I don’t know about you, but I have definitely wondered how exactly the cars in Cars were supposed to be alive, at least, in the weird half real, half not real world that is Cars. These rad rendering were done by illustrator Jake Parker and he does a much better job of articulating this bizarre thought:
I grew up in AZ and am very familiar with small towns strung along old highways. It struck a chord with me, and left a good message: Slow down, look around, and enjoy life for a moment. However, every other Pixar movie took either a living creature and anthropomorphized it (bugs, fish, monsters, rats) or in the case of Toy Story took inanimate objects and bought them to life, but did so with in the realm of our world. Cars is the only movie they’ve done where they’ve extricated the experience from our world and put it somewhere else completely. And that leads me to the one thing that didn’t sit well with me: the strange machine/flesh hybrids Pixar came up with to populate this world.
I had that exact same thought when I first saw Cars, glad I’m not the only one! I don’t recall them ever needing to eat in the first film, but this at least clarifies some of the anatomical mechanics that could be involved. Now I guess I should watch Cars 2, no doubt with this in mind.
Looking to kill some time one afternoon, YouTube user SaintJimmey turned the camera on himself and captured some pretty interesting eye movements. I really had no idea the eye was so…bouncy. I’ve also never been able to do that weird eye shaking thing, but it comes in handy in this case. See for yourself!
This video made my day! As someone who’s a bit over the whole Bodyworlds phenomenon, The Art of Bleeding, a Los Angeles-based multi-media performance troupe specializing in “medical education”, has created this over-the-top mash up of Bodyworld creator, Gunther von Hagen, and the beloved ice cream brand, Haagen Daz.
Body Worlds’ master plastinator has wandered into the frozen desert world. You scream, I scream. We all scream, and scream… and scream….
I guess I never thought about the process of making a prosthetic eye, but dang, it takes mad skills! This little video does and excellent job of showing ocularist Christie Erickson as she creates, fits and fabricates orbital prosthetics by hand. A totally fascinating look at the art and craft that goes into producing a realistic and believable human eye.
So, I realize that this was posted last year and I’m only now seeing it and it’s not totally art related, but I have to say, HOLY ORGAN PRINTING BATMAN, this is totally fascinating! Of course, I’m seeing this only weeks after seeing the film Never Let Me Go (it’s a good one, heavy stuff), and I have to say, after seeing this amazing Ted Talk, it doesn’t seem like we are that far off from having some real working solutions to organ growing (printing!?) and replacement. The organ printer is by far the most bizarre and amazing thing Atala talks about, and when you say it out loud it sounds impossible and fantastical, but it’s well underway. Who knows, if I’m lucky I’ll see the working solution realized in my lifetime (just in time to need one such organ?). This is definitely something I would love to keep an eye on and read more about, hurray for science and technology!!!!