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Quick! Tell me what a seriema is!

You can't, can you? You don't know what a seriema is, do you?

Of course you don't. So few people know what they are. They're barely represented even in animal books.

Let me tell you what a seriema is. 

 

Seriemas are ground-dwelling predatory birds in the order Cariamiforms. They have a similar ecological niche as the secretary birds of Africa and the roadrunners of North America, in that they hunt snakes and other small animals by kicking them with their feet, throwing them on a rock to break their neck, and all that jazz.

At least secretary birds and roadrunners get SOME media representation, at least enough that a fair amount of people know what they are. (Though more people are familiar with the roadrunner's Looney Tunes counterpart than the actual roadrunner.) Seriemas? You can probably count on one hand how many people know what they are.

Well, there are two things you need to know about seriemas.

First, there's their feet.

 

That's right. They have enormous sickle claws like those of the famous dromaeosaurs ("raptor" dinosaurs, for those who aren't paleontology experts).

The other thing? That Cariamiforms order I mentioned above? You know what else it contains?

 

That's right. The terror birds.

Those big scary feathered fiends that terrorized South America in prehistoric times. (Not to be confused with Gastornis, that supposed "horse-eating bird" that turned out to be a herbivore and is more related to fowl.) You may have seen them multiple times in paleo-documentaries and maybe a time or two in fiction.

Well, guess what? Seriemas are related to those things. That adorable little bird at the top of this journal entry is the closest living relative of that enormous and terrifying carnivorous bird right above.

It baffles me how people gush over how awesome and terrifying terror birds are, but whenever they see one of their extant relatives, they just go "meh".

I mean, roadrunners and secretary birds are cool too, but do THEY have big scary extinct relatives? Nope.

That is why I think seriemas deserve ten times more attention than what they usually get.
I decided from now on I'm not going to reveal story ideas until I've spent at least a month developing them.

Because what if they get abandoned? Or who knows what will change as time goes on?
I find it unfair that you can mention OTHER shows aimed at children (like Animaniacs, The Powerpuff Girls, and SpongeBob SquarePants) on sites unrelated to them, but whenever you mention ponies, people throw a tantrum.
Have you ever been constantly worried that you're going to accidentally say or do something stupid enough to lose your friends?
I'm sure all my fellow users got the message about Wix acquiring DA.

I'm not sure whether this will be a good thing or a bad thing. What do you think?
Quick! Tell me what a seriema is!

You can't, can you? You don't know what a seriema is, do you?

Of course you don't. So few people know what they are. They're barely represented even in animal books.

Let me tell you what a seriema is. 

 

Seriemas are ground-dwelling predatory birds in the order Cariamiforms. They have a similar ecological niche as the secretary birds of Africa and the roadrunners of North America, in that they hunt snakes and other small animals by kicking them with their feet, throwing them on a rock to break their neck, and all that jazz.

At least secretary birds and roadrunners get SOME media representation, at least enough that a fair amount of people know what they are. (Though more people are familiar with the roadrunner's Looney Tunes counterpart than the actual roadrunner.) Seriemas? You can probably count on one hand how many people know what they are.

Well, there are two things you need to know about seriemas.

First, there's their feet.

 

That's right. They have enormous sickle claws like those of the famous dromaeosaurs ("raptor" dinosaurs, for those who aren't paleontology experts).

The other thing? That Cariamiforms order I mentioned above? You know what else it contains?

 

That's right. The terror birds.

Those big scary feathered fiends that terrorized South America in prehistoric times. (Not to be confused with Gastornis, that supposed "horse-eating bird" that turned out to be a herbivore and is more related to fowl.) You may have seen them multiple times in paleo-documentaries and maybe a time or two in fiction.

Well, guess what? Seriemas are related to those things. That adorable little bird at the top of this journal entry is the closest living relative of that enormous and terrifying carnivorous bird right above.

It baffles me how people gush over how awesome and terrifying terror birds are, but whenever they see one of their extant relatives, they just go "meh".

I mean, roadrunners and secretary birds are cool too, but do THEY have big scary extinct relatives? Nope.

That is why I think seriemas deserve ten times more attention than what they usually get.

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WonderlandTrades Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Lama and watch cuz yer awesomeClap 
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mrbill6ishere Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Student General Artist
You know what pisses me off about Wander Over Yonder being cancelled so soon?

The fact the animation was even better in the final (at least hopefully for the time being) episodes compared to season 1.

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DEEcat98 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So any shows that you are plaining on to start watching later on?
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Nuclearzeon2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
None that I can think of.
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DEEcat98 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Ok but can you maybe later on look up some shows that you think you can give a watch?
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Nuclearzeon2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
Maybe.
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trulymadmoves Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I know I probably should have done this, like, months ago... I don't know what held me up, but I did have to eventually tell you my thoughts on your princess movie stealth parody.

Overall it was solid, and when reading it I had my mind on your goal that it would be a bad movie that audiences would think was great, if that's not over-paraphrasing. With that in mind, I think you had two small missteps in the form of your side characters.

First, Pango. Pango is AWESOME. You're definitely not the only one who has an aversion to cuddly animal sidekicks on principle, but going for a pangolin was a misfire, because it would be a genuine stroke of brilliance. But hey, maybe by saying this I'm just proving that it went according to your plan.

Then there's Bernie... you made him too over-the-top terrible. People would definitely notice. If you're trying to pass it off as a genuine family classic, the farting at the core of his character would be a red flag that you were aiming for the preschool demographic, there would be much distaste from general audiences.

The sound of his voice the way you described it has two problems. One, too obvious that it's supposed to be annoying. Similar to his one other character trait, it's only suited for preschoolers. Two, it's inauthentic. Characters in modern-day animated classics don't have voices that can be described in such interesting terms, because, simply put, celebrities don't have interesting voices anymore. For a more on-the-nose lampooning, I would say Bernie ought to be voiced by an up-and-coming celebrity, good-looking but with a painfully nondescript voice, and with absolutely no experience in acting off-camera.

Other than that, it was a spot-on series of well-disguised cliches, very well done... at least as far as I can remember. It was a long time ago and I'm pretty sure you've deleted it since then. But I hope you haven't abandoned the idea entirely, most of what you had was right on the money.
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Sketch-Shepherd Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Tell me what you think. :) Jun by ShinyWhiteWaters
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Javor911 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave !!! 
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Sketch-Shepherd Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is kind of old, but remember that one status post you said about the Frozen hate becoming so overboard that people would say it's worse than Norm Of The North?

The closest thing I've come to that is this- norm of the north over zootopia by Shain-Groothom . This person is dead serious.
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