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Off Topic / Re: Netflix She-Ra Animated Series
« on: October 10, 2018, 02:37:42 PM »
The trailer owns, Nimona gives me faith in Stevenson, and I'm pretty much hyped as heck for this. I'm a couple generations past the OG demographic but I used to catch He-Man and She-Ra reruns on late night Qubo and this looks like it's bringing something really fresh to the table.

That is... actually a pretty clever switch-up.

Also I like how Torelai (& the guys, at least Gil, right, I don't remember) is the only one in her original outfit. A doll they'd probably not rerelease keeps her outfit.

Also I don't quite like the new voices for either Torelai or Operetta.

Through some ninja-level freeze framing, I found that Toralei's gotten a new voice (that is, not America Young) in Paloma Rodriguez--a bilingual voice actress (ENG/ESP) who describes her range as "very young to mid-30s". Sparse IMDB page, but this profile says she's been doing VO for 4 years--newer than a lot of VAs who've been with the series. She also played Maya in Killer Instinct (yeah, I also went "Who in what?", she's a lady in a decent fighting game) for the PS4.

Cindy Robinson is still on as Operetta, though--maybe she's doing a new thing like Derryberry is.

If anyone would like it as proof, here's a snip of the VA roster for this episode:


And maybe the fox dude backgrounder from the movies, too.
wait, who?

There's a non-speaking werefox boy with a fox on his shirt who's often in the background of Electrified and WTMH. People originally thought he was Clawd.

Personally, I just want to know more about the skeleton boys. They seem like if you really leaned into it, you could make a really gnarly backstory.

And maybe the fox dude backgrounder from the movies, too.

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Monster Discussion / Re: The best of the reboot?
« on: January 04, 2017, 08:09:59 PM »
Full disclosure, I was never that into collecting all the dolls, so my main thing is the new animation look. I was always into the animation, but this really brought it to a new level--the attention to light and color really helped bring out the personality of the ghouls and the world they inhabit.

I also love Moanica--she's legitimately menacing, charismatic, cool and cool-looking. I caught her hair streak glowing a bit in the movie, too, which is an awesome detail that played up the radioactive thing:

And I also like Ari's quasi-hippie theme and British accent. I remember seeing red on her outfits in stock photos--I hope they play that up in the future.

With the magic of modern technology, any dessert color is possible!

Hope pics come soon.

Monster Discussion / Re: Party Hair Draculaura
« on: October 15, 2016, 03:26:07 PM »
Some of the images are cheating a little with the amount of accessories, on closer inspection. Still a killer doll, though. That hair length and dark makeup gives her some major drama!

Monster Discussion / Re: Party Hair Draculaura
« on: October 14, 2016, 12:08:20 AM »
I love her outfit too. Sad she's not articulated, but I need her. Are her socks and shoes molded on?

Nope! Which is awesome. I always love socks.

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Monster Discussion / Re: Are characters being replaced?
« on: October 11, 2016, 07:23:51 PM »
Strong cheekbones are mainly about bone structure, and occur naturally in many people. Very good for makeup.

Monster Discussion / Re: No love for Howleen?
« on: October 11, 2016, 05:56:37 PM »
Clawd was also around for a while. If I remember correctly, he was introduced in Jackson's diary.

Monster Discussion / Re: 'Welcome to Monster High' - Fall 2016 movie
« on: October 04, 2016, 04:26:48 PM »
It makes them scarier, I think, as well as more removed from actual dead people. Also (along with her eyes) Moanica's hair streak glows:

Monster Discussion / Re: 'Welcome to Monster High' - Fall 2016 movie
« on: September 29, 2016, 04:34:39 AM »
Same. Maybe Ogie Banks (Clawd's VA) is going back to do voice work for Bratz, considering he voiced Dylan back in the day.

Monster Discussion / Re: 'Welcome to Monster High' - Fall 2016 movie
« on: September 28, 2016, 05:08:21 PM »
Gigi and Ari are both voiced by Jonquil Goode, so it makes sense they'd sound similar. And on her dolls, Cleo's wraps have a very subtle gold tint--only slightly less distinct than the movie depiction. I understand wishing it looked stronger, though.

About Abbey being in the toyline and not in the movie--maybe the initial plan was to have her in it, but over time they decided not to. After watching Clawdeen's introduction webisode, I think it's safe to say her Generation 1 siblings are probably not coming to the reboot; so as to keep the focus on her (thinking in the corporate way, along with how a lot of corporate media stressed getting back to the central characters).

As for Clawdeen's identity: people often headcanon characters as LGBT as a means of relating to them, which can be helpful (when most media doesn't present a lot of LGBT representation) while sometimes also giving them a deeper connection to a character they love. In kids' media like Monster High, that's easier to do when you often can't be specific about addressing identities: nothing out-and-out that she's gay, but nothing out-and-out that she's straight either. This rule's been propelling fics and fandom for ages, too. My personal rule of thumb for characters is "whatever until confirmed something"; and like I've said before, lots of non-straight girls date boys in their lifetimes (like bi girls, or non-"gold star lesbians"). As a teen lesbian, I also don't mind either way, but from personal experience this is generally the process.

Monster Discussion / Re: 'Welcome to Monster High' - Fall 2016 movie
« on: September 25, 2016, 05:47:32 PM »
I wonder if we'll ever get any lyrics for Moanica's little reggaeton rap.

Monster Discussion / Re: New Monster High lines 2015-2016
« on: September 25, 2016, 03:51:38 PM »
That's kinda cool, and I like the boxart.

Monster Discussion / Re: 'Welcome to Monster High' - Fall 2016 movie
« on: September 24, 2016, 12:07:05 PM »
Tiny thought bubble about the movie, some spoilers:

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Now, as for the webisodes... I get the storyline so far, pretty simple, nothing really off about it, but I think the animation has quite a few issues. For example: no rear/profile view on most of or all of the character models, a really obvious dependence on staying on-model, and an off ratio of curves to edges which kind of lowers design appeal especially in contrast to the 3D (Frankie's stitches are pointy on one end now  :|). But the background designs can be cool; like Ari and Cleo's rooms or the new science lab.  I'm really hoping quality increases on a curve over time, or it'll be a long wait to March.

Monster Discussion / Re: 'Welcome to Monster High' - Fall 2016 movie
« on: September 12, 2016, 09:50:01 PM »
With some money, good taste and elbow grease (yours or hired), any abode can be awesome.

It's cool that Monster High is a boarding school now.

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