Have you seen the Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz?
She posed celebrities as classic heroes and villains from Disney films: Jessica Chastain as Merida in Brave. Russell Brand as Captain Hook. Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.
They are really something.
But I think they are wasted on celebs. I mean, regular folk would be a more impressive transformation, don’t you think?
Oh yes, I quite agree.
I’ve watched a lot of television this weekend.
It must be winter.
And every time I saw the HBO logo animation before the start of an original series or movie, I was reminded of Six Feet Under.
It was one of the first and the best. That familiar static signals the beginning of the quality TV we’ve come to expect.
But the Showtime bumper?
The audio is always SO loud compared to the programming before or after. It screams for our attention. I’m annoyed before the shows even start!
(Sorry, True Detective — I’ll try not to hold it against you.)
When I was eight years old, I sat down at the dining room table with my mother and shared my plans to move the family to New York City.
While impressed, she decided to stay in Kentucky.
But the dream remained and I finally made it — have been living here for seven years, in fact.
Watching the movie Tangled on Disney Channel reminded me of that dream.
When the gods at Google get it right, they get it right.
Check out their animated tribute to the first day of summer:
Can’t you just feel that wave hit you?
I’ll be right back.
What a difference a year makes.
Just ask Google.
Last year I spanked them for the Father’s Day tribute on their homepage. Sure, they remembered Dad, but the gesture was minimal, stereotypical and lacked animation — a sad effort compared to their extravagant nods to Les Paul and PacMan.
Dad deserves better.
And this year, Google delivered. Their team has developed not only an animated tribute, but a charming story with heart and sweetness worthy of the man of the hour.
Nice work, Google. I knew you had it in you. It just took a little tough love to get the job done right.
Rather fitting on Father’s Day, don’t you think?