Transformer Afternoon Goodness

Before they were Transformers, they were a Japanese toy line called Diaclone along with a couple of toys from line called Microman (although those mostly became Micronauts). Then Hasbro bought the rights - hired Marvel Comics to come up with names (courtesy of Jim Shooter, Dennis O'Neil and Bob Budiansky), a back story and a comic book tie-in and the rest is history.

It's not quite Megatron but it's close although the gun totting kid in the commercial is kinda creepy.

And look no testicles.

Jazz Me Up, Baby

This is a tale (okay, just a blog post) of two Jazz festivals: The Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival which nominally is a province-wide festival, but has left Regina's Jazz crowd perennially disappointed. This is the first year of JazzFest Regina, not the first time it's been tried, but it looks hopeful. There are free stages today and concerts tonight and tomorrow. Next week the Sasktel version lands in Regina with the Robin Nolan Trio at Bushwakkers on Monday (look for the tiny type at the bottom of the page for Regina venues). Hop on it! You've already missed PJ Perry, pictured here because he gives me funny feelings. 

Saturday Morning Cartoon, Part Two

It's a double bill of Saturday morning cartoon goodness.

Roger Ebert called Transformers 2 "a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys. If you want to save yourself the ticket price, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."

For those who went anyway and need to wash off the smell of shame after watching Michael Bay's Hollywood blockbuster crap this is for you.

It's the real Transformers.

Saturday Morning Cartoon

Michael Jackson is dead but he will forever live on as cheaply animated kid in this Saturday morning cartoon that aired on ABC between 1971-1973. Michael got into many wacky and musical adventures along with a couple of mice named Ray and Charles, a snake called Rosie and of course his brothers.

The Jackson's were all too busy to actually voice their own characters but strangely enough Diana Ross managed to voice herself in the deput episode.