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Rats Can't Resist Cheesy Movies [Dec. 21st, 2010|11:06 pm]
It's "The Space Giants"! This is one of those awesome (meaning "causing awe") relics. It was originally a Japanese comic/manga, then a TV series in '66, and was later imported, chopped up, and released as a US serial.

Here's episode 18 of the US version... You could start with episode 1 but, really, it's not going to be much more coherent.

"Goldar, a fifty-foot robot, and his electronic space family are created to defend our world."

Wow. Sorry, but it's a bad sign that I have trouble getting through the first sentence of the intro narration. :)

Still... There's Birdaurus, giant bird-monster! Amusing kaiju all around! And "1 billion volts of energy"! Excitement! Fresh fruit!

Enjoy. Share this fun with your electronic family today!

[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2010-12-22 09:51 am (UTC)
That is... painful..

Give me a cool rubbery monster suit and I'll make a better show. :)
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2010-12-22 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, you just want the rubbery suits! ;oP
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2010-12-22 03:44 pm (UTC)
Hush you!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
Who says there can't be secondary benefits? :)

Edited at 2010-12-22 05:07 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2010-12-22 10:43 am (UTC)
Wait... what? He died because he was under some power lines that had a higher voltage than he did? Its amazing what we can learn from the japanese.
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[User Picture]From: malytwotails
2010-12-22 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Jondi is an RL kaiju. You should see him at school, when he's surrounded by tiny Asians scurrying out of his way.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-22 05:55 pm (UTC)
Heehee. Yes, they spent half their budget on the effects for the "boy" and he still can't quite emote.
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[User Picture]From: murakozi
2010-12-22 02:24 pm (UTC)
Back when I was in elementary school, I watched stuff like Johnny Sokko and Ultraman. I suspect that even back then I'd have had a 'wtf' reaction to The Space Giants.

It's like whoever imported it just pulled random scenes from all the episodes out of a bag and strung them together. Wow.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-22 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I sometimes wonder if the people who imported them even bothered with the original story and dialogue or just played the video and took whatever scenes seemed exciting. And this one is particularly choppy.
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2010-12-22 03:39 pm (UTC)
That was just horrible.

BTW, I got your Monty Python reference!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-22 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hee. Figured a few people would catch it. :)
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[User Picture]From: menagerie73
2010-12-22 04:15 pm (UTC)
Whaaa, I remember watching and actually liking this show as a kid. I'd have probably been doomed to like Power Rangers if they had come out at the right time.

I think the voice of the kid was the voice for Marine Boy as well.
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2010-12-22 06:05 pm (UTC)

Magma Taishi was a -fine- piece of work, even after being hacked-and-slashed by the American distributor! Big, rubbery monster suits, epic battles with big, rubbery monsters and stuff. Ultraman -did- kick that show's butt...however I digress. Down with CGI, up with foam and latex!!1!

You want cheeze? Have some rat-monsters!



Or even giant, inflateable rats you can order!
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[User Picture]From: scribble_fox
2010-12-22 06:12 pm (UTC)
That is pretty epic! LOL
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-22 09:44 pm (UTC)
Awww, you know I've got a soft spot for this stuff! :D Though much less of a soft spot for horribly edited and dubbed versions...

Love the monster cheesiness! Where are those rat critters from?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-22 09:54 pm (UTC)
Nevermind -- the image URLs were easily parsed once I thought to look.

Hey, that first one also features a tapir monster and a pair of flying squirrel monsters! Awesome. :D
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2010-12-22 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the first is from the Kamen Rider series "Skyrider" and the second from the Sentai series, "Jetman" (dunno what incarnation of Power Rangers they turned Jetman into). Two of my favorite Japanese live series. Rats were a pretty common creature to be found in the series where mutated animals or legendary beasts were the monsters. These are just two of my favorite rat-villains.
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2010-12-22 10:37 pm (UTC)
More rat monsters:

Sad rat monsters from Power Rangers (American-made!)

Rat monster from a different Kamer Rider series (Black):

Nezulla, The Rat Monster-- a low-budget, indie film from Japan. Big, rubbery rat costume, lousy story, nice making-of on the DVD:
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2010-12-22 10:50 pm (UTC)
Aww, that second one from Kamer Rider is terrific! He's nibbling on his tail and soooo cute... *coughs* Err, I mean, he's a fierce horrible monster and I don't want a big hug from him or anything. Yeah. :D
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[User Picture]From: tastyeagle
2010-12-22 07:46 pm (UTC)
Back when I was a little chick, in 1981...or so, my family got cable TV. It was a wondrous invention, to have 31 channels!

WSBK was one of those channels. And they showed Little Marine Boy, Speed Racer, and Space Giants!

I watched every damn episode of Space Giants they showed in America as a little kid, eating up the entire story from start to finish. I 'LOVED' that show and would kill to get it on DVD.
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2010-12-23 12:58 am (UTC)
Used to watch this on the Captain Cosmic show on channel 2 when I was a kid. They also showed Ultraman, Spectraman, and Captain Scarlet (of all things) on that show. I loved it all (except Captain Scarlet, sorry to say), though in retrospect, yeah, I'm sure it was quite butchered from the original.
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2010-12-23 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ayup, grew up watching them too.
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2010-12-24 08:20 pm (UTC)
one of the failed professor experiments was a redubbing of these shows into a Brady-esque sit com. potential for amusement, but the script wound up being too racist to be funny.
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From: ultragor
2010-12-25 09:00 am (UTC)
Back when TBS was young, they aired this show in the late 70's. But I still recall their "accurate" promo for this show:

"It looks rough for Japan and the rest of the world, when the evil Rodak keeps sending moster after monster! Destroying toy trains, model tanks and cardboard cities!! Who can stop them?? How 'bout a 50-foot giant who can turn into a gold bunsen burner? Or a kid with a flashing light in his head? Or an old man who wanders around a cave and bumps into the walls? Are Goldar and his friends enough to defeat Rodak and his cunning Luuuuuugo-Men? Find out...on Space Giants...on the Superstation!"
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