It’s a well-known adage that we shouldn’t judge a person based on the color of their skin. Well, what if their skin is blue? I’m not talking about a hypothermia victim here, but rather about a being that happens to have blue skin. I say “being” because people do not have the pigmentation in their skin to be blue (physically anyways, emotionally is another matter entirely). In fact, most of the time, beings with blue (or green) skin are usually alien in nature. And yet, occasionally these “blue beings” interact with humans, but the situations seem to always trend toward war. We can’t even consider the “Smurfs” an exception in this case, because of their ongoing war against Gargamel. For some reason, humans and blue beings don’t necessarily get along. This week’s two films examine two different blue being battles.
Length: 85 minutes / 1.41 hours
With a name like “Blue Meanies”, it becomes readily obvious that the blue beings in Yellow Submarine are the antagonists of this psychedelic plot. The Blue Meanies are incredibly unique, having many different species that can be used to attack all that’s good in the world (especially music). With many variations including the Apple Bonkers, Butterfly Stompers, Countdown Clowns, Snapping-Turtle Turks, and Jack-the-Nippers, anyone opposing these forces have a challenge ahead of them. Add in the singular weapons of the Four-Headed Bulldog, Dreadful Flying Glove, and Anti-Music Missile and the Blue Meanies are a force of oppression not to be trifled with.
In the musical and colorful world of Pepperland, the Blue Meanies have begun their infiltration and occupation of the realm, removing anything slightly cheery in the process. A sailor by the name of Old Fred manages to escape in the titular Yellow Submarine in order to find someone to save his land. When he comes across Ringo, Old Fred manages to convince the drummer and the rest of the Beatles to travel with him back to Pepperland and save the day. Along the way, Blue Meanies try to impede the Beatles’ journey but are all eventually thwarted. Once back in Pepperland, the entire land is now gray a petrified, an eerie silence whistles over the plains. Finding the instruments of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Beatles manage to bring music back to Pepperland just as the Blue Meanies begin their final assault to take over.
Length: 162 minutes / 2.7 hours
On our world, blue is a color not commonly associated with animals. Sure, there are some exceptions with birds, reptiles, and fish, but even amongst those kingdoms, blue is a rare color. This is perhaps why aliens are sometimes given a blue skin color. From Muppets from Space to Megamind, aliens occasionally come in blue. With the advancements of computer graphics, we’ve seen aliens get more life-like and more realistic, even if they’re figments of our imagination. As such, when someone asks you to name a movie that has blue aliens in it, Avatar is probably the film that’s first on your lips. The indigenous blue beings of Pandora, the Na’vi, are ten-foot tall, catlike humanoid beings that are just trying to live their lives in peace, even if they have to fight a group of invading humans for that right.
Having long run out of natural resources, Earth has begun mining a distant moon in the Alpha Centauri star system by the name of Pandora. In order to do research in the hostile environment full of dangerous animals and poisonous atmosphere, scientists have devised a system to perform a neural link with bodies of the native beings (the Na’vi) known as Avatars. Crippled Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is glad to have his legs back in his Avatar, but he ends up only being used as a bodyguard for the scientists studying the alien world. After being separated from the group, Jake becomes integrated with the natives’ culture and falls in love with Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), the chief’s daughter. The mining operation attacks the home of the Na’vi in the hopes that it sits over a large mineral deposit, but not if Jake and the other Na’vi have anything to say about it.
2 sum it up: 2 films, 2 blue being battles