heartbreak Town”, is insanely catchy)


Post-Punk and the Bunnymen

Posted in Art & Photography, Music with tags , , , on January 26, 2015 by phanteana

Post-Punk and bunnies: a winning combination! (the depictions of The Stranglers’ Black And White and Strawberry Switchblade’s self-titled album are absolutely adorable)


chameleon chronicles

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , on January 15, 2015 by phanteana

every face of David Bowie ever, in one glorious animated GIF:

adventurous library cards

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , on July 14, 2014 by phanteana

library cards tend to be rather ordinary looking, but the Burbank Public Library has added some flair and personality to its patrons’ cards. the BPL, which celebrated its centennial last year, has issued various cards featuring popular children’s characters and images of Burbank from the past. among these include Finn and Jake from the Adventure Time series, who are no strangers to unleashing the power of imagination. if parents are having trouble getting their kids to visit the library this summer, these cards should do the trick (even if only to get them to watch the show on the library’s computers instead of at home)!



Posted in Popular Culture with tags , on June 18, 2014 by phanteana

for those who watched Nickelodeon in the 80’s, this signified viewers that Danger Mouse (or Count Duckula) was about to begin. both enjoyed loyal followings, and still do to some degree but have been difficult to locate on DVD format. with that said, the BBC announced yesterday that Britain’s favorite secret agent mouse will be returning to the small screen in 2015 for the first time in nearly 2 decades. while it remains to be seen what changes will be made to incorporate DM into the 21st Century, it is nonetheless a welcome return…and it it’s as successful as it was in its heyday, perhaps the quack of a Count might be gracing TV screens once again.