Thursday, August 11, 2011

Will It Be "Fan-Riffic"? (Cue Gong)

Alcon Entertainment, the company behind the 2006 Wicker Man remake and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchise, announced yesterday that they would be bringing a live-action/c-g hybrid of Hanna-Barbera's Hong Kong Phooey to the silver screen.

Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) will produce with partner Jay Stern, along with Alcon founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.  Alex Zamm, who made Carrot Top's Chairman of the Board, has been chosen to direct, presumably based on his experience working in the c-g hybrid medium on such projects such as Inspector Gadget 2, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, and Doctor Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (aka, Number 5.)

The film is being designed as a starring vehicle for Eddie Murphy, who has been chosen to try to fill the Scatman Crothers sized void behind the voice-over microphone as Penry/Hong Kong Phooey.
Whether or not he'll do that in the exact same voice he used as Mushu in Mulan (1998) and through countless Shrek-a-paloozas (2001-2010) has yet to be heard.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Monday, July 4, 2011

America Rocks!

Happy 4th of July!

 Have your own retro sing-a-long to the Schoolhouse Rock classic "Fireworks" after the jump!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday, Vincent Price!

I'll throw some tips on how to celebrate the day right over at It's Time for Some Action, but for now, ogle this awesome Vincent Van Ghoul (from 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo) piece from Chinese Deviant Art-ist SharksDen. There's a few other primo Price pieces up at his gallery so hop on over there to check them out.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

What's Black and Grey and Rolls Around The Parking Lot of McDonalds?

Mr. T. and a pigeon fighting over an old french fry.

That's not me talkin'... That's someday Saturday morning stuntman "Super Dave" Osborne (comedian Bob Einstein) provoking fellow future cartoon caricature Mr. T. during a bit from Showtime's sketch comedy show Bizarre (1980-85).

Although the minimum amount of research hasn't placed an exact date on the video, it can be deduced that it was shot between the release of Rocky III (5/28/82) and the debut of the A-Team (1/23/83), meaning that it's roughly a year before Mister T. started solving crimes with his team of gymnasts and a  full decade before Fox aired Super Dave: Daredevil for Hire.

Check-out the clip after the jump. Be advised that some of the language is offensive - but, as you'll see, that's the whole point.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

NYC Hook and Ladder No. 8 to Potentially Close Its Doors

Yup, the actual firehouse used in the Ghostbusters movie and then as the model of the headquarters seen in the Real Ghostbusters cartoon, comics, and video game franchises is on the list of firehouses in jeopardy thanks to proposed New York City budget cuts.

I guess the biggest irony in this potentially tragic tale - for pop culture fans and at risk NYC inhabitants, alike - is that a building made famous in the 1980s for being an "abandoned" firehouse has been fully functional the whole time (the company was amongst the first to respond on 9/11) and it is now back in the public eye because it may become an abandoned firehouse.

To read all about it click on over to the New York Post.

In other cartoon building news: Castle Grayskull has been scheduled for demolition to make way for a new upscale boutique specializing in fur bikinis, ornamental laser pistols, and other He-Man memorabilia. The Sorceress, who was evicted after the rent became too high for her to afford, could not be reached for a comment, though there was a giant orange pigeon found choking on a Starbucks biscotti in an alley adjacent to the soon-to-be demolition site.

Monday, May 16, 2011

That's Crazier Than the Time Seth MacFarlane Rebooted The Flintstones!

 Have your own zany Family Guy style cut-away by hopping over to Deadline who broke this story a couple of hours ago:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday, Phil Silvers!

Comedic actor Phil Silvers would have celebrated his centenary today.

Born on May 11th, 1911 in Brooklyn, NY, Silvers found notoriety as a vaudeville performer before moving on to a career in film and television.  His most famous work was his eponymous sitcom, which featured the actor in the role of Sgt. Ernest G. Bilko, a scheming confidence man who often avenged the wrongs done to the mentally inferior cohorts he surrounded himself with.

Silvers' audacious comedic persona (indeed he was colloquially known as "The King of Chutzpah"), served as fodder for and the basis of a number of Hanna-Barbera's early funny animal characters such as Hokey Wolf and Top Cat, which is why Supercade has chosen to give an extra special shout-out to the man some 26 years after his death.

Voted one of the Top 50 Cartoon Characters of All Time, Top Cat still enjoys some popularity thanks to re-runs on Boomerang, and he remains hugely popular in Latin America (especially Mexico, where he's known as Don Gato) where he and his gang of alley cat ne'er do-wells will be the subject of their own 3-D animated feature from Anima and Illusion Studios.

Happy 100, Phil Silvers!  Despite all the credit you're actually due, we're sure you're still schilling for more in true Bilko/Top Cat style where ever you may be suitably slacking in peace!