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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 Hobbies: Read, Write, Draw, and Study films Favorite Films: Too many to list 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 actor: Benedict Cumberbatch Favorite actress: Anne Hathaway 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
One of the best things about Disney Pixar films is that they can come up with a very basic and simple idea and tell it to us in a very interesting way that feels freshly new! Inside Out is another one of their project that turned out colorfully spectacular. I've always heard of seeing peoples emotions through colored auras around their bodies, but actually seeing them personified as colorful characters living inside our brains is a whole new level!
Most of us have gone through a time when we feel shy and isolated from our friends and families. The film's director, Pete Docter, undergo a period of social anxiety when his family was forced to move the Denmark when his father had a new job. Years later, Docter noticed his pre-teen daughter undergoing the same phase as she became more quiet and reserve from her parents. The idea for Inside Out came into existence when Docter took this realization and began to think about the emotions playing inside our heads during this troubling time.
Like what he experienced as a child, Docter's Inside Out is the story of an 11-year-old girl named Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) trying to adjust to her new life when her family has to moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, California due to her father's job. Riley's mind is mostly controlled by five colorful, fuzzy, cartoonish characters, Each is the manifestation of five basic emotions as they try and guide Riley's life with a purpose: Joy (Amy Poehler) is Riley's main emotion, a tall, happy yellow spirit with blue hair and a green dress who does her best to keep Riley's life as happy as possible; Fear (Bill Hader), a purple, bug-eyed spirit with a question-marked hair and a nerdy outfit tries to keep Riley safe from harm; Disgust (Mindy Kaling), a green, stylish and snobbish spirit whose job it is to keep Riley from being poison, physically and socially; Anger (Lewis Black), the red hot-tempered flat-head that bursts into flame whenever he tries to ensure fairness voicing out grievances (CONGRATULATION SAN FRANCISCO, YOU'VE RUINED PIZZA!!!FIRST THE HAWAIIANS AND NOW YOU!!!!!); and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), a depressed, but cute blue spirit in turtle-neck sweater who tries to contribute in their work, much to the disdain of the other four emotions. The emotions control Riley's conscious mind with a small control console, always fighting to hog it, especially Joy, when Riley saw what a bust the move was. I don't blame them, considering how small their new house is (welcome to San Francisco), Riley's new room stinks, their moving truck got lost, Dad's busy with his new job, and all of Riley's old friends are back home in Minnasota.
Our memories are depicted as these spheres, each in the color of the five emotions whenever we're feeling that emotion during an event of that day. Most of Riley's memories are happy each day before the move and every night, these memories are sent to Long Term Memories. After the move, Joy struggled to encourage the other emotions to stay as positive as usual, especially on first day at a new school. But when Sadness accidentally made Riley cry in school, she and Joy struggle for the control before both are sucked through a recall tube and sent to other parts of Riley's mind. With the core memories along with Joy and Sadness, Riley's emotional state of mind soon became more frustrating with only Disgust, Fear, and Anger to control her emotions. To their horror, the five aspects of Riley's personalities are falling apart without the core memories and without Joy, her conscious mind is slowly disintegrating into an empty shell.
The film then concentrate on a mission as Joy and Sadness tries to rushed back to Headquarter with the missing core memories before it is too late, all the while encountering various aspects of characters in Riley's mind including her forgotten imaginary friend, Bing-Bong (Richard Kind), mind workers like Frtiz (John Ratzenberger) whose job it is to sort out faded memories and other mind works. They try to catch the Train of Thoughts which would lead them back to Headquarter, but first, they must go through several realms of Riley's mind including Imagination Land with its French-fries Forest and even an Imaginary Boyfriend who kept saying, "I would die for Riley! I'm from Canada." There's Dream Production which acts like the Hollywood studios in our mind by producing all of Riley's dreams and nightmares.
This is where Inside Out differs greatly from other Pixar's films, everything happening in Riley's mind are nothing more than figurative manifestations of what's going inside to reflect our expressions on the outside. Emotions, memories, and thoughts are really just as intangible as our souls and it's fascinating how Pixar is taking all of this and personifying it in creative ways in this film, rather than working something that already physically exist such as the toys in Toy Story, the robots in Wall-E and the house in Up. The story plot is well scripted as it connects the new events that's happening to Riley since the move to her old life in Minnasota. Riley is growing up and she's undergoing threat changes in her life as she struggles to get used to her new life in California. The emotions has some growing up to do themselves as Joy realized that Sadness isn't there to annoy them on purpose, but her actions to make Riley depress is a signal to others, such as her family and friends, to come and help comfort her in her time of needs.
Inside Out is another great film to be remembered in Disney Pixar's collection. It's lovable characters, dialogues, and scripts are so creative and colorful that it's bursting with emotions. It's enjoyable for me to be sitting in a theater room full of kids and parents laughing at the humor and excitedly looking for the Easter Eggs (there are plenty in this film) but also silently cry when Riley is united with her parents. If you're going to see this film, bring a tissue box because your eyes are going to get watery due to both tear-jerking moments as well as humorous scenes where you'll laugh too hard. As always, do not dawdle at the concession stand but get there early in order to see the short film, Lava, that plays before Inside Out. I thought I've seen it all with Wall-E when it comes to a robot in love, but a volcano yearning for love in Lava? Wow! What an idea! The animation of this tropical volcano island is gorgeous and it really makes me feel more and more eager for the upcoming Disney's princess film Moana next year. And don't get up when the end credits are rolling in because you're going to see the different forms of the five emotions in other characters' heads, including Riley's new teacher, the bus driver, the cool girl, and others.