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6 Degrees of Francis Bacon Day 9: Ulysses 31

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

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As suggested by Flying Monkey Comics‘ very own Andrew Livesey, we go from a picture featuring a telly, to Telemachus, and his dad Ulysses 31. This was a cartoon in the early eighties, chiefly remembered for having a kickass theme tune, which is awesome. If you can ignore the Countdown bit. Weirdly enough, no matter what language it’s in, it’s always strangely reminiscent of Journey’s Steve Perry.

Unlike most cartoons when I was a kid, Ulysses 31 was actually good. It was weird, creepy, atmospheric and had a definite conclusion. Of course, Greek Mythology is a terrific source for a sci-fi makeover, and both France and Japan have pretty distinguished credentials with regards to surreal sci-fi/fantasy, so a combination of the two is always going to be a winner.

In The Odyssey, Telemachus is at home on the island of Ithaca, no doubt developing a raging Oedipus complex, whereas in Ulysses 31, his dad takes him along on his suicidal cosmic adventure. You may be a Groovy French Space Jesus, but that’s just bad parenting, dude.

This picture makes specific reference to Steven Spielberg’s War Of The Worlds , in which Tom Cruise gets his daughter to sing to herself so she doesn’t hear him beating special guest wacky cameo Tim Robbins to death. That, along with the incongruous use of John Williams Trade Federation March from Episode I, was probably the best bit of that movie. The worst was undoubtedly the part where the schlubby single parent everyman, played by The Cruiser, manages to single handed destroy an Unstoppable Martian Killing Machine. If I burst out laughing during what is clearly meant to be a tense moment, then you know a film has problems.

So where next?  Suggestions for something cool, related in some way to any of these auspicious subjects, can be made here, on my Twitter feed, or at the Facebook Group.

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