Thursday, September 24, 2015
On Sunday night, September 20th, 2015, Danno Baker was killed by an acute pulmonary thromboembolism.
I've been tasked with sorting through all the external drives and discs and storage and boxes upon boxes of video. Copies have to be made for his family; friends have requested what they can. We're all still processing what's happened.
I'd like to thank those who have come to us to offer condolences. It's always hard to be strong at times like this without becoming brittle and risking a shatter. You bend, you adjust, and you keep on gong.
And I hadn't really been able to cry about it until now. I knew there was a lot that had to be done and crying's for later. But it's later now and I'm really, really going to miss my friend.
So, while sorting through drives, I found this video in a folder that said "A-Kon Hell 2015" and I don't even remember if we showed it or not because that was a lifetime ago. But here it is.
We're still going to do Hell as best we can. It's not going to be the same without Danno at the helm, but the show was what he lived for. I'm glad that we had a year with no problems and he was able to smile at all of you.
He had a smile, really, even if he never drew himself with one.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Sunday, September 06, 2015
I always wondered what he was singing.
Well, here we are, after 15 years with Anime Fest and we had A FANTASTIC SHOW.
We did have a little confusion on the announcement, however:
"...the former is not an actual thing, but references someone having five anuses. Might want to fix that. Ugh."
Comment I just left: "Cincoanera? Did you by chance mean quinceañera? The latter is a party for a girl who’s turning fifteen...— Emma Álvarez Gibson (@ealvarezgibson) September 3, 2015
As long as it picks up after itself, it's welcome to the show.
We had tiaras this year, and all our Camy walkers got one. A couple of our Hard Gay posers got tiaras as well and they earned them.
Danno gave a lovely speech about how the show started and the history of Anime Hell at A-Fest. Katie gave a...speech bout underage drinking. I didn't give a speech about anything as I was too busy dicking with my hair.
Katie had made a Hard Gay pinata and that was given away as a prize near the end of the night. The lucky fellow who won it (a fellow doctor, I might add) let us know this was his first Anime Hell. I'm sure he'll be back.
One surprise from the night was Danno's copy of When I See an Elephant Fly (I didn't know he had a copy!). Kris took a little time to clear up the controversy about the segment, so we're still an edutainment panel. We're always out to push a button and see what lights up.
All in all, a great show and a great audience, as always. You are always why we do this. Hopefully, we'll be able to post stuff on the blog more regularly once everyone's work schedules settle.
Monday, August 31, 2015
This is it folks. The big one. This Saturday, September 5th, is the 15th year of Anime Hell at Texas. We're celebrating with a Quinceañera, except without the live band and you aren't required to bring a gift. No cake, either. I don't think cake ground in to the carpet would win us any friends with the convention center. So it'll be the usual candy and prizes, with pinatas and maybe a few tiaras.
You're all invited to the party. R.S.V.P. in the comments:
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Saturday, August 08, 2015
Friday, August 07, 2015
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Monday, July 06, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Alison's awards include the Grand Prix at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Mr. Pascal, seen here:
And then she won first prize at the Odense International Film Festival for The Black Dog.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Mary's work will probably be the most familiar to you. She worked with Disney on Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Song of the South, and Cinderella.
Look at those colors!
And here's someone's student film. Hey, haven't we been doing student films all week?
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Today is Evelyn Lambart. When the guy she was working with got interested in ballet, she perfected transferring paper cut-outs to lithograph plates, which she then painted and animated. Here's what it looks like:
Before McLaren got on the ballet kick, they used to make films like this:
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
It has come to my attention that Dick Van Patten has passed away.
He will be missed, to be sure.
To me he was one of those character actors who always popped up everywhere.
I guess part of me always assumed that Dick Van Patten would keep working forever.
I'm sure he'd still be working if he could. Godspeed, Dick Van Patten.
Claire Parker invented the pinboard, which is genius. This is what it looks like.
Monday, June 22, 2015
I thought, for this week, we could concentrate on some female animators. The Annecy International Festival of Animation was last week, and the kids at Gobelins have been hard at work.
Our first and oldest is Lotte Reiniger. Her The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the oldest surviving animated feature film, and every moment of it is glorious. Check it out some of her other stuff here:
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
RIP Phil Austin, the brilliant member of the Firesign Theater has left the planet. He was right about the comet. pic.twitter.com/mOLWTz1SNT— Joel Hodgson (@JoelGHodgson) June 20, 2015
Here's the press release. I know I'm posting this late. 74 doesn't seem that old to me.
Anyway, shut your eyes and listen to this, so you'll know what you lost.
Also, you can watch this:
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Monday, June 08, 2015
I actually thought for a minute that Goemon was being played by Mansai Nomura, who played Abe no Seimei in Onmyoji, but no. It's Gô Ayano, who played Joe in Gatchaman. Either way, I get to have very nice fantasies later on.
So! The show!
Danno, Katie, and I took a taxi in this year, because you can't beat class. Also, I'd messed up my heel earlier in the week and didn't feel like walking 5 blocks and paying $30 for the privilege. I live close enough that a taxi was very affordable. It really is the best way to get to the Anatole, hands down.
Somehow, our room was switched with the folks doing Rocky Horror, or vice versa. I knew we were in Video Two; but when we got there, we were moved to Video One. BECAUSE WE ARE VIDEO ONE MATERIAL. All our hard work has finally paid off.
Oh yeah! This year, we had a special appearance from Jason Merrill, brother of Dave Merrill, the guy what started this crazy thing. He had a snazzy jacket.
For pre-show this year, we got the kazoo orchestra set up and ready to go. Why not? It's a good activity while other things are getting handled and it keeps up from slowing down the show to handle it later. Also, kazooers? You guys rock.
Normally, we split up the "Hard Gay" and "Camay" walks by gender, but this year, in the spirit of something, we decided to forgo with such binary restrictions. Both contests went wonderfully.
New contest this year was our "evil laugh" off. That is the stuff of nightmares, let me say. We'll be posting what we have of that later.
Everyone was awesome. We had a great show. Everyone had a good time. I swear, in the last four years, these have just been getting better and better!
If you've got video, post it in the comments! We love your feedback!
Yes, I know I'm posting late. I have a new work schedule and things got wacky.
Saturday, June 06, 2015
Monday, June 01, 2015
I have the sound track for this on vinyl. I used to listen to it all the time as a kid.
This is the most important song in the movie.
But this is on there too. It's a terrible movie. Someday, I'll do a blow-by-blow.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
|live blurry selfie taken sometime during Hell|
Hell Dance Party: "Severe Slash" by Helena Hauff, "1976" by Tzusing (with special guest Ned Beatty), and "Vader" by Gesloten Cirkel.
01 - "She Is Young, She Is Beautiful, She Is Next" by Perturbator - No sooner has the Hell Dance Party wrapped up than we kick things off with an awesome slice of synthwave.
02 - 1970s Lite Brite ad - And now a word from last year's commercial sponsor.
03 - Dear vs. Bear trailer - It's like a cross between Bollywood and the Asylum guys who make those awful TV movies for Syfy, but in the very best possible way. Of course, by "best" I mean "What the hell?"
04 - "FM" by Crayon Pop - Tuxedo Kamen got some applause, sure, but the Master Chief cameo is what really made the crowd go wild.
05 - The Unmarketables - They're not premise driven!
06 - Mystery Boy - It turns out that the Hell audience loves nothing more than heavy doses of cartoon violence. Can't argue with that!
07 - Hebocon report - It also turns out that people who like Japanese stuff and who go to conventions really like to watch reports about Japanese conventions, especially ones about crappy robots. This was one of the highlights of this year's Hell.
08 - Robot King - Speaking of crappy robots, boy, do these guys ever suck.
09 - "Sausage Samba" by Friendly Rich - Yes, the song is in English. He's singing about meat. No, really.
10 - Moments of Wonder: Winston Churchill - And now, this year's educational segment, courtesy of the ever insightful Philomena Cunk.
11 - Revenge of the Ninja trailer - Remember, only a ninja can kill a ninja. Sadly, I accidentally played a variant of the trailer that featured absolutely no belt buckle shuriken, but I've linked to the superior version here. That said, when Sho Kosugi is involved you can only go so wrong.
12 - Transformers: Age of Extinction (10 Guaranteed Improvements) - And we're back to crappy robots, though immeasurably improved by the Auralnauts. This was the other popular favorite of the year.
13 - Mighty Mister Titan - Providing the all-important half time exercise break, as documented here.
14 - I Live In The Woods - Random cartoon weirdness, round one.
15 - The Circle Line - Random cartoon weirdness, round two.
16 - The Magic Christmas Tree trailer - Absolutely no adults will be admitted without children!
17 - Clocking Out - With special thanks to Bottom Shelf Films and, of course, Vince Lowe.
18 - Captain America: Winter Soldier VHS trailer - Our special sneak preview of Captain America: Civil War.
19 - Invincible Iron Man: The False Captain America - Whoops, sorry, that was the last Captain America flick. This is our special sneak preview of Captain America: Civil War. The festivities proper kick off six minutes in.
20 - Dickens Fruit Corners - And now a word from our commercial sponsor.
21 - "Bibi Hendl" by Takeo Ischi - "Who likes Japanese pop music?" Featuring a wonderful bit of serendipity in the form of a surprise appearance by Cafe Hell.
22 - Internal Organs University - "Who likes Japanese cartoons?"
23 - Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde trailer (NSFW) - The previous clip was a bit heavy, so it was obviously time to switch it up with something wildly gratuitous.
24 - V for Varoufakis - This year's current events segment was provided courtesy of that endless font of humor, the Germans.
25 - The Obvious Child - Presented without commentary to a crowd that sat there quietly for twelve solid minutes trying to figure out what in the fuck was happening to them.
Outro: "The Time is Now" by John Cena
As ever, kudos to Animazement's stalwart Hellions: Cameron Blashka, Jared Blashka, and Chris Culpepper. Also, thanks to William Bloodworth for providing this year's flyer.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
"We dug back into our videotape archives and pulled out this classic episode from April 1, 1990. We talk about a new Japanimation convention in Dallas, sub vs dub, and the new fad called 'cosplay'."
Shout-out to A-Kon after 1:13. Cos-play segment at 3:50. You can FF through the laser-disc part.
Danno found this, so I don't know why he didn't post it.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Friday, May 08, 2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Like you don't know who that is.
Green pea-ness. No, wait.
Take that, critics.
Take that, whomever.
And I just included that last one because I think he's cute, and it's a pretty good little movie. It's all about the making of "Citizen Kane" and I think Liev has the cadence down.
Oh, such furniture porn!
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Friday, April 10, 2015
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Godspeed, Stan Freberg.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Friday, April 03, 2015
No, but really.
Oh, I wish I was kidding.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Saturday, March 07, 2015
Friday, March 06, 2015
Oh, that's some fat brass!
The expression "A sock full of Johnny Quest" is from this comic, specifically a reference to Yoko Kanno's soundtrack for "Cowboy BeBop". I thought it might be fun to share that source material.
And, while we're here, a little segment of a documentary about "Johnny Quest", focusing on the music and the guy who gave it to us. He should have had a career outside of cartoons, you say? But then, how would you know him?
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Sunday, March 01, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
We all watched so many families have such a good time, we wanted to play a game ourselves. This is it.
It did not air, and was not edited so you are seeing the raw output from the studio in Florida."
- Geoffrey Darby
Watch Marc Summers really loosen himself up!
Monday, February 16, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Oh, man, an old film about the Brits getting shots. I love how they say controversy.
Warning! There's breast-feeding and naked babies! And there's more where that came from. As your doctor, I suggest you watch these films about horrible infectious diseases and the easy way to prevent them from ruining your lives.
Looks like putting a kid on a leash is nothing new.
Dogs kinda whoop anyway.
It's more bleak when it's in black and white.
Meh. The Americans don't really put on a good show, do they?
I take it back. Polio is scary as hell.
Drama! And a killer doll. It's so sad.
Oh yay! A cartoon. That makes it so much better. (here's parts 2 and 3)
Gods. Tetanus. That's a 14th century way to go.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Cooking fish fingers have never been so dramatic!
Friday, January 23, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Jeff, the all time super ultra mega fighter turbo champion, takes great pleasure crushing the opposition beneath his sandals like so many discarded potato chips. After many long days searching the internet he finds, at last, a worthy foe.
Unfortunately the Mormon-based institution doesn't give us access (or 'permission') to embed the entire short here so you'll have to go HERE if you want.