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Danish Topless Warn Speeders

Denmark has hit on an innovative idea to cut down on speeding motorists. Topless women holding speed limit signs have been dispatched to some of the major thoroughfares leading into Copenhagen. If the women spot a speeder, they don’t issue a ticket, but instead use their double-barreled assets to point out the proper speed.

Full Frontal TV

Naked women are going on Danish TV to be assessed by men, but is the Blachman show sexist rubbish or thoughtful debate? Please be warned that this video contains full-frontal nudity. H/T SBS Dateline Australia

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A man weighed down by his responsibilities, literally papered over by burdensome tasks, embarks on a life-altering journey. David R. Christensen from The Animation Workshop in Denmark directed this fantasy-oriented short, which he completed in 2012.

 

The Shell House Raid

The world is awash with stories from World War Two. Yet every now and again, a tale is told that makes you see the conflict with fresh eyes. For the first time, this intimate and moving doc details one of the most daring missions of the war, bringing the extraordinary bravery of those involved and its costs into stark relief. Martin Sheen narrates the story of the raid on Shell House, Gestapo headquarters in Copenhagen.

Know Your Monster: 24

REPTILICUS

Reptilicus is one of the few Kaiju who originate from a nation other than Japan. This serpent-dragon can trace his origins to Denmark, of all places. He’s the one and only Danish monster to star in his own movie. The 1961 release chronicles an attack by Reptilicus on the city of Copenhagen. AIP issued an American version of the movie, but deleted scenes showing the monster flying, supposedly because the special effects looked less than convincing. In place of the flying scenes, AIP added a sequence where the monster spews green acid slime from its mouth.

Reptilicus is a prehistoric beast brought back to life when some miners find a portion of its tail frozen underneath the Arctic tundra. Taken back to Copenhagen for scientific study, the monster promptly regenerates itself and goes on a rampage destroying buildings and terrorizing the public. It not only can fly but also swim. And its scales are impenetrable, so it deflects tank and missile attacks.

Perversely, the movie has built a cult following because it is completely rank, with some of the planet’s worst special effects. Repticilus isn’t a suitmation monster like Gozilla or Mothra, but a wired marionette, whose movements are hideously herky-jerky.  As the BadMovies.org review puts it, “The horrid beast is fantastically amusing, its mouth barely moves and most of the effects are easily recreated with a two dollar rubber snake from the toy store filmed in slow motion.”

I won’t reveal how Repticilus is finally laid to rest, but he’s disposed in a way that foretells a possible sequel. Fortunately or not, the hinted sequel never materialized.

Tomorrow’s featured monster: Rodan

 

Whistleless

A little bird seeks out help from a few friends, including a tiger and a traffic cop, in trying to master the art of whistling. This short is the antithesis of computer animation. All the imagery was created by hand using thousands of potato stamps that were scanned and used as textures for the drawings. It’s colorful and contagiously upbeat. Siri Melchior, the director, is one of the founders of Trunk Animation in London.  Dansk Tegnefilm in Denmark also collaborated on the work.

Build a Homemade Spacecraft

Anyone with some brains and lots of courage can build their own space rocket using everyday, off-the-shelf products. Vice recently flew to Denmark to meet the founders of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a non-profit open-source D.I.Y. space endeavor.

The Christmas Song

Inspired by the Everly Brothers, the Danish indie duo, the Raveonettes, create tender pop ballads with tight, two-part harmonies. Here’s a tune to warm your wintertime cockles, “The Christmas Song,” from 2003.

World of Beers LVI

On tap tonight: Tuborg, Denmark.

Slug Invasion

All’s fair in hunger and war.

The gruff-talking Sergeant Slug and his greenhorn maggot recruits prepare a massive assault on a suburban garden, but they’ll have to defeat a force they didn’t reckon with — an elderly lady gardener hellbent to protect her pristine preserve from pests.

This funny animated spoof on Hollywood war movies is the handiwork of a group of students — Morten Helgeland, Casper Wermuth, Lasse Rasmussen, Carina Løvgreen, Kirsten Bay Nielsen, Polina Bokhan, Peter Egeberg, Magnus Myrälf and Maria B. Kreutzmann — from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark. H/T Animation Blog

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