Friday, February 20, 2015

Apologies! (and a Prize!)

My apologies to everyone waiting for an update. I've been planning one for the past two weeks and have been lagging behind. I actually have a good excuse: I'm extremely busy at work and have been taking it home with me. Plus, I have a personal commitment that involves a writing assignment.
I expect to have all that behind me next week--the update should happen before the end of the month. January and February are the deadest time of the year for media of any kind, let alone TF content, so I'll be dipping into my large and badly organized backlog of comics and TV episodes. I try to post only the best stuff out there. There are lots of transformation scenes which occur off-camera or cover up the transformation. Sadly, most TF scenes are like that! I could easily fill my blog with them every week. I refuse, so it takes more time to find acceptable material.

While you wait, take a look at the January and February updates at Dutchbull's site. My thanks to everyone who's written in suggesting various shows and movies--I'm still processing many messages, so pardon my slowness.

And now for something completely different!

For the first time, I'm offering a prize to anyone who can track down an obscure comic from my adolescence.
In 1993 I was on a family vacation in Italy. At a rest area I went into a shop and saw a comic that involved a guy who beat up several people and then got on his motorcycle and drove off. But as he sped away, he transformed into a bear, bursting his clothes in the process!
That's all I remember. I was 12 years old at the time. 22 years have passed since then

If you know what this comic is and can tell me the title and issue number, you will receive the Silver Werewolf Prize. This involves a $30 reward. Plus, I will devote a blog post to anything you want.

If you can actually send me the comic--either digital scans or a physical copy--I will give you the Golden Werewolf Prize. $50 (plus reimbursement of purchase and/or shipping costs), a blog post devoted to anything you want, and I will also write a TF story or draw a TF sequence based on anything you want (I'm not a prolific writer, but you can find two examples of my work here. As for art, I think I'm a decent draftsman, but you'll have to take my word for it!)

Just to remind you, this comic was published in Europe no later than 1993 and involves a man getting on a motorcycle and turning into a bear. Though Italian, it could be a translation of a European comic.

Rules: Only one silver and one golden prize will be given. The first to answer will win. I can send the money through Paypal (preferred), check, international money order, or Google wallet. The story will not go above 10 single-spaced pages. The art will be a one or two page sequence in black and white. Story or art will be delivered within a month from notification of winning status.

To contact me, use the "Send me a howl!" form to the right. Tracking down this comic will be difficult, so best of luck!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Late Phases (Werewolf Transformation)

I'm honored to have received this video from the great werewolf connoisseur Herpscott. It's the transformation scene from the recent film Late Phases. After years of over-reliance on CGI, it's a delight to see filmmakers rediscover the power of practical effects. Like Wolf Cop, the transformation scene is the skin-ripping type, which isn't my favorite, but no one can deny that it isn't well-done and gripping. Thanks again Scott!

Werewolf Transformation 2 by blackjack60

Growing Pains--Available for Viewing!

Growing Pains is a Danish short film about a teenaged boy who turns into a werewolf whenever he gets sexually aroused (you can see the trailer here). I discussed it a while back, and now I can report that it's available for rental, at this page.

Though the rental is only good for one complete viewing, the price is low ($3.72) and the film is definitely worth it. Actually it's terrific--the first non-disappointing werewolf movie in years. It's even better than expected, and has three transformation scenes! The first alone is worth the price of rental, and the movie is funny, unsettling, kinky, and has something valuable to say about the harm of sexual repression and the need to release one's inner beast.

Werewolves have often been seen as metaphors for out-of-control sexual urges, puberty, and even erections (in transformation scenes the body grows like a monstrous penis). Many werewolf films have tried to make use of those metaphors--Growing Pains is the first to successfully employ all of them.

This is an independent movie and needs all the support it can get. Next month I might post a few screengrabs to further whet your appetites, but in the meantime I highly recommend renting Growing Pains.

Marbels Chocolate (Werewolf Transformation)

Below is a TV commercial from Indonesia, advertising Marbels Chocolate. It parodies classic werewolf iconography, features a cute actor, and uses a combination of make-up, body-suits, and CGI (for muzzle growth). I wish we had commercials like this in America. The only sour note is the boy giving the werewolf chocolate--doesn't he know that's toxic to dogs?

Werewolf version from Gunnar Nimpuno on Vimeo.

Garo: The Animation (Werewolf Transformation)

Episode 7 of this anime aired last month--it shows the main character dreaming that he's become a werewolf. The transformation is very quick, but there's some nice muzzle-growth and the werewolf design is goofy/cute.

Zoo (Vulture, rat, sabretooth tiger, tyrannosaurus rex transformations)

Zoo is a short online manga containing a smorgasbord of transformations. Since I can't read Japanese, I can't tell you the name of the author or what's going on, but the art looks very similar to that of Naruto.
The two male protagonists drink potions that turn them into various animals--though many of the transformations are off-panel, three or four have been spread across a few panels. Read Zoo here.

In case you need reading instructions, start by clicking the arrow in the pop-up sign. This will take you the main page. From there, turn the pages by clicking the arrow at the bottom of the screen (the arrow faces right).
Oh, and if anyone knows if Zoo has any other chapters, please tell me!

Life (Age Progression)

 (Originally found at Visible Time.)
Life is a short film by Audrey Schebat; it shows a baby progressing to adolescence, adulthood, old age and death within a single shot. Though made in 2001, the morphing between the different models still works, though I think the childhood section is the smoothest and best (perhaps because the child actors look more alike).

Special Delivery (Horse Transformation)

Readers of this blog are undoubtedly familiar with Mamabliss and her excellent transformation comics. Horses are one of her specialties, and in "Special Delivery" we see a young man go from horny to...horsy. Read it here.

Tom and Jerry KIds (Muscle Growth/Monster/Age Progression Transformations)

Some of the most obnoxious cartoon trends of the 80s and early 90s involved shows starring child versions of beloved characters--I'm talking about such monstrosities as Muppet Babies or Tom and Jerry Kids. But the latter show wasn't all bad because it featured a pair of good Jekyll & Hyde transformations in "Doom Manor" (episode 9 of season 3).

Watch Jerry drink a mysterious potion and transforms into a super-muscled, furry, fanged monster:

So nice he transforms twice!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Guess who's back?

I have returned! Below are 13 fresh updates. I apologize for my longer-than-planned absence. I was on vacation for most of August and when I returned, it took a while to get back into my usual routine. The idea of updating the blog started seeming like work and I kept putting it off until too much time had passed. I even toyed with quitting altogether. But now all is well, and I'm gunning for one million views. Thanks to everyone who wrote in with suggestions for updates. If I didn't get around to including your selections this time, I'll try to do so in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy, and let me know if any links or videos don't work.

Sleepy Hollow (Wendigo Transformation)

This was a nice Halloween surprise. In episode 6 of second two ("And the Abyss Gazes Back") we're treated to a transforming wendigo, courtesy of a combination of make-up, a monster suit, and excellent CGI. The CGI works especially well because it serves as a bridge between two real figures, the human actor and the monster suit, resulting in a very convincing monster. (Are you taking notes Teen Wolf?)
After the transformation come two reversion scenes--the first quick and seen via reflection, the second longer. They're also notable because the actor who plays the wendigo is quite easy on the eyes, since he transforms back without any clothes on...

Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors (Spider Transformation)

A scene from episode 7 of the third season, when Spider-Man travels to the Savage Land and gets infected by a poison that transforms him into a man-spider (hence the episode title "The Savage Spider-Man"):

This isn't the first time Spider-Man became a man-spider (the idea seems like a natural one). It happened in the comics around 10 years ago (I'll post scans in a future update) and in the Spider-Man cartoon from the 1990s. Here's the transformation, along with the reversion, which is more detailed. The 90s show has a better man-spider design, but the new show has a better transformation.

Wolfcop (Werewolf Transformation)

It's not easy being a werewolf fan, because most werewolf movies suck. More are being made now than ever before, but most still suck. Three werewolf films released in the past few months--Wer, Wolves, and Werewolf Rising--were all crap, with no decent transformations. (Wolves was an especially big waste, given the quality of the fur-suits and the yummy Lucas Til).

The only decent, recent werewolf film is Wolfcop, a campy Canadian horror-comedy. It's good trashy fun, and though the transformations are the skin-ripping kind, they don't rely on excessive gore (unlike Hemlock Grove) and they exploit the comedic possibilities of the genre. For example, Wolfcop features the first penis transformation scene in werewolf film history! Perhaps it'll encourage future filmmakers to show more transforming wolf-junk...

Anyway, for this clip I've combined the two major transformation scenes. The first is short and has the infamous penis scene; the second is longer and more detailed.

Teen Wolf (Werewolf Transformation)

In the past Teen Wolf was a disappointment in terms of transformations, but remained extremely watchable, thanks to vivid characters, breathlessly-paced plotting, creatively scary visuals, and often underrated writing. But the recent fourth season has unquestionably been the show's worst. Much of the blame lies with MTV, which gave the staff only six weeks to prepare the season (other shows enjoy 18 to 26 weeks). The result is a set of episodes that wasted most of their time on an inconsequential mystery whose solution was an unguessable fraud.

But an even bigger problem is how show now handles werewolves. It's not interested in them. Teen Wolf treats lycanthropy as just another superpower. When it repeatedly uses a line like "You're not a monster, you're a werewolf," it makes werewolves boring and safe. And having the new werewolf learn to stop his full-moon transformation by reciting a Buddhist platitude makes this show's version of lycanthropy even more boring.

That said, there was one moment of TF interest, in the penultimate episode (#10). During a fight with an assassin, Scott begins losing control and his face transforms a third of the way into that of the Alpha Werewolf last seen in season one. There's also a reversion, and it's more noticeable than the transformation:

At first I thought this scene would foreshadow Scott completely transforming in the finale, but that didn't happen (instead there was a lot of absurdly pointless, dramatically inert crap involving berserkers in Mexico) . I now think this scene was an experiment by the special effects team to add variety to the monotonous look of the show's werewolves, especially since Jeff Davis has said the season one Alpha Werewolf form won't be coming back (he doesn't like working with large CGI creations and doesn't have the budget for them). I have a suggestion for Mr. Davis: Hire the folks who handled the transformation scenes in the British version of Being Human. The producer used them because he couldn't afford CGI, and they created the best werewolf transformations on television. It's not too late for Teen Wolf to redeem itself, provided it starts treating werewolves a little more like monsters