["The best animated picture of 2006 wasn't made by Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Sky, Warner Bros. or Sony Pictures. It didn't feature any talking or dancing animals. It wasn't directed by Nick Park, Hayao Miyazaki or George Miller. It's neither CGI nor drawn. Hell, it wasn't even released in the US last year."]
["Persepolis didn't impress me much as a coming-of-age memoir, but even I, filing one of the few dissenting reviews amidst the tsunami of fervent acclaim, had to admit that its monochromatic animation style was stunning to behold on a frame-to-frame basis. If you, like me, are partial to stark black-and-white drawings, but would rather watch some poor dude being used as an insect incubator than a little girl in a chador singing "Eye of the Tiger," keep an eye out for Fear(s) of the Dark, a French-financed omnibus horror film that provides six renowned artists and illustrators with a forum to explore their personal phobias, using any graphic tool save for color."]
["How many lives did kitten Gracie Mae use up when she crawled into her owner's suitcase, went through an airport X-ray machine, got loaded onto a plane, thrown onto a baggage belt and mistakenly picked up by a stranger far from home? "She's got to be at four or five now," Seth Levy said after his 10-month-old pet was returned Sunday night by a kind stranger who went home to Fort Worth, Texas, with the wrong bag and Gracie inside to boot. "]
Quote of the Day: Rumi
"Out beyond the idea of wrong doing and right doing there is a field I'll meet you there"
Image of the Day (click to enlarge): From Groundhog Day (1993)
Clip of the Day: You know what scares me? Wheelers.
_____________________________________________________ "Links for the Day": Each morning, the House editors post a series of weblinks that we think will spark discussion. Comments encouraged.