New Fan Art: Princess Lili from “Legend”

A couple of days ago I saw Ridley Scott’s 1985 fantasy film, Legend, for the first time. This is a film I’ve been interested in seeing ever since it first came out, and now that I’ve watched it, what did I think about it? I didn’t think it was very good, actually.๐Ÿ˜… It had a vague, almost aimless story that I never found particularly interesting. But it did have its highlights. One of those was Mia Sara’s performance as Princess Lili, the heroine of the film. Ms Sara is very pretty (she reminded me quite a lot of Natalie Dyer, from Stranger Things), and Princess Lili’s dark version certainly had an eye-catching outfit! And that is why I was inspired to draw this fan art of Dark Lili. As always seems to happen, I merely set out to do a rough sketch, but then I started reworking things until it turned into something closer to a finished illustration. In the end, I think it came out rather well, even if the resemblance isn’t really there.

Official Teaser Trailer for “Raya and the Last Dragon” Released!

This is the Official Teaser Trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon, a new film from Disney that is scheduled to be released in March next year, in the US at least. To be honest, Iโ€™ve never been a fan of Disney animated films. Apart from their stories being generally unoriginal, their heroines all seem very generic. They tend to look the same, act the same, and have a habit of spouting American colloquialisms. However, I have to admit that this film does look interesting.

As you can see, Raya will apparently feature a heroine in an Asian-inspired fantasy world undertaking an epic quest, which could be pretty cool. And if the music in this trailer is anything to go by, the soundtrack will be pretty cool, too. It still has colloquialisms, of course, but if the rest of the film is solid, I think I could put up with them.๐Ÿ˜Š

Something to Look Forward to: “Ainbo” Animated Film

On Pinterest today I happened upon a poster (see above) for an upcoming 3D animated film called Ainbo. From what I can gather, this film was originally planned to be released in 2019, but it is now scheduled to be released in 2021 instead. You can check out an official teaser trailer for it below.

Put succinctly, Ainbo is the story of a young native girl from the jungles of South America, and her journey to save her home, which is being threatened by civilisation. From a purely personal point of view, I think it Ainbo has the potential to be a really fun film. And I say that for three reasons. Firstly, itโ€™s about a jungle girl, and Iโ€™m a big fan of stories about jungle girls. Secondly, the animation looks top notch and very cute (in a Disney-like way). Thirdly, it is mainly being produced by a Peruvian studio (Tunche Films), which puts it somewhere close to my heart.

Unfortunately, Ainbo doesnโ€™t seem to have an official website at the moment (the link provided by IMDB is dead) but if I come across more information about it in the future, Iโ€™ll write a follow-up post to this one. But for now, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you!๐Ÿ˜Š

Daily Heroine: Noriko Takaya

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Noriko Takaya (ใ‚ฟใ‚ซใƒคใƒปใƒŽใƒชใ‚ณ), the eager young space cadet from the Japanese animation known as Gunbuster in the West, and ใƒˆใƒƒใƒ—ใ‚’ใญใ‚‰ใˆ! in Japan (which is literally Aim for the Top! in English). She was voiced by the legendary Noriko Hidaka (ๆ—ฅ้ซ™ ใฎใ‚Šๅญ). Gunbuster was a six-episode OVA (Original Video Animation) created by the famed Gainax studio, the first episode of which was released in 1988. It was conceived as an over-the-top, multi-genre parody, but the end result is something truly amazing; it would have to rate as one of my favourite sci-fi adventures of all time. And Noriko, who is a determined yet vulnerable young girl, is such a lovable heroine.๐Ÿ˜Š I just can’t help but cheer for her from start to finish. Incidentally, the screenshot you can see is from the final episode of Gunbuster, which was in black and white.

I should explain here that Thursdays were supposed to be for Daily Heroines from animated movies, but unfortunately the number of potential candidates in this category is already quite low, so I’ve decided to also highlight OVA heroines on Thursdays. Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.๐Ÿ˜Š

Daily Heroine: Blousey Brown

Today’s Daily Heroine is: Blousey Brown (played by the endearingly bashful-looking Florrie Dugger), the sassy aspiring singer from the British musical comedy film Bugsy Malone, released in 1976. I first saw Bugsy Malone as a kid, and I absolutely loved it. The one thing that stands out about it is that although it is a film about 1930s American gangsters, the entire cast is played by kids, and they seem to have had a great time running around the scaled-down sets. I was able to watch Bugsy Malone again last week and I can say that I still find it entertaining. The musical numbers are quite catchy, and the cast (which includes a young Jodie Foster) does a very good job. Incidentally, Bugsy Malone is Florrie Dugger’s only film role.

I’m always on the look out for new interesting and likeable heroines, so if you have a particular favourite, please tell me about her! Till tomorrow, au revoir, arrivederci and may the force be with you.๐Ÿ˜Š