Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Fargo/Bullit mashup (link roundup)

Fargo/Bullit mashup
by Mike Puncekar. See also: Redesigned Street Fighter characters.

And a few more links:

1. Angus MacLane posted more Lego CubeDudes: Dreadnocks from G.I. Joe, The Atom, Namor, and Plastic Man.

2. Star Wars toy patents. Via.

3. I was pretty disappointed with Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon. The dragon designs are lackluster, and the story is cliched and manipulative (as basic as having a mean person kick a puppy to make you feel sad). I have no desire to see any moment of it again. My 3 and 5 year olds barely tolerated it. Cartoonists, it's time for a story that's not about the hottest girl throwing herself at the super geek. You could do young boys a service by suggesting realistic techniques for winning a girl's heart. You know - - something other than using a dragon to abduct them.

*Previously: Japanese poster for Bullitt.

*Buy Plastic Man toys at eBay.


  1. Quite possibly the best movie review I've read in years.

  2. I'm known as a big Shrek-hater, mainly because I was forced to watch that movie about 10 times in a span of 6 months in every home, long bus ride, etc. But what I can't stand most about Shrek is that in order for Princess Fiona to be with Shrek, she has to be turned into an ugly ogre too. Why couldn't she have just stayed a hot princess?

  3. Wow, I guess I had the opposite reaction. I thought the filmmakers did a wonderful job giving the dragons their own ecologies--and seeing it through Hiccup's "naturalist" POV. Toothless, in particular, has some great moments and makes for a believable animal, combining behaviors of a cat and a reptile, while providing a solid theory behind the way he flies. He's like a the stealth bomber version of a flying tree squirrel!

    I also think the designs in general were great--really different from the usual "dragons" you're used to seeing in fantasy film, most of which end up looking like the dragon from Shrek or the cover of some 80s Dragonlance novel.

    As far as cliches go--I don't want to spoil it for those readers who haven't seen it--but the ending provided a brutal, but nicely handled twist. One I think it's safe to say, hasn't been done in a kids movie in recent memory.

    It might not be Pixar, but it's easily head and shoulders above the usual CG kiddo fare.

  4. No joke - - my oldest said that the ending you're hinting at was his favorite part.

    In addition to what I mentioned above, I thought the humans looked strange, especially the dad. The dragon was just a rehash of Stitch in appearance and behavior. And I didn't care for the super dragon mythos. You're right, it wasn't terrible, but I'm not interested in spending $50 for a decent movie.