Welcome to Joe's Giant Robots! I’m Joe, an artist with a taste for the odd. Here at JGR you’ll find my original illustrations along with a variety of all sorts of geekery that I dig. I post one of my all-new original illustrations on Mondays (as time and creative juices permit) for both your enjoyment and purchase! So don't miss Mondays gang! And as alway Roboteers, please enjoy!
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!!
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:
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.
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. She attempted suicide again in 1997 with an overdose of ephedrine.
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. This is what she is said to have written 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.”
“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.”
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 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. In 1994, the cartoon was voted #49 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.
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). 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). 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.
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!)
Every so often a movie comes along that you see the trailers and advertising for and the movie looks either silly, stupid, or like children’s pablum. This movie looked to be all three due to the look of it’s early advertising.
Every so often a movie you had little to no interest in comes along. On a whim you watch it and it blows you away! You don’t think it’s good because you thought it would be bad… it literally is amazing; a fantastic incredible movie journey and adventure. THIS movie is THAT and so much more.
On a whim, I watched this movie several weekends ago. To say that I loved it would be a massive understatement. I’m not going to say much in my posts about it. I really don’t want to spoil this movie for anyone that hasn’t seen it. Let’s just say if you follow my little slice of internet here, there is a good chance you’ll love this movie too.
Whomever did the initial trailers for this movie should be shot, electrocuted, hung by the neck, and then sent to the guillotine and have his/her/their heads placed out on display to show people how NOT to make movie trailers.
The Above trailer, although still not fully doing this movie full justice, is still better. it gives you a better sense of the film. So please gang click the above video to play it. As always, most importantly, ENJOY!