33 thoughts on “The Magic of Special Effects

  1. Murray C. September 9, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    Ooo, Faye, that was gooood. What a cutie pie puppy – and so dexterous? Pedexterous?

  2. Elaine C Williamson September 9, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    Cute as a button! Looks like a ball of fluff that happens to have a face.

    • Julie September 9, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      I know, right??!! Everything about the video was perfect!

  3. Doug September 9, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    “Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a frog. A frog?”

    Nay .. It’s just little ole me .. Underpup

  4. Gigi the cat lady September 9, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    As Roger Murtaugh would say :

    I’m getting too old for this sh**!!!!

    • Doug September 9, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      Oh come on .. Roger’s not THAT old ..

    • Duckie 🐥 September 9, 2016 / 3:46 pm

      And no one can ever be too old for cute!

  5. Faye September 9, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I knew NOMTOM would make a good post out of this tiny pup! A regular action movie!!

    I am so jonesing for a Pomeranian.

    One small leap for Hoomins one giant leap for Pomkind!

    • allein 🐾 September 9, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      My parents’ neighbors used to have a Pom who looked like a furry basketball. His name was, of course, Spalding. 😉

  6. Ricky's Mom September 9, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    IMO this is much, much better without explosions. I’m so sick of explosions. In real life they are horrific. In the movies they are a very boring substitute for genuine drama and really good dialogue. I like my poms un-threatened by explosions. They are explosively cute enough.

    • Ricky's Mom September 9, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      I try not to be a nuffer here, so maybe I should clarify my position. In two days it will be the fifteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the flight over Pennsylvania. I lived not far from the WTC at the time, and had friends who lived closer, and others who worked in the neighborhood or even in the buildings. Someone I knew was a first responder who did not make it. It took several days before I could be sure everyone else I knew who lived and worked around there was safe; and as we know, many, many others were NOT safe. I have been diagnosed with PTSD from that day. I can handle the Acme Blasting company with Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote most of the time. But this is not a great time for me to be seeing realistic looking explosions around a live little dog. I guess just shouldn’t have looked at this post, but I’m not usually made this upset at Cutetropolis.

      No need for anyone to reply. If others enjoyed this, that’s fine, truly. I realize no upset was intended; and anyway this site is not All About Me. I just wanted you guys to understand my response, that’s all.

      • debg September 9, 2016 / 2:10 pm

        Ricky’s Mom, I think we can all appreciate your position and sympathize with your unhappy memories. Hugs to you, as this sad anniversary approaches. Fifteen years–still so much loss and pain.

      • Not That Mike The Other Mike September 9, 2016 / 2:16 pm

        I’m so sorry! Yes, I meant no upset or disrespect, but nonetheless I regret that I made you feel this way.

        • Ricky's Mom September 9, 2016 / 4:12 pm

          It wasn’t you who made me feel this way, Mike. It was Al Qaeda. And “news” media that continue to use shock and horror to generate ratings, and to report speculation as fact. And Hollywood. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. Anyway, the little Pom is adorable. I can just watch the first clip.

      • Madame X September 9, 2016 / 2:41 pm

        Hugs, RM. You have every right to despise explosions – most people exposed to the real thing feel the same.

      • AJ September 9, 2016 / 4:10 pm

        Totally understandable. I grew up outside NYC and was living in Western MA when the attacks happened. At first I thought it was the usual idiot in a small plane who couldn’t see these big buildings right in front of him but then realized how bad it was.

        At the time of the attacks, my company’s VP was on a plane headed to Boston when it was grounded. We also had three people in Taiwan that were supposed to fly back to the US that same day plus being a Tuesday, all our sales reps were either on their sales rounds or at airports ready to fly out for the week. I spent the day alternating between watching coverage and on the phone, telling everyone to head back home anyway they could, the company would pay for the rental car fees. It was one of the most stressful days I had to deal with. On a better note, one of my friend’s husband was a former Marine who went down to the site and helped pull out the last two people found alive. His name is David Karnes and Oliver Stone included his character in the movie World Trade Center. Other than that movie, I haven’t been able to watch any of the footage from that day, it’s just too upsetting.

      • Julie September 9, 2016 / 9:28 pm

        Hey Ricky’s Mom – I get it. And no, you are not a nuffer. Not even close.

        I was living in Boston at the time, but had lived in NYC for years before moving to Boston in 2000. My fiance was in NYC that day for work. My brother was living in Brooklyn. My aunt and cousin were living in Midtown and Upper West Side, respectively. My cousin worked downtown and it took 2 days before my aunt and uncle could reach her to know she was safe.

        It took 2 days before my fiance could make it back home. He and his colleagues were eventually able to rent a U-Haul and drove that back to Boston. The 3 of them crammed into the cab while their 3 pieces of carry on size luggage rattled in the back. He said that people who knew each other were sharing their rooms at the hotel to make room for others that were without shelter. And also, because it was too difficult to be alone. His hotel was at 49th & Lex and there was debris in the streets.

        I remember every single moment of that day. Every single moment. What I was wearing. The weather. Who told me about the first plane. Where I was when I saw the second plane. Watching the planes that morning on their flight path from Logan airport appear to head straight for my office on the 31st floor. Telling my client that we should re-schedule our conference call and that we should really all go home to our families. Walking home on an absolutely gorgeous, sunny Fall day. It felt so incongruous.

        This was before Facebook check ins and ubiquitous cell phones and 4G service and texting and home high speed internet. Finding your loved ones took days and for some people, it took weeks and for some, they were never found.

        So I get it, sort of. I won’t get it the same as you. But I get it.

        • AJ September 9, 2016 / 10:25 pm

          The one thing that always stayed with me was the news about cars still parked in commuter lots a few days later. Sometimes that was the only way they knew someone wasn’t coming home. So sad.

          • allein 🐾 September 9, 2016 / 10:50 pm

            I hadn’t heard about that. 🙁

            My cousin’s wife’s cousin died that day, and her mother was also there (she left after the first plane hit; she was in the other building. She was also there in 1993, as was my cousin, who decided that was a good time to start his own business and get out of the city). I have a friend who was in DC on a business trip (she lives outside Boston; I think she ended up taking a train home) and could see the smoke from her hotel room, and another friend whose mother-in-law had to rent a car and drive back to Philly from Florida.

            I was working in Philly at the time, and ended up going home with a coworker because they closed 30th Street Station for several hours as a precaution, and getting back to my car would have involved two or three buses (she and her husband drove me back to the city after they reopened). I was glad I did because I didn’t see any of the news footage until we got to her house, and I’m really glad I didn’t have to sit alone in my apartment watching it.

          • Phred's Mom September 10, 2016 / 2:47 pm

            Saw those cars in the parking garages a couple of weeks after,
            when we went down to the site, as a sort of pilgrimage.
            Those cars were heart-breaking, as was the sight of papers
            fluttering in the wreckage.

      • 6rabbits September 10, 2016 / 6:12 pm

        I am glad 9/11 is on a weekend this year so I don’t have to teach about it. It was different when it was still in the children’s memories, but it’s much harder to explain 15 yrs. out, and we’re required to teach about it. I was no where near any of it, had no friends or family in the areas, and I can’t imagine how it was for people who were there or near. It was horrific enough to deal with watching it at school as it happened, watching the continuing coverage at home, and, in the aftermath, trying to answer the questions of confused, disturbed 9 yr olds. My heart goes out to those who were personally impacted by that horror.

        Explosions are sooo overused in movies, and I think, for me at least, that contributed to the unreal feel of the footage from that day. It looked just like what you’d see in a movie–that you go to enjoy–but it’s REAL–which is horrifying. Cognitive dissonance in action.

    • debg September 9, 2016 / 2:13 pm

      You’re allowed to feel what you feel, RM. It looks like you deleted your 2nd comment, so my reply to it got eaten. Hugs to you as this sad anniversary approaches (9/11, for those who didn’t see it).

      • Ricky's Mom September 9, 2016 / 4:14 pm

        I may have been editing it when you thought it was pulled. I appreciate everyone’s kind response. Those of you who have similar memories or responses, whether or not you have chosen to share them here, you have my sympathy, too. This is a nice place, and you are good people.

    • allein 🐾 September 9, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      In movies they’re also often followed by “ringing in the ears” experienced from the point of view of the character who got tossed to the ground by the explosion, which absolutely drives me crazy. Sometimes to the point where I have to mute the TV.

  7. Phred's Mom September 9, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    I agree, explosions are the default in too many movies, acting as
    a substitute for anything resembling plot. Overdone and sophomoric.
    I have a bad response 9-11-wise to that hideous song, “It’s Raining Men”,
    which, as a photographer’s assistant I had to endure at too many
    wedding receptions right after September 11. Sometimes I would
    make sure the photographer was set up, and just leave the room
    for the duration of the so-called song. It flummoxed me how obtuse
    people could be. Did they not SEE? And this was in the NYC area, too!

    • Faye September 9, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Yes that song would upset me too. I just encountered that famous photo last night. I look at it because I’m a very visual person/artist and I can’t not look. Sigh.

      This year 15 I feel more reluctant to watch the new documentaries. I don’t know exactly why I would be having that reaction now.

  8. Duckie 🐥 September 9, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Everyone here is loved and cherished, and all opinions are respected. Mike has created a safe place where we are free to respond to the postings as we do. We respect each other, and even during disagreements, we remember that. Sometimes just having a place where you know strangers (and some of us are stranger than others) are still your friends makes talking about a response easier.
    I did not realize the date today. My thoughts and prayers will be with everyone this weekend.
    Thank you, Mike.

    • maia September 10, 2016 / 10:26 am

      I lurked here long before I subscribed, and I couldn’t agree with you more, Duckie! The people here are awesome.

      Thank you, Mike, for this site, and blessings to everyone on this difficult weekend.

    • 6rabbits September 10, 2016 / 6:14 pm

      Well said, Duckie!

  9. Faye September 9, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Maybe Mike can repost the first video of micro Pom with another story. I’m not nuffing or suggesting taking anything down though.

  10. sugitomo September 9, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    That redonkulously fluffy and adorable pom! Errrkk, would keel anyone ded.

  11. fkaWaldenPond September 10, 2016 / 1:44 am
  12. Doug September 12, 2016 / 7:33 am

    Remember them all …

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