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Archive for May 8th, 2008

Lions & Hyenas & Copyright Violation…

Posted by shanoah on May 8, 2008

Today I thought I’d share some AMVs regarding a rather popular animation you may recognize.

It stars a young lion growing up. His father is killed due to his evil uncle, and he then goes into exile in the wild. He makes some friends, grows up, and ultimately has to face down and defeat his uncle, taking back control of the pridelands. Here are two related AMVs, to two different versions of the song “He Lives In You”.

The Lion King (He Lives In You – Tina Turner)

and compare:

Jungle Emperor Leo (He Lives in You – Lebo M.)

Yes, I’m talking about the animated series Kimba The White Lion (1965-78; based on the manga from 1950-1954), and its movie, Jungle Emperor Leo(1966). And its quite unauthorized remake by Disney, The Lion King(1994).

The two have an interesting history; the voice actor who played Simba as an adult has stated that he understood he was being hired for a remake of Kimba the White Lion. And Roy Disney, when talking about the Lion King before it’s release on an online chat, referred to Simba as Kimba.

However, despite a petition by 1100 manga & anime artists & fans, Disney refused to acknowledge it’s debt to Osamu Tezuka, claiming that it was a coincidence, and that they had no knowledge of Kimba. A pity; as remakes go, it was pretty good. Here’s an AMV with footage from both, where you can see the striking similarities:

Jungle Emperor Leo/The Lion King

(We Are One – Marty Panzer, Jack Feldman, Tom Snow)

I really like how this goes from the same exact scene between the two, so you can see how close they are. The still at 1:36 is particularly telling: It’s from an early Lion King presentation reel which shows a white Simba chasing a butterfly.

And I have to say, using the song “We Are One” for this AMV was nicely cynical. 🙂

Oh, and if the production quality of Kimba doesn’t seem quite up to par, keep in mind, it was the first color anime in Japan. In other words, it’s old. Animation has improved since then…

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5-8-08 Lesbians on Ecstasy – Sisters in the Struggle

Posted by Sean on May 8, 2008

But Shanoah, if a robot can’t interpret social cues, how can it know if it’s terrifying people?

“Okay, people are screaming and running away from me… Yup! Must be doing something right!”

(The Iron Giant short edition part 4, courtesy of Mrcharrio)

This is kind of a short post today. Wish I had the stamina to keep this rather promising technothread going. But I don’t, so I won’t… at least, not right now heh heh heh heh heh AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

Your neat thing today is something that I heard a while ago – it was yet another bullseye from Maria Levitsky on WFMU – but I hadn’t thought about it for a while until now, for some reason. It’s Sisters in the Struggle from Lesbians on Ecstasy‘s 2007 album We Know You Know, a group formed to answer that fundamental question of human existence: “Why isn’t there lesbian dance music?” I listen to this song for that wonderful chorus: “We have been waiting all our lives for our sisters to be our lovers.” And I watch the video for the surprisingly suggestive knotholes. Needless to say, this is NOT work-safe.

Anyway, I got a twenty that says this post gets five million hits in the first 24 hours because it’s got “lesbians” in the title. Any takers?

Courtesy of k8hardy, who also directed.

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Steam

Posted by shanoah on May 8, 2008

Sean wrote:

If a robot can interpret social cues, then you don’t need bulky computers, control boxes or giant Frankenstein’s lab-grade switches to control it (sorry Shanoah)

Yes, but where’s the style, the elegance in that? If you can’t bring in some tesla coils, vacuum tubes, a Van De Graff generator or two, and some massively complicated gearing, what good is it? Besides, how can you take over the world by interpreting social cues?

But then, mad science has always intrigued me. Partially simply because of my interest in Tesla, and an interest in all those fringe inventors out there. Probably even for the same reason Seans interested in Francis E. Dec. And somewhat because it’s a fertile field for the imagination. And mad geniuses are always interesting:

Similarly, I’m interested in steampunk, which goes hand in hand with mad science. The romance and style of the Victorian era, combined with the gadgets of today.It can lead to fascinating things. For example, I recommend looking at these Steam Punk Star Wars pictures. I’d love to see all of Star Wars done in that manner…

And, of course, ray guns factor highly in both:

Weta Ray Guns

Other fun things to read: As far as Mad Science goes, Narbonic is a fun web comic to read, and it’s complete. I should mention that the comic itself and the artwork gets better as you go along.

And there is no way I could escape mentioning Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius. This is such an awesome series, words can’t describe it. (And if you like it, I highly recommend buying the graphic novel copies) I’m a firm follower of this series, and read each one as they come out.

It’s probably worth mentioning that more than half the links on this page are from the Gaslamp Fantasy page, which essentially is a collection of interesting links the creators of Girl Genius have found.

If you wanted Klesmer music or belly dancers, though, I’m afraid you’ll have to go elsewhere…

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