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.
And then there was that time there was a live-action Teddy Ruxpin television special.
Sometimes I’m sad that CGI has rendered animatronics, puppetry, and claymation/stop-motion nigh-obsolete for children’s entertainment. Though, when it comes to something like this, I have to imagine CGI environments are easier to deal with than having to build an entire world sized for suit actors by hand. (Well, okay, green-screen had to have made some of that easier…)
All Metal Heroes openings? All Metal Heroes openings. Features footage for shows that Saban would adapt as VR Troopers and Big Bad Beetleborgs, plus a bunch of stuff that never made it to the United States. It, uh, gets kinda weird by the end.
Hi-definition Urusei Yatsura opening? Hi-definition Urusei Yatsura opening.
Travel back with us when giant killer fish didn’t need a tornado to get to their prey.
Starchibald and Sunny Jim bite into the Asylum classic: Mega Piranha! An 80’s pop star, a sentient slab of porkroast, genetic engineering and a horde of angry CGI fish collide in an adventure that bends time and space!
Guest starring Suede as Doctor Why!
And then there was that time TakaraTomy hired a couple of people to dress up like pandas and wander around a zoo to shill “Panda Party,” a panda-themed party game.
Have I mentioned there’s pandas?
Remember this awesome stop-motion Zoids promotional video from a few months back? Well, here’s another! It is basically five glorious minutes of plotless robot-dinosaur-on-robot-dinosaur violence set to an operatic score.
This stop-motion review of the reissue and Transformers: Generations versions of Soundblaster (aka New Soundwave) is all kinds of amazing.
What do you get when you combine robots and cops? A fun TV show called Almost Human. But we’re not here to talk about that. Instead, join us for a riff of the trailer to the newly released Robocop remake.
So, for Transformers Wiki purposes, I was trying to find the dates for 1983’s International Tokyo Toy Show. We have it on reasonably good authority that a Hasbro representative attended that event and saw displays of Takara’s Diaclone Car Robots and Microman Micro Change toys, which would lead to Hasbro licensing the molds to create the original Transformers toyline.
What I found instead was this - home video footage of the actual event, showing the very Takara toy displays that the Hasbro representative would have seen himself.
Wow. Just… wow.
(There’s also Machine Robo/pre-GoBots stuff in there, plus Gundam, and a bevy of other things.)