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  1. jay says:

    Japan’s answer to Gumby and Clutch Cargo?

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  2. Colossus Prime says:

    I. Love. This! I came across this many years ago and have been fascinated by it ever since. All the stuff with the dinosaur talking to the camera seems like it’s from a different time. It’s all so wonderously bonkers.

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  3. Oh darn, thought this was the “Attack of the Monsters” = the alternate non-Sandy Frank dub of “Gamera vs. Guiron”.
    (And not that they wouldn’t have done it, too…)

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  4. Ray Dunakin says:

    From what I can see in the preview clips, the dinosaurs aren’t stop-motion. It looks like they’re just puppets.

    It’s mix of live action puppets with 2D animation is an odd choice. I wonder if this was created by splicing together scenes from two different movies/series?

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  5. mst3kme says:

    From Wikipedia:

    “Dinosaur Satan Gottes, and this time they are trying to rule Earth once more and wipe out humankind. They are alive and even thriving in an underground empire that they have built. In 1986, Ururu, the leader of the dinosaurs, declares war against humanity. In an attempt to reclaim Earth’s surface, some of the dinosaurs evolve into deadly monsters and start wreaking havoc on human population centers around the globe. The story revolves around the D-Force (D?? D Sentai), and its two members, a brother and sister team of Tachibana Ai (?? ?) and Tachibana Zen (?? ?), the Special OPs force, whose mission is to combat monsterized dinosaurs and protect humanity. But early in the series, the siblings suffer a near-fatal injury from the massive explosion during the test of a prototype super-tank, “predecessor to Izenborg”. In order to keep them alive, they receive cybernetic body parts and other implants, which synchronize with their combat vehicle and form Aizenborg (Ai + Zen + Cy”borg”; called Gemini in the U.S. movie) to fight the dino-army. Halfway through the show their bodies are altered again, and the two are able to combine into a robotic giant that can fight the dinosaurs in close combat.

    In 1982, the first four episodes were released to VHS in the United States in the form of a movie edit titled Attack of the Super Monsters.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur_War_Izenborg

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  6. mst3kme says:

    I know I’m dating myself badly here, but those Gemini siblings reminded me of the Wonder Twins on “Superfriends.”

    Saturday morning cartoons were lousy in the 1970s.

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  7. Joseph Klemm says:

    mst3kme:
    I know I’m dating myself badly here, but those Gemini siblings reminded me of the Wonder Twins on “Superfriends.”

    You’re not alone here, as one of the jokes from the live riffing of this film at Otakon 2002 has one of the characters shouting “Wonder Twin powers activate!” during the first Gemini transformation sequence (heck, there’s a number of jokes from that events I have the urge to quote while watching the Rifftrax riff).

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  8. Kenneth Morgan says:

    It looks like a lost episode of “Battle of the Planets” that they don’t like to talk about.

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  9. Sitting Duck says:

    Andrew Borntreger of Badmovies.org did a review of this feature some time ago.

    http://www.badmovies.org/movies/supermonsters/

    Producers Akira and Noboru Tsuburaya were producers of the first episode of Star Wolf, which was incorporated into Fugitive Alien.

    A couple of fun facts. Voice actor Dan Woren (Jim Starbuck and many others) has quite the filmography and is currently voicing Daisuke Jigen in the more recent Lupin III productions. Also a couple of the English version producers were involved with the Bert I. Gordon film Necromancy.

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  10. Sitting Duck says:

    Sitting Duck:
    Producers Akira and Noboru Tsuburaya were producers of the first episode of Star Wolf, which was incorporated into Fugitive Alien.

    Just to be clear, they are indeed the sons of Godzilla and Ultraman special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya.

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  11. goalieboy82 says:

    i love that i takes place in 2000 (future of the past).

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  12. goalieboy82 says:

    mst3kme:
    I know I’m dating myself badly here, but those Gemini siblings reminded me of the Wonder Twins on “Superfriends.”

    Saturday morning cartoons were lousy in the 1970s.

    me too (and from someone who saw the show on Cartoon Network back in the day when it was still mainly old Cartoons).

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  13. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    Still hoping for some set of Brains or another to riff “Gamera vs. Jiger” a Gamera film that Joel and the Bots skipped past.

    mst3kme:
    I know I’m dating myself badly here, but those Gemini siblings reminded me of the Wonder Twins on “Superfriends.”

    Saturday morning cartoons were lousy in the 1970s.

    Perhaps, but those of us who were small children in the 1970s didn’t really have anything for comparison and therefore they were GREAT. :-)

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  14. Keith Palmer says:

    I was wondering if this the first animation Rifftrax has ever featured (even with “live-action originally-Japanese monsters” mixed in), but remembered there’s at least one “holiday-themed short cartoon” in their catalogue. Forced to admit that one of the things that drew me into Mystery Science Theater 3000 was “anime MSTings” in the late 1990s, I can also admit this “feature” falls in the category of “titles I’ve considered finally taking a chance on Rifftrax for…”

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  15. mst3kme says:

    Touches:

    I *was* a small child in the 1970s.

    I had PBS’s wonderful programming for comparison.

    Then, there were the shows of Sid and Marty Krofft, which were something else, indeed.

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:

    Perhaps, but those of us who were small children in the 1970s didn’t really have anything for comparison and therefore they were GREAT. :-)

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  16. touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    Still hoping for some set of Brains or another to riff “Gamera vs. Jiger” a Gamera film that Joel and the Bots skipped past.

    YouTube channel BranzantFiLMS has covered both “vs Viras” and “vs Jiger” with their fan-tribute MST3K, and is working on “Gamera: Super Monster.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txlACvbck_U

    mst3kme:
    I know I’m dating myself badly here, but those Gemini siblings reminded me of the Wonder Twins on “Superfriends.”

    You’ll be happy to know that the Wonder Twins currently have their own modern-take comic book! Originally planned as a six-issue miniseries, it’s proven so popular that it was upgraded to twelve issues.
    https://www.dccomics.com/comics/wonder-twins-2019/wonder-twins-1

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  17. Sitting Duck says:

    goalieboy82:
    i love that i takes place in 2000 (future of the past).

    Our old future, where the Dodgers were traded back to Brooklyn and all it took to put an uppity woman in her place was a single pimp slap. :P

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  18. TorgosPizzaNJ says:

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    Still hoping for some set of Brains or another to riff “Gamera vs. Jiger” a Gamera film that Joel and the Bots skipped past.

    Perhaps, but those of us who were small children in the 1970s didn’t really have anything for comparison and therefore they were GREAT. :-)

    “GAMERA vs JIGER” -I could definitely see a few Jimmy Buffett/Margaritaville riffs {“lost Jigger of salt..”…though my wife swears it’s SHAKER of salt…) :)

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  19. I just downloaded this and it’s all you could hope for, plus some A+ riffing.

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