Differences

I recently got Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, because I haven’t ever read it. I’ve watched the movie quite a bit. It is, in fact, still one of my favorites. So I thought it was about time to read the book and discover the source of my joy.

The book is really good, don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t changed my opinion of the movie, either, don’t worry. I’m just a little confused on how things became so glaringly different between the two. They’re like two entirely different species of animal. I’d be comfortable in saying that one of them is a bird and the other a mammal of some sort.

I really wasn’t expecting to get an entirely different story. I really really wasn’t. I was excited to see how they got more into depth with certain things, and thought maybe one or two things might be replaced. But the whole freaking story? Damn.

I can’t even tell people to just treat it as two different entities, because it is two different entities and there’s no real way to compare them. I can’t really sit down and make a list of the similarities and differences because… well… it just doesn’t work.

Like I said before, though, I don’t hate either work. I very much enjoyed the book. I love the movie. I’m just a little startled.

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise OR Holy Hell, Where Did My Life Go?

I am now officially the owner of every version of the Viva Pinata games that exist at this time. I’m actually quite surprised that being in possession of these games, I still find time to breathe and blink.

When I saw the DS version sitting in the bargain bin for 14 dollars, I really couldn’t pass it up. Not since I adore the other games and have actually been wanting this one since it came out.

I did get it thinking that it would be a scaled down version of the 360 games. That it wouldn’t be such a time suck. That I would be able to run through it for a couple minutes and then put it down and read the book I’m currently in the middle of.

WRONG.

It is a miniature version of the game. But not so much. It might be miniature only in the sense that it is physically smaller than the other versions. From all I can tell the tools and menus have been simplified, but it’s just as much an Obsessive-Compulsive’s dream. You micromanage everything, just as you do in the bigger games. You have to do everything just like those other games. EVERYTHING.

I’m so amazed that so much information can go onto such a little tiny thing.

When I opened the manual, which I do more out of looking at pictures than figuring out gameplay (cause it’s just so much easier to do that WHILE playing, in my opinion), I got the impression that there were only a couple of pinata in this game, period. That these were the ones that you were going to work with, these – the most popular for kids.

WRONG.

The ones they talk about in the manual, that I just looked at the pictures of and didn’t read any of the text? Yeah, they’re just the ones that teach you how to do shit. You still have to start from the worms and go up.

It’s absolutely insane. Completely unfathomable.

It’s not right, I tell you.

I have previously stated that I believed the Viva Pinata creators were masking their plot for world domination, and now I have to further emphasize my point. These games are meant to distract us while they just waltz in and sit down in the Seat Of Power and control everything. Cause we’ll just be sitting there, playing our various Pinata games, cursing at the goddamned hippo to just eat the fucking plant and be a resident already to even notice that somebody is hijacking our lives. Not that we’ll care, of course. Because they will continue to supply us with Pinata games to sate our needs.

I for one welcome our new Pinata overlords.

Race To Witch Mountain

Escape To Witch Mountain and Return From Witch Mountain were both movies that I watched when I was a kid. So, naturally, when Race To Witch Mountain came out, I was curious. Things happened, time moved on, it left theaters. I sort of forgot about it entirely until I was searching through the new movies on Netflix and discovered it available for streaming.

I thought “Hey. Why not. I have time, it’s free, I am curious anyway…” and thus in the end, a review.

For a PG movie, this film is EXTREMELY action packed and entertaining. I didn’t know you could have such awesome car chase scenes in a movie like this. It just never even occurred to me.

Dwayne Johnson (also known as The Rock) has really come into his own in this movie making thing. I think I’ve purposefully watched only one other movie that had him in it in a starring role. I can admit to be a little bit biased against the professional wrestler thing. But, in fairness, it seems to really help him in the stunt department. He already knows how to take a hit and a fall, and doesn’t need to be trained to be that huge.

On the acting front, he’s no hack either. While some of his lines were a little bit easy to call, he delivered them well, and I still got a good laugh out of them. Alright, I can admit when I’m wrong about somebody. Okay? Get off my back.

Other nice surprises of the film – Cheech Marin randomly popping up as a mechanic, and Chris Marquette as an agent desperately in need of a gun. My radar is up for his face because of Fanboys.

The film itself, aside from being very exciting, was well written. Well acted, well filmed. All around very enjoyable.

I did, admittedly, have to look it up to see if it was supposed to be a continuation of the series, or a remake. They like to call it a re-imagining. I can see it. All of it updated for modern times. Better gadgets, modern lingo. And come on, you know I was a freak over the Stormtroopers popping up all over the place.

Though, I suppose I will keep it in my secret wishes that Seth and Sara are the children of Tia or Tony. It kind of makes sense, doesn’t it? The previous aliens have done the biological studies – which may have taken a while. They have their secret hideout. The government overruns Witch Mountain and turns it into a secret facility. It’s been 30 years, I don’t see why not.

I have to say, in the end, I would definitely watch this again. Actually, I wouldn’t mind owning this one at all. I think it could be a good addition to the collection, in all honesty.

The only thing that could have possibly made this any better is if David Duchovny made a cameo at the UFO Convention.

Inspector Gadget

So I watched this movie by accident. It was on television last night. I’m not normally a proponent of watching movies on tv, because they cut out really random bits to make the film fit into the time slot. You never know what you’re missing if you’ve not seen it before.

I have to say that it was a lot better than I thought it would be. I used to watch the cartoon when I was little, and I wasn’t quite sure how it would translate to live action. But they really did manage to do a good job.

It was really cute.

You ever watch an actor or actress and think to yourself that you know them and can’t place them? It was like this for me when I watched the very few Buffy episodes that I did and I saw Michelle Trachtenberg. Now I know that I had seen her in the commercials for this movie. Also, apparently, in Clarissa Explains It All and Harriet The Spy. Go figure.

As wary as I am about sequels, I think I’ll hunt down the one for this movie and see how it turned out.

Care Bears Movie II – Request

Ah, how I wish I were joking. No. It was requested, and I did indeed watch it. It’s not the cartoon aspect of the movie that I’m ashamed of, I’m fond of cartoons and cartoon movies. Nor is it really the Care Bears themselves, they’re a good bunch. A little too happy for my current state of mind, maybe. It’s the music where I feel the shame and agony. Music like that should be outlawed.

There’s also the fact that I know this was requested maliciously. It was not intended for my enjoyment. It was not thought ‘Maybe she hasn’t seen this, I think she will like it’. The requester did not wish to see my thoughts on it. They did it to bring me pain. Well, HA! I’m going to do an actual review. So, eat it!

Let me first welcome you to the cartoon art style of my childhood. Where we didn’t have thick lines and cell shading, where nothing is boxy and a little strange to the eye. Where things look soft when they should and nobody tried to animate every syllable of a word.

In this movie, we find out that it’s not just Care Bears, but also Care Bear Cousins. These cousins are animals of various species and unlike the bears tend to have “heart” in their names more often than not.
We also get to see the origins of these strangely happy and loving creatures, and their Very First Earth Mission. Yes, very important it was, too.

As it typically was in my childhood, when the bad guy is defeated he’s converted into a good guy. You see, I lived in a generation where nobody ever really died. Either they went away, sometimes trying their hand at evil again when their pride was healed, or they became good. Let me remind you that I come from the generation that was told that we emulated TV too much. It’s obviously not an accurate accusation, as I very rarely see anybody running around with colorful images painted on their tummies and doing random acts of kindness.

I watched the cartoon on TV. Yes, there really was one. Plus Thundercats, My Little Pony, He-Man and She-Ra, Smurfs, Snorks. The new cartoons of today will never match up to what I grew up with, mostly because they didn’t treat us like idiots. I’m big on that. There were big words and serious topics. Plus I think they were longer. Less commercials. Plus they spawned a lot of toys. A LOT of toys.

I really think this – and the other Care Bears Movie – are ones that kids today should watch. It’s well done all around – except the music – and there’s just something magical about the whole thing.

I really had fun watching it again. And thinking about all those Care Bear toys I used to have when I was younger.