Hello, everyone. It’s a funny thing about this social distancing/quarantine we’ve all hopefully been partaking in these past few months; one concern that briefly crossed my mind was running out of things to do before boredom or cabin fever set in. It turns out the opposite has happened: so much to do and not enough time in the day! All this to say that unfortunately, May’s movie review isn’t ready yet (spoiler warning: it’s The Great Race, one of the most underrated comedies ever filmed). I sincerely apologize and will try to get it up as soon as I can.

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“She said, knowing full well how long it took the last time she promised that.”

Okay, so in order to complete May’s review without collapsing under my workload or burning myself out, I’m afraid I’m going to have to forego June’s movie review. That way I can still have the energy to finish the May movie review, work on the new series reviews, and prepare a review I’ve long had in mind for the blog’s fifth anniversary (it’ll five years come July, holy fishpaste…) I assure you, these delays and work piling up is due to some pretty major things I’m currently doing with my life. It all ties back to a certain conversation I had a few weeks ago with my mother (my mother who, by the way, is a blonde progressive hard-working passionate woman I owe much of my personality to):

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“Hi honey, you remember the dean of the college you graduated from that I also taught at for over thirty years, you knew her since you were three, practically your godmother?”

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“Yes, mom, what about her?”

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“She’s heading an online summer program and she thinks YOU would be a great teacher for one of the classes.”

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“Me?! I barely had any patience teaching you Microsoft Word, why would you both think I’d be able to teach a class?”

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“She said it would be geared towards younger kids as a way of getting them interested in the arts.”

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“Well, it’s one thing if it’s for kids, but I’m still not sure if I’d be the right -“

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“She wants you to teach them storyboarding for animation.”

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“…Mother, you had my curiosity. Now you have my interest.”

So yes, I got a summer job. As of this June you may refer to me as Professor Shelf, storyboard emeritus. It’s my first time teaching a class, if it wasn’t obvious enough already. I’m excited because it’s a topic I’m more than well-versed in, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous also. Though I’ve got my hands a little extra full making the preparations, learning Google Classroom and such, I promised you that I’d be reviewing a new series again, and I’m holding myself to it, though I hope you can forgive me for delaying it a bit while I square away my syllabus. You voted, I counted, and I’m here to announce what show I’ll be covering next. Drumroll, please!

And the winner is…

It’s an unusual feeling; I’m both completely surprised and also not that this is the winner. My top ten list of favorite episodes from this series is inexplicably my most popular post of all time, so I suppose the audience for this cult favorite was wider than I anticipated. Ah well, we could all use some nostalgic indulgence at the moment. Plus it gives me the chance to flex my knowledge about these stories beyond the adaptations we’re familiar with (and speaking as someone who loves fantasy and the mythology of fairy tales, there’s a lot for me to talk about).

Thank you for reading and sticking with me throughout all this. My birthday’s coming up this week and if yours is too this month, Happy Birthday to you! Thanks to everyone who voted and also donated to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Even though the voting is done for now, please consider submitting a donation if you are able. Special thanks to my patrons Amelia Jones, Gordhan Rajani and Sam Minden for their support. Patreon supporters get perks such as film requests, extra movie review votes, early access and sneak peeks, and more! Have a great day!

Artwork by Charles Moss.