EVERYTHING IS CHIPMUNKS!!! (Part 2)

A while ago, I did this post, where I tweaked “Everything is Awesome!!!” from the LEGO movie to sound like the Chipmunks were singing it. Despite it being one of my least popular posts of all time, I got the idea to create a video to go with the song. For that, I went back to one of my favorite childhood movies of all time, The Chipmunk Adventure (1987). This movie has it all, awesome songs (some original, some not), a fantastic plot involving a diamond smuggling ring, a balloon ride around the world, and lots of healthy competition between the Chipmunks and the Chipettes. Honestly, it’s a solid movie. I haven’t seen any of the new live-action Chipmunks movies they’ve been putting out, but I can say with 100% certainty (and extreme bias) that they’re crap compared to The Chipmunk Adventure.

Anyway, the song I first hoped to use was “The Girls of Rock and Roll”, which has both the Chipmunks and the Chipettes and some really awesome dancing. As a proof of concept, I found a video online, muted the sound, and played my version of “Everything is Chipmunks!!!” on top of it. Not only were they at the same bpm (or so close that it didn’t even matter), there were parts of the song that synced up so perfectly (like the stomping up the stairs) that I HAD to do it.

Here’s the final product: https://youtu.be/kMjiEFSEbzI

The shots I used are in a (mostly) chronological fashion from the original scene, so the casual viewer won’t really notice that I did any edits at all. However, there was a lot of clipping of shots to make them sync up to the words or start of a verse/chorus. There are some things that got moved around because Alvin was on screen by himself and yet there were multiple voices singing, or multiple people singing on screen while there was only one voice to be heard. Wherever possible, I tried to sync up the voices so people weren’t seeming to be singing during an instrumental break, but due to the length of the song, the amount of available footage, I couldn’t always do it.

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Obligatory Copyright notice: I did not create Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipettes, Everything is Awesome!, or The LEGO movie. The edits are done by me and are a work of fan art. No copyright infringement is intended.

George R. R. Martin vs. Spelling

As promised, here’s my newest (and belated) cartoon!

Westeros Spelling Test copy

This has bothered me ever since first watching Game of Thrones (and then even more so when reading it).  George R.R. Martin cannot spell.

I’m kidding, of course.

GRRM actually does a great job of making his character names (mostly) pronounceable by tweaking already familiar names, such as the ones above.  There are even some names from mythology, though not common names themselves, would be recognizable, most notably Cersei (pronounced like Circe from the Odyssey) and Oberyn (very similar to Oberon from A Midsummer Night’s Dream).  This hypothetical spelling test could have gone on ad infinitum, not just because of the number of weirdly spelled names but because of the sheer number of characters in the books, a lot of whom did not even make it into the TV show.

Naming fantasy characters is hard.  You don’t just want to name them things like “Mary” or “Tom” because they’re too familiar.  But some authors go a little too far in trying to gussy up their fantasy names, thus making them unpronounceable.  X’th’meg’d might look like an awesome name for a goblin warrior or an alien species, but your readers won’t know how to pronounce it, let alone spell it.  If they’re anything like me, they’ll probably just start calling them “X” in your head.

Take a character from the Harry Potter series, for starters: Hermione.  Yes, it’s a real name, both in mythology and in real life.  [[It’s actually a much more common name in Britain than here in the States, where it’s almost unknown (as is Neville).  Check the credits for any British movie or TV show if you don’t believe me.  Not sure, but I think there’s even a Hermione in the crew of one of the Harry Potter movies…]] Anyway, J.K. Rowling said she receiving so many letters and questions about how to pronounce Hermione’s name that she actually put the pronunciation of it in Goblet of Fire.  (For those without an encyclopedic knowledge of Harry Potter, it’s in Chapter 23: The Yule Ball.  She teaches Viktor Krum how to say it right. In Viktor’s defense, I also pronounced it Hermy-own until that point.  Same with Hagrid (Hay-grid = wrong) and Dobby (Doh-bee = also wrong).

I’m not saying GRRM’s system is flawless.  Because the names are often too similar to the real thing, people can often mishear them.  This can lead to friends ignoring other friends’ incorrect pronunciation so they don’t make those friends feel stupid or ignorant, or they can point it out and be a a total spelling jerk.  Sigh.

 

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Jaime Lannister is a Dynamite Dancer
Totally Awesome Things I Didn’t Make – Game of Thrones Edition

 

Obligatory Copyright Notice: All characters and books belong to George R.R. Martin and his publisher.  The artwork is mine.  Please don’t steal it without citing it!

Work in progress

Sorry.  No new content this weekend.  I’m working on something but my Game of Thrones board game party last night that went about 6 hours long (I played House Lannister and lost spectacularly)  + catsitting + tons of errands = no free time.  (Well, that’s not exactly true…I had an exorbitant amount of free time while catsitting, but my laptop doesn’t have the memory or processing speed to be able to handle Photoshop, so I spent the time playing the deck building game Ascension on my phone, which I only just downloaded Friday and am thus completely obsessed with and can’t put down.)

So instead, I’ll give you a never-done-before exclusive SNEAK PEAK of what I’m working on.  You’ll see why it’s not ready yet in about two seconds. (Also, you’d be amazed to know it took me about two and a half hours, though a lot of that was researching keyboard shortcuts to obscure functions to make my life easier, and the rest was awkwardly switching between menus before I got so sick of the effort that I looked up the keyboard shortcuts.) I’d love to hear your speculations on it! Just leave me a comment.

Work in progress

Also, just a note for those who aspire to draw/cartoon/Photoshop… As you can see, I don’t draw particularly well on my first go. There’s a lot of trimming and editing to make things clean and presentable.  You don’t have to be ‘born with it.’ Moderately inspiration speech over.

Update: Check out the finished version here!

Jaime Lannister is a Dynamite Dancer

Jaime Lannister cartoon

I think of this every time I hear this song.  I’m reading the books (A Song of Ice and Fire) and I’m officially caught up with the Game of Thrones TV show.  Woot! I’m officially spoiler-proof! Take that, HBO!

On another note, this is my first piece of art with my new toy! I bought a drawing tablet for my computer.  Not sure if it’s actually faster than drawing with a mouse, but it has the illusion of being better, so I’m calling it a win.  Strangely enough, I had gotten so used to using a mouse that I was actually extremely good with it, so maybe it’s really a step back.  Whatever.  I’m keeping it.

 

Other Comics:
The Home Despot
Worf’s Hair
Dalek Beauty School

The Home Despot

Home Despot final copy

Another little doodle I spent way too much time on.  The image is based on a cursory google search for the Home Depot mascot, which research has shown that his name is Homer (ha ha.  Because Home Depot…) But based on the amount of touchup I had to do on the low res image, I basically reconstructed it from scratch with my own additions.  I’ve had the idea of the Home Despot ever since seeing the word despot and realizing it looked a lot like depot, especially if you gave it a fake French pronunciation.

Before you ask: Yes, I know Home Depot changed their slogan from “You can do it.  We can help.” to the less applicable “More savings.  More doing.” (which, in addition to being sentence fragments not requiring a period, it’s a little lazy.  It’s like saying, “Save money.  Build stuff.”)

All hail our benevolent overlord, President Homer!

 

More Cartoons:
Dalek Beauty School
Worf’s Hair

 

Obligatory copyright notice: Homer, the Home Depot and its slogans are registered trademarks of Home Depot.  This is a work of fan art.  No copyright infringement is intended.

Worf’s Hair

I finally finished my next comic.  Here it is!

Worf Hair Panel 1

In fact, most (if not all) Klingons on screen from Next Generation (even some of the movies) onward have curly hair.  One exception is B’Elanna Torres, who is only half Klingon.  Yet even she went through a season of Voyager with wavy hair (the sixth season, if memory serves).  Since one of her struggles has always been to be less Klingon, I imagine that this post and the conclusions I draw can also apply to her.

Worf Hair Panel 2

In the early seasons (and actually, the picture on the left is actually from one of the later seasons), Worf has short, usually straight hair.  It gets a bit more crimpy once he grows it out to ponytail length, but that’s mostly on DS9 and the movies.  For the show it’s pretty much straight.

Worf Hair Panel 3

Worf Hair Panel 4

Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.  Worf straightens his hair.  I just imagine on those days when it’s just a little wavier than usual, it’s because he was woken up by a red alert and forced to just slap some relaxer on it on his way out the door.

The only other explanation is that Worf actually does have straight hair (for whatever reason) and he crimps it.  Or maybe he goes down to see Mr. Mott the ship’s barber and gets a perm.  Mr. Mott lets him take a look at it after he’s done and says, “What do you think?” and Worf says, “It’s is a warrior’s perm.”

Better yet, what if he decided to go one step farther and lose the Klingon brown and go for something in a blonde/redhead style? “Today is a good day to dye…my hair.”

 

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