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Spaceballs: The Animated Series

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:54 am
by MonkeyM666
Once again, I have searched and found nothing on this so fingers crossed that I'm not doubling up with this thread.

Comcast cabler gets 'Spaceballs'
Lion animates Brooks laffer for TV
By JOHN DEMPSEY
Brooks

MGM TV has commissioned an animated series based on Mel Brooks' 1987 "Spaceballs" movie and sold exclusive rights in the U.S. to Comcast's G4 cable network.
Encompassing a one-hour pilot and 13 half-hour episodes, project represents the first scripted series greenlit by the new TV division at MGM, led by Jim Packer, president of the worldwide TV distribution group. Series kicks off on G4 in fall 2007.

Although the movie grossed only $38.1 million in U.S. multiplexes, Packer said "Spaceballs" has become "a successful franchise for our library" through sale in video and DVD and to cable and pay TV nets.

Brooks and Thomas Meehan, who co-wrote the movie with Ronnie Graham, have penned the one-hour pilot, and Meehan will supervise the writing of the 13 half-hours. Brooks will do two of the voices, President Skroob and Yogurt.

Germany's Berliner Film Companie will provide the animation.

Packer said he expects brisk international sales of the show at next month's Mipcom festival in Cannes.

G4, which has 59 million subscribers, will become involved in the making of "Spaceballs," which is a joint production of MGM Studios, Brooksfilms Ltd. and Berliner.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:56 am
by colonel_lugz
Hmmmmmm what audience is this aimed at? I hope it's going for a more "adult" market

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 5:59 am
by MonkeyM666
So do I, but what I've read they're trying to relaunch it for the tweens.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:03 am
by Fried Gold
The REAL Spaceballs

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:39 pm
by buster00
Merchandising! merchandising! Where the real money from the movie is made!


Like the Mega Maid, this show is gonna go from suck to blow.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 4:56 pm
by Brocktune
i <3 mel brooks!

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:41 pm
by Lurker Johnson
Very weird. I loved the movie, but I just don't see how it will pan out in rapidly moving sequential art format.

Maybe they'll do a hefty dose of spoofing on the prequels, which has the potential to be hilarious.

G4 is kind of a weak channel, though. Unless you like watching the same cheat code shows every four hours or so. However, I do give them semi-props for the Star Trek 2.0 thing that they did. I think it was an interesting idea, but I wasn't crazed about the execution.

Anyways, I'll miss it since I no longer have super premium television options. Perhaps the DVDs will be rentable in a year or so. Let me know if it's worth it Zoners (if anyone watches it).

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:17 pm
by papalazeru
Spaceballs? Hmm...has at a guess being a Star Wars parody all the way through.

I see some very good points and some very bad points.

1) A good SW parody is always good, the film was awesome.

2) There are only finite ideas they can't parody but the new movies should at least supply 3 series' of jokes.

3) Mel Brooks has to be a BIG part of this otherwise it will suck (or bring on teh Kevin Smith)

4)If they use the series to bring on a merchandising deal it sort of defeats the purpose of the film somewhat (hence the Lucas irony).

And more a moot point but can't Lucas sue considering its a parody of the SW series?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:24 pm
by Dark Knight
I use to really like G4 but then they changed up Attack of the show and got all commercial. I could see this being good if they did an Adult Swim type cartoon but I'm afraid they're gonna play it safe and make it more of an adventure show or something. Just a thought....

PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:35 pm
by papalazeru
Dark Knight wrote:I use to really like G4 but then they changed up Attack of the show and got all commercial. I could see this being good if they did an Adult Swim type cartoon but I'm afraid they're gonna play it safe and make it more of an adventure show or something. Just a thought....


Adventure show? Shock! Horror! you mean like Dungeons and Dungeons?

:lol:

That would be cool.

"Wow! A Roller coaster!"

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 12:52 am
by Fievel
John Candy wept!

I don't forsee this being great. Mediocre? Sure, but not great. I do hope it's good though.

I don't mind Attack Of The Show. If it's a matter of watching a program that touches on a lot of geek things I like (movies/games/gadgets/etc.) or watching Jeopardy.... I'll take the geek show.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:00 am
by Dark Knight
On Attack of the show, I just hated that they replaced a good amount of the cast last year. The new people just seem like they're posing and really dont know what they're talking about, just reading cue cards etc.

On Spaceballs, one question, would they keep John Candy's character (forget the name) and if so, who would voice it? Oh, and they better get Bill Pulman because he's the man

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:41 am
by buster00
Dark Knight wrote:
On Spaceballs, one question, would they keep John Candy's character (forget the name)....


Barf. The name's Barf.


papalazeru wrote:3) Mel Brooks has to be a BIG part of this otherwise it will suck (or bring on teh Kevin Smith)


Yeah, sure. Go ahead, bring 80-year-old Mel Brooks on board. Go ahead.

That's what this production needs. An 80-year-old Mel Brooks.

Jesus Goddamn Christ, papalazeru, what are you smoking? Mel Brooks? A BIG part of this...?!?!

Keep that fuckin' old geezer as far away from the set as possible, and this thing might have a chance.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 5:53 am
by MonkeyM666
papalazeru wrote:And more a moot point but can't Lucas sue considering its a parody of the SW series?


I'm sure that Lucas would have done it by now if he could. If he didn't sue over the movie, he has no place to stand in regards to the series. The only thing that could get this into trouble is if they start feeding off of SW's new franchise from the past ten years. Darth Maul, the driod armys etc.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 6:02 am
by AtomicHyperbole
I think the law allows for parody, if I remember rightly, thanks to fair use. We played with every sci fi under the sun for the kids television series Bounty Hamster, from 2001 to Alien and Star Wars. If the law didn't allow it, we wouldn't have.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 10:04 am
by Lurker Johnson
Dark Knight wrote:On Attack of the show, I just hated that they replaced a good amount of the cast last year. The new people just seem like they're posing and really dont know what they're talking about, just reading cue cards etc.


That's because the old cast were banging each other so much that an uber-rare form of bionic space syphillis spontaneously erupted and disentigrated the lower halves of each cast member's body (kind of like the "I have no legs" guy on the skateboard from the movie Kids).

True story.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:51 pm
by RogueScribner
I love Spaceballs but I'm not too sure about an animated series, especially if it's aimed at kiddies. Hmmm.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 2:58 pm
by Chairman Kaga
buster00 wrote:
Keep that fuckin' old geezer as far away from the set as possible, and this thing might have a chance.

I'll just ingnore your blatant age-ism.....

Pssst it's animated thus a complete lack of a "set".

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 3:28 pm
by papalazeru
buster00 wrote:Yeah, sure. Go ahead, bring 80-year-old Mel Brooks on board. Go ahead.

That's what this production needs. An 80-year-old Mel Brooks.

Jesus Goddamn Christ, papalazeru, what are you smoking? Mel Brooks? A BIG part of this...?!?!

Keep that fuckin' old geezer as far away from the set as possible, and this thing might have a chance.


I'm talking about script wise. No need to take it so personally! Mel Brooks has done some works of art in the past but he's also done some stinkers, give him a chance.

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2007 4:12 pm
by buster00
Chairman Kaga wrote:
buster00 wrote:
Keep that fuckin' old geezer as far away from the set as possible, and this thing might have a chance.

I'll just ingnore your blatant age-ism.....

Pssst it's animated thus a complete lack of a "set".


HA! um...yeah...I meant "studio"... :oops:

In my head, I must have been mixing it up with the set of Get Smart.

Don't Drink and Post.



And I guess I have been a little hard on ol' Brooksy the last couple of days. Who knows; maybe he has a few funny ideas left after all.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 6:09 am
by MonkeyM666
Well, no more real info floating around, but I did find some images that look like they may have come from the studios... I don't know for sure, but if this is the direction that it's going (powerpuff girls/new Disney) I don't really like it at all. The fingers are all pointing to financially secure with corporate-sponsored opinions for me. What do you guys think if these are real?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:04 am
by silentbobafett
hmmmm..... I #mnot sold on this yet! :-)