Sunday, March 19, 2017

Geekdom Madness 2017: Not Just a Toon/Classic Kaiju

This Week: Classic 80s animation and The Original City-Demolishers

Let's meet the combatants:

MATCH 1: Not Just a Toon


Roger Rabbit was one of the A-list stars of Maroon Cartoon studios during the late 1940s. While not reaching quite the star power as his distinguished competitors from the bigger studios (such as Mr. M. Mouse and Mr. B. Bunny), he had a decent career going for him in a time where relations between humans and Toons were often far more strained than it would appear on the surface. But one day, rumors started to fly that his beloved wife Jessica may have been cheating on him with the human who technically owns Toontown, which affects his work. Then when said human ends up dead, he's the first and only suspect - and he must turn to an unlikely source to clear his name.

* A loving husband.
* Loyal to his friends.
* His only goal in life is to make people laugh.

* Susceptible to broken heart.
* Almost unable to be serious when the situation calls for it.
* Unable to hold his liquor.


A mouse living in the field of Farmer Fitzgibbon, trying to raise her three children after the death of her husband Jonathan. When her youngest son contracts pneumonia during the time of year they must temporarily evacuate the field to escape the farmer's plow, Brisby does everything in her power to save her child regardless of her own terror. This leads to her uncovering a conspiracy involving her late husband and a group of rats living in the farm rosebush...

* A good mother.
* Willing to put her own palpable terror aside to achieve her goals.
* Very resourceful

* Easily frightened.
* Not always good at hiding her impatience.
* No self-defense skills aside from running.


MATCH 2: Classic Kaiju


Also called "Gojira," it is a massive Saurian creature of indeterminate origin that was awakened through nuclear radiation off the coast of Japan. Enraged at this painful energy bath, it reciprocates atomic destruction upon nearby settlements.


* Sheer size and strength.
* Atomic breath weapon.
* Will sometimes actually save the Earth from an external threat.

* Extremely destructive.
* Holds no allegiances.
*Cannot be stopped by conventional weapons.


A giant ape and the only mammalian megafauna on Skull Island, located in the Indian Ocean. While destructive, he is far less than the rest of the islands leading the natives to worship him as some sort of god. When a group of documentary filmmakers discover him, they are able to subdue him and take him to New York City as "Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World". This goes just about as well as one would expect.

* Sheer size and strength.
* Simian intelligence.
* Very protective of things he feels are in his charge.

* Can be violent.
* Accepts human sacrifice.
* Has a weakness for women.


Final Verdict:
I predict this will be one of the more difficult matches as all of these contenders. They are all classics in their field, and Match 2 even has a film dedicated to its premise. I will be very interested to see the results of this one.

As always, make sure you're viewing the WEB version of the site and vote in the polls on the right-hand side of the screen. Polls close Friday at 5:00 p.m., and results posted on Saturday. Feel free to discuss your picks in the comments below.


  1. And I like *just* rewatched Secret of Nimh and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster recently. I mean, not to give away my votes or anything...

    1. Poor Kong is getting a little walloped in the polls right now--I wonder how much of that is due to respective filmographies. Godzilla's had some 30 films in his history, a good majority of which are well-liked and at least a couple regarded as stalwart classics. Kong has to his name the original and the Jackson film...and then like four other films that aren't at all liked (though Skull Island looks to be fairly good, if word-of-mouth is anything to go by).

      A shame, really, but that's how it works out sometimes.

  2. Putting my "Two Biiiiits!" in for Roger since I just watched that movie recently.

    1. No toon can resist the old "Shave And A Haircut" trick!

  3. What is "the time of yeah"??

    And yes - these are difficult choices!