Been awhile, right? Well, no we haven’t given up on Atomic Moo, but life is getting a little better and making semi-regular posts should become a thing again. I hope.
Anyways, let’s kick things off (again) with some cool geeky fun provided by Nukazooka on the youtube. Now, I’m pretty sure a dark lord of the Sith could kick the living hell out of a “space ranger” in a manner of seconds, if that were a thing, but the video is still a lot of fun to watch. Despite Disney ruining both Pixar and Star Wars. Yeah, Rogue One sucked and I still hate Disney for every ounce of non-creative garbage they push on a non-thinking public. Sorry, I’ve also been spending time on political blogs, and I’m pretty sure there is a legit tie between the Force Awakens and the Trump attack on American government. But totally enjoy the video!!!
Just a quick post tonight El Moochadores. Now, it may have been you were a Queen fan from way back, or maybe you just dug that scene in Wayne’s World, but I think we can all agree that Bohemian Rhapsody is (and always will be) frigg’n rad. Anyways, check this video from youtubers Corridor Digital and their literal take on the classic 1970’s song! Groovy.
This short animation by Patrick Schoenmaker has been pretty popular across the web the last few weeks, but I also wanted to share it here. According to an article on Traditionalanimation.com, Schoemaker started this project about 5 years ago, working on it while freelancing. Click the link above to read an interview with Schoenmaker, but (y’know) watch the video too!
Hey El Moochadores! I feel like I’ve been neglecting Atomic Moo the last few weeks. However, the shit storm that is my life seems to be calming down a bit, so I’m going to try and get at least one post on everyday this week. Not counting today – I’m going to try and find stuff that is more on the creative side of being geeky that kind of goes back to the old days when we posted about cosplay, cool fan art, and indie projects. So, here goes: day one!
I’ve always felt bad that I never post a review about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yeah, I’ve said some snide comments, and those of you who follow the site will notice an almost complete absence of Star Wars posts since the premiere, but I don’t think I ever really spelled out why that film had such a negative effect on me. So, very quickly; Star Wars: the Force Awakens is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Yes, I really believe that. Worse than Show Girls, any of the Barbershop franchise, and way worse than Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Which, since it’s 1999 premiere, has been my bar for what a really bad movie is. Force Awakens lands way under that bar. It is the most disgusting film I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch, and I truly wish I could un-see it. I know this reads like hyperbole, but it it really isn’t. The film has almost no character exposition, the dialogue is meaningless drivel, and what little plot the film had was completely stolen from Star Wars: A New Hope. Added to this, the film retro-actively reaches back, and destroys everything the first three films accomplished. Other reviewers have done a much better job of breaking the film down than I ever could (check out Nicholas Spargo’s The Force Awakens is a Massive Disappointment on the Youtube), so I’m going to make a real effort not to post any more Star Wars stuff (as related to Disney’s version) after this post. Also, I really get angry when ever I think about this dumb movie. Which is horrible, because I have way better problems than a bad Star Wars movie. So, by way of a good Fuck You to Disney, Jar Jar Abrams, and all of the dull motherfuckers out there that happily support this shameless money grab: check out Star Wars: The Force A’Money by Lyle McDouchebag!. A review that mostly sums up my opinion on the worst movie ever produced.
P.S. I really don’t give a shit if this spoils any part of the movie for anyone.
Hey El Moochadores, want a see a grand science fiction adventure chuck full pointless action but also lacking in exposition or character growth?! Want to see something that has almost no integrity, but tons of special effects and lens flares!? Lens flares!?! No I’m not talking about the new Star Wars film (sorry, I couldn’t help my self…STAR WARS VII SUCKED!), I’m talking about this great science fiction parody on the youtube called Transolar Galactica!
First released in 2011, Transolar is a funny, and award winning, web series that “pokes fun at film tropes in Science Fiction cinema, ranging from Star Trek and Star Wars to Firefly and Battlestar Galactica.” The series follows the exploits of the star ship Transolar and her luckless crew. led by Captain Remmington Trigger, the series takes the crew through a series of inept decisions that lead to disastrous consequences. The series is amazingly well produced and features some incredible special effects work along with funny short stories that usually end up with some form of death.
Recently the series has returned with Episode 1 of the New Origin Series, “The Return of Icarus.” I’ve posted the first episode below along with two episodes of the original 2011 series. Transolar is produced by Kinetic Energy Productions and for more information you can check out their Facebook page.
Episode 1: Return of Icarus – Transolar Origin Series
Transolar Galactica: Episode II – Beam Them Aboard
Okay. So, this is going to either make your day or ruin it. Check out this special effects laden remix of Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, but this time, with way more chickens and a green Scatman Crothers. The short film was produced by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force. For more information check out their website or Youtube channel. Now, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a nightmare tonight. huh.
A Superman short film set to “Walk” by the Foo Fighters
Hey El Moochadores, check out this incredible Superman animatic by illustrator Mauricio Abril. According to the youtube page this story is told with a 150 illustrations all paired with the song Walk by the Foo Fighters.
Hey El Moochadores! This has been out for awhile now, but I just recently came across WoWCraft by Carbot Animation. I think I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog that I enjoy playing World of Warcarft, when I can. I’m a fan, and I enjoy seeing fan created stuff for the game. These animated shorts are brilliant and they do an amazing job of parodying actual WoW game play. I’ve posted the first three episodes below, but hit the link to see much more of the series.
Good evening El Moochadores! The following story has been all over the web today, but I figured that since we’re a website about independent creative endeavours (“geek creative”) that it would be worth a mention here. Plus we meet the Axanar crew at almost every So. Cal con we go to, and they’re a pretty cool bunch.
Earlier today, the Hollywood Reporter posted the news that Paramount Studios and CBS are suing the producers of the crowd funded fan film, Star Trek: Axanar for “a violation of their intellectual property“. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The Axanar Works infringe Plaintiffs’ works by using innumerable copyrighted elements of Star Trek, including its settings, characters, species, and themes…“.
Produced by Alec Peters, the Axanar film project has earned over 1 million dollars through crowd source funding on sites like Kickstarter and indiegogo. According to the Axanar website:
…totally non-commercial. That means we can never charge for anything featuring their marks or intellectual property and we will never sell the movie, DVD/Blu-ray copies, T-shirts, or anything which uses CBS owned marks or intellectual property.
So… a really good fan film. Click here to see the Hollywood Reporter article along with the full complaint against Axanar.
In my opinion (this a blog, I get to have one of those) this is bunk. Axanar may, or may not, be the best thing in Trek to come about, but it’s probably a damn site better than those shitty “Jar Jar Abrams” films (seriously, how do you get to fuck up both Star Trek and Star Wars in one life time?) that Paramount has released in recent years. I understand the need to protect intellectual property rights, so I sincerely hope that the producers of Axanar can demonstrate that all the money raised for this production will be used for the film, and get to finish its production. Check out the synopsis for Axanar below along with the short film Prelude to Axanar.
New Trek sucks. Let the fan films happen.
Axanar takes place 21 years before the events of “Where no Man Has Gone Before”, the first Kirk episode of the original Star Trek. Axanar is the story of Garth of Izar, the legendary Starfleet captain who is Captain Kirk’s hero. We met Garth in the third season TOS episode Whom Gods Destroy. Kirk called Garth the role model for all future Starfleet Officers. Garth charted more planets than any other Captain and was the hero of the Battle of Axanar, the story of which is required reading at the academy. This is that story.
Axanar tells the story of Garth and his crew during the Four Years War, the war with the Klingon Empire that almost tore the Federation apart. Garth’s victory at Axanar solidified the Federation and allowed it to become the entity we know in Kirk’s time.
It is the year 2245 and the war with the Klingons ends here.
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