Nearly every kid wishes for super powers. Unfortunately, as the child grows up, they realize they may not get their wish after all. Luckily for 3-year-old James, his father isn’t ready to give up on his wish. Daniel Hashimoto, an animator at Dreamworks, has decided to make his son’s fantasy adventures come true.
His YouTube channel, Action Movie Kid has been picking up quite some popularity and for good reason! Using Adobe AfterEffects, Hashimoto transforms his 3-year-old son’s everyday activities into adventures.
A trip to the toystore becomes 15 seconds with a lightsaber. A toy gun lets young James soar up into the ceiling. Building blocks can fly and lego guns can shoot fire.
Sure it all seems a little dangerous, but luckily, all of it is just Daniel Hashimoto’s talented animation skills.
His YouTube channel’s description simply says, “My 3-year-old kid is awesome. He gets into some epic situations which remind me that life is an adventure. Subscribe and catch up on all his previous adventures here. c/o ActionMovieDad – Daniel Hashimoto.”
Check out his videos below:
Check out the Action Movie Kid Youtube Channel here.
Many have grown up with Disney characters and movies, and there’s no doubt some of the more popular Disney characters are the princesses. Well, Filipina American photographer Kim Navoa and Donnie Chang have re-imagined some of those iconic princesses, including Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, in a way that would have made them way more relatable to us Asian Americans when we were growing up.
Despite how much we admired these princesses, it was difficult relating to them because they didn’t physically represent us. Take a look at any Disney princess product and you will see the preference towards the White princesses, white washing of princesses of color (skin color, facial features, etc.), and the shoving of these princesses to the side.
In the 76 years since Snow White was released, there have been 12 (soon to be 13) Disney princesses, only five of whom are women of color (Jasmine in 1992, Pocahontas in 1995, Mulan in 1998, Kida in 2001, and Tiana in 2009). It took 55 years to portray a woman of color as a princess, and these portrayals also came with problematic and inaccurate representations of their respective cultures & histories (not to mention Tiana was a frog more than half of the movie).
How are young APIA children supposed to believe in “happy endings” when we don’t see them happening to people who look like us?
Scroll down to see Navoa and Chang’s AA princesses.
Burka Avenger, Pakistan’s first animated female superhero, is on a mission for girls’ education. Donning a burka and using pencils and books as weapons, she fights villains intent on shutting down her school, including corrupt politicians and an evil magician. The show promotes the value of women’s education in a region where the Taliban continues to attack female students and schools in an attempt to suppress their education. Just earlier this month, Malala Yousafzai spoke before the UN, urging world leaders to fight for education.
The show’s creator, Pakistani pop star Haroon, funded the Urdu-language cartoon with the help of an anonymous donor. Orphaned children outside of Islamabad were shown a sneak peek of the show and responded positively to its mix of slapstick humor and resounding messages.
Responding to questions about the choice of burka as superhero costume, Haroon said, “It’s not a sign of oppression. She is using the burka to hide her identity like other superheroes. Since she is a woman, we could have dressed her up like Catwoman or Wonder Woman, but that probably wouldn’t have worked in Pakistan.”
Here’s the English-language trailer for “Burka Avenger.” The show airs in August on Geo TV.
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