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2012-11-23 07:03:33 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: Am I the only one who thought of Up?


Up is only depressing in the beginning. It lightens up. Grave is like a slow pain that becomes cancerous in your brain.
 
2012-11-23 07:10:43 PM  
That movie made me cry for 3 days after whenever I thought about it. And I can assure you I am not the crying type. It is the saddest damn movie ever made.
 
2012-11-23 07:12:26 PM  

JosephFinn: RoyFokker'sGhost: Okay, so I'll admit that I haven't seen Grave of the Fireflies yet, mostly because I know enough about it already to not want to watch it. But, I seem to remember there was another anime movie made around the same time (late 80's) that revolved around an elderly British couple living in the aftermath of a nuclear war in England. For the life of me, I can't remember the film's name. Any Anime Farkers able to help me out here?

That is "When the Wind Blows". I've never seen it myself though.


Thanks, that's the one.
 
2012-11-23 07:14:30 PM  
many years back, whilst on temdu deployment, attached to a patrol boat, we found the animated grave of the fireflies in the ship's tape library. i knew what it was, but everyone else was in the dark and in the mood for something light, so it went in.

i got to watch an entire team of navy SEALs turn into blubbery booger-crying wrecks by the end of that movie. some of the baddest, most hardcore mother-effers on the planet cried their eyes out after watching that film.


it's that gut-wrenching.
 
2012-11-23 07:14:36 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-23 07:15:41 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: *clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions


Yes, because Hollywoood never makes quiet, depressing movies. NEVER! (Well, only around Oscar time.)

/Sophie's Choice anyone?
//How about Schindler's List? No? Terms of Endearment?
///And then there's Old Yeller for the kids!
 
2012-11-23 07:16:03 PM  
Grave of the Fireflies?

*clicks lick*

Yep. fark that movie.
 
2012-11-23 07:18:02 PM  
link*
 
2012-11-23 07:28:17 PM  
Fritz the Cat?

*clicks link*

Whoa, I was waaay off.
 
2012-11-23 07:30:16 PM  

Jaws_Victim: And they used to show it back to back in Japan with "My Neighbor Totoro." One of the comments on it was, "People didn't want to stay for 'Grave of the Fireflies' after starting with 'My Neighbor Totoro.'"


They showed it in both orders, actually, but popularity differed depending on which was shown first.

Strange as it seems now, Miyazaki's pet project about a big fuzzy monster and a couple of kids seemed like a very risky venture at the time. So pairing Totoro with an "educational" film reduced the risk since there'd be a built-in audience from schools. But ultimately, neither film would have been made without the other.
 
2012-11-23 07:38:45 PM  

SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


DAMN YOU DAMN YOU TO HELL

/yeah, I know, spoilers, don;t care, christ, it still hurts
//
 
2012-11-23 07:40:36 PM  

Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.


Here's a mental hotfoot for you: at one point the BBC wanted to make Threads with the then current cast of Coronation Street. Imagine, if you will, the soul-bending nuclear nightmare fuel that is Threads happening outside the Rover's Return.

/has seen Threads
//Mighty Christ, bleak is far to small a word to describe it
 
2012-11-23 07:40:43 PM  

SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


That said they already made a live action of that, except it really happened.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-23 07:42:41 PM  
I look forward to laughing at this one too.
 
2012-11-23 07:47:03 PM  

504_King_streetcar: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

Here's a mental hotfoot for you: at one point the BBC wanted to make Threads with the then current cast of Coronation Street. Imagine, if you will, the soul-bending nuclear nightmare fuel that is Threads happening outside the Rover's Return.


Oh sweet jesus, that thought is a punch to the stomach.
 
2012-11-23 07:53:11 PM  
toxic-graveyard.com
 
2012-11-23 07:54:31 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.


Like "Jacob's Ladder" or "Dead Poets Society".
 
2012-11-23 07:55:49 PM  
I'd rather have a live action "My Neighbour Totoro". Well, I guess you'd need some CGI but the Catbus alone would be worth the price of admission.
 
2012-11-23 07:56:45 PM  

Jaws_Victim: Snarfangel: They already made a live-action version. The article even mentioned it with a photo. Not nearly as soul-destroying as the animated version, though.

/IMO

Interesting how Roger Ebert predicted that. His argument that watching a live action version you are watching children act like they are starving and dieing. But in the animated version, it is the IDEA of a child starving to death. He also feels that animated is more real than a live action movie, in that what is happening to the character on screen is really the character actually going through the story and not some actor pretending to be punched, for example.

Interesting stuff.


I think it's like Game of Thrones and Robin (Catelyn's Crazy Sister's kid aka Breastfeeding scene).

In the books he's described as an incredibly frail and sickly child and she continued to breastfeed him as a desperate act to make sure he lived. So the breastfeeding scene came off more as desperation then well creepy and weird.

The issue is you're not going to film a child who is actually deathly ill and everyone can tell it's fake.
 
2012-11-23 08:01:38 PM  
I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.

/bawled like a baby when Old Yeller died
 
2012-11-23 08:02:20 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: *clicks*

Good. It's being done in the UK. I shudder what an American studio would do to it.

/fast-moving zombies and supersized monsters with lots of explosions


I'd be more concerned with them whitewashing everything to make it happy for their brain-dead test audiences.
 
2012-11-23 08:10:31 PM  

504_King_streetcar: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

Here's a mental hotfoot for you: at one point the BBC wanted to make Threads with the then current cast of Coronation Street. Imagine, if you will, the soul-bending nuclear nightmare fuel that is Threads happening outside the Rover's Return.

/has seen Threads
//Mighty Christ, bleak is far to small a word to describe it


oh god oh god oh god
 
2012-11-23 08:11:40 PM  

WhippingBoy: I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.


That's okay. Many people without souls live happy, productive lives.

Then it's lights out.
 
2012-11-23 08:11:54 PM  
Watership Down?
 
2012-11-23 08:25:54 PM  
Ugh, fark that movie. Fark that movie to hell.
 
2012-11-23 08:30:09 PM  
Count me in as another that expected "Watership Down."
 
2012-11-23 08:33:26 PM  

FunkOut: I'd rather have a live action "My Neighbour Totoro". Well, I guess you'd need some CGI but the Catbus alone would be worth the price of admission.


I'd rather have a Totoro and Catbus done by Jim Henson's Creature Workshop. The puppets they did for Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal still hold up to this day. I would love to see what they could do with that movie.
 
2012-11-23 08:33:41 PM  
District 9 is plague dogs with shrimp.
 
2012-11-23 08:38:30 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: Ah, Grave of the Fireflies. A movie you watch once, love, but never want to watch again.


Done in one, really.
 
2012-11-23 08:57:50 PM  

delathi: It was originally a double bill with My Neighbor Totoro?
What the hell?
That's just evil.


I think it must had been quite the experience. First Totoro and then Grave of the Fireflies does indeed feels like a terrible thing to put anyone through, but the other way around would be such an uplifting, cathartic experience. Totoro alone makes you smile, imagine seeing it after being brought down by Grave of the Fireflies. If anything it actually helps Totoro as a movie. Not that it needs any help of course but wow, I cannot even imagine, I think from now on I will recommend the movies to be seen in that order, right after the other.
 
2012-11-23 09:00:00 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mangoose: There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. There's nothing but pain in fireflies. I don't even like thinking about the movie.

Pretty much all of this.

I don't watch anime (outside of any of the stuff that Miyazaki did), but I decided to give the film a go based on all the cautious recommendations of several TotalFarkers.

Yeah, it kicked my ass for about a week or so.


Yeah, I think I'll be avoiding this movie like the plague.
 
2012-11-23 09:01:52 PM  

504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.


I'll say that it would be a hell of a contest: Which is the more depressing move, "Grave of the Firefiles" or "Threads"?
 
2012-11-23 09:04:49 PM  

Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.


I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"
 
2012-11-23 09:07:39 PM  

SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!
 
2012-11-23 09:12:49 PM  

Rwa2play: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"


I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.
 
2012-11-23 09:14:46 PM  

mantidor: I think it must had been quite the experience. First Totoro and then Grave of the Fireflies does indeed feels like a terrible thing to put anyone through, but the other way around would be such an uplifting, cathartic experience


Perhaps. Though at a certain point in Totoro, the audience would be thinking, "Oh, christ, not again! What sort of sadist makes these movies?"
 
2012-11-23 09:15:16 PM  
I would've guessed "The Little Match Girl."
 
2012-11-23 09:15:29 PM  

Rwa2play: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"


It's just as well. I have seen the ending of Threads and it's exactly what you would expect. I have seen The Day After as well and it is VERY tame compared to Threads. Threads is so unrelentingly bleak and miserable that it makes anything seem light by comparison. It is an emotional black hole of a movie. On a related but tangential note, this reminds me of an incident from my childhood in the 1980s. I remember watching the credits for some Disney holiday show and hearing a voiceover announce that the next program will be about nuclear winter and how much that will suck. The VO made it clear that this was more or less guaranteed to happen very soon. For the first 10 years of my life there was a better than average chance of there being a nuclear war that would last about a day and that at the end of that day most of the world would be glowing rubble. And yet the main thing I remember about that 10 years was how awesome all the toys my parents got me were. All's well that ends well, I guess.
 
2012-11-23 09:16:59 PM  

Kittypie070: Rwa2play: Kittypie070: 504_King_streetcar: You know what we need? An anime version of Threads. Threads is a movie about nuclear war that makes Grave Of The Fireflies look like Sailor Moon.

JESUS CHRIST F**K NO


I have Threads. My Finns recommended it to me and gave me fair warning that it was gonna f*ck my mind.

I watched it exactly once.

I still have it.

I still have the burn marks in my memories.

I'll never watch it again.

It was that good and it was that bad.

I only watched "The Day After" once when I was about 12 and it was in my nightmares for about a month. When I heard that "Threads" makes "The Day After" sound like a walk in the park, I watched a couple of parts on YouTube.

Needless to say I've never watched the ending to "Threads"

I'm lucky to not be susceptible to video-caused nightmares. Dunno why.

If you ever manage to stomach watching the end of Threads you'll only need to see it once.

That I can abso-damn-lutely guarantee you.


Uh, no thanks. The visual effect of people being evaporated by the ground bursts in "The Day After" is enough.

Besides, I read the synopsis on Wikipedia and...didn't enjoy the visual.
 
2012-11-23 09:21:09 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Mangoose: There's more absurdity that can lead to humor in requiem for a dream. There's nothing but pain in fireflies. I don't even like thinking about the movie.

Pretty much all of this.

I don't watch anime (outside of any of the stuff that Miyazaki did), but I decided to give the film a go based on all the cautious recommendations of several TotalFarkers.

Yeah, it kicked my ass for about a week or so.


It seems a strange movie to remake. The portion of the audience that would normally be seeing the movie automatically will probably avoid it like a plague.
 
2012-11-23 09:26:35 PM  

Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!


My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."
 
2012-11-23 09:28:58 PM  

CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."


Might wanna have a box or two of Kleenex or Puffs close by.
 
2012-11-23 09:33:23 PM  

wippit: Still waiting for a Last Unicorn remake.


Christopher Lee was supposed to be attached to one.

Molly: No, it can't be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?
Schmendrick: Don't you talk to her that way!
Unicorn: I'm here now.
Molly: And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!
[Weeps]

Grandly poignant moment for us older folks
 
2012-11-23 09:34:27 PM  

CptnSpldng: Rwa2play: SuburbanSound: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]

Damn you. Damn you and you can go to hell for that~!

My wife and I were discussing this thread as I scrolled down to this post and I commented on this.

"What?" she asked.

"This," I said. "Check the screen. It's not as gut wrenching as 'Grave' but it's an iconic piece of animated hurt. It's almost as bad as seeing a 'Fullmetal Alchemist' featuring Shou Tucker."

"I dont know this one," she said.

" 'Jurassic Bark,' " I said."Next time you or I see that it's on; you're watching it. These things must be shared."


"Suuuuupermannnnnnnn"
 
2012-11-23 09:35:03 PM  

WhippingBoy: I watched Grave of the Fireflies after hearing a lot about it.
While it was sad, it was by no means as bad as people made it out to be.
I guess I have no soul.

/bawled like a baby when Old Yeller died


May depend on when some people saw it also. It came out in 94/95, but not a lot of stores really had a place to put it back then. It was a cartoon and cartoons were for kids. I know when I picked it up (Suncoast I think) it was mixed in with along Disney movies and such in the children's section. I thought it was gonna be an action war story (like G.I. Joe or something). Boy, was I wrong. I was (I think) thirteen the first time I saw it.
 
2012-11-23 09:35:04 PM  
Just to screw with the rest of you...
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-11-23 09:43:58 PM  
dafuq?
 
2012-11-23 09:47:38 PM  
I mean.. japanese anime has an entire genre for depressing shows with horrific endings..

My Girlfriend the Ultimate Weapon, Elfen Lied, Naruto Filler... I mean...I'd hate to see any of those made into live action movies.
 
2012-11-23 09:48:18 PM  
They should make an animated film of "Pride of Baghdad". That'd be fun.
 
2012-11-23 09:51:46 PM  

CptnSpldng: Just to screw with the rest of you...
[24.media.tumblr.com image 500x375]


*spoiler alert*

As heartwrenching as Nina dying was.. I was much more sad when Maes Hughes died... I had much more invested in him as a character.
 
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