In August, 1984, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension opened at theatres across the United States. It was #1 at the box office that weekend, but with a $620K opening weekend and a final domestic gross of just over $6 million, it could hardly be called a success.
Now, two and a half decades later, the movie has a dedicated cult following, despite failures to launch either a television series or the promised film sequel, Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League (from which title I have borrowed part of the premise for this week's flash fiction).
Over at the Drex Files, artist Doug Drexler has quite a treasure trove of sketches and ideas from the development of the Buckaroo Banzai TV series. He mentions that many of the Star Trek: The Next Generation production crew were big BB fans. And this is the 47th story in my 512 Words or Fewer project. Coincidence? You decide!
Finally, shouts out to my fellow VPXII alum Steve Kopka and fellow DASH GC member Justin Santamaria, both of whom I have tuckerized for the forces of good.