Unproduced 80s cartoons get second chance.(Ruby-Spears, Krofft, Jack Kirby)

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  1. Bumblethumper

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    Ruby-Spears and Sid and Marty Krofft are forming a partnership to develop various vintage properties originated by Jack Kirby during the period he spent working in animation.

    Jack Kirby of Marvel Comics Left Some Ideas Behind - NYTimes.com

    For anyone who grew up with eighties animation, the slideshow is pretty funny to look through. Everything seems so weirdly familiar.

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    Jack Kirby’s Characters - The New York Times > Arts > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 11

    I think most of them are kinda shlocky, but worse things certainly got made during that period. Some of them are hilarious.
     
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    You've got a bandwidth theft alert by embedding NYT's images.

    It's difficult to criticize a legend like Kirby, but the designs do seem derivative. However, at the time Kirby designed those characters and show ideas, he was probably cranking them out factory-style based on things that were already a popular and bankable formula on TV. Just look at Hanna-Barbera and Filmation's history for some classic examples of formulaic kids shows.

    I would liked to have seen that Tempest one though. Even though her design's like a composite of three other superheroes, she's pretty hot. You don't see female superheroes slipping out of their costume on kids shows, that's for sure.
     
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    This was interesting. Of course, however silly the concepts may be, they'll be driven toward failure in execution simply due to the realities of programming creation. I look forward to it, nonetheless.

    Uh, seriously?
     
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    "Golden Shield" sounds like it could work today, considering the whole "2012" thing and all.

    The only one that seems remotely interesting to me is "The Bad Guys" IF they did away with the "Roxie's Raiders" part. A show that follows a team of super villains in their quests for world domination sounds more interesting. It would be a nice change to see things from their perspective for once.

    The rest of this all seems bad enough that I know why they didn't use any of it. Most of these ideas have already been done before, just with a single hero instead of a team, or with something like robotic suits instead of fighter jets, etc.
     
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    Totally topical. I concur. Also, South American main character. Diversity without pandering is always nice.

    I wouldn't say Kirby's work is derivative so much as highly distinctive, so much so that comics like Godland or Adult Swim's Minoriteam could successfully utilize it and have it be recognizable as derived from Kirby.

    But sign me up for a The Bad Guys show, too.

    Warriors of Illusion has a nice mix of characters going for it, too. Looks like a wide array of cultural background and magic styles at work there.

    Tempest is a total betty. Kirby knew how to draw heroic women.

    The Gargoids looks deliriously crazy. Is that some bizarre witch-chick shooting a floating, firey skull at a guy?

    Bodyguards looks a bit generi-WHERE IS THAT GUY'S HEAD?!

    Dragonspies. Giant Speedo-viking approved.

    Long live the King.

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    Yes, seriously:

     
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    There was a TF website that used to do that. But I can't see the NY Times doing it.
     
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    I didn't make the rule. But all you have to do is link to the NYT article anyway. If you don't, a mod's going to edit your post as soon as it's discovered, so you might as well go ahead and edit it yourself rather than risk an infraction.
     
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    Yeah, I read the link in your first post. Why be that guy, though, and unnecessarily police a thread? It's not like the NYT will be replacing their images with pornography or the bandwidth used by the OP's post is anything remotely noticeable. (Particularly for a thread with limited views on an already specialized website of limited general interest.) It's silly.

    Don't you have anything better to do with your time? If you have a problem with the post, report it and let the moderators do their job.
     
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    Sheesh. Why am I the bad guy in this thread for offering a reminder on the rules? I made a brief comment about it suddenly it's the main focus of this discussion? And ridiculing me for it is just petty.

    The rule isn't just to prevent possible porn images. It's also because hotlinking images is bandwidth theft. Many sites embed code so it's impossible to hotlink images for that very reason.

    It's a simple rule: don't hotlink images. End of discussion.
     
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