Friday, January 10, 2014

The Mighty Hercules versus the Big Bug Thingie

This is my second try at posting these gifs of Hercules Versus the Big Bug Thingie. I don't know what the actual title is, but it's surely the silliest cartoon I ever saw. We all watched this show in the mid-'60s and made fun of it, especially that theme song: "Softness in his eyes, iron in his thighs. . . "

My first set of gifs wouldn't post, maybe because they were too long. I love the long ones I can make with Gifsforum, but my blog doesn't seem to want to take them. Indigestion? Anyway, now I was down from a magnificent 15 seconds/gif, in which I can tell quite a bit of story, to only about 5. There's still a lot of action here as Hercules, anxiously watched by Newton ("That's me! That's me") and Helena the bountiful of chest, whops the daylights out of the bug creature. No doubt sicced on him by Daedelus. But first, he must endure the worst ECT since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

If Alfred Hitchcock were making gifs in the '60s, which would be kind of weird because they didn't exist then, they might have looked something like this. Obviously these cartoons, cranked out in their hundreds by TransLux and only half the length of a decent cartoon, are divinely inspired, and on a budget of only $39.00 a pop.

The monster has these weird antennae with basketball-like thngs attached to it, which Hercules bravely tries to duck and evade. Go, Herc!

Herc somehow gets the Big Bug Thingie to electrocute itself. Neat! The testicle-like appearance of these antennae-blobs was completely lost on me then.

Another victory for Hercules. Until the next cartoon, when he will face another 4-minute challenge.