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RedPiggy's Realizations

Discussion in 'On the Web' started by RedPiggy, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Up is the first episode of my series, RedPiggy's Realizations.

    You can find it here.

    Oh, and Ed ... while I have pics of some of the characters, it's basically just me ranting.

    The intro consists of a dark background of the Skeksis castle in the distance on a dark stormy night. Ballroom Sarah and Jareth appear on screen right, facing to the left. Mokey is just left of Sarah, facing left, Robbie then appears behind Mokey and feeds Baby to his left from a glass jar. After that, Chamberlain-in-rags appears in the far left of the screen facing right. Finally, Kermit in a tuxedo appears in between Sarah and Jareth and the red-golden title "Redpiggy's Realizations" appear.

    The end credits just has more pics from RTL and the movie Labyrinth (during the As the World Falls Down snippet).
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks, I enjoyed that. Of course, I did read your shpiel about this when you posted it on FB as well. I rather like the little character conglomoration you described.
    BTW: A couple of things I never mentioned after getting RTL Volume 3 from you... What was the name of Spittledrum's tarot card panel? And I know this because of the shots Disney used to insert into their movies that only people truly looking at it would find the hidden "adult-toned" images and because I had a high school classmate who was equally artistically talented. (Trust me, my own drawings were more of a cartoon style when compared to his, though mine were done well at times.) Anyway... The panel with Mezumi latching her cloudwater chain onto Toby, making him buckle downwards... Didn't that look like she adopted the classic dominatrix appearance? Meh, whatevs I guess. Looking forward to RTL 4 and your next vlog entry.
  3. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Technically, it's not the same because the one on Facebook was about destiny, not love.

    I don't have it in front of me right now, but I think it is "THE FOOL."

    Wow, thanks for that image. I don't usually think of that sort of thing until some male brings it up, LOL.
  4. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    The second video is up.
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Would like it better if it streamed continuously from start to end instead of hiccupping every 3 seconds. It only went continuedly from the bit about the Yellow Brick Road onwards.
    *Laughing at attempts to get Sara away from the power cord, only because one of my family's two remaining dogs tried biting a power cable once too. Remind me to tell you her name and the horror show incident, if you're brave enough for it.
    I'm with you on developing the RTL volumes further... That's why I think/hope JHC is waiting for Volume 4 just like you an me. The way I see it, put all the issues together, and you have the perfect script for Labyrinth 2 right there in your laps.
    It's also why although I've seen and liked most of the Harry Potter movies, I think it's being done an injustice in its cinematic presentation. Warner Brothers owns Potter... Why not turn it into a one-hour weekly TV series for their CW network? It would be much more fuller than the movies, characters and events and subplots that were gutted can be added back in, and you build upon the richness of the world already glimpsed in the books and movies.

    Looking forward to your next installment. Thanks as always.
  6. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    It quote-unquote hiccups because I lose my train of thought and I have more dead space than is really necessary. You're hearing the edits. I wish I could sustain a speech for 10 minutes ... but that's not really my strong point.

    edit: oh, the streaming thing ... I can't help that ... it's been doing that to me on nearly every video ... the site itself must be all wonky...
  7. WhiteRabbit

    WhiteRabbit Well-Known Member

    I likeses the vids, Kel! I've only read the first Return to Labyrinth-ish but I can totally understand the theories. Would like to see mo in the future. :3
  8. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Since my Pokemon and Transformer fics are wallowing in writer's block limbo, I guess I'll do a couple of FR ones tomorrow.
  9. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    My first FR topic is up.
  10. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Kelly... Where did you learn a funeral dirge like that? Oh yeah, it was composed by the singer in honor of their own departure. It should be somber, dignified, it even lost its sad maudling quality. But you've got to admit it's a funeral dirge you can dance to once they picked up the tempo.
    :smirk: :crazy: :excited:
  11. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    That kind of thing really amazed me about Fraggle Rock: yes, there's death, but there's always hope in some form or another, whether you end up not dying to begin with, you die but are reborn, etc.
  12. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Yep, puts into perspective Wembley's reply to that other forum member that one time.
  13. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

  14. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Comeback, ACT 1, where Wembley gains an appreciation for Storyteller's job.
  15. WhiteRabbit

    WhiteRabbit Well-Known Member

    I likes these vids a lot, Kel and nu, you are not a bad singer. You're awesomeness. :3

    I sound like a chipmunk. :halo:

    You should do one about Lips/Zoot or Bunsen/Beaker. XPPP *jk...kinda*
  16. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    Ah, riiiiiiiiiiight. I forgot. :D

    @ Ailie: I'll keep it in mind when I get to the Muppets subjects. You'll need to get in line ... Cait had JHH topics she wanted. :p
  17. Kiki

    Kiki Active Member

    Why didn't I come across this thread EARLIER? ;_;

    I love it, Kelly. Very entertaining. :) I love your style. :cool: And your accent! xD <333
  18. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    *blushes* Thanks!
  19. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    NOTE: I've decided against making any more videos for this series. However, this thread will continue, just in article form. So, no more singing, LOL. I'll begin by posting articles I've already posted ... somewhere, like Facebook.

    Jareth versus Mizumi: You Cannot Stay the Hand of Destiny
    By Kelly Masters (RedPiggy)

    Warning: Spoiler Alert

    In 1986 comes a fantasy movie of a spoiled teenage girl and her quest for maturity.

    That’s how it starts.

    In 2006, Jake T. Forbes starts the official sequel in manga-like comic book form, Return to the Labyrinth. This story chronicles Jareth’s problems with his past and Toby’s adolescent quest for maturity. As of this article, we are only up to three out of four volumes, but the story gets more fascinating with each new addition.

    So, fascinating, in fact, and I am baldly going to plug myself here, that I wrote The Comeback King Saga (http://forum.muppetcentral.com/showthread.php?t=39236) in August of 2008. It was originally just one story, but it evolved into four separate stories that were later recompiled into one gigantic saga.

    Don’t worry; I’m not going to review my own fanfic here. Rather, I bring it up because I’d like to discuss “destiny”, the fact of life that has kept philosophers and theologians paid for millennia.

    The movie Labyrinth, with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, is a coming of age tale. However, the movie doesn’t really delve too deeply into the characters residing in the Goblin King’s kingdom. We get far more characterization in the comic book sequel and, in my opinion, my fanfic. The comic book adds elements that really serve the original story well, adding on meanings. For instance, Jareth, the Goblin King, kidnaps baby Toby Williams after the infant’s half-sister Sarah Williams wishes him away in a fit of adolescent over-reaction. The point of the movie is that Sarah must learn to value her family and her responsibility and become a mature woman.

    Since that barely happens, I’d like to take Jareth out of the film and into a greater three-dimensional life because I feel the movie experienced a paradigm shift with the sequel.

    In the comic book sequel, Jareth apparently had an ex-girlfriend, one he felt so frustrated about that he created the Labyrinth to keep her (and possibly all other love interests) out of his heart. That ex is Mizumi, Queen of the kingdom of Moraine. Her story is remarkably similar to the Greek classic Medea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medea). She is a woman scorned and has chosen to strive for nothing less than the abject humiliation and defeat of Jareth.

    Jareth’s attempts to deal with the furious Mizumi bring the movie into more interesting areas. I don’t doubt that Jareth eventually fell in love with Sarah and formed an attachment to Toby while the latter was in his care. However, how much of trying to woo Sarah was an attempt to find someone to back him up when the time to face Mizumi came? At the end of the movie, Jareth, as a barn owl, watches over the girl who defeated him and then flies off into the moonlight, repeating the first few lines of the song “Magic Dance”, which was a song that he sang to young Toby to calm him. If Jareth was merely in love with Sarah and enticed her to the Labyrinth in order to find a worthy queen, then why the implied sequel-ready change of focus to Toby? The sequel leaves me with the impression that Jareth knew full well of Mizumi’s machinations and wanted to set up fallback plans. He openly mocked Sarah at the beginning, but eventually became intrigued by her willpower. Only a powerful will can stand up to Mizumi, who is presented as Jareth’s equal in power. In the sequel Jareth comes after an adolescent Toby, who is just as obstinate as his half-sister, though he does have more compassion than Sarah did.

    This leads me to the point of this article (yes, there was going to be one eventually). I believe Jareth represents Destiny and Mizumi represents the (futile?) challenge of it.

    Jareth’s level of manipulation grows by leaps and bounds in Return to Labyrinth (RTL) and grows even more in The Comeback King Saga. He was just toying with Sarah in the movie. Now, he has planned several hundred steps beyond Mizumi’s own machinations. He knows her so well that he plans for the results of her ploys before she even gets a chance to think of them. Distraught by Sarah’s defeat right after the movie, he turns to his ex-girlfriend Mizumi for a second chance at Sarah. However, he bets her that if he fails, she can have the Goblin Kingdom and its king. Mizumi, desperately amused at the idea of finally having her ex humiliated in her icy/watery kingdom, agrees … only to discover that Jareth had made Toby heir to the throne, leaving her with a worthless kingdom (to her) and some teenage human boy. In my fanfic, Jareth is in fact the former King of the Universe, mentioned by the Gorgs in the show Fraggle Rock, under the name of Sir Hubris. Just as the movie makes Jareth rather arrogant, Sir Hubris (as the name implies) is considered one of the most selfish and arrogant jerks in the universe. However, one of the themes of the movie was that nothing was what it seemed. Thus, in both Forbes’ and my work, Jareth is labeled a conceited jerk and a coward, but he is actually very compassionate and generous. His drive to ensure things go the “right” way makes him seem egotistical, when he is just trying to keep the universe (or later, his Goblin Kingdom) running smoothly. In my fanfic, based on the tale of Sir Hubris as told by Ma Gorg, Jareth gives his crown finally to Gorgus, making him the first Gorg King of the Universe. While it makes Jareth look as though he is giving up his destiny, the fact that Gorgus’ descendant Junior threw away his crown toward the end of the series actually serves his purposes later. After all, once Sir Hubris returned to the Gorg Kingdom, the King would have to return the crown. Since Junior threw it away, the spell/prophecy was broken and Jareth could bring Junior to the lad’s destiny personally. This is important because Mizumi discovered that the land of Fraggle Rock was integral for Jareth, allowing Sarah to receive messages without having such communications traced back to him. In the second volume of RTL, Mizumi noted that a land cannot change hands unless in trade or war. Thus, since Mizumi knew there was no longer a Gorg King, she could invade their territory more easily without breaking the rules. Restoring Junior’s crown is a major plot of Act One of my story because the return of the monarchy means Mizumi can’t legally invade the entrance to Fraggle Rock through that land.

    This is not to say that Jareth is omniscient. He is just a master planner. He plans for nearly every contingency. He can be surprised initially but has usually left himself some wiggle room for just such occasions.

    Mizumi, on the other hand, lives only to destroy Jareth. She claims he broke her heart (and in volume three you’ll see she kind of means it literally) and now she wants to break him. This article is being written before the release of the final volume of RTL, so I don’t know how Jake Forbes intends to end it. However, my fanfic is a sequel to his story (sadly, I wrote it before volume three came out and now I’ll have some hoops to jump in order to explain certain inconsistencies), so I’ll probably have more to say about how I portray her. So far, she is merely the spurned ex-girlfriend who wants to ruin her more awesome ex-boyfriend. I tend to portray her similarly (in part because I don’t know how Forbes will end his tale), but I go deeper with the thought that she really just wanted Jareth for his power. I portray Jareth as on the lookout for a woman who can love him for himself and care about him instead of him always doing the heavy lifting in the relationship. He thought he found it in Mizumi, but realized that she is just power-hungry. He turned to Sarah, but she was too immature at the time to appreciate him. In fact, she doesn’t really start trying to think of others first until I have her have a heart-to-heart with Boober Fraggle one lonely night.

    Mizumi’s daughter Moulin repeats the theme of RTL, which is that “one cannot stay the hand of destiny”. Mizumi cracks a smile and concedes this fact, but she desires to outsmart it. Since her will is equal to Jareth’s, she banks on the idea that she is more creative. Mizumi feels that by thinking outside the box, she can defeat Jareth. After all, when Sarah searched for Toby in the Escher room, she gets to him by jumping off a platform, destroying the paradoxical illusion that kept him from her. I also continue the idea that creativity is the best counter to Jareth’s magic. His puzzles assume you will think in simplistic terms. Mizumi uses a Trojan Horse strategy and a creative method of invasion in RTL. In my fic she decides that by destroying Fraggle Rock, she can destroy Jareth because the magical tunnels can connect worlds and people. Without the “Underground”, he cannot extend his power beyond his kingdom.

    The Comeback King Saga always has this dichotomy playing in the background, even when the focus is taken off these two characters. When Jareth isn’t trying to manipulate others, Mizumi is. Even when she is temporarily defeated and sent back in time to Pangaea after it was condemned to nuclear winter thanks to corporate greed and apathy, she starts scheming with those available to her. She will stop at nothing to destroy Jareth, even if it takes forever.

    So, does free will exist? Is there such a thing as destiny and can you change it? Personally, I don’t believe in free will as anything other than a subjective feel-good concept that enables humanity to get through bad times and good times. I believe one might be able to change the timing, but what happens will happen. Thus, Mizumi’s attempts to cheat destiny will ultimately fail. No matter how hard she tries and what she comes up with, she cannot best someone who is always several hundred steps ahead of her. By Act Four of my story, she has enchanted a horde of dinosaur survivors to attack Jareth. He, of course, has countered it already by summoning a special council consisting of every Hensonian royalty/authority figure I could think of. He lies to them, telling them that he is afraid humans are going to destroy their dimension (I admit I had been watching “Imaginationland” from South Park). However, it becomes apparent that they all are to be pawns to wear Mizumi down.

    That, as you might imagine, doesn’t win over very many hearts.

    People don’t like hearing that they’ve been suckered into a force much bigger than them. Humans learned to rebel against Destiny, imagining themselves with free will. They sometimes act as though a hopeful wish can make them fly or live forever. In the United States especially, people are taught to believe that we are in charge of our own destiny. Toby, when he is being considered for the role of Goblin King, learns that the Pathmaker (the entity that actually creates the contorted paths of the Labyrinth) is himself. In other words, he learns that he is his own destiny. In the words of Kermit the Frog, “Life’s like a movie. Write your own ending.” However, at the end of the day, Toby’s position was determined from the beginning by someone else. His fate is recorded in the Hall of Prophecies deep within Goblin City, written long before the infant became a teenager, even before the infant was born at all.

    The world of the Labyrinth is so much more than just a coming-of-age tale. It is a tale of destiny, and even you cannot stay its hand for long.
  20. RedPiggy

    RedPiggy Well-Known Member

    I Can Show You Your Dreams …
    By Kelly Masters (RedPiggy)

    If you like Looney Tunes or DC Comic book characters, you head over to Six Flags. If you like Disney … well, there’s Disney parks. Marvel is over at Universal. Sesame Street has its own place and cameos in Sea World for some strange reason.

    There is a terrible, nay, nearly unforgivable lack of theme park ideas. Let me suggest one….

    I would like a Hensonian park.

    I realize this small company (which should not be small, considering the wonderful stuff that has come out of it) will never (or at least, most likely will never) have enough money and backing to pull this off.

    That’s evidence they haven’t talked to me. I had already managed to talk about this in the forums of Muppet Central, but this, in my lowly humble opinion as a fan, deserves another mention.

    Universal has its Islands of Adventure. Can you imagine something similar for all things Henson? True, you won’t get the Muppets or Sesame Street, but there are a lot more franchises to play with than just those struggling characters.

    Just imagine four theme parks centering around a fifth, each connecting in some form to another and the center.

    Dark Crystal
    This would be geared more for the family demographic as opposed to strictly kid or adult fare. Anyway, there would be an area for the village of the Mystics, a brief walkthrough of different biomes, Aughra’s observatory (which would house an IMAX theater, naturally, where one could watch Hensonian films), Gelfling ruins, and the Skeksis castle. Souvenir and refreshment stands would be found in the Mystic village. Also, one could try their hand at sand painting and Mystic language deciphering and Mystic music making. The different biomes would include mock-ups of a desert canyon leading to Aughra’s observatory and a swamp/forest that leads both to a small reference to podlings having fun and the Gelfling ruins. The Skesis castle would provide animatronic scenes and a show similar in concept to Terminator 4-D at Universal (a blend of live-action and animatronics and movies). A couple of landstriders face off against the garthim as you enter the front gate of the castle. They could be animatronic or statues. Once inside, you would have the “dark” side of the castle: decayed and filthy surroundings, strange creepy sounds, animatronic Skekses arguing or driving podling slaves, and the room that houses the Dark Crystal, with Skekses statues dutifully soaking up the light from the triple suns shining from the ceiling. This room would provide entrance to the show, where Jen and Kira must free the podlings and deliver the crystal shard to the Dark Crystal, making it the Pure Crystal, and watching as the Mystics and Skekses merge back into UrSkeks and the castle lightens up. The exit to the show would lead to a much brighter short passage through the castle as it would look like purified, with hopeful murals of happy gelflings and podlings and what-have-you.

    This would be the most “sci-fi” of all the parks. It would also be geared for family fare, though there would be adult-friendly night life. There would be restaurants/night clubs, souvenir shops, and such, but the primary centerpiece would be a large Moya, inside of which would be a rocking space battle simulation ride. The Peacekeepers would be a main threat, but other various aliens from throughout the series would also stake a claim on Moya’s precious hull. The ride would not take place in Moya, but on Talyn, her weapons-bearing son. The climax would be a distress call from Moya and the crew, forcing a climactic battle to save her as enemies are trying to pull her into an unstable wormhole which would most assuredly destroy her and everyone on board. Meanwhile, outside, each restaurant/nightclub would honor certain planets from Farscape lore. A “wormhole” gate would connect this area to the Pure Crystal castle in the Dark Crystal world.

    Fraggle Rock
    Certainly the kid-friendliest of all the parks, Fraggle Rock would border the Farscape area with a huge walk-through gate patterned after Doc’s workshop, the tunnel leading, naturally, to Fraggle Rock itself. A great deal of it would be “underground”, with animatronic Fraggles in their rooms just off the main winding pathway that leads to the Great Hall. The Great Hall would consist of a pool, various Fragglish sports areas, a child-friendly restaurant and first aid center (both to treat real injuries and to learn “Fraggle first aid”), and a photo/painting area (which would include 1-hr photo development … why wait ‘til you get home?). There would be a child-friendly rollercoaster with cars shaped like beanbarrows. There would also be, down one small tunnel, a simulation ride, where you travel to the Gorg’s garden to search for vegetables and missing Fraggles and even seek help from the Trash Heap and avoid getting stepped on in the Gorg’s castle before returning to Fraggle Rock.

    Creative Wonder
    This is more of an amalgam of different properties all lumped into one area. There would be a carnival tent from Mirrormask, a fairy tale area with monsters and characters from The Storyteller including that big mechanical dragon given life by some daydreaming kid who loves movie creatures, a stage show of The Cube and Sid the Science Kid, and references to any other random project of the Hensons (even, possibly, Tinseltown, though I doubt it’d ever see the light of day again). This would be mostly an adult to family-friendly park, geared more toward the geek than any other area. There would even be places to create your own material, be it creatures, puppets, or videos. You keep what you make. A tunnel from a version of the Travelling Matthew Fraggle room would lead to this area.

    In my humble opinion, this one deserves the centerpiece title. Shortened versions of the brick/stone maze, the hedge maze, the Forbidden Forest, the Bog of Eternal Stench, and the Junkyard would lead to the largest building in the entire park: Jareth’s castle. Various puzzles and riddles will be referenced, either through door choices (though, naturally, none will lead to certain death, just other places within the Labyrinth) or signs or such. In the Forbidden Forest, one would find a pyrotechnic show from the fieries. Animatronic Hoggle and Sir Didymus would argue over how to deodorize the Bog of Eternal Stench. Junkyard goblins would be seen picking at various pieces of replicas of memorabilia. There would even be a small store where such goblins would offer rotating stock of strange and unusual pieces for sale. Goblin City, naturally, would be the restaurant and souvenir and entertainment area. Goblins from the movie, manga, and other properties would be visible as walk-arounds. Small animatronic fairies would be seen in various areas, even congregating around street lights. Many humorous and pun-filled signs would abound. The castle would be for dances, conventions, and such. Rooms such as the throne room, the Escher room, the kitchen (as seen in the manga), and Jareth’s bedroom (as seen in the manga) would be visible though they would have limited accessibility. Upscale dining would be towards the top of the castle to provide a breath-taking view of the entire park. A ski-lift-like ride, with cars shaped like bubbles, would take guests from the top of the castle to the beginning of the labyrinth.

    The Labyrinth would connect to each world. For the sake of ease of travel, signs would be posted leading guests to the other areas.

    I feel this would make for an amazing, if you’ll excuse the pun, theme park. Admittedly, it relies more on characters and setting than it does rides, but not everyone can enjoy thrill rides. The best thing about Henson was his imagination and his technical skill. This should be honored in a place that could give more publicity to properties both cult-like and completely obscure.

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