Back to the Future ReAction

These days action figures look too good. They’re all 3D scanned with multiple points of articulation, tons of accessories and beautiful packaging. That wasn’t always the case. In the Eighties, you got a basic likeness that barely looked like the character, four points of articulation and a simple card with plastic bubble. That was it. Kenner style.

ReAction Figures is bringing that back. They’ll soon release classic Eighties carded figures from properties that never got that treatment. Movies and shows like Back to the Future, The Goonies, Pulp Fiction, Firefly, The Terminator, Friday the 13th, Predator, The Rocketeer, Escape from New York and many more. They’re available for pre-order now on Entertainment Earth and you can check out some images below. Read More »

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While one Los Angeles gallery focuses on pop culture weapons, a New York counterpart is making that idea even bigger. The Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn has a new show opening January 18 called Gadgets and Gizmos and it’s filled with art based on some weapons, lots of vehicles, robots and accessories too, all inspired by the technology in some of your favorite movies.

While plenty of regulars are on display (Back to the Future, James Bond, Iron Man, Batman), this show has a bunch of subjects that don’t get as much love: Inspector Gadget, Short Circuit, District 9, The Rocketeer, and Flight of the Navigator. Check out a quick selection from the show below and find out how you can see it in person or buy it online. Read More »

Disney Planning a ‘Rocketeer’ Reboot

Joe Johnston‘s dream of making a sequel to The Rocketeer looks unlikely to come true any time soon. That is not, as some previously thought, because Disney has forgotten about the property altogether. Quite the contrary. The studio is said to be considering a reboot of the 1991 movie, itself an adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ ’80s comic book about a hero from the ’30s. More details after the jump.

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When Joe Johnston‘s Captain America: The First Avenger landed this summer and turned into a reasonable hit, one hope held by comic fans was that Johnston’s 1991 adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ ’30s-set comic The Rocketeer would finally be given a Blu-ray release.

The Disney film was a flop in the summer of ’91 but has earned a cult following thanks to Johnston’s lively use of ’30s action/adventure serial style and the simple appeal of a mechanic who becomes a sort of hero when a jetpack falls into his possession.

Disney talked about a sequel before the film flopped, and Johnston says he still wants to make another film featuring the characters. A sequel isn’t likely to happen if no one knows about the original film, however. The lackluster DVD release Disney once gave The Rocketeer hasn’t done anything to earn the film new fans. But in December the movie will hit Blu-ray, giving people a chance to get a good look at the movie that was among the first wave of modern comic book adaptations. Read More »

Looks like Joe Johnston is about to have his biggest career moment. He directed Captain America: The First Avenger for Marvel Studios, and early reactions peg the movie as the most satisfying tentpole of the summer. (I wasn’t thrilled with him getting the gig, and it looks like I’ll have to eat those words — which I’ll happily do if the film is as good as the early buzz suggests.)

Captain America is set primarily during WWII, but this isn’t the first superhero movie Joe Johnston has made in that era. In 1991 Disney released his film The Rocketeer, an adaptation of Dave Stevens‘ comic of the same name, starring Bill Campbell as a stunt pilot who becomes a sort of superhero when a high-tech (for the late ’30s) rocket backpack lands in his hands. There was talk of a sequel at the time, but the movie flopped and Disney has mostly forgotten that it exists. Over the years, however, a fanbase grew, and with Captain America poised to succeed, calls for a Rocketeer sequel might also be heard.

One of the first people to make that call is Joe Johnston himself. Read More »

VOTD: Pixar-Style ‘Rocketeer’ Short Film

Hard to believe that Disney’s live-action period action film The Rocketeer was released two decades ago. The film has come back into the public conscious a bit recently because of the anniversary, its director Joe Johnston doing another period action film (Captain America: The First Avenger) and some recent screenings including one in Hollywood with Kevin Smith hosting a Q&A. Capitalizing on the heat, and as a nod to the character’s late creator Dave Stevens, animator John Banana and his team have created this fantastic little short film. As Gizmodo said, “If Pixar made The Rocketeer, it would look like this.” Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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