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Kimba The White Lion Is The Series Everyone Keeps Talking About For A Very Important Reason

You've never seen something like Kimba the White Lion before.

A coming of age story about a young African lion cub who loses his father too early. An evil uncle with a scar over his left eye. A ragtag group of friends comprised of random animals. Sound familiar? Of course it should because I’m talking about the popular Japanese manga/anime series, Kimba the White Lion.

Don’t know what you thought I was going on about.

Your name is Kimba, remember that.

Created by legendary manga artist Osamu Tezuka in 1950 (and has since spawned a heap of anime shows and movies), Kimba tells a Hamlet-eqsue story about Kimba as he is forced to grow up when his father is killed. Throughout his journey, the lion is forced to learn about heavy things like the cycle of life, as well as facing off against his evil uncle, Claw, and his uncle’s hyena henchmen.

However, Kimba is aided in his long journey by his group of supportive animal friends, which includes a wise mandrill and a bird that serves as an adviser. Hell, even Kimba’s late father reappears to him as a cloud in order to remind him about responsibility and the like.

Powerful stuff.

Stop running away from your destiny, Kimba.

Sure it does take some inspiration from William Shakespeare but everyone does it. And besides, Kimba is a pretty original story that’s never been done before at the time or since.

So why am I bringing up this old manga/anime series now when it’s been many years since its debut? Well 2019 is an important anniversary for the series: it’s been thirty years since Tezuka-san’s passing.

Kimba is one of Tezuka-san’s best known works and it’s about time that a new generation be exposed to its beautiful animation, its exploration of philosophical themes like life and responsibility. Plus the main character is a lion and we’ve never seen that before!

There’s never been an experience quite like Kimba and its highly unlikely that there will be anything like it ever again be so don’t sleep on it any more.

Blade Runner Star Rutger Hauer Will Forever Be Remembered By A Single Monologue

Our memories of the Blade Runner star won't be lost like tears in rain.

At the end of Blade Runner, Roy Batty told us that all his memories will be lost in time, like tears in rain. His memories may be gone but ours of him and the actor who played the character, Rutger Hauer, will forever live on.

Variety reports that the Dutch actor has passed away at the age of 75 after a short illness, which was confirmed by his agent.

Rutger has had an illustrious career that’s spanned over six decades and included memorable lead roles in titles such as Soldier of Orange and Escape from Sobibor, as well as supporting parts in films like Batman Begins and Sin City.

But we’ll forever remember him as the antagonistic replicant Roy Batty in Ridley Scott’s seminal 1982 sci-fi film, Blade Runner, almost purely because of one single scene. You know which one I’m referring to.

Reducing Rutger’s impressive body of work down to a single two-minute movie scene is not really fair on him, but this is an exception as it one of those moments that transcends cinema and has almost become something of a cultural touchstone for filmgoers.

After spending most of Blade Runner getting hunted by Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, Roy ends up saving Rick’s life. In the moments just before he dies, Roy delivers arguably the single most memorable death soliloquy in film, one that captures both the life he’s had and his hopes that replicants may one day be considered human.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

It’s open-ended, operatic and doesn’t make a lick of narrative sense but goddamn if it doesn’t capture our imaginations with its vivid imagery.

We also owe more to Rutger for this monologue than just his performance as he also reportedly rewrote the whole thing by cutting down all the excess lines and adding in the final “all those moments” line.

Roy’s memories may be like tears in rain, but ours of Rutger’s and his monologue will forever linger like attack ships off the shoulder of Orion.

Taika Waititi Being A Weirdly Funny Kiwi Hitler In Jojo Rabbit Will Confuse The Hell Out Of You

It's like Taika Waititi wanted to do his take on a Wes Anderson movie and this is what we got.

Here’s a question that you’ve probably been wondering but haven’t said out loud: what would Adolf Hitler be like if he were played by Taika Waititi?

Well we have our answer in the form of the first trailer of Jojo Rabbit and it’s, well, enjoyably yet confusing to put it simply.

I need help reacting to this.

The satirical film is set in WWII and tells the story of a lonely German boy, Jojo Rabbit (Roman Griffin Davis), who is struggling to deal with bullies, puberty and the revelation that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. That is a lot to take in for a young lad so he conjures up an imaginary version of Hitler (played by Taika) to aid him on his journey.

Based on the trailer, Jojo Rabbit looks to be quite the entertaining yet confusing ride. It looks and feels like a whimsical coming of age story taken straight out of the Wes Anderson filmmaking handbook that happens to involve Hitler.

But it’s Taika’s take on the dictator that’ll make your mind do backflips, On one hand he’s made the character into a goofy, comedic presence who has a Kiwi accent and bears no resemblance to the actual man himself. On the other hand this is, well, Hitler we’re talking about and so it’s tough to associate nice things about the guy.

Then again, this is what satire and comedy is for and Taika is more than qualified on that front.

You can only imagine the hoops Taika had to jump through just to get the suits to listen to this bizarre pitch, let alone actually giving him money to make it.

If Taika can pull this off when Jojo Rabbit drops on October 18 – and it definitely looks like he did – then give him the keys to all the Akiras, Thors and whatever he the hell he wants to do from now on.

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