List of members of the Miao Family (Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat)

This blog post is dedicated to the hit cartoon TV show, thanks to Amy Tan, PBS Kids, and to the fans who really want to keep this animated feline alive. Her family and friends too.

sagwa

Sagwa Miao.

dongwa

Dongwa Miao.

Sheegwa Miao.

mama

Mama Miao.

ba-ba

Baba Miao.

Yeh-Yeh.

Nai-Nai.

Mae-Mae.

Uncle Miao.

Auntie Chi-Chi.

Their adopted cousin, Cha-Siu Bow Wow (as a friendly doggy).

Auntie Wen (Wise babysitter).

And their ancestor, Ming Miao.

Those were the members of the Miao Family in the cartoon TV show, “Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat”. Based on the children’s book by Amy Tan. Since that cartoon TV show was popular by PBS Kids, it was much better than the other cartoon TV shows here in North America.

What I like about them is that they know bits of their history, their family tree too, they do their calligraphy and artwork by their tails, as they also do some acrobatic purr-formances. Better than the ones that they do on Animal Planet on ‘Puppy Bowl’, they do acrobats very well. I can imagine if some of them were to do a performance, while playing that 1980’s hit song from Dead or Alive, ‘You Spin Me Right Round’.

Also, two interesting things that occurred to them.

1. Some of them went on an ancient crater expedition, in the episode “Great Balls of Fire”, as they were to look for a meteorite that crash landed. For where they went, was very inspiring.

2. In the episode “Cat Burglar”, Sagwa, Dongwa and Sheegwa together, caught their first cat burglar who was stealing jewellery in their palace. Red handed, all by themselves.

They did made friends with the alley cats, and other characters that made only one appearance in each episode. Such as Jet-Jet, Lik-Lik, Hun-Hun, Wing-Wing, Won-Tom Ling, and other alley cats who are friendly with them. Tribal cats too with travelling performers.

From their TV show, they had small bits of their merchandise. Rare DVDs in volumes, videotapes, plush toys, some figures, books, colouring books too, a teapot set, Valentine’s Day cards and stickers, paper cups, paper plates, napkins, invitation cards, ‘thank you’ cards, blowers, cone cups, pillow sheets, table covers, and how they were mentioned in a TV Guide book from September 2nd, 2001. They were meant to do a second season later on, and deal with more ideas of what can happen. Unfortunately, the members of PBS Kids didn’t care as they cancelled it.

Some fans have been keeping the spirit of Sagwa alive, whenever they find those episodes, before posting them on YouTube.

For example, thanks to a fan named Darris Jolly who lives up north of Quebec, he did this music video with one of our favourite songs from John Denver. Before Olivia Newton-John did that in her own version, and the same thing in the anime movie, from Studio Ghibli & GKIDS, “Whisper of the Heart”.

“Take Me Home, Country Roads”.

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Camptown Races (original song)

Rather than that version from “Blazing Saddles”, or in those cartoons, TV shows and movies, I started to like this song since I was in my final years in high school. I would listen to this song also back homecoming from my fishing trip at Charleston Lake. Near Brockville, Ontario, Canada.

Performed by the 2nd South Carolina string band, this is my kind of version of that old song since the Western days. Especially on the railroad business. Let’s say, the mail train service at nighttime in both North America and the UK.

Whenever I listen to this song, I think of some of the classic steam trains by making their deliveries at both day at night. However mostly, I can imagine that at nighttime, at a local massive train station, while working in the mail train service, back in the old days, some singers such as these guys would do something like that. On either instruments or just listen to this on a CD radio player. But make sure not to listen to this too much.

Cause while one comes in like this one, especially if someone is swinging a red lantern up and down to know that you’re waiting for it….

….you don’t want your boss to be like Slim Pickens from “Blazing Saddles” to go…

(Fires two gunshots)

“What in the wide, wide world of sports is a going on here?! I had you people to get the mail delivered!! Not to jump around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots!!”

Henry the Green Engine: “Sorry. The mail boat from the mainland was delayed”.

YTV Promo- Yu-Gi-Oh

You won’t be playing ‘Go Fish’ when you’re playing that famous trading card game, since that anime TV show came out. This in fact was on that programming block that YTV had called ‘The Zone’ in which Carlos would be the host, as this would come on TV every night at 5 pm, from Monday’s to Friday’s.

The Duelist Kingdom in season one was only the beginning, as I remember the first promo.

This one was on their second adventure, during the second season before the third season, as it was all about for what Kaiba called, ‘Battle City Duels’. The whole ‘Battle City Duels’ was throughout season 2 and season 3, that Kaiba wanted the best players to go against him. He wanted all three of the God cards, as three players came from Egypt to face him also. His dominions too, before they left. They were on a zeppelin, before getting to an island that occurs to be the championship finals. That was before a spoiled brat made them late by making them ‘Enter the Shadow Realm’.

From avoiding his tricks and unravelling secrets, both that kid and everything he did were annihilated. And was never found again. What about Kaiba, Yugi, Mai, Tristian, Joey, Serenity, Bakura, the three players from Egypt and Kaiba’s younger brother? They faced the darkness at the championship finals of this whole ‘Battle City Duels’. Some of them were possessed, but were luckily rescued before someone activated a self destruct mechanism that destroyed the ‘Battle City Area’.

Kaiba and his younger brother escaped to his HQ by taking a dragon jet, while the rest went back home to their hometown. Everyone had said their goodbyes and thank you, as they were glad that this was all over.

It was thanks a lot to that on YTV, and finding some DVD volumes at Value Village years later, especially when someone on Kijiji Canada is selling these. And they are not nitrate film prints.

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100 WW1 Firearms in 100 seconds

By looking at this video, these are the firearms that they’ve used in the First World War. 100 years ago.

From revolvers to handguns, and rifles to machine guns, they’ve used them for sure. And how years later, they were used in those movies that took place in WWI. Such as “Paths of Glory”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Hell’s Angels”, and so on and so forth. (Except for some that I do not admire on).

Thanks to a girl on YouTube who has been testing these firearms, I do thank her for this video. And I pray to god that they’ll be an amazing WWI movie, and be an Oscar winner like how “Lawrence of Arabia” did. On one superstition. That it won’t be too much dumb and harsh like how movies and TV shows are today. It has to be as excellent as how ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ did. And be an Oscar winner too mostly.

Studio Ghibli’s “Only Yesterday” on Gheorghe Zamfir

Gheorghe Zamfir, that Romanian pan flute musician, who did “The Lonely Shepard” in “Kill Bill”, did the song “Fluttering Green Leaves Wedding Song”. Or in Romanian, ‘Frunzuliță Lemn Adus Cântec De Nuntă’, was featured in Studio Ghibli’s “Only Yesterday”. I recognized that music when I first watched that anime masterpiece.

It was before the anime film director, Isao Takahata died of lung cancer in April of 2018. By listening to that song, it really fits as country music when Taeko visits his relatives in the countryside.

Also, I was very pleased that Studio Ghibli had chosen his song for that movie.

In this blog post, there is a short version and a long version. The short version is OST, as the original is just the way it is.

And to tell you the truth, I’m just glad that “The Master of the Pan Flute” worked for the support of Studio Ghibli and GKIDS. This would mean everything as country music for Isao Takataha’s masterpieces since he died of lung cancer.

A tribute to Isao Takahata

In April of 2018, by the time Isao Takahata had died at the age of 82, the news had spread all over the Internet. Studio Ghibli fans became shocked and very sad to hear the news. They did tribute videos in dedication to him. This is one of them, thanks to a lucky subscriber on YouTube.

It shows the filmography that he did as an anime director, producer, and everything that he did. Especially when he helped Hayao Miyazaki on his masterpieces, and how Hayao Miyazaki helped Isao Takahata with his masterpieces.

Although it was a shame that only two that he did were left out Oscar nominated. But he definitely needed Oscar awards including his Honorary Oscar award.

With the ending music from “Only Yesterday” by piano, these are his masterpieces….

R.I.P. Isao Takahata. We shall miss you very much indeed…

Sekai No Owari- Rain (Mary and the Witch’s Flower)

Just before GKIDS took a long time to get that anime masterpiece in English, this was the band that became famous in the summer of 2017.

Like my previous blog post that I mentioned, this is their real performance. And how they actually support the work of Hiromasa Yonebayashi and his new anime masterpiece, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”. Studio Ponoc’s first debut masterpiece got the attention of anime fans.

No interruptions are in this performance. Just scenes and clips of that anime movie, while they perform.

Sekai No Owari- Rain (and behind the scene footage on ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’)

This Japanese band seems very beautiful. And like Priscilla Ahn, who volunteered on “When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli, this band volunteered for Studio Ponoc on “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”. A new masterpiece from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The director of “When Marnie Was There”. In which he was surprised his movie was Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature. But unfortunately, that anime masterpiece lost the Oscar award. No thanks to goddamn a-holes in North America who don’t give a shit.

For this one that he did, based on the book, “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, tells about a little girl named Mary who finds a mysterious flower that gives her the power to become a witch, which can last for one night only.

So rather than those “Harry Potter” movies, and “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”, this received $27.4 million in Japan at the box office.

And for this song that they did, this suits very well for this masterpiece. They also performed their song again at a live concert. Also, from that concert, this, and being on the news in Japan, they became stars now. The same for the Japanese cast, who volunteered to be the characters in this new anime masterpiece.

Finally in conclusion, this had been released in Japan on July 8th, 2017. Until later, GKIDS volunteered to distribute this movie in North America. With the voice talents of Kate Winslet and more, the release date for this, is winter of 2017.

So when you listen to this music video, look at the footage of that anime movie, and some behind the scenes from Studio Ponoc. With a live appearance of Hiromasa Yonebayashi himself! And you gotta see this really!! Anime is the best such as this as always! 🙂

Studio Ghibli AMV- Country Roads V2

Like the previous AMV post that I did on Studio Ghibli with this song, this music video is different. Same song, but with scenes from other Studio Ghibli movies that they didn’t added, they did this.

So, dedicated for the Japanese people and the masterpieces of Studio Ghibli, including Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, here’s ‘Country Roads’. Sang by Olivia Newton-John.

Eurythmics- Would I Lie To You?

This happened in the Jim Carrey movie trailer of “Liar Liar”. Really good, as this was sung by the Eurthymics. The same band that did ‘Sweet Dreams Are Made of This’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ at Christmas, and ‘Sex Crime (1984)’ from the movie based on the novel by George Orwell.

Not only this occurred in that movie trailer, but was played in a Warner Bros. movie that suits their animation very well. Live action also mostly. “One Crazy Summer” with John Cusack.

Whenever I listen to this song, no one would ever lie to anybody. Or end up like how Jim Carrey did. Cause for what happened to him, made me think he is possessed by the devil. And you would need an exorcist like Leslie Jones to give him lots of holy water, and slapping himself hard in the face by saying these words…

“The power of Leslie compels you!”