The handwriting is large and generally clear, even though this class appears to only have one student in it, and he sits at the very front. It might be worth advising the student to have his eyes tested if he is unable to read smaller text at this distance. Remember that poor learning may be as a result of poor vision – the student might not even be aware that he has a problem. If the teacher does keep her handwriting that size she will have to get a bigger whiteboard when she starts doing quadratic equations. Finally, when writing algebraic equations, it is preferable to do a more cursive x for the unknown symbol, to avoid confusion with a multiplication sign.
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Call it the circle of life: many kids who saw ‘The Lion King’ in theaters when it opened in 1994 can now take their own kids to see it when the 3D version hits the cineplex on Sept. 16. (The film hits both standard and 3D Blu-ray on Oct. 4.) Of course, it’s hard to believe there’s a generation that has never been exposed to ‘The Lion King’; since the landmark Disney cartoon debuted, it has spawned an industry that’s included two direct-to-video sequels, a TV series, several video games and a long-running Broadway musical.
To celebrate the 17-year history of ‘The Lion King,’ Moviefone has unearthed 17 things you might not have known about the furry film fable, including which Oscar-nominated song Elton John thought would k!ll his career, the supposed secret “secks” scene, what that chant at the beginning of ‘Circle of Life’ means, and a precedent-setting blast of warthog flatulence.
1. Originally, the movie was going to be called ‘King of the Jungle,’ until the filmmakers realized that lions live on the savanna, not in the jungle.
2. Initially, the film was not going to be a musical, but rather, a more realistic, National Geographic-type story. It was lyricist Tim Rice — who’d worked with Disney on ‘Aladdin’ — who suggested adding songs and hiring Elton John to compose them.
3. The film’s writers referred to the film in private as ‘Bamblet,’ noting the similarity between their movie’s plot and those of ‘Bambi’ and ‘Hamlet.’
4. For inspiration, the animators and artists spent two weeks in Africa, visiting Hell’s Gate National Park in Kenya. They also had real lions brought into the animation studio, under the supervision of Jim Fowler, of TV’s ‘Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.’
5. The song ‘Hakuna Matata’ originated with a phrase the animators heard from a tour guide during their African trip. Tim Rice heard the phrase (which, as every fan knows, means “no worries”) and noted its similarity to ‘Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo’ from Disney’s ‘Cinderella,’ and he turned it into the film’s comic centerpiece. Elton John, however, was afraid the tune would mark a low point in his career. “I sat there with a line of lyrics that began, ‘When I was a young warthog,” John said in 1995, “and I thought, ‘Has it come to this?'”
6. Hans Zimmer, who eventually won an Oscar for composing the instrumental score, brought aboard Lebo M, a South African composer and singer he’d worked with on the film ‘The Power of One.’ (A self-imposed exile from the apartheid regime, Lebo M was parking cars in Los Angeles when Zimmer met him.) It’s Lebo M who added the African choral passages to the score, including the famous ‘Circle of Life’ chant that opens the movie.
7. Lebo M’s ‘Circle of Life’ chant, translated from Zulu, means, “Here comes a lion, Father/Oh yes, it’s a lion/We’re going to conquer/A lion and a leopard come to this open place.”
8. Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, who were co-starring on Broadway in ‘Guys and Dolls,’ auditioned together, hoping to play hyenas. But the filmmakers liked their chemistry and cast them instead as Timon and Pumbaa, the meerkat/warthog comic relief duo. For the hyenas, the filmmakers initially wanted Cheech and Chong , but the stoner comedy duo had broken up by the time the movie was made. So the filmmakers stuck with Cheech Marin but used Whoopi Goldberg instead of Tommy Chong.
9. ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ was almost a comic duet for Timon and Pumbaa, but Elton John balked. As a traditional love ballad, marking Simba and Nala’s romance, the song became one of three from the film nominated for Oscars (along with ‘Hakuna Matata’ and ‘Circle of Life,’) and it won the Academy Award for Elton John and Tim Rice.
10. A musical number called “The Morning Report” didn’t make it into the film (it was replaced by dialogue), but it was used in the Broadway musical and was included in the 2002 IMAX re-release and the platinum-edition DVD, accompanied by newly created footage.
11. ‘The Lion King’ marks the second time that James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair played royal parents of an African prince. The first time was ‘Coming to America,’ where they played Eddie Murphy’s dad and mom.
12. When Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) tells Scar (Jeremy Irons), “You’re so weird,” and Scar replies, “You have no idea,” the reference is to a nearly identical exchange between Ron Silver and Irons during the latter’s Oscar-winning turn as Claus Von Bulow in ‘Reversal of Fortune.’
13. Conservative activists objected to a scene where particles in the night sky supposedly spell out, for an instant, the word “secks.” The animators have said that they were actually spelling out the abbreviation “SFX” (for “special effects”) as a signature of their work that would be visible only to viewers with sharp eyes (and fast thumbs on the pause button).
14. While the characters in the movie are all hand-drawn, computers were used for[..]istance in some sequences, notably, the wildebeest stampede. In that sequence, a computer multiplied several hand-drawn animals into hundreds and created random paths for them. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute sequence took more than two years to create.
15. ‘The Lion King’ was the highest grossing movie worldwide in 1994, with a total of $772.6 million grossed around the globe. It’s also the top-grossing hand-drawn cartoon of all time and the fourth-biggest animated feature of all time (behind CGI features ‘Shrek 2,’ ‘Toy Story 3,’ and ‘Finding Nemo’) in the U.S.
16. For a long time, ‘The Lion King’ held the record as the best-selling home video release, having sold 30 million copies on VHS.
17. Pumbaa was the first Disney character to fart.
One of my all-time favorite cheesetastic ’80s horror films is Stephen, Charles and Edward Chiodo’s 1988 The Killer Klowns from Outer Space, which follows a clan of aliens who look like clowns that terrorize a small town.
Fansite Freddy in Space caught up with Grant Cramer, who played ‘Mike Tobacco’ in the original film, to chat about the long-rumored sequel. While I personally never expected good news, Cramer revealed that a sequel is in fact on the horizon. Grab your cotton candy and get ready!
“We have a script and a commitment for all our funding but the money can’t be spent until we have a distribution deal in place so that’s where we are – talking to distributors. As soon as that final piece comes into place we should be pretty much good to go,” he told the site.
Cramer explains he’s penned the script for The Return of The Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3-D and will be producing alongside the Chiodo brothers. Stephen Chiodo will direct once again. But what will the film be about, other than alien clowns?
“Well, I don’t want to say too much about the story at this early juncture but I will say that it is connected to the first movie and my character will be the mentor to the two new young leads that have to try save the world from the Klowns when they return,” Cramer reveals. “They’re also trying to save themselves because the bad stuff the Klowns do at first gets blamed on them.”
Check out a text-filled teaser trailer inside and then tell us what you think. Personally, I’ll pre-order my ticket now if it guarantees this gets made.
Did you know “The Human Centipede” is on Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” list? Probably not, because who wants to remember that movie? The cultural conversation surrounding it seemed less about people actually seeing the Dutch torture-porn, and more about turning it into a symbol for everything that is wrong with movies today. The Emmys and “South Park” spoofed it, but beyond the basic premise – people being sewed together to make a human centipede (if you don’t know, don’t ask) – most of us shied away from learning anything beyond the vaguest details.
Roger Ebert gave it “no rating,” which is different than zero stars, and commented, “I am required to award stars to movies I review. This time, I refuse to do it. The star rating system is unsuited to this film. Is the movie good? Is it bad? Does it matter? It is what it is and occupies a world where the stars don’t shine.”
If the star ratings were unsuited for the original film, its sequel, “The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence),” is apparently unsuited for DVD release entirely, according to The British Board of Film Classification. They have refused certify the movie for public distribution, making it illegal to sell in-country and citing some particularly gruesome sequences as the reason for putting it in the same category as child pornography. While I don’t want to make you lose your lunch, here’s the basic gist:
Examples of this include a scene early in the film in which he masturbates whilst he watches a DVD of the original Human Centipede film, with sandpaper wrapped around his ____, and a sequence later in the film in which he becomes aroused at the sight of the members of the ‘centipede’ being forced to _____ into one another’s ______, culminating in sight of the man wrapping barbed wire around his ____ and _____ the woman at the rear of the ‘centipede’.
It’s sad that we’ll never be able to properly unpack this film due to it being illegal and all, because it was so obviously influenced by Charlie Kaufman with that opening meta-scene. While I would hate watching this movie, I do like the concept of a “Being the Human Centipede: Adaptation” edition