Kay Lhann

Kay, 33, she/her, lurker - here to follow assorted fandom stuff

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2022-07-18 21:59:58

    I feel like there are probably too many people just scrolling past this so let’s go through everything that’s going on here. 

    1. With Roger’s voice actor standing off camera, Bob Hoskins acts into empty air and frantically sawing at his handcuff, continually looking up and down at different visual marks of various depths. Look at the slow pan up of his eyes in gif 4, and then the quick shift to his side. Think about how, on set, he was looking at nothing. 

    2. Starting in gif 2, The box must be made to stop shaking, either by concealed crew member, mechanism, or Hoskins own dextrousness, as he is doing all of the things mentioned in point 1. 

    3. In all gifs, Roger’s handcuff has to be made to move appropriately through a hidden mechanism. (If you watch the 4th gif closely you can see the split second where it is replaced by an animated facsimile of the actual handcuff, but just for barely a second.)

    4. The crew voluntarily (we know this because it is now a common internal phrase at Disney for putting in extra work for small but significant reward) decided to make Roger bump the lamp and give the entire scene a constantly moving light source that had to be matched between the on set footage and Roger. This was for two reasons, A) Robert Zemeckis thought it would be funnier, and B) one of the key techniques the crew employed to make the audience instinctually accept that Toons coexisted with the live action environment was constant interaction with it. This is why, other than comedy, Roger is so dang clumsy. Instead of isolating Toons from real objects to make it easier for themselves, the production went out of its way to make Toons interact more with the live action set than even real actors necessarily would, in order to subtly, constantly remind the audience that they have real palpable presence. You can watch the whole scene here, just to see how few shots there are of Roger where he doesn’t interact with a real object. 

    The crew and animators did all of this with hand drawn cell animation without computerized special effects. 1988, we were still five years out fromJurassic Park, the first movie to make the leap from fully physical creature effects to seamlessly integrating realistic computer generated images with live action footage. Roger’s shadows weren’t done with CGI. Hoskin’s sightlines were not digitally altered. Wires controlling the handcuff were not removed in post. 

    Who fuckingFramed Roger fucking Rabbit, folks. The greatest trick is when people don’t realize you’re tricking them at all. 


    This movie will be studied and analyzed and revered and worshipped for generations because, not only of the ground breaking techniques they used to make the magic happen but, for those of us that grew up with Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry, for 2 hours we were able to believe that they all really existed.

    This is one if the LAST great movies that was ever made.


    Let’s also not forget that writing. “Only when it was funny” isn’t just hilarious, it’s great comedy theory. It lampshades the joke, but also serves to remind the viewer that Toons have a separate set of physical laws they adhere to, mostly revolving around comedic value. Roger cannot remove his hand from the cuffs… until it’d get a laugh from an audience.

    Everything about this movie, EVERYTHING about it, is so finely crafted. I could wax lyrical about it for days.

    The thing about car-dependency is that… it sucks for people without a car. Big news, right. But, it’s not like that incentive curve is something we can just ignore. When our desire or ability to leave our house at all is conditional on being in a car, that affects all of our behaviour on every level.

    Kids are the prototypical ‘person without a car’, and in a car-dependent area, they become dependent on their parents. In a normal, walkable city or suburb, children walk on their own to school, they cycle, they take the bus. Instead of needing to get parental approval - and enough enthusiasm to dedicate the time - to be shuttled around to any given activity, children walk to the park, or to a friend’s house. Even in rural areas, with the infrastructure, children will cycle to school. In a car-dependent suburb, a child is trapped in a single-family McMansion on the edge of town, forced to beg their parents to be able to go anywhere, always under supervision - is it any wonder they’d rather stay inside?

    Even in a city, if it’s car-dependent, this is still an issue. When the roads are 100-decibel, 6-lane monstrosities, with cyclists expected to intermingle with traffic, and the busses stuck in the exact same jam, kids aren’t going to be able to get anywhere, assuming their parents even let them cross the street. This isn’t just about proximity, it’s fundamentally related to safety. Car-dependent places are a lot more dangerous to be in, on account of all the cars, so parents feel it’s safer for their kid to be in one of those cars. To boot, when everyone’s in a car, there are less people around, less people who can notice someone in trouble, less people who can help. When places are built with the assumption that everyone will have a car, they become places for cars, which humans can stupidly venture into.

    This doesn’t just apply to children. We are all, at some point or another, a ‘person without a car’ - in fact, we’re a ‘person without a car’ most of the time, until we get into one. A lot of people would prefer to remain that way; driving a car is stressful, it takes a lot of effort and concentration, and not everyone likes it at 6AM. But, when your environment is built with the assumption you’re inside a soundproof, crash-proof metal box, that becomes a requirement. The second you’re outside of those conditions, scurrying across deafening, hot tarmac, and dodging heavy-duty pickup trucks (carrying solely one guy and his starbucks order), of course you’d decide that not being in a car sucks. But, the thing is, it’s designing for cars that made it suck, even for the car-drivers.

    A place designed for cars, a place that people cannot walk, or cycle, or take public transit through, is a place full of cars - you are not stuck in traffic, you are traffic. Studies have shown that the average speed of car traffic, over sufficient time, is completely unrelated to the thoroughfare of roads. Eventually, because of induced demand, the new seven-lane arterial road will have exactly the same congestion as the two-lane it replaced. The one factor that sharply determines how slow road traffic gets is, listen to this, the speed of non-car travel. It is solely when alternatives become faster that people stop driving and free up traffic. Shutting down main street, only allowing buses through, would drastically increase the speed of the rest of the road network - because each of those buses is 40 cars not in traffic. If you like driving, you should want as many people as possible who don’t want to drive to stop doing it - and whoever you are, you should want to be able to travel without depending on cars.

    When I was in the biggest depressive slump of my life, and I could barely get out of bed, I still went shopping for food nearly every day, and even traveled to visit my partner. The supermarket was 10 meters out the door of my apartment, and I could walk five minutes to either train station if I had to. It was peaceful and quiet outside. My disabled mother doesn’t like living in cities, but she loves public transit, and will always take a train ride over a long, tiring car journey - and when every store doesn’t need a parking lot twice as big as itself, whatever walking she does have to do is over a much shorter distance. When I’ve had to call an ambulance in a ‘car-hostile’ place, it has arrived inconceivably faster, on those clear roads, than when sitting in the traffic of the highway-lined carpark that makes up so many cities.

    Car dependency sucks for everyone, including car drivers, but it sucks the worst for people already suffering. It strips you of independence, and forces you into a box you might not fit in - and I haven’t even touched on pollution. Car-dependency makes cities and suburbs into dangerous, stressful places, devoid of everyone except the most desperate. The only people it benefits are, really, the CEOs of car companies.


    Forgot I had some kale left for the birds and it was wilty and sad. I cut all the stems down and stuck them in a pot of water like they were flowers, covered them with their bag. Now they're so robust I feel like I'm not going to be able to un-wedge them from the pot. Sigh.


    Cries in own damn fault


    Wait do people not do this? You can do this with any green, they're just plants, if you give them the ability to suck up water, they will. Hell, if you buy kale and it's got enough stem you can just straight up cause it to grow roots again and grow a whole plant. There's a sweet potato climbing the wall of my kitchen because I knocked a sprout off a potato and popped it into some dirt. The garlic sprouted so I put it in a pot to keep going. Plants are fucking wild, they'll grow anywhere, they've never acknowledged a rule in their lives, they're just waiting for us to die so they can eat us and inherit the earth.


    If any of y’all didn’t know, there’s a free online library, aka


    and I found like, twelve ebooks I’ve been wanting to read on there, and blasted through like three of them during the course of a boring-ass shift.


    Guy there are books on magic on there.


    There’s books on EVERYTHING there!


    Wouldn’t this be bad for authors though? or is this like a normal library where they get /some/ money?


    It’s like a normal library. Libraries can upload ebooks there and let people check them out through openlibrary if you have an openlibrary account, or it can point you to nearby libraries that have physical copies of the book for you to go and check out. If you check out books via openlibrary it counts towards the count of books checked out from the library that uploaded the ebook, and they can use it in their reporting and funding and stuff.

    There’s like 150 libraries partnered with openlibrary so far.

    They also have copies that you can check out if you are print-disabled.


    You can also ‘sponsor a book’, which means you pay the cost of the ebook you want openlibrary to acquire, and then they can add it to their collection and let people check it out.



    I sure did!

    And click on a title even if it says ‘no ebook available’ and scroll down, ‘cause sometimes that just means “all of the copies of ebooks are checked out right now but you can get on the waitlist when it’s back in”


    This is part of the Internet Archive! I’ve posted about this before. Please go, it’s amazing. 


    Thesis: NBC!Hannibal Lecter is not a vampire, but he is absolutely a dracula.


    Does “a dracula” just mean “a rich prick who kills people, but in a refined, highbrow way”? Because that certainly fits.


    Essential qualities of a dracula:

  • Classy and urbane, but in a way that’s always about ten degrees askew of how a real human being would behave  
  • Engages in a variety of ritualistic actions that have no clear purpose beyond being conspicuously weird  
  • Maintains a large and well-appointed household in spite of the incongruous total or near-total lack of any visible household staff  
  • Has a super complicated backstory which is literally never relevant to the actual plot  
  • Makes it incredibly obvious that they’re the baddie, but it takes forever for the principal characters to figure it out because they’re all idiots  
  • Has a predilection for shitty wordplay  
  • Eats people
  • Hermits as...

    People at family reunions! I was possessed to make this list last night and what the hell, might as well share it. It looks like a really long ‘tag yourself’ meme. Also congrats to Ren on his highly specific title, love your face.

    Grian: Older cousin who leads all the younger cousins in Crimes.

    Doc: Uncle who somehow hasn’t been arrested.

    Zedaph: Older cousin who makes nitroglycerin cookies to blow up in the yard.

    Cub: Older cousin who hides robots under your bed to scare you.

    Ren: Aunt’s boyfriend of five-plus years in charge of the grill.

    Etho: You don’t know how you’re related but he always shows up with snacks.

    Scar: Younger cousin who gets locked in the barn on accident.

    Xisuma: College-age uncle who is Exhausted.

    Bdubs: Uncle who falls asleep next to the music.

    Xb: Younger cousin who refuses to leave the pool.

    Gem: Younger cousin who loves picking fresh ingredients from the garden.

    Pearl: Cousin who’s your age and took over the treehouse.

    Beef: Uncle with the best hugs and the wagon!

    Impulse: Uncle who will throw you in the pool if you want.

    Tango: Uncle who will throw you in the pool if you don’t want.

    Iskall: Second-cousin playing lacross.

    Mumbo: Younger cousin who ends up on the roof (Grian’s fault).

    False: The Oldest Cousin. Grant her patience.

    Stress: Aunt who arranges everyone for food.

    TFC: Grandpa who plays practical jokes and cackles.

    Jevin: Second-cousin who will arm-wrestle you.

    Joe: Uncle with the guitar.

    Cleo: Aunt who tells scary stories before bedtime.

    Hypno: Highschool-age cousin who’s cooler than you.

    Wels: Second-cousin with the sword.

    Keralis: Uncle who should not be telling that story in front of children.


    Hels: Second-cousin who steals the aux cord.

    EX: College-age uncle who definitely didn’t steal his motorcycle, nope.