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So I've watched Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 23, 2014, 12:39 PM
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Both the original and the sequel, that is. I found out about it immediately after :iconpitiyindee: posted a twit on Twitter about it just hours ago. Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is a series of viral videos posted by the group, This Is It. (Not to be confused with a certain Michael Jackson tribute movie.) And well... after watching those videos, I just had to discuss about it.

It is impossible to discuss my thoughts and reviews about those videos without spoiling everything, so warning, this review contains spoilers.

But let's just say this in a nutshell: if you've played Eversion, you'll get a good idea of how the videos will be like. And it's creepy. As in, Five Nights at Freddy's kind of creepy. And considering it's close to Halloween, the timing since I found out about this video series seemed almost perfect. :O You can watch those videos here: www.youtube.com/user/thisisitc… Warning: These videos are not for the faint heart.

None of the characters officially have names, so I'll use the names which fans have named them: Harry (that big red humanoid thing), Manny (that yellow guy with blue hair) and Robin (that dark green bird). And the sketchbook, Paige, and the wall clock, Tony.

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is a commentary on children's television shows. Specifically, how these shows condition kids who watch them into believing and acting out the ideologies they want to represent. Like, "green is not a creative color." (Aw, damn! :shrug:) Or that the future "doesn't exist." These videos start out like a typical kid show, but as time progresses, they grow more and more creepy, jumping into horror movie territory. In the first video about getting creative, Harry sparkles a human heart with glitters, while Robin slices a cake which turns out to contain raw meat. All juxtaposed with psychedelic imagery and creepy sound effects. The second video, about time, is less creepy, but what really nails it is how Hairy, Manny and Robin slowly rot away from accelerated aging while Tony smugly comments on how, eventually, everyone runs out of time.

There's going to be a third video as well, to be released soon enough, as teased by the trailer, probably in just a few days from now. In fact, after their successful Kickstarter campaign, This Is It have stated that they're planning to release a total of six videos.

I admit that I did find these videos amusing, in a creepy kind of way. ^^; They parody kid shows and their predictable formats, while inserting elements of harsh realities that's far too unsuitable for kids. Other shows that do the same are the adult TV series Wonder Showzen, and Avenue Q's puppet stage shows. There's also a book called Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book, which satirizes the format of of a typical ABC book. Meanwhile, characters from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared are quite popular in the fandom; they've already gained a crapload of fanarts, especially that of Paige and "Meh Meh" Tony, who are often paired together in fanart and almost always drawn in humanoid forms.

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My SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/marwangreencrit…
My Bandcamp page: marwangreencritter.bandcamp.co…

I accept commissions. More info: marwangreencritter.deviantart.…
Commission slots:
1. :iconelesis-kouraxx: (pending)
2. Tkongingi (non-DA member) (pending)
3. :iconalexraccoonglider: (1st commission 50% complete, 2nd commission pending)
4. :icontaikuaruji: (finished!)
5. :iconscorpio-gustavo: (10% complete)
  • Mood: Lmao

New layout, new confusions

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 16, 2014, 9:22 AM
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A month ago, my friend :iconyuuyatails: pointed out that deviantART changed the layout of their navigation bar. It's now located to the top right corner. Back then, only a few DA members get to experience the new layout; I wasn't one of those DA members, so I was confused until he finally showed me a screenshot of his screen showing the new layout. Well, it wasn't until around 1-2 days ago that that new layout finally applies to me, too.

This will require some getting used to. :nirvana: I admit that I like the old layout, when the bar used to be a little more to the center. It's not a big deal, alright... Nothing's changed; the functionality is still the same. What's changed is that they moved the bar to the right, isolating it from the Shop and Submit buttons. I guess it's less confusing this way, though it does look slightly like an eyesore because it's in a slightly darker box. The Submit button is an even bigger eyesore because it's in a bright green box. :O_o:

What is more confusing is the way our user front pages look now. There's this new Activity widget... Apparently, only us DA subscribers have it. Well, I can remove it if I want to; it's cluttering my page. But then again, maybe I can make full use of this new Activity widget. I see some other fellow DA members certainly having fun with it. :giggle: It seems like DA's attempting to copy Twitter and Facebook. :O

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My SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/marwangreencrit…
My Bandcamp page: marwangreencritter.bandcamp.co…

I accept commissions. More info: marwangreencritter.deviantart.…
Commission slots:
1. :iconelesis-kouraxx: (pending)
2. Tkongingi (non-DA member) (pending)
3. :iconalexraccoonglider: (1st commission 50% complete, 2nd commission pending)
4. :icontaikuaruji: (finished!)
5. :iconscorpio-gustavo: (10% complete)
  • Mood: Wow!

New uplifting trance track: 'Follow Me'

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 15, 2014, 1:17 AM
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You can now listen to it here: marwangreencritter.bandcamp.co… After over a year of writing it, I feel that this track is finish as it is.

Someday, I gotta make a better CD cover for each of my tracks. :dead:

By the way, I also want to post this journal on Fur Affinity as well, but it's currently down. :disbelief: I read that DDoS is the culprit. Again. :roll: Man, they really can't take a break... :shrug:

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My SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/marwangreencrit…
My Bandcamp page: marwangreencritter.bandcamp.co…

I accept commissions. More info: marwangreencritter.deviantart.…
Commission slots:
1. :iconelesis-kouraxx: (pending)
2. Tkongingi (non-DA member) (pending)
3. :iconalexraccoonglider: (50% complete)
4. :icontaikuaruji: (finished!)
5. :iconscorpio-gustavo: (10% complete)
  • Mood: Satisfied

Movie review: The Wind Rises

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 14, 2014, 1:56 PM
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Legendary director Hayao Miyazaki directed his final anime movie, The Wind Rises, and made the announcement that he decided to retire from this movie-directing business. It was shocking, yes, but at least he didn't go away without at least leaving behind an epic masterpiece.

The Wind Rises is based on the true story of Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese airplane designer responsible for building the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, that warplane which has become the cause of many deaths during WWII. Well, at least only half of it is true: much of Jiro's past life was fictionalized for dramatic purposes, and the movie's storyline itself was actually a loose adaptation of Tatsuo Hori's novel, Kaze Tachinu ("The Wind Has Risen"). Also, in real life, Horikoshi doesn't like smoking, which this movie certainly depicts a lot of it. The movie also features Italian airplane designer Giovanni Battista Caproni, who appears in many of Jiro's dream sequences.

The movie's visuals are breathtaking. All of the airplanes featured in the movie exist in real-life, too, even the massive all-metal Junkers G.38 and some of Caproni's bizarre airplane designs, all of them reproduced in intricate detail. Every scenes of flight are magical, as expected, considering that this is a Studio Ghibli movie, and Miyazaki really loves to include many flight-based themes in his movies. And it's all in traditional 2D animation, which is quite a feat, considering that animation these days are done digitally.

The sound design for this movie is highly unusual. If you listen carefully to the audio, you may notice that many of the sound effects sound... human. That's because they are: human voices are used as sound effects for planes and locomotives, and even the earthquake scene, which really made it sound like mother nature is angry. Also, another unusual choice is Miyazaki's insistence to film the entire movie in mono. Considering that most of us are more used to stereo audio these days, it kinda feels a little awkward. It's also a shame because the official soundtrack which came with my DVD copy of the movie is in clear stereo. Maybe Miyazaki deliberately did this as an homage to early sound movies, which have mono audio.

As expected, this movie is not without controversies. Apart from lots and lots of smoking featured in this movie, this movie is also being criticized for the mere fact that a warplane designer is the main character; among the workers who helped to build the Zero warplanes are Korean and Chinese forced laborers. That, and the Zero is often seen as a terrifying symbol of Japan's aggression during WWII. Miyazaki has made it clear time and time again that he's a pacifist, and that this movie is not about war, but about a man who only wants to realize his dream of building airplanes during the time WWII inevitably happens. It should be noted that the real-life Horikoshi himself strongly opposes the war.

Despite these controversies, The Wind Rises went on to become the highest-grossing movie in Japan in 2013. It is certainly Miyazaki's best movie, and quite a fitting farewell masterpiece as he retires as a director. I'm giving this movie 8 out of 10 stars.

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My SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/marwangreencrit…
My Bandcamp page: marwangreencritter.bandcamp.co…

I accept commissions. More info: marwangreencritter.deviantart.…
Commission slots:
1. :iconelesis-kouraxx: (pending)
2. Tkongingi (non-DA member) (pending)
3. :iconalexraccoonglider: (50% complete)
4. :icontaikuaruji: (finished!)
5. :iconscorpio-gustavo: (10% complete)

So I've watched Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 23, 2014, 12:39 PM
Marwan's deviantART Journal


Both the original and the sequel, that is. I found out about it immediately after :iconpitiyindee: posted a twit on Twitter about it just hours ago. Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is a series of viral videos posted by the group, This Is It. (Not to be confused with a certain Michael Jackson tribute movie.) And well... after watching those videos, I just had to discuss about it.

It is impossible to discuss my thoughts and reviews about those videos without spoiling everything, so warning, this review contains spoilers.

But let's just say this in a nutshell: if you've played Eversion, you'll get a good idea of how the videos will be like. And it's creepy. As in, Five Nights at Freddy's kind of creepy. And considering it's close to Halloween, the timing since I found out about this video series seemed almost perfect. :O You can watch those videos here: www.youtube.com/user/thisisitc… Warning: These videos are not for the faint heart.

None of the characters officially have names, so I'll use the names which fans have named them: Harry (that big red humanoid thing), Manny (that yellow guy with blue hair) and Robin (that dark green bird). And the sketchbook, Paige, and the wall clock, Tony.

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is a commentary on children's television shows. Specifically, how these shows condition kids who watch them into believing and acting out the ideologies they want to represent. Like, "green is not a creative color." (Aw, damn! :shrug:) Or that the future "doesn't exist." These videos start out like a typical kid show, but as time progresses, they grow more and more creepy, jumping into horror movie territory. In the first video about getting creative, Harry sparkles a human heart with glitters, while Robin slices a cake which turns out to contain raw meat. All juxtaposed with psychedelic imagery and creepy sound effects. The second video, about time, is less creepy, but what really nails it is how Hairy, Manny and Robin slowly rot away from accelerated aging while Tony smugly comments on how, eventually, everyone runs out of time.

There's going to be a third video as well, to be released soon enough, as teased by the trailer, probably in just a few days from now. In fact, after their successful Kickstarter campaign, This Is It have stated that they're planning to release a total of six videos.

I admit that I did find these videos amusing, in a creepy kind of way. ^^; They parody kid shows and their predictable formats, while inserting elements of harsh realities that's far too unsuitable for kids. Other shows that do the same are the adult TV series Wonder Showzen, and Avenue Q's puppet stage shows. There's also a book called Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book, which satirizes the format of of a typical ABC book. Meanwhile, characters from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared are quite popular in the fandom; they've already gained a crapload of fanarts, especially that of Paige and "Meh Meh" Tony, who are often paired together in fanart and almost always drawn in humanoid forms.

----------

My SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/marwangreencrit…
My Bandcamp page: marwangreencritter.bandcamp.co…

I accept commissions. More info: marwangreencritter.deviantart.…
Commission slots:
1. :iconelesis-kouraxx: (pending)
2. Tkongingi (non-DA member) (pending)
3. :iconalexraccoonglider: (1st commission 50% complete, 2nd commission pending)
4. :icontaikuaruji: (finished!)
5. :iconscorpio-gustavo: (10% complete)
  • Mood: Lmao

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Marwan Mohd Zahari
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Malaysia
I'm just a guy who likes to draw stuff from time to time.

My fursona is Marwan, that little green critter seen prominently in my gallery. By the way, please don't ask what species he is... Too many people asked him that question, and he hates that. :disbelief: He's just... a critter, an original species of mine.

Giftarts are always appreciated. =)

Go ahead and thank me for favs and watches. Seriously, I don't care. You're welcome. After all, some people just want to show their appreciation for being loved at all.

Current Residence: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Favourite genre of music: Trance, Drum 'n' Bass, Classical, Piano music... and now, Dubstep? :O_o:
Favourite photographer: None
Favourite style of art: Mostly mixed; specifically those kinds known as "kemono" in Japan
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Shell of choice: Default Windows 7 shell
Wallpaper of choice: Random, according to my personal taste
Skin of choice: Default
Favourite cartoon character: Not specific
Personal Quote: And then, I shall engulf the whole world with cuteness! Yay! Fear the cuteness!
Interests

What animal species does my fursona, Marwan, remind you of? 

25%
9 deviants said Jerboa
25%
9 deviants said I dunno... Cabbit?
22%
8 deviants said Rabbit
19%
7 deviants said Other (please specify)
6%
2 deviants said Mouse/Rat
3%
1 deviant said Cat
0%
No deviants said Dog

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SugartheFluffy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student General Artist
OH! I found your gallery quite a while ago (2012 I believe) when I was too young to have a dA and fell in love with it, but I couldn't remember your username afterwards, but I've finally found it again! I love your art!
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Erm, thanks. ^^; Well, regardless, I'm glad that you like my art! =) I'll try my best to draw new stuff now and then.
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Ste-C Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Times change, stuff happens, but you and me, we're still around to watch it all go by...
Oh, thanks for watching me. I'll go return the favour. ;)
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. =) And thanks in return.
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BluebottleFlyer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi - I've been looking at your gallery now and again for quite a while now, and I think it's about time I gave you a watch. :nod: You have a very distinctive art style and some great characters. :thumbsup:
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello. =) Sorry for the super late reply. :dead: I didn't notice that you posted a comment... Anyway, thanks! :aww: I know that my drawings are not the best ever, and it's obviously heavily anime-styled, but I did the best I could, and I'm glad that my own unique art style is born out of it. I'll try to update my gallery as much as I can with any new drawings.
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BluebottleFlyer Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No worries, and you're welcome. :) And same to you, thank you very much for the watch, I appreciate it. :highfive: :thumbsup:
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NezumiroHarmonia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
hahaha...tq bos sebab watch..XD

bukan akaun ni je...sekali yg lain2 pun kena discover...hahaha...X3
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MarwanGreenCritter Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dah discover dah. =P
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NezumiroHarmonia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Filmographer
kantoi habis...hahaha...X3
satu2 kena discover
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