That's right! Family Home Evening. We'd gotten out of the habit of going, which was fine with us because Revenant Wings was taking forever to beat and we liked having the extra time to do it. But now we seem to have found ourselves a regular ride again, almost by coincidence it would seem (though most likely not), and thus we are again in regular attendance. Last night they had called a bunch of people (about five) to set up little tables with visual aids and talk about the cultures of different countries. Kind of like the Girl Scouts' World Thinking Day in miniature (I wonder how many people reading this would understand that comparison...).
The countries represented were Ecuador, Mexico, Taiwan, Argentina, and Russia. And what ended up happening was that all the attendees would go to a table and whoever was there would talk about their mission or their family, which is how they learned about the culture to begin with. At first, I was like, "Well, I guess it's good that they didn't call and ask us to talk about Japan, since I'm not sure we could do a whole spiel or anything," but as we went to the tables, I realize we may have been much more informative. Ah well.
Speaking of Japan, there's like an airfare sale or something so you can go to Japan from LA for super cheap (relatively), and we totally want to do it, but we have no idea what we'd do once we found ourselves in Tokyo. I mean, we want to go to Japan, but we don't want to wander around aimlessly. That's something we're not very good at.
Anyway, back to last night. We started talking to a friend and I'm afraid I scared her. Somehow Disney got brought up, and she mentioned that she thought all Disney movies were sappy. This is of course a matter of opinion, but since one of our constant battles (in my imagination) is proving to people that Disney and animated movies are, in fact, worth watching and not "only for kids," I think I reacted a bit too harshly, and since I know she reads our LiveJournal sometimes, I'd like to apologize.
Part of the problem is that I still hadn't quite gotten over the annoyance from Sunday night. We decided to watch Chicken Little, since we got it as part of the Double Feature when the Disney Movie Club featured Meet the Robinsons, and we're starting to develop a backlog of DVDs again. And then we had to order Finding Nemo, so that certainly wasn't going to help things. So, as I said, we watched Chicken Little. And we enjoyed it, probably more than we did the first time we saw it, because it seems to focus more on humor and aliens than plot, so the first time I think we were a little frustrated at the lack of story. But this time we knew it was coming, so we were okay, and it really is quite funny.
But then we watched (I don't know how, but somehow "watched" almost got left as "watchg") the making of featurette. And there were a few things that touched on the exact things we feel like people are always saying to disparage Disney, only the annoyance amplified by about a million times, since these things were being said by the actual people who make the films.
Oh wait, first it was the deleted scenes. The director and the producer were talking about how they were originally going to do the opening bit as 2-D animation, as a nod to the traditional Disney movie thing, but they decided to cut it because, for one thing, it seemed "too young." Thinking about it rationally now, I realize that if they did find it "too young," that's a good reason to cut it if we're trying to prove that Disney movies aren't "too young," so I guess that's not so bad. But it did bother me to actually see the scene and its not-being-animated-all-that-great-ness (not that it was bad animation, just that Disney animation is usually much much better).
And then they were talking about another scene and the director was talking about how he couldn't even remember why they did it, and that bugged me because I think he should take his job more seriously. But I guess I'm being overly critical.
But there is one thing that I think is still a legitimate concern. One of the animators said that you can get more emotion from 3-D characters than you can from 2-D ones. An animator! I was like, "What do you mean you can't get much emotion from a 2-D drawing? Have you looked at any manga? Have you even looked at some Disney movies for that matter?" So we were both like, "Look, buddy, just because you don't have the talent to get emotion out of 2-D drawings, don't blame it on the medium." Which is actually pretty mean. Eheh.
I just have to remember that Chicken Little was made before Meet the Robinsons, and all the people on that making of featurette just made me jealous--not angry. I think if Disney keeps going in the kind of direction they were going with Meet the Robinsons, they might make a comeback. I hope.
Speaking of Disney, our insurance agent has become an insurance broker, and she found a company that would give us a better deal, so she was visiting today. She's only been over once before, and we haven't had any reason to call her (thankfully), so it was kind of interesting that she became one of the several people who asks us, "Do you ever write any of your own stuff?" The fact that people keep asking really makes us wonder if we need to try it out. And then maybe! we can have an awesome Disney movie made out of it and everyone will think Disney is cool again. But we keep wanting to play through our video games first. We're beginning to wonder if it was a mistake to start playing Neo Romance games.
Today I'm thankful for friendly insurance broker visits, our delusions of grandeur, replacement air conditioning filters, candy from the apartment manager's office, Chicken Little.