I know this is all old footage, but damn it never ceases to make me laugh. We don’t get to see vocal casts of animated shows doing their thing out from behind the animation often enough. I think these folks could take this on the road and make a freaking fortune. I’d pay to see a live table reading, I don’t know about you.
We were reminded of this by Digg. More after the jump…
Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Joel Moore, Chris Williams, Alan Tudyk, Jason Bateman, and Hank Azaria
- Running audio commentary with actors Stiller &Vaughn and writer/director Thurber
- Deleted/extended scenes and alternate ending with optional commentary by Thurber
- DVD-ROM Content: Dodgeball Screenplay
- Gag reel
Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
My Advice: At the very least, rent it…
Created by Matt Groening
Starring the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith
- Four episodes: “Dog of Death,” “Marge Be Not Proud,” “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson,” and “Mayored to the Mob”
- Animatics and storyboards on the first act of “Mayored”
Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
Anamorphic: N/A; released in its original 1.33:1 format
My Advice: Grab it if you’re a Simpsons fan.
The Simpsons are back with four classic episodes. In “Dog of Death,” Santa’s Little Helper needs an expensive operation. The family resents having to sacrifice other things to pay for it, and he runs away, only to become an attack dog of Mr. Burns’. Bart gets caught shoplifting in “Marge Be Not Proud,” and has to find a way to earn his mother’s respect again at Christmas. “The Secret War of Lisa Simpson” finds Bart sent off to military school after a typical Bart incident, and Lisa decides she wants to go, too, only to find herself the butt of the other cadets’ hazing because she is a girl.
Written by: Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich, based on the character owned by the Toho Company
Directed by: Dean Devlin
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, Maria Pitillo, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
My Advice: Wait for MST3K
It seemed like the match made in heaven, right? D&E, the men behind ID4, take on the king of all monsters in a cage match where the cage is Manhattan, yes? What could possibly go wrong? You name it. What need is there for a synopsis, really–I mean it is a Godzilla flick, right? Well, I won’t spoil anything that the newspapers and other reviewers haven’t by telling you that the G-Man is a G-It and can lay eggs and proceeds to do so. So you got Godzilla Babies coming to the Saturday Morning LineupTM anyday now.
Let’s talk about the cast, all great talent–at least in other films they’ve done. Broderick must have figured he was in cash cow, um, cash lizard heaven, because his performance lacked any redeeming qualities. Instead he seemed to revert to Ferris, forgetting that he’s proven his worth with films like Glory. Jean Reno is the only one to leave this flick without egg on his face, doing such a great tough guy (complete with Elvis impersonation) that Warner Bros. has him in the Batsuit for the next chapter of that particular franchise. Maria Pitillo’s character is so pitifully helpless and annoying that I was praying for her to die ten minutes after meeting her. Hank Azaria does fairly well with his New York cameraman bit, but it’s almost a one-note for this guy. Harry Shearer‘s sleazy newsman is delightfully bad, but hey, he wants to sleep with Pitillo’s character so I wanted him to die too.