Thursday, September 21, 2006

I have seen the future...

...and it looks like this.



I can't wait! Sure, irradiated mutants are a pain in the ass, and food and fuel will be so scarce
that they will worth more than human life, but I'll get to fly around in a jetpack and my chimp and I will wear matching poly/cotton blend wash-and-wear multi-colored jumpsuits. It's gonna be great.

The above is actually a promotional still from a live-action Saturday morning TV show that aired from 1976-79 called "Ark II." It had a ham-fisted ecological bent, and concerned the crew of a cigar-shaped souped-up winnebago called the Ark II, and how they traveled over a post-apocalyptic landscape looking for plant life, human survivors and promoting peace and whatever. It was heavy on the morals and sadly light on special effects, an unfortunate hallmark of Filmation, the company that also produced "Shazam" (which also featured a tricked-out winnebago in a prominent role) and "Isis" from the same era. However, there were jetpacks and a talking chimp named Adam, which is all my 9 year-old self required. Hell, it's about all my 38 year-old self requires.


Adam the talking chimp smiles for the cameras

As a special blogfoot bonus, here are the opening credits for the show. It'll prime your pump for the DVD release in November.

6 comments:

Jamie Baker said...

My friend used to say that once FILMATION entered the industry the ground was the limit..

BlogFoot said...

Well, they were at least a notch above Ruby Spears, though. Ruby Spears represented the dreggs of Saturday morning.

Jamie Baker said...

oh yes I know R&S very well... some of the worst stuff I ever worked on...

BlogFoot said...

Creating model sheets for the 1983 "Mr. T" cartoon, mayhap?

Jamie Baker said...

I wish!
No, in 1983 I was Inbetweening on the animated DUKES OF HAZARD amongst other classics

BlogFoot said...

If you worked on the "Happy Days" time-travel cartoon, that is indeed awesome. We may need to chat further.