Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Firebreather: Reptilian Hybrid Fun for the Kiddies

"He's Half-Human, Half-Dragon, All Hero!" 

Looks like there's some good old-fashioned Reptilian Hybrid fun for the whole family in Firebreather the Movie.

Firebreather is a comic book that was turned into a cartoon series in May 2008. But I'm not big into toons. I just happened to see the promo this morning while my little nephew was watching Cartoon Network.

The Trailer:

At 1:22 in the trailer, our hybrid mutant teen Duncan's mom casually says to him: "You've probably got questions about how you were conceived."

Like, Duh! This doesn't sound at all like kids' material to me, but I sure as heck would like to know.

The Storyline:

Duncan Rosenblatt is 16 years-old. His mother Margaret is human. His father Belloc is King of the Kaiju, an ancient race of giant dragon-like monsters.

Belloc is 120ft tall and weighs 60,000lbs to be exact (oooh...ya gotta luv the 666 sync all up in that description).

Family Portrait: Duncan and his daddy Belloc, King of the Kaiju.

16 years ago Duncan's mom fell in love with Belloc, saving humanity from the Kaiju in a big war ...she also married him and bore his spawn. Then they got divorced. Now Belloc wants to convert Duncan to a full Kaiju so he can lead the monsters to victory in the next war against the humans and eventually inherit the monster throne.

The Caveat: Duncan must choose to go with Belloc willingly.

Duncan's Super Powers include: Super strength, agility, and the ability to breathe fire.

The whole thing sounds like Terminator II meets Teen Wolf meets Puff the Magic Dragon meets Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets the biblical Nephilim. Nice.

Here's a pretty cool reptilian Eye:

Duncan's reflection (seen inside the eye) echoes a green Monster coming through a space/time rip in a vortex.

It also reflects photos of the Helix Nebula sometimes called the "Eye of God".

The Helix Nebula located in the constellation of Aquarius. (Photo Credit: NASA and ESA).

Pop Sync:

Rosenblatt is Duncan's (and Belloc's) last name. It conjures up a connection with the character Rosencratz from Shakespeare's "Hamlet".  Rosencratz (and his sidekick Gilderstern) were the inspiration for the characters Bob and Doug McKenzie in the 1983 comedy film "Strange Brew".

Synchromystically, the movie's title points to Duncan who is himself a "strange brew", a hybrid mix of human and dragon DNA.

At the beginning of "Strange Brew" the McKenzies are also shown at a premiere for their homemade movie Mutants of 2051 A.D., which they return to at the close of the main story, again reinforcing the mixed breed/hybrid/saving-humanity-from-the-mutants theme.

The McKenzie's wacky homemade movie Mutants of 2051 A.D. is set ten years after World War 4 when humans mutated by nuclear fallout live underground. This mirrors Belloc and his monsters living underground in Firebreather.

Upon encountering a mutant (Doug in a really bad costume), Bob asks the creature,

"Fleshy-headed mutant, are you friendly?"


Other Interesting Facts:

  • In the original comic, Duncan's full name is Duncan Xeres Absalom Wu Fan Cassius Draco Draconus Quetzelcoatl Gondwana Mjarl Khan Belloc-Rosenblatt Jr.
  • Belloc is the King of the Monsters. His name sounds like (Ba'al + Loch). Ba'al  (meaning "Lord") and Loch (a wink to the Loch Ness Monster) reconfirming his role as Lord of the Giant Dragon Monsters.
  • Kaiju (pronounced "ky-ju") is a Japanese word that means "strange beast". It is used to refer to giant, humanoid monsters in movies like Godzilla.

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