My Trip to New Zealand Begins
It took about a month of planning–figuring out what places to visit, how to travel to each, the availability of the transportation, the kind of transportation, the time and distance it took to walk to the accommodations, the availability of the accommodations, making sure I filled government requirements for passage, adjusting flights to allow time […]
From Martin Baynton: Stay Clear, Stay Clean, Stay Kind
My friend Martin Baynton, creator of Jane and the Dragon, WotWots* and a WotWots spinoff, Kiddets, has made a free ebook addressing the current coronavirus situation on a level kids can understand. Visit https://stayclearcleankind.com/ for more details and download links. *Co-created with Sir Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop.
Jane and the Dragon’s Tenth TV Anniversary
Ten years ago, October 15, 2005, Canada’s YTV network premiered one of the greatest children’s TV shows ever: Jane and the Dragon. Among many reasons, what made it great was that it didn’t pander to the audience. Adults could watch without feeling their intelligence going down the drain. The digital animation came from Weta Workshop […]
Smaug Gets Busted
Over the weekend Weta Workshop’s bust edition of Smaug the Terrible made its premiere appearance at New York Comic Con. Charlie Jane Anders of io9 reported that the supply “sold out in a heartbeat.” But the Workshop has more that can be ordered from their website, here. Behold the detail of the bust, as sculpted […]
The Real Inspiration for Thunderbirds
Andrew Smith, Pukeko Pictures Chief Executive and Producer of Thunderbirds Are Go!, talks to Stuff.co.nz about the real reasons for making the show. “This is a show that ITV approached us and said, ‘Look, do you want to remake the Thunderbirds?’ And of course, this was a dream come true for Richard Taylor and myself. […]
5, 4, 3, 2, 1!
ITV is launching Thunderbirds Are Go!, a modernized remake of the classic series from the 1960s, using CG character and model designs, and live-action backgrounds constructed by Weta Workshop of New Zealand. Here are Weta co-founders Sir Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger with their kids at the premiere screening on April 1 at Park Road […]
Top 17 Most Popular Posts, 2014
Looking back at the year 2014, it’s interesting to review the most popular posts aside from my regular pages. Here they are in order of popularity: The Secret of Storybrooke, Maine 45.89 per cent of all my traffic comes to this page, nearly three times as many that visit my home page. There are a […]
Never Laugh at a Live Dragon
On December 11, 2014, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central interviewed none other than Smaug the Tremendous. This is a brilliant piece, with the fire drake showing more emotion than he ever did in The Desolation of Smaug–eye-blinking, tongue-licking, hackle-raising and the like. Considering the enormity of resources involved in bringing the dragon to Hollywood, could […]
A clip from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: http://youtu.be/1UeqXEKrT10 Poor Bard. He missed the one vulnerable spot in Smaug’s hide. One appetizer for the dragon, coming up.
Smaug Comes to Wellington
On the fifth day of their journey, the Hobbit Fan Fellowship arrived in Wellington, home of Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, and the other subsidiaries responsible for bringing Middle-earth to life. Peter Jackson gave them a private screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but first, they encountered a certain fire-breathing visitor at […]