Regular readers know well that I am fascinated by “mash-ups.” These are creative digital works that combine (or “mashup”) two or more original creative works.
The video embedded below is a mashup of the trailer for the hit movie “Inception” and the animated television series “My Little Pony.”
From the Wiki…
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) perform an illegal corporate espionage by entering the subconscious minds of their targets, using two-level “dream within a dream” strategies to “extract” valuable information. Each of the “extractors” carries a “totem”, a personalized small object whose behavior is unpredictable to anyone except its owner, to determine whether they are in another person’s dream. Cobb’s totem is a spinning top which perpetually spins in the dream state. Cobb struggles with memories of his dead wife, Mal (Marion Cotillard), who manifests within his dreams and tries to sabotage his efforts.
The main protagonist of Friendship Is Magic is Twilight Sparkle, a unicorn pony with a light violet body and an indigo mane and tail with pink and purple streaks. She is Princess Celestia’s dearest pupil and initially considered the pursuit of knowledge to be more important than socialization, but at the beginning of the series, Princess Celestia orders her to take a break from her studies and visit Ponyville to learn the importance of friendship. This proved to be the key to unlocking the “Elements of Harmony” and defeating Nightmare Moon. She decides to stay in Ponyville and study friendship with her mentor’s blessings. Her part in the Elements of Harmony is magic.
The reason I enjoy mashups so much is that they come close to expressing what we are trying to do with Changing Aging. We criticize aging as it expressed in contempoarary society but we disavow the hazy nostalgia of the “old age of long ago.” Instead, we are seeking to “mashup” multiple cultural elements (including growth, wisdom, belonging and legacy) in, in doing so, create something new and exceptionally valuable.
Anybody else have a favorite digital mashup?