Fuse #8

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Video Sunday - Poetry & Misc.

Poetry may be too strong a term. But today we do have at least two videos that can be called poetic. The third is a book video and four and five are.... well, you'll see.

Now I don't know how many of you listen to Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! the NPR News Quiz with regularity. If you do, you may recognize what I'm about to show you. Recently there was a Bluff the Listener Challenge where a real news story was read alongside two fake ones. The player must guess the correct news story. In this particular case they failed because the real story was the video you are about to see. It was about getting kids excited about poetry. Observe.

The funny thing? Wordsworth adapts really nicely. Don't know if I can countenance daffodils spelling out the words, "Check It" though.

This next one carries hints of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's still nice, though.

Thanks to Bookninja. Then we have our requisite children's book trailer. Simple. To the point. I'm not sure why more authors aren't doing this. Seems like cheapo advertising to me.

Thanks to Heather for that one.

Okay. Now we get goofy. When I was a child the television show Animaniacs presented this segment. Little did I know at the time that it was a bizarre homage to an infamous series of Orson Welles rants done while recording voice overs. Animaniacs gives the words to Maurice LaMarche and the result is here.

Don't get it? Watch the same clip but with the original Orson Welles rant. Gold, lovelies. Gold. There's a reason I didn't understand this as a child.

A very big thank you to Dan for discovering these. I am not, however, going to post the William Shatner and Casey Kasem ones.

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At 5:16 PM , Anonymous Antonia said...

Brilliant. I love how crotchety Orson Welles is. Gold indeed. *claps*

At 6:51 PM , Anonymous Eric Berlin said...

Man oh man. I was always bewildered by that Pinky and the Brain short -- I figured it was just the animators getting a little too experimental for their own good. Suddenly it's all clear. Still very strange, but clear.

Maurice LaMarche, the voice of the Brain, has played Orson Welles numerous times: On The Simpsons, the Critic, and in the movie Ed Wood -- he's not the actor on the screen, but he totally did the dub-over afterwards.

At 8:21 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Well that is why it came up today, actually. I was watching "Ed Wood" with some friends last night and on the screen was Vincent D'Onofrio with Mr. LaMarche's dub. So odd. That got us talking about that bizarre Welles quote, and then we discovered that the weirdo Animaniacs bit based on it was available on YouTube. I love YouTube so much, sometimes, that it hurts. LaMarche also did a Welles character on "Tiny Toons", btw.

At 10:49 PM , Anonymous Iris said...

Pinky and the Brain terrified me growing up...as did Animaniacs in general. Now it all makes sense.


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