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Hiya Roboteers, welcome to Joe's Giant Robots! Here you’ll find a hodgepodge of pop culture oddities, vintage bric-a-brac, and anything I may fancy. My posts aren't politically correct at times, so if you’re easily offended you’ve been warned. Please feel free to poke around and have fun at my little internet-clubhouse. And as always gang, enjoy! ~Joe

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Liquid Television | Sneak Peek of Disco Destroyer from Episode 1

Thanks to my friend Patrick for bringing this excellent animated short to my attention.

Published on Sep 6, 2013

Liquid Television returns September 9th with episodes on Hulu, iTunes and MTV Geek.

~Joe

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Official Robocop Trailer Posted on Youtube September 5th, 2013

I have to say, I have had my doubts about this. I saw the early photos released for it and honestly, I dismissed it. But after watching this trailer I am fucking psyched to see this!! I haven’t been this surprised and excited by a trailer in AGES! I was bouncing up and down in my seat and got goosebumps! I’m definitely seeing this! Hopefully the movie is as good as this trailer.

So click play above, and as always, enjoy dear Roboteers!

~Joe

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Update: Seems the video has been removed! The rat bastards!

My original post (before the video was removed):

Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man test footage

Thanks to my friend Patrick (and work cube mate) for showing me this!!

Here is Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man test footage of a lesser known, often dismissed Marvel character that I LOVE! I also love Edgar Wright; he’s one of my favorite active directors. I don’t expect this to be on the scale of some of the more popular Marvel characters, however, I do have extremely high hopes for it and I think this test footage is amazing. I also LOVE the design of Ant-Man’s costume!!

Here’s a quote from where this video came from:

Ant-Man is the name of several fictional characters appearing in books published by Marvel Comics. The character was originally the superhero persona of Henry Pym, a brilliant scientist who invented a substance that allowed him to change his size. After Pym retired his Ant-Man identity, successors Scott Lang and Eric O’Grady have used his technology to take on the role.

At last year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige debuted the official Ant-Man title card and showed a demo reel of test footage. The video doesn’t feature any footage from the film itself, as it hasn’t entered into production yet, but instead was made specifically to show fans Wright’s proposed style and direction for the project. Now, that video — which will be included in the next month’s Marvel Cinematic Universe - Phase 1 box set — has leaked online by an attendee of a recent showcase in London:

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Disney has announced that Ant-Man will hit theaters on November 6th, 2015, spearheading their Phase 3 film slate. Marvel’s The Avengers 2 is scheduled for release on May 1st, 2015 and will cap off Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which includes Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Solider, set for release on April 4th, 2014, and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014.

As always Roboteers, ENJOY!

~Joe

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THE DAMNED - Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics

About the video:

The video Rod produced and directed of “The Damned” featured Wendy driving a school bus through a wall of TVs, climbing onto the roof of a moving bus which had been loaded with explosives, and then singing from the roof and jumping off a few moments before the bus goes through a second wall of TVs and then blows sky high.[15]

Wendy’s Death:

Death

Williams had first attempted suicide in 1993 by hammering a knife into her chest; the knife lodged in her sternum and she changed her mind, calling Swenson to take her to hospital.[5] She attempted suicide again in 1997 with an overdose of ephedrine.[5]

Williams died at age 48 on April 6, 1998 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area near her home. Rod Swenson, who had been Wendy’s significant other for more than twenty years, returned from shopping to the wooded area where the two had lived since moving to Connecticut from New York. He found a package that Wendy had left him with some special noodles he liked, a packet of seeds for growing garden greens, some oriental massage balm, and sealed letters from Wendy. The suicide letters which included a “living will” denying life support, a love letter to Swenson, and various lists of things to do set Swenson searching the woods looking for her. After about an hour, and after it was almost dark, he found the body in woods near an area where she loved to feed the wildlife. Several nut shells were on a nearby rock where she had apparently been feeding some of the squirrels before she died. Swenson checked the body for a pulse, and there was none. A pistol lay on the ground nearby, and he returned to the house to call the local authorities. “Wendy’s act was not an irrational in-the-moment act,” he said, she had been talking about taking her own life for almost four years. Swenson reportedly described her as “despondent” at the time of her suicide.[13] This is what she is said to have written[14] in a suicide note regarding her decision:

“I don’t believe that people should take their own lives without deep and thoughtful reflection over a considerable period of time. I do believe strongly, however, that the right to do so is one of the most fundamental rights that anyone in a free society should have. For me, much of the world makes no sense, but my feelings about what I am doing ring loud and clear to an inner ear and a place where there is no self, only calm.”

Gene Simmons, Joey Ramone, and many others issued statements on her achievement at the time of her death. On Motörhead’s 1999 live album Everything Louder Than Everyone Else, before the song “No Class”, Motörhead vocalist Lemmy said that he wanted to dedicate this song officially to her.[15]

~Joe

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Korgoth of Barbaria (2006)

Available in 720p - so make sure to choose that setting!! The Complete Original 2006 Aaron Spelling Adult Swim Pilot Korgoth of Barbaria!

Summary:

From the AdultSwim.com:

“In a dark future wasteland, the great cities have risen and fallen, primordial beasts have reclaimed the wilderness and thieves and savages populate sparse, dirty towns. From the frozen north emerges a warrior known as Korgoth, and his merciless savagery may be his only key to survival.”

The pilot episode followed the exploits of the eponymous Korgoth (voiced by actor Diedrich Bader), and parodied Conan the Barbarian, as well as the sword and sorcery subgenre in general. The show was set in a post-apocalyptic world where sorcery and the remnants of technology exist simultaneously, similar to Thundarr the Barbarian. The heavy metal/thrash metal musical theme was composed by Lee Holdridge.

~Joe

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Compressorhead covering the Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop

Normally I don’t like crossing the streams with two of my passions, robots and rock, but WOWZA… have a listen and a gander at this!

» Here’s Compressorhead’s website!!

~Joe

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Compressorhead covering Motörhead’s Ace of Spades

Normally I don’t like crossing the streams with two of my passions, robots and rock, but WOWZA… have a listen and a gander at this!

» Here’s Compressorhead’s website!!

~Joe

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Le cochon danseur - el cerdo bailarín - dancing pig (1907)

Okay… possibly my ODDEST post Ive ever posted! Eh, who am I kidding, I post PLENTY of weird odd stuffs on my site.

This is creepy as all fuck!! Porky Pig he isn’t - vintage French heebie-jeebies inflicting pig HE IS! Lordy does this thing give me the willies… yet I can’t look away!

Le Cochon danseur
France, 1907, noir et blanc, 4’

As always Roboteers, click play and… enjoy?

~Joe

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The Dover Boys - Directed by Chuck Jones (1942)

This cartoon has fallen into the public domain. So please Roboteers, enjoy this full nearly 9 minute cartoon short by the great Chuck Jones! A thousand kudos to my good pally Steve for linking to me the full cartoon. Thick as thieves that guy and me. Thick AS thieves.

The wiki:

"The Dover Boys at Pimento University" or "The Rivals of Roquefort Hall" (better known as simply The Dover Boys) is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and directed by Chuck Jones. It was released by Warner Bros. on September 19, 1942. The cartoon is a parody of the Rover Boys, a popular juvenile fiction book series of the early 20th century. Jones would later remark that The Dover Boys was the first cartoon of his he found to be funny.[citation needed] In 1994, the cartoon was voted #49 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.

The cartoon is one of a handful from WB to enter the public domain, due to United Artists - which had bought Associated Artists Productions (later absorbed into WB’s own television unit) - not renewing the copyright.

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The Dover Boys is notable for being one of the earliest examples of stylized animation, a technique which used shape-heavy designs with minimal movement, as opposed to the type of animation done at that time by the Walt Disney studio. In addition, the short is among the earliest Schlesinger/Warner Bros. cartoons to utilize “smear” animation, where characters move with sudden bursts of speed depicted with only a frame or two of a smeared image between two extreme poses. Jones would go on to use similar animation techniques in later cartoons he directed starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Stylized animation would later be made famous by the artists at startup animation studio UPA, for which Jones moonlighted to direct the political film Hell-Bent for Election in 1944.

According to Jones, Schlesinger and the Warner Bros. studio executives were less than pleased when they screened The Dover Boys, and went through the process of attempting to fire him, despite the fact that the studio wanted him to abandon his Disney-like animation (this cartoon might have been seen as going too far to do so).[1] A replacement for Jones could not be easily found, so he was kept aboard.

Although voice credits from Warner Bros. cartoons are not easy to find beyond Mel Blanc, it is assumed that John McLeish voiced the part of the narrator (he performed a similar role as the stately, unctuous narrator on several Goofy shorts for the Disney studio).[2] The voice of Tom Dover was performed by long-time Termite Terrace writer Tedd Pierce, who also provided the story. Vocal harmonies were provided by The Sportsmen Quartet, from Jack Benny's radio program. Dan Backslide was a caricature of Jones' animator Ken Harris.[3]

~Joe

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The Super Chicken Cartoon Theme Song (1967)

The incredible Jay Ward’s Super Chicken!!

When you find yourself in danger,
When you’re threatened by a stranger,
When it looks like you will take a lickin’, (puk, puk, puk)
There is someone waiting,
Who will hurry up and rescue you,
Just Call for Super Chicken! (puk, ack!)

Fred, if you’re afraid you’ll have to overlook it,
Besides you knew the job was dangerous when you took it (puk, ack!)

He will drink his super sauce
And throw the bad guys for a loss
And he will bring them in alive and kickin’ (puk, puk, puk)
There is one thing you should learn
When there is no one else to turn to
Call for Super Chicken! (puk, puk, puk)
Call for Super Chicken! (puk, ack!)

~Joe