Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sending a Message of Starlight: A Tribute to Jem & the Holograms

    
    If you haven't heard the news, the live-action theatrical film Jem & the Holograms has opened in theaters. The movie is adaptation of the beloved 80's cartoon TV series of the same name which aired from 1985-1988. The show revolves around Jerrica Benton, who takes over her father's company Starlight Music and their family's foster home for girls, Starlight Foundation after his passing. Things were in a terrible state- there were financial issues with the company, conflicts a sly businessman named Eric Raymond, and a tragic house fire. Jerrica and her sister, Kimber, along with their foster friends, Aja and Shana, thought all might be lost till stumbling onto the girls' final inheritance- Synergy. Synergy is a holographic computer who becomes the girls' key to creating a new headliner band for Starlight Music. With special earrings and the words "Showtime Synergy," Jerrica is transformed holographically into the pink-haired lead singer Jem. Thus, the band Jem and the Holograms was born. 
    Fans old and young, who have grown up with series, have been anxiously waiting for this movie. Though reception for the film has remained fairly mixed, the impact that Jem has had and continues to have on audiences is astounding. The characters and their experiences addressed several real-life issues, shared positive messages, and rocked our inner child. Its more than a Hasbro toy and a TV show...its a full-out fandom, a childhood memory, a celebration of the 80's, a upbeat attitude towards life, a role model for girls, a musical sensation, a killer fashion takeover, and so much more. 

In memory of this iconic TV classic and in celebration of the film, I present "Sending a Message of Starlight: A Tribute to Jem & the Holograms." One of the show's many songs was "Starlight" by Jacqui Benton (the deceased mother of Jerrica and Kimber Benton) which I choose to portray this outrageous collection of fan art. 
By: Lauren Montgomery


Starlight is the message


Jem


 That I send from beyond



Jem


Starlight is for always,


The Misfits, the girls' rival band


 even when I'm gone



Jem By: Bianca Thompson

With a starlight to shimmer on and on


Shana, the guitarist and drummer for Jem & Hologram

The following pieces are by artist Steve Thompson:

Synergy

Pizzazz, lead guitarist and singer for The Misfits

Kimber, the singer-songwriter and keyboardist of Jem & the Holograms

Jem

Starlight won't desert you


Jem

Starlight's always there


Jem


Starlight is the present
 I send from high above



This next set of art is by Darko:
Jem
Riot, lead singer and guitarist for another rival band- The Singers

Jem

Jem

Starlight is eternal like my love


Pizzazz

Jem

Jem By: Elvis Moura

Jem By: Elvis Moura
Jem


Starlight is the message




The remaining works are by fashion illustrator Hayden Williams:

that I send...

Starlight

I hope you enjoyed this message of "starlight" that Jem & the Holograms continues to send. This TV show is quite an inspiration for art, music, fashion, and quite possibly your Halloween costume. There is so much "pop" in this cartoon from the vivid color scheme, big hair, wild patterns, and collective fashion it might just prove to be a great idea starter for any projects you have. In closing, I would encourage anyone who has yet to explore the world of Jem and the Holograms to check out the websites listed below and watch a few episodes on Youtube or Netflix. 


Listen to "Starlight"