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GND205 - Not-Pocket Monsters by Pika-la-Cynique GND205 - Not-Pocket Monsters by Pika-la-Cynique
In which Toby devises quite a cunning plan to get what he needs to hang out with the cool kids and their mons.

(Step one, distract Karen/keep her busy. Step two, acquire address and phone book from mum's strictly out-of-bounds study. Step three, find Sarah's number, backing up hesitant 5-year-old reading skills with a birthday card signed by sister to compare letters and identify her name. Step four, make call to cool big sis in secret from mum who doesn't like you talking about monsters and goblins. Result: Get to borrow cool big sis' giant shaggy monster friend to show other kids on the playground.)

(Yeahh. I had a late, and a bit of a hurry.)

One possible plot point to take away from all this: Ludo won't be around for the girls' Labyrinth run.


Oh gosh so many credits.
Any recognizable creature or character featured here not mine.

Toby, Ludo, Sarah, Karen, Merlin the sheepdog [from 'Labyrinth'] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Connelly&Bowie
Kipper and Sarge are mine
Totoro and Mei ['Tonari no Totoro'] (c) Ghibli
Sully and Boo ['Monsters Inc'] (c) Pixar
Lilo and Stitch (c) Disney and Chris Sanders
Calvin and Hobbes (c) Bill Watterson
Max and a Wild Thing (c) Maurice Sendak
Bastian Balthazar Bux and Falkor from 'The Neverending Story' originally by Michael Ende.
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Sirifel Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
eeeeeee Falkor and Bastian~!

that is all.
Hawkheart29 Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Calvin and Hobbes! :heart: And Totoro!
Igenlode Nov 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Finally got "Labyrinth" on a couple of days' hire from a distant library, for the princely sum of one pound ten pence... so now I'm free to continue on with the Lovegood and Williams expedition for their return trip!

And now I finally understand the meaning of "call rocks" here...  I was also very surprised to discover that Ludo is actually bipedal, an element which somehow I'd never grasped. (And your Toby succeeds in looking amazingly like the baby in the film, which I wouldn't have thought a possible achievement given a child of that age :D)

I'm afraid I didn't manage to notice any glitter-poofing (or even any glitter to speak of) in the film, which may be due to the quality of the home video recording (I think someone else mentioned this); I also missed out on the astonishing Package and the tight trousers -- in fact, the Goblin King seemed to be shown from the waist upwards most of the times that I noticed, presumably not due to censorship -- although this may have been a consequence of lack of the appropriate hormone flow ;) Either that, or I was mesmerised by the eyebrows...

I liked it. After the fandom build-up, I did expect the whole "my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom as great" declaration to be, well, bigger -- it's almost stumbled through -- but from the very first scenes it's clear that it's a clever, economic script (look at the amount of backstory that's conveyed in that one brief scene with the parents), and as 1980s fantasy movies go it's a lot less unconvincing than most, possibly because it's not trying to do the whole Ye Olde Muddy Peasant Realism thing. (I blame Monty Python for that particular trope.)

And I particularly liked the way that the film didn't go for the moral that it looked as if it was inevitably preparing to deliver to the target audience -- that we all have to grow up and stop clinging to fantasy and childish things. Instead of ending on Sarah giving away her toys and shutting her old treasures in a drawer to welcome her parents back home, it chooses to climax with a wild fantastical party :D

The amount of love and labour that went into the puppetry, as discussed in the Making Of documentary that accompanied the film, I found painfully poignant, given the way that people just throw computer simulations at that sort of effect today. Ironically the only actual 'greenscreen' effect -- the Fireys -- was the only one (save for the owl in the titles) that came out looking fake; the version shot against black velvet looks better than the composite with the background put in.
Pika-la-Cynique Dec 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
I gather there is some sad factoid to the effect that Jim Henson died with 'Labyrinth' having been a bit of a flop in cinemas and generally misunderappreciated/sniggered at, and never got to see the cult fandom that grew up around it. But it was definitely a labour of love - both the world-building and the pretty damn clever psychology tropes/female initiation quest stuff.

Also that wonderful "eh, some fantasy is fine and dandy even when you grow up" moral is a lovely implicit approval of most fanfiction sequels, I tend to think. Because yes, Jareth is a selfish bad boy and the wrong choice and the tempting villain to be overcome. But then again, an older level-headed Sarah confident in her own power and sexuality is also totally allowed to have some fantasies as well.... ;)
Colanah Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I went 'D'awwwwww!' aloud at 6am.  Kudos!
Emalthya Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Jeal-ous as heck.

WHo was the argument with? 'No girls' 'Stupidhead'? I can't bully my brain into understanding...
Pika-la-Cynique Sep 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Calvin and Lilo. Could be clearer, sorry.
Emalthya Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yay now my brain understands! TYVM!
count-her-culture Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful, just wonderful! I love that you brought in Falkor--The Neverending Story is one of my favorite books and films.
Arachnakid Sep 2, 2013  Professional Writer
All the ten-year-old pokemon trainers would rule this club.
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