What If Pixar Decided To Do Pulp Characters?

When it comes to Pixar there really isn’t much they touch that doesn’t turn to gold. Having said that however there are genres they’ve yet to tackle. Sure, they have given friendly monsters a go as well as a sentient vehicle universe. Not to mention moving films dealing with growing old in addition to the greatest Fantastic Four movie made. That was of course not an official film of Marvel’s First Family – but it was…INCREDIBLE…nonetheless.

See what I did there?

Ahem. While 2004’s The Incredibles marked Pixar’s first foray into superheroes. The talented Phil Postma is always eager to present different genres that Pixar has yet to approach. You might recall some of the other artwork of Postma’s that we’ve shared on The Retroist before. Like what if Rankin and Bass had produce a 1977 stop motion version of The Hobbit. Or perhaps Fisher-Price had produced Adventure People Killers to their toy line?

Back in 2013, it turns out that Phil presented Pixar versions of some legendary pulp characters. Such as Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon, Dale Arden, and Ming the Merciless of course.

Images courtesy of Phil Postma.

He also shared a look at what Pixar could deliver with Lee Falk’s The Phantom.
Pixar - The Phantom - Phil Postma

Last but certainly not least and the film I wish Pixar would truly deliver is The Shadow!

Make sure to hop on over to Phil’s official blog – The Minion Factory. You can check out even more of his fantastic artwork and even purchase merchandise.

Now that we’ve seen what some pulp characters would look like if Pixar was in charge of character design. How about re-watching what an animated series for The Rocketeer might look like?

[Via] Amazing Cartoons

Threadless Is Flying High With The Rocketeer!

I’m pretty sure that if you are a frequent visitor to the Retroist you know by now how much the late great Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer means to me. I believe I have helped to contribute a large number of the 40+ posts on the site featuring that iconic character.

The Rocketeer - Dave Stevens

Well having said all of that of being such a fan…somehow it escaped my attention that Threadless was holding a contest, asking artists to submit designs for new Rocketeer T-Shirts. The submission entry deadline has already passed but you can still help choose which designs make the grade by following any of the links provided in this post.

I’m sharing a few of my favorite designs. Starting with Frenchwookie’s “Rocketeer To The Rescue!”.

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

“Rocket’s Red Glare” by Ninjaink.

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

“Fly High” by mathiole.

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

“Test Flight” by DannE-B.

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

Image courtesy of Threadless.Com

Now there are 73 other designs you can vote on right this second, so hop on over to Threadless and do your part to ensure that we fans can find new ways to show off our love of The Rocketeer!

1991 Interview With James Horner On Scoring The Rocketeer

Thankfully for you, the Retroist keeps a tight leash on the subjects of my posts…otherwise every other day I would be sharing something related to Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer! All my joking aside the Rocketeer as I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions is one of my favorite comic book characters, ever.

The Rocketeer E - Hallmark Ornament

So it’s always a treat when I stumble upon something like this 1991 interview with the late great James Horner on not only how he landed the gig of scoring the film adaptation but his vision for the music itself and one of the difficulties of bringing it to fruition.

[Via] Eyes on Cinema

While the Rocketeer is one of my absolute favorite iconic comic characters the same goes for the moving and heroically triumphant score by Horner for the 1991 movie. For your listening pleasure here is “Rocketeer to the Rescue/ End Titles”.

[Via] James Horner Community

“Peevy, you’d pay to see a man fly, wouldn’t you?”

Now Is Your Chance To Own The Rocketeer’s Helmet!

Holy cow. If ever there as a time for me to be lucky enough to hit the lottery I think now would be a very opportune time as The Prop Store is holding an auction selling the likes of the “hero” helmet from 1991’s The Rocketeer.

That is just the tip of the iceberg however as also up for sale at the auction that will take place on September 23rd in Waterloo, London England are items from the Dark Crystal such as Fizzgig!

Images courtesy of the Prop Store.

Images courtesy of the Prop Store.

Hm. Maybe I can ask the Retroist for an advance in pay…for the next 75 years?

5 Best Movies with Jetpacks in Them

I don’t ask for much in life. A cold coca-cola, an internet connection, stuff that has salt on it. I try hard not to expect too much out of life, but ever since I was a kid watching the Jetsons I assumed that the personal jet pack was just around the corner.

Now remember when the media started hyping the Segue a few years ago. They said that a new form of transportation was on the horizon and that it would revolutionize the way we get around. I was so sure it was going to be a jet pack that I bet my cube mate at the time a lunch about it. I lost, and a 9 piece McNugget, large fries and coke later, I was talking to him about this futuristic scooter/messiah. He was excited still. I was still let down, but we kept talking.

The whole time my mind was wandering. I was dreaming about my jet pack and how I could use it to escape this boring conversation.

Now I understand the safety concerns with the Jet Pack, but I still want one. Vertebrae be damned! Life is short. Certainly too short to be shackled to the ground the whole time. So I keep putting my money aside and waiting…

Since I won’t be getting a jet pack or a rocket belt anytime soon I thought I would share some of my favorite movies that have jet packs in them. In no particular order…

The Running Man
In the classic Arnold Movie the Stalker Fireball uses what appears to be a flammable gas powered jet pack to get around. Not the best idea for fuel, but I love the idea of a jet pack that can double as a weapon.

Logan’s Run
The award for most cumbersome jet pack goes to… Logan’s Run. A great movie and book it also has some pretty wacky design ideas in it that I just love! Sort of like early EPCOT meets studio 54. If you have never seen their jet pack, check out this still from the film.

It’s like a soda machine strapped to his back right? Absolutely ludicrous and magnificent.

Thunderball
You would think that the jet pack would be standard issue for a super spy, but the jet pack only appeared in a few Bond films. Most notably was the 4th film, Thunderball, which has a great opening sequence where James uses a jet pack to stage a memorable getaway.

Return of the Jedi
Nothing is more depressing then the scene where Boba Fett gets “killed” by a blind Han Solo. As a consolation prize we at least get to see the Uber bounty hunter in all his jet packed glory. The heck with my jet pack dream! My new dream now is for a pull set of Mandalorian Battle Armor.

The Rocketeer
THE best movie to feature a jet packet is the highly underrated Rocketeer. This movie is high adventure in the spirit of Indiana Jones, but never managed to win over the hearts of the fans. If you have not seen this movie run out and rent it.

And check out this phony propaganda film from the movie. Hopefully it will convince you that we should invest 60% of our GDP in jet pack research.