Talk:The Blob

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Comic[edit]

Interestingly enough, in a Venus comic from around the early 1950's, Venus and Thor faced an entity called the Creeping Death that had many similarities to the Blob.

grey goo[edit]

I don't see much, if any, connection between grey goo and the Blob (there's a sentence I never thought I'd type!), so I removed it Am I missing something? - DavidWBrooks 01:56, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

Why not ask, then if you still think the same way, open it up for discussion? Yes, I think that you are missing something. Here's a question for you. How did "The Blob" get bigger? Are you assuming it was bigger because it's gut was fuller and fuller with dead people etc? Or are you assuming that it grew bigger? If it grew bigger, please explain the mechanism. --Couttsie 09:40, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

(Can't believe we're debating this) However it got bigger - and remember, it's fiction! it's a gooft made-up story! - it had nothing to do with nanotechnology, the concept of which was three or four decades in the future. - DavidWBrooks 12:42, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

I know it's fiction, I'm a fan of the movie (I like gooft made-up stories) :-)

The concept of nanotechnology originated in 1959, as per the article

The first mention of some of the distinguishing concepts in nanotechnology (but predating use of that name) was in "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", a talk given by physicist Richard Feynman at an American Physical Society meeting Caltech on December 29, 1959

So The Blob is only 1 year younger than the concept of nanotechnology. However, before you object, the word was not really popularised until Engines of creation by K. Eric Drexler. I agree that the makers of the The Blob did not envisage or anticipate nanotechnology. I agree that The Blob is not grey goo, though read the article on ecophagy.

However, unintended as it was, The Blob is a perfect example of green goo, which is what I said in the first place.

I propose a compromise. What do you think of this?

"Unintended as it was at the time, The Blob is a also a perfect example of green goo (and of alien origin)"

The way The Blob grows by absorbing its victims is through biological nanotechnology, which is green goo. --Couttsie 04:11, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

Yes, that seems reasonable. - DavidWBrooks 14:28, 27 January 2006 (UTC)

I don't think any of the above suggests any relationship, of any kind, between The Blob and the biotech concept of green (or even gray) goo. Here is the section which I have removed:

*Unintended as it was at the time, The Blob is a perfect example of green goo (and of alien origin). Green goo is a biotechnology variant of grey goo.

If any form of biotechnology is in the plot line (even in speculation by a scientist in the script), let's cite that. If not, let's not have this somewhat speculative note in the article. --Tony Sidaway 06:41, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Haven't seen the movie in a while, but where does the name "Staveris The Collector" come from?68.166.64.241 21:18, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Nowhere that I can find. Nothing on Google, nothing in IMDB. Remove? Maury 22:38, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

Pop-culture[edit]

A CTV (Canada) television series called "Thrill of a Lifetime" once granted a woman her wish to appear in a filmed short based on "The Blob". It was called, "The Clog". While hubby is out fetching milk, she is dealing with a mysterious clog in the kitchen sink, and its tentacles grab her face and gradually, in funny scenes rather than grotesque, she disappears, her husband returning with the milk as her wiggling feet are over the sink. He wonders what's up, and steps in a mess at the floor in front of the sink. The clog. GBC (talk) 06:20, 9 January 2008 (UTC)

Link to Hungarian article[edit]

Hi there, i'm new here and i've just finished my article "The Blob" at the Hungarian wiki. My question is that am i allowed to edit the English article by making a link to the Hungarian version, or shall i ask You (the English Wiki editors) to make it so. Thanka, J.R. Calabrée (talk) 21:02, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Sure, that's fine, you're allowed. I've tried to add it for you, but I can't find the article on the Hungarian Wikipedia. --McGeddon (talk) 21:32, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Thank you; I've added our version to the language list. J.R. Calabrée (talk) 22:26, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

Links[edit]

I see some additional links to put in "See Also", so I'm adding them. If anyone wants to add to it or anything... well go ahead and add it... objections... go ahead and erase them. Just letting you people know I did it.

7h3 3L173 (talk) 00:09, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Rob Zombie Remake Status[edit]

apparently Rob Zombie is no longer working on this movie, but who knows how long that will stay true. updated for now, but someone may want to keep an eye on it.Cpesacreta (talk) 22:46, 29 November 2010 (UTC)

Burt Bacharach[edit]

The article says that the theme was, then wasn't, then was written by Burt Bacharach. Can someone who knows the answer please straighten that out? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.116.72.158 (talk) 03:23, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Title[edit]

I have detected that the name of this page is "The Blob". That's not right; it should be titled "The Blob (1958 film)"! --This user cannot be blocked (talk) 09:16, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

I think it's okay where it is - if Wikipedia has a number of articles with the same basic title but one is much more well-known than the others, then that article doesn't need the bracketed disambiguation. (See WP:PRIMARYTOPIC.) It looks like this article is only up against the 1988 film, some algae and a videogame character - the 1958 film is clearly the primary topic for "The Blob". --McGeddon (talk) 09:26, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
Just reverted the copy paste redirect of this article which is not the approved method to carry out an article name change (See guidance on moving articles). Also from debate above there was a reasoned argument referring to policy and why the change was unnecessary. No consensus to the above discussion favoured a renaming, so move should not have been unilateral. If a move of the article is considered valid as set out in Wikipedia:Naming conventions (films) it would be best to discuss here first I n this context I have identified that there is a requirement to italicise title as per naming conventions for films novels etc which I will put on hold pro tem in case anyone wishes to discuss the above first.Tmol42 (talk) 23:47, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

Amoeba, or amoeboid, or...?[edit]

The lead section states that The Blob is an amoeba. Is that biological identity established in the film? Might a better description be "amoeboid," or "amoeboidal creature," as we can't be certain that Our Boy Blob is indeed unicellular? For that matter, do we even know if The Blob is a living organism, as opposed to some type of enzymatic/biochemical construct? So many critical questions. JoJo Anthrax (talk) 10:03, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

I'm going to change "amoeba" to "amoeboidal entity." More words, yes, but until we get the pathology report... JoJo Anthrax (talk) 09:52, 6 April 2017 (UTC)