Twisters The Movie (WTM) is an eye-popping, hip-hop-meets-Hanna-Barbera, animated
adventure synched skratch for skratch with DJ QBert's turntable masterpiece
of the same name. Each track of QBert's original album was designed to provide
the audio framework for another chapter in this sci-fi/kung-fu epic; every
aspect of the story, music, sound effects even dialogue has been accounted
for and seamlessly integrated into QBert's original musical compositions.
WTM gives visual expression to QBert's narrative while pioneering the concept
of visual skratching; sampling from a wide variety of techniques (from traditional
cell animation to 3D to live action to photo collage), WTM defines a unique
visual style analogous to the supercharged cutting and skratching of a turntable
DJ. WTM catapults the bar on the correspondence between sound and image, taking
the Fantasia concept to the next, dizzying level. When the music says, "Jump!"
the animation asks, "How high?"
The hero of
WTM is the Inner Space Dental Commander, a cross between Luke Skywalker, David
Carradine, and the family dentist, who must fulfill his destiny by reviving
the "Lost Arts" (i.e., the four pillars of hip-hop culture: breaking
and MC'ing, rapping, graffiti, and, most importantly, skratching). To do so,
he and his posse (the mischievous medical droid, Rubbish, his lovely assistant
and comrade-at-arms, Honey, and B-Boy Grandpa, the last surviving link to
a bygone era when the Arts flourished) battle their way through an increasingly
surreal collection of villains, pitfalls, and booby-traps. Among the villains
are an elite corps of turntable warriors, played by key members of the Invisibl
Skratch Piklz: QBert, Yogafrog, and D-Styles plus DJ Flare. Their electrifying
performances blaze a path of destruction which stands between the Dental Commander
and his final showdown with Lord Ook, the evil mastermind behind the plot
to suppress and control the Lost Arts throughout "inner space".
The movie will be touring from January 2001