One of the joys of going to see a Pixar film at the cinema, is that you get to watch a short first, and generally you forget until you’re on the way and you think, oo, I wonder what it’ll be this time! You have a vague idea of the film you’re going to see, but this is a totally unknown treat to warm you up.
Over the years there have been some classics, but I do have favourites. I found some of them on youtube, for others I’ve just had to put the trailer, but you can find them on the Pixar Short DVDs they sell, or I think on the DVDs of the films they were in cinema with. (A full list of Pixar shorts and their relative feature length films can be found here)
I went to see Finding Dory last week, and really enjoyed that short, though it’s not listed below because in a way it feels too soon to decide if it’s a classic!
Lava (before Inside Out)
Day & Night (before Toy Story 3)
The Blue Umbrella(before Monsters University)
For the Birds (before Monsters Inc)
Luxo Jr (before Toy Story 2 (but made in 1986))
This is a very strange book. It’s also a very good book!
The first thing you notice is easily the language. The BFG never went to school, and so can’t speak properly; it’s a mixture of grammatical mess (lots of “you is”, “I is”, etc), using the wrong words, and using words that aren’t words at all! To mark Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday this year they’ve released a dictionary of all the vocabulary he created, and I think that most of it must come from the BFG – he’s incredible with language, quite the wordsmith!
Sophie wakes up one night and sees a giant walking down the street. He spots that she’s awake and so grabs her out of bed in the orphanage so she can’t tell others, but it turns out he’s harmless, lovely in fact, and they start to form a plan to save the world from the giants that are dangerous, going out and eating children every night!
We meet the Queen in this book too, I mean, what more could you want from a piece of literature?!
I’ve picked out some of my favourite quotes
“Obviously it was not a human. But it was definitely a person.”
“‘The matter with human beans is that they absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles.'”
“‘I do not approve of murder,’ the Queen said”
“‘That’s why they always put two blank pages at the back of the atlas. They’re for new countries. You’re meant to fill them in yourself.”
Well, after tweeting that year’s Sewing Bee contestants for help (the pattern was from the book accompanying the series), they put me in touch with the lady that actually wrote the book and she sent me a really helpful email which answered my questions and problems. The next issue was just getting started again. I don’t have space for my sewing machine where I live at the moment, and each time I’ve visited my parents lately there hasn’t been time for setting all my sewing stuff up. But when a year passed I realised that if I didn’t set myself a deadline I’d never do it, so I decided I’d wear the dress to my housemate’s wedding (which was yesterday) and so it had to be done by then!
Once I gave time to it, it wasn’t too hard to do at all – I was surprised that it was categorised as easy in the book when I saw it, but as I did it, I realised that was true! it takes a LOT of thread as you hem the huge circle skirt and bias bind all the raw edges, but there’s nothing too complicated. The hardest bit for me was sewing the buttons on! There should have been one on the back and three on the front, but I ran out of bias binding (so maybe round up their measurement for that when buying) so just did one on the back and one on the front – and that was more than enough for me, I’ve always hated doing buttons!
I altered the pattern slightly in that I just added a few inches to the length of the skirt to make it go below the knee which I prefer. This was the first dress I’ve ever made and I’m really pleased with it.
I’ll be moving house soon and once I’m settled should have space for my sewing machine. I also got Chinelo Bally’s “Freehand Fashion” book for my birthday, so can’t wait to try out some of her stuff – sewing without patterns! Watch this space.
Another very short one! after this they get a bit longer again so I won’t be spamming my blog so much!
I read this one quite a bit as a kid as we got a free copy with our teabags or cereal or something like that, but all I could really remember was the lists and lists of things that went into the concoction – I didn’t really remember the plot at all.
George is creating a medicine to feed to his horrible Grandma. Roald Dahl really does write awful people well, people that you don’t even feel bad about hating because there’s not an ounce of good in them! The medicine is filled with all he can find in the bathroom, his mum’s dressing table, the laundry room, the shed and the garage (but absolutely nothing from the medicine cabinet – because *that* would be considered going too far!).
The first batch does amazing things, but trying to reproduce it, each batch does slightly different things as they test them on their farm animals.
Utterly ridiculous but still fun. At least the book opens with a warning to children not to try this at home!