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Subliminally Yours – Part 8: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon

2015/01/27

I’m not sure what I find more disturbing: the lack of a jaw, kneecaps, and any discernible finger and toe bones or the fact that her pigtails have their own skeletal structure. o_O

I'd go see a doctor about that if I were you. And get a few other things checked out while I was there, too.

I’d go see a doctor about that if I were you. And get a few other things checked out while I was there as well.

Today’s gross anime anatomy course has been brought to you by Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン/Bishoujo Senshi Seeraa Muun) – Episode 1: The Crybaby Usagi’s Beautiful Transformation (泣き虫うさぎの華麗なる変身/Nakimushi Usagi no karei naru henshin) (March 7, 1992).

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Subliminally Yours – Part 7: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

2014/02/08

Remember the old urban legend about a female toon experiencing a wardrobe malfunction in the film? Well, guess what, folks? It’s 100% true. But here’s the funny thing: it has absolutely nothing to do with Jessica Rabbit flashing her firecrotch. Oh, no. The incident in question actually involves Betty Boop.

Janet Jackson, eat your heart out.

Janet Jackson, eat your heart out.

Needless to say, when the above nipple slip, which was inserted by some mischievous animators as a joke, was discovered, it was quickly removed by Disney. The only reason the footage survives in uncensored form today is because some early domestic and certain contemporary foreign language versions of the movie, both broadcast and home video releases, inadvertently omitted the omission.

Subliminally Yours – Part 6: Captain America: The First Avenger

2013/10/19

While we’re on the subject of Captain America: The First Avenger, here’s another obscure reference that many people, comic book fans or not, may have missed.

When we first catch a glimpse inside The World Exposition of Tomorrow that Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes attend with their dates, one of the curiosities we see is appears to be a mannequin sealed inside a glass capsule topped with electrodes. The exhibit is billed as Dr. Phineas Horton Presents: The Synthetic Man.

Given what Phineas Horton and Howard Stark are capable of, I'm surprised that they didn't blow up half the building between them. :P

Given what Phineas Horton and Howard Stark are capable of, I’m surprised that they didn’t blow up half the building between them. 😛

This is, of course, a reference to Marvel Comics’ – or, more correctly said, their predecessor Timely Comics’ – first superhero, the android Jim Hammond, better known (rather inaccurately) as the original Human Torch and his creator, Professor Phineas T. Horton.

Fox News didn't invent sensationalism in the media, they just perfected it.

I’m pretty sure we’ve just witnessed the birth of Fox News.

The Human Torch’s appearance in the movie, however, is heavily based on his rendition in Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ classic miniseries Marvels.

This must be the adult equivalent of one of those science fair volcanoes.

This must be the adult equivalent of one of those science fair volcanoes.

Subliminally Yours – Part 5: Captain America: The First Avenger

2013/10/15

When Arnim Zola is seen gathering his papers during the evacuation of the HYDRA base in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger, one of the sheets he reaches for is a blueprint depicting an odd humanoid with a camera-like device for a head.

As a Swiss biochemist myself, trust me when I say that the research I've conducted has never anywhere near this interesting. :P

As a Swiss biochemist myself, trust me when I say that the research I’ve conducted has never been anywhere near this interesting. 😛

While the implications of this will go over the head of your average movie goer, this is, in fact, a reference to the genetically engineered body he ended up creating for himself  in the mainstream Marvel Universe.

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Indigestion must be hell for this guy.

Subliminally Yours – Part 4: The Wizard of Oz

2013/09/09

Not so much something the makers of the movie were intentionally trying to slip past the radar as something that many people tend to overlook: when Dorothy Gale and her companions enter the Haunted Forest, the Scarecrow’s packing heat.

Oh sure! Give the guy without a brain the gun. That always ends well. :P

Oh sure! Give the guy without a brain the gun. That always ends well. 😛

Subliminally Yours – Part 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

2013/05/28

Man, who’d have thought that Hogwarts was a party school?

Remind me again why the Marauder's Map was made...? ^_^;

Remind me again what the purpose of making the Marauder’s Map was…? ^_^;

Subliminally Yours – Part 2: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

2013/03/17

In some of the action sequences where Eddie Valiant is seen moving insanely quickly while interacting with toons – most notably during the Benny the Cab chase sequence and after going from floor to ceiling pancake while riding the elevator with Droopy – what the audience is seeing isn’t (an image of) Bob Hoskins composited into the shot, but an animated version of him.

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Subliminally Yours – Part 1: Wreck-It Ralph

2013/03/09

Yet another new series of posts dedicated to things that creators sneak into their works and which generally go unnoticed because they’re either presented in an unusual fashion or literally pass in the blink of an eye.

To start things off, here’s one from the climactic confrontation between Vanellope Von Schweetz and King Candy in the movie Wreck-It Ralph. When the former asks who the latter is after his true identity is revealed, for one single frame, while he’s glitching between his two very different appearances, he breaks the fourth wall and does this:

The Turbo Seal of Approval!

The Turbo Seal of Approval!

Ladies and gentleman, I give you Turbo: video game attention whore extraordinaire.


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