Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
First a slight intro to the cartoon. The Silverhawks are a military-like group of space police with really lame powers and flat personalities. They fight against Mon*star - a space mobster - and his equally goofy cronies. His powers include a star-shaped beam from his eye, shapeshifting into an even uglier version of himself, and riding in a space squid. I couldn't make up anything this stupid if I tried. Let's tackle him one thing at a time.
1. His original form looks like it was stolen from a character in Thundercats with the giant red mane. It's a little extreme, but I can live with that, but then you see that ugly face with the star eye-patch. He's got the same grating voice as Mumm-ra.
|Admittedly kinda cool.|
|Right before it got shot down by a bird.|
I can safely say that this is the saddest villain I've seen so far. In an attempt to make him look imposing, they made him just disappointingly goofy.
In both coolness and effectiveness, Mon*Star gets a 0. I feel for you, Mon*Star. You could have been cool, but without any definable powers, a mish-mash of dopey henchmen, and a generic space mobster role, you'll never be more than a second-rate Hordak. Third-rate Hordak. That's better.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Thirty years ago today, we were graced with one of my favorite movies. I remember seeing the ads for them leading up to their release, begging my parents to take me to it. I had the movie poster hanging on my wall. I waited for the day it would finally show up in theaters... and I finally got to watch it three years later. As odd as it is, once the movie came out and it was apparent I wasn't going to see it in theaters, I forgot about it, until a few years later, I saw the cassette in a video rental store. My dad rented it for me and I remember finally got to watch the movie!
It wasn't until a while later that I rented the movie and made sure to make a copy of it for myself. I watched it with my parents this time, totally afraid I'd get in trouble when Ultra Magnus said "Damnit!", though my parents didn't say anything. I had heard rumors of a worse word in it, but dismissed them since my copy didn't have it. No way would they say shit in a cartoon, and I was glad because I might have gotten in trouble for that one. I must have watched that copy once a week for months before I lent it to my brother's friend, who stole it. I bought the video a few months later and continued watching it over and over again.
I suppose I should talk of the quality of the movie, since it's such a major step up from the series. There are of course the animation and continuity errors - some character show up immediately or long after they'd already been killed. However, the animation quality is incredible, with glowing screens and flashing shadow in every scene. The music is likewise leagues above the cartoon, with a full-length score and some kick-ass metal songs throughout. I'd dare say that this movie is some of the very best animated work from the 80s. Sure, it doesn't stack up completely with Disney's work, but it far surpasses any other theatrical runs from other cartoons, like Bravestarr: The Movie and Go-Bots: Battle of the Rock Lords. Even compared to the GI Joe movie, it's incredible (maybe minus that opening scene, but I still hold any scene in Transformers above it).
Even to this day, I sight Transformers: The Movie as an important milestone in my life. It showed me how big the scale of stories could be. It gave me an interest in more adult sci-fi. It taught me about death, something I hadn't experienced in my life up to that point. I still watch the movie every so often, even though I'm on the doorstep of my 40th birthday. I'll continue watching it far beyond today as well. I'll laugh at the mistakes in it. I'll groan at some of the dialogue. I'll smirk at Spike's and Ultra Magnus's potty mouths even. But most of all, Ill appreciate it as the holy grail of my childhood, a cartoon that reached beyond Saturday mornings to the big screen.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Found an incredible article here about the writers' experience working on the original Transformers cartoon. I've always been fascinated with the behind-the-scenes of how these cartoons have been made and I'd love for the opportunity to ask David Wise and Flint Dille and any other writer for their insights while working on Transformers or any other cartoon they've worked on. I think the best tidbit gleaned from this was that different writers were assigned to different episodes and had no idea what the other writers were coming up with. It would be such a difficult task keeping the stories from contradicting each other, but overall, I think the editorial staff did a great job (besides the whole Megatron/Constructicon origin thing, of course).