Sunday, February 14, 2010

Milky Way and The Galaxy Girls FAO Schwarz Debut

Tween property ‘Milky Way & The Galaxy Girls’ debuts at FAO Schwarz

Soft dolls celebrate girls as multi-faceted individuals

-- Kids Today, 2/10/2010 9:27:00 AM

CALABASAS, Calif. – Art Impressions has launched a line of soft dolls based on Milky Way & the Galaxy Girls. This tween-targeted property from Lauren Faust is now available exclusively at the legendary toy retailer FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue and online at 

Faust, a 12-year veteran of the animation industry, is an Emmy winner with five nominations to her credit for her
Lauren Faust shows off her Galxy Girls, debuting at FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue.
Lauren Faust shows off her Galxy Girls, debuting at FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue.
work on popular series such as Powerpuff Girls and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. After spearheading the creative effort to re-envision Hasbro’s venerable My Little Pony franchise, she is now acting as executive producer of the new animated series.

The Galaxy Girls are a group of intergalactic teens named for heavenly bodies in our solar system. This celestial sorority is as unique as the planets themselves—each character a shining example of her starry home, whether a sizzling personality like the Sun, a disciplined competitor like Mercury, or that orbital oddball, Mars. Galaxy Girls celebrates girls as multi-faceted individuals with characters that model self-affirming behaviors… most of the time. After all, Moon Girl can sure get moody sometimes… and you don’t want to make cosmic rocker Pluto mad by calling her a “dwarf planet.” The girls’ features and personalities mirror an astronomical, mythological or astrological aspect of her respective planet. 

Based on each of the Galaxy Girls’ personalities, the five dolls in this new line feature symbols on their outfits to showcase their personalities (e.g., a heart for Venus). Their outfits to be mixed and matched.  Also available in FAO Schwarz Fifth Avenue and online at is the hardcover book, “Milky Way & the Galaxy Girls: What Planet Are You From?”, which explores the personalities and interests of each of the Milky Way characters.

Faust’s vision for Milky Way & the Galaxy Girls reflects her desire to create an empowering, unique alternative to traditional girls’ brands with a property that encourages creative play and individuality, de-emphasizes physical conformity, and yet still retains the popular features and play patterns of fashion dolls. Her complex characters are true-to-life, reflecting a range of interests that goes beyond the usual trifecta of fashion, boys and music.

Valentine's Day in the real world.

  Have you ever felt like one of those guys in an action adventure movie who jumps across a giant chasm only to grab the other side by a fingertip? And as the worn out strong man slowly pulls himself up the sheer cliff the bad guy jumps across only to grab the good guy's leg, pulling him off the cliff again. The good guy hanging onto the cliff trying to shake off the bad guy, who has an iron grip on his foot, pulling him down.
  In the movie the good guy always either
A. gets pulled up by a helping hand, or
B. finds a way to shake the bad guy off. The good guy always wins.

  What happens in real life?
  According to family law, children have very few rights.
  They are divided like property. Even when they are sick they are deprived of seeing their Mother. It doesn't matter...To the courts, the judges, or the ex. The kids are at the mercy of an imposed order by an impartial judge. The ex can dangle the children like carrots to a hungry horse.
  Their educational and emotional needs are not considered.

  The law protects the scam artists and the devious-minded. They know how to use the laws to their favor. They always win because the non-devious minds don't adequately protect themselves. They innocently believe, and have faith, that the law will protect them.
  It does not matter if you live in a 3 million dollar mansion.... If you are not earning income, you are not required to pay child support.
  The family has, unfortunately, depended on this child support for years and assumes it will be there until the children are 18.
  Just as swiftly as the ex left the family, he also gives a two week "heads up" that there will be no more child support.

  I hear these stories all the time..... The man has emptied the bank accounts and moved to a secret location before alerting the unknowing wife and children of his intention to file for divorce. Some have other families they already started and put the money into their girlfriend's account.

  After a few years you learn and regain your self respect. You become strong and weary of the constant badgering, text messages, and abusive emails. You put more space between you and the ex. You do everything you can to have as little contact with him as possible. Stay away at all costs.

  Then "WHAM!" Another blow...
  If there are no bruises or physical abuse, then there is no problem according to the court.
  You are told, "You can't take an ex to court for being an asshole."
  You have been warned by numerous individuals in various professions that he will get worse and do more as the years progress.

  The further away the ex wife gets, the more determined he is to get her attention. "Look at me".... "I'm important!"
  Turn the other cheek, ignore him, don't read the emails, don't have contact at all.
  That helps for a few minutes, sometimes even a day.

  But Wham! More blows....

  You see the damage to the children, and there is nothing you can do about it. According to the courts and the law, there is no problem. The numbers are all that matters. Percentages of time, earnings, etc.... Not the lives of small people.
  The children will need therapy for the rest of their lives. More damage will occur. You know this and cannot stop it from happening.
  Denial is a blessed attribute! The ex wives do not live in denial any longer. They KNOW what will happen. And the law does not protect the children or the ex wives. They hold tight and brace themselves for the next blow.
It always comes.....


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Carol goes to the Annie's

My first time at the Annie's!

Thanks to a good friend I was able to sit in the very front row on the left.... You couldn't get any closer to the stage!

I have been to Royce Hall at UCLA many times for various performances (Moby Dick by Laurie Anderson was by far one of my favorites). This was the first time I had to climb the 3 tier staircase in heels. Why is the parking lot so far away? We're not college students anymore.

Enough whining.... It was a beautiful evening and fun to see animators dressed up for a change. I was happy to run into two friends as soon as I came near the red carpet. The rest of the evening was all about catching up with friends and eating yummy brownies.

Thanks to animators posting all of the names on my photos, I have most of them here.....
                                            See if you can guess who they all are.... Here are the photos and the names, In no particular order:     
Tim Burton : Winsor McCay Award 
Tom Sito : June Foray Award
Jeffrey Katzenberg : Winsor McCay Award
Tom Owens : Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Bruno Coulais : Music in an Animated Feature Production
Michael Giacchino : Music in an Animated Television Production
Bruce Timm : Winsor McCay Award
Jen Cody : Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
John Leguizamo : Presenter & Nominee for Voice Over
Bret Haaland : Directing in an Animated Television Production

 Shane Prigmore : Character Design in an Animated Feature Production 

Eric Goldberg : Character Animation in an Animated Feature

Philip To : Character Animation in an Animated Television Production

 Tom Kenny : Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production

 Seth Green : Presenter & Winner for Best Animated Short Subject, ShadowMachine

Tadahiro Uesugi : Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Gwynn Adik : Best Animated Television Commercial

Bob Peterson : Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Don Hahn : Roy Disney Tribute

Pete Docter : Writing in an Animated Feature Production, Directing an Animated Feature Production, Best Animated Feature

Tom McCarthy : Writing in an Animated Feature Production


William T. Reeves : Ub Iwerks Award

Mike Henry : Presenter

Lacy Chabert : Presenter

Nicky Jones : Presenter

Danny Jacobs : Presenter

Jordan Nagai : Presenter

Martin Meunier : Special Achievement Annie

Deep Roy : Presenter

Tony Anselmo : Presenter (Donald Duck)

Russi Taylor : Presenter (Minnie Mouse)

Bill Farmer : Presenter (Goofy)

Sean Aston : Presenter

Yuval Nathan : Best Animated Television Commercial

William Shattner : Host

David X. Cohen : Futurama

Ron Diamond : Best Animated Television Commercial

James Manfield : Animated Effects

Tom McGrath : Presenter

Congrats Tom!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

DAN KRALL on Breastfeeding

Dan Krall's take on breastfeeding

by Dan Krall
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