Wednesday, June 28, 2017

That makes me sad

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.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The First Brickfilms!

Just a little something I just happen to think about...

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)


A recent video on the techniques behind "The Lego Movie"

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Happy 35th Birthday 2600 Pac-Man!

Make your voice heard

Got some fun email from A-Kon yesterday. There are now feedback forms!

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

That is NOT what it says. Get your mind out of the gutter

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.

Betamax Salesman Training

Sorry about the picture and sound quality on this one.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Animazement 2017 Report

This year was Animazement 20, so we celebrated the occassion with a sprinkling of old Hell favorites among the new selections. Here's the complete rundown.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

R.I.P. Adam West (1928-2017)

A little something he was in that's not Batman (or Family Guy)...

A-Kon 28

New digs! We were in the main programming room at the Sheraton: the "all the panels we can't define" hotel. Lovely line of people and no horrific wait at an elevator. How can you go wrong? Panel was from 11:30 to 1:30 and we cleared the room on time and everyone did a wonderful job of tidying up after themselves. We really appreciate that. It's the kind of thing that lets us come back next year.

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

Tonight! Hell! A-Kon! 11:30! That's PM!

We are in this hotel, far away from everything else.

We will be in this room, right next to the bathrooms.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Happy 70th Anniversary Howdy Doody!

First off, the earliest known recording, from April, 1948!

Howdy wins the Presidency (and a new marionette takes it place)!

Next, the 10th Anniversary Show from 1957!


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


The Meat....

The Condiments....

Can't find any bun ads, so here's some random bread ones!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Winds of Change (1979)

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 anime north time

YES! Hop on down to Anime North and grab yourself two fistfuls of ANIME HELL Friday night at 10!  And before you do, stop by a newsstand or a street corner and pick up the latest issue of Toronto's free weekly NOW, which features an article all about  - yes - Anime Hell! 

It's all happening here in Hogtown this weekend. Be here! And bring an umbrella! It's raining pretty good out here!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Anime Hell at Anime Central 20!

Anime Hell returns for the 20th (!!!) Anime Central convention. Friday night at 10pm in the Rosemont Ballroom. Don't forget to ask when Midnight Madness starts!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Animated American (2008)

Animated American - Short Film by James Baker & Joe Haidar from James Baker on Vimeo.

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."

Monday, April 24, 2017

Anime North 2017 Anime Hell 4U

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!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Day After (1983)

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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spice Girls "Fantasy Ball" Lollipops


Just got the official Straight Dope from Boston hellmeister Mike Toole: 

Anime Hell@Anime Boston is in Hynes Panel C at 8:30pm on April Fool's Day, baby!!

So if you're in Boston and you're at Anime Boston 2017 and you're mentally prepared Saturday night, be in Hynes Panel C for some Hell!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lasagna Cat

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

Family Dog (1987)

Forgot to post this yesterday, but thirty years ago on that day, this aired on NBC one fateful evening!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Disorder in the Court (1936)

This is one of my fave Three Stooges flicks. If you're really feeling it, I guess you could watch this while playing some Velvet Underground in the background.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nazis are da kwaziest peeples!

Don't Be a Sucker (1947)

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

A Kitten for Hitler (2007)

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, 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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Political Cartoon (1974)

Fun little film to watch on your lunch break.

Yes, that is Mel Blanc doing the voice for Bugs.