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    Japan Life – Evangelion Shinkansen bullet train is coming soon !! / English Sub.
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    Japan Life – Evangelion Shinkansen bullet train is coming soon !! / English Sub.

    September 18, 2019


    Starting Nov. 7, West Japan Railway Co. will run a special Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train adorned with designs inspired by the popular anime “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” The company unveiled the Kodama train to reporters last week. It features a model of the cockpit of the giant humanoid Evangelion. The exterior of the eight-car train is painted in the “Eva” style, and the front and second cars have undergone special interior refurbishment. The front car has been installed with a life-sized model of the cockpit, in which a passenger can sit and play a video game. The walls and the floor of the second car are adorned with the anime’s logos. Advance reservations will be required to use the first car. The special train will be operated until around March 2017. The company is planning to operate one return service per day between Hakata Station in Fukuoka and Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka.Speech

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    How To Train Your Dragon 2: How It Should Have Ended

    September 15, 2019


    I can teach you all the things I’ve learned these past 20 years like… Wow! Or if you press his elbow like this… it activates his wolverine claws! Oh What!? Or if you press here… it will turn him into his “Alpha” mode. *roar* Whoa!! And do this, and he has the ability to speak! Hello, everyone, my name’s Toothless. Whoa! Mom! How do you know all of this? I’ve been a really bad mother. How To Train Your Dragon 2: How It Should Have Ended I’ve waited a long time for this! You can not take our dragons! They are controlled by the alpha! Then it’s a good thing I brought a challenger. *screaming* Daaaad! What?! You killed him! Uh huh. Awgh.. I wanted to change his mind about dragons… and stop a war peacefully! He was gonna kill my wife! … And I was carrying my axe… plus I’m a viking so… you know. *sigh* yeah OK. I guess that’s true Thanks, Dad. Well, now that’s done… Let’s all go home. One Big Happy Family! *alpha roars* Uh Oh. *spits fire* *squak* Oh! Never-mind. Hey. I’ve been thinking a lot lately… uh… How come all the adults in our village have really strong accents… But the younger people don’t? That is so weird! Hmmph! Tell me about it!

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 Trailer 2 (2019)
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    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 Trailer 2 (2019)

    September 14, 2019


    This is Berk, son. It was the home of your grandparents and their grandparents before them. But out there beyond the edge of the world, lies the home of the Dragons. And I believe it’s your destiny to one day, find this hidden world. You do know my leg isn’t a chew toy, don’t you? Is this what you want? Go get it! Uh, how am I supposed to get down? Hey bud, wait up! ♪ Well I started out ♪ ♪ All alone ♪ He’s not the only one. ♪ I’m Learning To Fly ♪ Another Night Fury. ♪ But I ain’t got wings ♪ It’s more like a, Bright Fury. A Light Fury. Yeah, yours is better, probably. ♪ Well the good ol’ days ♪ There is an armada with enough cages for all of our dragons. ♪ May not return ♪ This is a new kind of enemy. We need to find the hidden world. I will destroy everything you love. TOOTHLESS! NO! ♪ And the sea may burn ♪ You’re nothing without your dragon. If Grimmel succeeds, there won’t be any dragons left. And it’s up to us to put an end to it! So, what are you gonna do about it? Suit up, gang! ♪ FLY ON YOUR OWN ♪ We have one shot at this! You brought a baby to a battle? I couldn’t find his sitter. ♪ Tonight the sky is calling ♪ The Hidden World, it really does exist.
    ♪ Are you ready ♪ Now that’s a king. ♪ Are you ready ♪ You’re right bud, it’s time.
    ♪ Are you ready ♪ ♪ TO FLY ON YOUR OWN ♪ Well, look who it is! Not a word.

    Spider-Man 2 – Stopping the Train Scene (7/10) | Movieclips
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    Spider-Man 2 – Stopping the Train Scene (7/10) | Movieclips

    September 10, 2019


    – It’s Spider-Man.
    – Oh, my God, this is it! Tell everyone to hang on! Brace yourselves! *unintelligable* *thunking, unintelligable* WHOOAH! Argh… Any more bright ideas? I got a few, yeah! AAAAH! Whoa, watch out! We’re slowing down! Nice and easy. Put him down. Slower. Gently. Is he alive? He’s… …just a kid. No older than my son… It’s alright. We found something. We won’t tell nobody. It’s good to have you back, Spider-Man.

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    Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate Cold Open – SNL

    August 31, 2019


    [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
    >>HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE SECOND AND WORST EVER
    PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. I’M MARTHA RADDATZ.
    >>AND I’M ANDERSON COOPER. AND BEFORE WE BEGIN, WE JUST
    NEED TO DO ONE LAST THING. [ LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE ]
    >>MUCH BETTER. NOW LET’S GET THIS NIGHTMARE
    STARTED. PLEASE HELP US WELCOME THE
    CANDIDATES. REPUBLICAN NOMINEE DONALD TRUMP
    AND — CAN WE SAY THIS YET?>>PROBABLY FINE.
    >>– PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
    ♪ ♪
    >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE.
    >>THANK YOU. I’D LIKE TO BEGIN BY ATTEMPTING
    A CASUAL LEAN. [ LAUGHTER ]
    GOT IT!>>MARTHA, TONIGHT I’M GOING TO
    DO THREE THINGS. I’M GOING TO HUFF, I’M GOING TO
    PUFF, AND I’M GOING TO BLOW THIS WHOLE THING.
    >>NOW TONIGHT’S DEBATE IS A TOWN HALL, WHICH MEANS WE’LL BE
    TAKING QUESTIONS FROM VOTERS IN THE AUDIENCE.
    THEY ARE UNDECIDED, UNCOMMITTED AND NOT REMOTELY CAMERA READY.
    >>SECRETARY CLINTON, WE’LL START WITH YOU.
    YOUR QUESTION COMES FROM PATRICE BROCK.
    >>HELLO. MY QUESTION IS, DO YOU FEEL THAT
    YOU ARE MODELING APPROPRIATE AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR FOR TODAY’S
    YOUTH?>>HI, PATRICE.
    LET ME START BY WALKING OVER TO YOU, JUST AS I PRACTICED.
    [ LAUGHTER ] RIGHT LEFT, RIGHT LEFT, RIGHT
    LEFT, LOOK, SPEAK. OKAY.
    NOW YOU’RE A TEACHER?>>NO.
    >>YOU HAVE KIDS?>>NO.
    >>YOU LIKE KIDS?>>NO.
    >>YOU’VE SEEN KIDS?>>YES.
    >>GREAT. OKAY, WE’RE BONDING ALREADY.
    MY FRIEND, PATRICE, I STRIVE TO BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR ALL
    CHILDREN. CHILDREN LIKE MY DAUGHTER
    CHELSEA, AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER CHELSEA JR.
    >>MR. TRUMP, SAME QUESTION. DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE MODELING
    APPROPRIATE AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR FOR TODAY’S YOUTH?
    >>NO. NEXT.
    >>SO YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT THE KIDS?
    >>ANDERSON, I LOVE KIDS. OKAY, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I
    MARRY THEM. I’VE BEEN HELPING KIDS MY WHOLE
    LIFE. IN 1992, I HELPED A KID NAMED
    KEVIN McALLISTER FIND A HOTEL LOBBY.
    REMEMBER THE DOCUMENTARY “HOME ALONE II, LOST IN NEW YORK.”
    >>OKAY, MOVING ON, MR. TRUMP, WE RECEIVED A LOT OF QUESTIONS
    ONLINE ABOUT THE AUDIO TAPE THAT WAS RELEASED LAST WEEK OF YOU
    BRAGGING ABOUT SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN.
    >>LISTEN, WHAT I SAID IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT
    BILL CLINTON HAS DONE. OKAY?
    HE HAS ABUSED WOMEN. AND MARTHA, ANDERSON, HOLD ON TO
    YOUR NIPS AND YOUR NUTS, BECAUSE FOUR OF THESE WOMEN ARE HERE
    TONIGHT. FOUR OF THEM.
    >>WAIT, I’M SORRY. WHO’S HERE?
    >>MISTRESSES? BILL, HOW COULD YOU?
    OH, HOW WILL I GO ON WITH THIS DEBATE?
    I’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO REMEMBER MY FACTS AND FIGURES NOW.
    OH, DONALD, NO! GET REAL, I MADE A STEAL.
    THIS IS NOTHING. HI, GIRLS.
    [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>MARTHA, SHE IS TRYING TO
    SILENCE THESE WOMEN, BUT THEY NEED TO BE RESPECTED AND THEY
    NEED THEIR VOICES HEARD.>>AND WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN
    ACCUSING YOU OF SEXUAL ASSAULT?>>THEY NEED TO SHUT THE HELL
    UP. [ LAUGHTER ]
    >>ALRIGHT, LET’S MOVE ON. OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM
    KEN CARPOWICZ.>>THANK YOU.
    I’VE GOT A BORING ONE. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT
    AFFORDABLE. WHAT WILL YOU DO TO BRING THE
    COSTS DOWN AND MAKE COVERAGE BETTER?
    >>WELL, KEN, THAT’S ACTUALLY A GREAT QUESTION.
    I AGREE THAT OBAMACARE CAN BE APPROVED, KEN.
    BUT, KEN, IT DOES HAVE ITS BENEFITS.
    AND NUMBER ONE, INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN’T DENY YOU
    COVERAGE BECAUSE OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.
    NUMBER TWO, WHICH IS A BIG DEAL IF YOU HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH
    PROBLEMS. AND NUMBER THREE —
    [ LAUGHTER ] SORRY.
    I THOUGHT I — AND NUMBER THREE, WOMEN CAN’T BE CHARGED MORE THAN
    MEN. I THOUGHT I — WOMEN CAN’T BE
    CHARGED MORE THAN MEN FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.
    AND NUMBER FOUR –>>OKAY, LET’S TAKE ANOTHER
    QUESTION, THIS ONE COMES FROM JAMES CARTER.
    >>GOOD EVENING, MR. TRUMP.>>OH, NO.
    >>MY QUESTION IS, DO YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN BE A DEVOTED
    PRESIDENT TO ALL PEOPLE?>>THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION,
    DENZEL. THANK YOU FOR THIS QUESTION
    ABOUT THE INNER CITIES.>>MY NAME IS JAMES AND I DIDN’T
    ASK ANYTHING ABOUT NO INNER CITIES.
    >>THE INNER CITIES ARE A MESS, OKAY.
    JUST LAST MONTH I WAS IN DETROIT AND EVERYWHERE I LOOKED, THERE
    WERE VIOLENT CRAZY PEOPLE AND A LOT OF THEM HAD GUNS, AND THEY
    WERE SCREAMING HORRIBLE THINGS LIKE “TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT.”
    >>I THINK YOU WERE AT ONE OF YOUR OWN RALLIES.
    >>MARTHA, THIS BLACK MAN IS ATTACKING ME.
    ALSO, SPEAKING OF BLACK MEN, DO YOU KNOW WHO ELSE SHOULD BE PUT
    IN JAIL? HILLARY CLINTON.
    SHE’S COMMITTED SO MANY CRIMES. SHE’S BASICALLY A BLACK.
    >>SECRETARY CLINTON, DO YOU WISH TO RESPOND TO THAT?
    >>NAH, I’M COOL. BECAUSE AS MY BEST FRIEND
    MICHELLE OBAMA ONCE SAID, WHEN THEY GO LOW, YOU GO HIGH!
    GOD I LOVE THAT QUOTE. ALMOST AS MEMORABLE AS WHEN I
    SAID “TRUMPED UP, TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS.”
    JUST A COUPLE OF EQUALLY FAMOUS QUOTES FROM A COUPLE OF EQUALLY
    LOVEABLE WOMEN.>>OKAY, AND NOW SINCE EVERYONE
    HAS BEEN SO GOOD, IT’S TIME FOR A SPECIAL TREAT.
    >>THAT’S RIGHT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PUT YOUR
    HANDS TOGETHER, FOR THE ONE, THE ONLY, MR. KEN BONE.
    ♪ ♪ Y’ALL READY FOR THIS ♪
    ♪ ♪
    >>OH, MY GOD, HE IS SO CUTE.>>I REALLY NEEDED THAT RIGHT
    NOW.>>NOW, WAIT, KEN, YOU’RE NOT
    GOING TO TURN OUT TO BE A WEIRD LITTLE CREEP OR ANYTHING, ARE
    YOU?>>MAYBE.
    >>GOD, WE CAN’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE.
    >>OH, WELL. WELL, WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE FINAL
    QUESTION, AND IT COMES FROM CARL BECKER.
    >>GOOD EVENING, MY QUESTION IS FOR HILLARY.
    TONIGHT DONALD TRUMP SAID YOU SHOULD BE IN JAIL, HE SAID YOU
    HAVE HATE IN YOUR HEART, AND HE FOLLOWED YOU AROUND THE STAGE
    LIKE A SHARK. SO MY QUESTION, WHAT DO YOU LIKE
    ABOUT HIM?>>WELL, THIS ONE’S ACTUALLY
    EASY. DONALD TRUMP AND I DISAGREE ON
    ALMOST EVERYTHING, BUT I DO LIKE HOW GENEROUS HE IS.
    JUST LAST FRIDAY, HE HANDED ME THIS ELECTION.
    >>MR. TRUMP, ONE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT SECRETARY CLINTON?
    >>I LIKE THAT SHE’S A FIGHTER AND SHE DOESN’T GIVE UP, WHICH
    IS WHY I NEED ALL MY SUPPORTERS TO GET OUT AND VOTE ON ELECTION
    DAY. MARK YOUR CALENDARS, WRITE IT
    DOWN, HERE’S THE DATE, IT’S NOVEMBER 35th.
    AND LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!

    Was the Killing Joke That Bad?
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    Was the Killing Joke That Bad?

    August 28, 2019


    Hello, I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it, so you don’t have to. A while ago I did an editorial about the death of the Joker, in which I referenced the comic book classic, The Killing Joke. This, not surprisingly, got people talking about the animated adaptation released on DVD, and even on the big screen for one night. There was a lot of hype around this. People have wanted to see this for years, Mark Hamill said he wouldn’t play the Joker again unless it was in The Killing Joke, which naturally led to his return, it looked like the comic, it had an R-rating, all the pieces seemed to fit into place. But then following a disastrous preview, people suddenly turned. A scene of Batman and Batgirl doing each other started circulating, reviews were turning out very rotten, and what was originally the most anticipated animated DC release ever became the most dreaded. Thus, when it was released, almost inevitably, people hated it. What happened? Who thought these were good choices? Where’s the cinematic portrayal of the timeless classic we all know and love? While I, too, was pretty surprised at how bad some of the choices were, as the smoke clears, I do have to ask: Is it as bad as everybody says it is? Now some of you might be wondering, how the hell can I even ask that? Well, let me start off by saying, like many of you, I hated the first third. A pointless story involving Batgirl was thrown in that literally didn’t connect to any of the rest of The Killing Joke, outside of the fact that Batman and Batgirl were in it. And I mean, “in it.” The reasoning for this was, not only did the film need to be longer for a theatrical release – adapting the original comic would probably run about 46 minutes – but Batgirl in the Killing Joke comic gained controversy from leaning too much on the “Woman in the Fridge” trope, where a female character is killed or maimed just as a plot device. I guess it was done a lot at the time but, I don’t know, I think a lot of comic book characters would be grateful to have that treatment nowadays. Hell, even a few Robins I bet wish for that outcome. I can see where people are coming from, though, and the idea of giving Batgirl more to do didn’t seem like a bad one. Especially seeing how she did little in the original and making her role bigger would make her fall all the more tragic. Ironically, though, in trying to make her stronger, they actually made her weaker. By bat-bonking in what many consider an uncle-niece relationship, obsessing over said bonk by talking to her gay best friend – yeah, we’re doing that thing – and, like I mentioned, having no connection to The Killing Joke whatsoever. Even the dialogue seems jarringly different when the word-for-word text begins in the Killing Joke portion. Just compare them. Batman: I need to know that I’ve made a genuine attempt to talk things over, to try and avert the inevitable. Batgirl: It was just sex, for God’s sake! It doesn’t have to mean anything! It’s not like we have to care! I don’t care! The Joker: Somewhere dark and cold, filled with the damp, ambiguous shapes of things you’d rather forget. Paris Franz: Must be that time of the month. Batman: I don’t know what it was that bent your life out of shape, but maybe, I’ve been there too. Reese: And they say the gay scene is complicated. What? Two different people wrote these parts?
    They blend so seamlessly together! To its credit, the first third is animated well, paced well, and acted well, but for many people there was no overcoming this distracting mess that left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth through the rest of the actual Killing Joke portion. That’s a shame because when it actually gets to the Killing Joke part, it isn’t that bad. It’s actually incredibly faithful. It’s crazy how much they tried to get down the exact look and feel of the comic. It’s about as close an adaptation you can get to a panel by panel interpretation. In an online world that hates variations from the original source material, The Killing Joke, when it gets started, actually strays very little. Like the first third, the acting, animation, and pacing all seem on track. Except this time, it actually has good writing to back it up. It’s incredible to hear Mark Hamill do his Joker voice to this unbelievable dialogue. It’s so cool to see Kevin Conroy’s Batman talk about what could be the beginning of the end. I can’t help but wonder, if the first third of this movie never happened, would it have gotten all the hate that it got? After all, people still like Return the Jedi despite the Ewoks and a lot of repeats. People still went nuts for The Avengers despite the first third being pretty slow. And with Batgirl’s story having nothing to do with the Killing Joke portion, it’s really not that hard to block it from your mind. Again, even the dialogue shows there’s pretty much no connection in this world. I did an editorial about whether or not the ending can ruin an otherwise good film, and like many things it depends on the eye of the beholder. And for many people, the sins of the first third are so bad they can’t be removed from the final product; whenever they think of the animated Killing Joke they’ll always connect this first part. But let’s just try it. Let’s pretend the first third of this movie never happened, and The Killing Joke started when The Killing Joke starts and it’s only 45 minutes. How would it rate? Would it be seen as the masterpiece we were all hoping it to be? Well, if we want to be honest, there would still be a few problems. Ironically, its biggest strength, portraying the comic line by line, is also kind of its biggest weakness. Everything from the angles to the dialogue seem copied from the original perfectly, but there is one problem with that sentence: the word “copied.” If you read the comic, there’s almost no point in seeing The Killing Joke. It adds very little in terms of a new layout or designs. At least with something like Sin City, which was also faithful almost panel to panel, they had a third dimension, which meant some things had to be different no matter what, and we could see the live-action interpretation, which seems to create a different realm of reality. But because both of these are drawn, and, to be fair, isn’t a ton of movement because they want to replicate the original panels, there seems to be a touch less life in the animated movie than in the comic. Strangely enough, because comics are still pictures, you fill in the blanks about what kind of movement is taking place. It’s similar to how your mind fills in what a character looks like in a book just through the descriptions. In the comic, this image leaps off the page because it’s indicating the movement through the insanity of the lettering, the layout of the pose, and the crispness of the still image. Your imagination fills in the rest of the motion. In the movie It’s taken a little too literally. So, rather than seeing an incredible moment leap off the screen, we’re seeing an image from a comic book moved around a little bit. It looks just like it, but nothing much is really being added to it. The amount of detail you can do in a still image but not in animation should have been reversed with the amount of detail you can do in animation and not in a still image. And funny enough, if the same amount of attention went in to applying the movement of the first third into the story of The Killing Joke, this could have been amazing. Imagine the movement of the truck scene done with this reveal of the Joker. There’s other missing details too that would have helped make this more of a spectacle. Joker sees an image of a fat lady at a carnival and thinks back to his pregnant wife. In the comic, it just cuts to a flashback, but in a movie you can maybe show the picture transforming into his wife, or maybe the picture even comes to life starting the flashback, blending realities for him. The Joker says he remembers his past differently every time, almost like it’s multiple choice, so why not have him hold his drink up and through the reflection we see his old self at a bar talking to the gangsters? That wasn’t in the comic, but it would have helped give the film more of its own identity rather than just using the comic as storyboards. It’s kind of like when Mel Brooks did the Broadway version of The Producers and the Broadway version of Young Frankenstein. The Producers was based on the original story, but there were a lot of changes to it, making it enough of its own thing. Young Frankenstein was all the same, just with songs put in, thus it didn’t do as well. Being your own interpretation, even if it’s already based on something else, is very important. There are one or two differences, though. Like there’s a song sequence when the Joker is torturing Commissioner Gordon. Now, that’s not in the original, but let’s be honest: if the Joker could put one in, he would. It’s really not a bad idea, especially, again, in giving the film a little bit more of a unique energy. But it seems a little toned down. If the Joker is going to do a song and dance number, it’s going to be an amazing song a dance number. Joker: The Musical. Think about that. It would be mind-blowingly insane. But this is just him and his carnies walking back and forth and not much else. Again, if more time went into developing this instead of developing: And they say the gay scene is complicated. What? that.
    This could have really stood out. In fact, the pacing could have been amazing too. Even though It’s totally decent and passable, imagine if even more time was given to the Joker realizing his family was gone. Imagine if, instead of a few seconds, a few minutes were dedicated to him going nuts and realizing what he’s become. If several minutes were added to each scene, either in dialogue or visual storytelling, this could have been phenomenal. With a comic you have to keep things short and tight because you only have so many pages you can print and so many word bubbles you can fill. And truth be told, Killing Joke was probably pushing both of those already. But in a film that’s already short on time, fill it up. Maybe Batgirl could have been helping Batman find the Joker before she gets shot. Maybe the Joker could return to his empty home after he’s transformed. Maybe he can tear it apart or set it on fire or laugh. I don’t know. Maybe everybody could visually take in what’s being lost as opposed to just talking about it. Even the final scene, which people in the comic are still up in the air about whether or not Batman is placing his hands on the Joker’s chest laughing or strangling him to death. Granted, it’d be very tough to keep that open to interpretation in a movie, but it could be done. Have the Joker’s laughs spring louder when Batman puts his arms on him, and have the Joker sway back and forth in emotion where it can either be him laughing or being strangled. It’s tricky, but it could work. So much of this could have been downright brilliant. But for all the talk of me saying how much better it could be, here’s the thing. The Killing Joke did technically give us exactly what it promised. It gave us The Killing Joke. Even the first third is described as a prologue, a separate story to get you ready for when The Killing Joke actually starts. It just sucked at it. However, when The Killing Joke started it did everything in its power to give us The Killing Joke. This both worked for and against it.
    It does look like the comic, It does follow it as closely as possible, and it does try to add one or two new elements. Like I said, audiences can get very fickle when anything is changed from the original source material, and while the critiques I gave earlier definitely bother me, can we really be that angry at The Killing Joke for giving us The Killing Joke? It’s like if before Harry Potter there was a prologue on Ron Weasley’s backstory that was written horribly. And that would be weird and suck but Harry Potter fans would still get an obsessively faithful version of Harry Potter. Would that prologue be enough to throw the whole thing off or would they still be satisfied? Personally, I think when The Killing Joke part starts, it’s okay. It definitely raises the question of what adaptation should leave in, take out, or add, but you can’t argue that the film isn’t giving exactly what it advertised: The Killing Joke with an extra prologue attached. I know a lot of hard work goes into making any of these movies, and even though the mistakes of the prologue are pretty painful, it doesn’t necessarily mean it should erase what many would consider on its own an adequate representation. Amazing? No, but not awful either. Had the prologue not been there the reaction most likely would have ranged from good to okay, and not gotten nearly the backlash that it got. But many can’t separate the prologue, and I guess that’s kind of understandable too. It is part of The Killing Joke. They could have cut it out, but they left it in. You can’t help what you like or dislike. It just leaves whatever impression it leaves on you. But for fans that wanted to see The Killing Joke on the big screen, maybe, like the comic, It’s an interpretation you possibly may want to think about one more time. I’m the Nostalgia Critic.
    I remember it so you don’t have to. [“The Review Must Go On”] [Channel Awesome outro]

    Was Family Guy Meant to be a Kids’ Show?
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    Was Family Guy Meant to be a Kids’ Show?

    August 27, 2019


    ♪ [“The Review Must Go On”] ♪ Hello, I’m the Nostalgia Critic! I remember it so YOU don’t have to! We’re all familiar with the show Family Guy. Either fondly… Peter Griffin: Okay, that is the LAST time you are gonna pull that crap! [whack]
    Lucy: AAAHH! NC: Not so fondly… Peter: Sssssssssss….. Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh. Sssssss– NC: Or… seasons-one-through-six fondly enough. But here’s something you may not have known: Before the long-running series… well… briefly short-running series, THEN long-running series… I know nothing about that! Cartoon Network ran a short in 1997 you MAY find a little familiar. Familiar-sounding dog: Uh, Larry, it says here your license is suspended. Familiar-sounding Larry: Aw, no, they-they-they just put it away temporarily. NC: Yep! That’s Seth MacFarlane doing an eerily similar Brian the Dog as well as an eerily similar Peter Griffin, only here, they’re not called Brian and Peter, they’re called Larry and Steve. And yes, this was played on Cartoon Network during the day, NOT during Adult Swim! This was meant for kids! It was part of Cartoon Network experimenting with cartoon pilots on a section they called What A Cartoon!, which resulted in several popular shows being made. So… was the original idea for Family Guy supposed to be a kids’ show? It certainly seems that way. The seven-minute short begins with Steve talking to a camera explaining his situation: that being stuck with Larry. Steve: Hi, there. My name’s Steve. I’m a dog, in-in case you were, um… …well, stupid. NC: Apparently, he was at the pound, and out of all the humans, Larry was the only one who can understand him. This is hilariously never explained, as everyone else just hears him bark. It’s… just kind of how this world works. Steve: You will be indirectly responsible for the resulting euthanasia. Larry (hearing it as “youth in Asia”): Oh, boy, they got enough kids over there as it is. NC: Steve, of course, is an intelligent cynic, and Larry is a brainless doofus, and somehow, they have to survive mundane adventures like getting a new lamp. With Larry, however, that proves difficult as he’s constantly getting them into trouble. [whapping] Larry: How do you feel, Steve? Steve: Like Agamemnon after the fury of Clytemnestra. NC: Think kind of Inspector Gadget and Brain going to the grocery store; he’s always gotta save him. The humor isn’t hilarious, but it’s not bad, either, It has a lot of slapstick cartoony jokes, as well as a good line here and there. Larry: I-I think I know what I’m talking about, alright? Alright? I- [stammers] I didn’t spend twelve years in kindergarten ‘cuz I’m stupid! NC: It even has bits of surreal humor similar to what Family Guy would eventually incorporate. Saleslady: Just ask our spokesman, Mickey the Xenophobic Scotsman! [zip] [Mickey exclaims in shock] ♪ [demented bagpipe music] ♪ [glass smashes] NC: What especially funny is all the foreshadowing to the Family Guy show that ends up here. For example, the names of one of the stores they’re looking for is Stewie’s, which would eventually be Peter’s son in the show. Larry: Uh, Stewie’s has usually got good stuff. NC: This guy looks pretty close to Peter’s dad. Either that, or… Ehhh, let’s just hope it’s not HIM! Steve’s design, you can certainly see elements of Brian in, and Larry, though seemingly different in layout, actually is very similar! Just trim down the nose, change the hair, it’s surprisingly really close! Overall, it’s a cute little short, and honestly might’ve been a decent kids’ show. Maybe along the lines of Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Lab, and so on. However, while those shows were picked up, Seth’s wasn’t. The network passed on this show, but liked Seth’s style so much, that they brought him on to be a writer on some of the shows that DID get picked up. He would try again on another show, though, called Zoo Mates! Another pilot, but this time for Nickelodeon
    (for Oh Yeah! Cartoons). And this time with the help of Butch Hartman, who would go on to develop hits like Fairly Oddparents and Danny Phantom. It was…. odd… but, for different reasons his other shows are odd. It was just animals trying to live together in an apartment, but messing things up. Standard enough, but, there was a laugh track over the entire show! Polar bear: I’m gonna bust your head when I’m finished! [laugh track] [laugh track]
    Polar bear: Who-o-oa, I’m dizzy! NC: To this day, I have no idea if this was done ironically, or in the same spirit as The Flintstones, where we’re supposed to believe somehow an audience is laughing at this! [laugh track] NC: No surprise, this one was not picked up. However, executives from Fox saw Larry & Steve, and were interested in Seth creating a show based on the concept, except with an adult edge. This is naturally where Family Guy came from. So, there it is! Family Guy was originally mean for kids, right? Well, there’s another part of the story. You see, while at the Rhode Island School for Design, Seth had to put together a thesis film in 1995. It starred himself introducing his animated characters living in an everyday suburban home, embarking on surreal adventures with cutaways. The name of that thesis? The Life of Larry. Which once again, stars a doofus named Larry, and his talking cynical dog named Steve. Larry: Yeah, oh-I-oh-I think what happens is he, uh, eats his food, and then whatever Spot can’t finish. Steve: Wh-wh-where did you– where did you hear that? Larry: Episode 65.
    Steve: Oh. NC: And wouldn’t you know it, he also has a patient wife named Lois… Prototype-Lois: Fine! Let’s have this conversation for the ten millionth time, Larry! NC: …an overweight son named Milt, instead of Chris, and a much more adult tone. In fact, many of these jokes would eventually make its way into the Family Guy pilot, which would eventually make its way into the Family Guy show. It’s actually kind of eerie how similar these jokes are in every incarnation. Larry: I got it! That’s the guy from Big! Pilot-Peter: Tom Hanks! That’s it! Aw, funny guy! Series-Peter: Everything he says is a stitch! Tom Hanks in Philadelphia: I have AIDS. Series-Peter: [laughing uproariously] Pilot-Peter: [laughing uproariously] Larry: [laughing uproariously] NC: So when Fox saw this was also part of the Larry & Steve portfolio, they said that matched their animation outline perfect. Although… maybe not perfect enough. It was decided they should fatten up their lead, give them a baby, add a geeky daughter, and focus more on the family dynamic, hence the title, Family Guy. Looking all too familiar to another animated Fox family. So… there’s kind of a lot to be discovered here, isn’t there? Was Family Guy originally meant to be a kids’ show? For a short amount of time. Originally, it was an adult comedy film thesis about a guy and his dog, which turned into a kids’ show pilot about a guy and his dog, which turned into an adult show pilot that was made to be more like The Simpsons, because it was on Fox. So not only was it at one point a kids’ show, it actually had little-to-no tie-in with The Simpsons at all! Which is a criticism the show has had to fight for years. Even in the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover, they referenced it, and the Simpsons took more than their fair share of punches at them. Homer Simpson: It’s just a lousy ripoff! Peter: It may have been INSPIRED by Duff, but I… I like to think it goes in a different direction. NC: While it’s pretty obvious where that later influence came from for Family Guy, You can see the original idea has no connection. So the evolution of an idea isn’t always as simple as you think. Actually, many times, it’s very complicated! From an adult show, to a kids’ show, to an all-too-familiar Fox formula, this idea has gone through SO many versions. But truth be told, all of them are interesting to check out. If you can find them, obviously, you can tell from the quality here they’re not the easiest to locate, they’re certainly worth viewing to witness the creative process. Whether you love Family Guy, hate it, used to love it, or used to hate it, there’s no denying the content-changing ways and ideas for it… is intriguing to watch. But seriously, that “hurt knee” joke has to stop. I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so YOU don’t have to! WHOOOAA–
    [thud] Sssssssssss….. Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh. Sssssssssss….. Aooow, Goddammit! ♪ [“The Review Must Go On”] ♪ ♪ [Channel Awesome theme] ♪ Doug: Hello! Doug Walker here! And a special “hello” to all the YouTube comments wondering where the review is! Thank you for watching ’til the end! [chuckles] Uh, pretty much, uh, I’m out of town, uh, I’m at a Con, and I, um, uh, also on vacation! Taking a short vacation, but I didn’t want to leave you guys with nothing, so I did a fast little editorial here. Uh, but the reviews will go right back up next week. So it’ll be right back on track. A review, an editorial, review, editorial… so on, so forth. Uh, so, yeah! Either way, I hope you guys enjoyed watching, and I’ll see you next week for the review, and, uh, here’s me shot a week ago doing the Charity Shout-Out! Doug from last week: Hey! Doug Walker here, doing the Charity Shout-Out, and this week, we are doing the Marine Mammal Center. These people are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike. Their mission is to advance global ocean conservation for marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, as well as scientific research and education. Since 1975, they’ve rescued and treated nearly 20,000 marine animals. They rescue marine mammals for different reasons, including malnourishment, separation, entanglements, and diseases. They’ve recognized the fundamental relationship that binds humans, animals, and the ocean. They also partner with leading scientists and other professionals in order to learn from the patients in their care. Patients from healthy, endangered, and at-risk populations. To expand and advise scientific knowledge, enhancing understanding of the health of our oceans, and the implications for human health. They spread knowledge to members of the scientific community and general public of what they find out. If you look at their site and their YouTube page,
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    Pebble and the Penguin – Nostalgia Critic
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    Pebble and the Penguin – Nostalgia Critic

    August 26, 2019


    Helloooooooo I’m the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it, so you don’t have to! Today, we’re going to look at a film by Don Bluth- GODDAMN IT! How come he keeps turning up here?! I mean it’s not like the guy isn’t a good director. He’s directed some great movies! Like The Land Before Time, An American Tail, and the Secret of Nimh, one of my all-time favorite films. But, much like Schwarzenegger, for every good film he’s made, he’s also made a bad one. And not only are they bad, they’re weird. Un-BELIEVABLY weird. Case in point: The Pebble and the Penguin. [ ♪ one perfect pebble, just one humble stone ♪ ] If you took a combination of Nyquil and Vicodin and decided to watch Happy Feet for an hour, this is probably what you’d see. Yet another strange and often clumsily animated film that wants to look nice as opposed to making any logical sense. It’s weird, it’s sloppy, I have 20 minutes to waste, so let’s take a look. NARRATOR: There is a charming tradition observed by the adélie penguins CRITIC: Okay, which British chick who will have little to no character outside of narrating is this? Shani Wallis? Who’s that? [DING!] Oh, the woman from Oliver! Neat. So she talks about how penguins use a pebble to give to their loved ones as a mating ritual, Which starts off our tale of The Pebble and the Penguin, As the story book explains. Oh, I mean as the SONG book explains. Apparently, the film is so cheap it couldn’t afford a story book, so it resorted to the sheet music instead! [ ♪ one perfect pebble, just one humble stone ♪ ] So as the credits roll, we get a unique – but still very strange – opening. It’s the penguins swimming and singing through the sheet music of the movie, Which looks nice, but what the hell’s the point of it? Are they gonna go tap dancing through the script next, marking off the bad lines they don’t like? The script would only be a page long if they did that! [ ♪ Now and forever, we’ll do like birds do ♪ ] By the way, is it just me, or does this sound like the meeting song from The Great Muppet Caper? [ ♪ Now and forever, I’ll show her I care ♪ ] (Strikingly similar tune) – [ ♪ First time you see her, those magical shades ♪ ] What hack songwriter wrote this, anywa– AAAAHHH, That explains a lot. From the BRILLIANT mind who brought you “Marry the Mole.” In fact, that’s probably how Manilow agreed to do this film. He’s sick and tired of people saying his kids songs are unoriginal, So he shouted “YOU SHOW THEM MY MUSIC,” “NOTES AND EVERYTHING!” “THEN THEY’LL SEE I REALLY WROTE THIS SHIT!” PENGUIN: Knock it off, romance has nothing to do with it, listen, MARINA: You know, I just don’t think a pebble should be that important, PENGUIN: Marina, if you don’t care about the pebble, how will you choose? [ HAPPY DAYS THEME SONG ] CRITIC: So our narrator finally starts to introduce us to our characters. NARRATOR: Of all the penguins in all the world– — She walks into mine. — NARRATOR: the most romantic was Hubie. CRITIC: So this is Hubie, played by Martin Short. He’s in love with a female penguin named Marina, Played by Annie Golden. They make awkward small talk that’s supposed to represent a “relationship” as an EEEVIL penguin named Drake, played by Tim Curry, watches over them. TIM CURRY PENGUIN: Marina doesn’t know it yet, but she’s going to be MY wife. CRITIC: I didn’t get these pengroids for nothing, you know! So as they sit on top of that thing from The Nightmare Before Christmas, They start to sing a song so forced and contrived that it wouldn’t make it into a Teddy Ruxpin cartoon. 【 ♪ Sometimes, I wonder what the colors mean ♪ 】 Uh, why don’t you figure out what that lyric means, first? It’s like saying, “I wanna figure out what the sounds smell like!” 【 ♪ Like your eyes ♪ 】 【 ♪ Where was I? ♪ 】 MARINA: Choosing a mate– CRITIC: Uh, is that choker trying to…choke her? MARINA: I don’t think it’s nonsense at all! Even if you are a bit wacky. ( soft strings music ) NARRATOR: The rookery buzzed with excitement. All the bachelors took to the beaches to find their engagement pebbles. CRITIC: You know, it’s a shame this came out when it did, because I could totally see Morgan Freeman narrating all this. [ Morgan Freeman impression ] Here, we see the penguin try desperately to get a laugh. His antics fall short to underwritten slapstick and heavily confused himeny. Thus, he will not find a mate. He will spend the rest of his years knowing that his sperm will never carry on. HUBIE: Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. CRITIC: ( bzzt ) This is the wishing star, our attorneys advise you to stop ripping off Disney, or we’ll sue you for the little that you have. Thank you, and never call us again. [ DRAMATIC GASP ] But thankfully, the last son of Krypton is sent to Earth, As Hubby[sic] plans to use one of the scorching hot rocks – that doesn’t seem to burn him at all – as a pebble for Marina. But, unfortunately, Drake catches him before he can see her [ DRAMATIC MUSIC ] TIM CURRY PENGUIN: So, nerd, (bad, fake, American accent) I hear you wanna be a big ladies’ man! CRITIC: Boy, Tim Curry’s American accent is almost as good as his Romanian one, isn’t it? — Free now of the chains of Cho Chesku, traveling the world and doing good. — CRITIC: Is it wrong to say the muscle-bound penguin sounds more credible? TIM CURRY: NO!! NO!! [ TIM CURRY PENGUIN LAUGHS ] Hope you can swim, little– CRITIC: Well, he IS a penguin… [ HUBIE SCREAMS ] [ DRAMATIC MUSIC ] [ LOUD SPLASH ] CRITIC: So, while on the water, he comes across the world’s FRIGGIN’ LARGEST SEAL! And don’t think that this means that the penguins are just small. We SEE them compared to the size of humans. They’re regular size! This seal must have been, like, a radioactive mutation experiment at Seaworld or something. MARINA: Hubie!! CRITIC: So because of the storm and the seal, I guess, he can’t swim back. So we cut to…him in a cage? Hi, when did that happen? When he comes across a bunch of other penguins, who also somehow knitted their own clothes. (Badly) 【 ♪ If you love the great indoors, welcome to the good ship Misery ♪ 】 CRITIC: God, don’t people talk any more?? You could buy a pack of Skittles and it would result in a musical number! Also, has anybody noticed? They’re out of their friggin’ cages! JUST LEAVE! Stop TORTURING us with Manilow’s rejected commercial jingles! (in a chorus) 【 ♪ And then we all throw up! ♪ 】 Just then, another penguin is thrown into the cellar, named Rocko, Played by James Belushi. JIM BELUSHI PENGUIN: Who’s with me? Who’s for busting out of here? Bunch of birdbrains! Seal Bait! Get me out of here! So, Hubie, through his magic…space pebble… can see what’s going on back home. TIM CURRY PENGUIN: I want you to be my mate! MARINA: Drake! I love Hubie! CRITIC: Dude, this scene is so blurry, you could host a Barbara Walters special in it! TIM CURRY PENGUIN: And remember, you must choose a mate before the full moon mating ceremony, or — You’re banished! That’s the law! CRITIC: Really? They had to make a law about that? Was there…really some penguin who was just refusing to mate, so they had to create a law to enforce it? Sometimes, I don’t want to know about the animal kingdom. HUBIE: Sir! Take me with you! ROCKO: You talkin’ to me? {Yes sir, I am!} Don’t call me ‘Sir!’ ROCKO: Call me Rocko. CRITIC: So Hubie and Rocko work out a plan to get themselves off of the ship. MAN: Come back here, you– Come back! CRITIC: You’re gonna be Gordon Fisherman’s fish sticks and like it!! [ CHEAP THUNDERSTORM SOUND EFFECT ] 【 ♪ Gilligan’s Island theme song ♪ 】 [ SPLASHING, YELLING ] CRITIC: So, as they perform penguin Amistad, they get off the ship and swim for some Hawaiian island. ROCKO: You’re lost? Then I’m looking at a dead penguin. HUBIE: Getting back to Marina is all that matters to me! I mean, Rocko, look! I dream about her night and day! I see her face when I close my eyes. CRITIC: I do things when that happens!! Things that my Penguin minister says makes baby Jesus cry. CRITIC: So while Rocko refuses to help Hubie(by the way, hi, unfinished vine), Hubie gets Rocko to admit what he’s really been looking for. HUBIE: What is it? ROCKO: You’re lookin’ at it. [ SEAGULLS CRYING ] CRITIC: You wanna bonk a seagull…? HUBIE: You, you, you…wanna fly? ROCKO: Don’t laugh! {Rocko!} HUBIE: You’ve gotta, j-just accept it! ROCKO: No! ‘I’m gonna fly, AND NO-ONE’S GOING TO STOP ME, I’M FLYIN’ !! CRITIC: So Hubie convinces Rocko that he knows a penguin named Waldo: (Last known photograph), Who can help show him how to fly if he gets him back home. [ DOLPHINS SQUEALING] ROCKO: Captain, full speed ahead! Here we go!! [ Indiana Jones theme song ] CRITIC: Meanwhile, at Frankenberry’s house, We see Drake continues to try and put the moves on Marina. TIM CURRY PENGUIN: No?! Oh, I get it You’re joking. (evil laughter) [ORCHESTRA HIT] 【 ♪ Don’t make me laugh! ♪ 】 CRITIC: Oh, gooooood, another song! The endless musical of West Ice Story can fucking continue. 【 ♪ Say yes, my love, and go with a winner ♪ 】 Is it weird that all I’m thinking about during this song is why penguins have hands? 【 ♪ Don’t make me laugh! ♪ 】 【 ♪ ha ha ha ha! ♪ 】 【 ♪ I’ll slap my knee ♪ 】 CRITIC: Blah, blah, blah, Tim Curry is evil. So we cut back to our heroes, who found a… Very odd island of wood… As Hubie admits a saaaad secret that he’s been keeping from Rocko. HUBIE: Rocko, there’s something you should know. CRITIC: Your Modern Life is no longer in reruns. HUBIE: Waldo isn’t real. ROCKO: What?! HUBIE: I needed you to…show me the way home. I– I didn’t think you’d do it if I just asked. CRITIC: Next, you’ll be telling me the CAKE is a lie! ROCKO: You decided to LIE to me! To drag me through three thousand miles of water and killer whales! [ HUMOROUS FART-LIKE CHOKING NOISE ] HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH ahahahahahaahahahahahahah! CRITIC: What the hell? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Ah [ more laughter ] [ even more laughter ] [ continuous laughter ] ROCKO: You’re either the greatest romantic hero of all time, or you’re the stupidest penguin who ever lived! [ GUNSHOTS AND SCREAMING ] CRITIC: So, because they…laughed, for no apparent reason, I guess that means they’re friends again. (sarcastically) Makes sense to me! Meanwhile, back at home, we find that musical numbers don’t need to have a point or lead in anymore. Nooo, they can just start and come out of nowhere. 【 ♪ Sometimes I close my eyes and say a prayer ♪ 】 She’s sad! Next? We get yet another chase scene with the world’s largest seal, which seem to be Don Bluth’s new underwater cats. What’s taking that seal so long, anyway? Is he just enjoying his time shitting around with them? Harry Callahan: I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots, or only five?” You’ve got to ask yourself one question. “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do you, punk? — Dirty Harry (1971) So they swim, swim, and swim around until they finally outrun the beast, which results in yet another argument. ROCKO: You risk your life to get back to that chick and give her the blasted pebble. YOU’RE CRAZY! You’re INSANE! You’re– You’re amazing! CRITIC: Boy, Rocko really seems to mood swing to the convenience of the plot, doesn’t he? ROCKO: Get out of my face, I didn’t say nothin’ like that. HUBIE: You do like m-me! ROCKO: I don’t like anybody! {Oh, yes you do!} HUBIE: And I knew it all along! 【 ♪ 】 CRITIC: Oh, god, no, NO NO no, not another one! HUBIE: Hey, Rocko! I guess this means we’ve put our differences…on ICE? CRITIC: Alright, I’ll take that joke, I’ll even laugh at it – ha ha ha! – but please, NOT ANOTHER ONE! 【 ♪ Look how we get along to– ♪ 】 (screaming) Please, no more! I’m done! I’m done with these fucking songs, there’re like a bajillion of them in this movie! Can you just SAY things? Can you just speak for one minute?! 【 ♪ 】 【 ♪ We’ll find our way through stormy weather, ♪ 】 【 ♪ Just you and me, right to the end ♪ 】 If you’ll excuse me, I feel rather dirty. I’m gonna take a bath for a minute. 【 ♪ And gee, it looks like I’ve got me a friend ♪ 】 HUBIE: What do you call a flower before it opens? ROCKO: A bud? HUBIE: I love it when ya call me bud!! (Rocko groans) HUBIE: You mean you like me?! ROCKO: A little, HUBIE: Ya mean it? ROCKO: Don’t push it. BOTH: 【 ♪ Looks like I got me aaaaaaa ♪ 】 【 ♪ Frieeeeeee [ ELECTRICITY SOUNDS ] eeeeeend ♪ 】 CRITIC: So if you’re still alive after your brush with death, the penguins catch a ride on yet another ship. How do they keep finding all these ships? But they run into a rather hungry bunch of whales looking for some penguin chow. [ FREE WILLY THEME ] So after the whales finally piss off, we see that Rocko apparently got killed in the process. Of course he did. HUBIE: Oh, Rocko… CRITIC: Well, after that 100% NOT fake-out, we see that Drake has kidnapped Marina to force her to be his bride. [ LAUGHING IN A FAKE AMERICAN ACCENT ] HUBIE: Get your filthy flippers off my girl! CRITIC: Man tits, awaaaaay! Well, yeah. What did you think was gonna happen, dumbass? ???: Get up, now open your eyes! HUBIE: I didn’t come three thousand miles and, lose my best buddy to be stopped by the likes of you! CRITIC: I came here to lose my virginityyyyyyyy!!! HUBIE: Come on!! CRITIC: So he defeats Drake and – oh, what a “surprise”, Rocko isn’t dead! Yeah, you really had me going there, movie. Good one. TIM CURRY PENGUIN: Say your prayers, you fool! CRITIC: (Tim Curry impression) No, my conveniently shaped location!! Dude, that was a pretty harsh death! I mean, just because you don’t show blood doesn’t mean that wasn’t gruesome! In fact, let’s put some blood in that scene and see how it looks. [ COMICAL SQUISH NOISE] Yeah. Disturbing! ROCKO: Hubie!!! Yeah. What they don’t show you is the angle he’s really going. [ CRASHING NOISE ] No, of course Rocko can fly now. Breaking the laws of nature and gravity, because… He ate a fairy. I don’t know. But it seems to have saved the day. So Marina and Hubby[sic] get together, they fly into the sunset and they all wear Santa hats. Because…? I guess this was a Christmas film. That’s The Pebble and the Penguin. So, did any of it work? Well, how do I put this? Out of all the bad Don Bluth movies, this one is probably the least bad. It almost works, The voice acting isn’t bad, and while the animation can be sloppy, it’s still Don Bluth animation, which is always impressive. It just gets lost in the generic story and those few really weird turns that that either work to Bluth’s advantage, or don’t. And in this case, they don’t. It’s not really a film I’d recommend for kids, as there are much better films to show them, But as is, it’s not terrible. And if a kid really wanted to see it, I guess there’d be no harm in showing it to them. And besides, it’s just false advertising. When I hear the title “The Pebble and the Penguin,” THIS is what I expect to see: Now THAT would have been an interesting crossover. I’m the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don’t have to. 【 ♪ I wonder what the colors mean ♪ 】

    the DUEL TRUCK – an american nightmare …or dream?
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    the DUEL TRUCK – an american nightmare …or dream?

    August 25, 2019


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    was a kid that’s all I ever wanted to do was climb trucks. I’ve shot Ice Road
    Truckers, I’ve been around a lot of these kind of things but I’ve never driven one
    so this should be interesting okay so I’ve never driven a truck
    before, you know that. to start out, for your first time ever, to start in the hardest truck to drive is pretty good. does that qualify me as like a
    hardcore badass dude? yeah I would think maybe it could be on
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    anything just always just be calm and cool and it’s okay. so the famous Duel horn.
    even the buttons hard to press! alright so clutch in I gotta find first gear,
    apparently in this thing it’s very hard there it is very easy for
    me… so far… letting the clutch out we’re rolling… that’s your first six inches of truck driving.
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    how do you get into get in all this truck driving? your dad must have been a
    truck driver. naw my dad never drove a truck. when I was a kid I think during
    the summer of first grade my grandfather drove a big truck, not a tractor trailer
    but a big straight truck and and I rode with him during the summer. I would see
    all the big rigs and I was always going you know, I wish we were riding in one of
    those you know. my dad introduced me to a great uncle and I’m just a little kid
    and he said your great uncle said you could go with him and now you get to
    ride in a big tractor trailer. he drove a big R model Mack and hauled gasoline so I
    was like wow! he was my hero. yeah everybody likes Superman or whatever but
    my great uncle Alfred was… he was like my hero. he was a tall skinny guy
    and you wouldn’t think he was strong enough to turn the truck but he was the
    best truck driver I ever knew and I just liked trucks from then on. You know I
    always knew in the back of my mind I wanted to run my own trucks I didn’t
    want to work for somebody else. I’m kind of an independent guy and I don’t really
    take orders that good. I got fired from a couple of jobs for taking people with me.
    it’s because I always meant somebody to hang out with me and have a good time. I
    decided I wanted to be the one in charge I met a guy that wanted somebody to help
    haul his own materials and so he and I partnered up. word of mouth got out that
    man this guy’s hustling. I went to two trucks, and then three trucks and then
    four trucks, and then five trucks. and I became, you know, BPW back in 97 I think I went to my first
    national antique truck show. I had it on my mind that I wanted to fix up an old
    truck. I’m more of an OEM kind of guy. I like stuff kind of original. I want to feel
    how the driver did, and this is a 73. I was 7 years old then so I want to feel
    how the guy driving this felt when he drove it. one thing led to another, we’d
    build another. We’d build another. you know trucking is going pretty good,
    you know, I buy and sell and trade on the trucks so you know, it’s …I don’t know, it
    just kind of came together. went out to Fontana to a truck show back in 2005 and
    they had all loaded down with chrome… bling-bling trucks. we were walking
    through there looking at all these trucks taking pictures and all sudden… boom… there sat that Duel truck I’m sitting there going man I remember
    that movie when I was a kid I watched that movie it came on like Saturday TV
    or something and I remember thinking that’s a Peterbilt. it was really the
    highlight of the show to me even though it was just ugly
    I didn’t even know it existed because in the movie the truck at the end goes over
    the cliff tumbles boom boom it’s all destroyed. a few years later they
    wanted to add some scenes to the movie so they had to kinda… I guess they
    recreated a couple more trucks to come in and do that extra footage that was
    where this truck came in the picture this was Steven Spielberg’s first film as my understanding it was his first
    full length film. in interviews from time to time
    he’ll mentioned that movie that has been part of his road to success, you know,
    that movie. and Dennis Weaver had a lot to do with it too he played the part.
    he couldn’t have done it no better. I mean he was the guy for the job.
    and the Carey Loftin was the guy driving the truck. he was like a stunt the truck
    driver and he’d whip that thing all over the road, and I’m like, man I wanted
    to have a truck like that!! And I do that now. but back when you’re a kid you know
    you’re fascinated with it. and never thought I’d own the truck I just
    thought it was cool a friend of mine he ended up purchasing
    it. he didn’t really have room to keep it. but uh he contacted me and said I was
    the one that should have the truck. you know every once in a while in your
    lifetime you’ll see something and you feel like you just got to have it, and this
    was one of those times. I couldn’t really afford it but I bought it anyway. this is
    my second time driving because we got up to… I’m basically driving Brad’s driveway
    because you don’t want to put me on a road with traffic in one of these and
    that road out there is not straight it’s curvy and it’s very narrow. even sitting
    in the passenger seat it didn’t look like he was actually in his lane… ‘trust
    he was… so anyways second time… funny thing I got out of the passengers seat and
    burned my ear on the… on the… exhaust so officially I’ve injured
    myself on this truck now. It’s haunted too! it’s haunted?? wonderful… (nervous laugh) okay so I’m now gonna go up Brad’s very steep driveway on gravel road. second time driving a truck… in a
    straight line… I think I’m… aaaaand release the brakes. go ahead and ease the clutch out. okay it’s all yours. a
    little easier the second time I don’t know how anybody did any stunt
    driving in this thing. it is tough as nails I’ve driven small small trucks but never a semi so
    this is completely new it sounds so cooooooool! every young boy
    has always wanted to hold the steering wheel like this, big, almost
    horizontal and just know what it’s like to do this but they did some amazing stunt driving
    in this truck and I have no idea how he did it. you have to have some skill todrive this thing
    in any speed more?? oh slow! ok hahaha it’s very hard to drive. this remake of
    the truck actually has two sticks and the original truck that went over the
    cliff it had a regular single stick with the
    with the button up and down with ten-speed. I guess it was a ten-speed. no
    power steering. no nothing, you know, it just goes and it hardly has any brakes
    either it’s a 1961 351 Peterbilt and the tanker
    is a 1946 it’s Cummins powered and they took the
    old original worn out completely suspension out of it and replaced that with a
    Reiko suspension. so some of the things that was originally with the movie time
    has been sort of updated so you’ve got a little better ride I’m gonna make a turn…. I feel like a man! I feel like a real man!!
    I don’t feel like the fancy ass little hipster I look like, I feel like a man!! on the back of the cab there’s a a box that represents what would have been back in
    the hot days before air conditioning it would have been a swamp cooler. but in
    the movie I think they used that box for a camera box and Spielberg had to mount
    a Camera there to get the… you know the part where you see his hands turning the
    wheel and you’re looking out across the hood and you got that little mirror and
    you see the smoke blowing out of the stack. you know, definitely smoke and
    mirrors. I am now driving a giant semi-truck over grass in a field on
    Brad’s property that’s basically what he does. Brad owns
    a bunch of trucks. antique trucks, new trucks, movie trucks. and this is what he
    does he just drives them around. he restores them and he brings them to
    shows. I remember watching that movie Duel you know I actually wanted the truck to win
    you know! I don’t know… I guess I gotta say I was dropped on my head or
    something when I was a kid to be this into trucks. and other people is probably
    about the movie. there’s a following of people that want to know where that
    truck is because not only me who was fascinated with that truck from the
    movie a lot of other people are too. I think it appeals to everybody in fact
    I took it to mad monster and there’s no truckers there. it’s all people that are
    into monsters and all this stuff a lot of people like to come by and climb up
    in it and just sit there and play with the steering wheel and think, wow this is actually
    a real movie truck that Dennis Weaver walked around and Spielberg was, you know,
    putting these cameras in it’s a piece of history. an American
    piece of history, you know, and it’s just times have changed. somewhat for the
    better but other ways not. you know, I like… I like the past. you got things you did
    as a kid and you want to relive, kind of rehash that. getting older every day…
    fastest thing known to man is time, so we… you know, I’m just trying to do
    what I like to do and everybody’s invited you know I don’t just put it in
    here and say nobody can come and see it. you know, we get stuff out and
    play with it and we do fun stuff with it got a lot of kids that come around and
    they like to just sit up in them always wanted to do this! now you’re a dangerous truck driver! now I’m a… I’m those guys that I hate when I’m driving down I-40 I don’t think truck drivers are looked
    up at as heroes like they were back in the sixties and seventies. which I wish
    they still were because without trucks America stops you know. everything
    you’ve got everything you own was brought at some
    point on a truck and I think New York City would shut down in 48 hours if they
    didn’t have trucks coming in there. they don’t grow anything, they don’t make any
    food there, it’s all hauled in you know so everybody fussing and griping about
    trucks on the road you need to think; you shut that down and it’s gonna end
    real fast. train can bring it to a certain point but it can’t pull into the
    grocery store. so don’t fuss about the trucks going down the road. just give them
    room and you know be courteous. 99.9% of all the truck
    drivers are good professional drivers and their courtesy, you know, it goes a
    million miles and literally millions of miles and don’t crash the gate, doing 98 all right I drove my truck… a truck…
    I drove a truck for the first time in my life. that was cool and if there’s any
    truck to drive for the first time in my life I’d say the Duel truck is the best
    truck I ever could have done next up… coming from me (Brad), it’s one of the hardest trucks to drive. next truck let’s go find Optimus Prime.
    be sure to like, share, subscribe and if you do I’ll be able to keep doing this
    and you’ll be able to enjoy it THE HORN! can’t forget the horn!! oh that’s so cool! (BRAD) takes a while to kill… listen.. is that the exhuast? you hear her breathing? holy shit… damn this truck has a life to it! you know one time we has it sitting in the shed in the lower shop by the woods. it’s real dark. we were coming down, going down to get something like 11:30 at night I tell this story… We’re coming down on the golf cart. The Duel truck was sitting under the lean-to shed at the edge of the woods. all of a sudden we’re coming around and the headlights just come on NO! YEAH! really?? NO! hahaha oh man this is nuts! that was slightly frightening makes for a good story right??
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