Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mermaid Cartoon Turns 50

Osamu Tezuka is one of the most influential animators in Japanese history. His cartoon, Mermaid, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The work premiered in September of 1964.

"Mermaid has essentially nothing in common with the later Disney Studios film about the same mythical creature. It barely has anything in common with the Hans Christian Anderson story either, with the possible exception of its tone."

Daniel Walber has the story on Mr. Tezuka and Mermaid in an article at Film School Rejects. You can watch the entire cartoon there, too.

Mermaids on Mars
Mermaids on Mars

According to Animation World Network (AWN), Athena Studios will be producing an animated short film entitled, ‘Mermaids on Mars’.

"Mermaids on Mars will be released to film festivals in January 2015."

Read more about the project in an article by Jennifer Wolfe at AWN's web site. Look for the link to the film's Facebook page.

Is It Real?

We all know that the oceans hold many wonders. In a story from this past July, deep sea explorers discover a creature that they hardly believe is real.

The creature is known as a siphonophore, and you can read more about it in this article by Stephen Messenger at IFL Science.

Mermaids in Montana

The Sip 'n Dip Lounge in Great Falls, Montana, knows that mermaids love music. They also know a lot more about mermaids, they even have mermaids swimming behind the bar.

Swim on over to the web site of Charles Phoenix, Ambassador of Americana, and read more about the mermaids of Montana.

Little Mermaids

Photographer Kelly Lynne Burke loves mermaids, and her work makes dreams come true for the children she photographs.

“I used to spend my summers in Cape Hatteras. I would lean up against the lighthouse and imagine mermaids are swimming in."

Read more about Kelly's cute photographs in an article at KFOR TV.

Pearlie Mae's Tails

Looking for inspiration for your first (or next) mermaid tail? If so, you should take a look at Makezine's story on Pearlie Mae's custom tails.

"Get a close-up look at the intricate works of mermaid couture that Pearlie Mae makes and see how she casts her scales and fins in custom made resin molds."

Beautiful tails, and great scale work. Be sure to take a look.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at)

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