Tag Archives: Art

Look Up at the Clouds

29 Jun
Disney Pixar's Up

Disney Pixar's Up

What a weekend!

Go see ‘Up’ immediately if you haven’t already. And if you have seen it, go and see it in 3D. Now.

Honestly, I think it’s Pixar’s best movie to date; I was in heaven from the very beginning. And the animated short – Partly Cloudy – that plays before is just another testament to the brilliant and creative minds that work for Pixar.

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

Partly cloudy is a short story detailing how babies are made – by the clouds – and how they make it down to earth – via Stork, of course!

The two characters – Peck and Gus – have a working relationship. Gus is particularly good at making dangerous babies – alligators, rams, sharks, eels, porcupines – you name it – and poor Peck has the task of delivering them.

Pixar’s animation is just so incredible that one doesn’t really pay attention to the scenery anymore – it’s taken for granted – but to see the birds fly against the sky in the opening credit is amazing – even more so in 3D! The story line is amazing with great interaction between the characters – including an endearing moment when Gus attempts to help Peck with a feather loss issue. It’s just over 5 minutes but it’s the little details, such as when Gus gets upset and cries, it results in a storm below, that really make this a gem.

Up was just as great – especially liked that Mr. Fredrickson lives in house number 18 – with the flying balloons and talking dogs, as well as the anticipation of where…



… John Ratzenberger’s voice would be heard.

I also admired how the plot handled the life and passing of Ellie with such ease and grace. It made a moment that you knew would have to happen to advance the plot bearable, though I did shed a tear.

Russell was a hilarious character to use to soften Carl’s heart – he talked nonstop, whittling down Carl’s nerve in an effort to get his ‘assisting the elderly’ badge – the only gap on his otherwise complete merit badge sash.

Since I walked out of the theater, I can’t help but look up at the clouds and dream about what I might see – a stork or a bazillion balloons floating a house away?


Sand Sculptures

7 May


This is just a link to the 2009 World Sand Sculpture Festival. These incredible works of art are on display until the end of May in Tottori prefecture, Japan. Since I know I won’t be making it to Japan within the next three weeks, these photos will have to do, but can you just imagine standing in front of one of these?

The photo above is just one of the 19 “Fairy tales and legends” crafted in sand that you can see here. I still can’t get over the detail. Check out those spires. In SAND! The best I ever got was getting the ratio of water to sand right in my bucket so I had a bucket shaped once tipped over and dumped. And that still took about 15 tries to perfect. Even with the two weeks they give these sculptors, there is absolutely no way I would be able to come up with work like this … Even if I am slightly right brained!

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