I’m in day three of an experiment: Except for checking
The experiment started when my laptop died on Thursday. I came home and, while I knew I could jump onto the internet using my secondary laptop (the one I plan to sell once I’ve convinced myself that I haven’t forgotten anything else on it), I decided to just ignore the internet for the night. I did, and enjoyed myself as I watched some Russian animations, and I thought to myself, “Why not do this every night?”
Luckily, I had no meetings at work on Friday, so I took the laptop to the Apple store that morning. The “Genius Bar” (a.k.a. tech support) was understaffed, so I ended up waiting for an hour and a half to get serviced. But that was okay; I chatted a bit with one of the women who was being helped, and just observed my environment. Was nice being in the Apple store when it’s not massively crowded, too; it seems to be stuffed with people on evenings and weekends. And fortunately, the laptop was fine; I hadn’t installed some new RAM correctly.
So I came home and, after spending about fifteen minutes processing
That’s partly due to these Russian animations I’ve been watching. I ordered volume 2 on Amazon.com about a year ago, and was blown away by some of them. I bought volumes 1 and 3 recently, and while there are more duds in these volumes, there were a few amazing works in there. In particular, the
So, here are my top thirteen favorite short films from the “Masters of Russian Animation” collection:
- “My Green Crocodile,”
stop-motionfable by Vadim Kurchevsky (1966)
- “Ball of Wool,”
stop-motionfable by Nikolai Serebryakov (1968)
- “Film Film Film,” comedy about the filmmaking process by Fyodor Khitruk (1968)
- “Battle at Kerzehenets,” an animation of religious iconographic paintings by Ivan
Ivanov-Vanoand Yuri Norstein (1971)
- “Heron and Crane,” a fable by Yuri Norstein (1974)
- “Hedgehog in the Fog,” a fairy tale by Yuri Norstein (1975)
- “Crane Feathers,”
stop-motionadaptation of a Japanese fairy tale by Ideya Garanina (1977)
- “Firing Range,” modern SF story by Anatoly Petrov (1977)
- “Hunt,” modern fable by Eduard Nazarov (1979)
- “Travels of an Ant,” in which an ant is flung from its nest and entreats others to help it get home, by Eduard Nazarov (1983)
- “Lion and Ox,” African fable by Fyodor Khitruk (1983)
- “Wolf and Calf,” humorous
stop-motionfairy tale by Mikhail Kamenetsky
- “Cabaret,” an amazing
stop-motionoperetta by Ideya Garanina (1984)
You may note quite a few animations in there by Yuri Norstein. Oddly, he also made an animation, “Tale of Tales,” which was voted the greatest animation of all time by a San Francisco festival, and I can’t stand to watch it. Nothing at all happens. Nicely done, certainly, but it consists entirely of characters walking around. At least, I assume it does; I couldn’t sit through it all.
Which is such a contrast to an anime series called Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid, an
I also finished The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, which started strong and ended strong. It’s another series that works well on numerous levels, though it’s primarily a comedy.
Anyvay. After all that, with several days’ diet of no internet, I woke up this morning and made this:
Maybe taking leave of the internet is a good idea….