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Delay over! Also, some edits.

Hey guys!

So, the delay on my Top 15 Animated Films list is finally ended. The movie I was going to add came AT LAST…and while it’s still a wonderful film, I don’t think it necessarily made the cut as I thought it would. So it’s going on the runners-up list. ^_^

Also, those of you who’ve been paying attention may have noticed an edit to my list.  That’s because after careful consideration, I decided that regardless of the nostalgia factor, He-Man And She-Ra: The Secret Of The Sword really doesn’t belong on my Top 15. So it’s being brought down to the Honorable Mentions category as well. I know, I’m a fickle jerk. :p

Anyway, my Top 5  list is coming very soon now. Probably within the next 24 hours. Keep an eye out!

Delay

So, I had to do a little creative re-tweaking of my Top 5 Favorite Animated Movies Of All Time, because I forgot all about one that I could literally not get enough of as a kid.

Regrettably, it’s also the animated feature that has been most horribly tainted by awful sequels, but that shouldn’t detract from the amazingness that was the first movie. (Yeah, I’m pretty sure everyone knows what I’m talking about now.)

So, I was all set to review it and stick it on my list, when I realized…I DON’T ACTUALLY HAVE THIS MOVIE. O_O

Naturally I’ve ordered it off Amazon, and so it should be here in a matter of days, at which point I’ll be able to finish out this list and move on to Western-animated series, and then to my favorite anime.

Here’s the list so far:

15) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
14) Up
13) The Phantom Tollbooth
12) Cinderella III: A Twist In Time
11) The Hunchback of Notre Dame
10) The Prince of Egypt
9) Watership Down
8) WALL-E
7) Sleeping Beauty
6) Tangled
5)
4)
3)
2)
1)

I welcome critique and debate, so please don’t be shy about your comments!

I haven’t forgotten.

Just been really, really busy lately.

And I don’t have the research materials at hand to keep writing the X-Men part of the blog.

Yet.

I have a plan for this…it’s just really long term.

So keep an eye out, OK? ^_^

After Doctor Who, anyway.

Not to rub it into the hardcore Jesus-freaks’ faces that “LOL UR STIL STUK HEAR W/US SINRS U LOZRS HA-HA”, but to celebrate what should hopefully be a big step forward in religious tolerance.

Because I hope, I really do, that the people who were expecting to take the Express Elevator To Happyland will learn from what happened. It’s 2011; religions are more varied than ever. Just because you disagree with someone about whose God did what when (even…dare I say especially? if you don’t believe in a God at all), that doesn’t make you Automatically Right and them Automatically Wrong.

Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, pagan, atheist, agnostic, Breathairian, whatever you call yourself…no matter how superior you feel, on Sunday morning you’re still going to wake up (depending where you are, some of you already have) still having to share the same planet with the rest of us.

So please…let’s try to get along a little better in the future?

It’s official: I’m a Twit.

My Twitter account: @ingonyama70

Ask me anything you want. ^_^

Hey again!

I expected to get to the X-Men in the 1970s today, but it’s an absolutely epic project. This and the 80s are probably the eras I’m most familiar with, so squishing the whole decade together into a single post is a VERY intensive effort.

So I didn’t get it done all at once today. However, to tide y’all over until I am done, I want to give a little teaser of something I’ve been working on the past few weeks.

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X-MEN:
The Animated Series
Season 6 Opening Title

FADE IN

The familiar bass riff starts up as the Blackbird approaches the screen against a starlit background, flanked by Magneto, Rogue, and Storm in their old costumes from Seasons 1-5. The canopy crosses the camera’s field of vision, just like before, but instead of showing the interior, flashes of the other X-Men…Wolverine, Jubilee, Gambit, Beast, Morph, Jean Grey, and Cyclops…show up on-screen, all in their classic Seasons 1-5 costumes.

Zoom in on Cyclops’ visor at the last shot, and the X-MEN logo, and a bust of Professor X, show up just in time for the first guitar riff, then explode back into a bright red optic blast as the camera zooms out to show Cyclops in full costume. Cue the name ‘CYCLOPS’ in red background letters as the camera tracks the beam skyward…

…Where it morphs into an adamantium claw. Zoom out into three claws, then show the full figure of Wolverine in his new orange-and-brown outfit against a jungle backdrop, with the word “WOLVERINE” behind him. He lunges at the screen, smirking instead of snarling, and it flashes white.

When the light clears, Wolverine has been replaced by a winking Rogue, who takes off into the air against a sky-blue backdrop and the word ‘ROGUE’ in green and horseshoes off, stage left, at a 45-degree angle.

The angle is then matched by a lightning bolt that crosses the screen at the same angle, as the sky fills with storm clouds and Storm descends in her new black costume, her face full of anger and passion. The lightning bolts gather behind her and form the word ‘STORM’ as she flies at the camera, her expression a mask of cold rage…

…And then, just when the viewer’s about to flinch, Storm’s face transforms into Morph’s, and he gives the camera a playful, cheeky grin as he backflips onto a city street with the name ‘MORPH’ written in graffiti on the side of a building. Just as he lands and strikes a pose, a blue flash travels past…

…The camera tracks the flash of blue to a laboratory where Beast is seen, in lab coat, glasses, and trunks, pouring a green liquid from one beaker to another. The resulting smoke cloud contains the word ‘BEAST’ and then the beaker explodes, the fireball filling the screen…

…And turning into a glowing Ace of Hearts card, fanned out into a Four-Of-A-Kind poker hand (with the Jack of Hearts as the spare card), all glowing with energy and held in a fingerless-gloved hand, which zooms out to show Gambit in his new pink-and-black costume under the familiar brown duster, assuming a battle stance with his cards in one hand and staff in the other, in front of the word “GAMBIT” in red against a nighttime sky. Just like in TAS’ iconic opening sequence, he throws his cards at the camera, and they explode…

…Into a series of fireworks that come from the outstretched hands of Jubilee, in her new haircut and newly-updated costume. The word “JUBILEE” forms against the same nighttime sky, then bursts into a rainbow of colors…

…Which turn into the head of a screaming bird of fire. Pan out to show Phoenix, in full green-and-gold costume, hovering in the middle of the Phoenix Effect before the costume and effect shifts to Jean Grey’s regular costume (with her hair unbound as in “Graduation Day”) and more standard blue-light TK-effects in front of the words “JEAN GREY.” A bolt of blue light fires from her head towards the camera and fills the screen…

…To turn into a pink butterfly made entirely of light. This butterfly effect is revealed to be a “mask” of energy over Psylocke’s face, and the camera zooms out as if pushed away by her awesome telepathic might, to reveal her in her new, dark blue cheongsam-esque costume, a katana in one hand, with the word “PSYLOCKE” in bright magenta letters above her. The butterfly aura fades from her face as her psychic knife erupts from her fist and she lunges toward the camera, stabbing the screen with the psi-blade…

…Then the camera zooms out into a blue circle of electricity, revealed to be held in the purple-gloved hand of Magneto. As the camera continues to zoom and show his full body, he magnetically levitates his helmet onto his head and forms the signature energy bubble around his body in front of the word “MAGNETO.” Concentric circles of magnetic energy launch at the camera, accompanied by metallic objects of all sorts…

And as the song goes into the second repetition of the bridge, the camera zooms out into a massive display of X-Men villains. Apocalypse, Master Mold, and the Shadow King dominate the background, while in the foreground are Mojo and Spiral, Sabretooth, Juggernaut, Omega Red, the Brotherhood of Mutants (Mystique, Pyro, Avalanche, Destiny, and the Blob), Mr. Sinister and Madelyne Pryor (though we won’t know who she is yet), the Brood (redesigned to look more like their comic-book selves), Bastion and a pair of Prime Sentinels, and the Hellfire Club (minus Emma Frost, but plus Selene).

Cut to the second half of the bridge, and a second large group of characters…the X-Men’s allies this time. In addition to past guest-stars Cable, Bishop & Shard, Dazzler & Longshot, Archangel, and Sunfire, Excalibur is there (Colossus, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Meggan, Captain Britain, and Chamber), and so are X-Factor (Havok, Polaris, Forge, Strong Guy, a few Multiple Men, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch) and the New Mutants (Mirage, Cannonball, Proteus, Magik, M, Synch, Siryn, Prodigy, Sunspot), and in the foreground are Moira MacTaggert and the new teachers: Iceman, Emma Frost, Amelia Voght, and Banshee.

At the last few bars of the bridge, we see Professor Xavier lying in an alien hospital bed, with Lilandra watching by his side. The overall feel, in contrast with the bombastic, colorful feel of the rest of the opening, is one of sorrow, regret, and loss.

The camera zooms out, and the final riff of the opening theme takes place against a starfield as Lilandra’s Shi’Ar ship warps off, stage right. Out of the warp trail forms the X-MEN logo, which gives off a subtle metallic glint just in time for the final two bars of the X-Men theme song.

FADE OUT

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It’s a big project that’s very close to my heart…I’m not really even done with the pilot yet. Still, if you want to see more, let me know!

Till next time!

‘Yama

Before I start in with the geekery, I want to take some time out to say thank you to the friends I’ve made who supported me in this endeavor. I can honestly say that without some of these people, I would never have thought to do this.

These are the people to thank (or blame) for me getting the ball rolling on this:

First and foremost, the wonderful boyfriends with whom I share my life. I am polyamorous, and as such have been blessed to have met no less than 3 incredible men who have helped and supported me over the years in ways I can’t even begin to describe. I love you all; you know who you are.

Secondly, my fellow opinionated geek and friend, who shall be referred to as “TMS.” Over the past year and a half (or so; I’m fuzzy on the time), I’ve had some wonderful conversations and debates with him, and he’s inspired my work (read: fanfic) in ways I never would have thought of on my own.

Thirdly, and this one I can talk about more openly: STORM and Ken Kneisel, the truly awesome bloggers at http://www.stormantic.com/ .  The views on that blog are fascinating, insightful, and provocative, and I spent many a happy hour leaving comments that were probably far too long and preachy, and plan to do so in the future. 🙂 Believe it or not, they’re just as cool IRL as they come off on the blog.

Lastly, I want to thank you at the computer for taking the time to read these little ramblings of mine as they come up. You’re awesome. 🙂

More as it happens!

Hi! I’m Ingonyama. My friends call me ‘Yama. I live in San Francisco, and I am a HUGE X-Men nerd.

Welcome to “Triple Nerd Score,” my little corner of the Web. Here, I’m going to indulge in unabashed geekery about my favorite things in the world. Mostly X-Men, though other things will crop up as I think of them.

Over the next few days (or whenever I recover from WonderCon), I’ll be writing blog entries about individual X-Men, starting with the organization as a whole: namely, my own spins on the question: “Who the hell are these people?” “What do they do?” “Why should we care?” Yes, I’m aware that most of my prospective readers have not been living under a rock and know who the hell these people are and what they do. But I’m a sharer, and opinionated as hell to boot, so I’m gonna be throwing my own spin on things. So hopefully that’ll go over well. ^_^

I welcome comments and feedback of almost any stripe, and welcome the use of my comments pages to engage in lengthy debates. I am well aware that my opinion is only one of MANY out there, and I invite everyone to make their voices heard here. So if I say something you disagree with, TELL ME ABOUT IT IN DETAIL! 🙂 Bear in mind, though, that there’s a fine line between criticism and flaming. I welcome one, but not the other.

Also: I am brand new to WordPress, so I’m figuring things out as I go. But hopefully with enough patience and effort, I, and anyone who wants to share their opinions, can turn this blog into something spiffy. 🙂

Wish me luck!