Shaun the Sheep - Shape up with Shaun DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -
Running Time: 70 minutes
Reviewer: Tony Squire
In its essence
this DVD is an old classic PBS documentary from the 80's,
polished up & thrown on a dvd and given a bunch of extras; it's
all about graffiti culture and the larger emergence of the hip
hop culture in general, and it wasn't just about one race doing
this that and the other. There were white boys, brown boys,
yella boys and girls doin all kines of rockin and poppin and
sprayin up their sigils in train yards and what have you. Yeah,
I mean, mos def there were preponderances of certain
demographics, but you catch my drift.
The music is
bangin'. The art is unbelievable. The dance moves are enough to
make you check your spine for scoliosis. But the most
interesting part of watching this mind blowin and fascinatin dvd
is the snapshot of an earlier age. I didn't say "more innocent,"
although maybe it was. Who can say? Maybe it was more guilty,
actually. New York looks grittier in this movie than it does
nowadays in my humble opinion, at least from my perspective of a
couple weeks spent there this year. Be that as it may, it was a
different time, and the thing to note is what hip hop IS and
what it WAS.
Back then, it
literally was underground, not a megalopolis business entity
posing as something hardcore and subversive. It really was
subversive, but it wasn't necessarily violent, and it wasn't
necessarily NOT violent. It was the voice of the next generation
that had found a new way to express themselves that consisted of
four equally important hands and feet and what have you. Dj'ing,
mc'ing, graffing, and bboying. And it's all here. All 80's. even
back to the 70's, explaining how it started, the graffiti, the
art. Yeah, it digs more deeply into that facet, but you can't
explain it without going into the other sections, just like you
can't explain a dog's tail without mentioning it's eyes & nose.
Or maybe you can?
I dunno. If you
like art, hip hop, music, dancing, history, or any cogent
combination of any of the above then this is must view super
extreme action multiplied by 83. Turbo force 7 endorsed.
Supposedly. Aloha & gracias.