Thursday, May 22, 2014

Short Film: King Star King (USA 2013)

Naw, no one's paid us to make this oddity our Short Film of the Month — we doubt enough people watch our choices that it would be worth it for anyone to do so — but this time around we're presenting a pilot episode aired last November on Adult Swim that has since been greenlit and, sometime this year, should get another half-dozen episodes. God only knows where the fuck the show is gonna go, but we do like the pilot: idiotic, tasteless, sexist, immature, badly drawn, ultraviolent, big-boob fixated, drug and alcohol heavy — a perfect mirror of sorts for today's male youth. As Bubble Blabber says: "Basically: King Star King is [...] like one of Hunter S. Thompson's wet dreams."
King Star King was created by some dude named JJ Villard, yet-another graduate of Cal Arts, "and developed by Tommy Blacha." JJ Villard previously directed the shorts Son of Satan (2003), based on a Bukowski story, and Chestnuts Icelolly (2004). He also does some groovy artwork, an example of which — inspired by Goya — is presented below.
The plot, as explained by Toonami, who for some reason calls the muscle-bound, testosterone-laden anti-hero "punk" when we see him more as heavy metal: "King Star King features a punk rock, modern day he-man who falls from the realm of the gods to land as a fry cook in a slummy waffle joint. King Star King must regain his memory to defeat the evil (and adorable) Spring Bunny and rescue his love, the megababe Princess Snow White. Only then will King Star King regain his rightful place in the heavens."
Enjoy King Star King:

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