My name is SailorSoapbox and I like animation.
It was my dream to get a PhD in Media Studies, and teach classes about analyzing animation at the university level. That dream didn’t work out (it’s a long story), but there’s no reason I can’t rise from the ashes of that dream and make something of it! I am pretty good at writing, and have a natural ability for analysis. I’ve spent many an hour writing about highbrow subjects, but what I like most is analyzing silly things…like cartoons.
This blog is not for people who think all animation is made by Disney, or that animation is a “genre” for children. It’s for fellow animation geeks like myself, who want to look a little deeper and appreciate cartoons for the art that they are. I may look a little TOO deep sometimes (a former boyfriend said that I see dicks everywhere), but I sure have fun doing it. This blog had a previous incarnation on Tumblr, which I closed because Tumblr is The Worst.
The updating schedule is haphazard & random, and probably will remain that way. My apologies.
As of right now, I am focusing on my Best and Worst of Disney review series. In that series, I watch and discuss every animated feature film Disney has ever released or produced, and discuss one best thing and one worst thing about each film.
My Animation Art of Ikuko Itoh series of posts focuses on the Sailor Moon episodes and sequences in which key animation was done by Ikuko Itoh, who also did character designs for the S and SuperS seasons. Each post contains a collection of screenshots showing off particularly striking art, cleaned up with Photoshop. The images at the beginning of the posts are thumbnails! Secondly, I write some observations and commentary, focusing not only on the imagery of the animation, but also characterization, theme, subtext, metaphor, etc. I was an English Major. Hard to turn that kind of thinking off.
The Setting the Record Straight posts are also Sailor Moon related, and are primarily informative/opinion editorials clearing up misinformation and rumours that tend to proliferate throughout the fandom. The post about Haruka’s gender identity seems to be particularly popular.
The articles in the From The Archives section are ones that were written before this blog was opened. Many of the articles were cross-posted on feminist film/TV review site Bitch Flicks. The topics of these posts will vary widely, but all focus on an animated property of some kind.
Incidentally, I also have a deviantART account in which I post Sailor Moon wallpapers and manga colourings.
As for the future, I hope to include discussion of Looney Tunes, other Sailor Moon animators, the short films from the National Film Board of Canada, plus some more hatin’ on Jeffrey Katzenberg. But like I said, haphazard updating schedule. Rest assured that no matter how long it is between updates, I’ll always be coming back.