Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Attack of the Parade Floats

I love the Internets. As I was writing a post for yesterday, I stumbled across the most ridiculous set of videos: Marvel's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade floats. I'll let the videos speak for themselves in a minute, but I ask you - when was the last time you watched a Thanksgiving Day parade. These things were like tv monsters 10-20 years ago and then all-of-a-sudden - nothing. I know they're still on TV but now the floats suck and the no one watches. Maybe its because we're over our obsession with giant balloons or maybe we just got tired of things like this.

That is one of the most ridiculous floats ever. Why is the Back to the Future music playing in the background? Thank god its hosted by Willard Scott lest that presentation degrade into mayhem. I think there was some actual skeet throwing on that float. Unprecedented. That float may have single-handedly killed the comic book industry in the late 80's/early 90's. Not to be outdone (by themselves apparently), Marvel had another float in 1989.

Apparently the parade hosts remembered that Willard Scott did these creepy McDonald's commercials and decided to give him an unenthusiastic co-host. At least Marvel decided to add the timeless Melba Moore to the float to beef up the music. Wait a second...did they just turn this into a musical? My goodness. I can only assume that the Joker parade scene in the first Batman movie was making fun of these ridiculous things.

All things considered, I'm not sure that Batman had room to talk.

Maybe it was all just a bad dream.


D Wheezy said...

I prefer the Bonnie Tyler version of "I Need a Hero." Probably because of this sweet scene from Short Circuit 2.

You know it's good when they plan a remake a mere 20 years later.

Johnny said...

I'm sitting here watching through this classic Short Circuit 2 clip and I can't help but feel like this whole scene is not realistic. I mean yeah, I can accept the robot on treads that reprograms himself in order to stop the crook. Simple enough. But why does the crook have to follow the "No Wake" signs and drive like 20 mph. How does Johnny 5 grab onto a car and someone get in front of a boat that took off significantly before him. It really just doesn't make any sense and I cannot accept Johnny 5 as a true "Hero". Captain America, now there is someone special.

D Wheezy said...

You have to leave believability at the door when you say "Ok - I guess I can buy that everything in Johnny-5's world has some sort of radio frequency that can be tapped into. Of course he can make that 89 Oldsmobile Delta-88 say to the criminals 'Out of Fuel' just like he can tell that crane to pick him up and Tarzan him towards the criminal on the boat, then somehow magically drop him into that heap of garbage to break his fall."