Sunday, 26 January 2014

Forbidden planet's Monster from the ID part 3

 The real looks of the invisible monster Id from the Forbidden Planet

The look at the Morbius' peaceful looking villa with the lake on Altair IV. Nice matte painting with glittering water effects:

As a kid I went to see the Forbidden Planet movie as often as I could. Luckily for me, in the 60's and even 70's the film reruns in the Zagreb's numerous movie theatres, were quite frequent. One of the mysteries that bothered me was: What did the Monster of Id, that ultimate Bogey man,  really looked like if it were visible? Only the fire from the blasters, or if you like it more, from the flying saucer crew's disintegrators, made the monster shimmer in translucent light. In fact the kind of stroboscopic effects and the brilliant classic cell animation made the monster convincing. Even by today's tough standards, the sequences featuring the Id monster can go hand in hand with the best products of modern cg animation. In fact, I haven't figured out the exact looks of the invisible monster (notice the controversion here? ;-) until I have decided to make a restoration myself.
I wasn't satisfied by the restorations I have found by searching for images on the Internet. Anyway, I've done that hundreds of times with prehistoric animals. Using the stop function of any movies PC viewer makes it a piece of cake. So here is my pencil drawing of the Id monster. It's quite a bizarre looking creature created by a sort of symbiosis of the Dr. Morbius' subconsciousness and the almighty Krell machines. A biped, with no front limbs, with an oversized devilish looking toothy head placed on short torso and with a fat stumpy tail.

You must admit that, even when revealed in it's true form the Id monster looks intimidating. The Morbius' alter ego apparently wears doc's (Walter Pidgeon, 1897 – 1984 ) distinctive goatee. However, it looked more scary as featured in the movie and half-visible. Even more so, when invisible and melting down the doors of "indestructible" Krell metal.

 The Tasmanian Devil, often referred to as "Taz", is an animated cartoon character featured in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series of cartoons. Does he remind you of something or someone?

 After all, both images (the Id monster and the Cartoon character) are the products of the human imagination.
 But there's also, although remote, a resemblance with the Late Cretaceous (70-65 mya) theropods, like the northern hemisphere tyrannosaurids and peculiar southern hemisphere abelisaurids. While some Tyrannosaurids obviously still had some use from their shortened hands, the front limbs of abelisaurids seemed were quite useless and heading towards the rudimentary ones. If the great cataclysm, which wiped out all the dinosaurs (except the birds), wouldn't have happened, it is quite possible that some of the advanced long-legged theropods would have been without the front limbs. It was a matter of a mere few millions of years, which they didn't have to evolve further.

Abelisaurid Kryptops in my life restoration:

What is Id in psyhology?

"The id consists of all the inherited (i.e. biological) components of personality, including the sex (life) instinct – Eros (which contains the libido), and aggressive (death) instinct - Thanatos.
The id is the impulsive (and unconscious) part of our psyche which responds directly and immediately to the instincts. The personality of the newborn child is all id and only later does it develop ego and super-ego.
The id demands immediate satisfaction and when this happens we experience pleasure, when it is denied we experience ‘unpleasure’ or pain. The id is not affected by reality, logic or the everyday world.
On the contrary, it operates on the pleasure principle (Freud, 1920) which is the idea that every wishful impulse should be satisfied immediately, regardless of the consequences."

The definition was borrowed from here: Symply Psyhology

A nicely writen review on the movie.

 Movie mistakes, goofs and bloopers

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