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I’m not going to lie. I would watch this show every single week and in between for reruns. I love all the mindless 80s cartoon callbacks from the sugar coated colors to the homoerotic undertones and flashy effects. But does it bother anyone else that they use post Reboot computer graphics? The answer is no. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to loop this video until I memorize the theme song.
I didn’t make this blog to feature animals, but it is a character design perspective as well as my friggen blog so I’ll do whatever I like thank you very much.
Anyway, quick note, horse teeth are terrifying. You don’t always need to go with the protruding fangs and jagged edges, these will keep me awake for days just fine. I suppose it’s kind of a given but carnivore teeth of any kind make really scary reference material. I know whenever I need to photoshop together some godless chimera I wrack my brain for the most unusual animal I can thing of and look at it’s teeth. For this nightmare in the making, I went with baby eyes and a toddler mouth with the teeth edited out. Same with skulls, hippos, deer, fish, snakes, skulls are scary enough but animals will always surprise you under the hood. I mean, look at that snake! It looks less like a skull and more like some alien grasshopper (TM)
The more you know *Shooting star!*
Man, I’m always looking at pictures of insects and sea slugs to get inspirations for aliens but just look at this guy. He looks straight outta Star Wars! What’s more, If you were to design a creature like this will airbag cheeks you could still fit a complete human face on it, allowing it to emote and receive the standard empathy points from the audience. The lips are pretty fun too. I’m saving this beauty for future reference.
*Apparently it is an orangutan, I’m not sure if it’s a subspecies. But here is another looker.
Hellboy is fun. He’s an antihero that skirts the line between man and monster both on the inside and the outside. And even though when you get to brass tax he little more than a red man with horns, its always refreshing to see a superhuman that looks more than human. I know, I know, he’s a demon. But my point is, too many times people just take the easy way out and say ‘look at this guy, he’s an alien despite looking like my next door neighbor.’
And I was always intrigued by the notion that he sands off his horns. Such an effective insight into him as a character. Here we have a giant red ape that either wants to look more like a human or less like a demon. Then we get into the whole body modification subculture which is ripe for the picking [phrasing!] in the speculative fiction genre.
1-2-3 no CG! Heh, I’m actually in the digital art industry, I just feel the need to celebrate the people that do it old school.
Oracle is the former Batgirl who when paralyzed became a cyber hacking guru instead of giving up fighting crime. And while all most heroes are inherently worthy of being looked up to, Barbra Gordon stands out because of what she is under the costume. By which I mean resilient, not hot. Although that doesn’t hurt either.
And whereas many of the other disabilities like Daredevils blindness, Iron Mans frail heart and body, and Thors weird alter-ego limpyness are compensated or cured from their abilities, Batgirl takes the more realistic approach and fights with what life gave her and what it took away. Because even in the fantastic realm of super men, not everything can be fixed. Until the reboot.
I promised I wouldn’t piggieback on other sites anymore but I just read that Mattel is making a new bald Barbie doll that will be given away exclusively to children’s hospitals. I know Barbie has a bit of a bad history with its unrealistic portrayals of women, but hearing this made me genuinely happy. Even better, it was started by a humble grass roots Facebook campaign that wanted to create something that girls with hair loss could look up to. Being able to identify with a fictional character is one of the most powerful ways of making them real, and everyone should be able to have that.
I was never the kind of kid to watch a movie twice every Sunday, but I did always enjoy the Wizard of Oz and have looked back on it fondly. In all honesty, I think it is one of the most adaptable of all fantasy tales, they translate perfectly into pretty much any setting. And I do have a soft spot for dark re imaginings, although they have become a bit too common nowadays.
But we’re here to talk about the original. I picked the scarecrow in particular as an excellent example of costuming, but in truth they are all good. He’s all made up with burlap and rope, and I love the painted details of his nose and eyebrows. They go along way in making him less a man in a suit and more a suit on a man. Does that make any sense? He’s all arts and crafts is what I’m trying to say. And the straw coming out of everywhere, he’s all patched up and worn out like the sweater you refuse to throw out.
He’s also pretty lanky, which is a built I always like in a character. When pushed to extremes it makes people look sinister and foreboding, but when used for good it makes him awkward and endearing. It’s in our nature to be drawn to people with quirks, and a man without a brain certainly qualifies.
Oh yeah, this film came out in 1939! That continues to blow my mind, because I always used to think even the 50s were black and white. This film is like the Jurassic Park of the 1930s, and I really hope I get to use that phrase again some time in my life.