I caught an early show of Finding Nemo
today, and all I can say is "Wow!" Even if it wasn't as cute and funny as it is, this film is worth seeing just for the animation. The animators have finally managed to develop CGI water that looks like water. Both the underwater and above water scenes are a delight to behold. Ellen Degeneres is hilarious as Dorry, the fish with no short term memory, which is a great gag. (Don't all fish lack short term memory?) The film's creators must not think much of the intelligence of seagulls, as they are the only animals that aren't anthropromorphic talkers. They are only able to say one word, "mine," and it is always uttered as a question regarding something edible. (They remind me of the mean little birds from For the Birds
, the great short shown before Monsters, Inc.
) There's also a great running gag about whether or not clown fish are funny. Highly recommended for kids (and animation fans) of all ages. Can't wait for the DVD!
Amazing Race Idiots (Don't they know they're on TV?)
Just finished watching the season premiere of the Amazing Race. I still think this is the best reality show still in production. (The Mole was by far the most interesting, but apparently my sister and I were the only people who watched it.) What amazes me is how horribly abusive these people (mostly the couples) are to each other. Bad enough you treat your significant other like that in the first place, but on national TV? What's the matter with these people? At any rate, it was a great episode, complete with car trouble, slow cab drivers and other typical Amazing Race merriment.
Turn your PC into an ant farm!
Just when I thought I had too much time on my hands and spent too much time playing with my computers I read about this guy
, who turned one side of his PC case into an actual ant farm
. Of course if you want a silly pseudo-pet you could just shell out a few bucks for some Sea Monkeys
. I had Sea Monkeys when I was a kid, and they lived for a pretty long time, until I went away to camp, and my Mom let the water in the tank evaporate. (At least the gerbils survived the summer.) To this day, every time I see them for sale I want to buy more.
Indiana Jones on DVD!!!
After the second longest wait in the world, as we're still waiting for Star Wars, the Indiana Jones Trilogy is finally coming to DVD
in November, in the form of a four disc boxed set. I'm ecstatic, of course, but I still have some issues. (Shocking, I know.) As with other Spielberg DVDs, there will be no commentary. He believes that commentary somehow detracts from the film, although the press release ridiculously claims the lack of commentary is due to "bandwith issues." Also, just as Lucas has attempted, with some success, to rename Star Wars as A New Hope, the Raiders disc appears to be titled Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, which, I'm sorry Steven, is just stupid.