train car #9: The Kids
My favorite kids from 2013 were Robby Novak [Kid President] with his priceless advice for America and Miles Skott [Batkid] who probably had the best Make a Wish event in history.
“Well, okay. I’m just gonna say it. There’s a scene at the end of the movie when George Clooney’s character, myself, my cousin and the opossum, Kylie, are all on a little motorcycle driving back to our home. And we’ve just rescued my cousin. And we stop and we see a wolf on a distant hill, and it’s a really beautiful, beautiful scene. It’s like so heart-warming because it’s just a beautiful moment between these foxes and little animals and this really like mysterious wolf who we’ve heard about the entire movie and who doesn’t talk in this scene and he’s not wearing clothes. He’s kind of, he represents I guess, the wild. He’s a wild wolf and animal, and it’s a beautiful moment where they have this great connection, and in that moment, it really like to me the point of that scene is let’s keep on being free. Let’s keep on being animals. And it’s such an uplifting moment, and like when I’ve seen it with audiences, a bunch of people break into huge cheers and hooting. It’s such an awesome, awesome scene. It really just blows my mind.
And actually, when we did the movie, you know, we did the movie basically live together as a cast. We didn’t do the scenes, none of us really did it separately in recording booths, which is how typical animated movies are done. This one, Wes Andersen had us literally go and move onto a farm together and we all lived together. And we’d wake up in the morning, have breakfast and then if there was a scene, for instance, that took place underneath a tree, George Clooney and Bill Murray, everyone, would walk over to the tree that we’d find, we’d take our scripts out and we’d just start acting out the scenes. And it was basically like doing a movie just with no cameras. So there were actors, the director, Wes, and a sound man. And we were running around, growling and hooting and hollering, and if we had to eat a bunch of food like in the movie we always are eating like French toast or biscuits, we would literally be eating French toast and biscuits and toast, I mean it was so much fun.
Anyways, one day when we were doing this particular scene with this wolf, we were all about to shoot it and then Wes said, you know we should really get someone to play the wolf so that the guys have someone to act opposite, and we looked around and Bill Murray was standing there with his hands in his pockets. He took his hands out and said, “I can be the wolf.” And Bill Murray just took off running, or I guess trotting. And he ran, ran, ran, ran really far away until he was tiny. And he turned around and actually became the wolf, like he, it’s almost as if he embodied the wolf. And he acted it out for us, and it was so inspiring and so beautiful. And Wes actually took out his camera phone, filmed it, and then sent that footage to the animators to base the wolf off of Bill Murray, so Bill Murray is the uncredited wolf in this movie. And he actually, it was so good, it was as if he practiced it. I mean, it was incredible, his wolf performance. So, I think because of what the scene means, what it represents in the movie and the great warm message that it has in the scene, plus knowing the behind the scenes, what went into that scene, I think that’s my favorite scene in the movie.”
- “The boy kissed the girl; therefore the boy acted upon the object.”
- “Any opportunity to cover my body, I take…”
- “”The boy hit the ball, he just hit the dang thing!”
- “I always have kissing on my mind!”
- ” We’re gonna talk about the dash soon and it’s… it’s gonna be good.”
- “Learn to love the dash!!”
- “There’s a prostitute in the sentence too so that’s good.”
- “Oh crap, there’s more information. Hey, I can’t apologize for the ‘c’ word! I know my mom doesn’t like it but it’s the 21st century!”
- “Your poo defines you.”
- ” Ikea commercial on youtube.com.”
- “Abe and I, like a movie!”
- “I did a bit of naughtiness by researching on wikipedia.”
- “Don’t tell anybody cause I don’t know what I’m doing!”
- “I apologize for wearing this sweater.”
- “Ooooh! We have sound!”
- “This person’s gotta be the fattest person in the world! Sorry, that was mean…. this person at least has gotta be a Warcraft junkie.”
- “Somebody give me an example because I don’t want to think of any.”
- “Rocks explode wildly, I crawl around slyly…”
- “Yes! That was it! I’m awesome!”
- “I like to draw shapes.”
- “Wow those are all big! …Mine aren’t that big…”
- “Semicolons… Prisoners… Oooh.”
- “Ralph looked around slyly, then he spoke these words, “Trust me.”
“Why should I trust you?” Hollie questioned.
“..You don’t need to know.”
- “Small moments make small victories. Like when you’re in church and they say, “Open your hymnals to hymn number whatever,” and you open it and it’s like right there, you’re like, YES!
- “All apron no feet!”
- “Sunlight streaming in, confusing it with holiness haha.”
- “I am the smartest dumb guy I know.”
- “Argue like the British: ‘I’m right, I’m right, I hear what you’re saying, TEA!’ “
- “Wait a minute, I think my mind was just blown!”
- “Don’t do that! It’s bad!!”
- “…And THAT is how you cite the bible!”
-” He makes some heck outta movies!”
- “Just look at it and ask, ‘Is this pretty?’ “
- “That sounds like something I would say, but I don’t understand it!”
- “Get awesome.”
- “I’ve got alllllllll kinds of hepatitis!”
- “What if that was the extent of my anger, throwing a marker in a feminine manner?”
- “Was that racist? Sorry if it was…”
- “This will be fairly epic.”
- “Dr. Fallstaff falls on his staff!”
- “You guys are the best… Or I’m just the wonkiest.”
- “Well in ancient Sparta…”
- “People were stupid back then!”
- “Look at all the cats on the internet, it’s me!”
- “Abs are inherently awesome!”
- “Writing is telepathy.”
- “Comic Sans: A big dumb font.”
- “I just put that up there, I was feeling wonky.”
- “What does that mean? I’ll tell you what it means! ANNNNND….. here it comes!”
- “Manage actions, whatever THAT means!”
- “Next time I read Peanuts, I’ll think about it, I promise.”
- “I’d help her out and then she’d let me go play Treasure Mountain.”
- “You make me feel, like, jelly-ish.”
- “…With the candlelight softly flickering in the background…”
- “That’s not clean! It’s not beautiful!”
- “You shouldn’t be bitter about sports metaphors.”
"The happiest moment of my life was when my daughter was born. The second happiest moment was when I made this jacket."
"I am so pumped up!"
Getting old is the second-biggest surprise of my life, but the first, by a mile, is our unceasing need for deep attachment and intimate love. We oldies yearn daily and hourly for conversation and a renewed domesticity, for company at the movies or while visiting a museum, for someone close by in the car when coming home at night. This is why we throng Match.com and OkCupid in such numbers—but not just for this, surely. Rowing in Eden (in Emily Dickinson’s words: “Rowing in Eden— / Ah—the sea”) isn’t reserved for the lithe and young, the dating or the hooked-up or the just lavishly married, or even for couples in the middle-aged mixed-doubles semifinals, thank God. No personal confession or revelation impends here, but these feelings in old folks are widely treated like a raunchy secret. The invisibility factor—you’ve had your turn—is back at it again. But I believe that everyone in the world wants to be with someone else tonight, together in the dark, with the sweet warmth of a hip or a foot or a bare expanse of shoulder within reach. Those of us who have lost that, whatever our age, never lose the longing: just look at our faces. If it returns, we seize upon it avidly, stunned and altered again.