Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Big Picture: "Americana"


biomechanical923 said...


Great video Bob.
I heard a rumor that Hollywood is planning to do an "Americanized" live-action of Akira.

If this turns out to be true, I'd love to hear you rant on it. (I think you may have metioned it in one of your Thor videos, but maybe you could dedicate anoter Big Picture toward it.

KingOfDoma said...

@Biomechanical923: I can write the script right now.


There. Saved you the time and effort. :P

joemello04 said...

I guess this means an episode on the Powerpuff Girls anime can't be far behind, either.

Steven said...

Where are my damned Pizza Cats?

Sssonic said...

I do feel compelled to quibble with your statement that the 1978 Japanese "Spider-Man" TV Show is what inspired Toei to create the Super Sentai franchise. It DID inspire Toei to team up with Marvel again for "Battle Fever J", which began airing in 1979 and borrowed the Japanese "Spider-Man"'s choice to add a Giant Robot into the mix, these days 1976's "Himitsu Sentai Goranger" ("Secret Task Force Five Ranger) is acknowledged as the first Super Sentai, with "Battle Fever J" being the third.

It's an easy mistake to make, of course, mainly because for a long time Toei did indeed treat "Battle Fever J" as the first Super Sentai and ignored both "Goranger" and its 1977 follow-up, "J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai" ("J.A.K.Q. Blitzkrieg Squad"); why this is so, even though "Goranger" and "J.A.K.Q." both bear most of the common traits associated with Sentai today-a color-coded team of five, the use of high-tech weapons and vehicles, bizarre-as-all-get-out Monsters of the Week under the control of a larger enemy, etc. etc.-is not really known.

Nonetheless, it's worth noting that the "Sentai" concept pre-dates the Japanese "Spider-Man" by two years, and thus is more likely the inspiration for the way the Japanese "Spider-Man" was handled rather than the other way around. Just my overly-wordy correction, 's'all.

Bodglin said...

I was eating an "Americana" burger when I saw this.
The video was better than the burger.

wolfspawn said...

as a belgian fan i can say with confidance that you americans raping the shit out of our childhood cartoons pisses us off
and that you will fail at every point in the upcomming smurfs and tintin.
seriously dont watch these movies.