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The Marvel Super Heroes (1966)
great characters,cheesy cartoons, fond memories.
In 1969,when I was a wee lad o' five,a hometown TV station, channel 19,went on the air.Their schedule consisted of a lot of recently cancelled network fare and a truly great line up of kid-oriented programming.Flintstones,Ultraman,Spider-Man and of course, the Marvel superheroes.It was my first exposure to great characters like the Mighty Thor,the Incredible Hulk (who scared me just a little),Iron Man,Captain America, and the Sub-Mariner.
Okay, so maybe the animation was sub-par, even when compared to other cartoons made at the time.The animators, working on a tight budgets and schedules,took their storylines directly from the comics, actually clipping panels from the comic books themselves to use in the animation.I didn't care. I was five. What did I know? After all the characters were colorful and neat,especially the villains and the stories were quickly-paced and action packed.
It's 35 years later...Life is a little more complicated,Channel 19 was eventually swallowed up by the Fox corporation,and these old cartoons still posess a strange appeal.I recently purchased the entire series on DVD and have enjoyed seeing them again in all their cheesy glory.
Interestingly enough, I found out years later than Iron Man (and a few other characters) were voiced by John (Dean Wormer in "Animal House") Vernon. Chris Wiggins (from the syndicated "Friday the 13th" TV series) voiced Thor.
Wonderland: Pilot (2000)
the greatest series that never was.
It's a damn shame that this program got pulled by the network only two episodes into the series.Oh well...who needs a compelling drama about the mentally ill and the doctors who work with them when you can fill that airtime with another stupid reality show or dopey sitcom?
David Lynch wishes he could make a movie like this.
What can I say about the Incredibly Strange Creatures...I love this movie. I caught this movie on MST3K and was intrigued enough to find a copy of the movie to watch it without the call backs.
It's the story of lovable loser Jerry (played by director Ray Dennis Steckler, under the name Cash Flagg) who runs afoul of side show fortune teller Madame Estrella and her hirsute henchman Ortega, murder and mayhem ensue. During the course of this gripping "monster musical", you'll meet Jerry's unintelligible roommate Harold(who may be foreign or something), Jerry's helmet haired girlfriend, Angela, and ungainly dancer Marge (played by Steckler's one-time leading lady Carolyn Brandt, talentless stripper Carmelita, and other sketchy characters. The action is periodically interrupted by bizarre and vaguely unsettling musical numbers that add to this movie's nightmarish and surreal ambiance. If you enjoy Strange Creatures check out some of Steckler's other work, particularly The Thrill Killers and Rat Pfink a Boo Boo.
Angela's mother: (Concerned over her daughter's relationship with Jerry.)
"He doesn't even come to the door for you." Angela: (In all seriousness) "He wouldn't be Jerry if he did."