In this holiest of seasons it is only right to give thanks for those most devout adherents to the creation of totally sick visual spectacles that will shadow our subconscious for the long nights to come. Monster-making-maestro Phil Tippett spills forth with a passion project three decades in the making that pushed him past the brink of sanity, though is the world ready to accept his divine message? The Bible is recited; dreams are interpreted; a video game is shamelessly referenced and swiftly apologised for; and even through all the layers of muck we have the stomach for a Podcast Repaste. We’re not mad, we’re emotionally interesting!
#11: Sublimations feat. Private Snafu, The Legend Of Pipi and The Best Of The Worst Cartoons
SOTSM gains access to a tranche of classified cartoons and disseminates them wantonly to the listening public! Award -winning animators lend their talents to the war effort in Private Snafu; the next crop of young recruits show off their skills to recount The Legend Of Pipi; and an unexploded ordinance marked too hot for TV is carefully examined lest we are exposed to The Best Of The Worst Cartoons. It’s for your ears only!
#10: Cat’s Don’t Dance and The Recurring Recalcitrance Of Corporate Animation
Warner Brothers mergers with dire consequences for the animation wing of the company have been making the headlines lately. Making the headlines AGAIN you mean, as this saga has repeated itself in one form or another since at least 1997 when Cats Don’t Dance was on the receiving end of such shabby treatment. Even the combined efforts of cartoon project Mr Fixer Mark Dindal, the wisdom of dancing sage Gene Kelly and an Old Hollywood aesthetic sure to please the broken down old bastards on the board weren’t enough to stop these cats getting tossed out into the street. It’s been taken into the warm homes of a dedicated contingent over the years, though will notorious musical holdout Niall be swayed by its charms? As is often the case with these yokes the answer is obvious: LET’S PUT ON A SHOW!
#9: Sublimations feat. Genndy Tartakovsy’s Popeye, Ramayana and Phil Tippett’s Mad God
Everything old is new again! Genndy Tartakovsky is back on a hot streak though the sparks of past ambitions smoulder with the recent divulging of an extensive animatic for his cancelled Popeye film. Here & now the second series of Primal is off to a savagely satisfying start; toyetic tangents on The Animist and Starscream OVA; India/Japan co-pro Ramayana: The Legend Of Prince Rama appears to mortalkind for a commemorative new release; and a more disgusting deity descends after 30 years as renowned stop-motion animator Phil Tippett summons a Mad God.
#8: We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story and The Fading Dinosaur Renaissance
The cultural phenomenon they called the Dinosaur Renaissance found many modes of expression for making ancient giant lizards cool again. The trouble lay in precisely -who- was deciding what made them cool to begin with; Steven Spielberg certainly contributed his fair share to the craze with Jurassic Park and The Land Before Time preceding it, though tapping the screenwriter of Moonstruck to adapt a twenty page picture storybook for a cinema feature was perhaps a touch hubristic. Four directors; an expensive voice cast; the baffling resurgence of Bing Crosby impressions in the early 90s; they were so caught up in thinking whether they COULD they didn’t stop to think about whether they SHOULD!
#7: Sublimations feat. Yu-Gi-Oh!, Scavengers Reign and Tigtone
Like a pharaoh of antiquity a great man departs our mortal plane before his time, yet leaves behind a magnificent legacy that will endure for generations. Niall and Dwayne bid farewell to Yu-Gi-Oh creator Kazuki Takahashi, a key player in getting this friendship together and ergo without whom this show might never have happened! A sci-fi survival short is embiggened as the forthcoming Scavengers Reign; a-questing we will go into the unhinged fantasy world of Tigtone; and surprising nobody Dwayne watches new cartoons about old Star Trek rendered in an even older style. A curse upon all who break the seal of the following download link!
#6: Genndy Tartakovsky’s PRIMAL and The Tragic Heart Of A Warrior
There’s nothing like a bit of violent release to get the creative juices flowing again, not to to mention the torrent of blood, guts and sorrowful tears brought forth by SOTSM patron saint Genndy Tartakovsky’s foray into a wild & fantastic prehistory. Besides ceaseless Conan allusions and running a body count on exploded ape men it gets us thinking about a few other cartoons whose violent reputations belie a heart of gold, the catharsis we sorely yearn for in our actual savage world. So actually it IS big and it IS clever, saying so much while barely needing intelligible language itself.
#5: Cadillacs & Dinosaurs (& Environmentalism & The Narrow Purview of Dinosaur Fiction)
An ancient beast from podcasts past reawakens to a savage new age, but has this world evolved to match? Cadillacs & Dinosaurs is just as much pulpy fun as when we last looked at it a decade ago; less fun is the real ecological catastrophe that has only intensified since then (STILL without giant lizards) and the ever-tightening chokehold the Jurassic Park franchise seems to have on what can be done with dinosaurs in popular media. How can we learn from these past mistakes and avoid our cruel fate? Would the message of environmentalism be better received in the form of two-fisted pulp adventure? And what is a “quahoon” anyway? This show ain’t prehistoric! It’s classic~.
SOTSM x Christmas Creeps: The Cricket On The Hearth
Those festive fiends over at Christmas Creeps engaged our services to further illuminate on a Rankin Bass special animated in Japan (but not by that studio) and based on a Charles Dickens novel (not that one either). Slight as it is on content our enthusiasm is buoyed up by some catchy numbers, charming live-action bookends and of course a healthy dose of SUDDEN MURDER.
Head on over and settle in for a nice fireside chat, and sure why not stay awhile at the podcast that knows the reason for the season, irrespective of what time of year it actually is!
#4: Sublimations feat. Brave Police J Decker, Cartoon Cartoons and The Memory Of Gilbert Gottfried
Tragedy strikes SOTSM as voice of a generation Gilbert Gottfried departs our mortal plane and thus much time is spent on defining roles and bad impressions. Niall relates his hunt for Bruce Lee impersonators in the world of anime and tracks down his man with some help from Brave Police J Decker, while Dwayne ponders the whereabouts of obscure animators and finds the message of hope that’s eluded Star Trek in recent years in The Lower Decks of all places.