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They Live Animated Series Line-Up by WonderDookie They Live Animated Series Line-Up by WonderDookie
Recently (a few months ago) I was contacted by Rondal Scott III over at Strange Kids Club (www.strangekidsclub.com) to see if I would do a Saturday morning cartoon style line-up of a classic 80s movie for their magazine release. I chose They Live! I basically rethought the whole end of the movie, and wrote out small blurbs for my general concept, and biographies for each of the characters. Read them... if you dare!

General Concept- After blowing up the transmission station in LA, Nada and Frank take the fight to New York City. There they meet a young girl named Maya who has attempted to digitally subvert the alien invasion. Her hacking efforts can only go so far so she enlists the demolition talents of Nada and Frank.

Nada– For the Nada I wanted to stick with his classic clothing. After all, he never changed clothes through the entire movie. His clothes are a part of him. Those nightmarish jeans already appeared to be sneaking into his body cavity from the bottom. To make the design look more like an 80s cartoon I also added a power gauge and bright laser blasts to the gun. By 80s cartoon logic it was permissible to burn a hole through a baddy with a laser gun, but not with bullets. Funny.

Frank– The Frank design was also pretty faithful to the costume from the film, but with more of a focus on his construction background. Rather than equipping all of the good guys with sunglasses, I decided to a give Frank and Maya (more on her later) the new and improved alien spotting contact lenses. Unlike the contact lenses from the movie, which miraculously didn't look like they were wearing contact lenses at all, the cartoon lenses reflect a bright green eye-shine.

Maya– In the grand tradition of 80s/90s cartoons I have included Maya as the token kid/ethnically ambiguous character. She never appeared in the source material, but that never seemed to stop cartoon producers before (See: H.E.R.B.I.E. in the Fantastic Four). It does seem like the line-up of characters needs some fresh blood to expand the universe. She was also necessary to balance the mindless/tenacious machismo of Nada and Frank. I wanted Maya to be the brains of the operation. Just look at her fancy state-of-the-art Compaq SLT!

Holly– In my animated series Holly has become the boss alien's #2. She has dropped her good girl pretense and become an 80s femme fatale – much like a noir femme fatale, but with big padded shoulders.

The Boss– In the film they never confront a leader of the alien invasion, so I invented one. Keeping with the “fight the establishment” theme of the film, I made the boss alien a Wall Street fat cat in the style of Gordon Gekko. The boss is accompanied by his faithful robotic suitcase, who desperately wants to take their relationship to the next level.

Alien Minion– In addition to all of the other aliens that have implanted themselves into human society, The Boss is protected by a phalanx of alien riot police. There seems to be an inexhaustible supply of these alien minions that Nada and Frank blast their way through every Saturday morning.
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PeteHamilton Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
'Those nightmarish jeans already appeared to be sneaking into his body cavity from the bottom.' lol.

i got here via the disinfonation site, watched this film again a couple weeks ago on youtube, and still rings true more than ever.
good job with the characters.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice! I didn't know about that site. It looks like a pretty good blog though.

Yeah. It is surprisingly topical. I didn't specifically come out and say it, but I was definitely thinking of the Occupy movement with these designs, and threw in a few references (Wall Street bad guy, really conspicuous pepper spray, and the girl has a 99 sticker on her computer).
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PeteHamilton Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
yea its an interesting and intelligent site.
oh yea the pepper spray, much less effort than beating protesters with sticks!

people mention the epic fight in the film, cos besides fully utilizing the skills of the actor behind the main character being an ex wrestler, it showed that's what it took just to get someone else to see the truth with their own eyes.

i always remember this film from when young, as it was like what id seen hidden within the paragraphs of newspapers and what was really being implied on tv..
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Did you read on that disinfo site that someone wrote a book dissecting They Live scene by scene? I really want to read that. 

I didn't actually see the film until I was in my late 20s, but it was still remarkably topical. 
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PeteHamilton Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
i looked the book up then saw a remake was being talked about, and saw this; [the film] 'won’t have the satirical or political elements, but will instead be “a psychological science fiction thriller that explores this guy’s nightmare” and could even include “a desperate love story,”..! wasnt that the whole point of it! dosnt sound promising.. when the reason that film is appreciated by those that are awake is its the only film of its kind that we'v got..

The one said to be making it made the recent john carpenter 'thing' remake, where in the origional the thing sneaked around and transformed when alone and in secret unless cornered, in the remake, just after a literal "BOO" scare as some character is looking at the thing in the block of ice, it then explodes out of it in front of him, acting out of character for this creature, but the model effects were good, just messed up with cgi crap all over the real life creatures.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That remake would be terrible! I don't understand how you could claim to be remaking a film, but not follow the original intent. Hollywood is filled with braindead whores. 

I still haven't seen the new Thing remake yet. I keep threatening too, but I love the Kurt Russel version too much.
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PeteHamilton Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
yea thats what i thought, but the film came from this (very) short story called 8 o clock in the morning;  s6.zetaboards.com/Free_Thinker…
dont know if you know it but I just found it today, but still cant see a 'reimagining' of it leaving out the political corporate context..

havnt seen the thing remake either yet just youtube clips, love the Kurt Russell one too, and Childs was in they live too, (now just turned on the tv and he magically appears on screen in pitch black)

but the 2 headed thing in this remake/prequel is a pretty nasty thing to happen to you-  youtu.be/62Vkp7QAhVc
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Holy hell. That two headed creature is quite grotesque! I'll eventually have to watch that. Not the They Live remake though. Boo!
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76Trombones2 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Frank got killed by the chick
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah. Everybody died in the end of that movie. Even "the chick" and Nada. That's why I mentioned that I pretty much had to rework the whole ending.

Although, I did throw in a reference to Frank being shot in the side of the head as well.
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76Trombones2 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, didn't really think Nada died... all i saw was him giving the aliens the finger.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Yeah. Right after he shot and killed Holly. Then the whole building exploded didn't it? I may be remembering wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's how it ended.
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76Trombones2 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It exploded, then he gave them the finger.
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plunderer Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy banana hot pants this is mindblowing !
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Well thank you very much sir! Glad you got a kick out of it. I think that a They Live animated series would actually be pretty topical. It should be done!
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easternBloc Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Haha, great stuff. Looks like this was a lot of fun to draw! I only just got around to watching the film earlier this year.
I wonder what other 80s films could work as cartoons...? Repo Man maybe? Or Spaceballs...
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah. I had a blast with that series. Especially drawing Frank and Nada just firing their guns in random directions.

haha. I was trying to think of Repo man the other day. That would be really funny.
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warman546 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'd watch that and that fight scene was EPIC
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah. I think any cartoon would still have to have a lot of fight scenes between Frank and Nada.
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Gpapanto Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
An old favorite of mine. Seems they're all out of bubble gum because they've gone straight to kicking ass.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hahaha. Thanks very much man! Glad you like it. I wasn't even introduced to this movie until about four years ago. That fight scene between Frank and Nada was worth the entire hour and a half of watching it.
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
haha love it, classic b movie. good stuff man.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks man! Glad you enjoy it. I was just watching it again during the Occupy Wall street stuff, and realised that it's strangely topical even though it was made so many years ago.
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Garvals Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Digital Artist
Damn this is amazing and stylish! Kinda makes me think of "C.O.P.S" opening credits (even if it has nothing to do with that...may be it's just because of the general and that robot at the right corner).
And...ugh...that StrangeKidsClub always has the best themes but i always forgot to visit their page more often.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. Funny. Maybe it's the late 80s early 90s vibe that's reminding you of cops.

Yeah. I quite enjoy that web-site. I was pretty flattered when the asked me to do the line-up.
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job. You should turn this into a series of concepts.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You mean like a series of 80s movie animated series? That WOULD be pretty fun.
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. An Aliens cartoon would have been a moderate hit in the early days of the Fox network. Heck, Terminator and Predator could also lend themselves to toons. Weird Science perhaps?
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha. I could definitely imagine an Aliens cartoon. That'd be funny. Weird Science would be pretty awesome too. How about a Highlander animated series?
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes that would be super. Red Dawn, Naked Gun, Major League, Caddyshack or Back to School?
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I still haven't seen Red Dawn yet. I'll have to watch that before the remake comes out.

Did they already do an animated Major League? For some reason that seems familiar.
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Bonehead-XL Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
This is amazing.
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WonderDookie Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! I had a lot of fun drawing it. Not least because it was an excuse to rewatch that fight scene between Frank and Nada.
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