Friday, 30 December 2011

It's A Small World After All

A new (and rather loose) adaptation of The Borrowers aired here on Boxing Day.

People in an out-of-scale world is one of the classic fantasy ideas, starting with mythical Giants and Wee Folk, the modern narrative version appearing around Gulliver's Travels and it being one of the earliest uses of trick photography in the movies and TV.

There have been entire series about it like Land Of The Giants and The Micronauts, miniaturisation episodes in many of the ongoing genre series (Star Trek toyed with it now and then and hit it dead on in Deep Space Nine, which being a modern Trek show dealt with the scientific issues of miniaturised air and how to breathe, while Doctor Who generally didn't give a monkey's) so there's plenty of scope for PCs to face giants, get zapped by shrink rays and have to flee house cats and the like as they try to find a way to reverse the effect.

And if there was ever a time to use miniatures...

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