As it wasn’t linked in Tumblebats’ announcement, here’s the Facebook event page for the WonderCon Aquacadet gathering I’m co-hosting with randamhajile. Just like last year, it’s going to be a wild and wacky fan experience, and you don’t even need a WonderCon pass to attend! So go ahead and RSVP! Share it with your friends! Bring your neighbors! EVERYONE’S invited, even the people who continue to send me anon hate for some reason! Here’s some more details:
Hey kids, Cadets, and general Aqua-fans! Wondercon is coming up and there’s gonna be an Aquabats fan meetup! Deets are on this fab-u-lous poster (courtesy of tumblr user BumblingB), but just to repeat—
- Meet Saturday at Wondercon
- It’s at 2pm
- It’s at the fountain right OUTSIDE the con
- We’ll hang for a bit, take some photos, and then migrate over to a close-by pizza place and hang for an hour or two
- NO WONDERCON TICKETS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND!
So, we hope to see as many of you rad people there as possible! The only requirement to attend is to like the Aquabats! Or like, be breathing and alive! Seriously if you just stumble on us, join our pack and have some pizza with us!
But uh, yeah! Stay rad, everyone! See you all there!
I wish the aquabats would rerecord a few songs to have the energy and some of the stuff they added and changed for their live shows
songs like martian girl, or giant robot birdhead (compared to the live recordings on youtube, the album version seems really lethargic)
"Martian Girl!" I desperately want re-recorded, mostly because it’s now played in a completely different genre (and for the better, might I opine). I also wouldn’t mind another version of "Look At Me (I’m a Winner)!" since I really quite like the small but noticeable alteration of MCBC’s pitch going up on the "Look at me, look at me, look at me" in the second and third chorus rather than down like on the studio version.
Most of the older songs (on ‘Fury’ and especially ‘Return’) would probably benefit from being re-done by the current, tighter line-up with more polished production quality. As far as ‘Floating Eye’ and ‘Myths & Legends’ material, I’d prefer to leave those alone since the band can no longer re-create the dual lead guitars and brass accents that made the music on those discs so superb…it all sounds too sloppy, fast and loud when played live nowadays, and I think stripping down the instrumentation for studio re-recordings would be a detriment.
This photo is important.
A lot of people seem unaware that the Aquabat in front is Popeye, a rhythm guitarist who joined the band for their 2005 tour but never recorded any material with them (though he did appear in the “Fashion Zombies!” music video).
Another point of interest: this photo was taken at Carney’s in West Hollywood, a primo hot dog joint. Stop by and lick the tables, if you’re so inclined to absorb The Aquabats’ condimental powers.
1. The base: The first layer is a mix of crisped rice and white chocolate.
2 the filling:The second layer is coconut cream with coconut flakes.
3. the forming:After a quick stop in the freezer to firm the sheet up, cut out the shape with a warmed knife
4. stare at it: make sure there is a bite taken out.
5. the coating!: This was actually kinda tough since the coconut was so bumpy. cover the pants in chocolate once and brush some onto the underside. Then use a heated knife to level off the top and smooth the sides to prep for a second coat. Finally, repour the dark chocolate shell so it’ll have a smoother look.
6. the sleeve: use some nice silver cardstock that’s cut with an x-acto to create simple sleeves.
7. look at your work again: A pile of half-eaten choco pants.
8. the paper label!: have some labels to wrap the sleeves in. find the front of the bar online and then create a back label to match it. I finish it off with ridged craft scissors on the side and ta-da! You got SBLOUNSKCHED!
My jaw literally dropped over this. We live in a glorious, glorious time.
I mean, sure, I’m disappointed by the lack of pepperoni and marshmallow vapor, but we - as non-cartoon characters - try to do what we can in our pitiful reality.
Just look at the fluid motion of Mr. Peabody’s mouth. That’s quality Mexican animation right there (no, really). The ‘Mr. Peabody’ movie would have been twenty times better if they had applied that original choppy animation to their updated 3D design.
Also, “Jeepers!” is an expression *I* use…and completely unironically, at that. I even used “Jeepers!” one time when I was almost t-boned by a car which swerved over a median coming the opposite direction. I’m…really not one for swearing.
Was the concert part of tortilla trouble even filmed in a venue? Or is it just a set?
Here’s the scoop: the “concert” part of the pilot was filmed at The El Rey Theater in Los Angeles on January 12, 2008. The El Rey used to be The Aquabats’ primary venue in Los Angeles before they ultimately outgrew it and switched to the larger Henry Fonda Theater. In fact, according to my research, this was probably the last time The Aquabats ever appeared at the El Rey.
It’s a nice venue, but see that small window against the back wall in the right corner? That was the merch booth. It looks longer than it is, but the line for the merch would literally take up the entire left side of the venue, as there would be people standing in line while the bands were playing. It just started getting too cramped after a while.
Anyhoo, the taping was announced on The ‘Bats website, noting that the whole event would be open to the public, but only card-carrying Aquacadets would be allowed in first. The roll call was around 10 or 11 AM; all the Aquacadets were crammed into the outside shaded patio area, where we all dined on gourmet junk food snacks while everyone else had to stand outside in the sun. Here’s a snap of the front of the line (the Skibz is the mostly-obscured gentleman holding up the Bat signal in the top center of the frame, his hands to the immediate right of the two thumbs up):
Everybody was then given lyric sheets for the show’s (original) theme song so that we could all memorize the words and sing along to the pertinent parts. I still have my copy:
I really wish I could remember more details about the shoot, but my memory’s a little foggy. They were using only one camera (film rather than digital, surprisingly), so naturally every scene that you see in the pilot took 2-3 different takes, with the performances of the theme song and “Awesome Forces!” taking even more. As excited as we were to hear a new song in the theme song, I recall that we were all dreadfully tired of hearing it by the end of the day.
A gigantic green screen was set up behind the band, so obviously we weren’t watching clips of the episode (which The Aquabats said hadn’t even been filmed yet). The band didn’t even give context to what we were supposed to be watching: we were merely instructed to all go “Oooohh!!” without knowing that we were seeing footage of Crash being hit by a boulder, and we all just obliviously cheered when the MCBC inexplicably asked aloud “AND HOW ABOUT THAT HOVERCRAFT?!”.
Between shots, The Aquabats would banter with the crowd and play a few songs; generally, they were taking requests from the audience, but nothing rare was played…I can only remember “Fashion Zombies!” and “Nerd Alert!”. I could be wrong about this, but I think there was a lunch break where pizza and soda was provided for everyone.
I can’t recall how many hours the shooting took, but by the time we got out, the sun was starting to set. All of The Aquabats (out of costume, surprisingly) hung outside the venue to meet with the fans, thanking all of them for coming and signing whatever was handed to them. That’s where I got the majority of my belt signed, as a matter of fact.
And that’s really all that there is to know, I guess.