Tuesday, September 20, 2011

for the Alex Toth fans

Limited 1962 Synchro-Vox animation. I forgot this was put out on DVD

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Alex Toth Storyboards

11 comments:

  1. I loved Space Angel, but until the Internet came along I didn't remember what it was I watched way back then. I just remembered it was a guy in a rocket ship with an eyepatch.

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  2. How many of you guys watched "Colonel Bleep", the first color cartoon made for T.V.?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nHlpi6RkKc

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  3. Colonel Bleep may have been made in color, but I saw it in BW. And I imagine everyone else saw it that way. That was the first cartoon I drew, copying it. No one had color TV in ..what...1957? When it came out. I drew Bleep as a stick, with a stick coming out of his butt to attach to the oval of his astral unicycle wheel. I wasn't clear that something like that wheel could be depicted detached as it was. And I vaguely remember this other show. Great study in limited animation. Going Chuck Cargo for the mouths in a pinch, when they don't figure out a way to shoot around the mouth altogether.

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  4. "Clutch" Cargo - another favorite.

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  5. Space Angel as well as The Mighty Hercules and the Sam Singer Sinbad Jr are the 3 cartoons I remember watching before I was in Kindergarten.

    Clutch Cargo and Colonel Beep were rerun later (Mid/late 60's)...and Tom Terrific on Capt.Kangaroo too.

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  6. Yes, Clutch. Of course Clutch.
    Youtube is amazing. I surfed straight to Damnation Alley part one from the Space Angel links.
    The George Peppard movie.

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  7. I picked up Damnation Alley at the Con from Shout Factory. Also Battle Beyond the Stars too. Damnation Alley is REAL 70's cheese. All the potential there but wasted on a bad script. Writer in the extras even admitted it.

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  8. Whoo boy, that's CRAP! I've never seen that one before... did Toth create that cartoon SINGLE HANDED? Nothing beats 20 minutes of character glued to chairs talking to each other with speakers that conveniently cover their mouths so they don't have to animate (our super impose) talking. I count 13 characters and only 2 were standing... and they were standing TOTALLY STILL. It makes the Herculoids seem like feature animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zYqsAq7bkM

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  9. It occurs to me that it would be really cool to see a treatment of Star Wars as a 1962 'animated' cartoon. The trick would be to insure that everyone was seated for the whole film...

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  10. I saw the Damnation Alley novelist, Roger Zelazny, at OU giving a talk. Me an another pot smoker walked out of it. I can't remember his name. I would have been afraid to walk out of Harlan Ellison's talk. Zelazny was a much more passive guy and thus more boring.
    Rick, yes . A great study in nothing happening in those cartoons. And bad voice talents to boot. The only thing elevating it was Toth and composition per panel.
    For some reason, it only comes alive when hands are messing with control panels. Must have had a special A-team for rotoscoping hand operations.

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  11. I guess Scottish Gunner/Engineer Taurus was the original "Scotty". I didn't remember that "Space Angel" was a secret identity of Scott McCloud. Why did he need a secret identity?

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