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Review: Wreck It Ralph

For family fun last Saturday night, we decided to watch the animated Disney movie Wreck It Ralph. We all love video games, and the premise – of a downtrodden villain growing weary of doing villainous things, and wanting more – seemed appealing.

My kids mostly play their video games online on their PC, or on their consoles, or on their smart phones or ipods.  When I was a kid, if we wanted to play — we grabbed our quarters and cold hard cash, met up with friends and headed to the local arcade. To spend hours dropping quarters into machines.

But, what really goes on INSIDE those arcade video games?

And thus begins the story, of an 8-bit villain, wanting to be a hero…

wreck-it-ralph

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Review: Brave – a Pixar movie

Princess Merida: I want my freedom!

Queen Elinor: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?

Last weekend we took the whole crew to see Brave – Pixar’s first fairy tale.  Originally called “The Bear and the Bow”, Brave stars Merida, the first female protagonist in a Pixar film, and is the first Pixar film with their completely redone graphics system.

Merida is a Scottish teenage tomboy princess, with a wild mane of red curls. She has a huge, burly father, a by-the-book mother – loving and kind, but traditional and determined – and 3 mischievous tiny triplet brothers.

Merida is “just not ready” for her impending betrothal (arranged marriage). Merida and her mother, Elinor can’t communicate well; each of them has a valid point of view – but the other can’t see it.  Merida rebels against tradition, and her mother. She wishes to change her fate.

But, wishes can be dangerous things and can turn out not quite as we expect…

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What’s Hot: Simon’s Cat in “Shelf Life”

A carefree cat has a smashing time. 54 seconds of pure fun from the amazing Simon Tofield. Want more? Here’s Cat in “The Box”.

 

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What’s Hot: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

Yesterday I read in the news about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, a new show that was becoming an internet meme and gaining a following of grown men – also known as “bronies” – even though the show’s target audience is 7 year old girls.

Honestly, my daughter is 8, and she packed up all her My Little Ponies last year, put them in a bag and gave them to me, saying “Here, I am SO done with these”.

I was actually doing some research, getting ready to list them on eBay, when I realized MLP  was a hot item and selling for good money. I wondered what was up – why was MLP so hot now?

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What’s Hot: Maplestory New Leaf Saga

My kids all agree the new animated Maplestory shorts, New Leaf Saga, by Brian Schmoyer (aka CirrusEpix) are hilarious.

Schmoyer, a teacher and animator from North Carolina, originally created 3 Maplestory parody shorts just for fun – as a satire of mmorpg gameplay and the typical neverending, repetitive, and illogical questing, endless monster killing (also known as grinding), along with “hackers, noobs and online romance”.

Ironically, as a result of Nexon’s marketing department seeing the parody shorts, Schmoyer ended up getting hired to produce original animations for Nexon.  Written and animated by Schmoyer, the New Leaf Saga animations explain a little bit about Maplestory, show how to play, and are informational, witty, and entertaining.

According to Schmoyer’s blog, messages he hopes to get across to the Maplestory community through New Leaf Saga include:  be nice to others, balance your playtime/play less, and create real friendships.  If you’re a Maplestory fan, be sure to check them out!

New Leaf Saga

MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 1 – “Looking for Group”

(see video at top of post)

MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 2 – “Epic Gear”

MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 3 – “Classy”

MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 4 – “B.R.B.”

MapleStory New Leaf Sata – Episode 5 – “Friends List”

MapleStory New Leaf Saga – Episode 6 – “The Problem with Portals”

A maplestory parody

Here are the original 3 shorts Schmoyer created that started it all:

The TRUE MapleStory

Another Maple Story

The Last Maple Story

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What’s Hot: Simon’s Cat in ‘The Box’

Got an iPad?  Need something cute to keep your little one entertained for a couple minutes?  Cat lover?  Check out Simon’s Cat in ‘The Box’, a witty line-art animated short, by Simon Tofield.  And watch, while, a curious cat investigates an empty cardboard box.

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Reviews By Kids, For Kids: Flipnote Studio and Flipnote Hatena

First, Flipnote Studio is one of the ways to reach the Flipnotes on Flipnote Hatena.  Flipnote Studio is only located on the DSi or DSi XL. It is an application that is completely free. You can find it in the DSi or DSi XL shop. In Flipnote Studio, you can create your own Flipnote and share it with the world if you access Flipnote Hatena and post it in your selected channel.  The way to reach Flipnote Hatena on your DSi or DSi XL is easy. Simply open Flipnote Studio and under Create Flipnote and View Flipnote is a green button that says Flipnote Hatena.  Once You Click the green button, a small window will open up. Click ok and you will proceed to Flipnote Hatena. The DSi has many applications, but this is my favorite one.

To reach Flipnote Hatena on the Computer, all you have to do is go to the website.  At this website, you can browse through the flipnotes, find your favorite ones, and show them to your friends. Some flipnotes are junk. These are some of my favorites:

Simon Z vs DK

Secret to Success

Ice vs. Fire, Part 1

You can make your own flipnotes, you can share them with the world, but I just like watching other people’s flipnotes.

Flipnote Studio: Free; ages 7 and up
Flipnote Hatena: Free-you can spend money for things if you want; ages 8 and up

Reviewed by Peter, age 10

Cell Phones Can Kill Bees:  video by gizmo (kingboo7), a 14 year old master Flipnote animator from California

A little more information about Flipnote Studio and Flipnote Hatena

Flipnote Studio:

Got a Nintendo DSi?  Then you already have access to the free Flipnote Studio software.  Using Flipnote Studio you can use your DSi to create flipbook-like animations.  Draw pictures and words (using only the colors black, blue, and red) with the DSi stylus, add images from the DSi Camera, and record sounds or music with DSi Sound.  Flipnote Studio gives you the tools to put it all together and create your own animations. 

Flipnote Hatena:

Once you’ve created your animations using Flipnote Studio, register (for free) with Flipnote Hatena, and upload your animations to share with friends.  Using Flipnote Hatena’s online service, you connect to the Internet to upload your own animations, and view other people’s Flipnotes.  On the Flipnote Hatena website you can add comments and stars to the Flipnotes that you like.  You can also track your favorite creators, which comes in handy when you see the thousands of Flipnotes available for viewing.

Guide to Flipnote Hatena
How to post a Flipnote
How to get a Hatena ID

So, if you see a bunch of kids huddled together with their DSi’s, and you hear laughter, and the faint strains of that classic “Do You Like Waffles?” song, you can bet your kids have already discovered the creative fun that is Flipnotes.

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