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Halloween Countdown: The Devil and Daniel Mouse

Posted in animation, halloween, humor, retro, TV, video with tags , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

My earliest conscious memories involve a (harmless) deep intrigue and love of darkness. As a very young child I used to enjoy traipsing around my local library, looking for spooky goodies. Still do.

Given my innate radar, I was drawn to this box immediately, as it was the only one in the kids section that had a black spine and cover with ominous writing instead of the usual kid-friendly color schemes and bubble letters.

I was further entranced by the Devil’s voluminous neck folds. Admit it…you can’t look away.
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The Devil and Daniel Mouse (loosely based on the Faustian short story The Devil and Daniel Webster), was released as a Halloween special in 1978. Once I found this in the video section, I got my parents to rent it for me multiple times.

The plot (via IMDB):
Finding their audience drying up in favour of rock music, two young mouse folk singers find themselves with a bleak future. Desperate for a better career and life, the female vows that she would do anything to become a rock star. Instantly, the Devil arises to take advantage of that and offers to make her a star in exchange for her soul. She agrees and she quickly becomes the star she’s dreamed of while her boyfriend, Daniel Mouse, is left behind. On the night of her greatest triumph, the devil comes to collect on her soul. In desperation, she turns to Daniel who must attempt the impossible task of trying to find an escape loophole for his girl’s release.

I’ll be straight with you here…The ending is pretty lame. Spoiler alert:

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Despite a deep belief in the transformative power of song, I couldn’t get behind this. Perhaps a testament to the cynicism of my old age, I found myself thinking “A song does not negate a legally binding contract. Oh, come on Dana…it’s a cartoon! Suspension of disbelief! Think of it metaphorically, or something.” And even as a 4 year old I fast forwarded through the (intensely 1970’s) musical interludes. But this whole cartoon is worth it for the perpetually shape-shifting Devil, who is an absolute delight.

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There are many fists of fury poses…
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If you dig retro animation, watch this for good ol’ B.L. Zebub. Let me know what you think!

[Edit] Thank you, Bettie, for reminding me that this was sampled in Bauhaus’s “Party of the 1st Part.”

Forbidden Transmission

Posted in 80's, absurd, animation, humor, music video, retro with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I try not to post long videos here. I understand that everyone is busy (and I personally rarely take the time to watch lengthy videos I come across while browsing online…even if they look interesting). BUT…children of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s…these are worth your time.

The creators have taken (often embarrassing, highly dated, yet in some cases enjoyably nostalgic) clips from bygone TV days and edited them together in themed compilations. I laughed out loud multiple times.

Do not miss the video that begins at 8:00 in Cultural Meltdown. I ferociously googled the lyrics to find out more about this song and nothing came up. But look and listen!

Yeah, that’s the nature of the beast
Keeper of the male persona
Yeah that’s the nature of the beast
Keeper of my status quota

“Status quota?” What does that even mean? Don’t you want to rush to the 8 minute mark now?

There are a bunch of others I intend to watch as well! Thank you, GD, for finding these!

Cuphead

Posted in animation, geek, technology, video, video games with tags , , , , on June 23, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I don’t own a gaming console of any kind, but I’m digging the trailer for this game, done in the style of 1930’s cartoons.

From the source: Studio MDHR, which developed the game, is aiming to launch later this year on Steam and Xbox One. It’s a great catch for Microsoft, which is trying to build a catalogue of unique and interesting games beyond the Call of Duty and Halo fare. The studio also hopes to release the game on the Sega Master System. Yes, the console that was released back in 1986. It would be the complete package, with a box, cartridge, and game manual.

The game follows the same style of early animation. Studio MDHR is taking the time to use actual cells and is inking by hand to create that classic effect. The music for the game is also live recorded Jazz, none of that MIDI stuff.

Any gamers out there? Would you want to play this?

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Thanks for the link, Bettie!

Dr. Dreadful’s Creep Show

Posted in animation, candy coated nightmares, macabre, video with tags , , , on March 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve posted about Megan Petasky before. This video of hers is guaranteed to be one of the creepiest cartoons you see today (assuming you watch a lot. You watch a lot, right?).

Heal Yourself Skeletor

Posted in animation, humor, retro, TV with tags , , , on March 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Heal Yourself Skeletor is an amazing tumblr. I cannot tell you how much joy I get from looking at this particular character paired with joyous, loving affirmations.

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Skeletor makes a dynamite bodhisattva (and the screenshots are perfect, aren’t they?).

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My favorite:
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See the archive here.

Jeremy Messersmith: Organ Donor

Posted in anatomy, animation, music video, video with tags , , , on February 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This charming little video comes from one of my friends via the SWS facebook page (Thank you Christine!)

Adam Dougherty: Witch Hazel

Posted in animation, sculpture with tags , on January 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I loved the Looney Tunes episodes that featured Witch Hazel. Adam Dougherty (aka Kreature Kid) made this incredible life size model of the screechy sorceress.

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Amazing, no?

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Adam Dougherty

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