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Lights! Camera! TF!
by The Phantom Websurfer
©2001 Bard/Cubist -- all rights reserved

The vast majority of all transformation-related material on the Net fits the general pattern "biological entity X becomes some other thing Y". But the concept of transformation is a great deal more inclusive than that; anything at all can be the subject (or object, come to think of it) of change! Here are two links which are illustrative of change in the wider sense.

These aren't the characters you're looking for

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Here's the deal: Someone with a lot of time on his hands has been converting Star Wars (the original film, now called Episode 4: A New Hope) into animated ASCII art. He's been doing it over a period of years, one scene at a time, and he's gotten all the way up to Ben's daring raid on the tractor beam generator.

You've never heard of "ASCII art"? It's what was called "typewriter art" in a bygone era -- monospaced characters, arranged in accordance with graphical concerns rather than textual -- and here's an example:


It's a specialized artform, to be sure, but it is not without its aficionados and devotees, and the ASCII-ized Star Wars may well be its ultimate expression.

Go thou and be properly dumbfounded: ASCIImation.

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Future home of the Holy Grail

"Let us not go to LEGO Studios -- it is a silly place."

At this point, if you're a fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus, you may be wondering what this "LEGO Studios" thing has to do with Camelot; otherwise, you're probably irretrievably confused. A word of explanation, therefore, may be in order for the "Python virgins" in the audience.

Monty Python's Flying Circus is the name of a deservedly acclaimed British comedy series from the early 1970s, in which highbrow humor could be found side-by-side with fart jokes, to say nothing of highbrow fart jokes. After the TV series died the final death, the Pythons themselves -- Graham Chapman (British), John Cleese (very, very British), Terry Gilliam (not British at all, sorry), Eric Idle (slightly British), Terry Jones (Welsh, sorry again), and Michael Palin (not quite as British as Cleese, but certainly more so than Idle) -- went on to do a variety of projects, working individually, in smaller groups, and also in their collective identity as Monty Python's Flying Circus. And one of their collective projects was a 1974 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which gave the whole "King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table" thing a once-over-lightly in the inimitable Python style.

Holy Grail has it all: a mysterious, wizened seer; a famous professor being decapitated by a knight; dastardly villains; a vorpal bunny rabbit; the Quest for the Grail; socially-conscious peasantry; true awe and wonder; and a choice selection of catchy musical numbers, one of them being We're Knights of the Round Table. It is this song whose video accompaniment has been painstakingly recreated, in exquisite detail, as a LEGO playset. The castle set is solidly constructed of 100% LEGO blocks, the knights are little LEGO people, and so on. The overall effect must be seen to be believed.

No spam will be served at: LEGO Studios.

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