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posted by Gorebash @ 9:41 AM on Apr 15, 2013
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In a not very publicized, but very cool move Disney has made all episodes of Gargoyles available for streaming from their web site and it’s free! I’ll start you off with Awakenings – Part 1.

This is a nice way to tide us over until all episodes are available on DVD and/or Blu-ray. Disney had last year told those who contacted them about releasing the rest of the show on DVD that there was a “tentative” release planned for 2012. 2012 has come and gone and we are still without our DVDs. It now looks like Disney’s response has returned to what it had been prior to the claims of a tentative release. That’s disappointing.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I can’t uncross them. I’ve kept them crossed for so long they’re stuck together now.

The Movie That Isn’t Ours

posted by Gorebash @ 12:49 PM on Aug 12, 2010
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This article in Variety talks about a new movie that Disney is looking to produce about gargoyles.

However it’s not about our Gargoyles.

Back in the late 1990s there was a Gargoyles movie being developed that would have been based on the cartoon series. There were at least a few different scripts written that were passed around. The movie would have probably revolved around just Goliath and Elisa with the other gargoyles probably not being in the movie. That project was ultimately left to die.

Now word of a new movie. But the Variety article states up front that it’s not based on the animated series, but is an entirely new and original project. The article goes on to say

Instead, it centers around a world and mythology of the menacing stone statues that the studio was keen to explore

And that’s the only information that’s publicly available about this movie; there’s not much there. Phrases like “world and mythology” seem, in my mind, to fit exactly with the original animated series. “[M]enacing stone statues” certainly fits as well. One of the strongest points of the original series was that as you watched it you learned that the “menacing” tag applied to gargoyles was a misconception on the part of the humans; that the gargoyles were actually protectors. That gave the animated series a very deep message about understanding and respecting different cultures and race. A message more meaningful now than ever before.

I want to be flippant and say that this new movie probably won’t hold the same depth. It won’t even be skin deep. That this will probably be some shallow “Twilight” wannabe film where the entire story is simply that some evil beast and some innocent and naive girl fall in love.

Or worse. That it will be a blatant rip-off of the animated show. Would they care if the new movie was a rip-off? After all they’d just be ripping themselves off. That would be incredibly disrespectful to those who worked to develop the original show as well as to its fans.

However I think we need to be careful to not rush to judgement. We simply do not know enough about this project. Can there be more than one show about gargoyles? Of course. Just like there can be more than one show about superheroes, or vampires, or emergency room doctors. Remember that when Gargoyles came out in 1996, Disney had another project with gargoyles in it called The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

But there is strong emotion from the fans coming out against this project. An emotion whose seeds were planted when Disney canceled the original show. Whose seedlings were invigorated by Disney’s unwillingness to release the rest of the show on DVD. Whose buds were strengthened by the increase in license fees that made further production of the comics cost prohibitive for SLG. Whose strong roots now sense they’re getting the shaft again and have started to dig in deeper.

A Facebook group has been set up that calls on Disney to produce a movie based on the show. It’s also an outlet for the dozens of other frustrations thrust upon Gargoyles fans by Disney. It’s becoming something of a lens through which the fans are focusing their feelings.

Will Disney listen to the fans?

Probably not.

I really wish they would. With each show Greg Wesiman has been involved with he has set the bar higher and higher on quality of writing and character development. He was good 15 years ago. He’s masterful now. Bring him in on a project based on a property he helped develop and has an extremely strong interest in and you’re going to get out of him the best work ever put on screen. The “world and mythology” of Gargoyles is already established and very solid. It hasn’t been left to gather dust these last 15 years, it has been maturing and evolving and becoming even more strong through Greg and the fans.

It’s painfully obvious how good it would be. It’s all the more painful that Disney doesn’t see it. They lack the perspective. And I’m not certain they want to see it that way. How do we, the fans, show them?

Disney, take the lens cap off. You’re missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime.

Gathering of the Gargoyles Radio Play Casting

posted by Gorebash @ 3:46 PM on Aug 31, 2009
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This is a video I took while the cast for the radio play at this year’s Gathering of the Gargoyles radio play assembled and received scripts prior to rehearsal.

We had 16 professional voice actors in the radio play with another 12 or so fans filling out the cast.

The script is an original piece written by Greg Weisman in which the Gargoyles and Spectacular Spider-Man universes cross-over. Greg says he wrote it over the course of three days with very little sleep just before the convention. Everyone agreed it was a success.

Marina Sirtis remarked afterwards that she enjoyed it and was disappointed this would be the last con.

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Gargoyles Comic Promo Videos

posted by Gorebash @ 10:03 AM on Jun 25, 2009
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SLG Publishing has released two videos promoting the upcoming Gargoyles: Clan Building, Volume 2 and Bad Guys trade paperbacks. The books will include issues of the comic book series that were not previously published. The comics represent the fist canon material we’ve had for the Gargoyles universe in over ten years! Both books will be in stores this July or you can order them online.

Nostalgia Critic Remembers Gargoyles

posted by Gorebash @ 9:55 AM on Jun 25, 2009
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Here’s a video by the Nostalgia Critic in which he remembers Gargoyles. It’s a very funny piece and certainly something worth checking out.

A Gargoyles Blog

posted by Gorebash @ 11:40 AM on Jun 24, 2009
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We’ll call it just a test for now, but perhaps it’s a feature that will become permanent. I have in mind the idea to invite several people to act as authors on this blog. Here we might be able to focus discussion and the sharing of ideas. It might also be a handy way to get news out to everyone. I’m not sure if this would ever replace something like the comment room, although there are certain aspects that make it more appealing than what we have now.

I don’t know.

We’ll find out together.

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