The Kim Carnes Video That Gave 80s Kids Nightmares

Back in MTV's early years there was only one video terrifying enough to give kids nightmares aired at any hour of the day- Draw Of The Cards by Kim Carnes.

Kim was following up her one mega hit Bettie Davis Eyes with a track that had a little more edge, so it makes sense for the video to have a little edge, too. 

The video starts out like Kim's homage to The Wiz, and somewhere along the way Kim goes through the looking glass and finds herself in a dark land that looks like Downtown L.A. after midnight.

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Draw of the Card reminds me of another 80s video that used to freak me out as a kid- Greg Kihn's Jeopardy, which takes place in a church seemingly from the same creepy neighborhood. Thanks for the nightmares MTV!

-Via Dangerous Minds



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11 Fierce Facts About Xena: Warrior Princess

Twenty years ago, the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess debuted, a spinoff of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The two shows were usually shown in tandem in syndication. Eventually, Xena eclipsed Hercules in the ratings. If you grew up watching the show, you may want to learn some behind-the-scenes facts to celebrate it’s anniversary.

1. SHE WAS ORIGINALLY SUPPOSED TO DIE.

Xena was originally introduced on Hercules to satisfy executive producer Rob Tapert’s wish for a dark, tragic figure to emerge as a counterbalance to the cheerful, completely non-conflicted Hercules. At the conclusion of a three-episode arc, the character was supposed to die. But Tapert and his fellow producers were so impressed with her that the already-planned Hercules spinoff series was remodeled for Xena.  
 
2. LUCY LAWLESS WASN’T THE FIRST CHOICE.

Lawless had already appeared on Hercules twice—in two different roles—when the show began scouring for an actress to fill Xena’s boots. A British actress named Vanessa Angel (who had starred in the television adaptation of Weird Science) was hired, but fell ill before she was able to fly to the set. After some discussion over whether to stick to their original concept of a blonde Amazon, Tapert decided on Lawless, who dyed her hair from blonde to black. (The two married in 1998.)  

But that’s just the beginning. Read the rest of what went into the making of Xena: Warrior Princess at mental_floss.



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Check Out This Guy’s Amazing Anime Hair

(Photos: Shaquille Dent)

Shaquille Dent, an animation student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, has hair that makes him look like Goku from Dragon Ball Z. It all began in high school, when he learned that he could style his hair into spikes—and they would hold firm! Now he sculpts his hair into broad locks that look like they come from a manga artist’s brush. It takes him only about 2 hours twice a month to keep his hair looking this amazing. You can see more photos at BuzzFeed.

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Previously Banned TV Show Episodes You Can Now Stream Online

Having an episode banned from airing is a fairly common phenomenon in the world of television, and as times change so do the reasons why episodes are yanked.

Usually it's the network censors who pull an episode, such as Fox's censors refusing to air the Family Guy episode "Partial Terms Of Endearment" because it features Lois deciding whether or not to have an abortion.

But sometimes the show's creators make the decision to pull the episode due to tragic events that have taken place around the time the episode was supposed to air.

Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller ran into this problem with episode 4, which featured Molly Shannon as a psycho who brainwashes kids into killing other kids.

The episode was set to air soon after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, so rather than risking the home audience "have a negative experience" while watching the show he opted to skip the episode.

We recently shared a mental_floss article from a few years ago featuring 27 temporarily banned TV episodes, and now they're back with a new collection of 26 Previously Banned TV Episodes You Can Stream Right Now that features a few repeats and a bunch of new entries worth checking out.



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Watch The Unaired Pilot Episode For The Real Ghostbusters

The Real Ghostbusters was pretty faithful to the movies in terms of the main cast, but one minor addition made kids go gaga over the Ghostbusters- Slimer, who was friendly on the show and even helped the guys catch ghosts.

That hungry yet cute little ghost made the show a hit with kids, but as you can see in this unaired pilot for The Real Ghostbusters he was originally an enemy just like in the movie.

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So if you've read this far you're probably wondering- what's the difference between the unaired pilot and the show we all loved to watch back in the day?

Well, here's the intro to the real show so you can see how the costumes and proton packs changed, and most of all how Slimer was portrayed as a gluttonous creep...as opposed to a gluttonous good ghost.

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It is really hard to imagine this show without Slimer as a good guy, and what would 80s kids have done without their Hi-C Ecto Cooler?

-Via /Film



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Disney Inspired X-Men Doodle Portraits

There are dozens of Disney inspired character redesigns online, and although some of them seem more Disney than Disney inspired redesign, these treatments by Randy Bishop are what a Marvel-Disney mashup should look like.

Randy's Disney inspired X-Men Doodles series is spot on, and serves to illustrate how good a Disney-Marvel animated movie could look, although without all the singing and dancing and with a little more blood.

Randy's X-Men Doodles series hasn't made it past the portrait stage just yet, but hopefully he'll continue to flesh out these character designs and show us more from this colorful multiverse merging.

-Via DesignTAXI



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The Cartoon Style Evolution Of Robert Downey Jr.

From the bad boy Brat Pack days in the 80s to the genteel, sober and heroic guy we know today, Robert Downey Jr. has gone through some major changes in both look and attitude during the last thirty years.

These changes inspired Jeff Victor to base his latest cartoon style evolution on Robert Downey Jr.'s character development from 1986 to 2012.

Jeff's use of character acting to show Robert breaking down around 1994 then getting it together again in the early 00s is inspired, and it all culminates with Downey in the role he was born to play- Tony Stark.

-Via GeekTyrant



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Myths and Monsters: The Call of Cthulhu

H.P. Lovecraft keeps getting name-checked in pop culture. Here's why he matters.

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Howard Phillips Lovecraft was having a bad summer. Like many newcomers to New York City, the aspiring writer from Rhode Island felt overwhelmed and out of place. He was unemployed, living in a mouse-infested one-room apartment in Brooklyn, and steadily losing weight on a paltry diet of cold canned beans and spaghetti. To make matters worse, his wife, for whom he’d moved to New York in the first place, had taken a job in another city and left him to fend for himself.

It was the first time Lovecraft had ever lived alone— and he was spectacularly homesick. Born in Providence in 1890, he viewed his hometown—with its scholarly atmosphere and dilapidated 18th-century mansions—as an essential piece of his identity. “Providence is me—I am Providence,” he wrote his aunt from his New York exile, inspiring the title of S. T. Joshi’s authoritative biography, I Am Providence: The Life and Times of H.P. Lovecraft. The city suited Lovecraft—a self-taught antiquarian obsessed with the contrasts of New England—in ways that New York could not.

Lovecraft grew up with a neurotic and stifling mother, Susie, and two aunts. (His father had died, probably of syphilis, after a stint in a mental institution.) The family had little of the capital but all the prejudices associated with old New England pedigree, and Lovecraft was never trained for any gainful employment. Nervous illnesses kept him isolated at home for long stretches, during which he joined up with “amateur journalist” groups: organizations of unpaid pamphleteers who—with their in-fighting, trolling, and political ranting that no one would ever hear—would likely feel at home in online forums today.

It was at a convention for such writers in Boston in 1921 that Lovecraft met Sonia Haft Greene, an energetic and attractive Eastern European Jewish widow from New York City, seven years his senior. Lovecraft, still reeling from the death of his mother six weeks prior, was not exactly a catch. He had no income besides a dwindling family inheritance and occasional checks from editorial temp work. He had the frame of a scarecrow, a protruding lower jaw, and a squeaky voice. He was also averse to sex, which he blamed on having read a scientific book as a child. “The whole matter was reduced to prosaic mechanism,” he wrote later, “a mechanism which I rather despised.” Not to mention, he was a virulent racial purist, outwardly disgusted by immigrants, tending to become “livid with anger” when he encountered foreign workers.

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Fox News Host Is Suing Hasbro For Naming A Toy Hamster After Her

Some people would see having a toy named after them as a good thing, but one foxy Fox News host wasn't very happy when she discovered a toy hamster with her unusual name.

Host Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro for giving a Littlest Pet Shop hamster her name and likeness, and while the likeness element of the lawsuit is up for debate it’s hard to deny Hasbro’s use of her far from normal name.

Harris is suing the toy company for 5 million dollars, claiming the toy stole her likeness via “complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup”.

She's probably just angry that the figure named after her is a sidekick and not the main character, no word yet on whether a human named Benson Detwyler plans to sue Hasbro as well.

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How Much Lembas Would the Fellowship Have Needed to Walk into Mordor?

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In The Lord of the Rings, lembas is a special bread made by elves. It's a compact, nutritious food. When eaten thriftily, a small portion can sustain a person for a long period of time. It won't spoil when wrapped in certain leaves. Consequently, it's the perfect trail ration.

The elves of Lothlórien gave lembas to the Fellowship to help the march through the barren land of Mordor on their way to destroy the One Ring. How much would they have needed for the journey if they ate nothing but lembas? Skye Rosetti and Krisho Manaharan of the University of Leicester published a paper in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics on the subject. They concluded:

For an ideal journey with all 9 members of the fellowship, using the metabolic rates for each species from [2], the total calorific consumption of the 92-day journey was found to be 1,780,214.59 kcal. If the elves of Imraldis had provided the Fellowship with lembas, this would equate to them having to carry a total of 675 pieces, or 75 pieces each. For the different species, this equates to 304 for the hobbits, 214 for Gandalf, Aragorn and Boromir; 99 for Gimli and 60 for Legolas.

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The Last Known Pictures Of Jim Morrison, Taken Five Days Before His Death

Jim Morrison's life came to an end far too early, his heart stopped by an apparent heroin overdose, but French law enforcement officials didn't perform an autopsy so we'll never know for sure how the Lizard King died.

All we have to tell us about those fateful days before Jim slipped away in the bathtub are a series of candid photos taken by friend Alain Ronay.

Jim looks clean shaven and happy as he shares some intimate moments with Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent on June 28th, 1971, a far cry from the image of a dark and disturbed man painted by the press after his death.

See the rest of the Last Known Photos of Jim Morrison in Paris on June 28, 1971 here

-Via Dangerous Minds



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An Overview of Live-action Superhero TV Shows

When you think of live-action superhero TV shows, you think of Superman from the ’50s, Batman from the ‘60s, Wonder Woman from the ’70s, and, um, you might be surprised at how many superhero shows you watched and don’t think about anymore.

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The good news is that we are experiencing a Renaissance of superhero shows, and there’s more to come. Enjoy this video from Vulture's Secret History of Television series. -via Laughing Squid



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New Book Takes A Look At The Exploitation Movie Posters Of Yesteryear

Hollywood has been using exploitation films as money making vehicles since the very beginning, but the features we generally think of as exploitation films are those schlocky sci-fi and horror flicks shown in grindhouse theaters beginning in the 1960s.

These films set the precedent for shocking audiences with the use of sex, gore and rock n roll, and they also changed the face of that most important piece of print advertising- the movie poster.

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Bronson, Drive and the upcoming Neon Demon, has been collecting exploitation movie posters for so long he doesn't know what to do with them all.

So when a friend suggested he share them with the world he decided the best way to do that would be with a book.

His upcoming book The Act Of Seeing will feature over 300 full color plates showing off those colorful early exploitation film posters in all their cheesy glory, with recaps and color commentary by journalist Alan Jones.

See more of these amazing exploitation movie posters at io9



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Sesame Street: Nosh of the Titans

In this Sesame Street parody of Clash of the Titans, Cookie Monster is Fursius, and must pass Moo-dusa to reach Mt. Olympus Diner. To quote Cookie, “Oh, dat weird.”

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And for Sesame Street’s original audience, there’s a lesson in observation and focus. And an appropriate punch line at the end. -via Geeks Are Sexy



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Five Ways The Federation Is Actually An Evil Empire

The Star Trek saga is presented in a way that causes viewers to assume the Federation is a force for good, helping anyone in need and spreading messages of hope and peace throughout the universe.

But humans aren't very good at taking care of their own planet, so what makes people think they'd be of much use defending other planets throughout the galaxy?

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Cracked's Luke McKinney has compiled 5 Ways Star Trek's Federation Was An Evil Empire, including their blatant human elitism, their valuable resource hoarding ways and the fact that they're basically piloting giant antimatter bombs.

Let the geeky debates begin!

Read 5 Ways Star Trek's Federation Was An Evil Empire here



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Sauron's Plan For The One Ring Made Easy To Understand

Sauron is the ultimate antagonist in the Lord Of The Rings series, aka the guy controlling that fiery floating eyeball atop the Dark Tower of Barad-Dur who keeps sending dark forces after our favorite little furry footed halflings, the Hobbits.

But behind that pyrotechnic peeper is a necromantic mastermind with a mighty malevolent plan to rule all of Middle Earth with a little help from the One Ring.

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YouTube champion CGP Grey continued his series on Middle Earth Mythology (the first installment of which Miss C. posted here on Neatorama) with this video entitled The One Ring Explained.

It's perfect for those who have watched the movies but haven't read the books, or those who simply can't stand reading when there are thousands of videos online that still need to be watched!

-Via Dorkly



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Physicist Calculates Yoda's Weight

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Judge Yoda by his size, do you? Well, Dr. Rhett Allain does. He's a professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. In the past, he's calculated Darth Vader's weight and how long it would take for an AT-AT to hit the ground. He wanted to know how much Yoda weighs. And since the Jedi Master is shy about the issue, Allain had to calculate the results from The Empire Strikes Back.

Allain assumes that Dagobah has the same gravity as Earth, that Luke Skywalker is 5'9" and weighs 150 pounds, and that The Force is not in play against gravity while Luke is carrying Yoda. You can read all of his equations and rationale here. Yoda, Allain argues, weights 43.7 kilograms.

-via Lost at E Minor



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Slave Leia Disney Princess Squad

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Now that Disney owns Star Wars, we see the iconic Leia slave outfit crossing over into the Disney Princess universe. In the past, we've seen slave Leia versions of Tinkerbell, Ariel, and Elsa. Now the lineup is filling out even more, thanks to these ladies. That's Ashlynne Dae as Elsa, Elizabeth Rage as Belle, Rianne Synnth as Mulan, and Hendo as Pocahontas.

-via Cosplay America



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Guy Asks Internet To Remove Kid From Photo, Gets The Photoshops He Deserves

Everybody knows better than to ask the internet for help Photoshopping a picture by now, and we've seen the droll dorkiness that makes the rounds after these poor victims have asked "for help".

So it's agreed that those who ask “for help” from the internet are doing so knowing full well what lies in store for their image, right?

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Okay good, because I almost feel bad for the guy who asked the interwebs to remove the kid from the background of this romantic picture because people now think of him as a kid hating jerk!

Some of the 'shoppers were happy to help delete the kid from the pic by adding different kinds of dogs to the image

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And then war suddenly broke out all around them...we salute you, Private Smoochface!

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See more from "Can You Guys Photoshop Out The Kid In The Background?" here



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This Minion Body Wash Has One Horrifying Flaw

The Minions are drawn, modeled and rendered to be utterly adorable, but the one flaw in their character design is they still look horrifying when they bleed.

'If that blood is flowing out of an orifice the horror level increases, and seeing a Minion bleeding out of its eyes is something that's sure to stay with a child until well after they've started seeing a shrink.

Twitter user @AlsBoy, aka filmmaker and strong swimmer Ash Warner spotted this gruesome flaw in the Minions 3-in-1 Body Wash bottle design while soaping up in the shower, but at least the "blood" is strawberry banana scented!

-Via Metro UK



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Superman Toy Soars Over Victoria Park, With A Little Help From A Flying Drone

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Since nobody can seem to do Superman justice on the big screen these days director/retoucher/drone pilot Barry Craig has taken it upon himself to shoot the Superman film we need.

Barry attached a Superman action figure to the front of his Phantom 3 flying camera drone and let the Man of Steel fly free over Victoria Park in London.

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Now all Barry needs to do is add some supervillain figures, sound effects and CGI eye beams to the footage and he's got the makings of a scene for a new Superman film, or at least a part of a sketch for Robot Chicken.

-Via Gizmodo



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Portrait Series Featuring Creepy Cosplay Characters Known As Dollers

Kigurumi is big time in Japan, with everything from mascots to cosplayers considered part of kigurumi, but there's one form of kigurumi cosplayer who is a bit creepier than the rest- the Dollers.

Some Dollers dress up to live out their anime fantasies, actually becoming their favorite characters thanks to a full latex mask, costume and zentai (spandex body suit). A lucky few actually get paid for their strange cosplay hobby, hired as entertainers for public events.

Photographer Laurie Simmons found herself fascinated by the world of Dollers, expressing her interest in the strange subculture through her portrait series “Kigurumi, Dollers And How We See”.

Laurie's striking images prove that no matter what you think of Dollers they make mighty memorable subjects for portraits!

See more from Laurie's Kigurumi portrait series at Juxtapoz



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The Original Inspiration for the Hulk Was a Mother Lifting a Car off Her Baby

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Hulk smash? Yes. But beyond that, Hulk save. The Hulk is male, but the original, real-life Hulk was a woman. Jack Kirby, the comic book artist who conceived of the Hulk, explained in a 1990 interview that an incident in which a mother rescued her baby by lifting a car off him was the inspiration behind the Hulk:

The Hulk I created when I saw a woman lift a car. Her baby was caught under the running board of this car. The little child was playing in the gutter and he was crawling from the gutter onto the sidewalk under the running board of this car — he was playing in the gutter. His mother was horrified. She looked from the rear window of the car, and this woman in desperation lifted the rear end of the car. It suddenly came to me that in desperation we can all do that — we can knock down walls, we can go berserk, which we do. You know what happens when we’re in a rage — you can tear a house down. I created a character who did all that and called him the Hulk. I inserted him in a lot of the stories I was doing. Whatever the Hulk was at the beginning I got from that incident. A character to me can’t be contrived. I don’t like to contrive characters. They have to have an element of truth. This woman proved to me that the ordinary person in desperate circumstances can transcend himself and do things that he wouldn’t ordinarily do. I’ve done it myself. I’ve bent steel.

-via io9



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How To Draw Mickey Mouse

Unless you're looking at an officially licensed Disney tutorial you'd better put your pencils and your eyeballs away and stop looking at the screen, now!

Just kidding, it's nothing more than an innocent comic drawn by a non-Disney artist, to be filed under "satire".

This silly yet oh so true comic by Mauricio Abril shows the not so fun side of that empire Mickey Mouse built, and I know more than a few NeatoShop artists will totally relate to the punchline!

-Via Laughing Squid



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Kids TV Shows That Were Perverted Behind The Scenes

Behind every kids show are a bunch of adults making the whole thing happen, and even though the show's contents are kept kid friendly the backstage crew setting is generally for mature audiences only.

It may come as no surprise that Full House had some totally raunchy moments going on behind-the-scenes, since Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are funny guys and Stamos is a certified Bad Boy.

But people getting it on and “experimenting” backstage while kids (and sometimes their parents) competed on the beloved game show Double Dare?

That just seems wrong, but in the words of host Marc Summers “There might have been a little experimentation going on there”, note he's using the 80s version of the term “experimentation”.

Read more about 5 Beloved Kids Shows That Were Perverted Behind The Scenes at Cracked (Contains NSFW language)



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A Collection Of Webcomics About Life As A Gamer

Gamers know what it's like to be a gamer, what it's like to obsess, fret and test your mental endurance with marathon gaming sessions.

(Via Invisible Bread)

But those who have never given in to gaming temptation may be unaware of what it's like to be a gamer, and therefore might benefit from a little comic strip insight.

(Via Jim Benton)

Cheezburger gathered a collection of gamer-centric webcomics for This Collection Of Web Comics Really Explains What It's Like To Be A Gamer. It's a fun way to waste five minutes of your life!



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The Empire Strikes Back Trailer in the Style of The Force Awakens


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The trailers for the upcoming Star Wars movie The Force Awakens have a unique style noted for varied pacing and dramatic narration. They inspired Dan Flesher to edit scenes from The Empire Strikes Back into a new trailer. They make that movie look fresh, even at 35 years old. Compare it to this original trailer for Episode V.

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Movies That Were Shelved Then Released Years Later

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Hollywood has some strange practices when it comes to releasing movies, and sometimes movie studios will spend months and millions of dollars making a flick only to leave it laying on the shelf.

Sometimes legal reasons keep a movie from being released, like the legal battle over distribution rights between Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks that kept the Eddie Murphy movie A Thousand Words on the shelf for four years.

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Films can also be kept out of theaters by bad test audience feedback, which surprisingly kept director Michael Roemer's film The Plot Against Harry on the shelf for twenty years.

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When Michael went to make a home video copy of his film for his kids the transfer technician laughed, and so did his kids, so he released the film he'd completed in 1969 to a much warmer audience reception in 1989.

Whether most of these movies should have been released at all is debatable, but filmmakers must feel crummy about pouring energy into projects only to have them locked away gathering dust instead of being shown to an audience.

See 15 Shelved That Were Eventually Released Years Later at mental_floss



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"Humanized" Animal Characters From Video Games That Somehow Seem Wrong

Some of our favorite video game franchises feature anthropomorphic animal characters, which creators feel are easier for players to relate to than a normal animal would be.

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But when an animal character is "humanized" they often lose their appeal, and it becomes hard to tell who those human characters are supposed to be, since their animal forms were a big part of what made them recognizable in the first place.

Case in point- Koopalings and Bowser Jr. as humans:

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And then there are those sexy "humanized" versions of animal characters, which are not only less appealing than the original- they're downright creepy if you think about it!

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Who was hoping to see a sexy version of Chica the psychotic animatronic chicken from the Five Nights At Freddy's series? Ummm, maybe you're better off not answering that question...

See 20 Unsettling "Humanized" Versions Of Non-Human Video Game Characters here



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Illustrator Visualizes Mental Illnesses As Monsters

Dealing with a mental illness means identifying and handling that little monster lurking around inside your mind, a monster waiting for the most inopportune time to make an appearance.

Illustrator Toby Allen decided to deal with his anxieties by imagining how they would look as monsters, visualizing these hard to describe (and even harder to understand) creatures that wreak havoc on our state of mind.

We first featured Toby's artwork here on Neatorama a few years ago, and since then he has reworked his original designs a bit and given more mental illnesses a visual life, along with a very internet appropriate disclaimer:

The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more managable as physical entities.

See more of Toby's mental illness monster illustrations at Bored Panda



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