Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
With the exception of the Huckleberry Hound Show, nowhere is the funny first years epitomized than with the first Flintstones episode, The Flintstone Flyer. Keeping the singularity, the animation itself was done by one man*, Carlo Vinci, who I have also discovered(in name, not necessarily work) fairly recently. His work is thrilling ,and makes me want to practice all the more intensely. For it is is possible to create good animation and good times for your audience by yourself if you are smart and talented about it. But enough words, let the images of this fruitful few words speak for themselves.
*=Not to mention the brilliant designs of the one and only Ed Benedict.
(Note: while handy, this file isn't perfect. The logo is the right corner is annoying, the pause button is somewhat slow, and I think the image could be a bit sharper. I''m also curious about the colors, they seem a but duller than they should be . Nonetheless, the fact that it is free and the full screen makes it easy to pause and analyze the images more than compensates. Who knows, this may evidence enough to buy the wonderful first season DVD.)
Some good points from John K. about this particular episode:
Monday, November 19, 2007
Done for a new box set by Toho coming out in Japan. Will we ever see it? Probably not. But at least Rodan and War of the Gargantuas are coming in new bi-lingual dvds. Gorath being released would also help.
Pictures/filmography of many Japanese rubber suit monsters(and King Kong):
Thursday, November 15, 2007
(The above picture has nothing to do with the rest of the piece. I just done want anyone to feel left out. That, and I just love a good drawing.)
I'm not one to espouse my opinions, at least not political ones. Not before today that is. And even now I feel a little bad because I’m perhaps being a bit too colloquial. And I'm merely linking to another site. So be it though. (Also, I need something before Thanksgiving break).
The Left Coaster: A Vote For Dennis Kucinich
Believe me, nothing disgusts me more than forced political messages from people, especially animation, which has become burrowed with sub-par flash videos or redubbed 80's cartoon. To quote another man( Warren Beatty, who did make a fun and political film, Bullworth) "Movies are fun, but they're not a cure for cancer", which I take to mean that it's ok to have a opinion about something and say it(with solid knowledge) but realize that what you are doing as a creative person is not changing the world.
That doesn't mean people can't do both, look at Ralph Bakshi with Coonskin, Ishiro Honda with Gojira/Godzilla, or Stanley Kubrick with A Clockwork Orange. Social issues can be represented well in cartoons and so forth if you do passionately and expansive enough. But to really change something, you have to be aware and show pertinent judgment in terms of supporting the actual people who want to and can do something good. People who actually look at the world and, void of conservative (in the dictionary sense) party pandering, want to make it work. That’s why I'm throwing my hat in for Kucinich, a person a fellow politically aware cartoonist informed me of. This is more than just about a president election at a specific period. This is about voting for someone that actually --and openly-- states the ideas that will help everyone lead their life void of fretless interference(no war on drugs, free education, so forth). That is something timeless, that everyone should get behind.
And here's the proof:
Update: Gore Vidal has throw his hat in the ring for Kucinich as well, making some good points about "wasting" our vote.
Dennis Kucinich: Gore Vidal
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Tom Heroes(be sure to check out his Nintendo Ads as well).
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
"From Crazy #8. I believe it was written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Marie Severin. A particularly vicious parody that warped a lot of kids back in the '70s. It won a Shazam award for Best Humor Story in 1974."
Now I really want there to be an Essential Crazy from Marvel. Also, Marie Severin is a damn good cartoonist(John . K was right). Mark me down for an Essential Not Brand Echh! too.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I've never seen this movie, but I sure do enjoy this poster( and yet have no idea who it's by). But, if its as "bad"* as such great films as Commando, Halloween III: Season of the Witch(essay forthcoming), and Fire and Ice, I might check it out as soon as I can.
*As claimed by CHUD
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Both examples are shown in the short above. Although I don't personally care for the main character (a little too bland), the amusing cut style and oomph of the music more than make up for it. What's really special about this short is that the handfuls (four to six, depending on who you hear from) do the work of a far greater collective. This, the early Hanna Barbera and (to a far, far greater extent) Wizards all show creativity, not mass influx, make quality product. And again, why did they do this? To make the fans happy, by making themselves satisfied. They were fans. They cared about the art and trusted their instincts. And out of this small group came Gainaxe, who went on to make heads turn with FLCl and Neon Genesis Evangelion. From these five minutes. Sadly, some of that fun is lost on the current company, as with many studios (later Hanna Barbera) when their ranks swell.
So despite my somewhat lack of true enthusiasm for this short, I applaud it for being relentlessly forward in its entertainment capacity, showing that fans and admirers of animation can change the circumstances they live in. Something American animators sorely need to wake up and realize.
Another Fitzgerald post, which captures my feelings about anime perfectly,
Well thought out opinion on the piece: The Origin of the Species
Monday, October 22, 2007
I guess you do learn something new every day. Today I found out the great Moebius did some of the concept art and the cover for the Panzer Dragoon (also great). Unfortunetly the cover only came out in Japan, and we Americans were stuck with a boring, terrible looking cgi cover,which I won't dignify by showing. Now, I ask you, isn't this appealing and make you want to buy the game? It does for me.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
More from John K.
Picture from Wondercon, the ridiculous con from that ridiculous country, Japan. That said, I still wish we had one like this.
and complete with video...
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
But one thing you never hear--and probably because they didn't know-- is his great funny animals drawings. What, they say, the man who made Conan the Barbarian an icon drew wussy rabbits and other creatures that are best left eaten. Well, they are tasty animals, but beautiful and well constructed, and with more humor and humanity to them then most of the genre. More Bugs Bunny than Thumper. And believe it or not, this is what the real Frazetta is. Or so the man himself claims. Checkout for yourself, and decide.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Note: This post is purely to express admiration for Mike Ploog. Any copyright infringement or other harmful activity is unintended. If there is a problem, please let me know immediately, and I shall sort out the problem/comply post-haste.