Dance, Dance, Dance

You know what?  Fuck animation*–this is the coolest thing I’ll see all month:

*Okay, not really.

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The Blog Hiatus That Isn’t.

*Grumble grumble*

Gargoyles überfan Greg Bishansky has just produced a rather awesome promo for the “Make a REAL Gargoyles Movie” cause:

Narration by Jennifer L. Anderson.

So yeah, heed the omnipresent voice’s call, ‘kay?  You don’t want Demona angry at you.

Still on hiatus

Just to let y’all know.  I’m done with two of my classes, and should be done with two others by this weekend.  By the end of next week, I should be done with all my classwork, and by August 2, the blog should be back to its regular schedule, with a review of “Her Brother’s Keeper”, a critique of Fox Xanatos’ wardrobe, and if everything goes well, the next chapter of “Electric Boogaloo” posted that week.

Also, this video?  Is awesome.

I loves me some Robotech, and The Shadow Chronicles is a pretty darn big guilty pleasure of mine.  Seeing it mixed with that absolutely gorgeous Macross Zero footage…bliss. If only the space battles in “Turtles in Space” and “Worlds Collide” had looked that good.

Also, if I ever get around to reuniting the resources necessary to make Gargoyles/TMNT AMV’s, I’m definitively using that song.

The “Gargoyles” Movie That Isn’t, pt. II: What to Do

A couple of days after the announcement of Disney’s plans to make a gargoyles (but not Gargoyles) movie, fans have been roused to action, and have come with several good suggestions on how the fandom can best exploit this for the good of their beloved franchise.  I’ve already spoken of the Facebook page created to rally fans towards a new common cause–which now is just shy of having 500 members–and now I’d like to mention some of the better suggestions that have been made so far:

1. Make the Facebook page the first thing one sees when Googling  “gargoyles movie”: Suggested by Landon Thomas, it goes something like this:

If we want the Facebook page to go the distance as rumors keeps swirling around, it’d be great if a Google search for ‘gargoyles movie’ returned the Facebook page as the first result. Right now the Facebook page in on the 2nd page of results. If I remember how Google Bombs work, we need the phrase ‘gargoyles movie’ to be hyperlinked to the Facebook page in as many locations as possible, like this: a href=”http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=142182852459700&v=wall”>gargoyles movie</a (add outside brackets) Try to put it in context, of course.

If every Gargoyles fan page contains that code, it might bump up the Google results. There isn’t really a definitive site for ‘gargoyles movie’–the Cinema Blend article is already at #3, so a top Google result is ours for the taking.

2. Write to Disney: Granted, this is in no way an innovative idea, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good one.  Greg Bishansky writes:

These are the two people we need to contact. LouAnne Brickhouse at Disney, and Lauren Shuler Donner at the Donner Company. Both of their business addresses will be included at the end of this message.

First, and I cannot stress this enough. The tone we all take is very important. Be passionate, but do not be hostile. If we get hostile, we’re giving them every excuse to throw our letters away, and we cannot do that. Tell them if they are going to make a movie about “Gargoyles” to embrace the popular cartoon from the 1990’s. Tell them there is a large fanbase that loves it. Tell them that there is a rich mythology and lots of great material that would make for a great franchise of movies. Tell them they shouldn’t throw this away.

Also, this is not about Greg Weisman. They have a writer that they like, so don’t badmouth Zoe Green, and don’t tell them that they should get Greg Weisman to write it. That also would be counterproductive.

If everyone’s got that, here’s who to contact:

ATTN: Lauren Shuler Donner
The Donners’ Company
9465 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 420
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
USA

ATTN: LouAnne Brickhouse
The Walt Disney Studios Company
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-9722
USA

In fact, I’ve already written my version of the letter, which you’re all free to use as a template (read: use as an outline, and try not to copy it wholesale–we don’t want a bunch of letters that look like somebody just stamped names on it)  when drafting your own:

ATTN: LouAnne Brickhouse
The Walt Disney Studios Company
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521-9722

Dear Ms. Brickhouse:

I have recently become aware of Walt Disney Studios’ plans to produce a gargoyles-themed movie sometime in the near future.   I wish you all the utmost success in this latest venture.

Upon first hearing this news, my mind turned to an already-existing Disney property: Gargoyles, the critically-acclaimed animated series that first aired from 1994 to 1997 in the Disney Afternoon block, and which later resurfaced as a comic book in 2006.  I was, and remain, a big fan of that series, and so the news of this new, unrelated “gargoyles” project naturally raised some eyebrows.

While I am aware that very little about the project is known with certainty (and that, in fact, writer Zoe Green has been hired to develop the concept more-or-less from scratch)  the fact that the only thing that is actually known is that it will involve gargoyles in a modern-day setting–which is in essence of the 1994 Gargoyles–makes me wonder why the decision was made to ignore the existing franchise in favor of a new one.  Movies are a risky business, after all; it would seem to me that basing this new movie on a known concept with an established and passionate fan base; several existing stories that could be adapted into several movies with little trouble; proven all-ages appeal; and existing supplementary products which could be re-released upon the films release; would be a safer choice.

Another thing to consider would be the usefulness of the already-existing Gargoyles fan-base, which could be a great asset should film based on the property be produced.  Should they find the movie to their liking–which I don’t believe would be a hard thing to do–they could be great help in giving the movie early positive word-of-mouth, and in general help promote the movie in ways a completely original concept can’t be.  This fandom should not be underestimated: a Facebook group created after initial “gargoyles” announcement has obtained more than four hundred members in  less than 48-hours–members with movie-going friends and acquaintances; and a stake in the success of a Gargoyles movie.

Perhaps I’m jumping the gun here.  For all we know, Zoe Green’s untitled “gargoyles” project could end up being completely different from Gargoyles, and both franchises will be able to coexist.  However, I do hope Walt Disney Studios considers the potential advantages of a film based on the existing property.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Ian Pérez

Ammendments or suggestions are welcome. Please help; this is the best chance we’ve had at a full-blown Gargoyles revival in more than a decade, and although failure is very much a possibility, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try our damnedest. So write, spread the world, and do anything in your power to convince Disney that making a Gargoyles movie is their best shot at making a succesful gargoyles movie.

The “Gargoyles” Movie That Isn’t

So I was all about enjoying my hiatus from this page, when I heard some rather…interesting news.  For those who don’t know, it was revealed yesterday that Disney is taking the initial steps to produce movie based on the concept of gargoyles in a modern-day world–a movie notably not related to the very similar concept they already own.

The biggest question in most Gargoyles fans’ minds right now is a very logical “WHY THE FUCK?!”  Why spend money and brainpower developing what they already have?  Some have come to believe that they’re the butt of a sadistic joke: after a decade and a half of support and requests for more “gargoyles” they’re rewarded with precisely that…except not.  Even Puck couldn’t have planned it better.

So what, precisely, does this news mean for Gargoyles?  Hard to say yet, given how vague everything is.  The core concept–modern-day gargoyles–could be developed in a million ways, and the chances that this new property will end up resembling Greg Weisman’s in anything but the most superficial way seems slim–I don’t expect I’ll see Shakespeare, robots, the Illuminati, and multi-racial cops in (writer in charge of developing the project) Zoe Green’s treatment.  In any case, a few of the more enterprising fans have noticed that regardless the outcome, the news has created a sudden and unexpected amount of interest in Goliath and co., and are willing to make the most of it: Greg Bishansky, for example, has created a Facebook  page for Gargoyles’ fans frustrated with this news, which he’s noted has attracted several people outside of the fandom’s usual suspects.    What will come from the venture is anyone’s guess, although the hope is to prove to Disney that there is indeed interest in Greg Weisman’s Gargoyles, interest the House of Mouse would do very well to exploit.

A particular question in fans’ minds is whether they’d be better off hoping for the project’s success or its failure.  On one hand, if this becomes a Pirates of the Caribbean-like success, Disney may decide that spending money on a similar concept in the hope that lightning strikes twice may be a worthwhile venture.  On the other hand, the new concept may cast an inescapable shadow on the Manhattan Clan, and Disney may decide that the way to bring Goliath and co. back is by making them more like Green’s gargoyles.  A The Last Airbender-type failure, on the other hand, would bring its own dangers.  While failure would allow Weisman’s gargoyles to maintain some cred as “the good version of Zoe Green’s ‘Gargoyles'”, it might also make Disney even more averse to supporting the existing Gargoyles franchise.  Then again, Gargoyles fans are more than used to that particular status quo.

Personally, I think that unless the final movie actually ends up having “Gargoyles” somewhere in the title–and I’d put even money on that–the similarities in concepts won’t matter in the long run.  Core concept aside, I don’t see this movie resembling Weisman’s Gargoyles much at all; in fact, I’d be very surprised if the gargoyles in this movie don’t turn out to be something like the Pokemon in the anime of the same name–they’ll be prominent, but they won’t be the stars.  They’ve got my attention, however, and I’m certainly interested in seeing how this turns out.

Hiatus

So I didn’t end up in a fetal position weeping for the future of my G.P.A. (see last post); however, I did get saddled with a tremendous amount of work, and not enough time to do it in*.   Until I get my shit in order–which shan’t happen until the end of the month–the blog is going on hiatus, so that I have one less excuse to procrastinate and finally finish the work.  So yeah–on the bright side, burnout will be staved off for a year or so, so hooray for that.

Imagination fail

So I’ve been working on my review of “Her Brother’s Keeper” throught the day, and what little I’ve managed to complete…well, it’s crap.  Will try again tomorrow, if going back to college after a two month strike doesn’t leave me weeping in a corner in a fetal position–let’s hope that doesn’t happen, shall we?