Blokkhed Animation

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Exotica. Kitsch. Les Baxter. 1950s. Safari on Saturn.

Safari on Saturn. The song that Les Baxter should have recorded. Exotica, Retro, Kitsch, there's nothing wrong with any of it as far as I'm concerned, so let's go on "Safari on Saturn".


Thursday, 24 July 2008

Atomic Power. Nuclear. 1950s. Our friend Mr Atom.

When the oil finally runs out Mr Atom may well be our friend. The future is coming and Mr Atom will save us, or will he?


Thursday, 17 July 2008

Las Vegas, Nevada. Sin City. Atomic Blast. Cocktails.

Las Vegas, Nevada. Personally I can't get enough of that Retro style , not because I think it's kitch, I actually really, really like it. Anything from 1951 to around 1982ish is good for me. Each decade has something to interest me, with this image it's the 50s. Not being around in that particular decade means it is distant enough to be a strange and exotic place for me. I'm gradually exploring some of these things in my work and there's a lot more to look at. So in this case its Las Vegas, Sin City and cocktails while the bombs explode. Imagine it, Las Vegas used to advertise that you could go there and see the Atomic tests going off in the desert, what a selling point!
An excellent book about America in the 1950s is Bill Brysons "The Life and times of the Thunderbolt Kid" , as good a book about a childhood as you'll ever read. I read it a couple of weeks ago in a weekend and it fitted perfectly with the Rock Shore 'Cody Jet' character I'm working on. A naive decade in some respects and no less charming for that, even if there was Cold War and nuclear bunkers were everywhere, but you knew that heroes like Captain Video [never saw this one here in England, but I'm watching the DVD as I write], Casey Jones and Roy Rogers would save us-either from aliens or commies or bandits.
Get yourself an Atomic Cocktail from Slim Gaillard and wait for the wind to blow...


HotRods and Horror. "The HotRod from Hell" 1959

The HotRod from Hell. 1959 An Epic/MotoRama production cashing in on the Hotrod, Rock and Roll and horror exploitation genres. This was Rocky in his late teens and trying to get away from potential typecasting as a child actor.
We hope to uncover more imagery from this time and Rockys earlier works in 1950s TV and film appearances-such as: Teenagers from Space [1954], Cowboy Cody Jet [1955]. . .


Thursday, 10 July 2008

Sci-fi Movie Poster "Crash Landing"

Crash Landing. The first poster in the Kid from Space serial. It shows the space suited Cody having walked from his crashed ship. It was a bit of a teaser so they kept Rockies face a secret.


Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Robot, Metal Man, 1950s Sci-fi poster.

Another poster from the "Kid from Space". As you can see it's the second chapter "The Metal Man". Produced by Epic Pictures, the serial was made in twelve parts. Interestingly it stars Chad "Rocky" Shore, the Chad was dropped in the later posters [see previous post]. Actually the previous post shows the poster for the European release-which wasn't in serial form but put together as a full movie, this was quite common to edit together serials to make a complete movie.
This poster shows evidence of ageing, it's dis-coloured and creased. Still a good copy though and very, very rare. It looks like most of the series posters will become available to view in the near future, although a few episodes are missing presumed lost.
There's more material to come from the Cody Jet movies as well as more of Rocky Shore in his other movies in the 50s and 60s.