Sometimes when people reblog me, I see that their reblogs keep all my tags. Is there a convenient way to do that nowadays? I used to use Missing E, but was under the impression it was kaput.
This is by far my favorite NFB short and maybe my second favorite cartoon ever (after Disney’s The Band Concert, which does SO much for me).
I just found out that the filmmaker who made it, Frédéric Back, passed away last year. Very sad.
I used to watch this over and over. So amazing! During CSSSA one summer, we took a field trip to an exhibition of his art and animation. They had frosted cels from his films, each one was like a detailed painting. Everyone should be familiar with Frédéric Back’s films. Such an astounding body of work, with so much heart.
Twitter, please do not punch Derrick Wyatt. Or Eljay, that’s Lanny Lathem, he helps make BotCon toys. Or, you know, maybe just avoid the punching in general, even if you are a flock of many tiny birds that can lift a whale.
Rodimus does actually mean something, but only by sheer coincidence. They obviously just did a half-assed portmanteau of Rod and Optimus to make the name, regardless of whatever it might mean (“Optimus” as I believe we discussed before, means “best”).
Rodimus is actually a form of the verb rodere, which is the source of the English word rodent. It means “to gnaw.” Specifically, the form “rodimus” means “we are gnawing.” Maybe not the best name for a cool robot car.
Packaging art for an unreleased 1980s Japanese vinyl figure (“Super Hybrid Model”) of the original Arcee, scanned from the Transformers Generations guidebook. I once tried proposing this image for Arcee’s TFWiki.net header picture, but at the time my scan came out badly and was rightly rejected for its quality; this is another take. The art is less sexualized than the Hidetsugu Yoshioka garage kit art that was Arcee’s header pic for years, but I kind of like the painterly “faux-1970s giant robot model kit” look of her current picture? I dunno… you peeps got any feelings on this?
In any event, I’m tossing the pic up here, and I’ll add my scans of the accompanying Rodimus Prime and Galvatron artwork in the coming days.
Front and back covers to the Bionic Six Super Picture Book. That was a show that was way prettier than it had any right to be, owing to some gorgeous animation work by TMS Entertainment. Here and there, the writing wasn’t too bad, either, since it wasn’t afraid to go tongue-in-cheek; the last episode was a straight-up homage to old Warner Bros. cartoons, centered around what may have been a caricature of Friz Freleng.
Wouldn’t mind seeing the show out on DVD, but I don’t think it’s high on anybody’s priority list…
Popular Electronics, December 1958
Out-of-season, but still adorable.
So Croatia had an animation industry in the 1980s. I was unaware of this fact, but was aware of the fruits of their labors, a little headtrip of a film called The Elm-Chanted Forest. I believe it used to play on the Disney Channel in the days you had to pay extra for it and it was commercial-free.
Anyway, here is a psychedelic musical number from the film, featuring a breakdancing mushroom caricature of Michael Jackson.
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