Friday, October 21, 2016

Witches in Fiction 2016

Firstly, I'd like to thank Magaly Guerrero for hosting the Witches in Fiction blog event for the sixth year running, and welcome you to my little corner of Blogland to peruse my humble contribution to the proceedings.

I have to confess, I feel like a bit of a fraud participating in Witches in Fiction, being that I'm neither a practicing pagan nor a writer. Even more so as the theme of this year's WiF event is "Spelling Healing into a Rotting World" and the "entry must include some sort of magic and a fictional storyline". I suspect the parameters of that rule will be stretched further than the elastic in a worn out pair of underpants by the time I'm finished, but anyhoo, here we go...

I want to tell you a tale about a magical animated film called The Iron Giant (1999), which is loosely based on the novel The Iron Man (1968) by Ted Hughes. Set during the Cold War in the fictional town of Rockwell, Maine, the film relates the story of nine year old Hogarth Hughes befriending a giant, mysterious, weaponized robot that has fallen out of the sky.



Now, I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen the film (and if you haven't seen it, I urge you to do so), but what I will say, is that against the backdrop of escalating Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, The Iron Giant is a celebration of friendship, tolerance, loyalty, individualism, misfits, and even art. One of my favourite characters is Dean McCoppin (voiced by Harry Connick, Jr.), who is a beatnik junkyard owner who creates sculptures out of his scrap metal. I defy you not to fall in love with Dean! But the main reason I chose The Iron Giant to spell healing into this rotting world is the film's central message:

"You are who you choose to be!"


We may feel powerless to do anything about the depressing events being played out across our TV screens on the nightly news, but we do have control over our own actions. We can each choose to be "Superman" rather than "Atomo the Metal Menace" (watch the film!), and then, just maybe, we might inspire others to take the higher road with us.

I hope I have convinced you to give The Iron Giant a watch, (or perhaps, a re-watch). You're bound to feel uplifted and positive after having seen it, and what could be more magical than that?!

Thank you for dropping by for a visit with me, and now, please head off to Magaly's blog for links to the other participants. There are also six giveaways to enter (SIX!!!), including a chance to win one of my crows, pictured above.

31 comments:

  1. awww... This is an amazing entry for Witches in Fiction! Such a great message and such a great story. I haven't watched this cartoon, but I would really like to now. Yes, so true we can't change many many events around but we can start from ourselves and teach good magical, inspiring things to our children.
    And your crow - awesome,I fell in love with her right away when I saw the giveaway :)

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  2. Yes, this movie has long been on my "to see" list but have not got to it yet! Your wonderful review is renewing my resolve!

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  3. That is such a cute crow. I have not watch the iron giant for ages. Not since my daughter was small.

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  4. I loved Iron Giant once I got into the vintage American feel of it. But I love your Crow more!
    Ps. Could you let me know when you get your swap gift? Just PM me on FB.

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  5. Your post totally fits the remit to the challenge....you are certainly spreading love and informatoin to hopefully heal something that is rotten in our world XXX

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  6. I love this ❤️ haven't seen the movie but you make me wanna go check it out!!

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  7. I don't think I've seen this movie. I'll have to put it on my watch list.
    blessings
    ~*~

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  8. Casa de Cuckoo (my nutzy household) just love this movie. It is spot on for the theme today. Kindness, love, caring and taking responsibility for the well being of others is just exactly it......the answer. Thanks, xoxo Oma Linda

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  9. What a great correlation between movie and post. You crow is so adorable.

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  10. What a great correlation between movie and post. You crow is so adorable.

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  11. This is one of my family's favorite movies. The ending always makes me tear up.

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  12. Always knowing the perfect thing to say! xoDebi

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  13. You (who, by the way, happens to be a total failure at the art of being a Witches in Fiction fraud) are the worse sort of influence, when it comes to my need to save time. How can I keep myself from re-watching The Iron Giant now? Exactly! I totally knew what you were doing.

    I, too, love Dean... and everyone who understands (and chooses to live by) his ways.

    This is a perfect post, Emma: intelligent, analytical, and not stretchy at all. ♥

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  14. Such a great post!
    I must admit I never happened to watch the movie...
    Love the crow so much!!

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  15. Beautiful post, talented Emma; creator of the most charming crow I've ever seen. Indeed, magic in The Iron Giant story is profound, and your relevant reminder calls for a re-watch!

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  16. It would be such a pleasure to watch something uplifting on TV for a change. Love the crow!! Some day you'll have to make a needle felted one. Some day I'll have to try needle felting. When we both have some free time, right? lol

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  18. I so love your little crow! I saw this movie a very long time ago. I believe I need to see it again. Thanks for being you, Emma!

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  19. I will definitely be watching this movie. And your little crow is so charming...love it!

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  20. I'm sold.. going to watch this as soon as possible!
    Thank you.
    Your little crow is stunning, love the detail on it.
    :-)

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  21. I adore Sir Groovy and the message of this movie! It and your comment on my post reminds me of a poem I wrote a few years ago, which I shall share on my blog soon! ♥

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  22. Truly beautiful post my friend! I have never watched this movie and now I want too! Very wise words! I love your crow! Hmmmm...I think I have one, but I think he needs a little sister or brother! LOL! I miss you Emma! Big Hugs and Many Blessings!

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  23. From one fraud to another ;) YOU ROCK, labels are over rated Emma, you only have to be YOU, a gorgeous talented sweetheart, loved this movie too, things that make you feel good always make the world less rotten :)

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  24. I think your post was great! And the one line message says so much! I believe spreading a simple message is a powerful spell too! I LOVE the crow! I am a Crow Woman and also a new follower! Hugs, Rasz

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  25. I love this movie it such an intelligent film, I was surprised to learn the voice of the Robots was voice Vin Diesel. It was ex who finally persuaded me to watch it. I never regret it.

    Very cute crow.

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  26. Its a lovely movie. The iron giant is unconsiously powerful with his armour and also very peaceful. My kids loved this movie and were very touched by it.

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  27. Hoping that you and yours had a great Halloween, dear Lady Emma....

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  28. Hello from Marshville, dear Lady Emma... We posted a special "Addams Family" post for you at our Crypt... Hope that the Holiday Season went well for you and yours... and a pleasant 2017 as well !!! Stacey / "Dr. Theda"...

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  29. I always look forward to your blog posts, dear Emma and am completely in love with your crow. My Cobweb still takes pride of place and serves as a perfect reminder of my girl. Thank you.

    I love The Iron Giant, too 🖤

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  30. This is an amazing entry for Witches in Fiction! Such a great message and such a great story. I haven't watched this cartoon, but I would really like to now,


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