Friday, November 15, 2013

Preface: The Fleischer Cartoon

It's not necessary to watch this magnificent cartoon from 1941 before going on to Page 1 of The Last Mechanical Monster. But your life will be better if you do.
 

 
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Anyone interested in a fuller explanation of what I'm up to is invited to read my Author's Note.

Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks, but as much as I loved it, I couldn't get passed the idea that a scientist (even a mad one) wouldn't line his robots up in numerical order.

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  2. Hmm. That kind of sloppiness could have repercussions sixty-four years down the road....

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  3. Silly but I find myself curious to the number of the Last Monster and how you decided on it. Can't wait!

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  4. Randy! There's a story about that, one I don't mind telling because I later changed my mind and did something different. In my original draft, one of the robots escaped destruction. To figure out which one, I watched the movie several times and kept a little spreadsheet marking the fate of each numbered robot. As I recall, there were six unaccounted for, and I figured my robot was one of those (#23, to be precise). In the end I changed my entire approach to the matter; you'll see my solution soon. Thanks for the comment!

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  5. Did anyone else notice that the mechanical monster that enters the jewelry store is #5, but the one flying away with the loot and Lois is #23?

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  6. #13, not #23, but yeah I did! As enormously talented and skilled as the Fleischer animators were, they were not slaves to continuity.

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