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At The Gutter: Forget The Consequences, Just Get Me A Sandwich

This week at the Gutter, Screen Editor alex looks at Adventure Time, narrative, consequences and sandwiches.

Over the past several months I’ve been working my way through all of Pendleton Ward‘s Adventure Time, in part because it comes in 11 minute segments that are easy to squeeze into tiny cracks of spare time, but mostly because it’s awesome. There are lots of things to love about it – the humor, the weirdness, the clever allusions to art and literature – but I think the thing I enjoy most is how creatively they play with narrative. Watching all of the ideas they’re able to explore by ignoring the usual boundaries of time, space and consequences makes me realize how limiting conventions can be.

Forget the consequences, just get me a sandwich

Forget the consequences, just get me a sandwich

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Over the past several months I’ve been working my way through the entirety of Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time, in part because it comes in 11 minute segments that are easy to squeeze into tiny cracks of spare time, but mostly because it’s awesome. There are lots of things to love about it – the humor, the weirdness, the clever allusionsto art and literature – but I think the thing I enjoy most…

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Becoming a Cipher to Oneself

Becoming a Cipher to Oneself

At Jim C. Hines’ blog, writer Micha Trota writes about what it means when she says, “I don’t see race.”“It means that because I learned to see no difference between ‘white’ and ‘color,’ I have white-washed my own sense of self. It means that I know more about what it is to be a white person than what it is to be Asian, and I am a stranger among both. It means that I built my identity on a warped…

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Karel Zeman Galleries

Karel Zeman Galleries

The Gutter’s Own Keith has posted galleries of charming and wondrous images from Czech animator Karel Zeman’s films: Cesta do Praveku / Journey to the Beginning of TimeVynalez Zkazy / The Fabulous World of Jules Verne; and  Baron Prasil / The Fabulous World of Baron Munchausen; Ukradená vzducholod / The Stolen Airship; and,  Na Komete / Off On a Comet.

 

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"The Fabulous World of Karel Zeman"

“The Fabulous World of Karel Zeman”

At Teleport City, Keith reports on his visit to the Film Special Effects Museum / Muzeum Karla Zemana, writes about Zeman and five of Zeman’s films: “If you took special effects film pioneer Georges Melies and combined him with stop motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen and surreal fantasist Terry Gilliam, then taught him to speak Czech, you’d have a filmmaker very close to Karel Zeman. In…

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From Abraham Lincoln

And George Washington

At The Gutter: Frozen: Jane Austen Meets The Snow Queen

What happens when a woman who dislikes Disney watches Frozen? So much Jane Austen. And also some Cornel West.

My mom raised me with three things: Feminism; “You don’t have to like your sister, but you can’t hit her”; and a dislike of Disney. Writing them down now, I realize that all three are more applicable to Frozen, than I thought when I decided I should state my bias. I respect Disney’s progress in representation, so every  five years or so, I watch a Disney animated feature. I’d heard good things about Frozen from women on the internet, so last holiday season I became Holiday Season Carol and went to see Frozen with some friends, just like people do. But instead of really focusing on feminism and Disney, now all I really want to talk about is sisters and Jane Austen.

image: Joey Chou’s art for the Anna’s Act of Love/ Elsa’s Icy Magic picture book.

Frozen: Jane Austen Meets The Snow QueenMy mom raised me with three things: Feminism; “You don’t have to like your sister, but you can’t…View Post

Frozen: Jane Austen Meets The Snow Queen

My mom raised me with three things: Feminism; “You don’t have to like your sister, but you can’t…

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At The Gutter: Maybe We’ll Buy A Boat

Screen Editor alex ponders theoretical sailboats, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the guy he’ll never be:

To my mind, those empty boat supports became a metaphor for the things you know in your heart of hearts you’re never going to do but you just can’t quite let go. Instead you bend and twist to fit around them so you don’t have to admit to yourself that you’re actually just not that guy. Sometimes you could never be that guy, and sometimes you can’t be without giving something else up so you have to choose. And sometimes that choice really sucks.

But how do you differentiate between an achievable dream and an unrealistic fantasy? It’s one of the central dilemmas in The Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I have seen many, many times (minus the scary scenes with the villains, Boggis, Bunce and Bean).

At The Gutter: Comics Editor Carol pits Princess Bubblegum vs. Victor Frankenstein in a Mad Science Throwdown!

Prepare yourselves once more to venture a little further into Adventure Time‘s Candy Kingdom and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. If Lemongrab is Frankenstein the creature, how does Princess Bubblegum compare to Frankenstein the creator. Well, beyond the question, “Who would win in a fight, Victor Frankenstein or Bonibel Bubblegum?” We all know that Princess Bubblegum would win.

At The Gutter: Comics Editor Carol pits Princess Bubblegum vs. Victor Frankenstein in a Mad Science Throwdown!

Prepare yourselves once more to venture a little further into Adventure Time‘s Candy Kingdom and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. If Lemongrab is Frankenstein the creature, how does Princess Bubblegum compare to Frankenstein the creator. Well, beyond the question, “Who would win in a fight, Victor Frankenstein or Bonibel Bubblegum?” We all know that Princess Bubblegum would win.