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Selkie For a Day by joyhorse13
Selkie For a Day
Me with a baby seal.

Saw a bunch of seals in CA... they were SO CUTE :D (Big Grin)!!!

Taken at the Children's Pool in San Diego, CA.

Enjoy!

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Baby on the Beach by joyhorse13
Baby on the Beach
Saw a bunch of seals in CA... they were SO CUTE :D (Big Grin)!!!

Taken at the Children's Pool in San Diego, CA.

Enjoy!

Photo belongs to myself.
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Wink and a Smile by joyhorse13
Wink and a Smile
Saw a bunch of seals in CA... they were SO CUTE :D (Big Grin)!!!

Taken at the Children's Pool in San Diego, CA.

Enjoy!

Photo belongs to myself.
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There is so much to say about this movie; I had to think long and hard about what to write.

Tomm Moore's "Song of the Sea" is AWESOME! It's one of the best films I've seen in a while (it's way better than "Secret of Kells"). Everything about it is nearly flawless: the visuals, the story, the characters, the music... I could go on forever! But I won't, so let's make this brief.

*WARNING: SPOILERS*


PROS:
-The visuals are unlike any other cartoon I've ever seen. In some ways they're even better! The best part though is the background art: everything looks so fantastical with its simple shapes, intricate textures, and rich colors fit to match the different atmospheres of each scene. 

-The characters were well-rounded and relatable. My favorites were Ben and Macha. These two undergo the most character development: Ben goes a long way from being a selfish brat, to (in the film's words) "the best big brother in the whole world". Also I like Macha was not your typical villain. And the seals look SO CUTE :D!

-The story is also great! I like how it tackled themes like death and loss in a way palatable to children, and relevant to the story in its entirety. Too many family films use death as a quick plot device or to start up pointless drama. like The best thing about the story is its ambiguity. It leaves lots of things to the viewers' imagination--- did Granny know that Bronagh's a selkie? Why exactly was Mac Lir so sad? How did Macha conceive a son who's 1000+ times her sizeXD? You could come up with a billion answers to these sort of questions, and they'd each make perfect sense without obstructing the story. Tomm Moore's changes to the selkie myth are also a nice twist. Most people don't  know what a selkie is, so I predicted he'd do a very by-the-book  interpretation of them. Thank goodness he didn't! It made the film much less predictable and easier to watch. The best change is perhaps the selkie's sealskin to a shiny white coat. Because the image of a person literally crawling out of living seal flesh is just gross I think I am going to PUKE! . It certainly looked gross in "The Secret of Roan Inish" (1995)!

CONS:
-The artwork don't reflect the setting. According to Tomm Moore, this film is set in 1987 because that was "Ireland’s period of dramatic economic growth" ( www.tinymixtapes.com/film/song… ). Yet there's nothing distinctively 80s about it. At first glance, I thought this film was set in the present day.  Why set it in the '80s if they're not gonna show us the '80s?

- The film contradicts itself at times. Like how Ben could suddenly swim to the bottom of the ocean, despite being afraid of water. I know why he does it; but my question is how. Is it because his mom's a selkie? If that's the case, why couldn't he swim well earlier???


OTHER OBSERVATIONS:
-Maybe Ben's not a selkie because either...
    A) Ben and Saoirse are half-siblings (they look nothing alike!)
    B) Selkies are all female
    C) Ben will become a selkie when he hits puberty

-I wonder how Conor and Bronagh met. Conor seems like a decent guy, so I doubt he took her against her will. At least I hope not! 

- It's ironic that this film has elements of Disney's "The Little Mermaid" (mute maidens of the sea, magic seashells,  even Old English Sheepdogs), when it's set around the same time that "The Little Mermaid" (1989) premiered.

-Speaking of Disney movies, this movie reminded me of a certain Disney film: joyhorse13.tumblr.com/post/111…



While not perfect, I love "Song of the Sea" for what it does right.


Any thoughts? Leave them in the comments below.

Peace out :)!

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Hablo español :)
我会说中文 :)

ART TRADES ARE OPEN!!!

Currently a hobby artist, aspiring to become a storyboard artist/character designer/illustrator. I've done illustrations for several newspapers and gazettes.




I'm a university student, meaning I may not post stuff on my page too often, b/c I am so busy with my studies & extracurricular activities...)




Things I'm a huge fan of:

*Gravity Falls
*Hetalia
*Avatar (the James Cameron movie)
*Mermaids
*Greek Mythology
*Animals
*Broadway musicals
*History and learning about different cultures
*Lady Gaga
*a few operas (my fav. ones being "Turandot" and "Magic Flute")




I DO REQUESTS C:
(Things I will NOT draw:
-Yaoi/yuri
-Nudity
-Porn
-Anything too gory/violent)






Personal Quote: Nobody's perfect, but everybody's perfect at being imperfect.
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WichuMisawa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the fave : )
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joyhorse13 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015   General Artist
No problem!
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the Faves and the Watch!
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joyhorse13 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015   General Artist
No problem!
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promises-of-air Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the fave!
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joyhorse13 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   General Artist
No problem :)
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squonkhunter Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the watch! 8D
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joyhorse13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015   General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Mocris Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for fav!
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joyhorse13 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014   General Artist
No problem :)
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