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A preteen-aged housefly named Nat and his two best friends, I.Q. and Scooter, stow away on the Apollo 11 and journey into space for a trip to the moon.

Fly Me to the Moon is a Belgian CGI animated 3D feature film that was the first animated movie created for 3D. Directed by Ben Stassen, it has an interesting arrays of actors voicing roles such as Tim Curry as Yugor, Robert Patrick as Louie, Kelly Ripa as Nat’s Mom, Buzz Aldrin as himself, Nicolette Sheridan as Nadia, Ed Bedgley Jr. as Poopchev.

I went in thinking it would be along the lines of any other cool animated film and I was wrong. I do not see how this was created for 3D. I watched it in 2D and saw no inkling of objects flying towards you, which are prevalent in 3D films.

There are a few but very important reasons why this film never took off.

One thing you might notice is the flies in this film really do not look like flies at all. The only way they can be associated as such is that they have wings. That’s it. Otherwise they look like little cherub-faced children. They have arms and legs and flies don’t, so a major reality fail right there.

The maggots (baby flies) are pastel peach. PASTEL PEACH! If one can make an animated film called Antz and have the ants possess the features of ants, why couldn’t this movie go the same route?

The space theme itself should have opened the door to teach younger children more about science and space travel but instead relied on the outdated stereotype of the “evil Russians” versus the American’s to entertain.  About the only thing children will learn is that you can float in space.

Usually with an animated film, adults can derive some sort of pleasure from viewing it. Either there is an injection of adult humor that flies under a child’s radar (no pun intended), or appreciate the animation, but not in this film. Sadly this is bad news for parents taking their children to see it (it’ll be a tad bland). Any adults who enjoys some animated fun this movie is not for you. It is more for the Teletubbies or Dora Explorer set.

Rating: 5/10

Running time: 84 min

Rated: G

The city of Al Hajjara in Republic of Yemen tucked precariously in the Haraz Mountains, is the city of Manakha, which is close to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Sana. At an altitude of 2,300 meters, Manakha is the main city in the Haraz mountains and was an ancient stronghold. It is perched on a mountain-side overlooking the valley which leads to Hodeidah on one side and the mountains leading to Sana’a on the other. Sana’a is also one of the highest capital cities in the world.

The buildings are decorated in white friezes, by which circles, squares, triangles and rhomboids are used to create a lively geometric pattern on the architecture, ranging from the straightforward to the complex, which gives each house a distinctive identity, its own unique face to display to the world.

Continue reading “Architecture: The City That Rests on a Cliff” »

Sculptor, painter and paper artist Andrea Kocks, born 1960 in Oberhausen, Germany, lives and works in New York City and Munich. Here are some examples of his gorgeous site-specific paper installations.

Andreas graduated with a MFA in Sculpture from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1989 after receiving a BFA in Integration of Fine Art and Architecture from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and MA in Education from University of Düsseldorf in 1987. View more of Andreas Kocks artwork on his website.

Painter and illustrator Lonnie Busch‘s artwork covers a broad sprectrum from editorial work to advertising, characters, products, and food.

He has created artwork for corporations and institutions across the United States, including the 2002 “Greetings from America” stamps and the 2004 “Summer Olympics” stamp for the US Postal Service. Not only that he has also written two books. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as The Baltimore ReviewEnigmaNuthouse MagazineThe IconoclastNomadDevil Blossom’s and Tickled by Thunder.

Check out some of his pieces.

Continue reading “The Artwork of Illustrator Lonnie Busch” »

Ever try to eat and hold book pages down with one hand, it’s cumbersome, unless it’s laying on a flat surface.  How about lying in bed?  Well, check out this cool product…the Thumb Thing Bookmark.

Simply put the Thumb Thing on your thumb and pick up a book. The two wings will hold the pages open more easily than if you just used your hand, making reading more comfortable. Ideal for reading in bed, in the bath or at the beach. Since it allows you to read with one hand, it’s great for commuters, especially if you have to read standing up and hold a train pole at the same time. When you finish reading, place the Thumb Thing in the top of the book as a bookmark.

Wondering about your finger size? Thumb Thing comes in small, medium, large and extra large.

Thumb Thing Bookmark is available in our Gilbert Goodies Store under ‘Products‘.

Designers simply adore Madonna. She has been photographed for adverts for Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce and Gabanna in the past. Here are some new photographs for the Dolce & Gabanna 2010 Fall/Winter ad campaign featuring the Madonna yet again.

Continue reading “Dolce & Gabbana 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign Featuring Madonna” »

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