Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Groot and BB-8


The characters introduced in the third Star Wars trilogy were hit and miss with me, but one that I really got a kick out of was BB-8.  I was very impressed with his simple yet effective design, and really liked all the personality that was put into the droid.  Best of all, he was realized mostly practically, which made him feel all the more real on screen.


Anonymous said...

Well, now that the STAR WARS universe is part of Marvel/Disney, maybe Groot could be formally identified as a Neti. You know; that race of plant-beings from whom Jedi Master Tree'sa was recruited?

Carycomic said...

If you mean Jedi Master Tra Saa, that probably won't ever happen. I think she's permanently relegated to the old STAR WARS Legends Universe.

Bob Greenwade said...

It would be very interesting to see how the dialogue in this story was handled. I probably could do it myself, as a writer, though I'd have a hard time working out a full plot to do justice to this very clever story idea.

I just noticed a very tiny but very cool detail here, in how the two characters' names interact at the top of the cover-sim, with the word "and" tucked within.

Side note: I just discovered a (literally) new anime, called Edens Zero. It's pretty fun; I'm bothered how nearly every female character is incredibly buxom and wears something incredibly low-cut, but that's the only way in which they're objectified. The deuteragonist, Rebecca Bluegarden, is a strong character and a master markswoman who might have a place here, teaming up with (or fighting against) other notable markspersons.

Carycomic said...

@Bob Greenwade: that's probably because an ampersand would have looked too confusing and/or cluttering on the right side of the cast credits.

Example of what I'm talking about: "Groot&BB-8"

Bob Greenwade said...

@Cary: Word versus ampersand is irrelevant; I like having the word up there anyway. I was just talking about how nice the character name logos look, with the T in "Groot" basically hugging the B in "BB-8," and the "and" nicely tucked in between. The matching colors is pretty nice too.

Carycomic said...

In that regard, yes, indisputably.

Equally indisputable, though, is just how bad VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE really is. I went to see it, today? And...

1) I was literally the only one in the theater.
2) I even more literally slept through half of it.
3) Woody Harrelson was the only recognizable name actor in the cast.
4) The intended comedy relief failed to make me laugh.
5) That goes double for the unintended humor.

In short? If you guys reading this haven't seen it, yet, don't waste your money on it! Daniel Craig's swan song as 007--NO TIME TO DIE--is way more enjoyably action-packed!

Bob Greenwade said...

You may call that indisputable, but I dispute it.

Regarding #1: I had the theater to myself when I went to see Thor: Ragnarok -- and that was pre-COVID.

Regarding #3: Recognizable name actors don't necessarily determine how good or bad a movie is. Compare Iron Man with Batman & Robin.

The others are a matter of personal reaction. I don't normally go in for heavily dark humor, but in Venom: Let There Be Carnage I was laughing in spite of myself, and the dozen or so other people in the theater were doing likewise.

Carycomic said...

Re: Number 3. BATMAN & ROBIN's lackluster performance at the box office I blame on the costume designer.* As far as I'm permanently concerned, the movie, itself, was just as good as the first IRON MAN movie.

Re: Number 1. THOR: RAGNAROK was two stars compared to the three I give B&R.

Re: epilogue. That's my summary and I'm sticking to it.

* Kevlar nipples??? OMG!

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