Famed Warner Bros animator, producer, director, and puppeteer, Bob Clampett, best known for his work on the Looney Tunes, directed an astonishing group of cartoons at Warner Bros, during the short period between 1942 and 1946. Many of them rank among the greatest and most unique cartoons ever made, including "Russian Rhapsody" (1944), with its savage portrait of Hitler that is both "hilarious and creepy. There's a disturbing quality about this cartoon that makes it quite unique and fascinating to watch.
We thought you'd love this captivating piece of Americana (video link below), starring Buster Crabbe as Flash Gordon as he goes up against the Emperor Ming to solve the mystery of the Purple Death, an electric dust that has struck Earth and leaves only a mark on the victims forehead.
In the original 1934 series, the story begins with Earth bombarded by fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov (left with Buster Crabbe as Flash) intuits the meteors are from outer space, and invents a rocketship to locate their place of origin. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale, and the three travel to the planet Mongo, where they discover that the meteors are actually alien weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of the planet Mongo.
Dr. Grace Augustine is a xenobotanist in charge of the Avatar Program, who arrived several years before the avatar team. She explored Pandora, a moon of the planet Polyphemus, and literally wrote the book on its plant life and biology. She was the only person who was able to catalog all the species and discovered the "organic computer" of Pandora's ecosystem that defeated the invading American exploiters and destroyers of the Navi's home tree in their ruthless quest for unobtainium- one of the most powrful sources of energy in the universe. As an astrobiologist, Grace learned that all living things on Pandora connect to Eywa through a system of neuro-conductive antennae.
In Belgium, 600,000 people in two weeks went to see James Cameron's three-dimensional movie, Avatar. Today, it just became the second most successful movie in history (behind Titanic). The world is swept up in the awesome myth of the alien planet, Pandora and its spiritual inhabitants. In less than a hundred years we've evolved from the fictional worlds of Jules Verne and H.G. Well's War of the Worlds to a real world of the Hubble and Kepler Space Observatories and the almost weekly discovery of new planets beyond our solar system to robots, dark matter, black holes, clones, pentaflop supercomputers and augmented reality. Will the discovery of a Pandora, become a reality too in the near future? We hope so, but with a vastly more humane ethos than the sad and too familiar images of the preemptive imperial violence of Avatar.
A producer from Uruguay who uploaded a short film to YouTube in November 2009 has been offered a $30 million contract to make a Hollywood film. The movie will be sponsored by director Sam Raimi, whose credits include the Spiderman and Evil Dead films. Fede Alvarez's short film "Ataque de Panico!" (Panic Attack!) features giant robots invading and destroying Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.
Avatar's new official trailer below gives us first glimpse in stereoscopic 3-D of the alien world dreamed up by James Cameron for his coming sci-fi epic with brief flashes of the strange flora and fauna that inhabit Pandora, the distant moon where the movie’s action unfolds.
The trailer features Pandora’s 10-foot-tall, blue-skinned natives, the Na'vi and the weird other-world creatures that share the planet with them. The key to the film is actor Sam Worthington, who plays wounded ex-Marine Jake Sully, a paraplegic whose mind is linked to a biological blue avatar created to let humans interact with the Na’vi.
The official trailer for Avatar is here: After years of dismissing 3-D as child's play, Hollywood studios are betting that films shot and projected in the format will boost takings at the box office. James Cameron's sci-fi epic, Avatar,was filmed in photo-realistic, “stereoscopic 3D,” which mixes live-action and CGI imagery in a seamless blend.
We think it's a first: a scifi movie opening with 97% on the take-no-prisoners RottenTomatoes T-Meter. The consensus: "technically brilliant and socially poignant, District 9 has action, imagination, and all the elements of a thoroughly entertaining science-fiction classic". Filmed in a quasi-documentary style, the $30-million special-effects-heavy film from newcomer Neill Blomkamp, produced by genre-master Peter Jackson, follows the social and geo-political repercussions of aliens crash-landing in Johannesburg where they are sequestered in an apartheid-style homeland, treated like refugees and forced to work for humans. They soon find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their biotechnology.