Thursday, January 24, 2019

2019: the 1960s show

Gang, I don't know if I mentioned this before here, but last year I started doing Anime Hell presentations at Eyesore Cinema here in Toronto. Eyesore is one of the few remaining video rental stores in the city, and they happen to have a screening room in the back that's perfect for schlocky horror festivals, bone-smashing Asian martial arts action, and celebrations of everything obscure and/or poorly-thought-out in the world of film. 

This Saturday I'll be presenting Anime Hell presenting The 60s Show, a two hour look at some of the Japanese animation that made the 1960s a landmark the world over. I'll be screening clips from TV shows like Astro Boy, 8th Man, Gigantor, Kimba The White Lion, Golden Bat, Sasuke, Princess Knight, and Marine Boy, showing selected scenes from films like Little Prince And the Eight Headed Dragon, Gulliver's Travels Beyond The Moon, and Jack And The Witch. I'll also be showing entire episodes of Prince Planet and Speed Racer as well as our feature presentation, the 1969 film Flying Phantom Ship. 

I've been doing Anime Hell for a while and I've learned it's pretty easy to entertain an audience with short-form funny clips. But this is the first time I've really opened up and let my 60s freak flag fly, really been honest about the kinds of things I want to make sure people get a chance to see, and as it turns out the kinds of things I want to make sure people get to see involve space boys with Metalyzers, high-stakes auto racing, and worldwide soft drink conspiracies opposed by flying battleships. Will this version of Anime Hell get the same standing room only crowds my previous shows did? Or will I be showing these cartoons to an audience of myself? We'll know on Saturday.