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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: 25 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
Why they didn't just simply call this film Madagascar 2, I can completely understand, but putting the number 2 as a pun to the word "to" in Escape 2 Africa sounded too forced and lazy. Let's just say that I'm like one of those English teachers who hates it when students write in text-message style on their essays.
If you've read my reviews on the first Madagascar film, you'll probably remember that I find it a little dull. The I'll admit, it did has its entertaining moments that kids and some adults might enjoy, but overall it was dull to me. It didn't wow me enough from beginning to end and it didn't really have much of a genuine and clever streak. Here in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, it's more or less the same thing. I find the characters' journey to Madagascar dull enough, and their adventure in Africa is barely an improvement. Don't get me wrong, I really did like some of the b-side stories for them: Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller) is reunited with his long-lost parents and has to prove himself a capable lion in the pride; Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock) finds out that there are hundreds of zebras just like him in every way; Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) is appointed the new witch-doctor; and Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett Smith) is trying to find a new love interest or at least someone worthy to spend the rest of her life with.
Other notable minor characters returned, including the ring-tailed lemur self-appointed King Julian (Sacha Baron Cohen), his assistant Maurice the Aye-Aye (Cedric the Entertainer) and that little annoying squeaky voice lemur that they both wanted to get away from. As much as I don't like Julian and Maurice, I understand why they didn't want Mort (Andy Richter) with them. It is a shame that Mort wasn't eaten by the shark. Out of all the returning characters, the only ones that I really enjoyed seeing are the four penguins and Nana (Elisa Gabrielli), that very same tough old lady who beat Alex up with nothing but her purse. After crash landing in Africa, the penguins attempted to steal motor parts from a tourist group truck, stranding the human tourists in the wild. Thankfully, Nana, who is part of the tour group, managed to beat up Alex when she thought he was getting too close and managed to become their leader in an attempt for survive. It really brings out The Lord of the Flies parody in a very comical way.
Our four animal friends thought they had found paradise in the land of their heritage, but they soon realized that some things in life isn't what it seemed as it puts them all to a test: Alex must proved that despite growing up in captivity, he is capable enough to survive in the wild and save the watering hole, Marty realized that there really is special about himself as he stands in a group of a hundred identical copies, and Gloria discovered that the person she wanted to spend the rest of her happy life with has been that sweet giraffe next door all of this time. As for the penguins, their leader Skipper (Tom McGrath) is trying to pull a plane of escape together while keeping his relationship with a bobble-head hula doll.
Once again, I must admit that I am not a big fan of the Madagascar films. The first one has some laughable moments, but it was dull and uninteresting to me. Here, it's no difference other than it's taking place in Africa. Sure I did enjoy seeing the penguins again, the Lord of the Flies reference with Nana and the tribe of desperate humans, and there were some new interesting character developments for our four main cast, but other than thatEscape 2 Africa is another snooze fest for me. Some people might find this entertaining and fun, others not so much. Count me in the latter group.