Vids I Dig 372: Defunctland: The History of Disney’s Best Coaster, Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon

From Defunctland’s YouTube description: The conclusion of Defunctland’s two episode dissection of the Euro Disney resort. This time, Kevin discusses the history of Discovery Mountain, aka Space Mountain: De La Terre a La Lune, aka Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon, and eventually known as Space Mountain: Mission 2.

Vids I Dig 370: The Critical Drinker: ‘Ghostbusters’ 2016: It’s As Bad As I Remember

From The Critical Drinker’s YouTube description: For all the terrible movies I’ve reviewed in my time, there’s one that’s escaped my critical eye until now. Grab the strongest booze you’ve got and join me as I review Ghostbusters 2016.

Documentary Review: 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story (2017)

Release Date: September 20th, 2017
Directed by: Jeff Zapata, Joe Simko
Music by: Dr. Chud, Matthew Chojnacki
Cast: Art Spiegelman, John Pound, Tom Bunk, James Warhola, Adam F. Goldberg, Mackenzie Astin, various

Peel Here Productions, 114 Minutes

Review:

This has been in my queue for a long time but it was only available to buy. They recently set it for rent, so I was finally able to check it out. No offense, filmmakers and Amazon but I didn’t know if I wanted to spend like $12 on it. A few bucks for a rental, now that’s more like it. Make everything rentable.

Anyway, I was happy to see this, as I was one of those ’80s kids that spent a good few years obsessed with Garbage Pail Kids, even though they became hard to track down in my area after local parents groups caught on and got them pulled out of stores. You know, the same parents that didn’t care that their kids in the ’80s were watching slasher movies from the video store or flipping through dad’s Playboys.

I pretty much already knew the story about Garbage Pail Kids but it was neat seeing the story retold in an official documentary. Plus, this also gave some background on the creation of the Topps trading card company, as well as a lot of the other non-sports cards they produced before Garbage Pail Kids came along.

My favorite thing about this, though, was where it went into the art side of things. It went through how the Garbage Pail Kids came to be, every step of the way. It also explained the process and the reason why they made each set a certain size and the process in how cards were selected based off of dozens of concepts.

Additionally, this interviews a lot of the key people involved, including the primary artists who worked on these over the years.

After that, I really liked the section about the live-action Garbage Pail Kids movie and being enlightened as to why it was such a terrible film, pretty much destined to fail.

All in all, this was a beefy and informative piece about something I once loved and kind of still do.

Rating: 7.5/10
Pairs well with: other documentaries about niche ’80s and ’90s stuff, as well as specific fandoms.

Vids I Dig 368: Comic Tropes: The History of Comic Book Coloring (and How Modern Technology Can Ruin Reprints)

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Colors are the first thing you observe when you look at a comic book. This episode discusses the process of coloring comic books from the original screen prints with ben day dots to the modern digital methods with computers. But most important of all are the choices that colorists make. Famous colorists include Stan Goldberg, Marie Severin, Jim Steranko, Lynn Varley, John Higgins, Richmond Lewis, Tatjana Wood, Steve Oliff, Matthew Hollingsworth, Dave Stewart, Jordie Bellaire, Marte Gracia and many, many more. One of the biggest challenges isn’t just selecting the best color palette but making sure the printer and paper used will work with those choices.

Vids I Dig 363: Whang!: Was ‘Indiana Jones’ Changed After Release? – Lost Media

Taken from Justin Whang’s YouTube description: The ending of Indiana Jones: The Kingdom of the Crystal skull is different from how people remember it. Many recall Indy saying “In Your Dreams Kid”as he takes his hat back from Shia Labeouf’s character, Mutt, but the line is not there. Is this a case of the Mandela effect, or was it edited quickly after release?

Vids I Dig 356: Comic Tropes: Bernard Krigstein: The Most Influential Comic Book Artist

From Comic Tropes’ YouTube description: Bernard Krigstein had a relatively short run in comic books in the 40s through the early 60s but his impact was tremendous. Art scholars and comic book aficionados have studied Krigstein’s work, especially the comics he illustrated at EC Comics in the 50s. He had a philosophy that changed the way artists approached comic book storytelling. In this episode I talk about what comics were like before Krigstein’s work and how his pages changed modern storytelling techniques. This includes a deep dive into his famous story Master Race from Impact #1.