Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Space Whales

Some forms of animal anthropomorphism make a bit of associative sense - owls wear glasses, roosters are vain, turtles are patient. Frogs playing banjos, as we have discussed, are harder to work out.

But I was just thinking about whales and realised there's an inexplicable subgenre of bad art involving whales in space. It goes along with the banjo-playing frog in terms of weirdness. Perhaps I will start a regular Marine or Amphibian Tropes That Confuse Me series. Probably not.


Whales Pictures, Images and Photos

I guess Space Whales can be explained according to the law of cool, as this site suggests. Space is cool, whales are cool, Space Whales are exponentially more cool than either. It's the same logic behind dinosaurs with lasers or robots who breakdance.

That's all. Back to work.

7 comments:

martyn said...

Um, have you seen Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home? I think that disproves the 'space whales are cool' theory.

Born Dancin' said...

No, but from what I know the whales aren't actually *in* space there - they're just visited by aliens or something.

martyn said...

I think the enterprise goes back in time and finds a whale and beams it into the ship which is full of sea water. Hmmm, I call shenanigans on that film.

richardwatts said...

And then of course there's also a sperm whale in 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy', which is brought into existence several miles above a planet - so technically in the upper reaches of an atmosphere, not space - but it is kind of cool. At least it seeemed cool back in 1982, when I first read the book...

Anonymous said...

I've wondered these same things.

Sildenafil Citrate said...

This drawings or special creations are perfect I have many of them in my computer because it makes me feel so calm and relaxed.

Miranda said...

They travel through/dimensions and space.