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Spaceballs Animated Series in Production 176

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Keith Russell writes "CNN is reporting that production has started on Spaceballs: The Animated Series, which will start a 13-episode run on G4 next year. Brooks himself will provide the voices of 'two characters', although they don't mention Yogurt or President Skroob by name." From the article: "Like the 1987 movie, which parodied well-known science-fiction movies, 'Spaceballs: The Animated Series' will spoof current blockbusters as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics. It is set to debut on cable network G4 in fall 2007. Production has already started on an initial batch of 13 episodes."
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Spaceballs Animated Series in Production

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  • KEWL! (Score:4, Funny)

    by $RANDOMLUSER (804576) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @03:57PM (#16156297)
    Now maybe we'll finally get to see "Jews in Outer Space".
    • by bwcarty (660606)
      That would be....a miracle!
    • by Jonny_eh (765306)
      Jews in space:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Ramon [wikipedia.org]

      Quite the tragic ending :(
    • by ackthpt (218170) *

      Now maybe we'll finally get to see "Jews in Outer Space".

      I just hope we don't see "Jump The Shark in Outer Space"

      The original film is still funny, but seems to become a little bit less with each viewing. It's also a challenge to be be funny on a regular basis and Brooks used to be very funny, but mostly through R rated films.

      • The original film is still funny, but seems to become a little bit less with each viewing.
        A comedy that becomes less funny with repeated viewings?! I'm shocked. -_-'
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      We're jews!
      We're jews in space!
      We're zooming around defending the hebrew race!
  • Further detail. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Rob T Firefly (844560) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @03:59PM (#16156319) Homepage Journal
    This version [comingsoon.net] does specify Yogurt and Skroob.
  • recursion (Score:5, Funny)

    by User 956 (568564) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @03:59PM (#16156321) Homepage
    'Spaceballs: The Animated Series' will spoof current blockbusters as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics.

    But will it spoof the spoof genre? Or is that like crossing the streams?
  • by RiskyChris (999242) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:00PM (#16156327)
    The search for more money?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:02PM (#16156341)
    That sucks... no wait, now it blows.
  • ObQuote (Score:5, Funny)

    by Randolpho (628485) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:05PM (#16156373) Homepage Journal
    SPACEBALLS??!?

    Oh, shit! There goes the planet.
    • You just had to say that, didn't you -- now I've got the mental image of them crawling out of "The Screen Savers" host's nose!

  • by Brigadier (12956) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:05PM (#16156378)


    Thats a classic, figured it woudl ony be a matter a time given the star treck prequels. Think of all the bad acting that they can make fun of.
  • All Hail President Skroob!

  • by hsmith (818216) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:10PM (#16156413)
    Till they can come up with a new idea.
    • by ab0mb88 (541388)
      Keep firing, assholes!

      That seems to be the plan currently.
    • by gurps_npc (621217)
      Have you seen Little Miss Sunshine? Funny, innovative, not derivative, well worth it, if only for using the gay porn to distract someone from the fact that they have a dead heroin addict in the trunk of their vehicle.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by lucabrasi999 (585141)
      Hollywood needs to close for a few years Till they can come up with a new idea.

      You've got to remember that these are just simple actors, directors, producers and gaffers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Myself (57572)
      The idiots who patronize Hollywood need to boycott them for a few years, until they come up with some new ideas, and a new profit model.

      Take the amount of money you spent on Hollywood movies during the last year (tickets, DVDs, rentals, merchandise) and divide it by the amount of money you gave to EFF and ACLU in the last year. This is your Hypocrisy Quotient.
      • If it's less than or equal to 1, thank you.
      • If it's between 1 and 3, your heart's in the right place but your wallet is weak.
      • If it's greater than 3
  • by bricklayer (539164) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:12PM (#16156433)
    Any news on Spaceballs: The Flamethrower?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:14PM (#16156458)
    What ever happened to the Spaceballs sequel [comingsoon.net] that was announced a couple years ago?

    Mel Brooks Writing Spaceballs Sequel
    Source: Ain't-It-Cool-News
    September 28, 2004


    In a Q&A with Playbill magazine, Mel Brooks says that he's currently working on a Spaceballs sequel. Here's the clip from the interview which starts off by talking about the big screen adaptation of The Producers.

    Playbill: Will you have a role in it?

    MB: It's doubtful, but I'm writing myself back into the Spaceballs sequel that I'm now writing, so you haven't seen the last of my face. Why another Spaceballs? It wouldn't feel right have anyone else play Yoghurt and the first one was the best experience I've had making a movie since Blazing Saddles.

    Playbill: When can we expect that?

    MB: Best case scenario: a week before the new Star Wars opens. Worst Case Scenario: a year after the new star wars opens.
  • Development (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Enderandrew (866215) <enderandrew.gmail@com> on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:14PM (#16156460) Homepage Journal
    Brooks has said for years he wanted to do a Spaceballs sequel, and incorporate the prequels. Studios have been pushing for a TV show so they could spoof other fandoms and pull in more people. Specifically they kept demanding a LotR spoof, which I'm not sure how well that fits in the Spaceballs universe. But LotR makes huge money, and Lords of the G-Strings is a very weak parody (and porn for that matter). So someone has to do it.

    Given budget limitations and Brook's age, a cartoon seems like the best way to cut back on the costs of all the new locations, space sequences, etc.
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by StumpMan (176725)
      I remember hearing once that the movie's name was to be Spaceballs 3: The Search for Spaceballs 2. At the time the big movie in theaters was Kevin Costners "Prince of Theives". Brooks dropped the script and wrote "Men in Tights" instead.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by a_nonamiss (743253)
      The South Park spoof of LotR was absolutely hilarious. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend getting your hands on it. If I recall, the title is something like "The Return of the Lord of the Rings to the Two Towers Video Store" or something. Classic.
  • by SecretAsianMan (45389) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:17PM (#16156486) Homepage

    This is wonderful news. I have long held that Spaceballs is one of mankind's greatest comedic achievements. Finally, there will be new material! This fanboy is excited.

    ...

    And when they release the DVD box set, it better come in Spaceballs: The Lunchbox!

  • by 8127972 (73495) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:17PM (#16156487)
    .... As I read this:

    Barf: I know we need the money, but...

    Lone Starr: Listen! We're not just doing this for money... We're doing it for a SHIT LOAD of money!

    Barf: Oh, you're right. And when you're right, you're right. And you - you're always right.
  • by tokki (604363) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:25PM (#16156542)
    Fuck! Even in the future nothing works!
  • Is the sequel dead? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by BobSutan (467781) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @04:27PM (#16156563)
    http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/29/141723 1 [slashdot.org] I take it this is dead then?
  • Finally (Score:2, Funny)

    by DarkHelmet (120004)
    For all this time, you slashdot users have mocked me.

    But HA! Look! Now I have a legitimate use for my nickname on here!

    And since I'm on Slashdot, let me reword one of my more famous quotes:

    Windows will always win because Linux is dumb!

  • Has anyone heard Mel's voice lately? He's 80 YEARS OLD for chrissake. His voice makes a showing in the broadway version of "the producers" for a scant 4 seconds - when he was less than 80 years old - and it's a raspy squeek.

    Don't get me wrong - I think it's fantastic that he's staying involved in projects in his twilight years, but "voice talent"? There's plenty of professional voice-actors out there who could nail his voice back when it was in it's prime.

    For him to be a voice actor - it might help for him
  • merchandising! merchandising!

    Spaceballs THE FLAMETHROWER!
  • NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

    THEY DID NOT!

    Ugh! G4 will show just about anything!
  • by ArcherB (796902) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @05:43PM (#16157164) Journal
    Ludicrus speed!

    When?
    Now.
    Now-Now?

    Comb the desert...

    It's gone from suck to blow...

    Mog...Half man, half dog. I'm my own best friend.

  • by cyberfunkr (591238) on Thursday September 21, 2006 @05:59PM (#16157289)

    It's a little known bit of trivia, but when Mel Brooks went to George Lucas asking permission to make the parody (not required but all the cool guys [weirdal.com] do it) George said sure, on one condition: You can't make any Spaceballs merchandise. Why? Because as pointed out in the movie, "Merchandising, merchandising, where the real money from the movie is made." George didn't want to lose out on a Star Wars lightsaber sale for a Spaceballs-the lightsaber sale.

    That's why it's so heavily referenced in the movie; Spaceballs-the T-shirt, Spaceballs-the Coloring Book, Spaceballs-the flame thrower, Spaceballs-the towel, Spaceballs-the etc. Because they can't (couldn't) actually make a single item.

    So does that same limitation exist? Could "Spaceballs-the animated series" be considered merchandising? Or did they get a new deal for parodying "Star Wars, the animated series" without limitations?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by geekoid (135745)
      Or maybe they told George to blow himself.

      You go to someone out of Curtesy and they start putting limitations on you.

      Screw 'em.

  • Next to the Jesus of course. But seriously, we really need History of the World part II!
  • I was in college when it first came out, saw it in the theaters with a bunch of friends. They liked it, I thought it was stupid. I've seen it on cable a couple of times in the intervening years...I still think it's stupid. My current friends (in their 30's and 40's) think it's great. I think I'm alone in hating this movie...not just hate, but loathe. It's one of the worst movies ever...right up there with "Mad Dog and Glory". I like other movies by Mel Brooks...Blazing Saddles is hilarious, but Spaceb
    • by geekoid (135745)
      "Am I alone in hating this movie?"

      Yes.

      Honestly it's not his best, but it has some pretty good lines that get quoted to this day.

      OTOH, no movies is liked by everyone.
    • While this movie had one of the funniest moments I've seen in film, featuring Rick Moranis acting dazed after flying across the deck of a star destroyer, the rest I found dumb and highly forgettable.

      I certainly wouldn't waste time watching it again.


      -FL

  • too bad it's going to be on g4. otherwise, people might see it.
  • I've posted a couple/few times in the past about my opinion that sci-fi is sick, out of ideas (more like "head up its ass, eating its own shit and declaring how delicious it is") and we are forced to look to the past for fantasy about the future - and so it seems to be the same even with sci-fi parody.

    Here's an open letter from me:

    Dear anybody/everybody involved with creating sci-fi entertainment product.

    Can we have new ideas please?

    Thanks.
  • To be in line with what Lucas did with StarWars, they should have made a Spaceballs prequel.

    Perhaps they could have called it something like:

    Spaceballs Episode 0: Attack of the Clone of the Phantom Prequel

    It could have featured how Scroub met Dark Helmet.

    Perhaps Dark Helmet being a student of Yoghurt and turning on him to join Scroub. :-P
  • Mel Brooks' brand of dumb humor only works with live action. Humor in animation relies much more on charisma and human reactions to impossible things. Rick Moranis in a big helmet is funny. An animated Rick Moranis in a big helmet is not. --95% of animated characters are mis-proportioned, so where's the joke?

    Humor in animation stems from entirely different sources, and a team of writers trying to ape Mel Brooks isn't one of those sources.

    The only value I can see in this project is in that it further sol
  • Sounds like a less funny version of Tripping The Rift.

    -M

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