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So It Goes – QI

Posted in shameless parody, so it goes, television with tags , , , on November 15, 2010 by reccaphoenix

This installment of “So It Goes,” our maybe-popular summary-parody series, tackles the sensationally clever and humorous quiz programme Q.I., hosted by the lovely and sticky and gorgeous Stephen Fry.  This is another of my favorites that I thoroughly enjoy, but can’t resist parodying.

So It Goes – Q.I.

A vaguely Jamaican-synth-elevator-muzak theme song is accompanied by some vaguely unexciting graphics.

Massive applause as we enter THE QI STUDIO!

Stephen Fry: Goooooooooooooooooo

this goes on for several minutes…

Stephen: …ooooooooooooooooooooood Evening! Good Evening! Good Evening!  And welcome to Q.I.!  Today’s episode is all about…..JAUTOMOBILES!

Erm….Stephen….I believe that starts with an “A”…..but we are in Series “J,” after all.

And it’s not the job of the italics to provide comment.  Do continue. ^^;;

Stephen: And today as our guests we have the lovely Jo Brand!

Jo has a smug look on her face.

Stephen: The not-British Rich Hall!

Rich looks vaguely angry.

Stephen: Bill Bailey!

Bill gives the camera a wry look.

Stephen: and…..Alan Davies.

Alan looks goofy.

Stephen: So, now that I have introduced all of you and everyone has laughed at Alan’s novelty buzzer noise, let’s begin.  Why do we not drive on the right side of the road in Britain?

A picture of an old man in a quaint British car driving along the road appears on the backdrop screens.

Alan: The Blue Whale!

Jo: My husband tried driving on the wrong side of the road once.  And then he still complained about me not hoovering the room the right way…

Rich: Because you’re wrong.

The audience laughs hysterically at Rich’s joke, while he sits there with the same angry expression, totally deadpan.

Stephen goes into a lengthy explanation of the answer.  All are amazed.

Stephen: Now, what animal….is larger than several large lorries?

Alan: The Blue Whale!

Wrong answer buzzers go off.

Audience laughs at Alan.

Alan: It had to be right this time, I thought….

Stephen once again corrects a succession of wrong answers with wit and grace.  All are amazed.

Jo: My husband was a lorry driver once…

Things continue in this vein for a good twenty minutes.

Stephen: Well, everyone, it’s time for the scores!

Stephen tallies up the scores somehow.  Alan places last.  Stephen provides a witty quote and the programme ends, everyone feeling satisfaction at having learned many quite interesting facts (no pun intended).

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So It Goes – Jeeves and Wooster

Posted in shameless parody, so it goes, television with tags , , on October 25, 2010 by reccaphoenix

And now, a new series of humorous writings – “So It Goes.”  Each of these is a humorous treatment of how certain TV shows “always go”….and yes, my dry description here is killing the humor, I fear.  So I’ll get started.  And yes, I might do these in comic form someday, because text is boring.

So It Goes: Jeeves and Wooster

BERTIE WOOSTER, idle riche, is enjoying himself at his gentleman’s club.

Club Worker: Mr. Wooster, one of your rich and annoying female relatives is here to see you.

Bertie: I’m not here.

Club Worker: I already told her that.

Bertie meets with said relative.

Relative: Bertie, you have to fulfill a social obligation that will somehow impinge on your ridiculous amounts of free time.

Bertie: Never!

Relative: I’ll take some of your ridiculously large allowance if you don’t.

Bertie: I’ll do it then.

Bertie is at home in his bachelor pad.  He has just finished playing a jaunty novelty song on the piano.  Jeeves does not understand novelty songs.

Bertie: Jeeves, I have an ingenious plan to weasel out of my social obligation and/or solve a romantic problem of one or more of my good friends and cousins with unusual names.

Jeeves: Indeed, sir.

Bertie: Jeeves, you don’t approve?

Jeeves:……………..

Bertie:……………..

Jeeves: Very well, sir.

Bertie: Pack my bags!

Bertie and Jeeves have arrived at a stately country home, which will provide the setting for Bertie’s antics and failures.

Bertie has just embarrassed himself at dinner.

Bertie: What did I say that was wrong, Jeeves?  I thought I was very witty.

Jeeves: Indeed, sir.

Bertie: Well, nothing can interfere with my masterly plan which cannot possibly go wrong, seeing as it relies upon doing things in pitch-black darkness where I might mistake someone’s identity, and upon my having figured out exactly and precisely what everybody is thinking……

Jeeves: ……..Very good, sir.  Might I suggest instead that you do the much simpler thing and….

Jeeves outlines his much more sensible alternative.

Bertie: Don’t be silly, Jeeves.  My idea is foolproof.

Jeeves: Very good, sir.

Later that night, Bertie’s plan has spectacularly failed, yet Jeeves has come to his rescue somehow.  And everybody in the TV audience wonders how our young fool was saved.

Bertie: My God, Jeeves, how did you pull that one off?

Jeeves: Well, sir…..

Jeeves outlines his impeccably perfect plan for saving Bertie’s ass.

Bertie: I am so glad I hired you.

Jeeves: Indeed sir, perhaps I might perform some domestic chore for you?

Bertie: Go ahead.

-END-

This is actually one of my favorite shows.  I think the chemistry between Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie is just unbeatable.  Nonetheless, the formula is fun to poke fun at 😀

Musings on Ace Attorney 1 + Phoenix Wright Artbook Humor

Posted in Ace Attorney/Phoenix Wright, anime, books, merchandise, shameless parody, video games with tags , , , on August 8, 2008 by reccaphoenix

Overall Impressions (parody follows later!)

So I borrowed the first Ace Attorney (Phoenix Wright) game from a friend. Several other friends of mine are hooked on the series and it looked too ridiculous to pass up, so I gave it a spin.

I always used to say how corny the Ace Attorney games looked. How super-anime-like. How unlike any real legal system. But despite all this….once I tried the game, I was hooked. The games themselves are so simple…just a basic visual novel structure with a few menus and a fairly fixed storyline. Normally, those types of games on their own don’t intrigue me all that much, but the difference here is in the writing. Start with some funny, dynamic, and interesting characters with backstories and development (!!!), some nice background music (that only gets better), and intriguing, pretzel-like twisting stories developed for each trial (all of which happen to be for murder).

It was really inspiring for this former visual-novel-type-game creator to see such a “simple” game work so effectively and be so popular among both VN fans, other habitual gamers, and non-habitual-gamers (especially in the USA, where visual-novel-like games are nowhere near as popular as they are in Japan. Could it be all the reading involved?). It’s all in the writing. Given the relative simplicity of the game, I was not surprised to learn that the entire Ace Attorney core development team is only about 6 people. Capcom sure gets their moneys’ worth. However, the next game in the series (where you play the prosecution rather than the defense; it’s in development in Japan now) moves beyond the VN structure in that it appears to have controllable character sprites and a further “investigation” aspect. I’m not disappointed; it actually looks very very exciting.

As angry as most dubbing and over-localization makes me, I have to applaud Capcom’s USA team here. The vast majority of the names and humor don’t translate directly, so the localization team decided to do the best approximation without totally wrecking the sense of the original. And the humor really makes the game more enjoyable. From punny names (i.e. Winston Payne) to subculture jokes (the nerdy director of a samurai TV series talks entirely in l33t-speak) and other comedy gold (a wiretap is found in the “Gatewater Hotel”), the localization team really creates a well-written game that appeals to people outside the anime-fan-cum-gamer crowd.

So am I going to play the rest of this series? Yes.

Artbook Musings of Hilarity

*This was originally a chain email sent to some of my friends who play Phoenix Wright, in response to an artbook drawing of Miles Edgeworth in his pajamas. I can’t link the artbook scans directly, but I will provide the URL link to each picture.*

http://gyakusai.magical-art.com/gallery/gallery.php?g2_itemId=510

It’s really funny to think….SOMEBODY official drew that picture ’cause I’m sure something like this went down:

Boss: “Hey, look, underpaid Capcom artists, we’ve gotta get this stupid artbook together so we can make tons o’ money on something that’s half made-up of graphics already used in the game, but…there’s something new we need here. Something different….”

Artist 1: “Uh, how about something for the fangirls?”

Boss: “….Good thinking there! They will have no choice but to buy it!”

Artist 2: “Oh I drew this picture of Miles Edgeworth in his pajamas as a stupid joke but….”

Boss: “(shrieks). OH. MY. GOD. WHAT IN GOD’S NAME HAVE YOU DONE?!”

Artist 2: “Sorry…”

Boss: “NO I LOVE IT! YOU’RE GETTING PROMOTED! STOP THE PRESSES, PUT THAT SH*T IN THE ARTBOOK NOW!!!! Okay people we need more of this!”

Artist 3: “Err, how about something like this?”

http://gyakusai.magical-art.com/gallery/gallery.php?g2_itemId=719

Boss: “MAYA FEY IN A SCHOOLGIRL AND MAID OUTFIT?! YOU SICK PERVERT!……I LOVE IT! THOSE FANBOYS WILL LOVE IT TOO!” **addition: my friend informed me that the maid outfit is actually a waitress outfit from one of the later games.***

More Artbook Musings

(from the same email)

Okay, yes, I haven’t played the 2nd or 3rd game yet so I might be missing something, but this picture looks SO SO wrong:
http://gyakusai.magical-art.com/gallery/gallery.php?g2_itemId=547

Franziska: Hey, I hear your salary is pretty low recently, but I can pay you for *something else* if you just hop inside my limo here…. *heh heh heh*

Or maybe she’s just bribing him. *rolls eyes*

Additional Fangirl-like Rant (and response)

“Oh man, I can’t wait for that *new* game they’re developing in Japan to come out…I just saw the trailer and it looks hella cool.”

***note: this refers to the new Miles Edgeworth game (tentative USA title Miles Edgeworth Perfect Prosecutor) that is in development in Japan right now****

***When my friend responded to the email, I received 3 OBJECTIONs which can be seen here and here and lastly, here. Don’t turn your volume up too loud on those.

New “Cartoon”: Spoof of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”

Posted in animation, cinema, shameless parody, video with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2008 by reccaphoenix

Here’s the latest product of RECCALUX “animation” studios (a.k.a. me).

Enjoy! And please rate the video on YouTube

It’s a parody of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a famous German silent film. If you’re wondering about the irritating music: the DVD distributed by KINO used a crappy “modern” score done on synth and guitar that sounded just about as bad (if not worse) than the soundtrack I created by mashing up 2 unrelated songs. It’s about what the real thing sounds like >: )

Incredibly Funny…Kubrick parodies

Posted in animation, cinema, clockwork orange, fun stuff to do, shameless parody, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2007 by reccaphoenix

Something I found randomly on youtube.

A Clockwork Orange…the video game?

Posted in artwork, cinema, clockwork orange, fun stuff to do, reviews/opinions, shameless parody with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2007 by reccaphoenix

The other night I had the strangest dream, that I was playing some cute pixellated gameboy advance-looking Clockwork Orange video game on a gameboy or something. As dreams often do, this one seemed to confuse the actual events of the movie…For some reason the setting was an island and a castle town. 0_o? Well, it made perfect sense when I was dreaming it anway.

This is *an artist’s* cruddy rendering of sort of what the game looked like in my dream except it’s closer to the actual movie:

alexgame

And now for something else: If this WAS to be done, what kind of genre would it best fit into?…..

  • Text Adventure: I could see this possibly working out, but there’s the “language” barrier. But of course the hilarious possibility of having something like this ensue….

A DIRTY OLD HOBO IS SINGING IN THE STREET

>>give money to hobo

ALEX GAVE MONEY TO THE HOBO.

ALEX WAS BEATEN TO DEATH BY HIS OWN MINIONS FOR BEING TOO NICE.

  • RPG: No way, it would be ridiculous, don’t even wanna discuss it.
  • VN (Visual Novel): Well, something I could actually program myself. But I’m not a creative enough artist and it would be more of the same thing as the film… And if you tried to throw in choices or something…. it would be as ridiculous as the example I was talking about for a text adventure…
  • Beat-em-up: Hell yes! I could TOTALLY see this game being like Streets of Rage or Final Fight. You could sort of expand the gang warfare aspect of the story… It might end up being like Grand Theft Auto or something…. but of course all of that has to come to an end when Alex gets caught.
  • GTA clone: Again, hell yes! What genre was better made to handle ultraviolence, eh? >: )
  • Fighting game: Well….there’s a FEW characters you could use, but I could only see this working out if it was something like…. (laughs evilly >: D Read the rest of this post and find out my evil plan! Continue reading

My First Trailer Remix: “Alex DeLarge’s Day Off”

Posted in cinema, clockwork orange, shameless parody, video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2007 by reccaphoenix

I just finished my first trailer remix ^_^! It makes “A Clockwork Orange” into an ’80s teen comedy like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” The music is “Bye Bye My Crisis” by the Knight Sabers and “Modern Love” by David Bowie. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

I apologize in advance to Stanley Kubrick and Anthony Burgess, I love you guys and your film and books! This is a parody and nothing more.