Sunday, 11 March 2018
Hayao Miyazaki is often referred to as the “Walt Disney of Japan” and Studio Ghibli—the film and animation studio he co-founded—is known for turning out hits as reliably as Pixar. One of Ghibli's earliest works is not to be missed by parents or children. “” follows the story of two sisters who move to an old house to be closer to their hospital-ridden mother. The creatures that fill the house and the surrounding woods were seemingly drawn with the explicit purpose of melting your heart. http://feverbux.com/ten-best-animated-movies-of-all-time/ We dare you to watch the movie and not wish for a totoro—a cross between a Russian nesting doll and a rotund rabbit that likes to wear leaves for hats—of your very own.
Beauty and the Beast
As the crown jewel of the Disney Renaissance, “” has been at the top of best-of lists since it was released to universal critical acclaim in 1991. It was the first animated movie to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, along with five other categories. The fact that it won Best Original Score and Best Song is a testament to the musical genius of the soundtrack. But it is Belle, whose bravery and independence helped redefine the meaning of a Disney princess, that truly makes the movie. Bookish and fairly odd (as we are told by an entire singing village), Belle continues to serve as an inspiration to girls who feel most at home in the library.
The Lion King
When we asked our Twitter followers to name their favorite animated movie, the overwhelming answer was “.” This animal tale was the first Disney animated feature to be made from an original story rather than an existing fairy tale. And despite featuring the most tear-jerking death scene since “,” “The Lion King” has won over audiences and critics alike. It is the 18th highest-grossing movie of all time and snagged two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Song and a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in the musical or comedy category. It’s good to be the king!
The Iron Giant
Before joining with Pixar to make family faves like “” and “,” Brad Bird worked on a little gem called “.” This retro-cool picture has the heart of "E.T." and the sensibility of a ‘50s sci-fi flick. The story follows a lonely boy who discovers a giant robot. Although it is set during the Cold War, the family portrayed here is thoroughly modern with both single parents and blended families represented. While “The Iron Giant” did not get any Golden Globes or Oscar love—the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was only established in 2001—it did go on to win a slew of science fiction awards, including a Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and several Annie Awards, which are given for accomplishments in animation.
You may not be aware of just how much this subversive little fairytale changed the landscape of animated movies. “” set the trend for a script embedded with adult-oriented jokes and obvious pop culture references—a formula that practically every CGI film has followed since. “Shrek” won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and all three sequels in the franchise populate the list of the highest-grossing films of all time.
This is yet another brilliant offering from Miyazaki. Like everything from Studio Ghibli, “” is a sumptuous visual feast. The film follows ten-year-old Chihiro who, after witnessing her parents transformed into pigs, must navigate a spirit world; think “Alice in Wonderland” set in a Japanese bathhouse. Along with critical accolades, “Spirited Away” took home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, making it the only international movie to do so, to date.
If you have young children, you probably own “Nemo.” That’s because after only a decade after its release, this touching film has already established itself as a timeless classic. But the lasting appeal isn’t all that surprising, given that “” is the 23 highest grossing movie of all time. We love the portrayal of neurotic single-dad Marlin who, like any parent, would go to the ends of the earth—or ocean—to find his son. “Finding Nemo” earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Friday, 8 December 2017
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What is Halloween?Well, Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a spooky celebration observed every year in a number of countries on October 31 - the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day, also known as All Saints' Day. In 2017, Halloween falls on a Tuesday.
The Americanised (Americanized?) Halloween that we experience today actually originated in the Celtic fringes of Britain, and was adapted over the decades by Christian traditions, immigrants' conventions and an insatiable desire for sweets. http://hulumagazine.com
What has Halloween got to do with dressing up?Celts dressed up in white with blackened faces during the festival of Samhain to trick the evil spirits that they believed would be roaming the earth before All Saints' Day on November 1st. By the 11th century, this had been adapted by the Church into a tradition called 'souling', which is seen as being the origin of trick-or-treating. Children go door-to-door, asking for soul cakes in exchange for praying for the souls of friends and relatives. They went dressed up as angels, demons or saints. The soul cakes were sweet, with a cross marked on top and when eaten they represented a soul being freed from purgatory.
Halloween trick-or-treatingThe phrase trick-or-treat was first used in America in 1927, with the traditions brought over to America by immigrants. Guising gave way to threatening pranks in exchange for sweets. After a brief lull during the sugar rations in World War Two, Halloween became a widespread holiday that revolved around children, with newly built suburbs providing a safe place for children to roam free. Costumes became more adventurous - in Victorian ages, they were influenced by gothic themes in literature, and dressed as bats and ghosts or what seemed exotic, such as an Egyptian pharoah. Later, costumes became influenced by pop culture, and became more sexualised in the 1970s. Many of us have fallen victim to a scary Halloween prank, or even played the nasty trickster ourselves. From jumping out of bushes dressed as zombies or spooking people in their sleep as ghosts - the terrifying list of possibilities is endless.
Why do we carve pumpkins?The carving of pumpkins originates from the Samhain festival, when Gaels would carve turnips to ward off spirits and stop fairies from settling in houses.
Six peculiar Halloween traditionsIn Czech culture, chairs for deceased family members are placed by the fire on Halloween night alongside chairs for each living one. In Austria some people leave bread, water and a lighted lamp on the table before going to bed. It is believed that this will welcome dead souls back to Earth. Meanwhile in Germany, people hide their knives to make sure none of the returning spirits are harmed – or seek to harm them! Barnbrack, a fruitcake, is used as part of a fortune telling game in Ireland. Muslin-wrapped treats are baked inside. If a ring is found, it means that the person will soon be wed; a piece of straw means a prosperous year is on its way; a pea means the person will not marry that year; a stick means an unhappy marriage or dispute; a coin represents good fortune.
Thursday, 7 December 2017
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Hong Kong, China - Mocking China's national anthem in this semi-autonomous territory will soon be punishable by three years imprisonment following new legislation drafted by Beijing.
While the law must still be finalised, football fans have made a stand at recent games where the anthem - March of the Volunteers - was played.
A number of Hong Kong people have booed, held banners, and chanted "We are Hong Kong" despite claims by China's adviser to the special autonomous region, Elsie Leung, that the law could be applied retroactively. http://hongkongeye.orgThe football pitch is an unlikely spot for a political match to go down, but in Hong Kong this is where opposition to the so called "anthem law" has been heard most fiercely. Student Kin Wa Chung was one of the attendees who booed and brought a "Hong Kong is not China" flag to recent matches. He explained through an interpreter that - following the ousting of four pro-democracy lawmakers in July - he felt like protest was the only way to speak out. "Since these people have been disqualified, we don't have a channel to raise our voice and express our views," he told Al Jazeera. Chung said the government doesn't hear the voice of the people, or listen to the reasons why the anthem was booed. He called this "a kind of oppression".
|Kin Wa Chung was one of the people booing at recent matches [Jeremy Smart/Al Jazeera]|
Outlawing boosUnder the governing "one country, two systems" formula, Hong Kong's legal system is separate from that of mainland China. The anthem legislation has already been approved by the National People's Congress and brought into effect on the mainland. But in Hong Kong, it must be locally drafted before it can be enacted as law and ultimately enforced. Initially agreeing with Leung's threat to backdate the legislation, Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam later clarified this was unlikely. Despite uncertainty around retroactive enforcement, the boos continue. Pro-establishment politician Holden Chow said while protesters and their message only make up a minority in Hong Kong, he considers the booing concerning. "Those sort of behaviours certainly show disrespect to the national anthem and also shows some sort of disrespect to our own country. I think that provoked many people – including myself," he told Al Jazeera from his office in the Legislative Council Complex. "These sort of incidents would trigger concern in the mainland, because from the central government's perspective, or even from a Chinese perspective, you wouldn't like to see that sort of thing happening. You don't want people to insult your own country."
|Pro-establishment politician Holden Chow says booing the anthem at football matches is disrespectful [Jeremy Smart/Al Jazeera]|
'Respect earned, not demanded'Claudia Mo is a pro-democracy politician who believes the legislation is purposefully forceful and at odds with Hong Kong's identity. The territory was under British rule from 1841 until 1997 when it was returned to China. "In the last 20 years, Hong Kong people have woken up to the fact that communism is really incongruous with the way we've been living in Hong Kong," Mo said. "To the Chinese, it's a huge loss of face: 'How dare the Hong Kong people, especially the young, display such a disrespect to the national anthem.' They want to make sure that if you're disobedient, you know the price to pay and that is they can put you in jail." While incarceration may be an effective scare tactic, Mo said this will not generate respect among those who want political change. "In English we say respect is something earned, not demanded. They think that once the law becomes law, everything will settle, and that's just idiotic on their part. And I don't think they are actually that idiotic. "They knew they couldn't win Hong Kong people back, especially the young, so they can only do it the harsh way. It's this parental attitude: 'I'm your mother, I'm your father. I'm the provider, so you better listen to what I have to say.'"
|Pro-democracy politician Claudia Mo said the proposed law is 'just idiotic on their part' [Jeremy Smart/Al Jazeera]|
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