Saturday, January 05, 2008

Duckman Coming to DVD

Never say never: Duckman is coming to DVD, according to a scoop by TV Shows on DVD. I know fans of the show have been waiting for this for a long time. So have I!

I haven't heard a thing about special features, if any. I certainly hope someone saved all the scenes we cut out. On the episodes I produced, I had to make brutal cuts at every phase. Sometimes as much as fifteen minutes. And it was often really funny stuff. Painful.

Also, when the footage came back from Korea, it was often, shall we say, "sloppy" in its execution. Especially if Disney or The Simpsons had a show going that week. The good animators would be pulled for those projects, and we'd have stray orphans and rhesus monkeys chained to tables for our work.

We would get these really trippy, troubling mistakes... like Duckman remaining motionless while his bill floated around the room, talking. We had a very small budget for retakes, so we often had to cut scenes only for that reason. Also painful.

It would be nice to see the complete radio shows, animatics and finished footage included. My fear is that the film was long ago, as Groucho would have said, cut into guitar picks. But my fingers are still crossed.

At the very least I hope they have commentary from Jeff Reno & Ron Osborn, the geniuses who produced the show. Anyone who would like to have my commentary on episodes can call me, and I'll come sit behind your sofa with a Mr. Microphone while you watch.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Hey, Andrea... Fuck you, too



"Where does the campaign organization come in? ... How do you get [supporters] to actually show up? Show up on time, if they're young people?"

-- Andrea Mitchell, on MSNBC this morning

Mitchell's rigorous pre-show prep

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Music to Kill By


In a previous post, I suggested that Burnout Revenge is made infinitely better by listening to The Carl Stalling Project while you play. Something about careening into an overpass while hearing Looney Tunes music is addictive.

Now my newest tip: If you are, like me, nearly constantly playing Call of Duty 4, a GREAT song to listen to while you play is Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir." (or, alternatively, Puffy's "Come With Me")

A terrible song to listen to while playing? (Or, actually, a very funny one?) Genesis' "In Too Deep."

"It's like we never knew each other at all. It may be my fault."

28 Weeks Later (SPOILERS)

Of course, holidays are for catching up on festive movies you didn't get a chance to see. So we have 28 Weeks Later, which is virtuoso filmmaking, except for one thing:

Am I the only one who was waiting, desperately, for a scene where someone screams at those kids, "Bloody 'ell, it's your focking fault we're in this sodding mess to begin with!" Never have I seen the destruction of the world caused by the impish misbehavior of two kids, and they are never called on it.

Also, it's hard to believe that with the security precautions surrounding a Code Red Multinational Quarantine, the escape of two kids would be met with such bemusement and incompetence. But then again, it is a force led by American generals.

Anyway, I'd suggest sitting down with your kids and 28 Weeks Later, and using the film as a teaching tool: "Here's what happens when you disobey rules."

This Ever Changing World In Which We Live In

From usps.gov:

Monday, December 31, 2007