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June 27th, 2007


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08:19 am - A moment of perspective.
From a CNN article on Orson Welles and his last role as the Transformer "Unicron":
Back in 1986, though, [the concept of celebrity cartoon voices] wasn't the payday it is now. "Transformers: The Movie" yielded less than $6 million at the box office. The new live-action "Transformers," which opens in theaters July 3, hopes to reap that in a matter of hours.
Wrap a few grey matter cells around that one, and then go get a beverage.

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From:resk
Date:June 27th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)

He'll sell no wine before it's time

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Welles was not the only famous talent to lend his voice to "Transformers: The Movie." He was joined by Eric Idle ("Monty Python"), Leonard Nimoy ("Star Trek"), Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club") and Robert Stack ("Unsolved Mysteries"). In this way, "Transformers: The Movie" presaged a contemporary commonplace: cartoons voiced by stars. Today, an animated film wouldn't dream of not casting well-known performers.

Talk about a DREAM cast!
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 27th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC)

bah wheep granah wheep nini-bong

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Robert Stack as the voice of Ultra Magnus, by the way, is hilarious. Idle's the fasttalkinggarbagerobot who bangs around to "Dare To Be Stupid."

Oh, and it was also Scatman Crothers' final role.
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From:resk
Date:June 27th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)

Re: bah wheep granah wheep nini-bong

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Oh, and it was also Scatman Crothers' final role.

Before being axed to death by Jack Nicholson.
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From:beth47
Date:June 27th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
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but.... what if i already *had* a beverage when i read this? (and a tall refreshing frosty beverage, at that!)
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 27th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Get another one! And have one for me! All's I got in the office is tea and orange-mango juice.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:June 27th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Does anybody know if Saltshaker makes it into the movie? That would so rock.
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From:cursethedark
Date:June 27th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
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Holy shit! I'd forgotten about brunching.
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From:limax
Date:June 27th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
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The beverage didn't help.
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From:giantfightbot
Date:June 27th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I didn't see the Transformers film until much later, so when the new series of cartoons started I had no idea what the heck was going on.

On the other hand, the later series did give us an episode where Grimlock saves the universe by being incredibly stupid. That was pretty awesome.
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From:resk
Date:June 27th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
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I've added you to my friends list because your userpic rules so friggin' hard.
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 27th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Mr. GFB rules as much as his userpic, so you're in good company.
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From:prog
Date:June 27th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
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At least they looked like giant toy robots oughtta, in the first movie. I doubt I'll see the new one outside of the trailer, where the title characters appear to be large anthropomorphic balls of crumpled tinfoil flyin' around. The price you pay for realism!
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From:pecosy
Date:June 27th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
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I can't get over the last of the "Story Highlights" for this article:

Biographer says Welles still man who made "Citizen Kane"

I'm going to need to see some sources that back up this claim.

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From:derspatchel
Date:June 28th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
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(read it again)

I know what the biographer meant by that ("he's still the genius who made Kane even if he's a bit more corpulent and word-slurry") but there had been some controversy over who actually wrote the screenplay. Herman Mankiewicz is traditionally considered the one who wrote the bulk of the screenplay, consulting with Welles on it, but in later years Orson would make various claims that he wrote the whole durn thing himself.

Welles had a tendency in later years to accidentally on purpose fudge facts around so that stories of his past sounded better. For example, in various interviews from the 1960s until his death, he'd alternately admit or deny that he deliberately planned his War of the Worlds radio broadcast as a hoax. Depended on who was interviewing him, his mood, and how he thought history should have been portrayed at that point, I guess.
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 28th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)

mwaaaaahaaaa, the french

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Every time I watch that I get to the part where he goes "It's fermented in the bot-tle" and I always holler "SO ARE YOU!"
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From:derspatchel
Date:June 28th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)

Re: mwaaaaahaaaa, the french

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Those two on the left are consummate professionals. You can just tell they're dying inside and yet, every take, every setup, they go right back to seriously fiddling with the foil on the bottle.

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