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Tell me these movies are just dumb comedies.  Tell me Po is just a stupid Panda.  Tell me.  I will fight you.

Kung Fu Panda is about a character with legitimate low self esteem issues who is mocked and ridiculed by the people he looks up to.  No matter how hard he trains, he doesn’t believe in himself until he discoverers that there is no “secret ingredient” that will make him great, because HE is what makes himself great. 

Po: There is no secret ingredient. It’s just you.

Oh my everlasting Primus, THIS.

This scene right here hit me like a punch to the gut. I thought I was gonna start crying in the theater, because that was ME up there. Someone, whoever wrote those lines, understood what it felt like. To go through life fat and clumsy, a walking punchline. To not know what pretty or strong or popular or good at something even feels like, and what other conclusion can you come to but that you are worthless?

Until… Shifu gets his head out of his ass, turns his thinking around, and starts training Po in ways that are useful to Po. Until Po finally gets the chance to apply the passion he’s always had and the kung-fu-nerdery he’s been amassing since he was little. Until Po becomes a master in his own time, in his own way, and saves the world without having to lose a single ounce to do it.

That was the second punch to the gut for me. Po doesn’t slim down and become buff. He still gets out of breath climbing stairs. He’s a giant awkward nerdapalooza and he’s pretty much always hungry. He’s still the same fat kid he always was, and the change, the miracle, is that that’s okay. He doesn’t have to not be a fat kid in order to be worthy.

I don’t know why Kung Fu Panda doesn’t get more love than it does. It should be our banner, y’all.

Kung Fu Panda was one of the first movies I EVER saw where the main character was fat and clumsy and awkward, basically a giant dork, but those things weren’t changed or gotten rid of during his hero quest. No one took him seriously because of them—not even himself—but it turns out that all the things about himself he was always embarrassed about did more to make him a hero and an essentially good person than training with the most skilled practitioners of martial arts in the country ever did. Normally, the fat or awkward or dorky protagonists turn out completely different by the end, at least in appearances if not personality.

When KFP came out I was still very insecure about my weight and my personality. I’ve been chubby, awkward and nerdy since my childhood, and I’d tried everything to fit in with other people—from karate classes and straightening my hair to desperately vying for popularity. But from the start of this movie, I LOVED Po, and I identified more with him than I have with any other character. And watching this scene, and all the other scenes afterwards, watching Po and everyone around him realize that he was strong and brave and good exactly the way he was, I realized the same about myself. That’s an important lesson for EVERYONE, regardless of age.

This. Just all of this. 

There is no secret ingredient.

This really was a fantastic movie and the messages in it were excellent.



Read from right to left :)

This is a little manga I wrote to show how a girl’s efforts to make someone hurting smile ends up revealing a similar compassion from the very boy she was trying to comfort. It shows how a little kindness can sometimes seem pointless but it can be contagious and turn around to help the person giving it more than the one receiving it. 

SDOHUFodshuf omg this is so so so so so cute I love iiiit ahhh


This was one of the most impactful moment of this movie, at least for me, because it showed that Guy didn’t actually know any more than the others about science, nature, and all that. He was just like them - acting off what he knew and thought to be true. He literally thought TOMORROW WAS A PLACE. He wasn’t being poetic when he said “ride the sun to tomorrow;” he was being literal. And that was when I realized the true message of the movie. It wasn’t that you need to get with the times and that young people have it all together. It wasn’t that at all. The message was this:

To not be afraid of the dark and to follow the light because there is ALWAYS hope. Even when the world seems to be ending, there is still hope because beyond the dust and smoke and clouds that obstruct it, the light is still shining.

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Everyone else is like, “Sanic was in Steven Universe!” Yeah, that’s cool, but honestly…


Steven Universe and Utena? Two of my favorite things, right there, folks.

(Oh hey, first time making gifs.)

yesss it’s good to see the side-by-side b/c I was freaking out during the episode

(but also afraid that I was Too Utena To Live and just seeing what I wanted to see)

im literally gonna die like. this is the most incredible thing ever



In 2014, 3D animation introduced a new feature that I think is an underappreciated evolution in animated movie making.


I am serious. Rapunzel from Tangled (2011) and Merida from Brave (2012) have very even skin tones and just a couple of freckles. Anna and Elsa from Frozen (2013) have the little reddish, uneven marks that people actually have. It’s subtle (I did a lot of photoshopping to bring it out), but it makes such a difference! That, and the more natural way of producing freckles makes all these HD closeups so very special!

These are unedited (all I did was crop and resize to tumblr post size) caps from Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians (2012) and How to Train Your Dragon (2010):




Heartbreaking Simpsons Moments 1/∞: Bart Gets an F

This scene was so real to me as a kid because I was struggling with school at the time, too. I think pretty much every kid I knew who saw this episode talked about it at school as being one of the most realistic things they’d seen on tv in a long time. Bart’s always portrayed as a screw up but when he honestly tries his best and can’t succeed it’s just so honestly painful.

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