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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1. Animation inspiration
Stuff like this makes me want to run out of the house and make things.
2. Good times with friends
I had a Christmas party with friends last weekend and I’m constantly amazed by how lucky I am to have such a great group of people in my life. Sure, there were fights about DC v. Marvel and a few contentious moments during Word On The Street - but in the end - I love them all. P.S. Aren’t TJ’s red pants sharp?
3. Gifts that count
I just love, love, loved this video from Vulture where Matt Smith and Jenna Louise-Coleman go shopping for ornaments and tchotchke for one another. As you’ll see, it’s not really the items, it’s the thought.
4. Jerry Seinfeld
He makes me laugh every time. He’s so amused by life. I think that’s a worthy pursuit. Be amused. Be happy.
Things I wrote in other places:
This week, I wrote about an important topic for Apartment Therapy… what the hell to do with old tech: Time to Declutter: Smart Things To Do with Old Cables & Chargers
And some Instructables for this first timer.
Safe travels if you are heading out for the holidays.
I have SO many animated movies to add to my list of “must watch movies” thanks to all your comments on the BGC ParaNorman giveaway! I trust you all have great taste, so I’m looking forward to diving in.
It’s perfect timing, because I’m on my way to my homeland for the weekend. (My stepsister is getting married!) It’s a four hour drive, so I have time to watch and talk and think. Plus, you can keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram (I’m @lizgiorgi on both!), because I’ll be a picture-taking fiend.
But what you really want to know is who won the ParaNorman giveaway!
Please email me at email@example.com and I’ll get that out to you.
Lately, I’m suffering from extreme TV show withdrawals. Literally. I have NOTHING to watch. No Downton Abbey. No Curb Your Enthusiasm. No Sherlock. No Ricky Gervais Show. No Game of Thrones. UGH. So…
6 Things You Can Do To Tide Yourself Over Until Sherlock Series 3
May I also suggest watching every video of Benedict Cumberbatch on YouTube (especially this one, NSFW!), buying this art print (pictured above) and eagerly reading every detail online for both The Hobbit and Star Trek 2. Moffat, you’re killing me.
Or… you could try the new CBS iteration… I’m skeptical. You?
10 Questions for CBS’ Sherlock Adaptation ‘Elementary’
Still skeptical. But maybe by watching this show I’ll just keep remembering that there is this other great thing out there that is coming back… eventually. At least, it better.
Sometimes I write things and the haters come to the yard. And I laugh. Comments galore and tips you should totally heed ahead:
It’s a giveaway day today. Who doesn’t love that? It’s also a day where I tell you a deep, deep truth from my inner soul. Like, so deep, I’ve been afraid to speak it aloud for fear that people may laugh. Alright. WOO. Am I ready for this?
I’m deeply, deeply convinced that in another life I directed animated movies meant for children, but totally, deep-down, speaking to adults. I know. It’s one of those things. I’m also convinced that in another life I lived in England. Of the two, being a Brit is far more impossible… right?!
I just GET animated movies. My favorite Wes Anderson movie? Fantastic Mr. Fox. My favorite Neil Gaiman story? Coraline. Largely because of the animated flick. There’s a sensitivity and honesty and clarity required when you’re writing for the animated realm that needs to connect with a human audience AND still meet the expectations of a child that I truly respect.
It’s ALL THE FEELS when I watch Wall-E. Don’t even get me started on Miyazaki. Perhaps, in the future I will create something animated that can play on the same screens as a LAIKA or Pixar film. A girl can dream, right?
Alright, enough blabbering about my wishes and dreams. Who wants to see ParaNorman? It comes out in theaters next week (Aug. 17th) and it stars a misunderstood boy who can talk with the dead.
So you want to win some cool stuff from the movie?
Tell me your favorite animated movie in the comments and you’ll be entered to win:
One ParaNorman Prize Pack, which contains the following:
· Adult T-Shirt
The contest closes Friday, August 10th, 8AM CST. Winner will be announced Friday, August 10th in Being Geek Chic’s This Week in Geek wrap-up.
Here’s the trailer for your amusement.
*The fine print: I was not compensated to run this giveaway. All prizing and samples provided by the publicity team from the movie. The total value of the prize pack is $50. The giveaway also includes the cost of shipping to one address in the continental United States via the United States Postal Service. Only open to US readers. The views expressed here are my own and are not those of LAIKA studios, ParaNorman staff, actors, etc. or their publicists. Please follow the rules and be kind to one another. (NOW CLOSED)