Monthly Archives: February 2011

Moon Over My Hammy

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I must admit I torture poor T with these sort of cartoons.  Though in my defense I did find the images for him.

Stay tooned for a whole week of Hammy showing up Zelig-like in iconic images.

Yes, it’s random, but it’s a sweet kind of random.

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My Tweets from Over the Hedge Network Premiere

For those of you missed my live tweeting last night you’re in luck!  I’ve obsessively posted them for you here.  At least the less boring ones.

  • Welcome to Live Tweet of Over the Hedge on ABC. Haven’t seen the film in probably four years.
  • Vending machine bit boarded by Jeff Snow added after I asked, “Why does RJ go into the cave?”
  • Jim Carrey originally cast as RJ. My first choice: Bill Murray. Told he was too old.
  • No product placement in Hedge. Smart decision. Would’ve been nightmare negotiations w/ brands.
  • Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy were leads in TV series based on my comic: Committed.
  • Nick Nolte voicing Vincent was inspired casting. Sat behind me at premiere. Didn’t laugh once.
  • Never nuts about bear plot device, but in the end it worked.
  • I liked using Ben Fold’s, but think JK regretted it. No big blow out dance number at end a la Shrek.
  • I think El Rancho Camelot is my sole contribution to the script.
  • First draft script written by Private Parts scribe Len Blum. Not much survived to final.
  • @Vergiejune It was hard to let them go. They were in great hands at DWA. My job was to just stay the hell out their way. I did that well.
  • Told getting Shandling to emote was damn near impossible. Still did great job.
  • Continuity error: Verne reenters Hedge nowhere near where he exited. Yet animals in same spot.
  • Privates a good licking line from Jim Carrey when he voiced RJ.
  • Told Shandling brought in comedy buddies Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow and others to punch up script.
  • Hedge rights sat at Fox for 5 years before it got to DWA.
  • Willis and Shatner had the thousand yard stare when I met them. Sorta disappointing.
  • This RJ/Hammy rabid squirrrel scene was in the can a couple years before the movie came out. Like they built the film around this scene.
  • When Fox had Hedge rights, JK said, “They’ll never make it, and when they don’t, I will.”
  • Catherine O’Hara sat behind me at premiere and laughed her ass off.
  • Didn’t like Verminator’s character design. Thought a less broad design would be more menacing.
  • Hedge is the most Pixar-ish of all DWA films.
  • Dr. Phil bit is funny and one of few pop culture references in the film. Very un-DWA.
  • Great Looney Toons stuff with the dog. And very much like the strip.
  • “You’re the devil.” Great line. Perfectly delivered.
  • This end Act II RJ decides to help them when he/we know he’ll betray them never worked for me.
  • Wanda Sykes was terrific. Kept reintroducing myself at premiere until she’d had enough, “I KNOW who you are!”
  • “I’m not stupid.” Best line in whole movie. Only line delivered in Carrell’s own voice.
  • Wanda Sykes loved working on Hedge. Told director Tim Johnson first time she had ever been given chance to really act.
  • The Hammy laser pointer bit is brilliant. “But I like the cookie.”
  • RJ’s change of heart feels a tad contrived. Works, but…
  • Yes, faster than light Hammy bit like Hoodwink squirrel. No rip. Scene boarded, animated way before HW released.
  • Hammy light speed scene got HUGE ovation during Canne Film Festival premiere.
And that’s most of the tweets.  The overnight ratings are out and Hedge averaged about 3.8 million viewers and did a 1.2/4 in the 18-49 demo.  Won the time slot in the demo in third half hour. Better than Hairspray the week before and slightly below Shrek the Third two weeks earlier.  In other words it did well, though not spectacularly well. Hope you enjoyed this experiment in social media and self-promotion.   Cheers!

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Hammy Invents Hamnesday

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Sure, this is just silly minded piffle, but it’s pretty good silly minded piffle.

Love T’s “Mousequistadors”.

And yes, I believe Hamnesday should fall between Saturday and Sunday thus bringing about the “Eight Days A Week,” as prophesied by the Beatles.

Or as Ed Sullivan said, “The Bee-ules!”

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Live Tweeting Over the Hedge Movie on ABC Tonight

Yes, the dead horse I will not stop beating is making its network premiere on ABC tonight and I’ll be telling you way more than you need to know about how this piece of tasty sausage was made.

Lucky for you, I had little to do with it other than stay the hell out of DreamWorks way.

My purpose this evening is to try to pull a few more viewers so we can prove to Jeffrey Katzenberg that Hedge deserves some more attention.  Like  a TV series, or a film strip, or maybe a few commemorative sporks.

It’s not likely to happen, but you never know.

My Twitter handle is: _MichaelFry.   You can also follow along on my Facebook page.

ABC:  9 EST/PST, 8 CST

 

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Lemon Finger Puppet Theater

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A lot of hugging going on in Over the Hedge.  I must be getting old and sentimental.

Reminder:  I’m live tweeting the Over the Hedge movie tonight on ABC.  9 EST/PST, 8 CST.  Twitter handle: _MichaelFry

I’ll be answering your questions and commenting on how the movie would have been so much worse if they’d only listened to me.

 

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Meep-Meep! WHOOSH!

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This is, of course, an homage (artist speak for steal) of the Roadrunner cartoons.   For those of you younger than dirt, I’ve provided the original.* It’s pretty amazing how you can find anything on YouTube.

*Added political commentary not mine.

 

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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RJ’s Top Five Script Notes

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RJ’s Top Five Script Notes:

5.  I don’t do nude scenes (unless it’s with Katy Perry).

4.  A wood-tick wouldn’t say that.

3.  As Hammy approaches the speed of light wouldn’t his mass become infinite and therefore cause him to fall through the floor of the universe and on top of the mole people who live below.

2.  Why does Verne have a punch line?  What part of turtles are not funny don’t you understand?

1.  Charlie Sheen wants to play my separated at birth brother.  Make that happen.

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