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Tikis in films
Dr. Alderete
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Posted: 2014-01-15 12:20 am   Permalink

Blake & Mortimer: Le secret de l'île de Pâques (1997)
Characters created by E. P. Jacobs
Direction: Stephane Bernasconi / Yannick Barbau













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Dr. Alderete
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Posted: 2014-01-15 12:26 am   Permalink

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Doc, nice screen shots. Watched "Ogú y Mampato en Rapa Nui" on YouTube. My Spanish is rusty but I enjoyed it. Please keep those Spanish language titles coming. It's about the images not the language.



Thanks!
Ogu and Mampato is from Chile, now another one France/Belgium...

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creativenative
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Posted: 2014-01-16 12:44 am   Permalink

Yes, Doc! That what I'm talking about. Great French/Belgium find! Keep them coming.

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Dr. Alderete
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Posted: 2014-01-18 12:05 am   Permalink

Rokunga, el último hombre pájaro, 2002 (Rokunga, The last bird man)
Direction: Erwin Gómez Viñales

https://vimeo.com/16241664

Is a short film (7 minutes) made in Chile, where the characters are moais kava kava and moais tangata manu from Easter Island...





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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2014-03-15 2:57 pm   Permalink

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On 2014-01-04 13:33, ErkNoLikeFire wrote:
Just watched Anchorman 2. Really funny, and due to the vintage setting, has some surprises. Ron's office has a large Witco ship hanging on the wall



And here's that scene:



 
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Holler Waller
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Posted: 2014-03-25 7:18 pm   Permalink

Mythic Journeys used this moai towards the end of the film for about 4 seconds. Nothing Tiki about the film or content at all.


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uncle trav
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Posted: 2014-03-29 05:49 am   Permalink

Godzilla vs Megalon 1973. This royal piece of crap is one of my favorite Godzilla films. The film pits Godzilla and Jet Jaguar against Megalon and Gigan. The bad guys are summoned to destroy the surface of the earth. The undersea world of Seatopia is seeking vengeance against the surface dwellers and their use of nuclear weapons. A giant silver Moai is the god of choice shown and prayed to. Easter Island is also shown. A great film to burn a few brain cells out while watching.

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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-05-11 8:42 pm   Permalink

I just got home from a double feature of Mothra and King Kong vs Godzilla that my buddy put on today at the New Beverly in LA. I hadn't seen either since I was a kid. To say they don't hold up would be a mistatement since I'm pretty sure these were cheesy in the 70s/80s, but there were some almost surreal and very enjoyable moments in both films. What stood out for me the most though was the presence of Tiki elements in both films. King Kong vs Godzilla is mentioned earlier in this thread in a post by Creativenative, as is a Mothra sequel, but I didn't see any mention of the first Mothra.

Mothra is the superior of the 2 films both in production value and in Tiki. Many of the plot elements are the same in both films (Mothra was actually produced a year earlier than King Kong vs Godzilla) . In both films there is a visit to a mysterious island and in both films the islands are inhabited by natives who are played by Japanese actors in black face. It seems like they're supposed to be Polynesian natives, since the scientist is brought on because of his knowledge of Polynesian languages. On the island a pair of tiny singing sisters are discovered and ultimately stolen, but before this happens the hero scientist stumbles into a mysterious cave where he takes an imprint of some glyphs on the walls all in front of a silent stone Moai that looks a lot like the one on the Forbidden Island Album cover. I can't find a picture of this guy right now. Later on after the sisters are stolen and a bunch of the natives gunned down trying to stop their captors, the natives hold a ritual to bring Mothra to life. Mothras egg sits over a giant chamber that is inhabited by three large stone Moais.





In King Kong vs Godzilla - On the island they discover Kong on, there are carved wooden idols at the center of the village with Ape faces that are part of the ritual to summon Kong. They are Tiki-esque though I wouldn't call them Tikis. The natives (once again Japanese in black face) also have shields that are knock offs of PNG designs. The ritual itself could have been a floor show and the whole scene felt like an exotica inspired fever dream.







These were both produced by Toho studios, so 100% Japanese productions, which I thought was pretty cool.






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PabTiki
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Posted: 2014-05-11 9:03 pm   Permalink

Ha, my gf is obsessed with seeing the new Godzilla movie!

Great recommendations, I'm DEFINITELY going to check these out!



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PabTiki
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Posted: 2014-05-11 9:05 pm   Permalink

For the non-King Kong movie, was it Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964), or just Mothra (1961)?

http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/549156?strkid=932481508_1_0&trkid=222336&movieid=549156

http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Mothra/70120056?strkid=932481508_0_0&strackid=4caf6d16534becbc_0_srl&trkid=222336


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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-05-11 10:16 pm   Permalink

The first one - Mothra 1961.

I think Godzilla vs Mothra may be mentioned earlier in this thread though.


 
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PabTiki
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Posted: 2014-05-12 5:21 pm   Permalink

Cool thanks!

 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2014-05-22 08:36 am   Permalink

Here's a cool lobby card for the 1961 "Mothra" emphasizing the faux Japanese Poly Pop kitsch...



And a close up of the Moai...





 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2014-05-22 5:22 pm   Permalink

Good finds Uncle Trav and John-O. Learn something and see something new on TC all the time. Everyone thanks for your snooping and sharing. Keep up the good work.

 
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SoCal Savage
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Posted: 2014-05-22 6:35 pm   Permalink

Great find on that lobby card John O. I wish I could find a shot of the "mysterious cave" with the Moai in it, that the scientist character discovers the glyphs in.

 
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