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2011 January 22

The Very First Apple Movie | Rick’s Algeblog

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I read a lot of math teacher blogs.  A new one that looks promising is http://www.algeblog.com/, written by Rick Harrington, a math teacher from CT.  I particularly liked his post including the first movie produced on an Apple Macintosh computer: The Very First Apple Movie.

2010 July 21

Sita Sings the Blues

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Tonight my wife and I went to see a showing of Nina Paley’s animated movie Sita Sings the Blues, which is a retelling of the Ramayana from Sita’s perspective, with a lot of blues songs sung by blues legend Annette Hanshaw. Nina was supposed to be at the showing, but she got sick and was unable to attend.  (People were offered a refund, but I didn’t hear anyone getting up to get it.)

The movie has a website where you can read reviews, watch it online or download it for free, or buy a DVD.  It is worth seeing on a big screen, though, so if you are fortunate enough to have an art theater in your town, you could ask them to get it. (More information on her “show it” web page.)

There are several different styles of animation used in the movie, some more successful than others. A full movie in any one of the styles would have been tedious, so the changing styles was a good thing.  I particularly liked the shadow puppet sequences, and the voice talent for them was good.

The whole thing is a tour-de-force: a good feature-length animated movie written, drawn, animated, produced, and edited by a single artist.

Some of the material is a bit violent for young kids (and the love themes would not appeal to them anyway), but there is nothing inappropriate for a teenager.  The “intermission” sequence was clearly written for teenage boys.

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