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Heavy Metal: Taarna the Taarakian

If you are any fan of either animation, fantasy, comics, science fiction or hot chicks with swords then you are probably familiar with the 1981 animated film Heavy Metal based on the adult magazine of the same name.

And, being familiar with the film, you probably remember a couple of things about it.  One, that it had an amazing soundtrack and Two, that it contained some amazing eye-popping animated visuals.  As to the soundtrack, yes it is legendary – indeed so legendary that legal disputes surrounding it actually kept the film from being released to the home entertainment market for fifteen years.  And on the subject of the film itself  I defer to film critic  Leonard Maltin who gave it three out of four stars and declared it “…uneven, but great fun on a mindless, adolescent level” which is an assessment I generally agree with.

So, it is to this subject of Heavy Metal that I turn today – or more specifically the subject of Taarna the Taarakian who was the “hot chick with a sword” chosen to fight the Great Evil of the Universe(tm) at films end.  Viewing the CBUB Fight History for Taarna, I am appalled to find that she has been thrown into two web fight matches and lost both of them.

First losing a match to He-Man’s ineffectual nemesis Skeletor (which is terrible enough) but next (and perhaps even more appallingly) loosing a match to John Carter of Mars heroine Dejah Thoris.  Actually, it is probably best that I do not rate them on the Appall-O-Meter because, really, losing to Skeletor is pretty bad to start with.

Match results such as these make me sad and I can only shake my head at the internet denizens which judge the outcomes of these things.  It is clear that Taarna is not well  understood or appreciated as a powerful character and that is unfortunate.  The final scene of the film Heavy Metal where both the warrior powers and flying mount of the Taarakians is passed across time and space to a new defender might be a clue that Taarna is wielding a deeper power than Dejah Thoris: Princess of Mars could ever hope to muster.  Let alone Skeletor.  As a combatant in CBUB, Taarna is hardly given the credit due her.

Sad as I am to see these kind of outcomes, I imagine that I will just have to put that particular nerd rage in the happy box and let it go.  Due to the “R” rating of Heavy Metal, younger viewers will of course be exposed to Skeletor long before Taarna the Taarakian.

On the subject of a Heavy Metal theatrical sequel there have been rumors for… decades.  in 2009 there was some buzz that a new theatrical Heavy Metal anthology film was in the works.  Articles here and here suggested such directors as James Cameron and Zack Snyder were on-board to direct segments of the new Heavy Metal film.  However, no film was forthcoming.  Since then the word is that Robert Rodriguez has acquired the film rights and will be the next person to try and get the project moving.  We shall see…

In parting, if you haven’t seen South Park’s parody take on Heavy Metal, it is pretty hilarious if you get a chance to find and see it.  Here’s a bit on YouTube though.

Board Game Flashback: The Dark Tower

I owned this electronic board game at one time Dark Tower, a classic Milton Bradley release of the early 1980′s.  A true collectors item, working editions can still be found traded on E-Bay.

Lucky for you, in the Internet Age you can just click over to Hot Flash Games to play a flash port of it.  However, you are out of luck on  multi-player – the Flash version is single player only.

It was quite an ingenious game for its day and although it is very primitive by modern standards it still has its fans.

As it turns out, there is also an interesting trade secrets case surrounding the game.  For some reading on that subject try Triumph: the Origin of Dark Tower.  Also of interest, Board Game Geek has a good page on Dark Tower.

Miss Hannah Minx and Elvira Cosplay

If you are not familiar with Miss Hannah Minx she is a YouTube personality  on the “MissHannahMinxy” channel.  An American student living in Japan, her videos are generally educational and revolve around her area of expertise which is Japanese culture.

However, as intelligent and educational as Miss Hannah Minx is, one might also surmise that a good deal of her YouTube fan base simply shows up to ponder her buxom physical gifts.  Here she puts her attributes to good use in a YouTube segment on Cosplay as Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.



But it turns out that Elvira: Mistress of the Dark watches YouTube as well, and here she turns the tables with some Miss Hannah Minx Cosplay



Yes, it is true … I am easily amused.

James Bond: Skyfall

A small round up of info on the new James Bond film SKYFALL coming November 2012.

U.K. Mail Online reports on James Bond star Daniel Craig dashing through London with his trademark Walther PPK Pistol in hand.  Lots of good photos.

Popular Mechanics reports on the latest version of Bond’s Walther PPK from the manufacturer: the Walther PPQ.

Here’s a post at Hip Variety noting that this will be the first Bond film ever released in I-MAX.

MTV News has a video report from the set of the film with interviews of Daniel Craig and villain Javier Bardem.

And, of course, you should check out the Official 007 Skyfall site.

The Debutantes of Disney

princessesBoth pretty cool and easy on the eyes…

A series of professional photos of Real-Life Human Disney Princesses

I’m thinking the human Jessica Rabbit might look even hotter than the Disney cartoon version.  Via Geekologie

Extra: the J. Scott Campbell Sexy Disney Princesses Pin-Up Calendar 2012 and Sexy Disney Princesses 2011.  Yowza!  Hey, we don’t judge – if cartoon chicks are your thing that’s alright with us.

I first became a huge fan of Campbell via his run on the Gen-13 comic.  He now works on Danger Girl.  You can get your copy of the Sexy Princesses Calendar if you are so inclined at the Official J. Scott Campbell store.