Category Archives: Cartoons
Hey there, Evil Geeks! Hopefully you were able to make it out to The Low Beat this past weekend to check out the premiere of the first episode of Theater of the Absurd. If you listened to Undies of Wondy’s interview with the creators on Transmission’s From the Evil Lair a few weeks ago, then you knew you were going to be in for a treat with the first episode of this animated comedy.
Growing up as a child of the late 80’s/early 90’s my household was living in a George Lucas haze. My older brother and I couldn’t get enough Star Wars and Indiana Jones. In my mind heroes didn’t come much greater than Henry Jones Jr.
So when I started to think about what kind of pulp sensibility infiltrated my brain at such a young age it only made sense that I linked it to Indiana Jones. That movie series intentionally had all the hallmarks of what pulp is and what it does. I just left it at that for a long time believing that to be the only catalyst for my love of the genre. It wasn’t until the other day though that that all that changed.
Come back in time with me to 1990, will you?
Now I know I usually do game-related stuff and thus, this is rather irregular. I also know that this is pretty much wandering into foreign and terrifying territory for me, so I’m not sure how helpful my feedback might be. If it’s any consolation, I really do feel as if I’ve just walked inside a strange and alien house, filled –for some reason- with countless, small, pink paper elephants. Some of them are stained actually; a few with blood, others with radioactive jam, but none with vegemite. Why aren’t there any stained with vegemite? Don’t they like it? Why are all the mirrors in here covered with wet towels, dripping an unknown iridescent liquid to the crumbling floor? Why is said liquid simply falling through it as if the tiles don’t really exist, cascading into a deep, dark void below? Why is there an axe stuck in a head? Why is there a head stuck in a door? Why is a door stuck –quite haphazardly- on a screaming velociraptor? Mmmmm… the elephants sure taste good though. But enough about my fond childhood memories, onto the list.
I slept with you all and fed you like kings, and yet you treat me like a whore…..
In the 1600’s, a man by the name of Jacopo Peri created what is credited as the first Opera. Going by the title of “Dafne,” it is supposedly a very moving and beautiful performance, and I am sure it drove many people to copious amounts of coitus, but in my personal opinion, it is lacking in certain aspects that should be commonplace in all operas. What is missing, you ask? I will tell you. Mother…..fucking…..Dethklok.
Voltron is one of those childhood cartoons that I hold sacred to me (arm in arm with Transformers and Thundercats). Premiering the same year that I was born in 1984, I’m not even sure how I was able to watch it. Chalk it up to having an older brother and re-runs I guess, but I adored it. The 80’s was a glorious time for cartoons with a weird influx of Japanese culture that introduced us to transforming robots. You know what’s even cooler than transforming robots? Robots that could transform together into a bigger robot. Transfomers did it occasionally, but it was the entire premise which Voltron was founded on.
Hey There Cartoon Nerds!
Marvel may have the live-action movies right now, but everyone knows that DC has been king of animation for the past twenty years or so in terms of superhero movies and it looks like they’ve got another hit on their hands with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.