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« Reply #100 on: March 18, 2007, 02:34:33 am »

hmm...well I was watching Spongebob with my kids (don't judge). There was an episode where they had monkeys dressed in decidedly Victorian outfits...I know it's not Steampunk, but it was funny, now that I know the dress.
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« Reply #101 on: March 18, 2007, 03:20:05 am »

I could be completly wrong, but a few episodes of Samurai Jack had seam elements to it, also it had alot of retro futurism in some of the technology used.
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« Reply #102 on: March 18, 2007, 12:06:21 pm »

I enjoy the Return to Oz, with Tik-Tok and the Wheelers!  Cool
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« Reply #103 on: March 19, 2007, 01:48:36 am »

Well, it's not steampunk, but it certainly is cool! Anyone watching Discovery Channel right now? Mike Rowe is cleaning a boiler..I wish I could do even that...so cool.
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« Reply #104 on: March 25, 2007, 08:40:48 am »

Hi there!  Did anyone ever see 'The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne'?  It was a Canadian show from 1999 that later aired on the SciFi channel in the US.  Only ran for one season, 22 episodes.



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« Reply #105 on: March 25, 2007, 06:57:49 pm »

I think that 'The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne' is actually airing on the Space Channel in Canada now. I'll have to keep my eyes out for it, think I've seen it in the t.v. guide lists.

Another current cartoon that has some subtle steampunk eliments is "Avatar; The Last Air Bender". The general story line of the show isnt' steampunk, but but there are a fair bit of devices and machinary that is fairly steampunk-esque.
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« Reply #106 on: March 27, 2007, 12:48:51 pm »

I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery of The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells - it looks like it has potential.
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« Reply #107 on: March 28, 2007, 04:34:37 am »

Hmm, Back to the Future III anyone? Wink

What else...
A lot of great stuff was listed here; The Prestige, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Nausica/most Ghibli, numerous other anime. And now I'm going to watch The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello tomorrow Smiley.

I can't say I watched The City of Lost Children. In fact I stopped watching it 3 minutes in, but it was late and I was feeling irritated.

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« Reply #108 on: March 30, 2007, 03:47:15 pm »

Young Frankenstein, anyone?
Just rewatched this classic... steam trains, mad scientist (complete with goggles), angry villagers, jacob's ladders in the lab, and it just happens to be one of the greatest comedies of all time.

The time period is vague, but once they get to Transylvania, there is a distinctly 19th century flavor to just about everything.
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« Reply #109 on: March 30, 2007, 05:16:26 pm »

Ha! I never thought of Young Frankenstein as Steampunk (though I'm not debating it's inclusion) Will however agree that it is probably one of the five funniest films ever made.

Oh and don't forget the anachronism of Peter Boyle singing "Puttin on the Ritz" lol.
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« Reply #110 on: March 30, 2007, 11:26:49 pm »

Now....I know this movie is far from being "Steampunk" by era...but I'm beginning to wonder, if it is rather, "Steampunk" influenced? What gave me the idea about this film was seeing the picture of the Stock Ticker on Brass Goggles main web page...and it made me think of the scenes from "The Hudsucker Proxy"...The Stock Ticker in Paul Newman's character's office, the mail room tubes, the brawl near the cogs of the Hudsucker building's interior clock tower, Moses the Clock Man, the creation and invention of the hoola hoop? haha! I love this movie...I thought it was a blast! Smiley You know, for kids! So...would you say this movie would be classified as being "Diesel Steampunk?" Like the Rocketeer?



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« Reply #111 on: April 02, 2007, 10:45:33 pm »

Proxy has the entire 20's chic thing going. Also the mail room alone entitles it to be steampunk due to the human machinery.

Right! My turn, "The Mouse That Roared": With the steampunkiest bomb ever seen in the history of cinema......



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« Reply #112 on: April 02, 2007, 11:19:07 pm »

I can't believe no one mentioned these two 1960's British gems!

"The Assassination Bureau", and "The Wrong Box"!

TAB, is about a secret society of assassins in 1890's Europe. It even has a totally over the top steampunk duel on a zeppelin at the end.

The Wrong Box is more of a comedy with some interesting steamy elements (such as a head on collision between two trains, that you have to see to believe!). Th e[plot revolves around two brothers trying to outlive each other for an inheritance (or something along those lines).
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« Reply #113 on: April 07, 2007, 08:29:56 pm »

I saw this Clockmaker on the Visual-Audio box this afternoon. And this is what I thought of it:-

Reasonable storyline in general.
Some of the sets were ok.
Very nice guns though.
Poor acting.
Very poor SFX.
Kids acting too "cute or just plain daft".

And to think...I wasted almost 2 hours of my life that I'll never get back. No matter how much I petition the Gods.
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« Reply #114 on: April 13, 2007, 01:15:41 am »

oh, man, you are making me feel old.  lol.

i can't believe that nobody has mentioned the old tv series, wild, wild west.  how i longed to dress like artemis gordon when i was growing up.

there were also a string of disney movies: 20,000 leagues under the sea, the time machine, like that, and several movies in the vein of the jaunty young men in their something jalopies, there were three of them maybe? 

ah, the mind is the first thing to go.

and, by the way, greetings and salutations!  i'm new to the forum and new to steam punk, but not new to middle age.  i'm enjoying this forum mightily!

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« Reply #115 on: April 13, 2007, 01:27:36 am »

Has anyone seen the new "Coke" advert on TV?

Is it steampunk in style or it is just me?
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« Reply #116 on: April 13, 2007, 01:28:43 am »

Hmmmm...

I'm pretty sure the tv show WWW has been discussed quite extensively in here.

oh, man, you are making me feel old.  lol.

i can't believe that nobody has mentioned the old tv series, wild, wild west.  how i longed to dress like artemis gordon when i was growing up.

there were also a string of disney movies: 20,000 leagues under the sea, the time machine, like that, and several movies in the vein of the jaunty young men in their something jalopies, there were three of them maybe? 

ah, the mind is the first thing to go.

and, by the way, greetings and salutations!  i'm new to the forum and new to steam punk, but not new to middle age.  i'm enjoying this forum mightily!

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« Reply #117 on: September 24, 2007, 01:36:54 pm »

In czech cinematography we have stampunk too.
Movies to honor to Jules Verne from Mr. Karel Zeman
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJxer1owXe4

Next movies are comedy "Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet" (Nick Carter in Prague). There is most gadget (laser gun, flying costume, flying wheel) some picture http://meteleskublesku.cz/?movie=34

Another movie "The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (USA)" more sofisticated gears and gadget - povergun scooter, handy radio bomb, electrical phonograph and cameras...
some picture http://meteleskublesku.cz/?movie=2

i will try search for some videos, or can upload to youtube, when i will find on my dvd store
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« Reply #118 on: September 24, 2007, 10:52:36 pm »

IMDB makes mention of a possible 2009 imagining of "John Carter Warlord of Mars." Since the title character is a Civil War vet, mysteriously transplanted to the planet Mars, there is a good steampunk potential here. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401729/

Another movie that may include some steampunk imagery is Solomon Kane, based on the Robert E. Howard pulp character of the same name. Kane is a Puritan, so there will likely be more of a 17th Century visual style instead of Victorian. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970452/

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« Reply #119 on: September 24, 2007, 11:23:51 pm »

IMDB makes mention of a possible 2009 imagining of "John Carter Warlord of Mars." Since the title character is a Civil War vet, mysteriously transplanted to the planet Mars, there is a good steampunk potential here. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401729/

Another movie that may include some steampunk imagery is Solomon Kane, based on the Robert E. Howard pulp character of the same name. Kane is a Puritan, so there will likely be more of a 17th Century visual style instead of Victorian. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970452/


Neither of those is remotely steampunk.   At all.     As the slightest examination of the original literary works would demonstrate.

I apologize if I'm being too blunt -- but it's frustrating to see people applying the label willy-nilly to anything they deem remotely alt-historical, despite 100+ years of established literary tradition.

Then again, for many, it appears steampunk = "goth/industrial + goggles", so maybe I'm just being an old curmudgeon.  Smiley
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« Reply #120 on: September 25, 2007, 03:34:03 am »

I apologize if I'm being too blunt -- but it's frustrating to see people applying the label willy-nilly to anything they deem remotely alt-historical, despite 100+ years of established literary tradition.

Don't apologize. Blunt is good. I like blunt.

I would, personally, take exception to your statement that Steampunk as a genre has an established tradition dating back to over 100 years. You are applying an anachronistic lens to the works of Verne, Wells, etc. For me, Steampunk is purposeful in portraying a future that never was and we know never can be. "The Time Machine" is not steampunk, because the author's vision was not to present an alternate technological and historical vision. H. G. Wells' vision was plausible from his point of reference.

The unfortunate thing is that there are very very few movies or television programs that are strictly speaking "steampunk." That's why the majority of the movies mentioned in this forum are only partially steampunk or share a certain visual style that is similar to steam punk... Much of the Gene Wilder version of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," for instance shares a lot of visual similarities with what would be recognized as steampunk without sharing much in the way with what we might consider to be thematically steampunk.

So yeah, I completely agree that neither "John Carter" or "Solomon Kane" would be thematically steampunk in nature. However, I do think that there is a good chance of there being certain visual similarities to the genre. I should have been more specific, but when "Dark City" makes the list, I figured that the list would be more open to movies/television that might not strictly speaking be "steampunk."

This is probably one of those occasions where the new guy to the forum should just keep quite and just read the posts before sticking his foot in his mouth... so I apologize that my contribution frustrated you so.

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« Reply #121 on: September 25, 2007, 06:51:19 pm »

I would, personally, take exception to your statement that Steampunk as a genre has an established tradition dating back to over 100 years.

As would I, since that's not exactly what I was saying.   "Steampunk" as a genre, only goes back to Jeter's first use of the term (1987).     

What I *am* saying is that steampunk is born of Victoriana in general, and Scientific Romances and other VSF in specific.    So, my assertion is that you cannot have "steampunk" without Victorian elements.

Solomon Kane is a puritan swordsman in the mid-to-late 1600s.  Most of the stories take place deep in the jungles of Africa.   Given the fact that this predates the Victorian era by more than 100 years, and the tales feature no industrial machinery whatsoever, I seriously doubt that any films based on the property would feature even "visual similarities" to steampunk. 

I'd be more willing to buy the "visual similarity" argument with the Carter stories, if only for the fact that the hero is a Civil War soldier, and the Martians use flying vehicles.   But to say that it would be "steampunk" as a result is a bit like saying that 3:10 to Yuma is steampunk because it's set in the late 1800s, and features a train.

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« Reply #122 on: September 26, 2007, 02:46:48 am »

Solomon Kane is a puritan swordsman in the mid-to-late 1600s.  Most of the stories take place deep in the jungles of Africa.   Given the fact that this predates the Victorian era by more than 100 years, and the tales feature no industrial machinery whatsoever, I seriously doubt that any films based on the property would feature even "visual similarities" to steampunk. 

I'd be more willing to buy the "visual similarity" argument with the Carter stories, if only for the fact that the hero is a Civil War soldier, and the Martians use flying vehicles.   But to say that it would be "steampunk" as a result is a bit like saying that 3:10 to Yuma is steampunk because it's set in the late 1800s, and features a train.
But . . . but . . . the armored stagecoach! With the Gatling Gun! Being attacked by a sniper! How can this not be Steampunk?*  Huh

John Carter has, I think, a sense of being "second tier" Steampunk Inspiration (First tier being Verne and Wells, et. al.), possibly for the reasons you mentioned, plus his being featured in LoEG 2.1. Besides that, I have no firsthand experience with the tales, so I could be wrong.

And Soloman Kane? From the above description I would have to agree - Steampunk? No. Cool? Yes.  Wink

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« Reply #123 on: September 26, 2007, 03:59:53 am »

What about "The American Astronaut?" I haven't seen it. Any reviews?

http://www.americanastronaut.com/home.shtml

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« Reply #124 on: January 13, 2008, 06:57:32 am »

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Steampunk is purposeful in portraying a future that never was and we know never can be.

I know this is a movie/ tv thread... and there is plenty of good comments already said....

I just wanted to reply to Jaiotu and say...you never know what the future may be... if we embrace alternative energy on a massive scale (geothermal, solar , wind, hydrogen, etc) to try and stave off  a catastrophic eco system collapse (see Dr.Lovelocks work) then the future might just out steampunk the most steampunk movies that have been mentioned.

Respectfully

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