I can only hope that one day the world will wake up and see what the animation industry has done to our children’s films.
Cookie cutter plots so soaked in morals they make you feel like you have overdosed on sugar abound. That dark edge previously found in animated film, that spark that helped generations grow into well-adjusted adults, is gone. Like books in a glass case lest they collect the slightest hint of dust, children are sheltered from reality. Our films now pat children on the head and say, “You’ll understand when you’re older,” as if their brains simply can’t handle the truth.
None of that was the case during the 80s and 90s, which were the decades of my childhood. I did not have nightmares over Baloo’s “death” after fighting Shere Kahn; Tod and Copper’s fight as adults only made me sad. I am forever grateful The Nine Old Men didn’t shy from reality. They weren’t afraid that children couldn’t handle real issues. These story tellers knew better, but none more so than Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.
Frank and Ollie. Say those names to almost anyone and they will know you’re talking about two great founders of animation. Their work is still viewed today and will likely continue to be in the future. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to The Jungle Book, the body of their work has earned timeless respect. They were masterful actors with pencil and paper as their props.
Now, we have films filled with earworm songs and cliche characters. Then we had songs that added to the story, or none at all. Stories that made you think rather than killing your brain cells. Where is the magic? Where is the pride in their craft?
Maybe this isn’t the worst thing that can happen to our children. Maybe I’m just a nostalgic fool. But I will still cross my fingers and hope that one day quality will replace quantity. And one day others will take a stand and fill their shoes.
Set in the torrent of the end of days, this book follows a boy on his journey through purgatory as he struggles to regain his memory and survive. Rescued after his death and brought to the first stage of purgatory by his guardians, Zachariah Ezekreth is lucky in some ways, though he doesn’t feel like it. The land he is now forced to call “home” is over-run with demons. No one is interested in aiding the lost souls, and there is no point in trying to pass the tests that would allow one to move closer to salvation.
At least that’s how Zach feels about it. Besides, he doesn’t even know what he did to earn his place in this messed up world. What little experience he has gained has taught him to trust no one. He keeps to himself, pushing everyone away. But there are those that won’t be so easily swayed.
First off, there are his guardian angels, which have a severe lack of good timing as far as Zach is concerned. Then there’s Dewelance – or Dewey as Zach refers to him – a SoulBird determined to help him reach Heaven, whether he wants the help or not.
People of the Fire is a rocky adventure that will keep you guessing. You'll root for our hero even as, at times, you will want to smack him for being so oblivious. It is an enjoyable ride, and good start to the series. So check it out today. See it on Goodreads here.
I know this may seem out of line here. After all, I am a cat, and I cannot vote. However, in the light of Pam’s passing I feel it my duty to try and purr-sway as many as possible. My original human loved to see women in business and politics; women in power. We cats are already aware that females are superior to males, but humans seem to be slow to catch that drift. Without further hoopla, I present my Top 5 Reasons NOT to Elect Hillary Clinton:
#5: Never trust someone who picks the dog over the cat. Especially when the cat was there first.
#4: The democrats have had eight years, and we have seen where that has gotten us. We need smaller government, not an everything-forced-down-the people’s-throats mess. Do you know how much cat food costs these days?
#3: “This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing do to with.” This is a lie. And 90% of America knew it was a lie from day one.
#2: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” This was where Pam drew the line. This was the final straw. What difference does it make, Mrs. Clinton? Well, with all due respect, the difference it makes is if you were doing your job!
#1: J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya; Sean Smith, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer; Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods. That is all.
Writers. Of all the breeds of human known to felines, they are the most common and the most troublesome. Retired humans are far more suitable companions, but I digress. I am Lady Jessie. I, along with my cousin Avonlea and her sons, am the exasperated owner of a human named Ashleigh Cutler. I inherited Ashleigh upon the death of my previous human. Despite her best efforts, her daughter is not nearly as well trained. In honor of my beloved Pam, I offer my Top Ten Ways to Help a Writer:
#10: Enforce feeding schedules. Not just yours, either. It is important to remind your human to eat, as they will easily forget about such things while working.
#9: Enforce break times. Your human may not want to pry themselves away from the computer, but sitting there for hours staring at a blank page will only frustrate them. So sit in front of the screen and bat their hands until they get the hint.
#8: Be supportive. Yes, most of what your human writes will bore you. Despite this, it is important to let your human think you like their latest endeavor. The best way to do this is to sit on top of any finished pages.
#7: Be inspiring. Do crazy things. Do unique things. Do cute things. You never know when your human will decide to write about something important: You.
#6: Respect your writer’s space. Remember that no matter that it is called a “mouse”, it is not a toy. Neither are pens and pencils. Play with them only when your human isn’t looking.
#5: Be helpful. Maybe your human has the dreaded “writer’s block”. Show them how simple it is by walking across the keyboard.
#4: Eliminate distractions. Who can write when the phone is ringing off the hook? Knock it off the cradle, or if it’s a cell, hide it under the bed.
#3: Remember you are not a secretary. So avoid the out-going mail at all costs. You don’t want to be the reason bills don’t get paid.
#2: Be tolerant. Writers do things on their own schedules. They get around to everything eventually. Remember this when your litterbox needs cleaned, and use it anyway.
#1: Always be there. Writing is a lonely job. It’s yours to keep your human company. Sitting on their laps or desk is a good way to do this. Don’t forget to purr!
~ Lady Jessie