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keith I’ve been feeling like wanting to destroy the world since that gaddawful Independence day resurgence misery came onto the big screen!
Took you that long?
But… But she wasn’t an orphan…
Her dad was just travelling around the world, while she stayed at home. In fact, one of the storylines revolved around rescuing him from pirates.
In the books? I only read the first few.
Oh, wait, I’m thinking of Anne of Green Gables. What the hell is wrong with my head? That’s a bit of a stretch to confuse those two, isn’t it?
Well, they have similarities, which includes the cultural role and relevance either has in certain countries.
I was also exposed to them at vaguely the same time. Once you get out of college, most of the stuff from as far back as elementary school and high school has become a bit muddled.
Losing her dad was the whole reason she went superhero, instead of housekeeping with her animals.
Welcome to plotting Marvel-wise.
How many heroes in Marvel has lost their parents and had it as an excuse to become heroes?
It sounds more like DC, actually.
Also, Pippi would suit far better in Image.
Allright, true that. I’m not that fond of super-heroing comics.
So point taken.
T’Challa, Spidey, Black Widow, …
It isn’t Spider-Man’s reason to adventure, nor Black Widow’s.
Black Panther’s is a family legacy, but it’s a lot more than what we got in Cap A; Civil War.
That Said, orphan heroes is a bit more common than it entirely needs to be, but it’s a common trope because it frees writers from certain family entanglements.
Yes, it’s more a “fate threw me in the place” kind of “because”, not a “I decided, because”. Just like Superman.
Electra does count, Matt Murdock may count as “I decided to fight crime, because”.
Err, that kind of was Spider-man’s origin story, though. He was just trying to capitalize on his powers, until Uncle Ben got wasted.
Although, he could have done a bit better of a job of capitalizing on his activities, after he switched his focus to crime fighting. With everything he had at his disposal, he shouldn’t have been struggling to help Aunt May barely pay the rent. If you’re already independently wealthy, then fine, but if you aren’t, you need to figure out how to pull a paycheck from something that costs you so much effort and risk.
Of course, I realize that the target audience was angsty teens, so making Spider-man truly competent wouldn’t have endeared him to them nearly as much.
Don’t forget that Spidey tried to get back to show biz, but the guy at the TV station told him that Jameson ruined his reputation.
Parker handled all of his business interests with complete incompetence, yeah, not that most high-school students would have done a whole lot better.
Yes, that’s something that’s irked me as I grew older. Part of the problem is that Peter Parker seems to remain a perennial adolescent, at least in the movies. They never allow him to grow up; he always stays trapped in high school or college. He’s a genius and could patent his inventions or invent something that would revolutionize modern life. But he doesn’t have the time or the maturity to do that. So he’s stuck with web-slinging and crime fighting.
That was one of the believability improvements they made in the movies. The idea of a high-school student being able to develop a super-strong, super-flexible substance that changes from a liquid to a semi-solid in a second, coming from a small, wrist-mountable bottle … and this kid doesn’t make tens of millions of dollars a year as a materials chemist by the age of 19?
Yeah, better for it to be some sort of freaky biological effect of the spider bite.
If every third movie is a new origin story, you don’t have time to grow up.
Aunt May is still alife, Ben is his uncle, so it’s a gray area and I could accept if you don’t let it count.
Uncle Ben was the only one that I really count as a parent. Aunt May was never any kind of authority figure, just an anchor around Peter’s neck.
Until she becomes the herald of Galactus.
You don’t need to be an authority figure. Living a decent life is also a good way to teach how to live.
… which she mostly only manages to do because of Peter propping her up. :-P
Err, isn’t this a little close to actual trademark infringement? Or has the copyright for those books expired?
This use falls into the category of “parody” which has it’s own special set of laws protecting it.
And Pippi is Public Domain outside of the USA, but draconian pro-corproate US copyright laws protect the merciless profiteering of evil soulless corporations at the expense of the richness of our culture.
Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking) died in 2002 so her works are copyright in the EU and other life+70 countries until the end of 2073. The minimum, permissible term under the Berne convention is life+50 so in Australia for example they are copyright until the end of 2052. The Berne convention applies pretty much everywhere.
Ah, thanks. So, we have to fall back on some sort of fair use, yeah. As long as it’s just a one-time parody, they’re good. I guess you have to go a pretty damned long way to leave the parody-protection bubble, anyway, even in a longer-running bit.
The Berne convention applies pretty much everywhere.
Until Disney screws with it.
“What shall I do today, what shall I do today? Kick ass!”
Aren’t we getting over our cultural heads referencing a story by Astrid Lindgren? Next thing you know we’ll be citing “The Purloined Letter” or “Ransom of Red Chief”. Come on! This strip is supposed to be low brow. :-D
Wait, are you saying Astrid Lindgren’s stories aren’t common knowledge?
I don’t think they are that common in North America. Certainly in Europe though.
Multiple school systems that I know of have her works on the reading lists. I think that knowledge of them is a bit widerspread than you think.
And there are some fanfics and trashfics that cover the other aspects of the strip…
i live in Israel and i never read the books but i did see the movies as a child so i do know what we are talking about
Cool. American media does kind infect the rest of the world, doesn’t it?
Although, England passed its “reality” TV shows to us. I blame them for the unwatchable shit that seems to make up way too much of our popular TV.
Sadly, this movie is a very real possibility. It’s only a matter of time.
NO!! ….I mean please, no thank you very much! It would totally ruin my memory of the cheesy movies from the end of the 60s and the 70s and my ultimate dream to clean my floor by strapping on brushes onto my feet and skating on the tiles in soap water, singing random songs, would be completely vanquished.
But on a more serious note: If a movie would be produced, most likely it would be an animated one, if any (there’s already an animated series, produced in 1997). And that’s only if there were no problems with the copyright.
So you weren’t destroyed already by the animated series in the 90’s?
Oh, you mentioned that series yourself, so clearly not?….. XD
I kind of didn’t get to see too much of it. Just bits of episodes while zapping through the TV – not enough exposure to do any real damage!
Miyazaki wanted to make one but was rejected.
That might have been the first good Miyazaki anime ever. Seriously, most of his work is ham-fisted nails-on-chalkboard as far as I’m concerned. Princess Mononoke was a rolling disaster and Spirited Away was hallucinatory garbage. About the closest thing he had to good was Howl’s Moving Castle.
I always got the idea that his movies are basically just a celebration of the artwork. I dunno. Maybe something got lost in the translation.
I’ve watched them with other people who were way more into them than I was. They’re okay to watch while someone is showing them, but they aren’t something I would seek out on my own.
Allow me to disagree. Spirited away and Mononoke Hime may seem alien to westerners since they are plagued with japanese spirits and gods (yokais and Kami’s)
I loved Howl’s MC and after I read the book I found Ghibli based the movie very faithfully on it.
The only ones I disliked were Ponyo (boring) and Tales from Earthsea, a series of books that I enjoyed, but only shared the title and the characters’ names but did a Will Smith’s treatment to the original story. (take all the good things and trash them and piss on them)
No, no, I got the mythical story elements. The stories themselves were just paper-thin and could have been done in 10 minute shorts, if not for all of the random wackiness and spectacle. Mononoke was a little better, but Spirited Away just lost me.
… but only shared the title and the characters’ names but did a Will Smith’s treatment to the original story.
Christ, you just triggered my PTSD from watching I, Robot. They not only ripped the title straight off an amazing collection of short stories, but they pissed all over the core elements of Isaac Asimov’s world setting at the same time.
Now I’m going to have flashbacks for the next few days. Thanks, man.
Do the same thing I did with the Pod Racer, the JJB and the Ewok movies: They are entirely separate things and I don’t need to even care about them.
So, how many Star Wars fans do you know who would actually defend Episode One, particularly JJB? The first ten minutes or so were pretty cool. Then, it just fell to pieces and ended in a flaming wreck with the painful attempt at a romance scene … not that Hayden Christensen had any more chemistry with his flame than the 9 year-old did.
Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson were the only passable actors in the movie.
Jedi was pretty good, even if the Ewoks were a bit goofy. There was always a bit of camp going on in the background, throughout the series, so it isn’t like they were completely out of place.
Jedi had a hell of a lot going on. Spirited Away is what would happen if you made all of Jedi about the Ewoks and never even got to the huge battle scene.
As I stated, JJB is not part of any Star Wars movie.
Ugh, my midichlorians count is not enough to forget about that, yet I still love the concept of JJB being a Sith master, sinc Yoda started as a goofy character… He’s a puppet for the Force sake!
Also, IMHO you forgot Mace Windu.
Interesting – I have to disagree, especially on Princess Mononoke: the story – the ruining of nature by slow industrialisation, which is good for humankind, but rather bad for nature, ultimately poisoning it (as with the god boar at the very beginning of the movie) could not have been told in mere 10 minutes without losing parts of the story.
Howl’s Moving Castle is more lighthearted, but gives glimpses of more complicated themes (war, again). Spirited Away is a bit different, because I get the feeling it is specifically designed for a certain age group which can especially relate to the character on an emotional level. And, simply put, the movies most of the time simply are tales, like the fairytales as collected by the Grimm Brothers, just that they don’t express their morale as openly as it happens in Grimm’s tales.
As for Smith’ing it: I read, I, Robot was actually supposed to have an ending that was more towards the direction of the book (insight that they are a feeling and thinking new society) – but somehow the big bang seemed to resonate more in the producer’s minds (or something like that) – which totally sucks.
I’ve felt it was time to destroy the world since November 8th, myself.
I feel about the same, but I’m not sure that a political brawl would be very good for the community here.
Don’t worry, after the last elections, we’re a step closer…
Yeah, but there could be a Trump supporter around here, as hard as that is to believe.
We could also have one of the fraudulent Hillary voters, I suppose. Remember that he only lost the popular vote because of the millions of illegal immigrants who voted. They have to be hiding somewhere, since the election officials can’t seem to find them anywhere.
Produced by Michael Bay. Ruined by M. Night Shyamalan…
With Johnny Dep playing the main part.
I see no mention of Tim Burton here. No guarantee of Depp. Megan Fox will probably be in it though
I was trying to ruin it even more, (like Depp’s Tonto’s portrayal in Lone Ranger) not trying to save it with… fanservice. *drools*
Johnny Depp plays all the parts. Just because.
Next: The Little Rascals: Civil War, with the original team members who are real heroes who can’t age.
Sadly, their team is even more effective than the LoSRHs
I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t get the acronym of the team until you spelled it out just now.
Don’t worry, I didn’t got it at first either.
This is only the beginning… later she made cameos in other superhero movies: http://www.spinnyverse.com/comic/10-19-2012 :D
But who will play Pippi’s monkey and horse? Or will Andy Serkis play them both in mo-cap CGI extravaganza?
Horse? Vin Diesel. “I am horse.”
And the monkey would be a very talkative one, voiced by Bradley Cooper.
Keith’s supervillain origin story
Very short career: he walked passed a pub in the first 5 minutes and decided to pack it in & get drunk.
Given his incredial powers of Common Sense, the world got very lucky…
Actually, he’s going to meet his evil self, goatee and all… at the same pub.
I’m not sure what’s scarier: that a Pippi longstocking movie trailer is what finally started Keith’s villaining or that Pippi seems to be holding a gun in panel 2.
I don’t think Pippi needs a gun for anything, she’s like Superman in terms of superpowers, without the kriptonite part but much much cooler in her attitude. Also a school drop-out who scares hell out of the (Keystone-style) cops and the silly old maiden who is the self-appointed moral guardian of the town. Everything is just soooo cool about Pippi… but she needs no gun whatsoever, why would she?
It’d be quite cool if Pippi was back from my childhood memories and wanting revenge. I’m totally hot for that, no idea why Keith is so angry, really.
I think he just want to see explosions.
I saw pippi on “whomp!” And after reading this, I thought she was a running joke for webcomics or something. Guess she’s just easy to draw…
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