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Dexter's Odyssey poster design without taglines by timbox129

I still don’t know if you’ve heard about this or not but I thought you might be interested.

Anyway, the 12 things as mandated by my edict for what I wanted and envisioned for Dexter’s Odyssey—my planned Genndy Tartakovsky/Dexter’s Laboratory Cartoon Network characters n’ dinosaurs epic—are as follows:

1) FOR THE DEXTER’S LABORATORY CARTOON CHARACTERS, YOU MUST STICK TO THE CHARACTER DESIGNS AND ANIMATION ART STYLE DONE FOR DEXTER’S LABORATORY’S ORIGINAL 1990s RUN

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I understand the fact that the last two seasons of Dexter’s Laboratory weren’t as good as the show’s original 1990s run, but for the character designs and 2D animation art style for the Dexter’s Laboratory characters to be included in Dexter’s Odyssey (like Dexter, Dee Dee, Mee Mee, Lee Lee, Mandark, Action Hank and Dexter and Dee Dee’s Mom and Dad), just stick to those from the 1990s run of Dexter’s Lab, not those from the 2001-2003 revival.

 2) NO OUTLINES FOR THE SAMURAI JACK-STYLE CHARACTERS, BUT RETAIN THE OUTLINES FOR THE DEXTER’S LAB-STYLE CHARACTERS

Even if the 2D traditional and largely hand drawn animated toon characters in Dexter’s Odyssey should be put in an otherwise live action world alongside mainly CGI dinosaurs and real life flesh and blood human performers, there must be a contrast between those from or in the character design and animation art style of Dexter’s Lab (the original 1990s run, at least) and those from in the character design and animation art style of Samurai Jack.

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I suggest no thick black surrounding outlines for the Samurai Jack-style toon characters, but retain the thick, black, surrounding outlines for the Dexter’s Laboratory-style toon characters.

3) ONLY ONE CHARACTER OR CREATURE SHOULD GET THE REALLY BIG CHARACTER PART AND/OR TAKE A REAL HERO’S JOURNEY THE MOST IN DEXTER’S ODYSSEY

Well, I suggest the Asian friend of Dexter’s sister Dee Dee: Lee Lee, to be exact.

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Even though Dexter’s Odyssey may be titled after Dexter the boy genius himself, Dexter’s Odyssey should focus for the most part on his sister Dee Dee’s Asian Friend Lee Lee and her mythic and epic ‘hero’s journey’ and not just Dexter and Dee Dee themselves feuding!

4) THE DINOSAURS IN DEXTER’S ODYSSEY SHOULD NOT LOOK OR SOUND LIKE THOSE FROM THE JURASSIC PARK FRANCHISE

For too long, all films and video games that have happened to feature dinosaurs, have, without exception, contained conscious nods to the Jurassic Park franchise—whether it’s visual or auditorial.

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Dexter’s Odyssey’s dinosaur scenes should contain little or no conscious nod—whether be they visual, auditory or narrative—to the Jurassic Park franchise.

Instead of the usual scaly reptilian and featherless representations of dinosaurs like the Velociraptors in Jurassic Park, there should be more bird-like and feathery dinosaur representations like this dinosaur:

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There should be beautifully rendered feathers, plus some recently discovered dinosaurs that we never see restored before, as well as a respect for dinosaurs that does not always treat them as mindless movie monsters or just kids stuff all the time, y’know what I’m saying?

Also, There should be no doubt that Dexter’s Odyssey would “reinvent big dinosaur adventure entirely”. Rather than getting bogged down in endless rewrites and development hell like what would become Jurassic World (coming in 2015, perhaps), it should provide a fresh new look at dinosaurs by doing something not done well since Who Framed Roger Rabbit (unless Space Jam and Looney Tunes Back In Action are counted) by combining live action and animation as well as dinosaurs.

But dinosaurs aren’t just seen, of course, they are heard, and one practice that has endured since the early days of sound movies is the use of real animal noises in the creation of the roars of fantasy creatures including dinosaurs, for example:

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Murray Spivack manipulated lion and tiger vocalizations for the original King Kong movie; The late Ray Harryhausen employed the sound of a slobbering camel for the Valley of Gwangi; And Gary Rydstrom incorporated a baby elephant trumpet into the mighty roar of the Tyrannosaurus Rex for Jurassic Park.

If I hire somebody who is a sound designer or sound editor to continue this time-proven technique on the big screen for Dexter’s Odyssey, I and that person should live within that world, but have to make sure that the dinosaur sounds should sound different than the dinosaur sounds of Jurassic Park.

But at least I wanted some of the larger theropod dinosaurs in the story such as the infamous T. Rex to stand-in for the dragons of myth, legend and lore. Just kidding!

5) THE MUSIC SCORE FOR DEXTER’S ODYSSEY SHOULD SOUND AS EPIC, CINEMATIC, AND ETHNIC AS POSSIBLE

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And I mean it.

The score for Dexter’s Odyssey should be this unusual and bizzare blend of epic and cinematic music, some bits of toon music (for Dexter’s Odyssey’s more comedic moments) and ethnic instrumental and ethnic vocal musical sounds from all around the world.

Sorta like the music for The Lion King, right?

6) NO FART OR EXCRETION JOKES!

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Since it is supposed to be an epic movie project, replete with raging epic battles, serious/controversial subject matter and all, you must leave the toilet humor to something else entirely.

7) HAVE A GREAT EPIC, CINEMATIC AND ETHNIC MUSICAL SENSE IN THE SCORE, AS LONG AS IT MUST HAVE APPROPRIATE MULTI-CULTURAL MUSICAL INFLUENCES AND MUSICAL CULTURAL ASSOCIATION

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Not every piece of music in Dexter’s Odyssey has to succumb to a bad hip hop tune. This isn’t a The Lonely Island sketch you’re producing. This is a live action/animated epic film project that contains a diverse network of cultures that are different than one another, despite being in an alternate world where toons, humans, and dinosaurs live, so be more appropriate and more subtle with the multi-cultural kinds of music you’re choosing—whether it’s from Europe, or from Africa or from the Far East.

8) ALLOW DEPTH IN THE CHARACTERS—HUMAN OR CARTOON; NO FLANDERIZATION NOR JUMPING THE SHARK 

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Let the characters have more colors to them than just pink or green or purple or blue or black or red. Subtlety is your friend.

9) POP-CULTURAL REFERENCES NEEDS CONTEXT, NOT RANDOMNESS

 

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Even if Dexter’s Odyssey is an epic film project with raging battles, sweeping camera movements, rousing rescues and intense close-ups, Do NOT put in pop-cultural references just for the sake of pop-cultural references. They need purpose other than selling out something.

10) USE FEW OR NO CELEBRITY VOICES FOR THE TOONS

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Seriously, I will not over-rely on using Hollywood celebrities for the voices of the toon characters in Dexter’s Odyssey, I mostly wanted Dexter’s Lab and Samurai Jack toon voices that should sound just like the originals but provided by actors who can go with the occasional comedy or drama.

11) THE LIVE ACTORS SHOULD CLEARLY INTERACT WITH THE HAND-DRAWN AND/OR CGI ANIMATION, ESTABLISH EYE LINES AND BE CONSISTENTLY INVOLVED WITH ACTION THAT ISN’T TAKING PLACE AT THE TIME OF LIVE ACTION FILMING

 

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These are the three conditions that Dexter’s Odyssey’s live actors—since they may especially be relative unknowns and non-professional no-names (some of them possibly from high school drama clubs and other youth programs) should follow under, but nonetheless I shall allow even those non-professional no name and relative unknown live actors to improvise their dialogue.

and finally,

12) DO NOT OVER-RELY ON CGI FOR ITS SPECIAL AND VISUAL EFFECTS AND/OR MOVIE-MAKING IN GENERAL

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I know debate is still raging over whether computer generated effects are better than those done practically or if you and I can truly beat the real thing, but Dexter’s Odyssey should provide room for all manner of special effects in the cinema. It should combine not only live action and traditional 2D hand drawn Genndy Tartakovsky-style animation but also cutting edge digital graphics, miniatures, animatronics, prosthetics and makeup and/or even plain old visual trickery. If it is magical, it should go in the movie, whether it shall spring from a hard-drive or from a 2D animator’s pencil, or shall take a team of dedicated artists months to create. Dexter’s Odyssey should be an equal opportunities live action/animation/special effects event.

Again, you and I don’t want to be too judgmental, but what do you think?

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I know it’s four months early, but…

In August 2003–nearly 10 years ago, perhaps–a two-part episode of Samurai Jack by Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory and future director of Hotel Transylvania, aired on Cartoon Network. The following year, it won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, no less.

It is basically a prequel to the Premiere Movie, and it is something that explains the origins of the evil shape-shifting demon wizard Aku, as well as the origins of Samurai Jack’s magic sword, and how Samurai Jack’s dad, The Emperor of Japan, fought Aku and eventually brought about Aku’s ‘jailtime’ by locking up Aku’s remains and demon forces deep in the earth with the magic sword–so that Aku’s tree-like ‘jailhouse’ could stick out admist the damage that the Shogun of Sorrow has wrought. And it ended with the birth of Samurai Jack, my most favorite cartoon samurai warrior of all time.

That two-part Samurai Jack episode I’m talking about is called “The Birth of Evil”.

Again, I know it’s four months early, but I have done two things in preparation for the 10th anniversary of Samurai Jack: The Birth of Evil Parts one and two.

First off, I have done two versions of a fanmade Photoshop collage tribute poster that I had done for that two-part Emmy Award-winning Samurai Jack episode that is Birth of Evil:

Samurai Jack Birth of Evil Fanmade Triburte Photoshop Collage Poster by Timbox Timbox's Fanmade Tribute to Samurai Jack Birth of Evil

Secondly,  If you who have seen and/or remembered seeing Samurai Jack and/or its Emmy Award-winning two-parter Birth of Evil have any comment, you could talk and/or reminiscence about this show and/or Birth of Evil on the comment page below.

And so, here is my question:

Do you remember the two-part Emmy Award-winning Samurai Jack episode Birth of Evil? Do you like it or not? What is your favorite part(s) from Birth of Evil?

Well, what’s your word or review on Birth of Evil, the two-part Emmy Award-winning Samurai Jack episode that I’m talking about?

Three Ballerinas, A Boy Genius, A Yutyrannus, and an Epic Journey

Three Ballerinas, A Boy Genius, A Yutyrannus, and an Epic Journey. ’nuff said.

 

Ever since my childhood, I have always been thinking about, talking about, and even toying with the idea of casting animated cartoon characters (especially those from the 1990’s as well as those from Cartoon Network’s Dexter’s Laboratory such as Dexter, Dee Dee, her friends Lee Lee and Mee Mee, and Mandark, as well as The Powerpuff Girls’ Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, Professor Utonium and Mojo Jojo, or the like) in a vast canvas possibly on the scale and scope of especially Wagner’s Ring Cycle, an epic tale that may require no more or less than a dozen movies, done entirely back-to-back or more or less concurrently, to tell in full.
That’s my deepest desire.

I think Dexter’s sister Dee Dee’s Asian friend, Lee Lee, from the Cartoon Network Show, Dexter’s Laboratory, deserves an epic comeback role.

And I also think Lee Lee deserves her own epic vehicle as well as her own spectacular showcase.

How about “The Princess of Shangara”, a massive, elaborate, theatrical big screen Dexter’s Laboratory/The Powerpuff Girls-inspired animated cartoon epic tale of mythical, biblical and legendary proportions (and made in Panavision/Cinemascope) with Dee Dee’s Asian friend Lee Lee being the main central lead character as well as the title character: a heroic warrior princess from the land of Shangara (a Far Eastern Asian/Chinese/Japanese-influenced land, complete with its own language, culture, customs, art, and lore) who is as mighty, brave, and noble as she is young, fair, and beautiful, and who, according to an ancient prophecy, is destined to stop the evil Mandark from conquering and enslaving the world.

That’s my wish for Dee Dee’s Asian Friend Lee Lee.

This may also be unusual but…

Can you imagine what it might be like if Dexter’s Nemesis, Mandark of Dexter’s Laboratory fame…

…as a cruel, powerful, and utterly evil dark lord wizard being (in the case of my Dexter’s Lab movie idea, the epic Dexter’s Odyssey saga), should use his great, terrible magic to transform himself into a huge monstrous dragon like this?

(Note to self: the Red Death dragon from Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon (2010) is what Mandark should look like in the form of a huge, monstrous dragon)

Well, even if Dexter’s sister DeeDee’s Asian friend, LeeLee (as a mighty and heroic warrior princess girl who will be rather like a young 11-year-old female version of Samurai Jack, or in other words, an 11-year-old version of the legendary Chinese warrior maiden named Mulan, but not, as originally created for Dexter’s Lab, the idiotic girl who love cutesy stuff and toys as well as ballet, and who, along with her friends, Dee Dee and Mee Mee, would not actually fight crime (as in the Dexter’s Laboratory Charlie’s Angels Parody and Spoof, G.I.R.L. Squad).)…

as well as Dexter himself…

…well, what would you say if Mandark turns himself into a huge, monstrous dragon to fight Dexter and his sister DeeDee’s Asian Friend LeeLee to the death?

Do you know what are three of the most fully-developed fictional languages ever heard or spoken?

Well, I’ll tell you.

Three of the most fully-developed fictional languages ever spoken or heard are as followed:

First of all, there is the language of the Klingons, who are regarded by the peace-loving denizens of the Star Trek universe, as intergalatic trouble-makers ever since the original TV show’s brief run in the 1960’s. However, it wouldn’t be until the 1984 movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, that those pesky alien race of the Star Trek universe known as Klingons were significantly and permamently redesigned, complete with a language and alphabet to go with their new visual style.

The Klingon Language was developed by some guy by the name of Marc Okrand,  whose study in languages included obscure or dead languages, especially those from Native American Indians, and who was hired by the folks at Paramount Pictures as well as director Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock himself, to both create the language as well as coaching the actors in speaking such an alien language.

The following year, right after Star Trek III: The Search for Spock came out, Marc Okrand published The Klingon Dictionary, the best Klingon Language resource ever, especially for you guys wanting to learn how to speak the language of the Klingons. That very book covers many features of the Klingon Language:

A. Klingon Alphabet 

B. Klingon Syntax

C. Basic Klingon Grammar and translation of the Klingon Language

and

D.  How to speak popular Klingon phrases like “Surrender or die!”

Marc Okrand has another Klingon Language book: Conversational Klingon, an audiobook in which co-narrator Michael Dorn, aka Worf of Star Trek The Next Generation, help Klingon Language Students hear how the Klingon words are meant to sound.

And Don’t forget The Klingon Language Institute; “Making people learn how to talk like a Klingon Warrior since 1992”

The Klingon Language Institute, or KLI, for short, has writing and speaking guides for newbies of the Klingon Language, info on how to subscribe to the group that is KLI and get access to even more Klingon-based language tools.

Trust me, it’s THE made-up language, THE BIG ONE, the Queen-Mother or King-Father or Granddaddy of all Made-up languages!

If you want to learn a fictional tongue like the Klingons’, get a great place to start, like the Klingon Language!

Second of all, it’s not suprising that you can actually learn and study the language of the Elves of Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Tolkien is such a philologist, that he knew his way around linguistics as well as the construction of languages like Elvish.

He did not just interpret gibberish statements for all his characters, nor did he just back-translate the sentences of his characters, but Tolkien actually created a horde of languages for his works.

If you ever plunge yourself into the appendices of Lord of the Rings, and if you ever tackle  the  history of Tolkien’s fictional realm of Middle-Earth,  known as the Simarillion, I appreciate it if you discover just how detailed the languages are, even to Tolkien.

And in actuality and fact, There are many likes of the Elvish Languages, Quenya and Sindarin being the most notable examples.

You wanna know how to learn, study or speak the two versions of Elvish known as Quenya and Sindarin?

I have a solution for you. Check out Tolkien’s printed works, or maybe Wikipedia, or maybe even a growing number of print and online resources that would make any of you guys dig in and learn a elegent but complicated constructed language like Elvish’s two versions, Quenya and Sindarin like:

A. English to Elvish Dictionary

B. The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-Earth

and

C. A Gateway to Sindarin

Finally, there is the Na’vi language of James Cameron’s Avatar fame.

Now Avatar, the James Cameron movie, but not the Nickelodeon show subtitled “The Last Airbender”, is currently the biggest and highest grossing movie ever released, not only in the United States, but also internationally. And it’s still in the top 20 of all time, even if it is adjusted for inflation. You ain’t gotta become no popular without some die-hard fans by the name of the Avatards.

The alien race, and the indigenous big blue people of Pandora, the world of James Cameron’s scifi actioner are called The Na’vi, who also have a constructed language made for the movie by some guy who holds a docorate in lingustics by the name of Paul Frommer. Jimmy wanted to create a real, and I repeat, REAL, but constructed, fictional language that would also be easy enough to pick up that humans like Jake Sully, Dr. Grace Augustine, and Norm Spellman (the latter two of whom spoke the language for the first time in audiences’ ears 15 minutes into the movie, that is, more accurately, 15 minutes  in the Collector’s Extended Cut on Blu-Raywith an alternate opening on Earth, complete with a fight in a bar. Here’s the English translation for the first dialogue ever heard in Na’vi during the movie, spoken by Dr. Grace and Norm:

Norm (in Na’vi): May the All Mother smile upon our first meeting

Dr. Grace (in Na’vi): Not bad. You sound a little formal.

Norm (again, in Na’vi): I studied for five years, but there is much to learn.

So there!) could concievably learn such a language, so although there is only a vocabulary of of a thousand words in Na’vi, Paul Frommer did invent an entire Na’vi Language.

Ever since my big night out with my mom, my older brother, and my aunt, first to eat at Outback Steakhouse, and then going up to an IMAX 3D theatre in White Marsh in Baltimore County in Maryland to “come face-2-face with da Na’vi!” in IMAX 3D somewhere between late Thursday night December 17, 2009, and early Friday morning December 18, 2009, there are certain fans rallying to build resources on how to learn the language of the Na’vi and go deeper into their world.

So I have three choices:

A. Learn the Na’vi language at http://www.learnnavi.org/

B. Read Paul Frommer’s Na’vi language primer for newbies of the Na’vi Language at http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1977

or

C. Check out James Cameron’s AVATAR: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora, aka the AVATAR Activist Survival Guide,  for more history of the world of James Cameron’s AVATAR.

What is your favorite out of three of the most fully-developed fictional languages ever heard or spoken?

Either the Klingon language, Elvish Quenya and Sindarin, or The Na’vi Language?

The Choice is yours.

Finally, last but not least, and in closing…

What if for my Dexter’s Laboratory movie idea, a big screen live action/traditional 2D animated special effects-driven fantasy adventure epic movie saga by the name of Dexter’s Odyssey, What if this girl:

Lee Lee, the Asian friend of Dexter’s Sister Dee Dee, should also  use, as well as speak a fully-developed, and real but constructed, fictional, and made-up language and alphabet that should contain a mixture of Chinese and Japanese regional dialects, tongues, alphabets and even writing systems, known as Shangaran, a language spoken by her native people in the Far East/China/Japan-inspired-and-influenced realm of Shangara, which will also be the land leading the fight against the evil forces of Mandark, Dexter’s nemesis, and in Dexter’s Odyssey, a cruel, powerful, and utterly evil Dark Lord being, who according to an ancient prophecy, Dee Dee’s Asian friend, Lee Lee, as a mighty and heroic warrior princess girl and Dexter’s protector, and who will rather like a young female version of Samurai Jack, or in other words, rather be like  the legendary Chinese maiden named Mulan, but not the idiotic girl who who loves cutesy stuff and toys and even ballet, and, among other things, would not actually fight crime like Dee Dee and Mee Mee (as in the Dexter’s Laboratory Charlie’s Angels parody and spoof, G.I.R.L. Squad), as originally created, is to destroy, along with Mandark’s evil reign and power?

And what if the Shangaran language and alphabet used byDexter’s sister Dee Dee’s Asian Friend Lee Lee..that very fully-developed, and real but constructed, fictional, and made-up language and alphabet  of my own that should contain a mixture of Chinese and Japanese regional dialects, tongues, alphabets and even writing systems…should be up there with the Klingon, Elvish, and Na’vi Languages as one of the most fully-developed fictional constructed language ever spoken or heard?