Okay so I know I never talk about what I like to watch on this blog (because it’s embarrassing) but nobody reads this anyway, so… here are some shows and movies I like.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Synopsis: Kiki’s Delivery Service follows Kiki, a thirteen-year-old witch in training who leaves her small town for a year to learn how to exist as a witch in the world, a common custom among young witches. As her talent is flying, she decides to open a Witch Delivery Service, located in a port town with her cat, Jiji.
What I really like about this movie is that Kiki’s struggles and journey are relevant. She deals with issues faced by many young people, such as loneliness, adjusting to independence and learning to be confident in her abilities, as well as problems with her magic. But she is helped along the way by new friends and kind people. And even if the plot wasn’t interesting, I would still recommend you watch this movie (or any Studio Ghibli movie) just for the animation and art.
Over the Garden Wall
Synopsis: Over The Garden Wall is a creepy, atmospheric and sometimes silly Cartoon Network miniseries that’s the only Halloween movie I will accept (despite it not actually being a movie). It follows Wirt and his younger half-brother Greg as the wander into The Unknown, a strange, atmospheric and somewhat magical forest. Helped by the sarcastic bluebird Beatrice, who may have her own motivations, they search for a way out of the forest and away from The Beast.
What I like about Over The Garden Wall is that it’s a unique show with a not-so-unique premise. Siblings get lost in magical woods and try to find their way home? That’s been done. An anxious teenage clarinet player and his adorable frog-obsessed younger brother get lost in nonsensical woods and have to find their way home while facing the true villain: their own lack of hope and mistrust of others???? ft. Snarky Talking Bluebird and beautiful musical numbers and a frog named something different every episode??? I think the verdict is clear: Best Cartoon Network Show Ever.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
Synopsis: When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and try to save their world.
The Dark Crystal is a show I only recently watched, and although I do have some problems with it, I think it’s a really interesting show with some subtext on colonialism and the marginalisation of certain groups. I know the synopsis doesn’t explain much, but that’s because it’s literally the hardest show to explain. I honestly only started watching it because theOdd1sOut made a video about the 80s movie it’s based on, and how weird it was. AND HE WAS RIGHT. IT IS WEIRD. But what I like about it is that it’s unique. The puppetry elements and sheer detail in this show are just… crazy. The creature and world designs are original, and while in my opinion FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE DIE, it’s still a really interesting show.
Synopsis: Tulip is a thirteen-year-old aspiring computer programmer who wants nothing more than to go to coding camp, but supernatural phenomena has other ideas. When she finds herself stuck on a train in which each train compartment contains a different world, with a small, hilarious robot named One-One, she has to figure out how to get off of it.
I’ve only watched the first couple episodes of Infinity Train but so far I really like the characterization of Tulip and One-One and the whole idea of each train car being a different universe. Also Atticus the Corgi King is amazing and I want to adopt him yes please and thank you.
Have you watched any of these? What’s your favorite spooky (or maybe not spooky at all) movie/show? Should I adopt a dog? What about a frog? Talking bluebird? Let me know.