Spent all of yesterday redesigning the Pelee Island field trip site and moving it to a new URL at ontarioherpers.org/pelee. Now it’s finished, albeit a year behind schedule. There are still a few minor things to take care of, but now it’s essentially time to get some new content up. I’ve added my photos from 2001, which were posted to a bulletin board that has since eliminated the archives for the period, and I’ve got my photos from this year to add as well. And I’ve got to harass the other attendees for their photos.
Castle is the earlier of the two, and is convulsively, exuberantly imaginative, full of flying contraptions that should never work and other stunning bits of brain candy. It’s a full-on adventure story that reminds me somewhat of Tintin — but on shrooms.
Kiki is, for a movie about a young witch who flies around on her broom, somewhat more down to earth; like Spirited Away, it’s about, and mainly for, young girls — an animé Bildungsroman. It’s lighter and funnier, too. Two words: the cat. Voiced in the English version by the late Phil Hartman, the cat is a show-stealer.
In both films, Miyazaki, who is reportedly obsessed with flight, animates it very well: you can absolutely feel the wind when someone is in the air. Oh, he’s good.