Hey everyone. I have a TON of stuff, memorabilia, art, parodies, you name it at
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Hey everyone. I have a TON of stuff, memorabilia, art, parodies, you name it at
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Would Disney ever do this? Did they? NO! You cannot tell the difference in utterance between Mickey, Donald or Goofy from 1940 to 2008. Different actors have portrayed these voices and there are slight inflections that allow you to tell the difference between a Bill Farmer from a George Johnson, but for the most part it is seamless!
As the 80's loomed, toy manufacturers started coming up with very cutesy cuddly animals and toys to appeal to a whole new generation of kids that would sit along side the Star Wars stable of stars on the shelves. They include Monchhichi's, Cabbage Patch Kids, Pound Puppies and Strawberry Shortcake. Out of this came H-B's response to this issue which included such blah banality as...well, the Monchhichi's, Pound Puppies, Richie Rich, Paw Paws, and their most successful show for almost a decade, the Smurfs. Out of this was also born the "adorable" Flintstone Kids, Yo Yogi, A Pup Named Scooby Doo and Tom and Jerry Kids. This brings me to The Miligning #2 - i don't care if you make a show with the Flintstones as kids, i love the idea, but to design them to be so unrecognizable from its original appearance is a disservice to not only the characters but to the original designers and the fans who made the show popular to begin with. Why would a toddler Fred wear a tie? Why would Betty look like a fat idiot with a beehive hairdo? The original style from the 60's wasn't even a beehive! Below you see my version of what the Flintstone kids should have looked like. You can see more at http://slappy427.deviantart.com/
Now, in the 80's and 90's H-B did use their original most popular stars in various vehicles all very poor in storytelling and animation, but with loves comes acceptance, so i overlooked those aspects in order to have those guys on TV. Such shows as Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo (and the Thing for some reason), the Real Adventures of Johnny Quest, probably their best update and the new episodes of the Jetsons, probably their worst update of all time! Orbitty anyone? But this is where the next malignment of characters began. The design, i suppose you could say, kept up with the times by rounding all the characters so much that they looked interchangeable. This is the era of Wilma's chin elongated so much, she could challenge Jay Leno to a chin off, Fred's overbite becoming an under bite, Barney's smock becoming more and more dark brown that in the Flintstones Christmas Carol, its almost black and the Jetsons being "animated" so on-model, most of the show is simply poses stolen directly from the model sheets themselves.
Thank the fates, this has come full circle as the Craig Kellman version of the Flintstones made it to print in The Flintstones: On the Rocks...a wonderful rendition of these characters. Also Yogi Bear's foray into reclaiming artistic glory via John K's view of the cartoons with his Yogi and Ranger Smith adaptations. Basically, and John K would agree with this, they evolved the look of the characters to a place so unappealing, that it took away their original appeal we all fell in love with thanks to the the designs of Ed Benedict, Dick Bickenback, Jerry Eisenberg, Iwao Takamoto and the rest.
P.S. While I'm on the topic...if you want H-B DVD's to sell, and you look at the sales of previous releases to make the decision on what to release or to release more at all...don't put out crap like Wait Til Your Father Gets Home. Way to put the nail in the coffin when we don't have on DVD much more popular fare such as Hair Bear Bunch, Quick Draw McGraw, Laff-a-Lympics, Peter Potamus and Jabberjaw!!!
Part II coming soon
Saturday, July 12, 2008
In the 90's, Dynomutt guested on Dexter's Laboratory, Captain Caveman is still around during any Flintstone thing, Jabberjaw had an updated music video made in the 2000's and HKP is still popular enough to have his own DVD come out, not to mention HKP and Jabberjaw being turned into Beanie Babies when that was popular. in recent years Dynomutt, HKP and Captain Caveman have been turned into action figures by Todd McFarlane and in Dyno's and Blue Falcons case, a really cool maquette set. it is for these reasons i believe they should have become infamous, but instead are languishing on Boomerang where they get limited exposure.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Thursday, May 03, 2007
- Goober & the Ghostchasers. This one is funny because they didn't even bother trying to differentiate this spooky mystery solving group from the Scooby gang, and put the "ghost" in the friggin title! In this show, a nameless, faceless ghostbusters like outfit, would send the group of teens to hunt ghosts and get a story for a magazine. Goober's trademark...whenever he got scared, her dissapeared. this was great for the animator's who, already in "limited animation" mode, didn't have to animate this blue/green dog during the best bits of the show. (for more on limited animation, type it into google and find out) For some unknown reason, i really like this dog Goober. Yes, the stories are second rate, but the Dog, the disappearing dog with the funny laugh...him i like. Catchphrase: "That's Ridiculiculiculiculous!" Shaggy Effect: Gilly the photographer takes the Shaggy role but is way less endearing and completely unmemorable. Fred Syndrome: The bulky brave Ted. TED, people...TED...it friggin rhymes with FRED!!!
- Jabberjaw. Another favorite of mine. this show incorporated not only the mystery solving aspect, the cumbersome pet aspect, AND the futuristic aspect, but also, they were a band! And the shark? played the drums. Really, that's enough said. Catchphrase: "No respect, no respect!" Shaggy Effect: Clamhead...i think he even caught a scared Jabber once or twice like the indelable image of Shaggy holding Scooby in his arms, knees a quakin!. Fred Syndrome: Biff - good looking, stocky and BLAND!!
- Clue Club: Crime solving team in a small town. Only this time, they have two dogs, Woofer and Whimper. They also take all their jobs from an 8 year old girl named Dotty. She's not old enough to go with the team of teens, but is old enough to man the police blotter and happens to be a tech whiz. Woofer and Whimper's look smacks of Jerry Eisenberg and are actually endearing; so much so they had their own adventures alone during the Skatebids show. Catchphrase: Was there one on this show? Shaggy Effect: D.D. was this freaky looking, Charles Nelson Reilly like bafoon. Fred Syndrome: Larry. Oh dear larry, your short fro was something to be desired. There really is nothing to say here except he must have been cloned from Fred and slapped with a short jeri-curl.
the last one i will touch on..
- Speed Buggy. Okay, so here is another beloved character of mine, but really, i guess H-B would stop at nothing to get a show on the air. Here we have a talking car. hey, guess what, its scared most of the time, weird huh? his pal is a lanky red headed fellow named Tinker who happens to sound exactly like Gomer Pyle, for those of you who remember him from Mayberry. Catchphrase: "Va-ROOM-A-ZOOM-ZOOM" or something like that. Shaggy Effect: Obviously Tinker. Fred Syndrome: Mark was the hunka hunka burnin love here. P.S. after Daphne, and Betty Rubble, Debbie here was my third crush!
there were many more i could go into, but it has been done, and probably better than i could do it anyway. suffice it to say, i did not talk about the shows whose catch was a phantom, a rock band, a caveman, another rock band, 2 rock bands in outer space, a Karate dog (somewhat of a departure) a giant ape (another departure) and a familiar sounding female Genie.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
- Mean Machine with a great Muttley costume,
- Boulder Mobile, and you can see one of the two costumes above with Luke, which are great BTW
- The Creepy Coupe and both Gruesome bros. are represented
- The Crimson Haybailor and Red Max
- Turbo Terrific with Peter Perfect
- Bullet Proof Bomb which carried the Ant Hill Mob
- The Buzzwagon with Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth - not sure how they would do this one what with the wheels and all, but who knows.