You'll never look at puppet frogs the same way again.
August 22, 2011 3:42 AM   Subscribe

Black Dynamite is COMING SOON to Adult Swim (who the PTC accuse of corrupting children - what part of the word ADULT don't they get? - but I digress). It's based on the blaxploitation parody movie and comic book of the same name, and the pilot posted online has a special treat for anyone who thinks MetaFilter loves the Muppets too much... the villain is That Frog Kurtis, leader of a familiar looking gang of puppets turned evil. Felt will fly, stuffing will be torn out and puppet ass will get kicked. Enjoy.
posted by oneswellfoop (23 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Watched it on Topless Robots the other day. In keeping with the movie, it was completely ridiculous, deeply offensive many levels, and lots of fun.
posted by Aversion Therapy at 4:04 AM on August 22, 2011

"Who saw that coming, I mean, saw where that came from?"
posted by Rangeboy at 4:18 AM on August 22, 2011 [2 favorites]

Black Dynamite whupping Nixon's ass was one of the greatest ides EVER committed to film. Can't wait for the cartoon!
posted by Renoroc at 4:19 AM on August 22, 2011 [2 favorites]

I can't say I'm loving the new adult swim cartoons but then again I used to love all that "stupid comedy" that everone complained about. The pilot had a few good moments and I'll take another look in a few weeks and see where it's gone (I would have given up on frisky dingo based on the first episode and I'm glad I gave it a chance) but right now I'm not loving it.

All the best to them, I hope they do well.
posted by gronkpan at 4:28 AM on August 22, 2011

If Adult Swim's weird cartoons had ended with Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet and Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak I'd have been happy. Those struck the perfect balance between chaos and funny, I thought (although SGC2C pushed it towards the end).

Now about the only thing on the block I care about is Venture Bros. They even cancelled Drinky Crow.
posted by JHarris at 4:40 AM on August 22, 2011

"....Listen sucka, I'm blacker than the ace of spades and more militant than you and your whole damn army put together. While you out there, chanting at rallies and brow-beating politicians, I'm taking out any money-fronting sucka on a humble that gets in my way.

So I tell you what, when your so called revolution starts, you call me, and I'll be right down front showing you how it's done. But until then, you need to SHUT the FUCK UP when grown folks is talking...."

Best line of 2009.
posted by priested at 4:49 AM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

Shh, mama, you gonna TROLL up the rest of the bitches.
posted by Fizz at 4:57 AM on August 22, 2011

Did Takeshi Koike have anything to do with this? The art style looks pretty similar to his.
posted by byanyothername at 5:39 AM on August 22, 2011

Oh come on Sealab 2012 was really good before Murphy's actor died.

Drinky Crow was pretty inventive (and good looking) as is Adventure Time. But that's about all I've watched that I think is interesting :P

Jharris, you should try adventure time, it's definitely nice and subversive while whimsical and expresses a certain ... adventurous spirit in childhood. :)
posted by symbioid at 6:41 AM on August 22, 2011

Adventure time consistently makes me happy. Seconding the recommendation.
posted by thsmchnekllsfascists at 6:43 AM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

Pretty much the entirety of Black Dynamite was amazing but my favorite line would have to be:

"Sarcastically, I'm in charge."
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 6:46 AM on August 22, 2011 [1 favorite]

I went to junior high and high school with Scott Sanders (the director) and my locker was next to his when he was in eigth grade and I was in seventh. My primary memory from that entire year was the big FEAR poster he had up in his locker. Somehow it all makes sense.
posted by googly at 7:08 AM on August 22, 2011

Saw this a little while back. I'm a big fan of the movie and enjoyed the episode, but it was a little too "out there" for my tastes. I hope the future episodes are a bit more grounded. The comic was much more what I was looking for out of an animated Black Dynamite - though I guess the subject matter probably wouldn't have worked on TV.

Either way, none of the three versions of the series in different media have struck quite the same tone, and I like that. The comic was much darker than the film and not quite so tongue-in-cheek, but still had plenty of humor.
posted by gregoryg at 8:08 AM on August 22, 2011

Either way, none of the three versions of the series in different media have struck quite the same tone, and I like that.

In this respect, it's very much like The Tick. All three tonally different, and yet, all good for different reasons.
posted by quin at 8:52 AM on August 22, 2011

Militant turns around looking surprised!
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 11:10 AM on August 22, 2011

They pass on the Amazing Screw-On Head but run this?

There is no justice. Especially until I get another season of the Venture Brothers.
posted by GuyZero at 11:41 AM on August 22, 2011

Yeah, so, you remember how Freaknik: The Musical had kind of a mixed reception? That.
posted by evidenceofabsence at 11:53 AM on August 22, 2011

Loved it! The movie has to be the best comedy of the past decade; so I love that they're able to keep creating.

In a more wholesome tone, the new Looney Tunes show is pretty great (opens with original clips, true to characters and modernity, and funny!) ... Bugs and Daffy as roomies? Amazing!
posted by stratastar at 11:58 AM on August 22, 2011

For just a moment, I thought this was about Black Lightning.
posted by JaredSeth at 1:01 PM on August 22, 2011

This looks surprisingly good for an Adult Swim original show! I'm glad to see they've got a decent budget.

It's interestingly uncomfortable, too: while watching the pilot, I kept on wondering if I should be decrying it as racist, or seeing it as a celebration of kick-assery that happens to be painting a mainly black cast in broad strokes. Googling and discovering that it's not headed by a bunch of honkies makes it a lot less worrying in that respect.

(compare one's feelings on that to Bakshi's Coonskin - an authentic 1970s blaxploitation cartoon, directed by a honky, and thus much more uncomfortable in that respect, despite its equally broad and much less sympathetic caricatures of Italians, Jews, and Irish people. Which is also one of my favorite animated features of all time, in part because of this difficulty.)
posted by egypturnash at 1:03 PM on August 22, 2011

GuyZero, in case you don't know, you are getting another season of Venture Bros.

"We've recently signed a new contract with adultswim to produce two more seasons of The Venture Bros.

Doc and I officially started writing last week. Though, in truth, we technically started writing season 5 last year when we accidentally brainstormed a handful of (we think) pretty hot new stories while we were writing the season 4 finale. Our goal is to have enough scripts to comfortably begin pre-production by June."

That'd be this passed June. :D
posted by ifthe21stcentury at 3:00 PM on August 22, 2011

I know it's coming. I simply declare justice dead until it actually arrives.
posted by GuyZero at 3:09 PM on August 22, 2011

The best two lines of 2009 were both Black Dynamite, but they were:

"Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrifications is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!"


"Fiendish Dr. Wu, you done #^%@ed up now!"
posted by Critical_Beatdown at 12:40 PM on August 23, 2011

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