Bob Clampett’s “John Carter of Mars” Project

Posted by Chris Sobieniak on Feb 2, 2012 in Animation


At a time when animation was still being looked at as funny little shorts, one man tried to prove them wrong! Produced with the help of Edgar Rice Burrough’s son John Coleman, animation director Bob Clampett (Looney Tunes, Beany & Cecil) produced this short pilot to a potential theatrical cartoon series he tried to sell to MGM during his off hours from “Termite Terrace”. Unfortunately several divisions of the studio felt the project was a little too weird for the audience’s taste and suggested a rather tamed approach based on something else. Needless to say Clampett’s enthusiasm dropped very quickly and he was back to the same ‘ol grind for many years to come, but still gave us good laughs every time. Read more…


A Japanese Star Wars Videogame from Twenty Years Ago

Posted by Chris Sobieniak on Jan 18, 2012 in Star Wars, Videogames


Released only for the Japanese Sharp X68000 computer in 1991 from MNM Software, here’s a unique adaptation of the classic Star Wars arcade game rendered in vector graphics: Read more…

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An Olympian Homage to Ulysses 31

Posted by Chris Sobieniak on Dec 9, 2011 in Animation, Fandom


Most people haven’t heard of the show, but for kids in the early 80s the Japanese-French animated series Ulysses 31 (宇宙伝説ユリシーズ31) left an impression that would mark a generation. Read more…

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