Continuing on my mini Kai photo-a-day project, more random baby flatlay ideas came about. We had to make do with what we have, but that’s the fun of it I reckon.
Kai the garden gnome. Gnomes don’t strike me as the happiest magical folk, but I reckon that Snow White and the Seven Dwarves redefined how gnomes were illustrated; that they are in core, kind creatures.
Kai is Singin’ in the Rain. It has been raining quite a bit as of last, and once, the thunder rang so loudly it gave Kai a shock. But rain isn’t always scary, or as upsettingly gloomy as it might seem. I think rain can be rather beautiful and fun as well; Barney agrees. Got to love the smell of rain, there’s just something about it. “If all the raindrops turned into gumdrops, oh what a day that would be!”
Kai’s a scoop of old fashioned vanilla. Sometimes, the weather gets so crazy warm it perpetually gets me fantasising of ice cream.
Kai as Totoro. I don’t know if many people know about Totoro, but he’s the iconic fluffy creature behind Studio Ghibli’s logo. I recall watching a few Studio Ghibli cartoons when I was younger; a few of my favourites – Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke. I wouldn’t fully classify their animated films as kid films, because they are so much deeper than “just a cartoon”. I loved the music, the alternative perspective these films provided, the core message each was trying to deliver, and really hope that they won’t vanish from the next generation. It’s not about idealism, nor the lack of imagination, but about values that are losing their worth because our generation has displaced them with other things.
“Many of my movies have strong female leads – brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe with all their heart. They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man.” – Hayao Miyazaki