When we think about ass kicking women in media, we don’t often consider the world of animation. And it’s easy to see why. Women in animation have been princesses and tea pots (well, one was…) for decades and never really the leader or the protagonist. But not right now. Now there are a host of incredible options.
1. Burka Avenger: this show is not in the US, but I hope it will be soon, because I’m so impressed by the message. Think Malala as a TV show for youngins’.
2. Bee And PuppyCat: This amazing series was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter for a bunch more episodes. And we are all the awesome recipients.
3. Gravity Falls: I love me some Kirsten Schaal. How can you not? Well, this kids show pairs her with her brother as they deal with growing up in a rather weird place with their creepy uncle. There is some potential for this to be weird, but I appreciate what The Mary Sue had to say about it.
4. Ametheyst: Princess of Gemworld: And here’s a blast from the past I just love and you can watch online… can you say ladies saving the prince?! Hell yeah, 80s comics!
What shows am I missing? Is there an animated web series or TV series with lady leads that you love? Clue me in, friends!
I never thought I’d be an internet filmmaker. Storyteller. Videographer. Movie maker. But never internet filmmaker. And you know what? I like it. I like that something I didn’t even know could be a job just a few years ago is totally my job today.
If you’re thinking about making a living as someone who produces videos for the web, then I have three sites I need you to bookmark, like now:
So technically this is a site for people who make motion graphics. But, seeing as motion graphics are the hottest, most intensely loved thing on the web right now, it only makes sense. Plus, most people don’t know that many of the fundamentals of what makes a great motion piece are very similar to what makes great animated pieces in general, so you’ll end up finding a lot of great tips, tricks, Q & As and other generally awesome stuff on this site.
I always find the best stuff on Short of the Week. While Vimeo’s Staff Picks often take up a lot of real estate on here, there are also lots of really cool unnoticed pieces that get picked up here that just blow my freaking mind. I get so many great ideas from the fellow artists featured here.
This site is relatively new amongst the internet shorts websites, but it’s one of those places that I’m excited about, because they also pick up on little known ad spots that are expertly done. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding a diverse set of resources and I’m looking forward to seeing this site grow.
Who did I miss? Who do you count on to find amazing internet short films?
It’s no surprise that I love the Academy Award’s shorts categories. If you’re thinking about heading out to the theaters this weekend to see Her (YES, see it!), Wolf of Wall Street (meh), American Hustle or one of the other big Hollywood pics, maybe consider skipping it and supporting some smaller films from the comfort of your home.
Here’s how you can see the Oscar nominated animated shorts online:
Fun fact about Room on the Broom, Simon Pegg and company put this together for BBC One for their annual Christmas special in 2013. So while it’s seasonal, it’s still a lot of fun.
Behind the Scenes available now - Full film premiering soon?
I hesitated to put this one on the list, but decided to do so, because this video with the behind the scenes of the art has so much personality and love that it’s almost as fun as seeing the real thing.
Get a Horse! is the only big name animated short in the bunch. It’s playing before Frozen in theaters… and it’s fun and harkens to the old days of Disney, but it’s Mickey Mouse, so you better like Mickey Mouse if you’re going to go out of your way to see it.
Unfortunately, no trailer or early access to watch Possessions, a short by Shuhei Morita, is available online. But, early buzz is good so if you see it’s playing at a film fest near you, go check it out.
Hayao Miyazaki makes movies with incredible leading ladies. Whether it’s Kiki, the delivery service girl who rides on a broom or Princess Mononke, the tough warrior - these girls kick ass in so many ways. On some level, I’ve always wondered why American studios don’t take a note from Mr. Miyazaki’s book. And then I realized, Disney only took on one of his films when he put a boy in the lead in Ponyo, but even then, Miyazaki gets the last laugh. Ponyo is all about Ponyo. His films are beautiful, versatile and well-loved and nearly ALL of them feature a female in the lead. So it only seemed appropriate to spend some time admiring their fierce chicks in our latest style post.
If you haven’t seen these movies, goodness, please do. They are fun, whimsical, joyful and appropriate for everyone. Here’s a couple trailers to get you started:
My recent television binges have exposed me to a plethora of pencil drawn women. There’s something about the simplicity of the animated character that is worth emulating. Most “trendy” fashion becomes passe because it throws in so many complex patterns, textures and cuts that don’t stand the test of time. When it comes to animated art, creators have to think about what’s achievable AND timeless. You’d never say Butters from South Park looks like he’s out of the 90s, because he doesn’t appear to represent any point in time.
The point is, there’s a lesson to be learned here. When it comes to 3D living, we should all consider a few lessons from these women:
Tina from Bob’s Burgers:
Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time:
Eileen from Regular Show:
Carrie from The Amazing World of Gumball:
Supergirl from Super Best Friends Forever:
These examples are just from recent television history. Think of all the women from decades past and the lessons they’ve imparted. The Powerpuff Girls. Dee Dee. Lucy. Which animated character do you take your style cues from?
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Leigh Lahav, our Lady Geek of the Week, is a spunky and sophisticated, 26-year-old “animator, illustrator, comics lover, sometimes singer, and mostly a gib gabber.”
Her recent animated short “Fangirls” was picked up by The Mary Sue, Jezebel, YouTube’s Twitter account, and more. Lahav scripted, animated, and voiced this quippy, adorable video, which highlights the length fangirls go to for their beloved geeky outlets. The fangirl meeting is hit with difficult news, but the ladies remember always, “to be a fangirl is to have hope.” Tugging at your heartstrings already? Go check out the rest of Lahav’s animated shorts here.
Be sure to take a scroll through Lahav’s Tumblr site for doodles, comics, jokes, and more. And follow this Lady Geek on Instagram @leighlahav. Oh, and did we mention that Lahav and her husband share an adorable Tumblr over at I Like Your Silly Face? Because you should check that out, too.
But before you run off into cyberspace trying to catch up with Lahav, check out her interview with Being Geek Chic.
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: AAAH which passion? Animating? Fangirling? Ukulele playing? Folk Dancing?! Well that last one I don’t really do. Wish I did though.
So heh, I have many passions but I mostly draw and animate. Animation is something I always obsessed about, and it holds within it many skills I like to practice (drawing, directing, editing, voice acting..) so it was a natural choice of career for me. (It’s frustrating as BALLS though!)
Q: Where do you find your inspiration?
A: Mainly Pop culture obviously. I adore Fan-art and most of my drawings are in that nature. It’s easier for me to express myself through other characters and use their story to reflect something about myself. (…Or just draw their butts because it’s fun. Mostly that.) My favorite creations in college were those related to pop culture references. My teachers didn’t like it one bit though!
Another great inspiration for me is, please don’t hurl, love. I find that when I have someone I adore and want to make happy or impress I create the best things. (Like this video I made for my husband’s birthday…)
Q: You can choose one superpower. What is it?
A: Holycrap SHAPESHIFTING for sure! I wouldn’t even mind if it comes with Mystique-ish blue skin and freaky yellow eyes. Imagine the cosplay possibilities! My main conflict though would be whether I should shapeshift first into a cat or into Tom Hiddleston (and just stare at myself all day long).
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: Tony Stark! He’s super fun, has great taste and probably knows all the hip new places to go to. Also according to Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Prelude #2, he likes Mad Men and Game of Thrones so you know we’ll have lots to talk about. I’d drink some fancy colorful Margarita and hopefully coffee in the morning after (wink wink, nudge nudge.)
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: "You know that Y2K party you really don’t wanna go to cause you think it’ll suck? But your mom makes you cause she wants you to be more social?
Don’t go. It DOES suck. Draw instead. What’s that? Pokemon fanfiction? Yeah, I guess you can read some THEN DRAW.
Q: What would be the title of your memoir?
A: "Stop being a loser, now animate!"
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic.
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