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LoTR on DVD, night animals

Last night Mikey called me saying he just bought LoTR on DVD and I should come watch it. I did! But it was late, and I was tired, so after we watched all the special features and half the movie I had to go home.

Mikey was pretty tiffed over the notion that Jackson wrote the Ents out of the second movie. There was nothing about them in the theater trailers or the "making of The Two Towers" thing, and I'd heard rumors of their demise before, so I've kind of accepted it. It is sad, because the Ents are probably the coolest characters in the whole book series, but we must deal with these things. Sigh.

On the way home, I was driving fast and didn't have my brights on. Mike lives out in the middle of nowhere, and suddently I see these little glowing eyes... it was a raccoon. I slammed on the brakes and tried to swerve out of the way a little bit, but I'm almost sure I hit him. I don't think he could have escaped. I felt awful about it. Still do. Part of me was trying to justify it, saying that raccoons are nasty little creatures that steal stuff and break things, and that I've just fed some scavaging possom out there, and that nocturnal animals somehow aren't as bad to kill as the ones like us, like deer or rabbits. But I still felt bad.

My sister is packing up to go to college today. Girl owns more stuff than some entire small countries. I'm so glad I'm done living in dorm rooms.

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gikiski
Aug. 11th, 2002 07:52 am (UTC)
Wow! Two leaving the nest in such a short span may doubtless make a quiet one.

Whoosh - Ents *are* a big part of The Two Towers. Gone?!?

It kills me that in this wonderful world of technology we don't have something which sends out a fear evoking signal ahead of our vehicles in order to scurry critters to 'safer' locations. Then again, the mere existance of vehicles probably used to do that in the less populated early 20th century. There's nowhere for them to go anymore. I'd vote for air cars but, that just makes the birds road-kill later.

Momentum, that's the problem. The deadly killer Momentum needs some serious legisltation against it. Grass-roots campaign anyone?

spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:21 am (UTC)
definately. Down with momentum! It's how people get hurt, you know?

heh heh...

"Guns don't kill people. Momentum does. sort of."
(Anonymous)
Aug. 11th, 2002 09:35 am (UTC)
how do you your quizes
that was it. how do you your quizes?
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:19 am (UTC)
Re: how do you your quizes
I wrote them in JavaScript. I did find a tutorial a couple days ago here:

http://www.fakin-it.com/dusty/quiztut.html

Tell me if it works well, is easy to use and all that, I'd like to be able to recommend it to more people.
axiem
Aug. 11th, 2002 09:48 am (UTC)
...they took out the Ents? How the hell could they possibly accomplish that, as integral as they are to the story?

It's not like they barely mentioned the Balrog before the release of Fellowship, though. I wouldn't doubt they're being awfully quiet about the Ents on purpose.

If they did write out the Ents, I'd be pissed. Big time. Tom Bombadil, okay, I cna live. But the Ents? NOOOOOOOOOOO.....
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:18 am (UTC)
I think it'd be a huge loss, too. I think the Ents are the biggest badasses of the whole series! But, we'll deal.

I guess this way, if they are in the movie, we'll all be very pleasantly surprise :)
axiem
Aug. 11th, 2002 02:03 pm (UTC)
Actually! I just remembered this!

On the Fellowship DVD, they have a special somewhere on the languages that Tokein had created, and how they tried to keep all of the languages as accurate as possible. Then it lists the various languages used, and one of them that pops up is Entish. It's the only point where I've seen any references, aside from those pictures, though.

My guess is that the Ents are like the Balrog: a huge surprise except for people who have read the books.

And since everyone knows about Gollum (that he is such a major character in the trilogy), they're focusing on him. That and the technology to create him is really awesome.
ayelet
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:00 am (UTC)
ggrrr
i had not heard that they were going to leave out the Ents. they are a major part. they did a lot of work. (you know orthan and everything. i hope they're gonna sneak in a little bit. and the tom bombadil thing. i was a little upset about that when he wasnt in the fellowship of the rings. cause i thought he was so cool, him and his little chickie.
how are the ents ever gonna find ent-wives if they're not even gonna be in the movie? they're gonna have to take out personal adds or something.
that really sucks. they already went and made the movies 3 hours long. why not make it 3 1/2??

oh and as far as the raccoon is concerned. eek! maybe it was a really old raccoon and he just stepped right out in front of your car on purpose...?
a couple nights ago when i was driving with some buds out in the middle of nowhere. we drove like five miles an hour not to hit any deer. we could see them all over the place on both sides of the road.
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:16 am (UTC)
Re: ggrrr
I'm kind of wondering how they're going to deal with major plot holes myself. I mean, this is just a rumor, but it's a rumor that keeps being enforced because I haven't seen any crazy tree-people in previews or "making ofs" or anything. Kinda looks bad for our friends here.

And I'm just surprised, because so much of the Ents is environmentalism, and usually hollywood eats up opportunities to spout environmentalism. It's weird.

Tom was a crazy hippie, he was interesting (especially when you consider the fact that he could have personally kept the ring forever and saved them all this trouble, if he felt like it, sigh).
feanelwa
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:11 am (UTC)
They *can't* write out the Ents - that's how they get Saruman's palantir and that's how Gandalf faces down Sauron & keeps his attention just in time for Frodo to destroy the One Ring. They're a key plot device! Mind you apparently they've written out the Scouring of the Shire, so maybe they're just going to hand out the mind-numbing additives and just phase Saruman out. But Peter Jackson wouldn't do that - why miss an opportunity for gore? I'm sure the Ents will be alright (except for dying out because there aren't any Entwives).

I *do* take issues wih the Ents being the coolest species on Middle earth. No! Elves! :)
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:14 am (UTC)
psh, elves. pretty people.
dancingshaman
Aug. 11th, 2002 11:01 am (UTC)
Actually, as far as I'm aware, the Ents ARE in "The Two Towers." I refer you happily to Movies.com where the top three pictures on the site are of Pippin (Billy Boyd) clutching what he thinks is a tree, but actually turns out to be Treebeard's face.

So don't worry...there shall be much Ent goodness in the next film.
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 11:26 am (UTC)
yay!

that sneaky peter jackson, trying to scare us... shame on him!

Maybe I'll go to the premeire dressed as an Ent now.
prosewitch
Aug. 11th, 2002 07:13 pm (UTC)
Ents...
How exactly does an Ent dress? I still haven't figured out what to wear to the opening night (I don't think RenFaire clothes will cut it)...
dancingshaman
Aug. 11th, 2002 10:29 pm (UTC)
My, won't that be a tree-t?

OK, OK...I'm leaving, I'm leaving.

Sheesh.
anglyn
Aug. 11th, 2002 12:59 pm (UTC)
I hit a skunk once.. :( It stunk up my car really badly. I figured we were even. It was dead and my car reeked for a week.
ali_highland
Aug. 11th, 2002 03:23 pm (UTC)
OK you guys had me scared then, the Ents are by far my favourite characters, even if I have never quite got the hang ogf their songs, there is no way the two towers would have held together without them.
Man do not scare me like that at this time of night.
belgand
Aug. 14th, 2002 11:40 pm (UTC)
Proof of Ents
Just saw this earlier today but it's the figurine version of Treebeard: http://www.theonering.net/movie/scrapbook/large/4366 . Oddly enough I thought of the Ents as being a great deal more tree-like. More or less like a standard Treant as seen elsewhere.
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