Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hogwatch - There's no better present than a future...

I just watched Terry Pratchett's Hogfather.

Hogwatch is the Discworld corollary to Christmas, and Hogfather is Father Christmas, only on the holiday in question, Hogfather is indisposed, so Death steps in and makes all Hogfather's appointed rounds to hold everything together while Hogfather gets back on track. Here, Death goes down a dark alley to a dying little match girl as his assistant 'splains that the dying little girl is an instructive tool, a cautionary tale for the rest of more fortunate society. This is one of my favorite scenes in the production.

Nice touch, Mr. Pratchett. I lurve yew!

I kept seeing references to this production on other blogs and comments, so Wednesday I went by Premiere video on Mockingbird in Dallas today to see if they had this vid. They have the most extensive collection of videos of any store - if you're in the area and longing to find something obscure - call them up, because I'm betting they'll have it.

Even better, they had Hogfather but only on international format, and I asked where one would obtain an international player, and they checked one out to me with the video at no extra fee. Isn't that amazing?

Anyway, incredible vid store, wonderful video. Terry Pratchett is a genius and a huge dose of something the world needs more of. If he didn't already exist, someone would've had to invent him.

He's the milkman of human kindness, and he leaves an extra pint.


DBA Dude said...

It was a really good adaptation, you will enjoy the book when you get to it.

"Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time."

Cannot remember if that made it onto the screen but one of my favourite quotes.

Cool video store you have there.

Carteach said...

I owe Terry Pratchett for more laughter and happy book-hours than most any other single author.

He was recently diagnosed with a fairly bad disease.

I hope the spirits that run this stinking little ball of mud take notice that one of it's few shining points of light is beginning to flickering....

Heaven has Sam Clemens... they can let us have Terry a bit longer.

Christina RN LMT said...

Loved it!

It amazes me that even though his face is a skull, you can still tell exactly how he's feeling.

Anonymous said...

@christina: Agreed. Marnix Van Den Broeke did an amazing job animating Death.

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