Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cartoons Transformed

I was watching the Lion King the other day with my kid. It was the first time he'd seen the movie, and the first time I'd seen it since I was thirteen or so. I remember it as being this epic movie, that we were all so astounded by the animation and the music and the...well, I mean, the story survived, and of course I was trying not to bawl during the stampede scene.

However. The animation was a little shocking to me, because I remember it as some sort of artistic vanguard. Which it probably was, it's just that I remembered it as being like a visual transliteration of the Serengeti, and it's more like... a caricature. I'm not knocking the art or the movie, because it is amazing as what it is. I'm just saying that my impression as a kid was that it was like going to Imax except drawn. Instead, it is this:

So then I'm watching Transformers today with the kid, and the Transformers are in some seedy neighborhood looking for someone, and I kid you not, this is the screenshot I took:
This is the one where they visit Big Al's Hookers.
Not only that, but at the end of the show, I SHIT YOU NOT, they headed over to a nearby casino to do some GAMBLING. And we're not talking Decepticons, these were the Autobots! Ironhide suggested it, and Optimus Prime was all, "Why not?" in his grandiloquent way.

How did I miss this stuff the first time around?


  1. Transformers--Hedonists in Disguise!

  2. Hunh. When my kids were little they grew up with Beauty and the Beast, Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, Little Mermaid, etc. I oned every Kids Bop tape ever made. When they got older they were banned from watching Ren and Stimpy and Beavis and Butthead. Then child number three reached that golden age. By then, I didn't care. She watched whatever she wanted. Probably why she is a fugitive wanted in three states for armed robbery.

  3. * I owned..

    *Also, that last sentence was totally fabricated. I really didn't raise a sociopath...that I know of.

  4. Duffy, have you heard from her lately? Or seen her on America's Most Wanted?

    Is that show even on the air anymore?

  5. As a matter of fact I did see her at the post office. On a flyer hanging on the wall...


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