1.4.05 | Haiii-YAH!!!! (part one)

When i was a small Saturnyne, one of the highlights of my monday tea-times was a double-whammy of Harold Lloyd and Monkey

Harold Lloyd was this extraordinary slight bespectacled silent-age comedian doing these outrageous and very dangerous stunts and i would sit there gobsmacked with tea quite forgotten marvelling at his sheer ingenuity and unassuming and quite totally heroic escapades which were also damned funny on many occasions... (Ok, you can breathe in now, i lost my commas there for a moment)

Just thinking about this stunt gives me the heebie-jeebies!

The title song on these programmes began something like "Make way for Harold lloyd! Ya-da,dada-da-daa-DAH!"

A pair of glasses and a smile!

...Then i would continue to be gobsmacked. By the incredible Magic Wishing Staff wielding Monkey spirit, his pet cloud, and his two sidekicks, Sandy (A water-spirit-monster) with the permanently put-upon expression, and the lascivious and vulgar Pigsy (A pig-spirit, obviously. Keep up, you at the back!) as they guided the androgynous looking monk, Tripitaka (a monk)(Ho-ho) on his way to retrieve some sacred scrolls of enlightenment.


Or maybe it was just some nice sauce recipes they wanted, to go with their noodles. I dunno, i don't think they ever got there in the end... wherever it was... India or somesuch place...

So obviously, said scrolls were located thousands of miles away. Otherwise it'd only have been a couple of episodes long. Nowadays of course, they'd just order them from Amazon.com and spend the next five million episodes sitting around in their flat, while Amazon kept apologizing for the delay every six weeks...

Fucked if i know how the theme tune lyrics to that one went, btw; although the words "Monkey Magic" featured prominently i'm sure. If anyone wants to have a stab at "Singing" it in the comments, just go right ahead and ignore the smirks i'll be throwing you... Haw!

(Late News) Oh hey! I've just found out that Tripitaka the monk was played by a woman called Masako Matsumi!


For years Triipitaka confused me... I had the hugest crush on a character i thought was a woman... and then one day it sank in that Monkey and Co. referred to her as "Master". OMG! She was a He? Nooo! But now He's a She again? Sneaky! Great! I can fancy her again, now.

Except she's dead.

Ah well, she'd probably be a bit old for me anyhow.

(Don't you fecking say a WORD, Mr Carl! Not a WORD! Don't even GRIN! I was drunk!)



  3:57 pm :. Blogger Lizzy hollered thusly:

w00t~ Lol. Journey to the West!! Ahh, Asian classics, now that I can deal with. :P There has to be hundreds of versions of that show.. Well, yes, he is a monk, and therefore he ought to be quite male...

Loved that series as a kid meself, hell, there are still versions of it being screened these days.. No Chinese kid grows up without knowing what Xi You Zi (Journey to the West) is. Never thought you guys on the other side of the globe got stuff like that. :P

  5:31 pm :. Blogger me hollered thusly:

Ooh.. Saturnyne... sounds like you have drunken stories you're not sharing with us...

...and the entire world.

hm. maybe I can see why?

I've decided. You must share. :)

  6:40 pm :. Blogger Carl hollered thusly:

Drunk ? Drunk, blind, comatose or dead wouldn't have excused the Shooter's incident.

On the subject on Monkey it went :

Do do dooo do, Monkey Magic, do do do do, Monkey Magic, do do do do etc.

Adjust inline with my performances on Singstar and it's like you're there.

Or you could download the mp3 from TV Cream (don't worry folks it's the original theme not me singing it), remember kids downloading copyright material that you aren't the legal holder of may be an offense in your country and may result in the BPA , RIAA or your equivalent coming round and kicking your puppy.

  11:43 pm :. Blogger my sun sets to rise again hollered thusly:

Monkey looks like my dad did in the 70's. (when he still had hair.)

  4:18 am :. Blogger The Saturnyne hollered thusly:

Lizzy. Yeah thass the one. THe fabled stories of that adventurous monk, who wandered far and wide around the lands of the Far East and it's neighbours. I often wonder why they invented all the myths around him, when he was perfectly awesome in his own right. And on this side of the globe (Or at least in England) we totally adore all this stuff... part two of this extended post is about another Eastern series... i wonder if you'll be able to guess which one? (Hint: It came ot around the time of this Monkey series)

ME: oyess, i have lotsa drunken tales! Debauchery and quite often utter stupidity (with charm, obviously) And i'm sure i can recount this one at some point in the near future... Hmm, i must remember to email you sometime soon

Carl: Splitter! (Neat link though.)

M.S.S.T.R.A: Wot? Golden headband as well? Blameh! =]


  5:17 am :. Blogger The Saturnyne hollered thusly:

oyeah, did i mention that there's some obscure point to my peeking back into the murky past of martial arts style dramas?

All will be revealed in part three!

Don't hold yer breath though, it's a completely irrelevant point. Hah!


  5:27 am :. Blogger Star hollered thusly:

Sad to say I've never seen it. Perhaps I shalt google it. ? We'll see how lazy I am this weekend and go from there, I think :)

  5:32 am :. Blogger Star hollered thusly:

*sneaks another comment in*
lol, only commenting on the fact that you last comment wasn't on there the fist time I posted. Sneaky!
I wonder if when I hit the back button if part 2 will mysteriously have appeared. hmm..

  7:03 am :. Blogger The Saturnyne hollered thusly:

Never seen it?!? Oh the shame! Well it hasn't aged terribly well, i'm afraid.. .the martial arts are almost hammy to an extreme. But still kinda fun, i guess.

The stories usually run like this: Nasty Demon (Grr!) waylays our heroic companions and captures all of them except Monkey. Monkey then comes along and rescues them from the Nasty Demon (Grr!), who usually turns out to be married to a nagging spouse who he dearly loves and he only wanted to waylay the heroes to impress her. Then Monkey usually twats them all one with his staff. Then someone dies, usually the Nasty Demon (Grr!) or his missus, in a dramatically tragic love/death scene which goes on forever. Then the companions reflect on all this for a couple of seconds in a sort of "Oh wow!- Demons have feelings too!" kind of way and then they all piss off merrilly on their way to the next sad-demon-slaughterfest.

Jerry Springer would love it.

Nearly as shameful as being awake at 6:31 a.m., by the way.

I've just been giggling at my only half-coherent replies, as my highly trained otters attempt to keep my eyelids open via clever use of string and pulleys.

I think i'll go to bed now. I'm starting to hallucinate.

Or am i? Eeep!


  9:28 am :. Blogger Lizzy hollered thusly:

I cringe at anything intended to be Asian that was made out of Asia. Hollywood makes martial arts look like something you can learn out a '10 steps to success' guidebook.

Hmm, another series? The Eight Immortals? Legend of the Condor Hero? Hmmm.. What else is there..

  2:46 pm :. Blogger Max hollered thusly:

"his pet cloud" -- had to laugh out loud at that one...

  1:44 am :. Blogger my sun sets to rise again hollered thusly:

Well, it was a bad decade for everyone really..

  2:31 pm :. Blogger Jessie hollered thusly:

Great! I've not seen either though, either... eek those otters are starting on me

  11:39 pm :. Blogger Starbuck hollered thusly:

Monkey was probably the greatest show ever made. Ah, sweet nostalgia, remembering watching it round my mate Ben's house with our Weebles.

And joy of joys, upon visiting China a few years back, to find a wealth of entertainment sourced from the original legend... still, the Japanese did it the best!

  11:43 pm :. Blogger Starbuck hollered thusly:

Oh, and curse you for putting the incredibly catchy Harold Lloyd music in my internal jukebox.

A disturbing show, that one. Lots of shots of lunatics wrapping iron bars around our hero's head, and vice versa. Amazing stunts, though. Shame about the narrator.

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