Waitaki Herald : January 13th 2016
stuff.co.nz JANUARY 13, 2016, WAITAKI HERALD 19 Faithful in look and character SNOOPY ANDCHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE Starring: Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, AJ Tecce Directed by: Steve Martino 93 mins ★★★★ Turning classic cartoon properties into big-budget features has produced films ranging from ‘‘pretty good’’ (Mr. Peabody and Sherman) to ‘‘kill-it-with-apitchfork horrible’’ (Alvin and the Chipmunks). These films almost always favour contemporary CGI styles, rather than traditional animation techniques, lest they get woefully overlooked like 2011’s Winnie the Pooh. But with The Peanuts Movie, Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Rio, Epic) does both by staying true to Charles M. Schulz’s designs, while giving them a fresh coat of visual innovation. The Peanuts Movie isn’t just faithful in look, though; it’s faithful in character. Snoopy is still a lovable jerk, Linus is still a child prodigy, Lucy is still a quack, and Charlie Brown is still the constant victim of misfortune. But when a new red-haired girl moves into the neighbourhood, our leading lad sees a chance to impress someone who doesn’t think he’s a blockhead… yet. If that storyline sounds light, that’s because it is – in every single way the show and the comic strips were. That doesn’t stop this film from being a constant pleasure, popping with cute character moments and relatable slice-of-life scenarios that make Schulz’s world a joy to be in. And because the film refrains from ‘‘modernising’’ Peanuts with iPhones, YouTube and T-Pain PUBLIC NOTICES Total urban fi re ban for Waitaki District An important message from Waitaki District Council. Due to the extremely dry conditions Waitaki District Council has instituted a Total Urban Fire Ban with effect from 9 January 2016. We will advise when the urban fire ban is to be lifted. This means that all current Waitaki District urban fire permits are revoked and no further urban fire permits will be issued until further notice. There is a high risk of fires escaping due to a combination of dry conditions and significant fuel. There is also high risk of accidental ignition such as a stone strike or hot engine causing a fire. We urge the public to take care when operating equipment such as mowers, grinders and chainsaws, and to operate machinery in the cooler parts of the day. In the event of a fire, please phone 111 immediately. For any queries regarding the urban fi re ban please call 0800 108 081. The PeanutsMovie stays true to CharlesM. Schulz’s original designs, while giving them a fresh coat of visual innovation. (thank the Lord), it proves how timelessly entertaining Schulz’s vision of childhood was. Some things could have worked better. Snoopy’s drab Red Baron moments have very little to do with anything and take up a good fifth of the film. But it’s hard to mark down The Peanuts Movie when it does somuch so right, and it’s easily the best film Blue Sky has made. Is this the future of cruising? ZOE HUNT Looking like something straight out of a science fiction movie, this gigantic ship could be the future of cruising. The manta-ray inspired design, called as ‘City of Meriens’, is aimed at delivering luxury ocean travel, delivering extraordinary views and other comforts of contemporary ocean travel for cruise lovers. The innovative, bionic design, which takes on the shape of a manta-ray, will be larger than any existing cruise liner. Boasting a length of 900 metres and width of just over 500 metres, City of Meriens will have the capacity to hold as many as 7000 passengers in spacious, luxurious rooms. The so called ship ‘city’ will have the capacity to accommodate passengers throughout several levels of the vessel, which is almost 60 metres high and measures a depth of around 120 metres. By comparison, the largest Phone 0800 108 081 Email email@example.com Web www.waitaki.govt.nz Offi ce 20 Thames Street, Private Bag 50058, Oamaru 9444 7068657AA cruise liner in the world is Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas which is 360 metres long and only 65 metres wide, with capabilities to hold 6360 guests. Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas will this year become the largest ship to be based in Aust- The City of Meriens’ design is inspired by manta rays. ralia. The ship is 348 metres in length and includes state-of-theart venues and facilities. Designed to run autonomously on renewable marine energy, the City of Meriens claims to provide spacious, sustainable travel, including aquaculture facilities, such as hydroplonic greenhouses, to create sustainable food production. The manta ray ship features unique sloped wings that emulates the movements of a swimming manta ray to maximise ocean views for its passengers. The design shows access to an interior lagoon which appears to allow cruisers to swim into ‘the tail’ of the manta ray while enjoying views of the ocean. The ship, unlike no other, claims to create a spacious, luxurious environment that allows passengers to relish a unique travel experience. PHOTO:WWW.ROUGERIE.COM The concept created by French architect Jacques Rougerie, could be the future of mega ships around the world. Rougerie suggests that the ideal use for the design would be as a floating research vessel and university for studying marine life. Though if the design ever came to reality, it’s hard to see cruise lines passing up the opportunity to turn it into a passenger ship.
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