Taken from episode 4 (Everybody loves Pushy) of Stan Lee and Pamela Anderson’s Stripperella, this week’s Screenshot Saturday post! You’ve been waiting for it, haven’t you?
Pushy Galore, the annoying, flamboyant and persistent TV saleswoman, known to the world for her ultra cheap high fashion items as well as her seemingly endless marriages and disappeared husbands, finally comes to the attention of Erotica Jones, aka Stripperella, thanks to the revelation that Pushy’s so-called Fashion House items are nothing more than cheap knock-offs (that, and the fact that her handbags appear to be made out of human skin)!
Racing downtown in order to perhaps save the life of Pushy’s latest husband, Richard Slimmons, Stripperella bursts into Pushy’s secret, undisclosed location to find the mutated Pushy and her bodyguards about to toss poor old Richard into the skin stripper – but more importantly about to turn him into yet another fake designer handbag… which we all know is simply quite unforgivable!
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripperella
I won’t lie, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this show as of late. Stripperella chronicles the adventures of the crime-fighting superheroine/secret agent Erotica Jones, who works as an exotic dancer by day but then battles evil by night in the guise of Stripperella, the woman whose mission it is to turn unscrupulous bad guys scrupulous.
Enhanced reflexes, strength, and pain tolerance (not to mention the tons of questionable crime-fighting gadgets like laser lipstick and nipple cameras), but kicking crime fighting has never looked quite so good!
Stripperella is the brain child of Marvel comic alumni Stan Lee who partnered up with Pamela Anderson who came on board to voice the ditzy Erotica Jones, a character very much in a similar vein as that of VIP’s Vallery Irons which she portrayed for four years running. Consisting of 13 episodes in total and originally released back in 2003, Stripperella is best described as a mixture of animated comedy, action and camp (as well as just plain goofiness) and while it certainly isn’t raunchy, there is quite a fair bit of fan service, nipples and naughty double entendres to be had.
In terms of stories, most of the episodes are standalone adventures with little continuity between them. There are a host of recurring characters, particularly at Erotica’s home base, namely the Tender Loins gentleman’s club but of course these aren’t nearly as enjoyable as the host of over the top, comical villains the writers seem to come up with at will. If you remember the animated superhero goofball show The Tick, then you’ll know more or less what you are in for with regards to Stripperella. Villains like Cheapo (the World’s Cheapest Villain who dreams of becoming a “Hundrednaire”), Small Fry (the man who would make everything small so that he could be tall), Klinko (the copy store owner with delusions of brainwashing people for profit), Queen Clitoris (the man hater), and Push Galore (the TV saleswoman who peddles high fashion fakes to unsuspecting buyers) are all popping out the woodwork to give our poor old Erotica Jones a run for her money.
The writing is usually filled with puns, double entendres and just plain silliness, with a good dose of satirical representations of real world people (like poor old ridiculed “Richard Slimmons”) to fill the stage. That said, there is plenty of action to be had, a good mixture or martial arts, car chases and even three bullet gun chases if you must – with a little pole dancing action neatly stamped in on the side. You can’t take it seriously, but you can laugh, and in this aspect Stripperella really does work well with us more mature children at heart.
The animation is generally pretty smooth and not at all badly produced, though for some strange reason animation style and character design gets altered halfway into the short season, which can be a little jarring to all those animation puritans out there. The world is colourful, the characters fairly simple but with all the right curves in all the right places and for the most part, the dancing and action sequences are pretty well choreographed and pushed into life. It’s standard television animation, but definitely at the upper end the production value chain – not too many re-used or re-hashed bits as far as I can see! :)
Voice actors all throw in a pretty good performance, with Pamela Anderson proving to be the perfect voice for the often confused but loveable Erotica Jones/Stripperella and as a surprise showing, we even get the legendary WWE’s Vince McMahon throwing in his talents as the rival strip club’s creepy manager! Oh, and did I mention voice actor alumni Mark Hamill, Joey Lauren Adams, Thomas F. Wilson, Jon Cryer, Tom Kenny, Kid Rock, Maurice LaMarche (Brain from Pinky and the Brain) all make a voice appearance as well? Well now I did, so now you know.
In short, while not for kids thanks to all the exotic dancing and naughty puns, this is the perfect slapstick action comedy to put on when you just want to sit back and laugh at something absurd, silly and just plain over the top, with just that hint of adult fare to make it even more entertaining for all us young at heart (i.e. don’t want to grow up) adults with nothing better to do.
Thanks Stan, you’re a legend! :P
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripperella
This weekend past didn’t offer up all that much in terms of news, mostly because Chantelle spend Friday evening in Bellville preparing for Andri’s Stork Party that she was organizing for Saturday morning and finishing Alita’s son’s 21st key-themed birthday cake for delivery that evening, leaving me to my own devices which in the end meant watching anime, Stripperella and inserting increased advertising across the CodeUnit and Rugged Rock blogs. Exciting, I know! :P
Similarly, for the most part of Saturday I did the ordinary things like household chores, i.e. dishes, washing, D.I.Y. etc. mixed in with yet more Stripperella and even some Tomb Raider (whose backdrops are really breathtaking by the way), as well as penning a number of blog posts for scheduling here in these pages.
But come early evening and I was in my lovely Jetta Jameson and on my way to Bellville, to hook up with the Montgomery household and indulge in an evening which was to include a delicious steak braai, an exhilarating four man battle of darts and taking in the quite frankly astounding Stormers game on the telly. Oh, and indulging in left over Stork party snacks and goodies of course!
As for our impromptu darts game, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed picking up the old projectiles once again, and at the end of the day, Chantelle and I came nicely back in our game of Killer versus Monty and Cheryl, with Chantelle even managing to bag a Cherry Bull in basically her first darts game ever. For the most part we were playing catch-up and fell horribly behind on points, but when the open numbers finally dried up and only the bulls were left open, all of a sudden we were hitting them left right and center and came within striking distance of claiming the game, stopped only by a beautiful cherry thrown by Monty just as we were running out of time thanks to the impending Stormers game.
Speaking of the Stormers game, wow our boys are really looking good this season. Excellent defense (pity about that last gift try we gave away though) as per usual but for a change, a beautiful attack and I really can’t help but feel confident of our chances heading into the overseas leg of our campaign!
Sunday morning Chantelle and I slept in a bit and after lazing about the morning, we finally headed out to the mall to purchase some picture frames and print some wedding photos for placing in the pad – after all, it’s been four or five months already and we still haven’t sent out our thank you cards, never mind even printed a picture for proud display in our home!
I followed up our impromptu shopping trip by taking Chantelle out to lunch at JennaVIVA, a new favourite of hers and a delightfully upmarket-decorated establishment on the outskirts of mainland Somerset West I must say. Their menu and food quality is impeccable, the vibe seems like it really has the potential to be nice and surprisingly enough, their prices suits one’s pockets quite nicely. Imagine that! :)
Evening was spent being disappointed that one of the frames we bought was damaged and needs to be returned, hanging the other up in the lounge using double-sided tape to great effect, doing household things like folding up the washing and surprisingly enough finishing up the night with KFC and loads of Stripperella.
And that’s about it as far as I can remember. Nothing too memorable to report back on, apart from the darts of course.
Now that really was cool to play again…