Friday, February 1, 2013

Let The 3rd Annual Shortening Begin!

Can you believe we're here celebrating the third anniversary of February's The Shortening? That means I've been devoting one month to movies about vertically challenged villains for the same amount of time that Arrested Development aired, that I'm just one year short of essentially being as important and hard-working as a U.S. president. Crazy, isn't it?

For those new to winter at the Doll's House, the theme is simple: February is a short month. Though U.S. holiday customs have declared otherwise, here at this petite blog (run by a woman not shy about having to wear capris as standard-length pants), we dedicate these 28 days to movies that focus on the little ones. Dolls. Trolls. Children. Shrinking men. Insects. Promiscuous blood gnomes. Angry spirits of aborted children turned into small freaks with homicidal tendencies. Manitous

You get the point.

This year will be no different. Coming up this month, you'll see posts on everything from fuzzy tarantulas to killer cats, living lawn ornaments to overaccessorized bratz, Italian man-puppets to dolls made from cursed burlap sacks. You might have a guess as to what all those hints refer to, and I invite all readers and bloggers to indulge in the spirit of The Shortening. If you have your own website and plan on hemming some pants, be sure to share it to my email (deadlydollshouse at so I can include you in my weekly link roundup.

We little people must stick together. Because as a certain great movie once taught us, when the going gets tough, it's the size of your heart that counts.

And the fact that you've cast Gary Olman as a little person. But that’s just gravy.


  1. Yes! The Shortening! And this year, I have zero computer troubles with screenshoting, so I'm SO in! Now for me to go movie hunting! I already have Slugs, and Puppet Master IV lined up!

    I have a Shortening reccomendation for you-Firestarter 2: Rekindled! 'Tis awesome!

  2. And by the way, did you ever get around to seeing my Christmas film reccomendation Goodbye, 20th Century?

  3. jervaise brooke hamsterFebruary 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Emily, happy birthday little darlin`.

  4. Emily: Can't wait to see what you've got in store for us this year. Little people (etc.), big scares.


  5. Yay Chris! And I have NOT watched the movie. Putting it on official list now!

    Thank you Jervaise and Jonny!

  6. I don't know the day but I know the month so happy-turning-31-before-me-but-hell-everyone-does-because-my-birthday's-in-December!

    Excited to see what you're gonna do this month!