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Very beautiful views!! Smells like Christmas everywhere. Highly recommended. The Big Cat Man. An autobiography. By Jonathan Scott. He has won the World Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and published 30 books, latterly with his award-winning photographer wife, Angela.
From their bases in Nairobi and the Maasai Mara, they travel widely in Africa, Asia and Antarctica, hosting safari and photographic holidays. Having met the charming couple at the Wild Shots event in Cape Town, it is obvious that theirs is a love story in true romantic tradition. It sounds like a dream life, yet the health issues that affect both Jonathan and Angie cast a shadow. So too the threats to the Maasai Mara, the most troubling of which appears to be the grazing rights for cattle being claimed by pastoralists.
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The needs of people can be overwhelming, and Jonathan does not hesitate to spill the beans — also about his own demons, ever since his childhood in Britain. With anecdotes and humour aplenty, the book will entertain and inspire. The wildlife illustrations by Jonathan are a special treat from a hugely talented artist and enthralled me no end.
Elephant Dawn. The inspirational story of thirteen years living with elephants in the African wilderness. By Sharon Pincott. Australian Sharon Pincott gave up a high-flying corporate job to relocate to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, where she formed one of the most remarkable bonds ever with wild elephants.
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Untrained and unpaid, the idealistic Sharon proved to be an elephant whisperer. Her vulnerability as a lone woman in the bush is an emotional roller-coaster, especially when her friends depart one by one as the situation worsens. Yet she is resilient and courageous to the very end. This is a sad book and guaranteed to produce a lump in the throat, if not tears.
Struik Nature. This book is a delightful gift for the birder in your life.
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His depictions of South African birds are done with humour and originality, from the winsome woolly-necked stork with knitting needles to the curmudgeonly grey go-away-bird. I particularly enjoyed the African emerald cuckoo popping out of its Ndebele-style clock. Subtitled Wanderings of a Bemused Naturalist, this book by former Getaway editor Don Pinnock considers a wide range of questions and puzzles about the natural world.
More than a smart sartorial choice, the addition of the pinstripes was needed to help Jack pop. In early camera tests, it became a major concern when Jack's flat black suit blended in to the dark backdrops of Halloween Town. Because of the dark and deeply weird nature of Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas , Walt Disney Studios decided it was too off-brand to be released under their banner.
So the film was made through their branch Touchstone Pictures. But this didn't keep Disney from dropping some serious studio notes, including the insistence that Jack Skellington's empty sockets be filled with a pair of friendly eyes. A common guideline in animation and puppet-creation is that eyes are crucial to having an audience connect to a character, but Selick and Burton wouldn't budge, and ultimately proved their anti-hero didn't need oculars to connect. Because of the filmmakers' dedication to be as true to shooting like live-action as possible, one Nightmare Before Christmas shot proved especially challenging.
When Jack discovers the part of the forest with pathways to other holiday worlds, he looks longingly at the Christmas tree door. A close-up of its shiny golden knob reflects this mournful skeleton as well as the trees behind him as he advances to open it.
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Getting the reflection just right took a great deal of time, care, and attention. Burton had previously worked with the renowned horror icon on Edward Scissorhands and "Vincent. However, this plan was derailed when Price's wife Coral Browne passed in Selick explained in the commentary track that the actor was so grief-stricken that the director felt he sounded too sad for Santa. Edward Ivory was then brought in to replace him. Early on, The Nightmare Before Christmas planned to rely heavily on its poetic inspiration.
As such, Star Trek: The Next Generation star Patrick Stewart was called in to read poetry that was intended for the film's opening and closing narration.
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The lengthy monologues were eventually pared down to a few lines, and those were reassigned to the film's Santa, Edward Ivory. However, Stewart's version can be found in full on the film's soundtrack.
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Unearthed in cut footage is an alternate version of the vampires playing hockey. In the theatrical and all subsequent releases, the ice-skating vampires swat a jack-o-lantern. However, the original version of this scene had them batting about a recognizable decapitated head. With its ghostly pallor, black spiky hair, angular shape, and deep bags under its eyes, the creepy creation is clearly Burton. But this seems to have been deemed too grisly for a kids' movie.
Since the film became a success, Disney has become less shy about their association with Nightmare Before Christmas. But the commentary track reveals that, despite their reluctance, Disney allowed Selick and Burton to include a hidden Mickey in the form of a menacing toy. In the scene where Jack's Christmas gifts attack, there's a flying stuffed animal with a sharp-toothed grin that's meant to be the Burton version of Mickey Mouse.
Also, the girl it attacks is wearing a Mickey print nightgown, while her brother's pajamas are covered in Donald Duck faces. While The Nightmare Before Christmas was in production, Burton not only completed Batman Returns but also dug into pre-production on Ed Wood , a biopic about the notoriously untalented filmmaker. A nod to Wood's works is found tucked into the fearsome folk of Halloween Town—the burly, bald Behemoth is a sweet-natured brute who bears a striking resemblance—down to the scars on his face—to Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson as seen in Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space.
The former Oingo Boingo front man began collaborating with Burton back in the early s when he composed the score for Burton's feature directorial debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. He also lent his singing voice to Jack Skellington, and for all this he gets the dubious distinction of a cameo as the redheaded corpse tucked away in the upright bass of the ghastly Halloween Town band. Aside from Jack's singing voice, Elfman also lent his pipes to mischievous Barrel as well as the menacing clown with the tear-away face. O'Hara also voiced the stitched up and besotted Sally, while her former co-star Glenn Shadix played the two-faced mayor of Halloween Town.
One of these has Behemoth belting beautifully about "pretty" presents during "Making Christmas.
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