Western Animation: Ĉon Flux
"My name is Ĉon Flux. I'm here on a mission to assassinate Trevor Goodchild. Is everybody listening? Do you believe me?"
The original impetus behind the Ĉon Flux pilot was a critique of the manipulation of sympathy in Hollywood movies.
Back when MTV
regularly produced animated programming (yes, this was a long, long time ago
), they fronted some experimental animation. Ĉon Flux
is probably the third-best known example of these series (after Beavis And Butthead
Probably the best way to describe Ĉon Flux
is that if you had ever seen it before, you would be able to recognize it immediately. The art style is a strange combination of Expressionism
, Cyber Punk
, and Gnosticism. One of the most enduring images of the series is that of a human eye staring at a fly that is trapped in its eyelashes, wherein the eye's iris rolls in to stare at it. The episodes would attempt to use the art style to further the viewer's interest as opposed to wordiness. The early shorts had no spoken words to speak of, unless you count a single "plop". As a whole, the show was a thorough deconstruction
of action hero tropes and cliches.
The actual content proves even stranger than the art - our lead character is a highly self-motivated secret agent doing spywork (or possibly just sabotage in the name of anarchy), and is Stripperific
to pretty much the greatest conceivable extent. Her arch-nemesis and lover, also a main character, is a morally-ambiguous totalitarian ruler attempting to be a sort of benevolent dictator.
The episodes tend to be fairly disconnected from each other, and center on the two main characters' (Ĉon and Trevor) interactions, political and personal, and the themes surrounding them.
The original series is often erroneously categorized as anime. Although creator Peter Chung is South Korean, the series is considered more in the spirit of Euro animation.
The show was made into a live-action movie
in late 2005 starring Charlize Theron
, in which the plot, characters, themes and artistic style were unrelated enough to original series
to cause the original creator to feel humiliated when he saw it. A licensed tie-in game was made to try and link the two, but that didn't end well;
a movie tie-in comic by Dark Horse Comics
was a little more successful at capturing the feel of the original show, however.
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