Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sorry haven't posted in forever!

But I do have something to post now. It's a little PSA I made concerning California's Proposition 8, also known as the gay marriage ban. Hope you like it (and tell your friends!)



Thanks to Erik Benson and Su Wong for lending their voices, Alex Hirsch, Dimitri Frazao and Nick Butera for making the music, James Robertson and Dani Strijleva for keeping me motivated and giving me moral support, and a very special thanks to Ryan Dooley for being the best!

31 Comments:

Anonymous Ryan said...

This totally makes up for the months of constantly checking your site! It's SOOOOOOOOOOO wonderful! You're my hero! Love, Ryan :)

6:39 PM  
Blogger Kevin Kidney said...

I love it! Very cute and funny!
How was it animated? Are they paper characters?

9:47 PM  
Blogger brigette b said...

About TIME you updated this thing, mister! I had almost given up hope!

Good job on the petit film...I actually learned stuff by watching it!

11:08 PM  
Blogger Shaun Pendergast said...

Aw! Wooohoo!

What a cute, creative toon. I hope this brings about awareness as well as smiles. Thanks for this sir.

-Shaun (hoping to be able to marry one day)

1:15 AM  
Blogger Alan Cook said...

Great stuff dude!

2:02 AM  
Blogger ZaR said...

Adrian, this is absolutely wonderful what you are doing! I will spread the love!

2:05 AM  
Blogger Ward Jenkins said...

Great stuff, Adrian! Love the look and the style of the characters, along with the style of animation. Love it! Very Kimball-y (when he did the Noah's Ark stop-motion film).

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Ken Bruce said...

Hey Adrian! I'd marry you! What a great little cartoon.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Ian J. said...

Great stuff! I really love the posing on these characters.

And it's funny which is always a plus.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Alex M. said...

This is great! Incredibly awesome, Adrian.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Nathen Anderson said...

Adrian,

It is found in Neo-Marxist Critical Theory, what they call cultural Marxism, outlined by Herbert Marcuse. They saw cultural institutions as inhibitors to evolved socialism. The family, religion, etc. became prime targets. The theory goes that if the nuclear family can be dismantled, the individual will place more faith in the State for his security and well-being, and Marxism will take root again. The battles of the sixties, anti-communists will say, were driven by these Marxist undercurrents that had been in the intellectual community. Gay marriage is the next in line of a string of neo-Marxist ideas that have to be repudiated. There really is a conspiratorial streak to this opposition to gay marriage. The question arises about evidence to support this fear. We are not the first country to go down this path, so we have templates to study.

Norway, Sweden, and most of Scandinavia played this game 15 years ago, and we have results to measure as well as attitudinal shifts to show how gay marriage correlates to other cultural shifts about religion, marriage, and the State. Stanley Kurtz has repeatedly examined this, and came to the conclusion that it does. To paraphrase his study, marriage is almost non-existent in these countries (as measured by the out-of-wedlock birthrate, and the family dissolution rate), and a bellwether for this change, he saw in the gay marriage movement. I’m not altogether convinced it is causal in nature, or just part of the overall chess game, but one of the most disturbing signs was the change in rhetoric. Before the gay marriage was allowed, the rhetoric was about equal rights, love, and acceptance. After gay marriage was allowed, the cultural left started attacking marriage as an outdated institution, as characterized BY gay marriage. This change in rhetoric confirms some of the conspiratorial view. The institution of marriage has altogether been subverted and replaced by the State in Scandinavia.

In Canada, opposition to homosexuality as wrong is now considered hate speech. There is an instance where an ad placed quoting bible passages showing why homosexuality is wrong, and the man who placed the ad was fined by the Canadian Human Rights Board of Inquiry. Furthermore, a Catholic bishop was taken to court by an offended gay man over printing a letter that called on Canada to overturn gay marriage. The case was withdrawn by the plaintiff who was just trying to make a statement, but thousands of dollars of court fees were incurred. Some lawmakers in Canada have regarded their hate crime laws as having a chilling effect on the freedom of religion.

“Public accommodation laws are already being used as leverage in an attempt to force religious organizations to allow marriage celebrations or receptions in religious facilities that are otherwise open to the public. Accrediting organizations in some instances are asserting pressure on religious schools and universities to provide married housing for same-sex couples. Student religious organizations are being told by some universities that they may lose their campus recognition and benefits if they exclude same-sex couples from club membership.

Many of these examples have already become the legal reality in several nations of the European Union, and the European Parliament has recommended that laws guaranteeing and protecting the rights of same-sex couples be made uniform across the EU. Thus, if same-sex marriage becomes a recognized civil right, there will be substantial conflicts with religious freedom. And in some important areas, religious freedom may be diminished.”

“Most People do not object to rights (already established in California) regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not infringe on the integrity of the family or the constitutional rights of churches and their adherents to administer and practice their religion free from government interference.”

Seems to me, in conclusion, that people’s opposition to marriage is not based on irrational fear of homosexual love per se (they seem awfully close to being okay with domestic parternship rights and have no qualm with employment discrimination based on sexual orientation), but on a deeper, subversive fear that relates to, cultural revolution, neo-Marxian destruction of the family, the State replacing religion, and limiting the freedoms of speech and religion that go along with forced acceptance of homosexuality. This is a massive chess game in a cultural war. Agree or disagree, that’s how you have to look at it if you want to see it through my lens.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Adrian Molina said...

Hey everyone, thanks for your comments on my video, it really means a lot!

Kevin- The characters are meant to look like paper, but they were put together in photoshop (a little bit easier to handle, hehe)

Brigette- Never give up hope! Sorry I left you waiting :)

Ward-What a compliment I love Ward kimball, and the noah's ark short especially!

Ken-I'm blushing, hehe

Madrigal-Thanks for the support!

Nathen- Thanks for your comments! I agree with you, family is the most important building block of our society. I don't know where I'd be without mine. With their unconditional love and support, I feel like I can do anything. If everyone's parents were as smart, thoughtful, and loving as mine, I think the world world be a wonderful place. I wouldn't want to destroy traditional marriage for anything.

I agree with you that the state is a poor substitute for a family. Can you imagine a life without your family. Can you imagine growing old depending on the state to take care of you. What if you weren't allowed to start your own family because the state says you can't? Wouldn't it suck for the state to say "We know what's best for you, we know better than the people that you love and the people that love you." What an awful way to live.

I agree with you about Canada's Hate Speech laws. I prefer America's right to free speech. I think everyone should have the protected right to say what they think, even if people disagree with them. What if we weren't allowed to speak our opinions freely? How can I be a full person if I have to keep my opinions bottled up and hide them away is some closet for fear of being punished for them. What an awful thing it would be to live in a place where I didn't have the right to live and speak the way I choose, but would have to live and speak the way someone else tells me to. Thank goodness I don't live in that world.

And lastly, I agree with you about why people oppose gay marriage. It really is about fear. I just want to let you know that I don't want you to be afraid of me. I don't want to destroy marriage, I want more people to form loving relationships, to have supportive families, and try to raise each other up to be the best humans they can be. I wish for every straight person to find a person they can love forever (if they so choose) and raise a family that build on love (if they are able). I want nothing less than for each person to make the choice that brings them joy in live.

I don't want to destroy religion. I want everyone to learn how amazing it is to appreciate the wonders of the world, how good it feels to treat your neighbor as yourself, how blessed it is to feel part of a community of people who believe in something greater than their own self interest. I don't know how everything got here, but I think there are things and people in this world that are too precious and special to be taken for granted, and I wish for everyone to be thankful for the blessings they've got.

I wouldn't want to deny any of these things to anyone. That's how important I think they are. That’s how you have to look at it if you want to see it through my lens.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Josh Parpan said...

This is great Adrian! The animation is so snappy!

9:28 PM  
Anonymous gina said...

Fabulous! Thank you for doing this!

1:26 AM  
Blogger Book said...

Really great Adrian! It's great to see when artists and animators stand up and raise awareness in these important times. As someone who had one gay friend recently get married, and a family member rushing to get married before the election, I thank you for your work!

11:52 AM  
Blogger lorelay bove said...

Adrian!
This is adorable!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Emil said...

"Yeeeeeeeaaahhh!!!" ...hahahaha...love it!

Any kinds of love is fine by me, it's hate and fear that I worry about.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Joe Pitt said...

you seriously made this in pitch doctor!? Whaaaaa?

12:24 PM  
OpenID harmelin said...

Hey,
I wanted to say that your Unicorn vs. Narwhal was one of the most inspiring videos I've ever seen. I like the pictures and characters so much!
I hope there would be a sequel one day.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Highflyin' V said...

GAH! This is wonderful, Adrian! Where did you find the time to do this?

Go Prop 8! Er...NO Prop 8!

1:00 PM  
Blogger EL GRANDE said...

Great ideas. Can’t wait to see whats next.

Peace,
Joe y Elio

3:25 PM  
Blogger Lissa said...

Adrian Molina, you are the next great american hero.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Jeremy said...

I'm animator too ...hum... and gay too! I live in Belgium , here we've got the gay wedding since 2003. We didn't have to fight to get this right.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Michael Scharf said...

great work. i hope you don't mind i posted it on my blog.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

Very cute animation! I like the style of the characters as well.

Who plays the voices??

As being a homosexual Canadian citizen, I very much do think people who say it's 'wrong to be gay' are spouting hate. And simply choose to remain ignorant of what it is they think they know they're talking about when they really don't.

I see all the crap going on about homosexuality and gay marriage as being on par with the difficulties faced with African Americans, Native North Americans and possibly even the Jewish. If only for the fact that these people were (some still are) faced with such hard times due to the ignorance of the majority society.

I'd love to see the reaction to someone who claims it's wrong to be black today.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Molina Day said...

Adrian, you are so loved. Thanks for all your comments about Nora. I wish I could vote in CA.

9:49 PM  
Blogger jacks said...

loved it

11:55 AM  
Blogger John T. Quinn 3rd said...

this is terrific work. very inspiring.
witty, informative and important. and the design and posing is great.

well done.

6:28 PM  
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1:33 AM  
Blogger Todd Kauffman said...

ahhh - makes me wish i was gay!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

This is a very fine video

2:11 PM  

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