Generation of Shadows

My sister and I watched a lot of TV when we were kids

I don’t say this as a positive or negative,

it just was.

Ours was the generation of the shadows.

The old Tom and Jerry’s, the Looney Tunes

those were fading away

to a new class of cartoons.

Heavy hatching. Darker themes.

“The Last Unicorn.” “The Rats of Nymh.”

“The Hobbit.” “The Never-ending Story.”

The world had gone punk, and its youth were going with it.

Yet, at that same time,

these years (80’s and 90’s) were also the Mencken years,

“Beauty and the Beast.” “Little Mermaid.”

“Hunchback of Notre Dame.” “Aladdin.”

Our fantasies were both dark and beautiful,

all the while steeped in music.

Kids programming teetered in the divide,

not sure of how to treat it’s youth.

Then came “Toy Story,”

whose first drafts were as dark as

the 80’s programming we grew up with,

Then there was the rewrite.

While still gritty,

it promised hope

and the programming has grown prettier

as art has moved from hands to computer.

More neon.

It speaks in a new language, more distracted.

Yet, also in its own way has grown deeper,

reaching out to a more universal audience,

of all races, nationalities, genres, body types,

and backgrounds.

Each generation passes its legacy on to another,

for them to blaze a new trail with it.

Ours was a generation of the shadows,

but we were singing all the way through.

 

 

 

“Oh Sheep!” on YouTube

Fresh from the 168 Film Festival, here is “Oh Sheep!”:

CREDITS:

Written & Produced by Aaron D. Ybarra

Directed by Brian Vann

D. P. & Editor… Zachary Aro

On-set Photographer & Poster Design… Natalie Kalinski

Cast

Ziek… Kerem Erdinc

Dave… Kurt Vann

Sheep… Zachary Aro

Special Thanks… Jesus Christ, Katie Ybarra, Susan Shearer & John Ware

“Oh Sheep!” Press Release

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From producer, Aaron D. Ybarra, and director, Brian Vann, comes OKOA latest film submission for the 168 Film Festival: “OH SHEEP!.” This short will make its debut on Saturday, August 20th at Regal Cinema / LA Live. Showtime is at 10:00am – 10:55 am with an encore presentation from 2:30pm – 3:45 pm. Tickets are available on the 168 website.

Tickets 🎟: https://168-film-festival.ticketleap.com/168-film-festival-2016/

Time & Schedule ⏰: https://www.168film.com/Schedule

-Zachary Aro, Editor and Cinematographer