Get the box of tissues and watch this amazing short. I’ve watched it three times already.
Respite open thread
p.s. I just sent duck measurement to MomSense and well…there will be photos. You guys are just amazing (and yes, that includes Cole, who may get a framed photo of Penelope Pearl in her styling scarf).
I like that the Hair Love people invited the young man to the Oscars – the one who had been told he couldn’t participate in graduation unless he cut off his dreadlocks.
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My boss/mentor invited us to his fancy aunt’s fancy Oscars party at a fancy hotel, and since none of the gays have invited us to one, we’ll be doing that.
@Major Major Major Major: Aren’t you gay enough to host your own? Be the change you are looking for. //s
I read somewhere that Cherry had originally had the dad as middle-aged and bald. Then his animation person talked him into a more “threatening” to white people dad with dreadlocks.
I had to laugh a that, because the dad they went with looks exactly like my son-in-law. I never expected to have a son-in-law with dreadlocks, but now he is what I think loving black dads look like.
My three year old saw the video thumbnail and insisted on watching this. Yes, I know – I shouldn’t be reading BJ around young children :)
We watched it. She loved it. I teared up. She insisted on watching it again. I think it’s going to be a thing in our house for awhile.
@Sab: I don’t really get how someone with dreads is supposed to be threatening. I will note that I make a concerted effort to avoid white dudes with dreads but that is a horse of a different color.
Ah, respite. Don’t care about the Oscars much but I have been looking for a place to leave these howlets.
Nice stick, Frank.
@Omnes Omnibus: I hope M4 doesn’t take offense at that, because I laughed out loud.
@Omnes Omnibus: I don’t get the dreads as threatening either. Anne Lamott has dreads.
@chris: Cute. It would be weird to have a beak where your nose should be.
I loved this!
PBS used to run a series on Sunday nights long ago named International Festival of Animation. It came on right before Monty Python. Some of the best animators were from Eastern Europe, and I still remember the short Sisyphus, though I don’t remember there being sound.
This was shown on CBS Sunday Morning also, where I saw it.
Every time I see it I love that cat more.
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Yes, but I’m also young enough to not have cable.
BC in Illinois
In St Louis, some of us are watching to see how “St Louis Superman” does in the Documentary category. Bruce Franks Jr. is a local activist and rapper who became a MO State representative from Ferguson, and then resigned to deal with what his work was doing to his life. I’ve seen some of his work through the “Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence” lens.
Hope he does well. He’s done well so far.
I want Hair Love to win an Oscar so bad – because it is so lovely, but mostly to hear the acceptance speech given in the presence of a young man who has a beautiful set of locks and was minding his own business high schooling while black.
Major^4 – a fancy aunt fancy hotel oscar party sounds like a bit of alright- and a solid foundation for your future oscar shindig! Looking forward to your debrief on red carpet, food and beverage, wagering, speeches and the awards show. Will fog pelted cat be sporting a snazzy bow tie as well?
@Major Major Major Major: Aha!
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Always, though he’ll be at home.
My Cleo just sat with me and watched it, mesmerized.
I love this short. I’m glad it’s getting Oscar attention.
Love, love, love this! Thanks for frontpaging it :).
I’m rooting for this one, but Oscar voters can be very weird and unconsciously racist, so we’ll see.
I have no stakes in Best Animated Feature this year, but I’m rooting for “Klaus” since the other big studio films are also sequels. If you haven’t watched “Klaus” on Netflix, it’s a charming re-imagining of the origin story of Santa Claus that’s not from his own perspective.
@Mnemosyne: My favorite kid’s book is
What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs told from the wolf’s perspective, course. So that sounds like fun.
oh, that was sweet. thank you, TaMara!
If you haven’t already, make sure to seek out a picture book called “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,” told from the Wolf’s perspective. It’s hilarious. I think it was published in the 1990s, but it was an instant classic.
@Sab: it’s a smart cat — it knows the american sign language sign for “no.”
Speaking of respites, I spent Friday and Saturday at Disneyland with my 20-year-old niece, her stepmom, and my niece’s boyfriend. A good, though exhausting, time was had by all. We even got to ride the new Rise of the Resistance ride, which was as spectacular as everyone keeps saying. No wonder it’s insanely popular.
@Mnemosyne: Oh, wait! That’s the one I have, not the one I listed.
LOVE that book.
@phdesmond: Wow. That is awesome.
@Omnes Omnibus: Maybe they are familiar with some of the early Rastas who engaged in intimidation of white folks in the Carribean. There were murders here in Dominica, and wearing dreadlocks became a crime. Or maybe these people are just racist.
Aww, that was really sweet.
I hope it wins.
Ha! I sold that book! Well, actually, it sold itself. Somewhere around the same time, I was also selling The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Children’s books used to be the best!
I can’t wait to see the picture of Pearl and her duck brethren in their scarves???
@debbie: I love Hair Love . And Just because , my daughter ‘s favorites growing up were Tacky the Penguin, Princess Smartypants, and A Porcupine named Fluffy.