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For as long as I can remember, I have loved animation, and Disney animation in particular.  My love affair with Disney began when I was two.  That was the year The Little Mermaid was released in theaters.  Today, my all-time favorite movie remains what in my opinion is the greatest film of the Disney animation Renaissance, The Lion King.  Actually, it’s Disney’s greatest film ever.  In recent years, I’ve fallen in love with Disney and Pixar’s animated short films.  And as traditional animation is my first love, the shorts I love the most are animated by hand.  So I was delighted to see the release of some of Disney’s more recent shorts as a collection; one that included several traditionally animated stories, and two that combine traditional, hand-drawn animation with CGI animation.  Now, I actually bought the collection for one short in particular:The Little Matchgirl, a Hans Christian Anderson tale that is beautifully sad and joyful, and is told entirely with music and visuals.  But I’ll be sharing what I thought of the collection as a whole, and possibly giving a detailed review of each short at a later date.

Each of the films in this collection are featured at the head of a Disney film released on Blu-Ray.  The Little Matchgirl joins fellow HCA story The Little Mermaid on her Blu-Ray premier.  I don’t have that movie on Blu-Ray (a fact I shall have to remedy at some point in the future), so I was very happy to find my favorite onion-chopping short in this collection.  And I got to enjoy 11 other shorts, three of which (Paperman, Get a Horse and Feast) I already own along with the featuring film they accompany.  How does the collection stack up?  For the most part, quite beautifully.  It contains shorts with rough, unpolished animation that hearkens back to the days of Aristocats, Jungle Book and Robin Hood.  It also features continuations of the recent feature films Tangled andFrozen.  It celebrates Disney’s rich film heritage with the short Get a Horse, done as a tribute to the very first short films created by Walt Disney himself, and Goofy’s “How to” shorts, which first appeared in the 1940s.  It showcases intern project Tick Tock Tale, and features the voice of Scottish actor Billy Connolly (Brave) as the narrator of the whimsical tale of Nessie.  Also included in the collection is another tale in the series of Christmas shorts,Prep and Landing, which first premiered on ABC and Disney Channel.

The advertised dozen shorts make up nearly 90 minutes of fun, if you include the intros.  But the bonus material reveals a baker’s dozen: A 13th short film,Runaway Brain, starring the head Mouse himself.  In addition to this, we get a seven minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the collection.  All in all, not a bad deal.

The only real drawback for me was the lack of another favorite short of mine,One by One.  I felt the addition of Prep and Landing was unnecessary, and could have been replaced by the traditionally animated video that perfectly accompanies the song Lebo M. wrote for The Lion King’s Broadway adaptation.  If you want to check out One by One, you can find it along with the DVD or Blu-Ray release of The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride.  It also happens to be on YouTube.

All in all, I give the Walt Disney Studios’ Animated Short Films Collection a four out of five stars.  I recommend it for all Disney aficionados, even if you already have all of the feature films these shorts accompany.

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MSB Kids by Cognitive Function by MountainLygon
MSB Kids by Cognitive Function

This took entirely too long for its simplicity.  But I present for you the kids fromThe Magic School Bus.

This post discusses each of the kids’ dominant cognitive functions.  Since they are only eight or nine years old, most of them have not settled on an auxiliary function yet.  The auxiliary function usually doesn’t begin to develop until adolescence.  Therefore it is impossible with most kids to tell for certain what their full personality type is.

Carlos - Extroverted iNtuition

Carlos is the idea man of the class, constantly coming up with new ways of looking at things.  He is an inventor through and through, taking inspiration from practically everything around him.  Consequently he can either be easily distracted or hyper-focused.

Arnold - Introverted iNtuition

Arnold relies almost entirely on his gut instinct to survive Ms. Frizzle’s field trips.  If he could listen to his gut all the time, he’d never show up for class.  He is the most focused kid in the class, and seems to have his future pretty much planned out.

Ralphie and Wanda - Extroverted Sensing

Ralphie and Wanda both love to experience life to its fullest.  Wanda in particular displays a very highly developed Se, while Ralphie tends to be more reserved when the sensory experience accosts his stomach.  Neither of them have any skill for considering the past or future.

Phoebe - Introverted Sensing

Phoebe’s personality is emerging faster than the other students; she is a clear user of Fe as her auxiliary function.  As an ISFJ, she is a self-appointed guardian of the things and people she loves.  As an Si dominant, she is constantly making comparisons to the past to guide her in the present.

Keesha - Extroverted Thinking

Keesha is the most logical and practical of the students, and a natural leader.  She acts the skeptic, reining in the impulsiveness and wild imaginations of the other three extroverts in the class.  Keesha has little tolerance for emotional outbursts from herself, due to her inferior Fi.

Dorothy Ann - Introverted Thinking

DA is the self-appointed research guru in the class, analyzing everything they experience.  She has a bit of trouble relating to the world around her independent of a written source of knowledge.  Her love for learning demonstrates an emerging Ne as her auxiliary function.

Tim - Introverted Feeling

The most creative member of the group, Tim uses the canvas to express his individuality.  He knows who he is, and no matter how crazy things get, the external world cannot change him.  He has developed the ability to accurately capture the personalities of others in caricature, a skill of Fi.

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Pixar ESTP - Riley Andersen by MountainLygon
Pixar ESTP - Riley Andersen
Today's MBTI discussion will be about the other Se dominant personality type, the ESTP.  Featuring Riley Anderson of Disney-Pixar's Inside Out.  Now, there have been many ESTP protagonists in Disney and Pixar films, including Lightning McQueen (yes, he is an extrovert).  But I've chosen to focus on Riley today because she is an example of a personality type fully emerging as a child approaches puberty.

Dominant Se - Extroverted sensing.  Most of our childhood is spent developing our dominant cognitive function.  And while Riley's lead emotion, Joy, is an Ne dominant herself, she makes sure Riley spends most of her time living fully in the moment.  Thus it becomes pretty clear early on that Riley is an Se dominant.  Riley's world is highly sensory.  She knows precisely what she likes and dislikes (thanks to Disgust), and she knows how to get what she wants when she wants it (thanks to Anger).  Riley is a go-getter, and is hardly embarrassed by minor slip ups.  Se, like Ne, is a happy-go-lucky function, but unlike Ne prefers to be happy in the moment, rather than focusing on a variety of what-ifs.  And while we do get a tour through Riley's imagination, the fact that she does not rely heavily on her imagination once she reaches age 11, instead relying on what she sees in front of her, demonstrates Ne's gradual sink down to the very bottom of her function stack.  Not that Riley will one day be unable to imagine anything, but it will no longer be one of her go-to functions.

Auxiliary Ti - Introverted thinking.  Riley is approaching puberty, and with it comes the development of a new function.  After developing her Se, Riley switched between Fi and Ti until finally settling on the latter.  She will spend the remainder of her adolescence developing this secondary function.  While Fi was the function that likely resulted in Honesty Island, it is Ti that Riley uses to maintain it.  Ti is logical, analytical and objective, and so is truth.  When she lies, steals and runs away from home, Riley firmly shuts down the use of Ti and Fi.  It is Ti that manifests when she comes to her senses, causing her to realize how irrational she is being, and allowing her to return.  As this function develops, it will work with Se to make Riley an increasingly competitive, determined, loyal young woman.  And as Ti simply loves to snark, those curse words Anger is so excited about are liable to get plenty of use and cause lots of epic burns.

Tertiary Fe - Extroverted feeling.  Empathy is the name of the game for Fe, and as it is Sadness' auxiliary function, she will be the one responsible for helping Riley develop this function as her tertiary.  Fe acts as the balance to the analytical and snarky Ti, helping it to recognize when it has gone too far and done more harm than good.  Riley will show shades of this as she gets older, especially when using the "friendly arguments" section of Friendship Island.  Like Ti, Fe actually prefers emotional stability, so Joy need not worry about losing her position as lead emotion, even if she has learned to work with her own complement, the INFJ Sadness.  As Riley's Fe really develops toward the end of her adolescence, she will learn to demonstrate an important aspect of loyalty toward her friends; being there to listen to them as they work through their problems, and to fiercely defend them when needed.

Inferior Ni - Introverted intuition.  This is the gut instinct and singular focus function, and in Riley it manifests on the ice.  As it is her inferior function, it is very underdeveloped in her at 11, and will not truly begin to develop until she is well into adulthood.  Until then, she will display Ni's weaknesses far more often than its strengths.  While she is perfectly able to focus, Riley lives almost entirely in the present, and gives precious little thought to the consequences of her actions, despite the efforts of Fear to teach her (though Fear himself is an INTP, and as such uses Ne rather than Ni).  Riley only ever relies on her gut instinct during a hockey game, and even then it sometimes fails her.  As an adult, she will struggle with learning to rely on her gut, but if she becomes a parent, learning to trust her gut will come much easier to her than she expected.
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Fictional ESFP - Valerie Frizzle by MountainLygon
Fictional ESFP - Valerie Frizzle

Your random dose of MBTI.  Today’s feature: Ms. Valerie Frizzle of the Magic School Bus.

Mentor type characters tend to get typed as xNFJ, due to that type’s common name being the Mentor or Counselor.  So it can be tempting to just automatically slap that label on any character who fills the role of Team Mentor.  And it happens mainly due to a lack of understanding of how cognitive functions work.

Enter Valerie Frizzle, the eccentric third grade teacher from Walkerville Elementary.  As the only first tier character in the show to be old enough to display a fully developed MBTI type, I’ll be focusing solely on her for this analysis.  The other kids will probably come up in a future analysis of dominant functions and their potential for development.  Anyway, the Friz is one of those beloved characters who may be subjected to mistyping due to her role as the mentor to a posse of prepubescent protagonists.  But she really doesn’t demonstrate much use of the functions associated with an ENFJ.  True, she is an extrovert, and she can be very decisive when need be, and she is most definitely a Feeler.  But consider the functions:

Dominant Se - Extroverted sensing.  Ms. Frizzle’s Se can be summed up in her most famous motto: “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”  She demonstrates acute awareness of everything around her, and lives by the credo, “Carpe diem.”  This is the source of her love for science and exploration, as well as her preference for the hands-on approach to same.  She resides almost fully in the here and now, rarely focusing on the past or future, except when it’s relevant to the lesson at hand.

By contrast, an ENFJ is dominant in Fe (extroverted feeling).  Fe is a very empathetic and rarely dramatic function.  At no point in the series does the Friz demonstrate true empathy, and boy, can she ever be dramatic!

Auxiliary Fi - Introverted feeling.  It may seem like nothing about the Friz is truly introverted, but remember that it is impossible to be 100% introverted or extroverted.  Ms. Frizzle’s introversion manifests in her auxiliary function.  Fi is a highly sympathetic function, logging emotions away for future use, especially in relating to another person’s emotional experience.  As such, Fi allows its user to switch out emotions almost at will.  Fi users are the masters of Mood Whiplash, which is why they often write it into your favorite sci-fi/fantasy series.  When combined with Se, Fi can become very dramatic, playing up an experience to its fullest for the benefit of an audience.  Fi seeks an emotional reaction from its audience in order to assure that the experience had the intended impact on them.  This certainly describes Ms. Frizzle.  Calm when need be and melodramatic when desired, she knows just how to evoke her idea of the perfect reaction from her class.

Compare to Ni (introverted intuition), which is the ENFJ’s auxiliary function.  While Ms. Frizzle does use this function, it is her inferior function rather than her dominant.

Tertiary Te - Extroverted thinking.  This is the ambitious function, and in the Friz it manifests in her desire to see her class excel beyond societal norms.  Way beyond.  She takes great pride in their every accomplishment, and encourages them to develop skills needed for leadership.  Sometimes it seems as though Ms. Frizzle is trying to single-handedly raise up a generation of Einsteins.  Te is also one of the functions that heavily favors logic over emotion (the other being introverted thinking).  Thus it acts as a balance to Ms. Frizzle’s dramatic Fi.

Se is the tertiary function of the ENFJ.  Due to its position in the function stack, Se often serves to make the ENFJ rather laid back, instead of a relentless go-getter.  The ENFJ enjoys the pleasures of life, but is more likely to do so in moderation, preferring to wait for those pleasures to come to them, rather than go out and seek them.

Inferior Ni - Introverted intuition.  Never let it be said that the Friz does not possess the gut instinct for which Ni is famous.  She certainly demonstrates Ni in her ability to simply know what her class is up to, and even what they’re thinking, while at the same time being several million miles away from them.  And she can be very focused when she wants to be.  But Ni acts the inferior to a dominant Se, and this is demonstrated in Ms. Frizzle’s preference for focusing on the here and now, rather than worry about the future.  Like most people with inferior Ni, the consequences of her actions are almost never first and foremost on the Friz’s mind.  How else would she think she could get away with taking children across international borders through unconventional means, or leaving them unsupervised in the middle of an asteroid field?  One must wonder how she manages to maintain such perfect control.

The inferior function of the ENFJ is Ti.  Ms. Frizzle’s analysis is all external.  She doesn’t seem to demonstrate Ti at all.

She may be a mystery wrapped in an enigma, but as far as her personality goes, Ms. Frizzle is pretty easy to understand.  We don’t know where she comes from, or if she’s somehow hiding a second heart and a sonic screwdriver.  But that doesn’t mean she’s completely unknowable.  Especially if you know your ESFP, which I should.  My little sister is this type.

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Pinewood Rainbow Dash by MountainLygon
Pinewood Rainbow Dash
The car I made for my church's pinewood derby back in March.  Yep, I'm just now getting around to uploading it.
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For as long as I can remember, I have loved animation, and Disney animation in particular.  My love affair with Disney began when I was two.  That was the year The Little Mermaid was released in theaters.  Today, my all-time favorite movie remains what in my opinion is the greatest film of the Disney animation Renaissance, The Lion King.  Actually, it’s Disney’s greatest film ever.  In recent years, I’ve fallen in love with Disney and Pixar’s animated short films.  And as traditional animation is my first love, the shorts I love the most are animated by hand.  So I was delighted to see the release of some of Disney’s more recent shorts as a collection; one that included several traditionally animated stories, and two that combine traditional, hand-drawn animation with CGI animation.  Now, I actually bought the collection for one short in particular:The Little Matchgirl, a Hans Christian Anderson tale that is beautifully sad and joyful, and is told entirely with music and visuals.  But I’ll be sharing what I thought of the collection as a whole, and possibly giving a detailed review of each short at a later date.

Each of the films in this collection are featured at the head of a Disney film released on Blu-Ray.  The Little Matchgirl joins fellow HCA story The Little Mermaid on her Blu-Ray premier.  I don’t have that movie on Blu-Ray (a fact I shall have to remedy at some point in the future), so I was very happy to find my favorite onion-chopping short in this collection.  And I got to enjoy 11 other shorts, three of which (Paperman, Get a Horse and Feast) I already own along with the featuring film they accompany.  How does the collection stack up?  For the most part, quite beautifully.  It contains shorts with rough, unpolished animation that hearkens back to the days of Aristocats, Jungle Book and Robin Hood.  It also features continuations of the recent feature films Tangled andFrozen.  It celebrates Disney’s rich film heritage with the short Get a Horse, done as a tribute to the very first short films created by Walt Disney himself, and Goofy’s “How to” shorts, which first appeared in the 1940s.  It showcases intern project Tick Tock Tale, and features the voice of Scottish actor Billy Connolly (Brave) as the narrator of the whimsical tale of Nessie.  Also included in the collection is another tale in the series of Christmas shorts,Prep and Landing, which first premiered on ABC and Disney Channel.

The advertised dozen shorts make up nearly 90 minutes of fun, if you include the intros.  But the bonus material reveals a baker’s dozen: A 13th short film,Runaway Brain, starring the head Mouse himself.  In addition to this, we get a seven minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the collection.  All in all, not a bad deal.

The only real drawback for me was the lack of another favorite short of mine,One by One.  I felt the addition of Prep and Landing was unnecessary, and could have been replaced by the traditionally animated video that perfectly accompanies the song Lebo M. wrote for The Lion King’s Broadway adaptation.  If you want to check out One by One, you can find it along with the DVD or Blu-Ray release of The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride.  It also happens to be on YouTube.

All in all, I give the Walt Disney Studios’ Animated Short Films Collection a four out of five stars.  I recommend it for all Disney aficionados, even if you already have all of the feature films these shorts accompany.

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MountainLygon Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
See, that wasn't so hard.  Just a few extra words in the description and the whole thing is much clearer.
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Actually it was all the time here. You should read the blank meme before.
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Why?  I had no intention of filling it out because I had no idea who the actress was.  That was my whole problem with your filled meme.  We have no idea who she is, but we know she is NOT Korra OR Scootaloo.  At least, not in the language in which you presented the meme.  You can't just assume we know everything about the meme that you do.  If you want to share information, SHARE it!  Don't hide it away in a filing system that would make Melvil Dewey* want to beat his head against a brick wall.

Seriously, what is so hard about going back and editing your description to say, "This is the filled meme for my personal favorite roles for the German voice actress [insert whatever her name was here]?"  That way, when people say, "But Janet Varney is Korra," you can direct them back to the description and tell them that the adjective "German" implies that these are the characters from the German dub, not the English version.  Instead of leaving us to magically conclude that on our own with absolutely no logical way to make the connection.

My problem with your meme is your lack of communication.  You cannot expect me to infer what you refuse to say.  I flat out refuse to infer what you refuse to say.  That's not my job as the reader.  It is yours as the one giving the description.  I will not fill in the blanks on the message you send me.  I will only give you my response.  If you think my response doesn't match your message, give me a more complete message, instead of being all cryptic and then whining that I don't get your vague or obtuse references.  Communication basics: Use them.  You'll never get anywhere in this medium if you don't.

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Hey There Just resubmitted  Korra - Chibi Faces with some small edits!  Go check it out! also i think your right but Varrick has all the best lines! 
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