August 23rd, 2010

Kick-Ass Movie

Okay, so I'd never even heard of this movie Kick-Ass, but I just rented it on a whim and it was pretty epic. It's got McLovin from Superbad and Nicolas Cage in his first role of the millennium that didn't make me want to gouge my eyes out. Definitely not for anyone who dislikes graphic violence though.

Best '80s Cartoon Music

In today's installment of '80s cartoon nostalgia we'll be covering the best tunes to appear in such shows. First off, Pole Position. Seriously, check out this song. I'll wait.

Pole Position 80s cartoon

Ba ba bum, they are always fighting crime...

Oh, sorry, where was I? Yeah, so Pole Position. This was based on the popular arcade machine of the day, which was a straightforward speedway racing game. Of course to turn it into a cartoon you've got to make it more like Knight Rider and also make the cars fly and put in an adorable rodent and stuff. Actually, I have no idea what this show is about. It looks pretty stupid, and I don't think I ever actually watched it, but I used to just listen to the theme music and then change the channel. I'd love to get a good remix of this song. There are a few attempts on YouTube, but as far as I'm concerned they're all stuck in neutral.

Next up, Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors. Another great song. Another show I've completely forgotten. It's about heroes in battle cars who battle plant monsters who transform into battle cars. None of these characters are ringing a bell at all. Looks like there's a Han Solo rip-off, a little girl, and a freaking wizard? Hmm, no idea. I am sure I used to have the toy for this monster though, the one who wields the fibrous penta-flail:

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors cartoon

And last but certainly not least, Stan Bush's epic "Dare" song from Transformers: The Movie (1986). You can watch the part in which this song appears here.

Transformers the movie cartoon 1986

I still think this sequence is filmmaking at its finest. Notice how it kind of makes sense and there are actual emotions and you can actually tell what's going on, in contrast to Michael Bay's recent craptacular feature films, which possessed none of these virtues and which as far as I'm concerned succeeded only in transforming 350 million dollars into two steaming piles of dogshit. I've previously written about Transformers here, here, and here. I also wrote a short story called "Transformations" that some people seem to think is vaguely reminiscent of Transformers.