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June 17, 2013 7:12 AM   Subscribe

Character designer veteran Phil Postma has a blog, Minion Factory, where he often likes to explore the possibilities of Pixar-like reinterpretations of such things as Superman, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Pulp Serials (and much, much more).
posted by Atreides (28 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'd pay real money to see Pixar's "The Shadow"!
posted by TDavis at 7:31 AM on June 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


Definitely. I'm sort of meh about the first three (I mean the execution is fine but doesn't really excite me as an idea) -- but Flash Gordon or the Shadow, yes please.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:34 AM on June 17, 2013


I was watching something on TV with my mother, something on TV that had Johnny Depp in it. She sighed and said, "too bad all these actors are made with computers nowadays."
posted by Halogenhat at 7:41 AM on June 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


Greenish Spock! Yes!
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:45 AM on June 17, 2013


Sulu's weird yellow skin tone is... racially problematic. In the comments the artist offers the lame excuse that he is "colorblind"? Double fail. (The ST/TOS characters in general are much farther off the mark than those for other shows, for some reason.)
posted by aught at 7:46 AM on June 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


I actually really like the Star Wars ones. Leia's character seems very Pixar-ish in my head.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:47 AM on June 17, 2013


oh, darn:
and I did not render these images either. Yes, these are characters from Pixar films and it is just a photo mash-up of images I find on the internet using Photoshop. No, they are not meant to be a caricature of the actors who played them. Rather a character from the Pixar universe that resembles in some small way the character I am doing.
That explains some of the ... really strong resemblances. Like the Klingon. And Obi-Wan.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:48 AM on June 17, 2013


I suppose this is an indictment of Pixar as much as anything else, but he seems to have very few female character models to choose from. I count four: Elastigirl and Mirage from The Incredibles, Merida from Brave and Colette from Ratatouille.
posted by wabbittwax at 7:59 AM on June 17, 2013


This is sort of like an art version of a recombinant cake made out breakfast cereals and chocolate bars. Too sweet, lacking depth, not really 'cooking' and makes you want to throw up after eating a few slices.

I"m so bored of this cheesy mashed up art by people with no decent ideas of their own.
posted by mary8nne at 8:10 AM on June 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


Is it wrong that I really, really, really, really, really want to see Jurassic Pixar: The Movie?
posted by jeanmari at 8:18 AM on June 17, 2013 [4 favorites]


In the comments the artist offers the lame excuse that he is "colorblind"?

Um, that's a pretty good excuse, actually. Particularly if he color matched from an old image of Sulu that was tinted.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:22 AM on June 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


I suppose this is an indictment of Pixar as much as anything else, but he seems to have very few female character models to choose from.

There are some more (not based on Pixar) female characters here. I don't think you're going to like them.
posted by VTX at 8:23 AM on June 17, 2013


There are some more (not based on Pixar) female characters here. I don't think you're going to like them.

Huh. Yeah. Well they're sort of appealing to my inner 13 year-old I guess.
posted by wabbittwax at 8:29 AM on June 17, 2013


There are some more (not based on Pixar) female characters here. I don't think you're going to like them.
posted by VTX at 8:23 AM on June 17 [+] [!]


What?! He claims those are supposed to be based off the animators from Lilo & Stitch. There is %100 too many nipples for that to be based off anything that showed on the Disney Channel.


I mean Bat Girl's boobs are so large and unwieldy, the bat symbol is stretched to be almost unrecognizable.
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:43 AM on June 17, 2013


What?! He claims those are supposed to be based off the animators from Lilo & Stitch. There is %100 too many nipples for that to be based off anything that showed on the Disney Channel.


In his defence, Chris Sanders, when not creating gorgeous and family-friendly animation design for Lilo and Stitch, does kind of like to draw ample-bosomed ladies in swimsuits. Although not with those absurd Robert Crumb chest-hydrants.
posted by running order squabble fest at 9:10 AM on June 17, 2013


Star Wars/Rudolph mashup aaand GO.
posted by bleep at 9:37 AM on June 17, 2013


Re: The yellow skin on Sulu, I believe his excuse of being color blind. I guess for a hobby/throw-away project like this it's not worth getting someone to look over your work before you put it out there, knowing you don't always colors right? Green-face Dick Tracy
posted by bleep at 9:40 AM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I"m so bored of this cheesy mashed up art by people with no decent ideas of their own.

I think it depends on whether you take it or yourself super seriously or not. I found it amusing. It would be different if it was intended to be original in any way -- it expressly isn't. And it would be a shame if this was never created because someone in his circle convinced him it was it was too "cheesy".
posted by smidgen at 9:45 AM on June 17, 2013


As seen in the Star Trek image page comments, here's the page with a filter demonstrating what it looks like to someone with yellow/blue colorblindness
posted by Bwithh at 9:52 AM on June 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


And it would be a shame if this was never created

Actually no - I disagree. It would not be a shame. It wouldn't matter in the slightest. I really feel like this is to banal for a metafilter FP. Its just yet another boring graphic designy mashup of pop icons.
posted by mary8nne at 9:53 AM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now that Disney owns Star Wars, I have real hope of a Pixar produced Return of the Jedi sequel starring the voices of the original cast.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 9:54 AM on June 17, 2013


Its just yet another boring graphic designy mashup of pop icons.

I don't know about that. I've been lusting for my Pixar Return of the Jedi sequel since suffering through The Phantom Menace. I can't think of many other studios that could handle the franchise with respect and style.
posted by Chinese Jet Pilot at 9:56 AM on June 17, 2013


It wouldn't matter in the slightest.

Then why complain?
posted by shakespeherian at 10:10 AM on June 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


I see what you're getting at. There is a saturation point. I'm familiar with all the pop culture references people like to construct and sell on t-shirts and glicee (sp?) prints on canvas. But my issue would be with people who are attempting to actively put their derivative art out there and sell it. Perhaps pop sells, so even then I can't be too critical...

I think part of the issue is that nowadays, people's practice material isn't just confined to their studio and their friends, it gets shared on the internet. Where it makes its way to places like MF -- and out into the world. You just have to take it in the spirit that it is presented.

I really feel like this is to banal for a metafilter FP

Now *that* was amusing!
posted by smidgen at 10:17 AM on June 17, 2013


I completely believe that this guys is color-blind and not racist, but before putting images of a schoolbus-yellow Sulu out there (or a puke-green Spock for that matter) he should run these images by a friend with normal vision. This isn't racism, but it is a kind of insensitivity.
posted by keratacon at 12:09 PM on June 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Mister Spock's Odd Green Color: RCMA Color Process Foundation Make-Up "LN-1"
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:17 PM on June 17, 2013


I"m so bored of this cheesy mashed up art by people with no decent ideas of their own.

So you really hate this sort of thing and decided to click on a link about pixar like interpretations of famous movies. Were you expecting something different or did you find what you expected.
posted by psycho-alchemy at 1:42 PM on June 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


To be entirely fair here, I would agree that the golden-bronze make-up that was used for the Sulu character in TOS [second pilot shot here] and even as late as TMP [here] one can be slightly forgiven for coloring the character of Sulu that way. By ST VI his skin color looks a lot more like Takei's.

That's not so say it's a bit insensitive to the growing conversation about yellowface. But it seems to owe more to pancake make-up traditions (desperate to avoid the deadly pallor that is "normal") than anything particularly racist, because at least Takei is ethnically Asian.
posted by dhartung at 4:01 PM on June 17, 2013


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