Posts categorized “TV”

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Return of DuckTales

Oh, THESE guys...

Oh, THESE guys…

Hey, gang, did y’all know that Disney was re-booting the 80s classic cartoon DuckTales? You didn’t? Well, watch the just-released trailer here:

So I’m kinda pretty excited about this. There were a lot of good jokes in that trailer. I especially liked how everyone agreed which one of the nephews was the evil one.

Yeah, that one.

Yeah, that one.

There are also some great visual gags, like how there are just bags of money lying around the house as seen in the screenshot above. Also this super-quick shot of a map:

But that puffy guy is so cute!

But that puffy guy is so cute!

And the Launchpad gag at the very end is priceless.

Since I grew up with the original DuckTales, the new voices will take some getting used to. The nephews in particular are vast departures from the identical Donald-lite voices that they’ve traditionally had for decades. But it will be kinda nice that you’ll be able to tell them apart just by listening. It also looks like they’ll actually have defined characters instead of being mostly interchangeable. That’s nice.

David Tennant looks to have been a brilliant voice for Scrooge, even if he does sound just a tad too young for my years (like I said, it’ll all take some getting used to).

The new DuckTales does not yet have an official release date, just “mid-2017” (which is kinda vague). But I’m looking forward to it. I wonder if Capcom will make another excellent video game outta this one?

Categories: Cartoons, TV, Videos.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Sometimes Good Things Happen: Shigeru Miyamoto & the Roots

Dun-dun-dun dun-dun DUN, dun...

Dun-dun-dun dun-dun DUN, dun…

President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé appeared in all of his awkward glory on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week, ostensibly to debut the new IOS-only (for now) Super Mario Game, Super Mario Run. You can watch the whole segment here if you like. It looks like a fun game, even though I’ll have to wait for the Android version before I can play it myself. But there were two great surprises during the segment. The first was Reggie brought out the upcoming Nintendo Switch console and let Jimmy play the new Legend of Zelda game on it. The other (and better) surprise was the creator of Mario & Zelda himself, Shigero Miyamoto, was a surprise guest in the audience:

Miyamoto-san is so happy to be here!

Miyamoto-san is so happy to be here!

But the best surprise was yet to come: Shigeru Miyamoto himself sat in with The Roots and they all played the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme song together! It was something to behold—you can behold it right here!

Sometimes good things happen. Isn’t that right, Miyamoto-san?

miyamoto-thumbsup

“That’s right, Chris!”

Categories: TV, Video Games, Videos.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

It’s the 27th Day of Halloween! Here’s David Pumpkins!

Only 4 More Days!

Only 4 More Days!

Halloween is almost “all up ons” us! To celebrate, let’s watch one of the greatest things to come out of Saturday Night Live in the last 30 years:

DAVID PUMPKINS

Now that you have watched the majesty, enjoy this animated .gif (link only so as not to spoil the video).

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Holiday, TV, Videos.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

My Famous Friends: The Ginger Fool is a Grimm-Hunting Wettbewerbsgewinner!

Yes, I'm ready! Jamie Pederson the Ginger Fool in NBC's Grimm.

Yes, I’m ready!

YES! Fools Play Improv’s very own Ginger Fool, Jamie Pederson, has appeared in the recurring role of “Ludwig the Wettbewerbsgewinner” on NBC’s long-running supernatural police show, Grimm.

For those not in the know: Grimm (briefly) is about a Portland police officer who is a “Grimm,” a person with the ability to see monstrous people (“Wesen”) who are hiding amongst humanity, disguised as humans. The Grimm’s traditional role is to hunt these Wesen, so they don’t like him very much.

Jamie appeared briefly in episode 99 of Grimm as a thug in the service of some badguy Wesen priest who wants to stop the Grimm from finding an ancient treasure. Is Ludwig (and his associate Dolph) ready for such a task?

Jamie Pederson is ready for action on NBC's Grimm.

I guess so!

Oh, why are Jamie’s lines subtitled? Because these scenes take place in Germany and Jamie is speaking in German. No biggie.

Unfortunately at the end of the episode it looks like Ludwig and Dolph have just been tasked with guarding the badguy posse’s cars while they hunt for the Grimm.

So. Much. Action. I see why they had to be ready.

So. Much. Action. I see why they had to be ready.

But in episode 100, Ludwig and Dolph get tricked into leaving their post by a Wesen friend of the Grimm, and they run off to help the priest, who they think is being attacked by said Grimm.

Don't fall for it, Ludwig! It's a trick!

Don’t fall for it, Ludwig! It’s a trick!

Upon catching up with the priest, they quickly realize they’ve been tricked!

Verify your sources, Ludwig!

Verify your sources, Ludwig!

Ludwig and Dolph are so pissed off that they were tricked that they transform into their true “Wettbewerbsgewinner” Wesen form, then set off to hunt the Grimm! I, of course, made an animated .GIF of that transformation:

Jamie Pederson transforms into a Wesen on NBC's Grimm.

From ginger to lizard thanks to CGI goodness!

Here’s a still of Ludwig in his Wettbewerbsgewinner form:

Wettbewerbsgewinner

Wettbewerbsgewinner!

Unfortunately when they get back to their vehicles they discover the Grimm has disabled them all and they are unable to pursue. Grimm & friend make it safely back to Portland without incident. :sadface:

There is actually a cool story behind the Wettbewerbsgewinner Wesen. “Wettbewerbsgewinner” is German for “Contest winner.” To commemorate the upcoming 100th episode of Grimm, NBC ran a contest where fans could design their own Wesen, and the chosen winner would appear on the 100th episode!

So, yes, Jamie transforms into a monster designed by a fan! That’s a pretty special thing. Here’s the original concept art that won the contest:

Contest Winner from the Grimm Wiki

As found HERE.

Will Ludwig & Dolph ever catch up with the Grimm and take back what was stolen? Or is that the last we see of them, helplessly looking at flat tires? I guess you should watch Grimm or something if you wanna find out; I have no idea.

I don't know.

I don’t know.

What I do know is that you should watch the two episodes featuring the Ginger Fool! You can watch ’em on the NBC webbed-site:
• Episode 99: “Key Move
• Episode 100: “Into the Schwarzwald

Partake and enjoy! And congrats, Jamie! Now we’ve seen you get eaten by cannibals and zombies and turn into a monster using CGI!

Jamie Pederson as Ludwig on NBC's Grimm

PROOF THAT IT HAPPENED!

And as if that weren’t enough a photo of the Ginger fool is on the cover of the Weekly Volcano. See, he’s not only on the TeleVision, he’s also on stage in “Death on the Supermarket Shelf,” a musical about the 1982 Chicago Tylenol murders.

Go, Jamie, Go! Get hugged from behind live on stage!

Go, Jamie, Go! Get hugged from behind live on stage!

“Death on the Supermarket Shelf” is running every Friday & Saturday this month at the Centerstage Theater in Federal Way. See it if you can!

Categories: Animated .GIFs, Articles, Concerts/Shows, Fools Play, My Famous Friends, TV.

Monday, 13 July 2015

My Favorite Comic-Con Moments 2015

So San Diego Comic-Con is over, and there were lots of big announcements and blah-blah-blah Star Wars blah-blah-blah Batman v. Superman blah-blah X-Men Apocalypse blah-blah. You already know all about all of those, so I ain’t gunna get into ’em.

These are the things that happened at Comic-Con that I really enjoyed:

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse

A friend of mine had a comic book signing at Comic-Con. I still can’t get over that!

A FOOL DOES SOMETHING AWESOME: Congratulations to Michael Tanner, AKA the retired GREEN FOOL (on the right with the…

Posted by Fools Play Improv on Thursday, July 9, 2015

I mean, comicbookresources.com even did previews of this book. Hooray Michael Tanner! I <3 my famous friends.

Conan Goes to Comic-Con

The opening segment of Conan O’Brien’s week of shows filmed at Comic-Con was undoubtably the best part:

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Now that Joss Whedon is no longer the shepherd of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he has time to do projects for himself for a change! First up: an original comic book about an original character:

Joss Whedon's Twist

Joss Whedon’s Twist

Joss Whedon had (unsurprisingly) my favorite single quote of the whole weekend when he described the book:

Basically deals with the most important moral question facing us, which is, why isn’t there a Victorian Female Batman? [1]

Steven Universe Extended Theme Song

There was a Steven Universe panel. And this happened:

I made the mistake of watching that during my lunch break at work last week. Fortunately no one else was around, so I didn’t have to explain that I was crying about a cartoon.

Marceline Sings!

There was an Adventure Time panel, which also contained Rebecca Sugar, the creator of Steven Universe. See, she worked on Adventure Time before starting Steven Universe, and she wrote a bunch of the most memorable songs for them. And she’s written a new song for Marceline. Whose voice actress, Olivia Olson, also just happened to be on the panel. So, y’know, she helped out:

Ash vs Evil Dead

I do believe this speaks for itself. Let me know if you’re confused about anything:

Wrongplayed

And, of course, one of my favorite Instagram accounts: Wrongplayed, that purposefully (and hilariously) misidentifies the various cosplay of the con:

I AM GROOT! #marvel #hookedonafeeling #vindiesel #wrongplay

A post shared by Greg and Mike (@wrongplayed) on

So that’s what I enjoyed and/or am looking forward to. How about you?

[1] http://io9.com/joss-whedon-just-explained-the-meaning-of-life-to-us-1717277218

Categories: Articles, Cartoons, Celebrities, Comics, Music, My Famous Friends, News, Round-up, TV, Videos.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Community Returns Soon…

We've become something much greater than a study group. We've become...

“We’ve become something much greater than a study group. We’ve become…”

One of my all-time favoritest TV shows, “Community” is returning on Tuesday, March 17th! But not on TV. In a much-talked-about story, after it was cancelled at the end of the 2014 season it was picked up by Yahoo Screen and will now be exclusively broadcast via the interweb tubez. Now they’ve released a trailer for this, their sixth season! Take a look-see:

So it looks like the transition to Yahoo hasn’t hurt anything. The loss of Yvette Nicole Brown’s Shirley will likely sting (Ms. Brown had to leave the show to tend to her father’s health, so we can’t really even be angry at her), but two new characters played by Paget Brewester and none other than Mr. Kieth David have joined up. And judging by these handful of stills that I took, it looks like things at Greendale will be no less cray-cray (click to embiggen):

So goto Yahoo Screen sometime during March 17th to see the first episode? I think? It would seem they’re releasing them one-a-week like a TV show, not all at once like a Netflix show does? I dunno. We’ll figure it out.

Categories: TV, Videos.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Stuff like this is why “Conan” is my favorite Late-Night show.

Conan + Archer = Conarcher?

Conan + Archer = Conarcher?

Conan O’Brien has long been my favorite late-night TV host. I watched the very first episode of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in my college dorm (gawd, I’m OLD). And it’s stuff like this that keeps me coming back:

Glorious.

Categories: TV, Videos.