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What If Toho Had Done The Kong: Skull Island Trailer?

Well, I guess Toho has actually done Kong: Skull Island itself when you get down to it. At least in regards to certain elements of Toho’s King Kong vs. Godzilla from 1962 getting a nod in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island film. Case in point the addition of a giant octopus in the new movie.

A kaiju eiga in fact that was seen in Toho’s own 1962 movie. However in that film it involved the use of an actual living octopus.
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Which furthermore necessitated the addition of an octopus wrangler on the set.
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Perhaps this is what inspired Gorizard to create this fan made trailer. A look at how Kong: Skull Island might be handled if Toho had released the movie in ’62!

I want to thank Daniel XIII for the heads up on that bit of awesomeness. I have watched it a couple of times now and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Of course with the upcoming Kong: Skull Island film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The Kong mythos is getting a reboot – in addition to giving us a new take on the character. It has set the events of the film squarely in the 2014 Godzilla universe. Which began Legendary and Warner Bros. “MonsterVerse” in partnership with Toho of course.

The link between films so far is the Monarch organization. A scientific outfit that was responsible for the investigation of Godzilla in the 2014 film. I should point out that the 2014 comic book prequel Godzilla: Awakening reveals the secret outfit was formed in 1946 to seek out and catalog massive unidentified terrestrial organisms.

I am guessing that Monarch is behind sending in the team in Kong: Skull Island. As evidence suggests in this television spot – to say nothing of the Godzilla reference by the nuclear test footage and John Goodman’s character!

[Via] Comicbook.Com

Regardless of all that, it is important to realize the true point of the MonsterVerse. The eventual meeting of both King Kong and Godzilla. The last time these two iconic titans tussled was one of the greatest Kaiju battles in cinematic history. Imagine what will happen the next time these two meet?

Now that you have had a chance to see what might have been Toho’s version of Kong: Skull Island. Why not check out a trailer for King Kong vs. Godzilla

[Via] TJ

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Are You Ready For The LEGO Iron Giant Set?

You are? Great! Now it is up to you to make this The Iron Giant set a reality. Because Bricksmith extraordinaire Brian Cuviello needs your support. If 10,000 fans of Warner Bros. 1999 animated masterpiece follow the link to LEGO Ideas and click support. LEGO will then take a serious look at bringing an official The Iron Giant set to us fans!

[Via] Warner Bros.

It should go without saying that if we all can accomplish this. We will in fact not just be helping an awesome idea see fruition. But moving to a very special place, moreover a spot only known to a select few. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Now treat yourself and check out the hard work that Brian Cuviello put into his LEGO creation.
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All images courtesy of Brett Cuviello.

All images courtesy of Brett Cuviello.


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The proposed The Iron Giant LEGO set also includes Hogarth Hughes, including a bolt from The Iron Giant.
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Annie Hughes.
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Dean McCoppin.
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And Kent Mansley of course.
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Chris offered this on the LEGI Ideas page:
“For this project, I propose that a set be made based on the 1999 Warner Brothers hit animated film The Iron Giant. Known for its beautiful storytelling and masterful animation, this movie is beloved by fans old and young all over the world. I believe that a LEGO product based in this film would not just be popular with consumers, but rather be an enormous success.

Within this project, there would be 5 main characters: The Iron Giant with changeable eyes and weaponry to depict his evil state from the movie, Hogarth Hughes with the alien bolt he finds at the end of the film, Annie Hughes and a coffee pot, Kent Mansley and a fedora, and Dean McCoppin with a coffee cup. The entire build consists of approximately 2,023 pieces, including the Giant, minifigures, and accessories. The Giant’s head rotates and tilts, and his arms, legs, wrists, hips, and ankles are all articulated to both accommodate his size and weight, and allow him to replicate classic poses from the movie.”

So now it’s all up to you, remember all you have to do is click the “support” button. I also want to give a huge thanks to Andrew Liszewski of io9 for the heads up on this.

Still need some more The Iron Giant goodness? Check out Adam Savage’s One Day Build: Iron Giant Bolt

[Via] Tested

Are You Well Prepared For Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders?!

Holy Cow! Talk about some news that will get most retro fans snapping their fingers in anticipation – DC Comics and Warner Bros. are releasing Batman: Return of the Caped Crusader later this year! It is an animated feature that is set in the groovy Batman ’66 universe and most importantly of all it features the return of Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar lending their vocal talents to the characters of Batman, Robin, and Catwoman – roles they helped make a household name back in the day.

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While there isn’t an awful lot of information right now – thanks to this teaser trailer released yesterday we do know that the Dynamic Duo will not just be protecting the citizens of Gotham City in this feature film but also venturing into outer space. It will be available digitally starting on October 11…and I will definitely be picking it up and giving you a review…and on DVD and Blu-ray starting on November 1st.

[Via] LegoFreedom1

Warner Bros. Releases Filmation’s Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle: Season One On June 14, 2016!

On September 11th, 1976 Filmation debuted Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle on CBS where it lasted for four seasons. Now on June 14th we will get the first 16 episodes of that animated series when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Complete Season One to DVD.

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The classic Filmation version of Tarzan skews closer to the the stories that Edgar Rice Burroughs penned back in 1912, when Tarzan of the Apes was first published in The All-Story magazine and then in book format in 1914.

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[Via] Chad Pittman

In total the Filmation Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle had 36 episodes produced and I bet if this first volume does well we will most certainly see the remaining episodes released. In fact this year is the 40th Anniversary of the animated show and of course arrives a month before the new live-action film The Legend of Tarzan hits the big screens this Summer!

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From the Warner Bros. Press Release:
“Just in time for Father’s Day and the theatrical release, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the long awaited animated series that aired when Saturday Morning Cartoons reigned supreme. Available on DVD on June 14, 2016, Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle: Complete Season One was created by the Filmation Studio for CBS and follows the animated adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ape man from the 1970’s. The two-disc collectors set includes all 16 episodes from the series’ first season, and is priced to own at $19.98 SRP.

As the opening narration explains: “The jungle: Here I was born; and here my parents died when I was but an infant. I would have soon perished, too, had I not been found by a kindly she-ape named Kala, who adopted me as her own and taught me the ways of the wild. I learned quickly, and grew stronger each day, and now I share the friendship and trust of all jungle animals. The jungle is filled with beauty, and danger; and lost cities filled with good, and evil. This is my domain, and I protect those who come here; for I am Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle!”

“Tarzan, Lord Of The Jungle was animated the old fashion way, with many hours of hand drawn stills,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing and Partner Brands. “They don’t make animation like this anymore, and we are really proud to be releasing this timeless classic just in time for the July release of Tarzan in theaters.”

Blu-ray Review: The Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Collectors Edition!

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So when I got my latest review assignment here at the ol’ Retroist, The Nutty Professor 50th Anniversary Blu-ray, I have to admit I thought it may be an odd fit for a groovy ghoul like myself seeing as how it was a zany comedy and all and I’m more a member of the horror hound pack, but the more I thought about things, the more I realized how much having the ol’ Ouija Board Kid review this title made a perfect kind of sense.

First of all, the tale of the Nutty Professor is firmly entrenched in a solid, time tested formula (pun intended); the classic shock story of Jeckyll and Hyde (a personel favorite o’ mine). But while R.L. Stevenson dealt with a somber exploration of the darkest side of our hidden psyches, Jerry Lewis opts instead to cover the same material with broad comedic strokes in this film.

For those that are new to The Nutty Professor: Lewis essays the role of quintessential nerd Julius Kelp, a chemistry professor who is far from a hit with the ladies, his class and the faculty of the school (especially with his knack for blowin’ things sky high with his experiments). So before you can say “really freakin’ bad idea”, ol’ Kelpy has performed experiments on his own chemistry and become the ultra-obnoxious (yet infinitely awesome) Buddy Love! Love is everything Kelp was not; a smooth swinging cat that’s the hit of the campus (and a hell of a piano player to boot). Of course Kelp has to wrestle with the fact that he really thinks the attention Love gets is wizard, but he is really being untrue to himself; the classic dichotomy echoed in works as varied as Teen Wolf to that episode of Silver Spoons where the Ricker turns punk to impress some hotties.

Now I hear you say “Daniel XIII, we get the fact that since the film is a kind of parody of a classic horror yarn that is seems fitting that you provide the review here, but what sort of nostalgic ties does it hold to your misbegotten youth?” Well, since I said you asked, here goes; it seems almost without fail that before the creature features began on the local stations in my neck o’ the woods, the program directors would slot a comedy feature…and 9 times outta 10 it was one of Lewis’ films. I can’t tell you the number of times I watched not only The Nutty Professor, but also Cinderfella (more on that in a bit), Errand Boy (ditto) and the Bellboy before I dove into more frightful fare. And here’s the thing; I became a fan of good ol’ Jokin’ Jerry because of that fact! So seeing this feature again really brought back those warm and fuzzies, and for that fact alone I loved this release!

Now I realize you may not have the history with this film that I have (hell, you may not even be a Jeckyll and Hyde fan), but the extras alone are worth the price of admission (especially if you are any kind of student of film history), as you not only get The Nutty Professor (lookin’ all vibrant like in hi-def Blu-ray resplendence), but also Cinderfella and the Errand Boy (on DVD), not to mention the 45 bazillion* extra features such as (but not limited to); commentary tracks on all 3 features by Lewis, “making of “ documentaries, bloopers, outtakes, screen tests…hell they even throw in a CD of prank phone calls by Loony Lewis (near impossible to pull off in this day and age)!!!

So there you have it my fiends, this release gets ol’ Daniel XIII ‘s rollickin’ recommendation! So head on over to here and pick this thing up today!!!

*o.k. that number may be a slight exaggeration, but believe me o’ creepies, this thing is the Turducken of Blu-rays…layer after layer of pure awesomeness!