Sunday, August 20, 2017
The most terrifying and unsettling thing I've ever played. There's no blood, no gore, and no grotesque; just pure and unadulterated unease. Some of our stuff might gross you out, but this one will keep you up at night, and it's only a minute long (with credits). You've been warned.
So! Had the show tonight and things could have gone better. It wasn't a total disaster, but the problem I was facing was something I never would have been able to fix on site on that machine. It took another computer for me to find the problem and once I found it, I was so god damned mad I could have punched something because it was so simple and un-there-fixable.
And I'm really glad Danno hadn't been faced with something like this. I was able to kinda re-create what I had planned, but only because I'd spent so much time putting it together. I don't know what he would have done. Maybe this was his ghost tripping me up. I'm sorry it took as long as it did for us to get going, but then I think of how much worse it could have been.
So, threw a list together based on what I remembered and looking at my watch and everyone had a good time. We had the room from 11-2:30, but I had to wrap things up around 2 simply because everyone was freezing. As people filter out of the show, they take their 100 calories per head per hour with them and so the temperature in a room drops. The poor lady running sound for us had her hoodie over her nose and the kid behind me in the grass skirt was shivering fierce.
But did do a mild encore with the Dover Boys of Pimento University, maybe one of the longest videos I've ever played (I prefer to keep things under 3 minutes).
Meanwhile, some one had asked how I find things. Well, here's the deal: I go looking for something in particular, and then I don't find it.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 05, 2017
"Yakety Yak" Written By Mike Stoller & Jerry Leiber
Animation Director: Chris Bailey
Animation by Chris Bailey
Directed By Candace Reckinger, Michael Patterson & Tim Newman
Video Production: Warner Bros. & Nixon/Masai
Released by Elektra Entertainment, Elektra Entertainment Group & Take It Back Foundation
Executive Producer: Jolie Jones Levine
Dancers: Salim "Slam" Gauwloos, Darrin Henson, Tina Landon, LaVelle Smith, Terry Bixler, Michelle Whitney-Morrison, Cari French, Deidre Lang, Carrie Ann Inaba, Rosie Perez, Jennifer Lopez, Jasmine Guy, R.C Cru, Art Palmer & Anthony Thomas
Kids: Delphi Academy of Campbell
Recorded at A&M Studios
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Saturday, July 29, 2017
An animated, dark satire of America's automobile-obsessed, consumerist culture. An anonymous, brilliant scientist toils tirelessly in his ivory tower satisfying the public's ever-increasing demands for novelty and status consciousness, with predictable environmental consequences.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
"An artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook has created its own language. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient. The researchers shut the system down as it prompted concerns we could lose control of AI."
Monday, July 24, 2017
Borrowed Time by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes by Robert Valley
Pearl by Patrick Osborne
And the winner is...
Piper by Alan Barillaro
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
So, you've never been to an Anime Hell show? Well, I slapped together a playlist of some of our more popular videos. When I say "popular", I mean stuff we've shown. This is--by no means--a complete list, but it might give you some a feel for what's in store for you if you come to one of the Texas shows.
Of course, no two shows are alike. We're always finding new things, pruning here, planting there, changing the order...
And it's not like this is some kind of DIY Anime Hell kit, even if you try to use it as such. You have to work with a convention to get a room, round up prizes, get some candy, be aware of your time limitations, buy some kazoos, heard some cats, sacrifice a black goat under a full moon, etc. The usual.
One thing I've always loved about the Texas shows is the audience participation. Contests! Sing-a-longs! Hell, even you guys just shouting random stuff from the dark. Our shows wouldn't be anything without you. Take away the audience and we're just...a playlist. We can't stay static because that kind of thing gets boring pretty quickly. Heck, if we play the same things all the time, why bother coming to a live show?
I was talking to Dave about this a while back. The Texas shows are so unlike any of the others due to the contests, and there was that whole thing with Danno dying in 2015, and maybe it's time to retire Anime Hell in Texas. Danno pretty much was Anime Hell and doing a show under that name almost feels like trying to make a marionette out of a corpse.
But there's still the audience. We still want to give you guys a good time and a place to have fun and cut loose and yell silly things at silly videos while we throw candy at you.
So, this year, our 17th at Anime Fest, we're going to retire the name "Anime Hell" for what we do in Texas. Like a jersey number, we're going to pack that away and try a new name that really reflects what we do.
We're going to officially become Otaku Hell.
And I think that better reflects how we do things. "Anime Hell" is something you watch, but "Otaku Hell" is something you are.
It's still a show of fun video, fun contests, and fun times. You're still going to laugh or recoil in horror or scratch your head and ask WTF but you're still going to be the best audience in the world.
And, going through some archives, I think Danno would agree.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
OK, I have to tell you a little thing.
My folks thought I was deaf for a long time. I didn't talk until I was well into my third year. Turned out, I just didn't talk because I didn't have to. Adults always spoke for me.
But, because of all that, my folks became very interested in the Theater for the Deaf here in Dallas. Now, I'd like to point out the above trailer is for Deaf West Theater in Pasadena, but there used to be one in DFW. Let me tell you how those go:
For every character on stage, there are two actors: one signs the other speaks. In the production for the trailer above, Charlie has a child actor as his speaking voice at the start of the show. As his intellect develops, he gains an adult speaking actor. I can tell you now, when the child speaking actor returned to the stage, the audience gasped. They could see what it meant.
The first production I ever saw was a biopic of Edgar Allen Poe. The program listed the actors and the signs for everyone's name: speaking Poe was a P to the head. Signing Poe was a P to the heart. When they did "The Tell-Tale Heart", there were speakers with heavy bass for the heartbeat.
They also did productions of The Last Unicorn and Pippin. Man alive, I love me some puppets. Pretty sure the Red Bull was at least five puppeteers.
So let me show you this:
Lemme tell you something: all of those dancers are deaf. Some of them are even blind. The choreography includes them blowing on each other's necks so they can work out the timing.
I remember that Danno always liked the music I played in my car, but I have to also remember he'd blown out his eardrums a few years prior. The reason we showed what we did at Anime Hell was it was what he could hear. He was practically deaf himself.
Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion. Her mantra is what saw a dying cat off.
We show a lot of cruel videos at hell. Sure it makes us laugh, but I'll only ask one thing of you:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The memers may die, but the memes live on.
I remember telling my mom that cancer doesn't care. You could be a rotten person or a wonderful person and it just doesn't care either way. I'm sorry to see the family of such a gentle man who brought light to so many lives go through this.
We tried. We did our best. Sometimes our best isn't enough; but, hopefully, some of that work will save someone wonderful we don't know yet. Maybe we'll at least get the chance to meet them.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017
JOURNEY TO THE MOON (Denmark, 1973)
One of Lego's top men liked this!
LEGO WARS (1980)
SPORT LEGO (Hungary, 1986-87)
Officially Licensed Series
And now, two projects that Lego tried to sue the filmmakers' ass over!
The Magic Portal (Australia, 1985-89)
MUSIC VIDEO (UK?, 1989)
A recent video on the techniques behind "The Lego Movie"
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Yes, you can tell us how well (or how badly) we're doing. Just visit the form and complete that baby to your heart's content.
I'm not really sure if we stayed on topic. By the same respect, I'm not sure if you could even say we had a topic. Ratings are the only place I feel iffy on. We've always skirted the edge there.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Every so often, we find something the audience really likes. Based on how they were clapping in time and making weird, Steve Reich like rhythms, I'd say they like this one.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017
And we had a wonderful full moon this year. I think we even managed to start the show with one. I know that Channel 58 has a rough start, but the payoff was worth it.
I'm still surprised the McDonald's "Mulan" commercial got the reception it did. You guys really liked that chicken nugget sauce, huh?
Our contests ran a little long this year. So there was a lot I didn't get to show. I'd set up one-and-a-half hours of material, with some of our more...out there stuff in the last bit, as a reward to our die-hard fans. I'm sorry we didn't get to it, but we're still tuning the process and things are always wonky in a new space.
I think--next time--we will be collecting our kazoo orchestra as folks come in, as a filler activity so we don't have to stop a contest to start that. And yes! You guys played "Livin' la Vida Loca"! I knew you had it in you.
Congratulations to our contest winners! I see someone took one of the bottles of Dr. Bronner's Curiously Strong Peppermint soap. DO THE BRON. Good luck to whoever took the cucumber plant and shout-out to the new owner of the blue bubble wand. Don't get that in anyone's eyes.
All in all, a good show, even with the hiccups we had. And yes, A/V crew, I do bring my own adapters. I like to be prepared. You never know what kind of surprises life is going to throw at you.
Friday, June 09, 2017
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Howdy wins the Presidency (and a new marionette takes it place)!
Next, the 10th Anniversary Show from 1957!
The FINAL program... IN LIVING COLOR!
The 70's reboot!
And now, the 40th Anniversary Special!
And lastly, a webcast interview with one of the few souls who knew Buffalo Bob ran a liquor store!
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
A buddy and I were joking about the women's only screenings of Wonder Woman and the story of Actaeon came up; only in our version, Diana throws popcorn at him.
Anyhow, he's a re-cut and re-dubbed version of the anime Metamorphoses, narrated (or riffed--depending on your point of view) by Sir Peter Ustinov. Actaeon's story is first.
Gods, I had forgotten how bad the music was.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
It's all happening here in Hogtown this weekend. Be here! And bring an umbrella! It's raining pretty good out here!
Monday, May 15, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Set at the end of traditional animation at American feature studios, the future is about to collide with the past. Eric, a digital loving executive on a mansion hunting expedition finds himself crossing swords with his realtor, Max, an out of work toon rabbit. Like it or not, Max will make Eric see things through the eyes of an "Animated American." www.animatedamericanmovie.com
Monday, April 24, 2017
Anime Hell returns to Anime North, and it also returns to the Plaza Ballroom at the International Plaza Hotel, because the Tories have the ballroom where we were last year and we can't kick 'em out as much as we'd like to, darn it. Anyway, it's a much shorter walk and a fine ballroom for us to go to Hell in - Friday at 10pm! Also at Anime North this year, Neil Nadelman will be bringing his Totally Lame Anime and Mike Toole is back for Dubs Time Forgot and some crazy Korean knockoff anime and gosh, who knows what else? If you've paid someone an outrageous amount to smuggle you and your family across the border, you cannot afford to miss Anime North's Anime Hell!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Oh, wow. The whole thing.
OK, let me tell you a story about when this first aired.
In 1983 I was in 2nd~3rd grade. Yes, that makes me old. Shut up.
But anyway, this is the shadow that me and my generation grew up under. Sure, we had "tornado" drills all the time (growing up in Texas), but lining up the hallway and facing a wall, with your hands over the back of your neck, is just a way of making the bodies easier to count. Protecting your face was just a way of giving your folks something intact to kiss good-bye.
When this aired, I remember that all us kids had a PARTY. We all went over to someone's house and there was cake and ice-cream and games and we had a grand old time, even though it wasn't anyone's birthday. We thought this was just fine, but we didn't know any better. We were just kids.
What was really going on was all our parents (except the ones hosting the party) were at someone else's house, watching this made-for-TV movie. They were taping it and talking about it and deciding if us kids were going to get to see it and how they were going to talk about it.
And I remember that I didn't get to see it until some time much later.
One of my coworkers is from Ukraine and he told me this was the first American movie they got to see after the wall fell. I guess it's a kind of propaganda, a message of "If we had done this, they would have lost." I don't know how I feel about it now.
Anyway, set a little time aside for yourself to watch this. It's not good, per se, but it did help shape a generation. It might help you to understand why some of your older coworkers are a little antsy. You might want to talk about it with your parents or your kids. The message here seems more clear now than it was when I was a kid.
No one wins a war like this. Make sure it never comes to this.
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
I really don't know what to think of this. It's a terribly unfunny comic strip, so to extrapolate it to relatively unfunny video seems only rational.
But then there's this. Described as "Jim Davis tribute set to the entire original motion picture score of 'Kundun' by Philip Glass featuring the philosophical musings of John Barrymore III." And there's a lot of levels there.
The ghost of Andy Kaufman is alive and well.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017
Friday, February 03, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Hat-tip to Wil Weaton for finding this one. Wikipedia sez:
"Don't Be a Sucker!" is a short film produced by the US War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. It has anti-racist and anti-fascist themes. The film was made to make the case for the desegregation of the United States armed forces.
The sound skips a bit at the start, but this little flick is probably older than your parents, so it's excused. Still relevant.
Friday, January 27, 2017
No actual kittens were harmed in the making of this film.
I was reading about mongooses and somehow stumbled into this. So I'm sharing it with you!
Wikipedia has this to say about it:
Following a discussion about film censorship with British broadcaster Melvyn Bragg while they worked on The South Bank Show, Russell was challenged by Bragg to create a film which Russell himself would want banned. A Kitten for Hitler was the result of the process that followed. After Russell sent Bragg an initial draft, Bragg responded "Ken, if ever you make this film and it is shown, you will be lynched."
Adolf Hitler was played by Phil Pritchard. Those auditioning for the part were asked to attend the casting dressed as Hitler, creating a bizarre waiting room scene. Due to the content of the film, dwarf actor Rusty Goffe was hired to play the role of the boy as Russell could not convince any child actor's parents to allow their son to appear. The child's mother was played by Russell's wife Lisi, and the costumes were organised by his daughter. The entire film was filmed in a studio in Shoreditch against a green screen with the backgrounds added in digitally later. The film was broadcast on Comedybox.tv, after Russell was introduced to Dan Schreiber by screenwriter Emma Millions.
Today was Holocaust Remembrance Day. The United States celebrated it by making sure refugees from war-torn countries who faced genocide would be turned away from our borders. You can celebrate by punching a Nazi.