Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Robot Riot!

The 8mm Movie Matinee takes place monthly, on the third Sunday of the month, at Bar 82 in NYC.  Tons of digest-length 8mm, Super8, and 16mm films are projected from 4pm to 10pm, mixed with puppet shows, and lots of other live nonsense that must be seen to be believed.  To coincide with the February event, which was subtitled Franken-flop 2, it was determined that 7-foot-tall 1930's-styled robots were in desperate need as the event's advertising 'street team'.  The construction was a joint effort between yours truly the Prince of Wails, and Von Erickson Laboratories, although the bulk of the talent came from the latter rather than the former!  The following images document some of the process of bringing the Pumpkin-bot and Projecto-bot to life!

If the Pumpkin-bot looks familiar, it's because he was fashioned off of a 1933 8mm Movie Matinee regularly projected cartoon, Flip the Frog - Techno Cracked: 

At the end of the 8mm Movie Matinee's Franken-Flop 2, the robots blew off some steam outside the venue:


  1. Those robots are excellent! I especially like the pumpkinbot - very cool!

    1. hey… I didn't know that the prince of wails is you Mike !!!!!
      I like it !!!!!!! best

  2. Cool sectional costume... Did you ever look over the "Robby, The Robot" Blueprints that were available through Starlog Magazine in the late 70's? ( I believe that Bob Burns had something to do with that or his friend Bill Mallone )