Archive for October 2017

We ponder the importance of ceramics and the mechanics of fungal spores.

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We welcome our first guest, Andrew Darowski of Disney Animation Minute Essentials podcast. Scott McCloud has a theory of Japanese sensibilities in comics and film editing. We like the music and the silence. A girl talks to herself, and colors indicate light levels. We talk about the first time we saw this movie.

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Richard gets nostalgic about 90’s-era cryptozoolgy & ufology, then the conversation switches from pseudoscience to real science. Chieko finds vials very satisfying. We find echoes of this scene in a couple of other movies.

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A running joke is born. We finish the credits, with a shoutout to Ultra Q. We fantasize about owning the coolest glider in all of film history, but wonder what it uses for power. A pilot lands at the edge of a strange forest, and we compare her sartorial choices with figures in the tapestry.

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We survey the credits and try to interpret the images on a tapestry. Chieko gives props to Joe Hisaishi and Richard researches the Harmony Process. We discuss comic book companies making movies, and we are introduced to God Warriors.

Here's a page about IBM's "Harmony Process" https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSB2MU_8.2.1/com.btc.tcatg.user.doc/topics/atgreqcov_SecSysControllerHarmony.html

And here's a page (in Japanese) about the "Harmony Process" in animation http://akamiru.com/2014/07/anime-harmony-cut.html

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We talk about Don Quixote, wearing crowns to hang out, and crumbling dolls. We make clear that we don’t care about the dubbed English audio, but we like aggressive gargling. We speculate on the history of chocobos and ceramics.

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Our first episode covers whether this is a Ghibli movie or not, and we talk about a figure riding out of the haze.

Meant to say "Fantastic Planet" but it came out as "Forbidden Planet." So as you listen, just replace "Forbidden" with "Fantastic."

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