RIP Peggy Cummings

Posted in RIP with tags on January 11, 2018 by MONSTERMINIONS

Ant Man

Posted in Collectibles with tags on December 31, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Nessie

Posted in Cryptids, Model Kits with tags on December 14, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Trickery with models, snow, and digital manipulations!

Criterion Kaiju

Posted in Giant Bugs, Kaiju, The King of Monsters with tags , , on December 11, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

I’ve been watching the Criterion Showa series Toho films now streaming on FilmStruck. Eventually we’ll see them on DVD and Blu-ray. In all, there are 14 films. Only “Ebirah” and “Hedorah” are missing from the original Showa Godzillas. This is the first time I had seen the bizarre Son of Godzilla in the original Japanese anamorphic print. The ending of that film is surreal. The prints look superb. There are few supplements in the streamed versions.

Snowsaur

Posted in Miscellania with tags on December 11, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

RIP Conrad Brooks

Posted in Bad Films I Love, Bela & Boris, RIP with tags on December 6, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Fleischer Animation Process

Posted in 3-D, Miscellania with tags , , , on November 26, 2017 by MONSTERMINIONS

Here’s a figure excerpted from Max Fleischer’s Patent #2,054,414 for the stereoptic process. This begets a weird quasi-3D effect seen in many of the Fleischer cartoons in the 1930’s (e.g. Dancing on the Moon (1935) and several old Popeye shorts). Items No. 27, 33 and 34 are not fans, but color wheels for changing the mood of an animation scene. Note there are up to 5 planes behind the animation cell. Disney studios’ Bill Garity and Roger Broggie later advanced (copied?) the concept by developing the “multiplane camera” put to extensive use in Bambi (1942).