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!

7 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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  7. My question is: how is the the Mechanical Monsters were activated in the order they were standing, and not in numerical order? The bad guy must have been REALLY OCD! (But aren't they all?)

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