Still Watching the Skies: Episode 29 “Them!”
First up is a classic piece of Warner Bros. animation from their prime years courtesy of Chuck Jones. The year 1953 was prime Daffy Duck material in a well remembered favorite as Daffy and Marvin the Martian face off for the control of Planet X with an unimpressed Porky Pig looking on. Favorite gags, the quality of the animation, and Raymond Scott’s Powerhouse all figure in the discussion.
And then it’s on to the main discussion of James Whitmore and James Arness battling giant ants in the southwestern desert of New Mexico all the way to the storm sewers of Los Angeles. Flamethrowers, possible influence on James Cameron, flamethrowers, Edmund Gwenn’s delightfully dotty doctor, flamethrowers, red scare metaphors, flamethrowers, female professionals in the 1950s, flamethrowers, and whether the film is truly anti-nuclear are all on the docket. Did we mention flamethrowers too? To top it off, Robert discusses the fascinating topic of sewers in the movies.
But wait, there’s more. We finish up the episode with a look back at some of our favorite movies of 2016, the mainstream and the obscure.
Things don’t slow down as next month we’ll join up with the Blue Blaze Irregulars and go clubbing with the Hong Kong Cavaliers to watch THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION, perhaps the most cult film of all time.