World Otter Day-2019

Like National Panda Day, this time in 2019 is World Otter Day. On how we celebrate the cute and adorable animals. And how can I forget these critters? After all, otters just want to have fun.

Especially to those that love to play a piano like this one.

I was in grade 4 when I was in Montreal, Quebec. I was on a school field trip on one of those Greyhound buses from Ottawa, Ontario to one of their museums. It was the Biodome that had some of these. And when I looked at one, it was the most cutest animal that I had ever saw. He looked right at me at my own eyes. Rather than those wonky cartoon characters from those lousy TV shows and animated movies that made fun out of those animals, it wasn’t really fair. Not fair at all.

Except for the ones in “Little Bear”. They were absolutely amazing. One more went too far in “One Piece”. He was after the Straw Hat Pirates. Especially this Monkey D. Luffy who is all psychotic on becoming the next king of the pirates.

I knew that I have got to see more of these. But school was like a prison before I graduated in early 2014. Before going to college.

Right now, these critters are being threatened by mankind. On how this future isn’t going as we thought it would be. Since a species of odd mice are now extinct off the coast of Australia, we do not want these critters to go extinct. Like the orca’s, cheetahs, pandas, lions, tigers, penguins, Tasmanian devils, and the rest of them on this Earth.

There are two types of otters. The ones we know out in the lakes in forests, and the ones that go for food out at sea. Both are adorable. No matter how different. Just as long as they stay away from predators.

Last time I saw these critters, comedian Anthony Anderson had a TV show on Animal Planet as an expert showed them. Before he had celebrities like Jerry O’Connell and Walton Goggins that showed up later his TV show. They were adorable like the one I saw on my grade 4 field trip.

They do need a helping paw on these otters, yes. Also, it’s a real no-no cause for what the North Americans have been doing lately. Hunting and killing them. That’s absolutely unacceptable. That, I would never do as a kindly friend to them.

And sea otters do need to be rescued a lot from what we fear on the most. Pollutions, lack of food, disease, toxic algae blooms, and this notorious ‘Pacific Blob’ that they’ve been mentioning on the Weather Network. Just off the west coast near Alaska and British Columbia. So here are four things of what can you do to help. And it’s thank to the Weather Network that showed me on these.

  1. Reduce your oil use. Oil spills can devastate otter habitats.
  2. Choose sustainable seafood. Sea otters can be trapped in fishing nets.
  3. Cut down on plastic. Avoid plastic and styrofoam packing. It’s a massive component in ocean pollution.
  4. Be mindful of what you put down the drain, and use ‘green’ cleaners and organic gardening techniques when possible.

So by not using so much oil, cutting down on plastic, eating sustainable seafood, and be mindful of what you put down the drain, that’ll not cause so much trouble for these critters that we care for a lot. Besides, they must live on in the future. And therefore, not be an endangered species, and not, I repeat NOT have them extinct. That’s a real no-no.

So here’s to the happiest World Otter Day for these critters. And how we need to have them all safe.

Jesse James (1939)

Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda are Frank James and Jesse James in this famous western outlaw film. Along with John Carradine and Lon Chaney Jr. Classic than the version with Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Sam Shepard and Jeremy Renner.

Set after ‘The War Between the States’, the railroads were born. But after making people to lose their homes and land, it was the rise of two farm boys that became notorious outlaws.

From the moment that their mom had died of old age, and farm was destroyed, they began to kill rich people and rob trains for cash. Way before Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were next, years later to rob trains for cash.

Right after they were in St. Louis to take on more trains, rob banks, and outsmart the Union Calvary, Jesse James was lead to his assassination by his cowardly traitor, Robert Ford. At age 34 on April 3rd, 1882.

His brother Frank James, suddenly just left and disappeared until he was found dead in Missouri, USA, in 1915 at age 72.

So for a success, and recommended for Western fans only, I give this almost 8/10 stars on this.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind- 35th anniversary

March 11th, 1984 was when this was released in Japan at first, based on Hayao Miyazaki’s manga books, before they did an English version thanks to GKIDS years later in North America.

With the voice talents of Alison Lohman, Patrick Stewart, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, and Mark Hamill, this is the very first debut movie from Studio Ghibli.

Set in a post apocalyptic world, 1000 years into the future, global warfare destroyed civilization. And had created poisonous jungles with massive mutant insects. The survivors live in different areas, to keep away from those toxic places. Such as the Valley of the Wind, for example. A windy valley with lots of grassland and is by the sea.

Nausicaa and her pet fox squirrel Teto that is like a kitten, have been living there since. By the time a threat occurred between the toxic jungle bugs and the Tolmekian military, she had to find a way to stop this before it would cause annihilation to her home. With the help of Lord Yupa and Asbel, they took to the skies, until it was all over.

35 years, 2 months, and 9 days later, now comes the 35th anniversary of this Studio Ghibli masterpiece. And as a part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2019, thanks to GKIDS, they brought this back to Cineplex. Just as how they did to the rest of those Studio Ghibli movies in 2017, and in 2018 for their Studio Ghibli Fest.

So while some fans watched “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, and “Rocketman” at Cineplex, the rest who are fans of Studio Ghibli very much decided to watch this in honour of its 35th anniversary.

I did read the books, yes. Both the manga books and this 1984 first debut masterpiece are remarkably beautiful.

So here’s to a grand 35th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki’s remarkable anime masterpiece. To “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind”.

Top 10 Celebrities That Died Too Soon

Ever since these celebrities made cinema history, it surely can be a drag that they died too soon. Basically it cannot be their fault that they died. They just got into some unfortunate events. Some by accident, some by suicide, some had body problems, while the rest just had drug overdosage. That’s the worse thing that I do not like on.

In this list, these are the top 10 celebrities that died too soon.

10. Chris Penn (1965-2006). Sean Penn’s younger brother. In movies such as “Footloose”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “Beethoven’s 2nd”, “Pale Rider”, “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar”, & “Reservoir Dogs”, he was surely a funny actor like his brother when he started his career. Quentin Tarantino really enjoyed him mostly when he hired him in the critically acclaimed heist movie, “Reservoir Dogs”. Until by 2006, after he had a bit of drugs too much, he suddenly had nonspecific cardiomyopathy. Until he was found dead at the age of 40 on January 24th, 2006.

9. Judy Garland (1922-1969). She was our Dorothy Gale in the most famous movie, based on the story by Frank L. Baum. “The Wizard of Oz”. Then by going above her career to becoming a famous actress, in singing and dancing, she met with famous dancers such as Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney and Eddie Bracken. Right after she won two special Golden Globe Awards, a Special Oscar award too, and was Mewsette in “Gay Purr-ee”, she was found dead at age 47 in her own home by a barbiturate overdose on June 22nd, 1969. Not a suicide. Just those lousy drugs.

8. Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962). Like Judy Garland, this one was mostly a suicide. But by looking at her, she was remarkably beautiful. From her movies such as “Some Like It Hot”, along with “The Seven Year Itch”, and by winning three Golden Globe Awards, she was remarkably amazing in acting. She even in fact met Gene Kelly and Bing Crosby. Until at some point, during her time, she must’ve been stressed out as an actress. She couldn’t handle everything. That was why she got into a drug poisoning and committed suicide. She was 36 years old on August 4th, 1962.

7. Chris Farley (1964-1997). From his some of his performances on SNL to his comedy movies like “Tommy Boy”, and “Black Sheep”, he was definitely hilarious. He even loved being with SNL comedian David Spade as his partner. They in fact together were at the Oscars in early 1997. However by getting into alcohol, and after his last movie with Matthew Perry, “Almost Heroes”, that was when he got himself into a drug overdose. He was 33 years old when he died on December 18th, 1997, as his brother John Farley found him dead in his Chicago apartment. He was hilarious indeed.

6. River Phoenix (1970-1993). Joaquin Phoenix’s older brother, and Wil Wheaton’s very best friend since they were together in “Stand By Me”. After that, he was in that 1988 drama, “Running on Empty”. In which he was both nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the Academy Award also. But didn’t win unfortunately. He did his best in movies, until that very early morning of Halloween in 1993. That no trick or treater would ever feel like eating candy at all. This was real horror indeed. Dead at age 23, the cause was combined drug intoxication. Why drugs?

5. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). From “Twister”, “Capote” and “Moneyball” to “The Hunger Games”, he was a terrific actor indeed. He in fact won the Academy Award for Best Actor by portraying a famous author that we all know of. That, he definitely deserved on. Until in early 2014, he was all right until he took a combined drug intoxication in his apartment by accident. He was 46 years old on February 2nd, 2014. Why drugs? However, as Sam Rockwell has mentioned him, they also had “Mockingjay” dedicated in loving memory of him. That was very kind for our Plutarch.

4. Anton Yelchin (1989-2016). From those three new “Star Trek” flicks, “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and “Terminator Salvation”, to Goro Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli masterpiece “From Up on Poppy Hill”, this young man turned out to be okay at first. But I was all OMG when I heard his voice in that anime masterpiece. He and Sarah Bolger made a great team as Umi and Shun. However on the morning of June 19th, 2016, he was caught in a Jeep accident in front of his own home. Pinned down so hard. Which was why after his funeral, his parents sued the car company for good riddance.

3. Heath Ledger (1979-2008). From working with Mel Gibson in “The Patriot” and a jouster in “A Knight’s Tale”, to becoming the Joker in “The Dark Knight”, he was a splendid Australian actor indeed. A real knight in shining armour. He in fact by working with Christopher Nolan, made him win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor that he definitely deserved on. That Golden Globe Award too. However, just before the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscars, that was when he got an accidental cardiac arrest by combined drug intoxication. He was 28 years old on January 22, 2008.

2. Bruce Lee (1940-1973). Famous fighter in martial arts, and star of “Enter the Dragon”. He started off with an academy in Sam Francisco, as he took a private match with Wong Jack Man. Then they were able to rescue some girls from an aggressive auntie. For what they did was awesome. From that moment to becoming an movie star, he was amazing indeed. Until in May of 1973, he was diagnosed with cerebral edema. Only lived for two months until he was found dead at age 32 on July 20th, 1973. His movies deserved to make cinema history from his home country, to across the entire world.

Here’s is the number 1# on the list. I’m sure fans like Paul Hogan really miss this guy. You’re gonna be all ‘Crikey!’ on this dude you know.

1. Steve Irwin (1962-2006). He was everyone’s favourite on how he was really the Crocodile Hunter. By looking at wildlife in Australia, Africa, out in the ocean or any place on Earth, he really cared for all animals on Earth. And wanted to make sure than no species would ever be endangered. Until in early September in 2006, he was swimming in Batt Reef, Queensland, Australia, until a stingray stung him. He was 44 years old when he died. And I did felt very sorry for the Irwin’s when Steve was dead. However, there was something else. Before his incident, he was working with George Miller on “Happy Feet”, as he was the voice of one of the walruses. That was something. Which was why “Happy Feet” deserved that Oscar award for Best Animated Feature Film, cause he had dedicated it in loving memory of him. What about the Irwin’s? Bindi, Robbie and Terri been keeping his spirit alive as they want to make sure to save and protect all animals on Earth. So that they won’t be endangered species and go extinct. No way for that. Not especially for the cheetahs, tigers, lions, penguins, pandas, polar bears, foxes, wolves, bisons, Tasmanian devils, regular pandas & orcas mostly like Free Willy.

Do you agree with my picks? Which are your favourite celebrities that died too soon?

I don’t know on why some of these celebrities were addicted to drugs, that lead to some overdosages, but all this drug addiction must stop. We only need the good stuff as medicine whenever we have head colds, flu’s, an illness, and so on an so forth.

Without the good stuff, many people would die. And if someone had eczema on their elbows or fingers for example, it will lead on no choice but to have them amputated from your body before the skin infection can spread. In conclusion, eczema can be as worse as agent orange stuff that affects the skin. And I know what I’m talking about.

Kazuhiko Katō (1937-2019)

Monkey Punch was his pen name, as a manga artist. But I like his real name for sure. And for what he did through out his years, made the character that we know from “The Castle of Cagliostro”. That I really enjoyed than the animation in North America.

Born on May 26th, 1937, during the reign of the Empire of Japan before heading into the Second World War, he began to draw at a very young age. However, he didn’t drew any manga until he was in junior high, when his manga strips were used in the schools newspapers.

After he graduated, he moved to Tokyo where he continued to follow his career as a manga artist. In August if 1967, after his work on ‘Playboy School‘, that was when he became famous when he created…

Lupin III. The master thief lord with his friends and allies, getting away from the detective that is willing to capture him alive, as he became an actual hero to the princess bride, Lady Clarisse in “The Castle of Cagilostro”, by rescuing him from a nasty count. Kazuhiko Katō thanked anime director Hayao Miyazaki very much, for the anime movie that he did, based on his work.

His character became extremely powerful and successful, as it was lead to a media franchise. With numerous manga, seven Japanese animated movies, five Japanese animated TV shows, music CDs, TV specials, video games, and some OVA’s, I really admire Lupin III. His character in fact, got into a crossover with Conan Edogawa from ‘Case Closed’ only in Japan.

Throughout six decades, he and Lupin III became very famous in all of the media of Japan. And I’ll never forget for what he did that made me inspired.

April 11th, 2019 was when he died of pneumonia in Sakura, Chiba, Japan. He was 81 years of age. And we will miss him very much. But I, and us manga/anime fans do thank him very much for Lupin III. His character is really clever on outsmarting the police.

R.I.P. Kazuhiko Katō. And say hi to both Isao Takahata and Kirin Kiki in heaven for me, will you?

The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow

This is Japanese animated to me, but this was made in South Korea. And it took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea after they had the 2018 Winter Olympics which is very interesting.

Seeing is believing is what people say. And you could that this is like “Howl’s Moving Castle”, but this beats “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” from J.K. Rowling, on how we see things like never before.

An out of commission Korean satellite crash lands back in Korea on Earth, but was transformed all of a sudden into an android. With rocket feet like ‘Astro Boy’ and a firing rocket arm, she came only to Earth because of failing piano player with such music that had made her become interested. Like Sophie from “Howl’s Moving Castle”, a dark cloud turned the piano player into a massive milking cow.

During this whole story between these two characters, there have been other talking animal characters like you’ve never seen before. Such as a zebra, a witching boar, a rich pig, a dog who never talks, but walks on two legs, and maybe a cow that gives only meat.

Like the Milk Cow than the Satellite Girl, they were hiding from a collector and his boss as they were to collect their livers, and own a large walking titanium incinerator.

So you could say that they have beaten them in the end, as the Milk Cow was back again as a human. What about the Satellite Girl? She began to have emotions and care for this piano player very much.

Oh, and there’s one last thing. You see that walking toilet paper dude in the photo on this blog post? He happens to be Merlin the Wizard from the King Arthur legend. But as toilet paper?

What do you suppose on what happened to him to make him become that roll of toilet paper?

So you could say that I give this 8/10 stars. And this does have romance with the music he plays. And if that is Merlin as that toilet paper roll, then I’m Mako Iwamatsu as these hilarious wizards.