|Posted by Anna H. on June 8, 2014 at 1:05 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? Normally, I post Anime and cartoon shorts
on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. Last Sunday, I mentioned all
the Liquid Television cartoons I watched on MTV, during my teen years.
Æon Flux was 1 of my favorite Liquid Television cartoons. The cartoon originally started as 6 animated shorts in 1991.
Actually, I didn't start watching Æon Flux, until 7th grade, nearly 20 years ago. I
know, I'm dating myself by telling you this, but I don't care. Besides,
we're in the middle of Mercury Retrograde. Therefore, I'm bound to feel
As I was saying, Æon Flux is an Avant-Garde Science Fiction Animation, that aired on MTV, during the early to mid-90's. The cartoon originally started as an animated short created by Korean American animator, Peter Chung in 1991.
In addition, Chung created the character designs for the animated series, Phantom 2040, which used a similar animation style as Æon Flux. Æon Flux didn't become a complete series until 1995, which was also the same year the series ended.
In 2003, there was a Hollywood film adaptation in production for the live action version of Æon Flux. I remember it being temporarily delayed because Charlize Theron injured herself, while doing her own stunts for the character, Æon Flux.
Then, in December 2005, the movie released in theaters. I didn't get a chance to go see the Æon Flux film. By that time, I was in the last semester of my college senior year and at my sickest in life. I really wanted to see the movie for years because the media kept praising Charlize Theron in it.
It wasn't until several years ago, that I finally watched the Æon Flux movie. Wow! That was an absolute disappointment. Talk about the media overhyping a movie.
Anytime Peter Chung called the movie, which was supposed to be based off HIS Æon Flux animation a "travesty," it's THAT bad. In fact, he expressed more in detail:
"I was unhappy when I read the script four years ago; seeing it projected larger than life in a crowded theatre made me feel helpless, humiliated, and sad. ...[The movie's creators] claim to love the original version; yet they do not extend that faith to their audience. No, they will soften it for the public, which isn't hip enough to appreciate the raw, pure, unadulterated source like they do."
The movie sparked a lot of controversy because we as fans of the Æon Flux animation HATED the film. The Æon Flux movie physically beared very little resemblance to the cartoon, when it came to casting characters and the overall script.
Because the creaters of the animated short and series had zero involvement with the movie, it was like having to suffer through someone's shitty fan fiction.
As much as I enjoy watching Charlize Theron as an actress, she was a terrible match for the character, Æon. Hollywood really should've casted Angelina Jolie. Angelina's sociopathic yet cunning and seductive persona would've been perfect for Æon rather than Charlize Theron. It's not that Charlize is a terrible actress. She just didn't suit the role of Æon Flux.
The characters and the script being re-written received the MOST complaints. For example, the character Una was NOT Æon's sister in the cartoon. Una was her old friend. Also, Trevor Goodchild did NOT have a long lost brother named Oren, and Trevor was NOT married to Æon.
Æon and Trevor always had a love/hate relationship in the animation. It's unclear in the animated shorts. However, in the cartoon, their relationship is better explained. It is best to watch the entire Æon Flux animation than the movie.
Today, I have the 6 Æon Flux shorts from Season 1. Since there is no dialogue in the 6 shorts, I have a highly graphic and detailed summary for you. The story begins with the famous scene where Æon catches a fly with her eyelashes.
Then, there's a battle between Monican agents and Breen forces. At the same time, Æon massacres dozens of soldiers on her quest to assassinate a Breen Official.
Most of the soldiers are already sick and dying from a strange disease carried by an azure beetle. As hundreds of soldiers die in the sewers, Trevor Goodchild finds and carries 1 of the beetles, hides it in his finger, and carries it with his "lover" to the rooftop.
The rooftop is also around the same area where Æon’s target is sleeping. While going that direction, Æon sees Trevor and his so-called "lover" engaged in some kinky ear foreplay and more. As Æon retreats, Trevor uses the infectious toxin from the azure beetle to create an antidote.
First, he uses it on himself and his lover. Next, Æon goes to the rooftop, while being oblivious to acquiring a thumb tack. The thumb tack in the sole of her boot is from a loose cable fastening.
While Æon prepares to kill her victim, she unknowingly stabs her foot with the tack, and falls off the building to her death. The Monican authorities destroy Æon's body and burn her apartment. Then, Trevor is hailed as a "hero" for developing a cure for the virus.
In the season finale, a boy buys a foot fetish magazine with Æon on the cover tickling her own foot. Meanwhile, Æon goes into this strange heaven where a spirit tickles her feet as seen on the magazine cover. Now, that I have explained everything, you can watch the Æon Flux shorts with a better understanding. Anyway, here's Æon Flux:
Æon Flux: Season 1 Pilot "N/A" (1991)
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