Trailer Tuesdays: Zombillénium

“Do you have a demonic side? Have we got a job for you!” claims the trailer for Arthur de Pins’s big screen adaption of his graphic novel, Zombillénium. The irony is that they probably don’t have a job for you. Why? Let’s just say you don’t have the right credentials. From the graphic novel’s teaser:

Francis von Bloodt, a vampire and good family man, operates the one-of-a-kind theme park Zombiellenium. But this unique amusement park doesn’t just hire anyone: mere mortals need not apply—only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies, and other citizens from the undead community are employed.

This certainly sounds interesting in its own right, but the movie’s synopsis gives newcomers a deeper look into the darker aspects that will be showing up in the film.

In Zombillenium, the amusement terror park, monsters have the blues.

Not only zombies, vampires, werewolves and other demons are real monsters, whose souls belong to the devil forever, but they are tired of having to entertain consumerist, voyeuristic and selfish humans…

However, when little Lucy, a nice 7-year-old girl looking for her dad, is found by the skeleton Sirius and quickly adopted by all monsters, she will reveal their humanity and give them a good reason not to give up.

Souls sold to the devil? The negative impacts of consumerism? Those sound like pretty intense issues for what’s being advertised as a children’s movie, but I can completely get behind a kid’s film that’s willing to tackle said issues.

What do you mean kids can think critically about things? Preposterous!

What do you mean kids can think critically about things? Preposterous! (Art by Arthur de Pins)

Any movie touted for children that doesn’t treat their younger audience as idiots is a blessing. And this isn’t me being selfish—I’m probably going to end up watching the movie for pleasure, along with a sizable portion of older viewers, regardless of the film’s intended audience. This is about raising standards of children’s media in general. The point of media should be to challenge our ideas while simultaneously bringing new ideas to light, an aspect that many companies seem to have forgotten—or are all too ready to ignore—when it comes to children. So if zombies are going to be taken once more from their tired and trite grave to get little ones thinking about important things à la ParaNorman, I’m ready to wholeheartedly support that.

Basically me. (art by Kate Beaton)

Basically me.
(art by Kate Beaton)

Beyond my high hopes, the animation and artistic style for this film are beautiful. Lineless cell-shaded art is my weakness and ugh, everything is so fluid I might just shed a tear. I’m furious that I have to wait until August at the very earliest to see the film—as if I needed something else to add to my “I will sit here consumed with lust anticipation” list. However, I have heard nothing but good things concerning the source material, so I have high hopes that Zombillénium will be well worth the wait.

Aurelio Voltaire Goth Extraordinaire!

Bonjour mes petits belle les lecteurs!

Despite what my most likely incorrect French may lead you to believe, this post is not about the famous French philosopher. Non! I am writing about the beloved Goth musician Voltaire. I first became aware of Voltaire on a fateful day in the previously Goth/alternative clothing store Hot Topic. I was weighing the pros and cons of purchasing sparkly black nail polish when underneath a glittery skull notebook and a Grr shirt I spotted a little hardback book called What is Goth? Curious, I began to casually read the smudged black and red pages, expecting passages of misery and woe and maybe how to apply eyeliner. What I found was far more interesting. It began with “Please read this while I go pretend to kill myself.” Five minutes into picking up the book I was laughing so hard the spiky-faced girl behind the counter asked if I needed help. Imagine, getting help in a Hot Topic! I then bought the book which would change my view forever.

Voltaire begins What is Goth? with a short biography about himself. It includes being beaten by bullies, his love of Star Trek, tossing toast at Rocky, and living as a Goth stop motion animator in New York City. He also talks about becoming a Goth musician and how Goth became a term that defined him. The rest of the book is a shadowy trip through Gothdom, including dark dances, Gothic names, batty situations, and more than a few digs at the “mundanes” or “normal” people that like to give Goths a hard time. He discusses the differences between punks, Goths, and ravers and the different types of Goths you might encounter. The book is awesome and I highly recommend it.

Voltaire is not only an awesome writer though, he is also a musician. His first album, “The Devils Bris” is not only catchy, but hilarious as well. I recommend “When You’re Evil,” “The Man Upstairs” and “Ex Lover’s Lover.” His third album “BooHoo” features BRAINS! A song used on the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy in the “Little Rock of Horrors” episode. From this album I recommend that song, plus “Future Ex Girlfriend,” and “The Vampire Club.” There are many other albums, but I’ll let you find out about them yourself (there is even a country album). His latest album has a really long title that I will abridge as “Riding a Black Unicorn…” I heard a few of these songs, plus the other I mentioned in his latest concert in Pittsburgh. On a personal note I have actually met him in person and he is not only really nice and will give you a hug, he might even kiss you on the cheek!

Ahem, Voltaire also draws comic books featuring Deady the Malevolent Teddy, Chi-Chian, and his first comic Oh My Goth! He has also written a book called Paint It Black, which is a Goth interior decorating book where most of the instructions involve ultra flat black spray paint and an open area. He has also been on television shows and was once on FOX news of all things. He is also an animator and model maker. Damn, this guy does everything! Check him out! I sure will be.

Au revoir mes chéris!

Voltaire’s website, Voltaire on YouTube