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In 2001 during the year of the first released issue of W.I.T.C.H., I was a 12 year old girl still in the sixth grade and drawing anime style characters, such as Sailor Moon, terribly (I am self-taught in free-hand drawing and I have never took a drawing class). I didn't know of its existence until I saw a commercial about a new animated series called W.I.T.C.H. on the Jetix channel. At the time I didn't pay much attention to it because I was into "Digimon" ( and still am!). A few months later when it was mid-way through the airing of the first season, I got bored enough to watch an episode. At first, I thought that it was interesting and okay, but I wasn't entire hooked yet. A few weeks later after watching my first W.I.T.C.H. episode on television, my family took me and my younger brother to the nearby bookstore. There, I saw the American (slightly censored) version of the original comic series. At first, I thought that it was one of those silly comic adaptation from the animated series and didn't realized that it was actually the other way around until I did some research. I sat there in the bookstore reading the very first 6 issues compacted into 3 books and immediately saw how much of big difference it is from the animated series. I started to watch more episodes of the series, including the ones that I missed and I started to do some more research on its history. By then, I was officially hooked. I fell in love with its unique ways of story-telling and artistic style and I felt that there was a certain charm to it that I have never felt before.
After waiting months on end for the American released, I got impatient and went online instead. To my luck, I was able to find a gold mine of comic scans online and began to read those instead. After years of reading WITCH, I also began to notice the difference as it transitioned itself from one saga to the next. I noticed the changes in the art styles, then the story-telling, then the entire thing which, I admittedly think, is now crap (the changes, not the entire WITCH universe). What was once a magical experience, I find WITCH now somewhat tasteless and a shell of its former glory. There were some issues that I still think was good, while others were so terrible and childish that it makes me preferred its rival, Winx Club, more than itself (Yes, it's that bad). I am now very disappointed that WITCH isn't as great as it used to be, and I find myself criticizing some of its new issues even more. Some people might ask me, "If you don't like it, then why bother continuing to read it?" My only answer is because I can't find myself to hate it entirely. W.I.T.C.H. has been around for a while and I fell in love with it as a teenager. Although I do find that it lost most of its magical touch, there are still some moments which I thought was wonderful enough for me to continue reading.
After ten years, W.I.T.C.H. has changed greatly, but personally, I still find that it still has that certain amount of charm that I just couldn't discard easily. W.I.T.C.H. comics has been a great inspiration to me in more ways than one, and to this day I am grateful to it. After drawing countless works, I finally made a small switch to WITCH art style. Although not best at first (as I'm still learning) I suddenly find myself drawing my own W.I.T.C.H. fanart calendar series, started my very first fan-comic side story of C.H.Y.K.N. (WITCH's predecessors), and now I'm slowly developing my new idea for a full blown WITCH fan-saga (called WITCH: Dreams of Lusteria)!
Name: Galistar07water (or just galistar) Role: Guardian of Arts Age: 26 Race: Human Gender: Female Ethnicity: Vietnamese Religion: Buddhist Location: Southern California Occupation: Assistant tutor/Tutor in English and history Hobbies: Read, Write, Draw, and Study films Favorite Films: The Godfather, Inception, Titanic, The Lord of the Ring films, Beauty and the Beast, and many more... Favorite Books: A lot, too much to list What I hate: the Twilight series and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender Favorite Comic series: Disney's W.i.t.c.h. duh!
Current Residence: Southern California, United States of America Favorite music artists Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Adele, etc Favorite genre of music: A lot of types, okay? Favorite style of art: Too many to list MP3 player of choice: Walkman (I don't like iPods) Favorite cartoon character: I have too many to list Personal Quote: If an artist's inspiration lacks uniqueness, then his work shall lack rareness.
Favorite visual artistUm...the crew who drew W.I.T.C.H. comic series!Favorite moviesInception, Batman: The Dark Knight, and a bunch of others that I won't bother to listFavorite TV showsAvatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, W.I.T.C.H., Winx Club, H2O: Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids, Code LyokoFavorite bands / musical artistsToo many to listFavorite writersJ.K. Rowling, James Moloney, Cornelia Funke, Alyson Noel, Mary Hoffman, Alison Croggon, and more...Favorite gamesAge of Mythology for PCOther InterestsDraw, Read, study films
I'll be honest, going into this film, I expected it to be bold coming-of-age story with breath-taking visuals and profound life lesson. Instead, I get another knockoff of E.T. with only a few decent looking special effects. Not that Earth to Echo was bad, mind you, but it could have and should have been a lot better. Rather than filming it professionally in third person, the cameras are constantly shaky as it's being filmed by three teenage boys trying to do one last adventure together. As if I didn't get enough headaches from Paranormal Activity.
The story takes place in a suburban dessert town in Nevada. Due to constructing elaborate freeways over a neighborhood, some folks are forced to move, include two of the three boys and their families. The three boys, fresh in their adolescence years, are social misfits looking for something fun and strange to do one last time before they moved to different parts of the country. One of them is a detached foster child, Alex (Teo Halm); another is a tech savvy boy with an awkward personality and a strange nickname Munch (Reese Hartwig); and the third, Tuck (Brian Bradley) is unsure if he has a crush on a girl named Emma (Ella Wahlestedt) as well as a wannabe film-maker. The trio believed that the construction workers are up to something strange in their area, and sure enough, it got stranger when their phones "barfed" strange images, constantly pulsing towards a place in a desert near their home. Wanting to take the risk in doing something bigger together before their big move, the three boys followed the pulsing echo map on their phone and it leads them to a wee, little owl-liked alien that's been battered and stuck on earth. One of the best thing about this film is how adorable the little alien is, dubbed Echo by the boys after they decided that "Space Ninja" and "Master Blaster" doesn't seemed to suit him. (The name Beep would have worked as well, but perhaps that's too cute.) Look out, WALL-E and Furbies, Echo just might be a threat on cuteness overload with awesome power over metal!
Echo communicates with the three boys through series of beeps and chirps, a concept that this film does better than Transformers did with their still mute Cybertronian robot Bumblebee. The boys discovered that their conspiracy hunch involving the construction workers trying to evict their neighborhood by building freeways is true and that they were nothing less than secret agents dead set on preventing Echo from returning home. I'm sure that I've seen this before in other films as well as in an episode of Ben 10: Alien Force. Naturally, Earth to Echo is going to be that predictable film where our unlikely heroes are going to find a way to help their new, cute, little friend home. Their misfit adventures will lead from one thing to another, ranging from picking up another member to add into their group and hijacking a few cars and driving without a license! (I'm sure that I'm not the only person thinking that this is a bad idea. If I see an underage preteen driving, I know which movie to blame.)
Earth to Echo is pretty much what it is, a cheap knock-off of E.T. , Close Encounter With the Third Kind, and Super 8. It's filmed in a first found-footage film, as we are seeing all of their adventures through their shaky cameras. While it's cheaper to film like this, I find it to be a bit unbearable after several minutes as it results in giving me a minor headache. After taking two pills of acetaminophen/Tylenol tablets to calm down my headache, I find that such a technique a bore had it not been for the slightly interesting (but predictable) plot. Without it being filmed by a more professional camera crew, there is no cinematography in Earth to Echo. Despite its lack in depth when it comes to acting, plot, and cinematography, the film is innocent and cute enough to entertain the younger audiences. Honestly, the best thing about this film is the cute and adorable little Echo himself. Seeing the kids putting on pen-caps as supporting legs for him elevated the "SUPER CUTENESS!" for Echo. With its Magneto-liked powers to shift and control metal pieces, Echo would make a great little friend to keep in your pocket like a Furbie! While the kids will probably find this film entertaining and fun, don't expect the adults to feel the same.