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Montreal! <3

Walking around Montreal today, I never realised how much I missed the place!!
How Jean Talon farmer's market is so awesome, I want to buy half of the food there.


Signing tonight went well, saw many familiar faces. Thank you all for coming.

Excuse me while I totally geek out.
way back in the late '70's, there was a cute tv serie called "Vickie le Viking", or "Vic the Viking" or...well, whatever other version of the title out there.

I just found out the Germans did a live action version. Though you can't tell if you've never seen the serie, and can't really say from the intro either, but they took actors that look A LOT like the cartoons!
What a great adaptation!

See, Last airbender? It can be done!
(there are new images just out from Entertainement Weekly, where we see Shaun Toub as Iroh. I will post a link to it the moment someone has scanned a decent image)



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Oct. 3rd, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Gaah! I want to see that Vicky-live-action-remake!!! :D Looove the shot where he gets an idea with all the stars behind him!

It was great to see you too Johane! :) I wish you lots of success with your marvelous bande dessinée! It's such a beautiful book! Thanks for the great drawing in my copy!

Have a nice time in Montreal! :D

Oct. 4th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I started laughing when I saw they kept the "idea animation" even for live action.
This movie so far makes me smile, and that's just the trailer.
Thank you for your visit and the lunch this week! Looking forward to seeing you in January!
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Oct. 4th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
It looks like a fun version of the serie, a bit like the Asterix films (well, the second one anyway).
Oct. 3rd, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
*cracks up laughing* Oh man that looks awesome! I wish that would come out with english or danish translation
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I just wish it gets released here eventually!
If not, I'll have to start looking for an all region dvd player.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
Haha, didn't know you like Vicky - I would've told you earlier about it! :D

They actually did a great casting show here to cast the minor actors - it was hella entertaining and you already could see how much effort they put into the whole project. They really made sure that they cast actors that look their part and have talent (though lots of them were beginners in acting and needed some coaching) This is also one of the reasons why I always told you it can be done! If stuff like Vicky can happen - Avatar should be easy as cake.

Also, the TLA movie looks worse with every picture I see. It starts to look more cheesy than the cartoon. O_o
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Loved the cartoon as a kid, bought the DVD set when it got released.
Would have loved to have seen the casting show. The actors and the costumes look like great recreation of the serie.
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I also loved the show as a kid! :D
Oct. 3rd, 2009 10:25 am (UTC)
I loved that series as a kid! I always wondered if vicky was a boy or a girl, but now my question has been answered. What an awesome trailer, seems like it does not only have the look but also the spirit of the old cartoon. Thanks for the heads up!
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Also loved the serie as a kid. His voice was very boyish in french so there never was any ambiguity.
Definitely seems to have the spirit of the old cartoon (want to see more!)
Oct. 3rd, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Never seen it before: but the movie looks like a cross between Harry Potter and Monty Python to me. I wonder if they'll have subtitled? Hm...
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
ha ha, maybe closer to Eric the Viking (written by a former Monty Python member)
Oct. 4th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Ah. I haven't seen that one...yet.
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Oct. 4th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Aaa! Must check Kinder surprise eggs here in Quebec! Maybe they've crossed over!
The toys, I mean. That would be great!
Oct. 3rd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
That movie looks amazing. Too bad I've never seen Vicky the Viking. :
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
The animated serie was really fun and cute. I don't know if one needs to be a kid to appreciate it more, and maybe it dates a bit, but I have plenty of good nostalgia associated with it.
Oct. 3rd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
...Cry costuming. Cry. XD; I swear I have trim that looks exactly like the decoration on Shaun Toub!Iroh's shoulder thingies.

I still can't get my brain around how happy Dev Patel is in almost every picture I see of him, and how concentrated/serious/almost morose Noah Ringer looks. D: Come on, kid, you're cute, you should smile!

And I still wish the tattoo were more visible. D: D: Please, please let this be one of those "we washed it off last night and it came [i]mostly[/i] off, but we haven't retouched it yet today" photos. His cloud trim is either cute or kind of cheesy, I can't decide. XD

I must see this viking cartoon business! o 3o
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm still sitting on the fence here, wanting to see more and more and moving! Trailer supposed to be out for the holidays, so we'll see if these costumes at least work well on screen.
At least we got Iroh. Tall and skinny.
Maybe Zhao's going to be the one with the belly, ha ha! They'll have switched body types!
Oct. 3rd, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
The French dubbing for that series was great. I was so happy when it came out in DVD in 2006. I snapped it up.
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Same here!
It's just that the theme song was different than what I remembered. I've been hunting for the version I used to know ever since then.
Or maybe my memory is really bad and I've made it all up!
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
There were two French versions of the series. The DVD one was the one made in France with their own version of the theme song and their own voice actors. The Montreal version had local actors and the theme song had a faster tempo and more of a rock music sound to it. I've been looking for it too.
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Oct. 4th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA! Oh man, thanks for that. I'm going to see if my friend can find a subtitled version of that movie for me on the web.

In the meantime - thanks for pointing that out! In return I give you a .gif:

Failure to Launch

and a matching avatar:


Hope you like it! (Sorry the animation's not smoother... it's hard getting caps from a youtube video.)
Oct. 4th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Must...use AVATARS!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Oct. 4th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
lol, you're welcome. ^_^

I plan on making more if I get a hold of the movie... it looked like there were so many gfx-worthy moments in the preview alone. Surely there are more in the full-length feature. >:D I'll let you know if I do.
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
See this is exactly what I meant by an accurate adaptation. They made the costumes more elaborate without breaking with the design of them and all the actors look like the characters they are portraying that I could match them up with the cartoon representations. Why couldn't Shamaylan do this? Why???
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Having seen the other side of movie production, sometimes directors have less controls over the look of a film, depending on the pressure from studio executives.
Depends on the productions and the teams and the high levels execs. So I can't put blame on Shyamalan withough knowing all the behind the scenes politics.
But, with the Vicky trailer as example, it shows such adaptations can be done faithfully!
Oct. 9th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Why would Nickelodeon studios want a bastardization of their series? Of course there could always be some lame studio exec I suppose who thinks he knows what is cool even though the series succeeded in being popular in original format. It is like those dorks at Mattel who refused to make a Katara figure despite how many Avatards asked their reps for one and even made a petition for it.
Jan. 27th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
ah now I get it XD. Yeah Bully made in Germany an open casting to find the best fitting actors. XD He really cared about the fact, that everything needs to be like the original. A pity that doesn't happen more often. (And I would be very interested in the English voices for this ) ^^
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