I know most of you have already seen this (and sent me the link – thanks for that) but I just realized I could embed it on here and it’s like I’m personally presenting it to you. I’m coming out and introducing it, or inviting you over to my apartment to watch it. There will be a Q&A and light refreshments afterwards.
I’m not sure how close they are to having the actual BLACK DYNAMITE cartoon series ready, but the Adult Swim cartoon people have made this 11-ish minute pilot available to prove that it’s a good idea. Click on the thing here for the video and some comments.
I have to admit I was somewhat skeptical about doing Black Dynamite as a cartoon. I would be excited for a sequel, but part of the beauty of the movie is how much it resembles an authentic ’70s blaxploitation movie, just an extra crazy and awesome one. I’m happy that in cartoon form they are able to still keep some of that by mimicking live action filmatic techniques and styles, even if they’re now exaggerated drawings. And it doesn’t really feel like other cartoons on TV because it’s copying the format of the movie (for example the childhood flashback where he’s “8 year-old Black Dynamite.”)
This also shows how important sound is to the movie, because it’s so great to hear the same voices coming out of the animated characters, and the music is such a big part of it. They got some of the same library music but also new stuff including the new theme song which is as good as or better than any of the great music in the movie.
It’s some funny shit. I hope they can keep up that level of quality for the actual show. Also I hope all the hard work he’s doing here doesn’t prevent MJW from starring in some serious movies like maybe a BLOOD AND BONE 2-6.
VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.