Super 8 Viral Update: Are Rocket Poppeteers the New Slusho?
"You can't drink just six!" Everyone remembers Slusho from the Cloverfield days (right?). Well, it looks like we now have our new Slusho for J.J. Abrams' Super 8 movie - Rocket Poppeteers. Sometime last week after the first trailer for Super 8 hit in front of Iron Man 2, an interesting new viral site was discovered at scariestthingieversaw.com. The site would connect to a server that eventually displayed a countdown timer that would connect with some files. After the timer ran out a few days ago, our friends at MovieViral.com discovered a newspaper article with an ad for Rocket Poppeteers popsicles and a new website for them, too.
Before we get into the meat of this viral update, since they seem to have discovered some interesting little hints in the newspaper article, I might as well give you guys the link: RocketPoppeteers.com. The actual article on the second page mainly talks about President John F. Kennedy's "Radio and Television Address to the American People on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty" from 1963. They also discovered that the two articles have an "x" on them that when lined up causes various black markings on one page to black out words on the other page that spell out: "no certainty if alive, may be after us, we go underground." Now that's creepy.
The other bit they discovered was in the ad for Rocket Poppeteers that has an astronaut spokesman named "Captain 'Coop' Cooper." They're saying that maybe this is the same Col. Gordon Cooper who was a real-life astronaut who claimed to have seen a UFO while flying over West Germany in 1951. However, then in 1957 he also met soldiers at Edwards Air Force Base who, on a regular basis, saw "experimental aircraft flying and landing around them as part of their job of filming those aircraft" and submitted this footage to authorities, but figures that it was lost when the Air Force tried to control rumors surrounding UFOs. The plot thickens.
I'm loving the viral for Super 8 so far and this gets creepier by the week. I'm scared out of my mind of aliens, so the more I read about this, the more scared I get, but that's besides the point. The Rocket Poppeteers popsicles seem pretty interesting and will probably be the Slusho of Super 8, especially because the actual movie is supposedly about some kids in the 1970's who shoot some footage on Super 8 cameras of the alien that's unleashed in the teaser and I can bet you these kids eat some popsicles in the movie. This seems to be the only viral update related to Super 8 we have for now, but we'll keep you updated on all of this as always!