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Spaceballs Animated Series in Production

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the was-this-something-everyone-was-clamoring-for dept.

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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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KEWL! (3, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156297)

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

Re:KEWL! (0, Troll)

mockchoi (678525) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156431)

I don't know how cool it is. I think Mel's realized he's out of ideas. First he does the stage version of 'The Producers'. I can see that, but hardly original. Then re-doing the movie. Why? The original was perfect. Now this? Then again, at least it's not 'Dracula: Dead and Loving it.'

Re:KEWL! (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156899)

He's just following George Lucas' example of milking the Star Wars crowd for all it's worth. Throw in Weird Al's newest video [zombalabelgroup.com], you can see where this is all going.

recursion (4, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156321)

'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?

Re:recursion (5, Funny)

Mikya (901578) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156518)

But will it spoof the spoof genre? Or is that like crossing the streams?

I would say it's more like jumping the shark.

Re:recursion (1)

mythosaz (572040) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156521)

'Spaceballs: The Animated Series' will spoof current blockbusters as well as every genre of entertainment from movies and reality TV to culture and politics.
My fear is that it becomes something akin to the Scary Movie line, where they just spoof everything in the genre...badly.

Re:recursion (1)

Andrew Kismet (955764) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156567)

Actually, Scary Movie 1 and 3 weren't so bad. the second and fourth were downright abysmal.

Re:recursion (1)

Wdomburg (141264) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156997)

I can't fathom how they could have out-sucked the first. I'd be tempted to watch out of sheer morbid curiosity, but I fear my brain would crawl out my ear in self defense.

Re:recursion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156533)

But will it spoof the spoof genre? Or is that like crossing the streams?

That's called a documentary.

Memorabilia? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156325)

I really want my Spaceballs, the flamethrower. Wonder if they'll make it for the series....

Re:Memorabilia? (1)

patrixmyth (167599) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156501)

I don't know about flamethrowers, but I feel fairly certain about Space Balls Dolls (err, Action Figures!)

Oh, and it should really be a prequel, or they are missing a whole lot of obvious jokes from the genre!

Finally a sequel... (5, Funny)

RiskyChris (999242) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156327)

The search for more money?

Re:Finally a sequel... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156882)

Mod parent as funny. This is actually a quote from the movie!

Does SpaceBalls have any Animal Sex in it? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156333)

I mean, the main actor Jon Candy (which I admit sounds like a porn-actor's name), is half-dog and will eventually get laid. How many times has the main actor, in passenger chair, been called a pig?

Well, I have just the thing for those 1970's styled half-mated twits. Animal Sex.

You will Download this: http://rapidshare.de/files/33944014/70sanimallove_ 9_small_clips_.rar [rapidshare.de]

Animated series.... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156341)

That sucks... no wait, now it blows.

Poor Mel Brooks (1, Insightful)

sinner6 (884407) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156361)

His career must really be in the hole for him to even talk to G4.

Re:Poor Mel Brooks (4, Informative)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156390)

Yeah, that whole multiple-award-winning, multi-bazillion-dollar-earning "The Producers" musical must have really ruined the guy. He must be crying himself to sleep in his money bin.

Re:Poor Mel Brooks The Producers LOST MONEY (2, Informative)

sinner6 (884407) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156467)

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=producers. htm [boxofficemojo.com] Made $38,054,424 Cost $45 million Net loss $7 Million I wish I had 7 million to lose. I assume the play is doing better, but how much of cut of that is he getting? I don't think playwrites get very much in the way of royalties.

Re:Poor Mel Brooks The Producers LOST MONEY (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156523)

I seem to remember Brooks saying that he made the movie version just to have a permanent record of the Broadway show. However much the show earns him, it's enough where he could afford to do that.

Re:Poor Mel Brooks The Producers LOST MONEY (1)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156528)

The problem with the producers movie: What works in theatre *DOES NOT* work on film. Repeat it with me, WHAT WORKS IN THEATRE DOES NOT WORK ON FILM!!!

The producers movie was a fairly accurate recreation of the producers brodway production. Matthew Broderick's sniveling character just did't work on film.

Re:Poor Mel Brooks The Producers LOST MONEY (4, Interesting)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156684)

The problem with the producers movie: What works in theatre *DOES NOT* work on film. Repeat it with me, WHAT WORKS IN THEATRE DOES NOT WORK ON FILM!!! The producers movie was a fairly accurate recreation of the producers brodway production. Matthew Broderick's sniveling character just did't work on film.

You are forgetting that the Broadway Play was simply an accurate recreation of the 1968 ORIGINAL Movie (starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder). And, Gene Wilder's sniveling character did work on film.

For the record, I thought the 2005 version of the movie was pretty good. Mel had to update some of the jokes for 2005, (but he kept the 'blonde bombshell'). Very funny. He also wrote a couple of pretty good new songs.

Re:Poor Mel Brooks The Producers LOST MONEY (1)

DurendalMac (736637) | more than 7 years ago | (#16157073)

I love Mel Brooks and tasteless comedy, but I found The Producers movie to be fucking DULL. A few good laughs and that's about it. What works on stage does not necessarily work on film. I probably would've enjoyed the stageplay, but the movie just plain sucked.

Re:Poor Mel Brooks The Producers LOST MONEY (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156592)

The main page you link to only lists "Box Office" receipts. If you click on the DVD Rental/Sales link [boxofficemojo.com], you'll see that they made $25 million in DVD sales. So, the movie made a nice buck. And the Broadway show opened on March 21, 2001 [broadway.com]. While it may not be selling out anymore, it is STILL running, over 5 years later. Trust me, Mel is raking in the cash.

Anything but G4! Please nooooooo.... (1)

Jonah Hex (651948) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156419)

Actually they are probably paying him to lend his name to the network. Why the hell this isn't considered for Adult Swim is beyond me.

Jonah HEX

Re:Anything but G4! Please nooooooo.... (0)

jandrese (485) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156453)

Because if it was on Adult Swim they would probably hire a couple of 8 year olds to draw and write the series, like most everything else they put on there these days.

Re:Anything but G4! Please nooooooo.... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156627)

Oh, I completely disagree, the success of Adult swim is not due to Futurama and Family Guy, it is completely due to their awesomeness. Wait, I got that backwards, it is completely due to Futurama and Family Guy.

The Venture Brothers is actually pretty good though.

I liked it better when... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156365)

It was called Futurama!

Re:I liked it better when... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156669)

It was called Futurama!

Actually, it sounds more like Tripping the Rift. Strike that, it sounds exactly like Tripping the Rift...

only if his schwartz is as big a smine. (2, Insightful)

Brigadier (12956) | more than 7 years ago | (#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.

Just what you need (-1, Flamebait)

0racle (667029) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156383)

More crap on the TV.

Step up (3, Insightful)

nedwidek (98930) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156529)

Actually compared to what is on G4, this may be a step up in quality.

Re:Step up (1)

aztracker1 (702135) | more than 7 years ago | (#16157062)

After the TechTV buyout/gutting, I no longer have a need for "digital cable" as that was the only extra channel I really watched... *shrug* ...I don't care for G4 at all... I miss good ol' TechTV (Or even when it was ZDtv)...

Hmmm... (0, Troll)

Otter (3800) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156385)

Production has already started on an initial batch of 13 episodes.

I'm thinking it's highly unlikely that this will stay on for 13 weeks. I suppose they need to at least have enough for a DVD set.

Has Mel Brooks done anything worthwhile since -- I can't even remember a recent Mel Brooks movie -- Young Frankenstein?

Re:Hmmm... (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156418)

The Producers?

Re:Hmmm... (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156468)

He asks for a recent Mel Brooks movie and you name his first. Now that's funny.

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156520)

He's probrably referring to the play, but I agree with you.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156554)

He wrote the music for and was an actor in the 2005 version. Blazing Sadles was his best only second to Spaceballs.

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156652)

Except that IS the most recent Mel Brooks movie. It was a critical and box office - what's the word I'm looking for? - Ah, yes, flop.

Re:Hmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156503)

Well, he adapted his movie The Producers to a hit broadway musical play starring Matthew Broderic and Nathan Lane in 2001. In 2005, the play was in turn adapted back into a movie musical which didn't fare to well at the box office.

He's in recycle mode, kinda like aging rock star bands from the 70's and 80's.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156577)

Most people consider the broadway play The Producers to be a very succesfull play. While it is a re-work of a movie, they changed quite a bit of it and put in lots of new jokes.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156843)

Has Mel Brooks done anything worthwhile since -- I can't even remember a recent Mel Brooks movie -- Young Frankenstein?

I was about to say "You have High Anxiety (1977), History of the World (1981), Spaceballs (1987)". Then I realized that Spaceballs is a 19-year-old movie. So, let's try this: Young Frankenstein is arguably the funniest movie of all time (Personally, I try to watch the DVD every year or so and I laugh hysterically every time). So, I think Mel deserves at least a small bit of extra credit for that movie.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

MinutiaeMan (681498) | more than 7 years ago | (#16157058)

He also did Men in Tights (1993) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995). Not everybody loved those, but I thought they were both reasonably amusing, to say the least.

I was looking for a joke... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156410)

... with Spaceballs' quotes "Use the fork" and "May the Schwartz be with you", related to Sun/Java. Anyone? :)

Re:I was looking for a joke... (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156596)

"Use the fork(s)" is from the Simpsons episode where Mark Hamill guest starred. Spaceballs had "use the Schwartz."

Hollywood needs to close for a few years (2, Insightful)

hsmith (818216) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156413)

Till they can come up with a new idea.

Re:Hollywood needs to close for a few years (1)

gurps_npc (621217) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156602)

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:Hollywood needs to close for a few years (1)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156646)

This seems like as good a place as any to add this obligatory quote. I knew it, I'm surrounded by Assholes.

Re:Hollywood needs to close for a few years (2, Funny)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156916)

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.

Whatever happened to Spaceballs sequel? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#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 (3, Insightful)

Enderandrew (866215) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156460)

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:Development (2, Interesting)

StumpMan (176725) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156545)

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:Development (1, Informative)

a_nonamiss (743253) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156868)

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.

Packaging for the DVDs (3, Insightful)

SecretAsianMan (45389) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156486)

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!

Re:Packaging for the DVDs (1)

Babbster (107076) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156580)

Whenever I see the word "comb" meaning "search," I picture a giant afro pick. It's been way too long since I've seen Spaceballs...

Re:Packaging for the DVDs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156688)

Actually, they're out already. There's this amazing new technology called instant DVD's--they're out before the show is even finished!

A quote from Spaceballs comes to mind..... (4, Funny)

8127972 (73495) | more than 7 years ago | (#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.

What about the long-lost sequels? (1)

DNAspark99 (218197) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156491)

I'm still waiting for the first sequel, "Spaceballs 3: In search of Spaceballs 2" to hit theaters! ...seriously, I heard rumors about this way back in 93, and I'm _still_ waiting for it!!

Re:What about the long-lost sequels? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156880)

Its going to be an easter egg within Duke Nuke'em Forever. Don't worry... it'll happen.

If you look closely at the horizon... (1)

Rinzai (694786) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156539)

...you can just see the tops of the helmets of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalyse coming into view.

COMB THE DESERT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156550)

Find anything yet?

Re:COMB THE DESERT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156609)

We ain't found shit.

Finally (1, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156589)

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!

why (0, Troll)

goarilla (908067) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156598)

Why spaceballs really sucked imho

Re:why (0)

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Can we have a Spoof of G4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156619)

I'll have more quality production then the real channel, which has the lowest rating of any channel even Weather Channel beats it

bogus (1)

fountainpen (980060) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156658)

Barfolemew? no john candy no spaceballs..
and the last thing brooks did that was alright was show up on curb your enthusiasm

Re:bogus (1)

popeye44 (929152) | more than 7 years ago | (#16157052)

I dunno man, Robin Hood men in tights has the same feel as many of his old spoofy stuff.. The man has been in show business since 1950's and he's had a damn good bit of success. He's an Icon of goofyness.

Voice talent? (1)

mgabrys_sf (951552) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156692)

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 to have a voice in the first place.

boo on a cartoon (1)

EdDivinity (539756) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156806)

I would much rather see a live action sequel! Don't we have enough animated series making fun of pop culture? South Park, Family Guy, Simpsons, American Dad, Futurama, etc...

Just happy... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16156978)

that the page didn't go plaid when I clicked the topic link...
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