This short goes on a bit at the end but is still a really sweet little film. Thanks to @didotdesigns for the heads up!
Anyone who likes the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast will probably love this ghetto version. (Warning: there is a little NSFW language)
I’m sure you’re familiar with the Pixar intro where the cute little lamp (Luxo Jr I believe his name is) comes along and bounces on the ‘I’. Anyway, College Humour have made a parody of the famous intro full of dark humour. Enjoy!
Warning: you may never look at little Luxo Jr the same way again!
I’m a big fan of Mad Men. One of my favourite characters is Ken Cosgrove. He’s often overlooked but I like him because, although he’s just a boring accounts guy at work, he secretly writes short stories at home. The creator of Mad Men has said that the series will end in the modern day and we’ll get to see what all the characters are up to. I always get the feeling that Ken will have left the advertising industry to become a full-time and very successful author.
Anyway, I read this blog and it reminded me a lot of Ken. Turns out Dr Seuss worked in advertising before becoming a children’s author.
This is a really sweet and heart-warming little film. It’s a documentary about a young boy who built his own arcade from cardboard boxes. Take ten minutes out of your day and watch.
This beautiful film has been nominated for an Oscar in the Short Animation category. It draws on influences as varied as Buster Keaton and the Wizard of Oz and is all about the magic of books. Put 15 minutes aside today and watch it.
This is just so sweet. Harrison Ford marvelling at his younger self being chased by boulders…
EDIT: Unfortuntely, I’ve just heard that it’s all a fake. More here http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/truth-about-harrison-ford-watching-indiana-jones
The Dark Knight Rises trailer has been around for a couple of weeks now and I have to say I was completely underwhelmed by it. However, this parody gave me a giggle.
The past 365 days have been a particularly great year for me.
There are all the obvious things that most of you already know. I’ve had my first book published to critical and public acclaim. It was even shortlisted in the BGE Irish Book Awards – (that was a shocker!) Because of the book, I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of new and fascinating people, including several fellow writers who have had nice and encouraging things to say. But the real joy has come from my many visits to schools and libraries. Meeting the children to have read or are reading my book is a pleasure incomparable to anything else. The enthusiasm kids today have for books is infectious and makes me want to go home and read/write even more.
I’ve spent a lot of the time in the past year learning how to be a writer. When I wrote the book in 2010, I kind of just stumbled into everything, feeling my way blindly. But at the start of 2011, I set myself some writing targets and got into a habit that I keep to today. Right now, I have the first drafts of the next two Arthur Quinn books complete and am working on a whole other story that I hope people will get to read one day.
My friends and family have been so supportive to me all year long that I can’t thank them enough. The same must be said for my publishers, Mercier Press, fellow authors and all the kids book enthusiasts I’ve met along the way.
But what else did 2011 mean to me? Well I thought I’d have a look back at some of my highlights. What were yours?
Following on from the below post, here’s the same brilliant impressionist teaching you to talk like K-Stew.