Wednesday, November 20, 2013

FREE SHIPPING on all Art Auctions for the Holidays!!

Black Friday!! Shmlack Friday!! Pah and phooey I say unto you stupid made-up commercial holiday!! Instead of waiting outside Walmart or Target at midnight freezing your hinder off waiting for the store to open, why not buy original hand-made artwork instead this year?

And as a thank you for buying hand-made and supporting local artists (somewhat), Bunny and the Badger will be offering FREE SHIPPING on all art auctions on our E-Bay site. I have just completed two new illustrations (as seen below) with more to come within the next couple of weeks.

Click on the link below to check out what's new and Happy Bidding:

Saturday, November 16, 2013

New art auctions featuring the Eighth Doctor

Spoiler alert to anyone who HASN'T seen the recent webisode NIGHT OF THE DOCTOR. A mini prequel of sorts for Doctor Who's upcoming 50th Anniversary story DAY OF THE DOCTOR.

The web episode featured the return of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor for the first time since the 1996 television movie. The movie was supposed to be a back door pilot but it never caught on with the American audience back in '96 despite a great performance by McGann.

When Doctor Who returned permanently in 2005, it did not feature a transition between McGann and then new Doctor Christopher Eccleston (who only stayed in the role for a year). So it has left fans guessing was was the fate of the Eighth Doctor exactly.

Many fans (including myself) wondered if the Eighth Doctor was the one that fought in the Time War. But since the introduction of John Hurt as the Doctor at the end of last season's finale NAME OF THE DOCTOR, we come to find out Hurt's unknown incarnation was in fact the Doctor that fought in the Time War and the incarnation that ultimately destroyed both the Time Lords and the Daleks.

But what of the Eighth Doctor? How did he become this incarnation that the Doctor would ultimately try and keep hidden?

That was all answered in the webisode as we saw the events which would ultimately lead to the Eighth Doctor regenerating into John Hurt's War Doctor.

In celebration I have created two new illustrations as seen above. One featuring the Eighth Doctor alongside the War Doctor and one with the Eighth Doctor on his own. Both featuring number eight in the updated version of the attire he wore in the 1996 television movie.

I was also inspired by famed Doctor Who designer June Hudson's Eighth Doctor costume design for writer Paul Magrs's book THE SCARLET EMPRESS.

Which I actually thought the Eighth Doctor's wardrobe in the webisode resembled slightly.

What do you think? The opened collar maybe?

To bid on the two new illustrations and to check out my other art auctions, click on the link below and Happy Bidding:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Art Auctions Continued!!

In celebration of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary, for the FIRST and ONLY time I'm offering the images above as 16x20 art prints.

Very much like my previous auctions of this nature, once the winning bid is met, I will make a print of the images above which will be SIGNED PERSONALLY to the winning bidder. After that, no other prints of the images above will be made at that particular size.

Click on the link below to check out those auctions as well as my other current art auctions. And Happy Bidding:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fall Art Auctions

New artwork available on E-Bay!! A few of them in celebration of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary later in the month. And a couple of illustrations based on Tim Burton's 1988 hit Beetlejuice. A subject I haven't done much with.

To check out the auctions and perhaps get a head start on holiday shopping (sorry), simply click on the link below! And Happy Bidding:

Bunny and the Badger's Fall Art Auctions

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Confessions of Dorian Gray... THIS would make a great television series.

Sadly, this is an audio series that I admit I have not listened to. But I really like the concept. Big Finish Productions in England has been producing a range of Doctor Who audio plays since 1999. All of which feature the original actors who portrayed the Doctor on television who are still alive. All of which were very well written and well acted stories.

Big Finish had also developed stories based on Dark Shadows (long before the Tim Burton film), Sherlock Holmes and most recently some audio plays based on lost television stories from early on in the hit series THE AVENGERS.

But their most recent series THE CONFESSION OF DORIAN GRAY is the one I find most interesting. Like I mentioned, I haven't heard the series, but I think the premise of the series is great.

One that I would love to see developed into a television series.

The premise is that Oscar Wilde based Dorian Gray on a real person and everything in THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY was true. However, the resolution at the end of the story didn't necessarily happen that way.

The series stars Alexander Vlahos as the ageless Dorian Gray and follows his adventures throughout the 20th Century starting with visiting his old friend Oscar Wilde on his deathbed.

If I were a television exec at CBS, I would be in contact with Nicholas Briggs and the boys and girls at Big Finish about developing this into a television series rather than capitalizing on an already successful show the way they did with "basing" Elementary on the far superior Sherlock.

I mean, Fox seems to be having a certain amount of success with Sleepy Hollow and ABC has had success with their series Once Upon A Time.

But I suppose it's easier to ride on the coat-tails of another series's success rather than being original and taking a risk.

Still, I think Big Finish has created a really great concept. I would love to see it as a television series.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian (2015??)

Thought I'd have a tiny bit of fun at the expense of you all. But lets go on the assumption that not only BEETLEJUICE 2 gets made. But they finally produce Tim Burton's original concept for the sequel which sees Beetlejuice and the Deetz family going to Hawaii. Seeing the original plot was written in 1990, of course several things would have to change. Especially considering Winona Ryder is quite a bit older when she played the part of daughter Lydia Deetz.

But here's how it could work.

26 years have passed since Lydia Deetz last did her mid-air Tango to Shake Shake Shake Senora (Jump in the Line) after nearly being forced to marry Beetlejuice. Since that time, she had not seen or heard of Beetlejuice and assumes he's stuck in the netherworld.

She has long since stopped dressing like a groupie at a Cure concert and has followed in her father's footsteps as a real estate developer first working with her Dad to create a super successful company and then starting a family with a pre-teen daughter who looks somewhat the way she did in the previous movie.
Although, Lydia has left most of her old life behind, the one thing she did keep was the model of the town Adam Maitland made from the first movie. The Maitlands are said to still haunt the house and gave Lydia the model as a gift when she left for college.

However, little did Lydia know that Beetlejuice somehow found a way out of the afterlife and is back to residing in the model town. Since Lydia has become more "ordinary", she no longer sees him. However, Lydia's daughter does. And that's how she's first introduced to Beetlejuice.

Before all this, the story begins with Lydia and her family moving to Hawaii. Lydia has been sent there to build a resort. However, she is unaware due to a scrupulous business partner (perhaps played by Paul Reubens) who does not tell her that the property resides on an ancient burial ground. During the dig, Lydia's daughter finds an Tiki idol.

Not unlike the one around Greg Brady's neck...
Which unleashes the spirit of an evil Kahuna spirit.

During dinner (because that's when all these conversations are brought up) Lydia's daughter asks her Mother about Beetlejuice. This awakens Lydia's memory. Especially what happens when you say his name three times. She tries to convince her daughter that there's no such thing and her daughter obviously imagines it. When Lydia's daughter nearly says his name a second time, Lydia snaps at her not to say his name. Lydia's daughter asks why? Lydia, no longer able to keep up the charade, tells her daughter everything and what a horrible person (or ghost) Beetlejuice is.

Things get worse (as they usually do) and the Kahuna spirit causes troubles in both Lydia's development and on the island. The island now being threatened by a volcano. Lydia's craven partner puts the blame on her and Lydia and her family are being threatened by everyone.

Lydia's daughter talks to Beetlejuice. Tells him that she knows what happened between him and Lydia. Beetlejuice promises he has changed (of course he hasn't) and says he can make everything right.

All she has to do is say his name two more times.

Which she does, much to Lydia's chagrin. And Beetlejuice is back.

Dialogue between Beetlejuice and Lydia might be something like this.

BEETLEJUICE: "Come on, babe. Aren't you glad to see me?"

LYDIA: "You disgust me!"

BEETLEJUICE: "Aw come on! You've gotta be a tiny bit glad to see the ol' B Man again?"


BEETLEJUICE: "And I forgive you for leaving me standing at the alter. Hey! I'm not the kind of ghoul that holds a grudge."

Beetlejuice stays true to his promise and offers his service to deal with the Kahuna spirit. He challenges the Kahuna to a surfing competition.

What that might look like.
Beetlejuice wins dispatching both the Kahuna spirit and Lydia's scrupulous partner. Everybody loves them again and Lydia builds the resort in another part of the island. Later on Beetlejuice reappears and he and Lydia make amends. That is until Lydia realizes that Beetlejuice and the Kahuna spirit are now buddies. Beetlejuice and the Kahuna spirit reassure Lydia that everything is cool with the Kahuna spirit now that they are building in a different spot and Lydia's daughter returned the idol (yeah, that happens somewhere too) to its resting spot.

What Beetlejuice and the Kahuna spirit might look like in the film.
To prove it the Kahuna spirit breaks into a very Don Ho sounding rendition of Shake Shake Shake Senora with her daughter doing a mid-air tango much like her mother did in the first film. Lydia is holding out at first, but ultimately joins with her daughter, Beetlejuice and Kahuna.

Beetlejuice 2. And no. It won't star Robyn Thicke...

According to Michael Keaton, they've been given the greenlight to make BEETLEJUICE 2. What this means is that they have the go ahead to make the movie. That doesn't necessarily mean that they WILL make the movie. They've been talking Beetlejuice sequel since the movie came out in 1988.

To be honest, my feelings are mixed. Visually, I thought the original was a great movie. However, it was a movie I didn't necessarily enjoy. My biggest problem at the time (and still is) was the fact that title character played by the aformentioned Michael Keaton barely appears in the film. However, he stole the show in the scenes he appeared in.

I also found myself at the time very disturbed by some of the "deaths" portrayed during the Maitlands tour of the afterlife. I was just too young at the the time to really understand the jokes such as the "recently exorcized". Again, too young to appreciate the humor.

Like I mentioned, having the greenlight doesn't mean the movie will be made. They may talk about it for a year or so and then the movie ends up dying a slow death in pre-production hell. And much like previous attempts at a sequel, it never comes to fruition.

Personally, I think they should go with their original idea of BEETLEJUICE GOES HAWAIIAN. Tim Burton's concept was beach movie meets German Expressionism. To give you a better idea take BEACH BLANKET BINGO...


And there you go.

The story followed the Deetz family moving to Hawaii, where Charles is developing a resort. They soon discover that his company is building on the burial ground of an ancient Hawaiian Kahuna. The spirit comes back from the afterlife to cause trouble, and Beetlejuice becomes a hero by winning a surf contest with magic.

Seeing the time that has gone by since the first film, I'm sure changes could easily be made. Instead of having Charles Deetz developing the resort, having an adult Lydia Deetz now running her father's business. You could either have her married with a family, single mother or never married. Thinking Beetlejuice is long since out of her life, he suddenly reappears after all this time. If they were to make Lydia older and long since ditched the Robert Smith look from the first film, they could introduce a pre-teen daughter who dresses not unlike the way her Mum did in the first film who meets Beetlejuice much to Lydia's chagrin... or something.

Sure, if they were to produce that storyline it might end up being a complete and utter train-wreck. But it would be a train-wreck I wouldn't mind seeing just because I'd love to see beach movie meets German Expressionism.

However, something tells me if Beetlejuice 2 does see the light of day, it will be an all new story that will reintroduce the character to a new audience.

That is, if it is ever made.

If you say BEETLEJUICE three times, Robyn Thicke will appear. So DON'T say it... EVER!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

I have really only one word to sum up the 1945 film treatment of THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY...


All of Oscar Wilde's wit and witticism were lost on some very underwhelming and wooden performances. In particular George Saunders gives a "larch" performances as Lord Henry Wotton. The movie does star a very young Angela Lansbury. And only possible criticism I could give to Miss Lansbury is she was hardly in the movie and was sadly under-utilized I feel she was the only bright spot in a very lackluster endeavor.

And the actor playing Dorian Gray I confess I have never heard of. But somehow I didn't imagine Dorian looking like a young Zeppo Marx.

Yes I'm aware Dorian Gray is supposed to be a vain and vapid young man. However, that's no excuse for a lackluster performance.

There is a version of THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY which was produced by the BBC in 1976 featuring Sir John Gielgud and Jeremy Brett as Lord Henry Wotton and the artist Basil Hallward. And from what I have seen so far of that version, their perfomances are far more sparkling and much more intersting despite the BBC's limited budget at that time than the forgettable performances from the '45.

This proves to me that the only way for Oscar Wilde's lines to work is good acting and good delivery.

But despite my criticisms, any opinion I give is just my opinion. You should be allowed to enjoy any movie you wish. If you think the 1945 film is a classic, then you have every right to think so..

By the end, I just felt like I aged two hours and the movie remained young.