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9 Times Will & Ashley From 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Were Too Cute For Words — VIDEOS
by Kenya Foy
As Will Smith tells us in the super famous theme song for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a Philadelphia playground is where he (the character, not the actor) spent most of his days. While watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I looked forward to seeing Jazz thrown out, seeing Carlton do his famous dance and rolling my eyes at Hilary’s superficial, ridiculously snobbish attitude while secretly wishing I could accompany her on just one of her shopping sprees. But the one thing that really stood out for me was the absolutely adorable relationship Will shared with his younger cousin Ashley.
Thinking back on how I grew up, I can't recall spending most of my days in one particular spot (other than school) but I do remember that my evenings were mostly spent in front of a TV watching my favorite shows, and, of course, keeping up with the Fresh Prince’s latest comedic hijinks remained high on my TV viewing priority list. Will was without a doubt, a goofy troublemaker, but he willingly took on the role of a big brother to Ashley rather than an older cousin. Even though he embarrassed her on more than one occasion, I couldn't help but sigh out loud and clutch my chest at seeing how Will repeatedly protected Ashley and generally looked out for her best interest.
Here are nine times Will and Ashley were the cutest ever on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
When Will Hired Jazz As Ashley's Drum Teacher
I mean, could there have been a more adorable cousin-to-cousin gesture?
The Time He Secretly Shadow-Danced Her
Will had Ashley's moves down pat. The only thing that would've made this moment cuter was if they both wore matching nightgowns. Or maybe not.
When Will Taught Ashley How To Stand Up To A Bully
It's as simple as telling a bully to "Back up!" and "Mind ya bizness."
The Time They Had the Sex Talk
This was one of many times Ashley sought Will's advice, but clearly he was too squeamish to deal with the responsibility.
He Beatboxed an Apology Using a Puppet
It didn't work on Ashley, but it was still an adorable way of saying "I'm sorry."
The Time He Busted Her Sneaking In The House
From Will giving Ashley advice on how to slip into the house without Uncle Phil noticing to giving her the classic "boys are bad" speech, this was one of their cutest moments ever.
The Time They Shopped For Christmas Decorations
Will swooped in to save the holidays and to keep Ashley from morphing into a mini-Scrooge.
The Time Will Helped Ashley Launch Her Her Singing Career
Will doubled as Ashley's manager and a background dancer, even though Carlton's moves nearly stole the show.
The Time Will Posed As Ashley's Father
Only the sweetest guy would pose as his cousin's father to help her enroll in public school, but, unfortunately, Will's charming antics proved to be a total disaster.
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" Bang the Drum, Ashley (TV Episode 1990)The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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After Ashley reveals to him that she does not enjoy playing the violin he takes her to and trades her violin in for a drum set. Then reveals that he has already hired Ashley a teacher. Jazz.After Ashley reveals to him that she does not enjoy playing the violin he takes her to and trades her violin in for a drum set. Then reveals that he has already hired Ashley a teacher. Jazz.After Ashley reveals to him that she does not enjoy playing the violin he takes her to and trades her violin in for a drum set. Then reveals that he has already hired Ashley a teacher. Jazz.
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The lines, "Aww come on Uncle Phil, you gonna ruin my rep!" and "You're only 17, you don't have a rep yet!", said by Will and uncle Phil, is a paraphrase of the lines from Will Smith's song "Parents Just Don't Understand".
Philip Banks: Will, I want the best for Ashley. When I was young I loved classical music, but my parents could never afford lessons. I would stand in parking lot outside the Phil Harmonic, hoping to catch a spare note in the night air.
Vivian Banks: Philip, when I met you, you were into James Brown.
Will: [laughing] He liked James Brown?
Vivian Banks: He even wore his hair like him.
Will: [laughing harder] He had hair?
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“My dear Anne was always worried about her,” said Lady Stern, her eyes shining with pleasure at the sight of the animated, smiling goddaughter dancing with her duke. - She took on all the care of the family, although the head of the family is Royce. When the fate of the last of her sisters is arranged, she will finally be quite happy. Look at them, Theo,” she added, drawing his attention back to Emily and Lord Powell. She smiles the same dazzling smile as Anna. Ah, if only they were half as happy as Anna and Harndon!
“Let things run their course,” he said. “By dinner, he’ll have the courage to propose, and then the engagement will be announced. And our dear Anna will be happy, and so will you. And for me, my dear Marge, nothing is more important than your happiness.
Emily sat next to Lord Powell. She really wanted to dance, but it never occurred to anyone to invite her. People had a strange notion of deafness. They probably thought that if a person does not hear, then he does not see either. Moreover, they did not notice that sound creates a vibration that can be felt. Sound can be felt throughout the body.
She felt the rhythm of the dance. And, for many years, carefully watching the dancers, I learned all the movements of each dance.
Lord Powell told her about her mother and his younger brothers and sisters, which, she knew, was a sure sign that a proposal would soon follow. He attached great importance to the fulfillment of duty to the family. He had time to notice that Lady Emily was very fond of her nephews and nieces, and that she liked to play with them.
I guess that should be taken as an endorsement of how she's coping with her deafness, Emily thought, and smiled. In truth, the smile hadn't left her face since she left Anna's dressing room.
She smiled, although it was very difficult to follow a person's lips when she wanted to take a look at what was going on around her. Therefore, she missed many details about the family, with whom he tried to introduce her in absentia.
He had dark thick eyebrows, perhaps a little heavy for his handsome face. His nose was well shaped, maybe a little large, his eyes were dark and expressive. Her hair is probably dark too. She hadn't seen him without his carefully powdered wig, but she thought he must have short hair.
She noticed that some of the young ladies admired him and looked at her enviously. He was quite tall, well built. And elegantly dressed in dark brown and gold tones.
“I am dancing the second dance with her ladyship,” he said, leaning slightly towards her, forgetting that she still did not hear any noise around her or his voice, “and the third dance with Lady Seaveridge. And I don't dance before dinner.
Will you sit with me this time, Lady Emily? Perhaps after supper you will let me send a maid for your cloak and we will walk with you on the terrace?
Emily opened her fan. It suddenly seemed to her that the room was stuffy. She kept her eyes fixed on Lord Powell's lips. The lips were quite full and well shaped. He spoke slowly, clearly pronouncing the words. Probably to let her know that the last request is important to him.
"It's such a pleasant spring evening," he added, as if his request needed more explanation. “Perhaps you would allow me to talk to you about a very important matter?” I mean when we go out on the terrace.
Still smiling, she nodded. Against all logic, she suddenly madly wanted to be alone. Anywhere, but only one.
"I like him," Emily decided. Not because she set herself up that way, but because he was a pleasant and sincere young man. It would certainly be better if he spoke less. It would be nice to be able to ask him why he wants to marry her. Does he think she's beautiful? Does he like that she is Victor's sister and Luke's sister-in-law? Or is he interested in her mysterious nature?
Lowering her eyes, she glanced down at his hands. The arms were large and strong. She imagined him touching her, her body. She pictured his lips on hers. Further than this, the imagination refused to work.
She looked at his lips again. He continued talking, probably thinking that if she could read lips, then she understood everything. Perhaps he will be disappointed to learn that she does not understand everything.
She often thought about physical love. Does it give extra fullness to life? Or is it an invasion of the inner world of another person? Due to circumstances and inclination of character, she did not like any invasion of her inner world. But she knew enough to understand. On their wedding night, she would have to let him inside her. Only then can she become a wife. Only in this way can she have the children she really wanted. Will this moment be wonderful, magical?
She usually guessed that Anna and Luke were making love at night. They would both be horrified if they knew about it, but she guessed. Perhaps her lack of one of her five senses exacerbated all the others. Anna had a special softness in her eyes, and Luke's upper eyelids slightly covered his eyes. Emily knew that something wonderful had happened between them that she could not imagine.
She may soon find out. Or maybe she will be disappointed. After all, she does not love this man, although she likes him and she respects him.
This is something to think about. This man will become as familiar to her as her own reflection in the mirror. She will live in his house, which will become her home, and his family will become her family. She will run his household. Can she? She saw Anna running the household at Bowden Abbey. She'll probably have to write down what needs to be done. She will have to visit tenants and neighbors.
She should not be discouraged by the fact that she will not be able to talk to any of them or even understand everything that is said to her.
She will become like Anna. And her marriage will be the same as Anna's. Or is she asking too much? One way or another, she will have a chance to become happy. And she will. By an effort of will, she will force herself to be happy and achieve this.
- The dance is over. Lord Powell leaned towards her again. “I swear I'm sorry, but I dance every dance before dinner, Lady Emily. Believe me, I will envy any gentleman sitting on this sofa next to you.
It was almost a declaration of love, Emily thought. He said what he thought was expected of him. She smiled.
But something happened. The music stopped playing. She sensed it before she knew it from Lord Powell's lips. No, it's something else. A feeling like panic seized her, and she looked back at the front door.
There was a man standing there. It seems that no one has paid any attention to him yet. He wore a long dark cloak and removed his cocked hat, although he must have passed numerous servants as he entered the house before running up the two flights of stairs to the ballroom. He was tall and thin. He didn't wear a wig; dark hair was carefully curled at the temples and tied at the back of the head into a pigtail, tied with a black silk ribbon. His thin face was sickly pale, his eyes looked gloomy.
She recognized him not with her eyes, but with her heart. My heart was pounding. Blood pulsated in the temples. She caught her breath. She stood up and froze, looking at him. Lord Powell, everyone else and everything that was around ceased to exist. There was only Ashley. Ashley returned home.
* * *
When the carriage pulled up to the house, Ashley decided not to appear in front of the merry guests. He will order to take himself to a room - preferably to his old one - where he will remain until morning. And, of course, it was not his intention to make a spectacular appearance at the ball.
However, Coates, the butler, was in the hall when he entered. At first, Coates froze, looking suspiciously at the stranger, who was obviously not dressed for a solemn occasion, and then, when he recognized the new guest, his face expressed extreme astonishment. Then it became, as usual, impenetrable.
Coates reported that the big ball on the occasion of the christening of His Grace's newborn son was in full swing.
Ashley closed his eyes and staggered slightly. One of the footmen immediately took a step towards him and extended a hand to support him, but Ashley opened his eyes again and motioned the footman to stop. He nearly lost consciousness. Wouldn't it be better to go straight to your room and leave everything else until morning?
Are they in the ballroom? - he asked.
“Yes, my lord,” replied Coates. “Perhaps you will go into the drawing room, and in the meantime I will go for his lordship?”
But Ashley, as if not hearing him, resolutely turned around and headed for the stairs leading up. He won't wait in the living room. And he won't go to his bedroom. Luke is right here.
- My lord?! exclaimed Coates, surprised and somewhat alarmed.
The ball was really grandiose. The great hall was full of light, noise, laughter and movement. Ashley stopped in the doorway, forgetting that he was wearing a raincoat, wrinkled clothes and high boots. He took off his cocked hat, more instinctively than consciously. He slowly looked around the crowd of guests, not noticing that some were already looking at him with curiosity. He looked for only one person.
Finally he saw him. The dance had just ended, and Luke bowed to his partner and kissed her hand. Luc still looked as gorgeous, young and elegant as he had returned from Paris years ago. Luke, so dear, so reliable, on whom you could always rely. Ashley froze in place.
Luke raised his head and looked towards the door. He raised his eyebrows as if in disbelief, then hurried across the ballroom and threw his arms wide open. Approaching his brother, he tightly, like a steel hoop, hugged him. Ashley hugged his brother too and closed his eyes.
– My God! Luke exclaimed. Is it really you, Ash? - His voice trembled.
- Yes. Ashley swallowed the lump in his throat. He didn't want to open his eyes.
Luke took a step back and put his hands on his brother's shoulders.
- Damn it, Ash, it's really you! - He patted his brother on the shoulders, as if wanting to make sure that everything was really happening, and obviously forgetting about those around him.
Ashley, who was facing the audience, was suddenly acutely aware of the presence of numerous guests. The room became strangely quiet. Everyone looked at them. Then he saw Anna hurrying towards him, who looked not a day older than when he left, and was still as beautiful, sweet and warm as the sun.
- Ashley! she exclaimed, and Luke stepped back to make way for her in his brother's arms. - Oh, Ashley, dear, you're back home!
Then their mother appeared, reserved and imperturbable as always, although her eyes were wide with surprise. He controlled himself, bowed low to her, as it should be according to etiquette, then kissed her on both cheeks.
“Madame,” he said, “you look beautiful.
A lady in pink satin with silver lace crossed the hall and threw herself into his arms, and he closed his eyes again for a moment, clutching his sister to him.
- Ashley! Oh, Ashley, you are such a scoundrel! I haven't written to any of us for over a year, and we've all gone crazy with anxiety. And you, it turns out, were already on the way home! How could you?
It was Doris, Lady Weymes, lively and energetic. She married the Earl of Weymes five years ago.
But Luke has already mastered both himself and the situation. He turned to the guests and raised his hands, calling for attention, although it was not necessary. The attention of all those present was already riveted to the scene played out at the entrance to the hall.
“I apologize for interrupting the fun,” he said. “As you can see, Lord Ashley Kendrick has unexpectedly returned home from India. With your permission, my family will leave the hall for a while. The dancing will continue as soon as the gentlemen invite the ladies.
“Ashley,” Anna turned to him, taking his arm and walking out of the hall with him, “where are Alice and Thomas?” Did they stay down? Or has Coates already shown them to your room?
Ashley looked around at the relatives around him. Everyone had happy faces. They celebrated the christening, the ball was in full swing. And he was tired. Tired in body and soul.
“My wife and son stayed at a hotel in London,” he said. They are too tired after a long journey. I came alone. I really wanted to go home.
Perhaps tomorrow he will calm down. But not today. Today there is too much fuss around.
* * *
A hand touched Emily's elbow, bringing her back to reality. She was standing in the ballroom at Bowden Abbey. Lord Powell smiled at her, gesturing to the sofa. She sat.
He looked down at her, hands clasped behind his back, and waited for her eyes to rest on his lips.
- Her ladyship, with whom I was supposed to dance this dance, has left, and I can sit and talk with you, Lady Emily.
She nodded, not entirely sure what she was agreeing with.
"Of course, if you wish it," he said. “Unless you find me annoying. And if you didn't promise another gentleman to spend that time with him.
Emily shook her head, and he sat down beside her, looking very pleased with himself. She wanted him to leave, she wanted to be alone. Everywhere she looked, people's lips moved, but she did not understand anything, like a stranger in an unfamiliar country.
Is this Lord Ashley Kendrick? said Lord Powell. - From India? He's his lordship's brother, isn't he? She nodded. “How fortunate that he arrived today,” continued Lord Powell. “Everyone seems to be extremely happy.
She nodded again. She wanted to close her eyes so she couldn't see anything.
“I noticed,” he said, “that this is a very close-knit and loving family. You're in luck, Lady Emily. It reminds me of my family. We are all very attached to each other.
She forced herself to lift the corners of her lips into a smile.
He spoke again about his family. She tried to focus, but her mind was on other things, and she stopped following his lips.
She didn't want Ashley to come home. She hoped to learn to see Lord Powell as her future husband, who would be by her side all her life. She wanted a husband and a home and a position in society and children. Perhaps between them there will be mutual affection or even love. But she needs to take control of her own destiny in order to become a normal woman. It remained to be hoped that the heart wounds would heal and the heart would be able to accept the person who would become her husband.
Returning to reality, she saw Lord Powell looking at her with concern.
“You will see,” he continued, taking her by the hand, “they will gladly welcome you into their midst, Lady Emily. I know it. They love me and they will love you. I mean, if only...
I wonder if she could have loved him a little in the past week if her heart hadn't been broken years ago? Quite possible. But heart and soul wounds cannot be healed by an effort of will - she realized this over the past seven years. I had to accept reality and move on. Lord Powell raised her hand to his lips and held it for a moment. She saw that those present were watching them, and he knew it. She understood that everyone was looking forward to the announcement of their engagement today.
The dance had not yet ended when Anna appeared at her side and Lord Powell bowed as he jumped up. She smiled at him and, sitting in his place, took Emily by both hands.
"Ashley came home," she said, as if Emily didn't know. He came from India without warning anyone. He was very homesick. Lady Ashley and her son stayed in London. Luke is overjoyed. It's such a pleasant surprise for him, Emmy.
Yes, there has always been a special bond between the brothers, despite some cooling in their relationship in the year after Luke's return from Paris and before Ashley's departure to India. Yes, Luke must be overjoyed.
But Anna looked into her eyes with concern, and Emily understood why she had returned to the ballroom ahead of the rest of the family. Anna knew. Luke knew, too, though they had never spoken of it since the day he found her by the waterfall and tried to calm her down.
“Luke is going to send his crew after them tomorrow,” Anna continued. I think he'll even go after them himself. It will be nice to finally meet Alice and Tom. The children will have another cousin to play with. Though Harry would no doubt sleep through this event. She laughed, her eyes still fixed on Emily, and there was worry in her eyes.
Emily smiled. Anna spoke more than usual. Anna was worried about her . . . about how she would behave, how she would feel.
“Lord Ashley Kendrick must be very tired from the journey,” put in Lord Powell. – But probably very glad to return to the bosom of the family.
“Yes,” Anna agreed with a smile. - He's really tired. He is so pale and thin that he looks almost haggard. It must be hard to endure such a long journey by sea. The husband escorted his brother to his room. He himself will soon return to the guests, and Ashley will probably go to bed.
When three years ago they received the news of Ashley's marriage to Alice Kersey, daughter of Sir Alexander Kersey, his boss at the East India Company, Emily wanted to die. There was no reason to live. After four years, it was terrible to slip back into the swamp of self-pity and feelings of complete isolation that had gripped her on the day of Ashley's departure.
For four years she dreamed. Of course, she understood the difference between dream and reality. In the back of her mind, she knew that Ashley had never loved her the way she loved him, that he would never return to her and they would not live happily together with him for the rest of their lives. But it was a sweet dream. She helped her endure the pain, loneliness, and emptiness she felt deep inside, despite continuing to live an active and fulfilling life. Her inner peace could hold on to that dream even if fifteen, twenty, fifty years passed and he didn't come back.
But the news of his marriage shattered this dream, so that it could no longer be restored. Life without a dream seemed unbearable to her, and she had to learn to live again, relying on her own strength.
Luke soon presented her with the first contender for her hand.
She knew that Luke understood everything. He knew her amazingly well. Perhaps even better than Anna. Luke never felt sorry for her, except for that terrible hour at the waterfall. Luke offered her options and stepped aside so she could accept or reject them as she saw fit.
Lord Powell raised her hand to his lips again.
“I will return to the last dance before supper, Lady Emily,” he said slowly. She noticed that the musicians had stopped playing and the dancers were getting ready for the next dance. “I will look forward to this moment.
“What a nice young man,” Anna remarked as he left, “so attentive... You could be happy with him, Emmy.
“You could love him, Emmy,” Anna added, touching her sister's hand. “Oh dear, marry him if you have any feelings for him. I have told you many times that you don't have to get married. You can stay here for the rest of your life, as can my own children. And Luke told you the same thing. We both say this sincerely. But, Emmy, without love and without marriage, you will lose a lot. Lord, now is not the place or time for such talk. I just want you to be happy. I already know this. I want you to be happy like me.
Dancing in Mass Effect 1-2-3 - Author's articles
"Is it true, prince, that you once said that "beauty" would save the world? Gentlemen, he shouted loudly to everyone, the prince claims that beauty will save the world! After taking a cursory look at a couple of forums and reading reviews of Mass Effect on the Internet, you immediately realize that the dances in the game made an irresistible and very positive impression on most users. Thousands of rave reviews deserve this topic to be covered in no less detail than the storylines or characteristics of your favorite characters. Here is a short digression into the dance colors of the Mass Effect trilogy 1-2-3:
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- Captain's cabin
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Who said Shepard can't dance? But dancing! And how!
Captain's adventures in haunts, bars and dance floors throughout the Mass Effect trilogy.
In the 2007 issue of Mass Effect, there are two places where the hero or heroine is allowed to entertain themselves with a dance, both of which are located in Citadel Station in the Widowmaker system. In one - the bar "Cora's Lair" - you get in the course of a mission to search for a policeman fired from the C-SEC, or you come after visiting another bar, "Supernova" (Eng. Flash, in another translation "Flash"), in case you decide to go not along the main course of the plot, but take a walk around the neighborhood and help the sister of a local waitress along the way.
Perhaps the first part of the ME was remembered for the fact that you can see in it ... no, no, not only Captain Shepard shifting / swaying on the dance floor, but first of all, the only dancing volus in the entire trilogy - the owner of the "Supernova" Doran, leaving breakaway after decently completing a rogue salarian mission. It should be noted that only in Mass Effect 1 there is a female and male version of Shepard's movements - a little softer and more plastic, or "I'm too cool to move much" - both options are present right there among those who come off on the dance floor.
This is also the only part where the Commander's romantically interested party members support his/her passion for dancing - Kayden Alenko, Ashley Williams or Liara T'Soni will happily dance with you in the Supernova bar: delve into the wilds of the dancers so that the team follows you, and help him/her loosen up with the help of "talk", which will probably not come true the first time, because thoughts and feelings about the environment will certainly be expressed to you. The viewpoint of the dancers can be changed at will.
True, this innocent entertainment is available only after spiritual revelations and light flirting after completing the first story mission outside the Citadel, with Liara - to rescue Terum from the clutches of a fiery volcano. Otherwise, the comrades-in-arms will stand indifferently waiting for the commander to creatively express himself in a peaceful field of activity. It can be noted that Kaidan will dance in the "male" style, Ashley, of course, the female version, and Liara - the simplest of the bunch of dancers of the bar "Cora's Lair".
In the second accessible bar of the Citadel, visitors do not dance, but stare at the dancers hired by the owner. This gives you a chance to flirt with one of them - you can sit down, lean closer or, bored, leave. I can’t imagine what this slope would mean, perhaps they left a dead end here for a more interesting idea, but in view of saving space on the disk or lack of time, everything had to be cut off. However, in Mass Effect 2, this idea was developed and implemented in the lower tier of the Afterlife bar on Omega, where, sitting down to the dancer, you have the opportunity to pay her a tip, for which she smiles sweetly at you and wags her hip especially passionately.
In the second part of the trilogy, there are twice as many places for dancing. In the "Dark Star" on the Citadel, there will be a reason to arrange festivities, and Miranda, who is nearby, will offer to relax and rejoice at the final closure of the "Lair of Kora" after the attack of the geth. The lower tier of the "Afterlife" will also provide a similar service, and on the task of Samara's loyalty to a good hero, one cannot do without expressive waving of hands to achieve one's goal. Unfortunately, the rest of the planets and star systems available to us cannot boast of this, and the captain will dance exactly at the point at which you activated the opportunity, there is no three-dimensional view of the characters.
On the other hand, you can admire dancing in all available bars in the Galaxy: the dance floors of Omega are bursting with the number of dancers, in "Eternity" on Illium we are waiting for an interspecies bachelor party with the same stripper, and the bar on the Citadel also, at the very least, boasts several disco ringleaders (see Azari'Dance Part 1 Mass Effect 2, Azari'Dance Part 2 Mass Effect 2, Azari'Dance Part 3 Mass Effect 2). In addition, Shepards of both sexes will have the opportunity to have a personal stripper in the person of Kelly's secretary, if, of course, they give her the proper amount of attention.
Alas, this time the carefully assembled team will not want to share the modest performance of the authorities with the public, instead giving the opportunity to discover the passion for performances from party members who seem to be completely far from entertainment: the salarian Mordin conducts widely with his hands and sings in the laboratory; not at all organic, but even a mobile platform run by the geth community, the Legion performs several dance moves in its free time from battles and communication. Even the fragile-looking Joker will mimic the robot at the ship's control panel at the time of the captain's negotiations with the geth-party member.
The third part of the game will again narrow down our options for fun, but will return the chance to share moments of joy with friends on an island of comparative calm amid the universal chaos in the "Purgatory" on the Citadel (see Azari'Dance Mass Effect 3), available after visiting the moon Menae of the Trebia system Clusters of the Alpine Cross. You can dance solo next to the asari, repeating the erotic bunch of "flower child" Miss Chambers. After the Cerberus attack on the Citadel, and provided you rescue the wicked Jacqueline Zero with her biotically gifted pets from the Grissom Academy, you can invite her to the upper dance floor of Purgatory. The goofy and witty Geoff Moreau will open your soul and thoughts regarding a love adventure with the most humane artificial intelligence on the Normandy, and if you approve of his adventures, he will perform a couple of timid steps there under the watchful supervision of a benevolent EDI.
in the first part, asari, earthlings and salarians dance, one volus, in the second several turians join them, but you will not see a krogan, batarian, elkor, drell or hanar shifting from paw to paw anywhere.
the original dancers' sequences of all three parts (not counting Shepard's arm waving, the Legion relaxing, or simply shifting the dancers from one foot to the other) last: in the first part, only 32 seconds, in the second, 3 minutes 10 seconds, and in the third, 2 minutes and 6 seconds. The longest passage is almost a minute performed by a craftswoman demonstrating the wonders of stretching on a flying platform in the third part of
some of the fans since the first game have been wondering: how can you dance in armor? Let's think - in addition to protection, it is designed for prolonged physical exertion, running, jumping over obstacles, therefore ... that's right, there is nothing better for dancing, well, except that not all movements work out
P.S. The commander's passion for dancing did not leave indifferent the horde of Mass Effect fans. Under the spoiler are possible initial options plus some interesting art objects found on the Internet. Not enough? Look for cuts from mods, with the replacement of the appearance of the characters, etc., just enter two magic words "Shepard" and "dance" into the YouTube search.
Drinks, music, dancers - no one will remain indifferent. Moreover, the friendly team of "Normandy" and the characters passing by periodically touch on this subject in their conversations.
Collected here are the characters' remarks and remarks related to the theme of dancing in the Mass Effect universe.
MASS EFFECT 1.
"Give me the Normandy and I'll make it dance for you. Just don't ask me to stand up and dance unless you like the sound of cracking ankles."
(Jeff Moreau writing his own biography)
When visiting the bar "Cora's Lair", Citadel, Widow of the Serpent Nebula system:
"A million light-years from the cradle of mankind, we walk into a bar full of men drooling from women, shaking their butts on stage. I don't even know whether to laugh or cry."
"Heh, now I understand why this place is so popular. There is, um, something to see."
"We asari value our sexuality above others. Some club owners take advantage of this and hire us as dancers."
"My people have a lot of respect for dancers. But I don't think these women are treated with much respect."
(Tali'Zorah nar Raya)
"Dance is the most enjoyable way to unwind in the evening." "She has such a pretty smile."
"Why don't you go see the dancers?"
When visiting Supernova Bar:
"Drinks and dancers downstairs, gambling upstairs... not a bad place to unwind."
"Oh man! My sisters would love this place. Maybe when this is all over, I'll bring them here for the girls' party."
"If we weren't performing, I'd show you some of my dance moves... sir."
MASS EFFECT 2.
"Coming of age? Can't we just bring him to Omega and buy him a few dances?"
(Garrus Vakarian on Tuchanka, Aralakh system, Krogan DMZ)
"Incredible. He constantly moved like he was dancing, and there was so much power and grace in every movement..." Teyna, Illium, Tazale system, Crescent Nebula)
Salarian: "I can appreciate her dancing in terms of aesthetics, but I don't feel...um, she has a very pretty blue tint."
Turian: "Okay, I'm just looking and my legs are already hurting. And my knees have to bend that way."
Salarian: "But we're breeding... I'd say she's... so... flexible..."
Earthman: "Calm down, kid! Don't make me blush in front of a stripper."
Salarian: "Okay, I guess one more dance won't hurt."
(bachelor party at the Eternity Bar, Illium)
"We need our daughters to start working earlier instead of spending their teenage years in strip clubs or mercenary gangs."
"I was about a hundred years old, shaking my ass in some shabby bar. They contacted me, said they were going to deal with everything, made me promise that I would love whoever was left alive. It turned out to be very simple - nobody survived."
(Matriarch Aethyta, at Eternity Bar, Illium)
"I spent my youth moving, adventuring. Killing people, mating with them, or just dancing the night away."
(Samara, talking about her mission on the Normandy)
Möln: "Don't break your heart - I pay generously. Let's go to my place. My tastes are quite simple."
Hallia: "Fuck off, I'm a dancer, not a whore!"
(Brawl in the VIP area of the Afterlife Club, Omega, Omega Nebula)
"I thought it was another dancer. Ha! She killed half of my people and convinced the rest that she could run this place better than me. "
(Krogan Patriarch on Aria T'Loak, Omega, lower club rooms)
Shepard: "I'll be dancing next to you. If you want to pretend we're dancing together, that's up to you."
Vera: "I would love to introduce this. You can dance with me anytime."
Shepard: "Do you want to dance? Look. "
Vera: "No thanks! I don't need anything but music..."
(in the VIP area of the Afterlife Club, Omega)
MASS EFFECT 3.
"But the Nimbus Cluster has already fallen, and our people are busy dancing, not war."
(Asari Military Instructor, Purgatory Club, Citadel)
"Then why the hell haven't you bought me a drink yet? Then let's go look for dancers. Pretty ones.."
(Alliance Marine, Purgatory Club, Citadel)
Jeff Moreau: "Can't you see their desperation? It's not a happy dance. It's a dance to forget about the problems: look how they wave their hands. If a dude does this, then he has bigger worries than the fear of looking like an idiot on the dance floor. I had enough time to watch the dances from the side."
Shepard: "If you were on the dance floor right now, would you be waving your arms?"
Jeff Moreau: "Yes." and a little later, on the dance floor: "Nothing broken yet. Good start!"
(in the club after the Cerberus attack on the Citadel)
"Shepard, everyone knows you can't dance."
(Jack in the club after the Cerberus attack on the Citadel)
"I'm not saying you can't handle a weapon. I'm just saying that some can make it really dance." and a little later: "Yeah, but I actually saw you dancing. I won't comment."
(Garrus Vakarian on the rafters of the Citadel)
"Yeah, I used to know a sly-ass Marine named Jimmy Vega - a name like an Omega dancer - he really got on my nerves. But overall he was a normal guy."
(Garrus Vakarian on Normandy Habitat)
"Tessia, huh? I guess the asari would really like to have more commandos and fewer dancers right now."
(Jeff Moreau on the Normandy after the fall of Thessia)
P.S. Dancing dancing? Dancing!!! Links to some popular fan art in artwork:
Everyone is dancing. Drunken brawl on the Normandy, pencil drawing
Dance to the music (Garrus with Tali)
Azari - Marilyn Monroe
Kasumi Goto and Yondum Bau
Tali with a purple scarf
Asari Spanish Passion (other version)
You can go to the laboratory for a while. Just shhh, don't touch anything or make any noise - Professor Solus really doesn't like being interrupted in his work. Don't let his busy look fool you - I don't advise you to make him angry, even if he mutters a frivolous tune under his breath.
Just a few words about how it's done and about the history of motion transmission in computer games.
As you probably know, Mass Effect used motion-capture technology to create cute asari - and all other bipedal sentient species.
The simplest, but extremely time-consuming version of this technology first appeared in animation. By the way, it is rather symbolic that the now considered the first Russian cartoon was made in 1906 by none other than the choreographer of the Mariinsky Theater Alexander Shiryaev, and he depicted 12 dancing puppet figures. With the advent and spread of cinema, artists began to use the method of drawing characters on top of human figures captured on camera. For this, a rotoscope, invented in 1914 by Max Fleischer and commercially used by Disney since the 1940s. The image of the actor was frame-by-frame projected onto tracing paper and manually outlined by the artist.
With the invention and gradual spread of the computer in the 1950s and 60s, the role of the redrawer was increasingly being blamed on it. Theoretically, everything seems elementary: put the camera, shoot the actor and digitize the resulting image, outlining the main fold points, and then compose the movements of your choice. In practice, it turned out to be far from being so simple.
First of all, the correct recognition of the actor's position in space by the computer is important, in addition, clothes and the body look different in motion even under static lighting, which increases the options for selecting appropriate textures and sculpting the character in relief, not to mention the fact that people three-dimensional creatures, and computers could only create pictures in two-dimensional space.
However, the idea was too tempting, and not only for game creators or students of dance studios, but could be widely used in film, television and even medicine. Therefore, the search continued at the beginning of 19In the 1980s, the idea was born of fixing special markers on the human body, marking the points of location of the joints of the skeleton, which gave several directions for solving the problem.
One of the first games where the movement of the protagonist amazingly resembled the real thing can be considered "Myth" (see photo on the left, "Myth: History in the Making", developed by ZX Spectrum, 1989). The game received rave reviews from users for graphics and motion animation. In the same year, the first game was released on the Apple II, which became the beginning of the cult Prince of Persia series ("Prince of Persia", developed by Jordan Mechner, 1989), where the character jumped, ran and fought like a man.
"Mortal Kombat" ("Mortal Kombat" by Midway), released in 1993 for arcade machines, brought to life a large number of diversely moving characters with a claim to believability. Subsequently, the graphics and animation improved and reached certain heights, however, the actions of the heroes can be called dances only with a big stretch and only in a figurative sense.
Terpsichore's art has had a hard time making its way into the PC gaming industry and hasn't been very popular with consumers over the past two decades. The high cost of the production process and the processing time of the received data did not allow small companies to implement their small projects, giving an advantage to bulk orders. We can note large long-lived projects like the simulator of life situations The Sims 2 ("The Sims", developer Maxis, 2000), in the additions of which the characters have parties. By the way, this game is also published by EA. The Grand Theft Auto 4 ("Grand Theft Auto", Developed by Rockstar Games, 2008) undoubtedly used motion capture technology from live actors. In large multiplayer games, experience points were added to characters for dancing, for example, in Lineage 2 ("Lineage II", developed by NCsoft, 2003).
On the other hand, manufacturers of game consoles and slot machines did not miss their chance, delighting those who like to repeat after the drawn characters. At one time, the Japanese paid attention to this niche, the pioneer of which is DDR (full name "Dance Dance Revolution", developer Konami Digital Entertainment Inc., 1998). Released as an arcade game, it has since gone on to have numerous clones and cross-platform support, spawning a series of console games and related online projects, such as "do it yourself if you can" (if a dance mat is used) or "make the character twitch like this" (TV set-top box version). She even became famous in the world cinema: remember how the suddenly acquired daughter of the protagonist Jean Reno had fun in the movie "Wasabi".
2009 saw the debut of a dedicated peripheral using Kinect (Developed by Microsoft) for the Xbox 360 console and its accompanying line of games, which included, among others, a dance game titled "Dance Central" (Developed by Harmonix). Now you do not need to press the buttons - turn on the equipment, the game and stand in front of the TV. In 2012, this technology was finally adapted for Windows PCs.
Back to BioWare. Among the games 3D dancers are found in the solo and MMO versions of the game "Star Wars: The Old Republic" - the hero visits (about the 15th minute of the video) the quarter of the dancers guild in the old galactic market, where you need to talk with one of them. The prima ballerina's arsenal of movements was limited to a couple of steps with eights of the hips and raising and lowering her arms. Uncomplicated, but colorful - except for a rag that periodically disappears in the textures of the flesh, dangling a la fig leaf. As you can easily see, this couple is similar in color to the favorite colors of the asari - blue and green. However, at the entrance you can see them in another, quite yellowish color.
Mass Effect was perhaps the only action role-playing video game at that time where dances were presented in such a high quality and variety - well, you yourself saw everything. The motion capture for the first part of the trilogy was done with the help of Giant Studios, Los Angeles, USA, where they filmed material for games and films that have become new classics: this is the first "Lord of the Ring", "Avatar", etc.
The movements of strip dance (not to be confused with striptease) and go-go (eng. go-go) are clearly simplified and reduced to a common denominator convenient for scanning, do not fall into the music, which may be due to the approval of the final version voiceovers already after the processing of movements, however, they differ in the quality of the correlation of the array of points of the performers and the surrounding objects. The clothes are made according to the standards of normal human cut, the seams are located in the right places and do not create the impression of surrealism, suddenly escaping from the depths of the subconscious.
Apparently, the idea of creating different dances was actively promoted in the creative team, so the second part of Mass Effect contains more than three times more original chords compared to the previous one. The Afterlife Club breaks all records for the number and variety of dancers, overcompensating for the poor selection on the Citadel and Illium. From this point of view, the alliance between EA and BioWare was extremely productive, as the team gained access to the capabilities of the corporate EA Worldwide Motion Capture Studio in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, Canada.
Dancing has changed for the better - the adopted dance styles were still pleasing to the eye, the chords became more confident, more dynamic, and technically more complex movements were added with a pole (English pole dance), against the wall and on the table (English table dance) . Even folklore has not been ignored - remember a couple of activists desperately rocking a squat in the VIP zone and on the lower level of the "Afterlife"! The Legion performs a robot dance (English robot or botting), which is one of the varieties of the break.
But alas, peacetime is over, and the third part flashed a small amount, but very high-quality novelties. What are the ligaments with small movements - shaking the shoulders and tail in an extremely frank Latin American style shaking the tail (the so-called booty dance or booty shake), or an erotically crawling lady who has never fallen into the soaring platform. They also didn’t forget about hip-hop - the asari in the middle of the dance floor clearly performs a simple version of the so-called. wave dance (English waving, also one of the break styles).
With the advent of digital doubles for actors, a legal and financial question arose about the ownership of the appearance and movements of newly created computer characters: you must admit that the main bread of those filmed is their appearance, style of movements and voice. It is unlikely that you will be satisfied if two sources of your existence are taken away from you at once. On the other hand, there are special requirements for these people, necessary for the quality work of the studio and the processing of information, which actors from outside cannot always fulfill.
As a rule, companies immediately indicate in contracts with volunteers that the files they create will belong to the studio, not the model. Apparently, BioWare made a little joke on this topic by creating the Captain's VI - and by the way, did you manage to agree on the profits from the sale? And what did Shepard say when he saw himself hovering near the hangar?
P.S. Below, under the spoiler, there are links to various articles and interesting videos that perfectly illustrate the possibilities of technologies of both modern times and the last century:
Art of the Game : Mass Effect 2 [parts 1-5; link to torrent, but you can also search on YouTube, Author: Machinima]
Cinematics case study: Mass Effect 3 [English, article about the creation of the well-known 'Take Earth Back' trailer for the last part of the game, By Ian Failes]
Developer Forum - Motion capture [article-interview with specialists, Author: Vladimir Bolvin]
Casting for Motion Capture [English, article about standard requirements for human actors to participate in motion capture; there are many other interesting articles on the topic on the same resource]
A Brief History of Motion Capture for Computer Character Animation
Examples of free flash games for PC, one way or another related to dancing, on the Russian-language resource of the same name
Fan-composed movement video of Sims characters in 2007 [By AudreyBauer]
Feel the difference? Something similar can be seen in Line. And here is the star of the dance floor from The Sims 3. If you read the comments, it's very dance-advanced. This video is already 2010
Curious interpenetration of games: sims-aka-azarki.
Video from GTA 4: The Ballad of Gay Tony [By XboxViewTV, released in 2009]
The movements look much more natural than in the above variants, don't they? Strippers and private dancers were also not spared.
Dance Central 2 Video - Review [Author: KanobuNetwork]
Video review of the second version of the game. Advertising? Yes. But clearly.
Raiders of the Lost Archives video [English, blog, Posted by Jordan Mechner]
In short: the author found the code on 5" floppy disks in the archives, restored and opened for free download the original version of the game written in Assembly language in 1985-88 years
For a second, it's DOS and IBM 286th just appeared then. Very visual video.
Video "Avatar Making Art [Part 1].flv" [Author: movieananet]
Some of the "Avatar" left behind the scenes, the wrong side of the technological process.
Many interesting moments. From the main: special helmets that allow you to simultaneously record facial expressions from sensors and the actor's voice; there is a significant difference between the animated face resulting from the capture and the final appearance of the character - cinema is much more demanding on naturalism than a computer game.
Do not like to invent and get your hands dirty with simple work? Then you shouldn't come into our kitchen - Chief Gardner is on guard and points to the exit disgruntled. Everyone else is welcome!
In conceiving a series of articles about dancing in Mass Effect, I hoped to help those who really would like to try this piece of life's pie or reminisce about the taste of an old hobby. This part is for you.
Fight! Let's try to dream and follow the path of a classic costumed masquerade. Alas, it quickly becomes clear that this task is not easy.
With a little digging on the net, you can find, order, pay for and wait for delivery of a latex hat in the shape of asari tentacles (see photo on the right, by Kris Sayer). And also to get acquainted with the feelings of the lucky woman who put on such an artifact, who say that beauty requires considerable endurance and patience (if you don’t understand English, in short: the author complains about the heat, impermeability to air and it definitely hurts her ears). Add to this the need to apply a thick, very thick layer of makeup and ... how long do you think it will last with active movement, not to mention the time and cost of preparation?
Let's simplify the task and choose the path of hints, rather than blind repetition of characters - let's leave it to cosplay lovers who go out to the promenade a couple of times a year during the anime, Igromir or KRI festivals, especially since dancing does not imply stiffness of a participant in a costume show. Let's drop the literalism and turn to symbolism: let's focus on the details that eloquently make it clear that you are distantly related to the natives of Thessia.
Headdress: asari never go disheveled, so let's collect hair in a high ponytail or a bun at the back of the head, comb short hair with gel / varnish back - what is at hand and what holds better. An alternative is to hint at the separation of the tentacles by braiding several braids from the contour of the face to the tail with suitable contrasting material.
Do you have a desire, free finances and a few hours of time? Braids thicker, with fiber, afro braids or hang bulky di-dreadlocks and tie them in a ponytail. Do not get carried away with the length and quantity, otherwise the hairstyle will resemble a bundle of ship cables, and not an asari head. Remember that you will have to walk in such an ultra-extravagant image for another three weeks.
Make-up: let's try to do without blue aqua makeup, bearing in mind that they will have to spread an even (which is almost difficult) layer on a fairly large area - there are no blacks with white hands.
The dance lasts for minutes, and shaved eyebrows cannot be returned, why you should pay attention to the Azarian tattoo options that repeat their outlines and choose the most suitable one for yourself. Don't go overboard with the spots - the border of the hair visually defines the contour of the face very clearly, in contrast to the smooth transition of the lines drawn all over the asari head. In addition, the "tentacles" begin a little further than the average hairline, and the fashion to shave the hair over the forehead has gone back to the Middle Ages.
It is not worth removing, covering up eyebrows with tonal creams or make-up. This does not fit essentially the chosen path of symbolism - let everything remain as it is, acquire the spirit of the blueskins, but do not become a crappy copy, strokes will still be visible up close.
Do not have artistic skills? Highlight the main directions of the lines of the pattern, follow the proportions and dare, create your own options, use the achievements of fan art. Here are the most successful examples from the game that can serve as a basis for creativity:
@-la Liara: dark brow lines, heavy eyeliner, and dark lipstick (in the first game, Liara obviously didn't paint her lips). Characteristic freckles deserve special attention, as well as a sea of light pigment spots near the "tentacle" line. By the way, the Azari fashion for black-rimmed eyes can really damage their visual size, so it's worth considering how you want to let them down.
@-la Zafira: elementary shading of the upper and lower eyelids combined with a glossy lipstick. Perhaps, jokingly, the "Azarian-Gothic" style can be extrapolated into a human one by applying wine-cognac shades and tea-rose lipstick. A good model for fair-haired dugouts with large, wide-set eyes.
@-la Nelina (or Samara's daughter): In the absence of a head decor, it is best to choose a paint that matches the current hair color as closely as possible or, if the dye allows, run a wand / brush / pencil through the hair. Or you can stock up on contrasting material in the color of your makeup (for example, artificial hair or yarn) and continue the lines on your head with ordinary braids.
@-la Samara: You can take a chance, but the problem is that initially the forehead pads are much higher than the eyebrow line and must somehow hold on. For a domestic cabal, it is quite acceptable to leave only the outlines and outline them along a characteristic contour. Don't forget to hint at freckles and pay attention to the shape of the distribution of pigment over the face (see cosplay video).
@-la Aria: Ideal for those who like to pluck their eyebrows into a thin thread, owners of a proud high forehead and an elongated face (see cosplay version).
@-la Shiala: A broken double V-shaped line at 60° to the eyebrow line visually lengthens the forehead, pronounced accents around the eyes draw attention to them. By the way, Shiala's tattoos are repeated on other asari military - similar marks are worn by the spectrum of Tela Vasir, the commander of the Path of Destiny matriarch Lidaniya in the first game and the commanders of the Eclipse on Illium, not counting some dancers in bars and other special forces.
@-la Counselor: briefly it can be described as "fir-trees, sticks, dense forest. " This is the most complex makeup option, which has some similarities with the previous one. Clear brow lines, double V-shaped line on the forehead, framing around the eyes, slanting strokes on the cheeks. To simplify, you can and should focus on large strokes and not overuse small spots.
By the way, tattoos are worn by all representatives of the species originally included in the Council of the Citadel - these are both turians and salarians, so you can choose the appropriate pattern in any style, not only under the asari.
Materiel (or "owner, is this color suitable?"): Finding a theatrical or aqua make-up, contact lenses of any color and other accessories is not a problem, ordinary cosmetic pencils are also suitable. The question is how to choose a palette that suits you in color - which means that you need to take the shade of the skin of the face and hair as the basis.
In my opinion, two options will look the most advantageous: either you should prefer a contrasting, eye-catching color of the coloring and the color of the decor in your hair that echoes it, or vice versa, give preference to natural tones that repeat the current hair color. So you can avoid regrading in the palette and maintain the aesthetics and stylization of the appearance. For the purity of the experiment, the colors from the game are preferred: white, red, dark blue, deaf green.
Suit: first of all, you need to understand where you are going to show it - in public, with friends or tête-à-tête. Frankness and ... hmm, ease of exposure depend on this - so as not to get into an awkward position in the latter case.
The dancer's costume in the game is quite difficult to implement - this is both a cut and a completely obvious choice of materials stretching along the longitudinal and transverse threads like supplex or python (and not latex at all, as many mistakenly believe) with two types of reflective coating, mesh insert on the back (see photo on the left), hidden fasteners, etc. It will not work to sew it "on the knee": at least you need a sewing machine for knitwear, threads and, of course, a couple of assistants or a tailor's mannequin made exactly to your measurements. Contacting a workshop is extremely expensive, plus material, plus time ...
It is much easier to get by with something no less shiny and tight, but easily accessible, and also hiding what should not be on display - painted girls are boringly perfect from any angle, but live ones can afford to be original. Wardrobe does not allow? We type in the search "suit for a striptease" and enjoy a huge selection of a wide variety of erotic outfits. Minimize the amount of shine in the most uninteresting places, pay attention to gloves with cut off fingers, and by the way, the original wine color of burgundy looks great on pale skin (tanned, as a rule, doesn’t matter what you wear).
But the most important thing is shoes. If you stand without tension on your toes for more than half an hour, then the usual strip plastic can be danced barefoot, but without developed dance practices, you can forget about tricks. This is especially true for the pole dance: no flip flops, clogs or slates - the material must hold the foot very tightly, the instep is firmly fixed, the fingers are protected.