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Fun Science Fiction Film Easter Egg Hunt! Win Music Prizes!

Find Easter Eggs and win an Autographed Songbook and Digital Soundtrack!An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in a work such as a computer program, movie, book, or crossword. This practice is similar in some respects to hidden signature motifs such as Diego Rivera's including himself in his murals, Alfred Hitchcock's legendary cameo appearances (hint), Fritz's appearances in the works of Chris van Allsburg, and various "Hidden Mickeys" that can be found throughout the various Disney Parks. - Wikipedia (of course)

The rules are easy! 

1. Watch Libertaria: The Virtual Opera

2. Jot down the time code for every film, book, art, music, or sci-fi reference that you can find (both in the visuals, lyrics and the music) with a short description. 

For the example above, just write "24:16 Pris from Blade Runner".

3. Send your list of Easter Eggs to by Easter Day (April 20th. 2014) with the heading "Libert…

Holland Animation Film Festival Presents Libertaria: The Virtual Opera

HAFF Holland Animation Film Festival Presents: Libertaria: The Virtual OperaExperimental virtual opera in Machinima, made entirely online. Epic post-apocalyptic science fiction. USA 2139, a nuclear war has ruined the environment and divided society. The Factory manufactures test-tube people. A girl named Libertaria has escaped and when she meets Simeon the time is ripe for rebellion.
ScreeningsMusic 3 Thursday 20 Mar. 10:00 LHC4

Friday 21 Mar. 17:30 LHC3
The City of Utrecht presents Utrecht as the international City of Music 2014. HAFF joins in with an international theme programme of music and animation. Animation and music have proven to be a fruitful combination. Their inspirational interplay produces a wealth of musical films and cinematic music. The theme runs…

An Admittedly Overanalyzation of the Lego Movie

The Lego Movie Attempts to Address Larger Issues within the Context of Animated Children's Toys, but What is it Really Saying about Contemporary Culture?According to the Lego Movie plot synopsis:
An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

While this may seem a straightforward plot, not exactly rocket (or LEGO) science, the reality is that their are a number of straightforward and more subtle jabs at contemporary society throughout the film that can make an overly analytical parent like myself, especially one that teaches a media course, wonder if the animators meant to throw these jabs in or simply thought it would make the film more appealing to adults.

WARNING: Definite LEGO Movie spoilers to follow, so if you are really, really REALLY looking forward to the ending, then please do not read further. 

Firstly you have the society where "Everyt…