David Yates

Judge Dredd – The Bod TV Special

To those who don’t know Bod was an very simply animated fellow who appeared on Children’s TV in the 70s and Judge Dredd is a relentless force of unremitting and unforgiving Law and Order on the streets of the post-apocalyptic Megacity One. Uploaded by Happy Toaster on Youtube he claims he knocked it together in a day. This begs so many questions it boggles the brain. How did he get John LeMesurier – who died in 1983 – to say ‘That’s the law of things, isn’t it Dredd.’ I… I…

His other suggestion, that it was found on a VHS tape marked ‘Zarjazz’ begs even more questions in the opposite direction. If anyone knows the answer to these questions let me know.

Also, if there are any disillusioned would-be directors out there this’ll cheer you up. David Yates, the director who brought the Harry Potter movies to a close after 4 films, directed an episode of Bod named Bod and the Apple about an Apple thrown in the air that won’t come back down while people wait for it (for 4:58 seconds). So never assume you’re only as good as your last piece of work…

Frank, Aunt Flo and Bod discuss the Apple that won’t come back down.

Big Movies 2011 : It’s WAR!! (Part 2: Potter Vs Pixar)

Trafalgar Square is the site of an impromptu village built to see off a character that has represented a great many people’s childhoods. Growing up alongside him, many fans followed the adventures of Harry Potter as they grew up themselves. There is no denying that the franchise from Chris Columbus’ first installment to David Yate’s final three parts has formed one of the most successful franchises in film history. The final reveal of the wand is on the 15th July. But is Pixar’s new effort that has caught my eye.

Pixar’s remit to create films deliberately different from that which has gone before have led them to create Brave. A children’s story set in the ancient Highlands of Scotland. And not a Balloon in sight. The design work is pitched as much more jagged and darkly toned than previous instalments. I think I even see elements of Bisley’s Slaine in there in the shapes, colours and compositions. Interesting to know if there is any influences…