Sunday, 1 August 2021

Nerd Church - Witch-Hunts and Fear: The Emotional Maturity of ParaNorman

 



I love the movie ParaNorman. It’s hugely underappreciated.

This beautiful, weird, stop-motion mash-up of classic horror and kids’ adventure tale is surprisingly emotionally mature.

It explores the way that fear creates hatred, which in turn creates fear and hatred. And that adults can sometimes act out when they’re scared, in ways that can hurt the people – the children – around them.




'Witch-Hunts and Fear: The Emotional Maturity of ParaNorman'





Warning: this post contains SPOILERS for the film ParaNorman, and discusses: persecution (including religious-based persecution,) Ableism, Transphobia, Homophobia, horror elements, executions, death




I’ve seen ParaNorman quite a few times now – it always strikes me like it’s the first time I’ve seen it.

I think I forget, in between watches, just how good this film is.

First-off, of course, I appreciate anything made with stop-motion animation – stop-motion uses puppets or models, which are imaged, frame-by-frame, as they are moved incrementally by hand.

When the still images are put together (at a rate of around 24 frames per second,) it generates the illusion of movement.

In order to create smooth-looking movement, the positioning of the models from one frame to the next has to be both minute and precise.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Comics Wrap-Up - For Every Time That They Want To Count You Out

 

'Comics Wrap-Up' with lined-notebook-style background and speech bubbles containing heart symbols


It's Thursday, I am melting under an 'extreme heat' official weather warning (help,) let's get some comics-y superhero-y goodness!

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Comics Wrap-Up - And Trouble's Gonna Follow Where I Go

 

'Comics Wrap-Up' with lined-notebook-style background and speech bubbles containing heart symbols


It's Thursday, this is Dora Reads, and I'm tired so expect a certain amount of archaic verbosity 😉😅 - let's get some comics-y, superhero-y goodness.

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Month in Review(s) - June 2021

 

June was awful.

I lost my grandmother, and everything is just that little bit harder, y'know?

I know a lot of people have been through some sh** in the last year and a half - but that doesn't make it any easier.



'June - Mehefin' with a blue-sky background and a sun symbol