June 25th, 2014
Meet Johnny Express:
There are all sorts of Aliens living throughout space.
Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship. When the spaceship arrives at the destination, all he has to do is simply deliver the box. However, it never goes as planned. Johnny encounters strange and bizarre planets and always seems to cause trouble on his delivery route.
Will he be able to finish his mission without trouble?
NextWave Agents of HA.T.E. Comic Dub Part 1 has a few minor technical issues1, but for a fannish effort it does a pretty impressive job of communicating the joy of Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen's batty, brilliant 12-issue series:
Roll on the double page spread of Elvis M.O.D.O.K.s2
[Via Wis[s]e Words]
In the fifteenth century, three worthies come together to tackle the Emperor's disastrous horoscope. They lift themselves to space in their medieval vessel, braving the terrors and wonders of the of the Ptolemaic universe, to reach for the stars…
A GIRL NAMED ELASTIKA is a lovely, exuberant little animation:
Be sure to stay until the very end to meet the real heroine of the piece.
I just don't know why Channel 5 would bury a show that reliably funny (and filthy) at 2:30 in the morning.
Nothing creepy about that. Not at all.
Not until the shaving foam, anyway…
[...] Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro were released together as a double feature. Target audience: ?
I can't imagine any way to sit through that pairing without ending up a sobbing wreck. One poster said that Totoro played second, possibly in an attempt to lift the audience's spirits after Fireflies had stomped them into the ground. Me, I doubt that even the appearance of a real-life catbus could make me feel good in the wake of the gut-punch Grave of the Fireflies delivers.
Miyazaki has pulled out all the stops. The film is of immense length: 126 minutes of hand-drawn animation. It tackles huge, challenging subjects: the 1923 Great Kanto Eartquake, the Great Depression and the march to global war. In addition to securing for the nth time a score by Hisaishi Jo, Japan's greatest living composer, Miyazaki roped in Matsutoya Yumi (a.k.a. Yuming) to provide the theme song. He coaxed his colorist of 50 years to come out of retirement for this one last film.
And the subject of the first Miyazaki film about a real person: the life of Horikoshi Jiro, the designer of the Mitsubishi A6M, the Zero fighter.
Not subject matter I'd have expected from Miyazaki, but judging by this (Japanese language) trailer the resulting film is every bit as good-looking as anything we've seen from him lately. We'll see how the story turns out in due course, but for now it's looking promising.
Doctor Puppet promises to be one of the very best fannish celebrations of the Doctor's 50th anniversary year.
I do hope the BBC's lawyers don't squash it like a bug.
Junaid Chundrigar's animation Disassembled goes beyond the cast of a certain current blockbuster, featuring all sorts of non-Avengers. I loved the … um … cartoonish nature of Thor's encounter with Loki1 and the sight of Venom trying to enjoy an ice cream. Good work, strongly recommended.
As far as I'm concerned, CollegeHumor's Dr. Who RPG video wins the internet this week.
[Via The Medium is Not Enough]
I don't by any means dislike the English language trailers. I adore the way Merida decides to compete for her own hand in the second trailer, and the customary Pixar attention to detail exemplified in the shots of her loosing that last arrow. However, the Japanese trailer emphasises different aspects of the story that make it feel more like a Hayao Miyazaki film. Which, lest there be any doubt, is a very good thing.
[Via James Nicoll]
The Scale of the Universe Interactive: think of it as a Flash version of Powers of Ten, crossed with a Total Perspective Vortex.