Archive | May 16, 2014

A Sudden Desire to Hide From the View of the Rider

When the 1977 Rankin-Bass animated version of The Hobbit was released on dvd, the soundtrack was famously messed up with some sound effects missing. So I was pleased recently to see a “remastered deluxe edition” advertised (fixing the soundtrack, presumably), along with a similarly remastered edition of their version of Return of the King. (Alas, hideous and inaccurate cover art – compare it with the more accurate representations on the back – and no blu-ray.) They were listed at 17.98 each, with a release date of July 22nd. So I pre-ordered them.

Shortly thereafter, I noticed that their Amazon pages have changed from “Available for pre-order&#148 to “Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available,” with prices no longer listed. Not sure what’s up with that.

Click the pics for enhanced magnitude:

Medium-Sized Robot!

I remember watching this show, and particularly this closing scene, on tv sometime between 1972 and 1974 (i.e. ages 8-10). It caused “Giant Robot!” to become permanently embedded in my vocabulary.

I also remember thinking (not precisely in these words) that if the proportion of explosion-caused-by-destroying-the-monster to explosion-caused-by destroying-the-monster’s-fingernail is no greater than the proportion of the monster to its fingernail, the bigger explosion wouldn’t be enough to destroy the Earth.

In other news, the following promos look generally promising:

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