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« Reply #75 on: March 02, 2007, 02:22:53 pm »

What did you think of the voiceacting in Steamboy? I thought it was done surprisingly well. The only voice that didnt really fit was Patrick Stewart. I thought his voice was a little bit too rich for the character of the grandfather.

I'm not sure whether the other English board members would agree with me, but personally I thought most of it was pretty horrible. The first time I watched it I was really distracted by how awful and mangled the Manchester accents were, especially the kid's. Patrick Stewart was the only one who really got the accent right I think, but even then I have to agree that his manner of speaking is a little too refined for what was supposed to be a working class engineer of the time. So no, I really wasn't impressed by the voice acting. Enjoyed the film, though; second viewing I'd gotten used to the accents and was able to ignore them and just enjoy the movie. 
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« Reply #76 on: March 02, 2007, 09:58:30 pm »

Boy I found this thread too late, everything I wanted to mention here has already been mentioned...

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Personally, what I want to see is a new Joss Whedon (Buffy, Firefly) TV series based on Phil & Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius comic.

ByG, E.G, I say, and various other exclamations I now fount from my brain.

As for Last Exile and Baron Von Munchhausen.  The way I see it, Steampunk, the past that wasn't has a full alternate timeline.

in the 1700's you had things like baron Von Munchhausen, then you have the 1800's which is truly a golden age of steampunkery, and then in the early 1900's I think you have things like Last Exile and Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow after that...
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« Reply #77 on: March 02, 2007, 10:41:34 pm »

Dark City by Alex Proyas (1998) is by no means 'real' steampunk, for starters there is no steam. It is, however, quite punk. And it's got this very dystopian feeling.

 I reckon most of this boards' viewers have seen, if you don't, go watch it. It's one of my favorite flicks ever and not without reason. The setting is splendid, it's obviously not from the Vernian age but rather early last century, film-noir like. But there are some really cool gadgets and props here and there. Camera and lightning is top notch, really captures the spirit. The soundtrack is brilliant too, make sure to pay attention to it.

What else is there to say? Oh yea, and it has Jennifer Connely  Kiss Embarrassed. So steampunk: no. But I'm willing to bet a lot of this forums' visitors will enjoy it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_City
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« Reply #78 on: March 02, 2007, 10:45:40 pm »

Jennifer Connely is quite hot too.. just thought I'd point that out.

She was great in The Rocketeer, and of course Labyrinth!
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« Reply #79 on: March 02, 2007, 10:51:34 pm »

Albeit a bit young   Wink She was 16 in Labyrinth.

Anyway, her singing 'Sway' in that club in Dark City really set the mood right.

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« Reply #80 on: March 02, 2007, 10:54:12 pm »

Well yes, I wasn't reffering to her attractiveness at the age of 16. I was talking about how she has matured recently. I mean I was only like 8 when she was 16  Cheesy
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« Reply #81 on: March 03, 2007, 01:59:32 am »

Perv.   Grin

Benza, thank you for mentioning the other Metropolis, though I did enjoy muchly the original Lang.  I was browsing the local cable purveyor's offerings one night when that very airing occured on one Adult Swim.  I had just sat down with some fresh hot coffee, the oil slick demurely beckoning as I wondered 'what the hell is all this....I don't like anime what ain't Ghost...'  The coffee cooled, becoming stone cold staining the blue ceramic in shades of mud.  And then it was over.  I stood and reheated my coffee before sitting back down.  Adult Swim showed it again not 10 minutes later, in its entirity.  I took my first sip of stone cold coffee an hour or so later.
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« Reply #82 on: March 03, 2007, 02:05:40 am »

I had the pleasure of seeing Metropolis (the 2003 version) in the theatre!  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #83 on: March 04, 2007, 08:44:09 am »

I just remembered "The Great Race" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059243/, a rather cornball comedy from  1965. The film had an Infernal Combustion bias ("you can't do that in a steam car.."), but the overall tech was proto-Steampunk. I saw this movie in an 1892-vintage theatre in NYC when it was first released - yet-another link in the chain that brings me here today Smiley 

The film is NOT great art - but who can resist a pie fight in Victorain lingerie?
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« Reply #84 on: March 04, 2007, 08:47:34 am »

One of the worst voiceacting abominations had to be Mononoke.
Claire Danes....(shudder)

I have to disagree with you on that. I thought it all worked very well. I especially like Billy Bob Thorton. In his own words: He's "a fat little japanese man!"

Ghibli films all get treated really well in dubbing. Much more than most anime.


Trigun has some pretty cool steampowered doohickeys. Like the massive sand trains and the mechanically enhanced people.
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« Reply #85 on: March 04, 2007, 05:30:37 pm »

Dark City by Alex Proyas (1998) is by no means 'real' steampunk, for starters there is no steam. It is, however, quite punk. And it's got this very dystopian feeling.

 I reckon most of this boards' viewers have seen, if you don't, go watch it. It's one of my favorite flicks ever and not without reason. The setting is splendid, it's obviously not from the Vernian age but rather early last century, film-noir like. But there are some really cool gadgets and props here and there. Camera and lightning is top notch, really captures the spirit. The soundtrack is brilliant too, make sure to pay attention to it.

What else is there to say? Oh yea, and it has Jennifer Connely  Kiss Embarrassed. So steampunk: no. But I'm willing to bet a lot of this forums' visitors will enjoy it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_City


Is there a name for Futurisc 1930s-40s? Is that Dieselpunk?...well, thats what Dark City reminds me of.
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« Reply #86 on: March 04, 2007, 06:26:07 pm »

Gentlemen, gentlemen, Oh why have you forgotten to include Wallace and Gromit in the list as well?  Shocked .
What with moon rockets, robot dogs, et al.  Cheesy
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« Reply #87 on: March 07, 2007, 03:29:26 am »

Wallace and Gromit...wow, I never realized..Steamboys English voice acting was terrible...and Last Exile's steampunkery cannot be denied...In fact, I finally obtained Last Exile Complete just today.
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« Reply #88 on: March 11, 2007, 11:28:11 pm »

I'm glad someone mentioned Laputa... and Mr VP: you have Nausicaa as well? Fantastic!

Is it just me, or has no-one mentioned Unfortunate Events? I suppose it's not strictly Steampunk as the era is a little later, rather like SkyCaptain, but the feel is definitely there.

Here are a few pics: http://modojiesen.proboards62.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=steamfilm&thread=1171219267&page=1
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« Reply #89 on: March 12, 2007, 03:25:58 am »

I just remembered "The Great Race", a rather cornball comedy from  1965. The film had an Infernal Combustion bias ("you can't do that in a steam car.."), but the overall tech was proto-Steampunk. I saw this movie in an 1892-vintage theatre in NYC when it was first released - yet-another link in the chain that brings me here today Smiley 

The film is NOT great art - but who can resist a pie fight in Victorain lingerie?


I LOVE this movie, yeah its pretty silly sometimes, but Jack Lemmon is genuinely funny and Im not even a fan of Jack Lemmon.



I would totally consider this film Steampunk, especially considering everything that Professor Fate makes....way anachronistic......way.....
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« Reply #90 on: March 12, 2007, 07:16:37 am »

to comment on something stated awhile ago, I count Last Exile steampunk in a big way, partially because the majority of everything runs off of steam (or uses steam as a portion of a fuel source).

I finally got around to checking out city of lost children, and I liked it, I know it wasn't full on steampunk, but I'm going to be a punk about it and include it anyway.
also I'm not quite shoure but I want to say the Manwha series Priest is steampunk inspired (because to my knowlage thompson submachine guns didn't exist in the old west) though I may be off intirely on this one
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« Reply #91 on: March 12, 2007, 09:14:00 am »

As someone interested in the sub-sub-genre of Western or Frontier Steampunk, I have to agree with you. Josh Wedon's orginal inspiration was a book he read on Civil War veterans in the old west. I mean look at Simon's vs. Mal's costumes... Much more the difference between back East and out West than the difference between Klingon and Federation.

Not only those elements though. Take a look at Serenity herself. That engine room, with it's big driveshaft is more deisel & steam than it is trek. And a look at any of the border planets with their throwbacks to older forms of transportation and their near victorian dress.

Firefly may not be steampunk, but it's certainly got a clockwork heart going for it. And I have to say, it bridged a gap between steam & more modern sci-fi beautifully in my opinion.

Joss definitely created something that will likely be oft imitated in the future, but never successfully copied.
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« Reply #92 on: March 12, 2007, 02:28:23 pm »

OK bit of a tricky one:

The Dark Chystal. 
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« Reply #93 on: March 12, 2007, 04:33:57 pm »

Lois and Clark (the 1990s TV series) had several appearances by H.G. Wells, who had really invented a time machine and was trying to make sure that there would eventually be a utopia created by L&C's descendents. The machine was straight out of George Pal and had a very steampunk look.
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« Reply #94 on: March 13, 2007, 04:08:41 pm »

Theres one t.v. show from my youth that keeps popping into my head. I know it's not totally steampunk, probably classified as more dieselpunk/airpirate typestuff. Disney's Tail Spin. It's strangly based off of characters from Jungle Book, and has lot's of nifty machinery, cool planes, flying boats and giant air ships and stuff like that.
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« Reply #95 on: March 13, 2007, 04:18:20 pm »

Theres one t.v. show from my youth that keeps popping into my head. I know it's not totally steampunk, probably classified as more dieselpunk/airpirate typestuff. Disney's Tail Spin. It's strangly based off of characters from Jungle Book, and has lot's of nifty machinery, cool planes, flying boats and giant air ships and stuff like that.

Tail Spin was great, but I'll never understand why they decided to use Jungle Book characters for it.
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« Reply #96 on: March 13, 2007, 05:12:29 pm »

Yeah I think I've mentioned Tale Spin a few times in this forum.

I actually picked up the first volume on DVD last year! Looking forward to getting volume 2 this summer!

I used to come home from school and watch Disney Afternoon while I did my homework (or pretended to do my homework). There were some other really good shows on their, but Tale Spin stole the show for me every time!
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« Reply #97 on: March 15, 2007, 12:35:23 pm »

I know it's not steampunk, but it is rather Victorian in dressing style : Lady & the Tramp. I was watching it with my children last night, and never even realized! (Maybe that is why I liked it as a child).
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« Reply #98 on: March 16, 2007, 05:48:06 pm »

Apon thinking about other childhood cartoons that I would watch along with Tailspin, I got thinking about the Gummi Bears. Yes, they are too early for real steampunk, the show was set more in medival times. But for what I remember many of the gadgets that the Gummibears had were quite steampunkish, I even kinda remember that one of the bears was a tinkerer and pretty much always had a pair of very fine goggles on. I could be wrong, just trying to remember shows from my youth that had steampunk elements.
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« Reply #99 on: March 16, 2007, 05:53:10 pm »

Oh absolutely! Gummi Bears not only had really good scripts, a rich world, and entertaining episodes. But it was so STEAMPUNK!!!

All of the Ancient Gummi machines were totally Steampunk! There wa seven Airships in a few episodes, including one that was clearly inspired by Laputa, about a lost city in the clouds.

Also the Alladin show had a villian named Mechanicles, who created all kinds of clockwork automatons to fight Alladin and his crew. Including a mechanical Scorpion, a Sea Monster, and many other things.

Thta would also be totally Steampunk (or Sandalpunk if you prefer).
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