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What Goes Down, Must Come Up...
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jacksonpublick


Man oh man we are busy...

I really haven't posted anything in quite a while, have I?

This is because we are desperately racing the clock to edit each new episode in time for broadcast, and...

THE VENTURE BROS. SEASON 4 HAS BEGUN PRODUCTION!!!

Yup, the character/prop/background design teams and production team started work at World Leaders several weeks ago...and we didn't even have a script for them. I turned in my first script (Ep. 40, "Handsome Ransom," if you're keeping track) a little over a week late, keeping the artists busy in the interim with judiciously doled out spoonfuls of design assignments for characters and locations I was pretty sure would make it into the final draft. And Doc is just now turning in the second episode of the season...which we're supposed to finish designing in like three days. Neither of these scripts, by the way, are for next season's premiere episode. As usual, we probably won't get to that one for a little while...

We have never tried this business of overlapping seasons before, and I must say it is hell on all of us. Nevertheless, I'm quite pleased with what we've all turned out so far on both the art and writing fronts. Episode 40 is already being storyboarded and we're set to record the voice tracks next week, keeping our fingers crossed in hopes of getting a special guest voice to play a major role, which I will not spoil.

Now I have less than a week to get the next script in. Guess who will be late again?



If I hadn't been so busy, I'd probably have written a bunch of stuff about all the episodes we've shown so far. Like about the various songs we tried unsuccessfully to license for the last montage scene of "The Invisible Hand of Fate..."

...Or how all the photos at the beginning of "The Buddy System" are of Doc, me or my brother circa 1977. Because you can't put pictures of other people who were children in 1977 on TV unless you can track them down and get them to sign a release form, no matter how public a place your dad snapped the photos in. So take that, "Josh," you could have been on TV, but Noooooooo...

...Or about all the real and fictitious celebrities hanging out at Jonas Venture's house in the key party scene of "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman..."

...or how Dr. Entmann in this week's episode was recorded three different times by two different actors, after we were turned down by a third semi-celebrity (who shall remain nameless because he apologized profusely)...

...but I guess I'll save that stuff for the DVD commentaries, which someone is bound to make us start recording soon, because we don't have enough to do. Then they'll bleep it all out for legal reasons.

In other news, Ep. 33: "What Goes Down, Must Come Up," is now available online at adultswim.com for your viewing pleasure, and will of course be broadcast in its full glory this Sunday night at 11:30pm EST. It's another solo effort by yours truly (and a weird, dark one at that) and features the voice of our beloved "Art Director" (I prefer "Storyboard/Design Guru," but apparently that doesn't fly on Linkedin) Stephen DeStefano, whose lovely blog can be found by clicking here, and who probably speaks in that accent at the office roughly 38% of the time.

Next week's episode will be Doc Hammer's "Tears of a Sea Cow," the working title of which was "Murder O'Clock" just because.

The network tells me our ratings are excellent this season, with each episode scoring higher than the highest-rated episode of any previous season. The Family Guy continues to kick our ass, of course, because it would seem many many many more people would prefer to watch a Family Guy rerun for the tenth time than a brand new episode of our show. That, or a lot of people go to bed at 11:29 (EST) on Sunday nights.

And Shirt Club continues to rock the worlds of our overworked interns, and the bodies of fandom...



We Love You,

JP

P.S.
Oh, and Happy Belated 4th of July, everyone...



Re: Nancy and Drew go "ew"

torgo_x

2008-07-15 10:51 am (UTC)

Actually, ya know, if I go to the doctor and ask to have a good piece of my dong sliced off, he will ask why– and it would actually, literally, absolutely be worth it just to see the expression on his face when I say "because of, you know, the cartoon people."

Okay, I've totally gotta go do it now.


Re: Nancy and Drew go "ew"

maskedmackerel

2008-07-15 02:15 pm (UTC)

"It's a Doberman. Let it have its ears!"

But seriously, Nancy and Drew stuff their bras. They wouldn't know what's "ew" and what's totally unproblematic when it comes to... "dongs." That and the "ew" about epilepsy were my favorite lines that episode (with the exception of "Go Team... Boobies"), so I welcome their lack of sensitivity.

The fine people at the Republic of Venture were wondering whether the boys hadn't been circumcised after being recently cloned, since in "Are You There God," Dr. V tells Hank not to brag about his circumcision.

Look at us, questioning penis continuity...

Re: Nancy and Drew go "ew"

jacksonpublick

2008-07-15 03:40 pm (UTC)

Well, okay, this one's for the PRoVs...as we all must realize, the Hank of "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean" was a different Hank body than the one presently running around being Hank. Somehow during the life of that particular Hank, he managed to get himself circumcised, through means never explained. Let's assume now that all fresh clones would emerge from their gooey tanks au natural and uncircumcised, just as a newborn babe would, since you could no more clone a cosmetic surgical procedure than you could a haircut. So, until "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman" you had two uncut Venture boys running around. I like to think that, through some twist of fate, Hanks throughout time just seem to have a habit of getting into predicaments which leave them circumcised. And then they like to brag about it.

Re: Nancy and Drew go "ew"

mondocurry

2008-07-16 04:23 am (UTC)

cool, i also wondered if this was maybe supposed to be an older adventure, from before the season one episodes, where the circumcision that Hank should "stop bragging to his brother about" occured. It's equally as funny that Hank just has a knack for winning the circumcision lottery.

Some other things that made me wonder about this adventure's place on the timeline was Dean never mentioning Trianna when snubbing Hank's excitement about the twins -- but i've come to accept that what we see in an episode is not meant to show
every single thing that necesarily happened.

Also, i don't remember the exact conversation between Doc and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch in "Home is Where the Hate is," but based on Doc's nineteen year comment before his lovemaking session to Dr. Quymn, is it safe to say that he's accepted nothing happened that night with 'Charlene?'

happy to be mulling this stuff over, such a great show.

Re: Nancy and Drew go "ew"

jacksonpublick

2008-07-16 04:31 am (UTC)

Sure, not everything we see onscreen is necessarily everything that happened...that 22 minute episode spans a couple of days, after all.

And Dean was a little too busy to be worrying about Triana specifically, though it's conceivable that the thought of her was at least one of the twenty or so horrible thoughts going through his head while he was being accosted by the girls.

And yes...it is extremely safe to say that nothing happened between Doc and "Charlene." We thought that was clear (to the audience) in the original episode in which nothing happened between them, way back in season one, even if it wasn't clear to Dr. Venture or, at the time, The Monarch. Doc (Hammer) and I never fail to be surprised, confused, amazed (and occasionally annoyed) by all the message board speculation surrounding that moment. Give Dr. Girlfriend a little more credit...she's so out of Dr. Venture's league!

Re: Nancy and Drew go "ew"

mondocurry

2008-07-16 04:56 am (UTC)

I never thought anything went on after she injected him with metamorphosizing stuff. I've always thought that was made clear.

I was only referring to Dr. Venture's perception of something happening or not. In "Home is Where the Hate is" it seemed that he was coming around to the idea of it being nothing, and then in "Dr. Quymn" his comments suggest that he went ahead and erased that bit of action from the realm of actualy happening.

So, yeah. Clearly i'm very hung up on what a fictional cartoon character believes really happened in a cartoon about things that don't really happen. quitely walking away...

On The Continuity and Conservation of Dongs

torgo_x

2008-07-15 10:31 pm (UTC)

Lucille from 'Arrested Development' winking
Превед!


Re: On The Continuity and Conservation of Dongs

marjod

2008-07-17 10:05 pm (UTC)

I wonder how I can talk you out of ever making that face again.

Re: On The Continuity and Conservation of Dongs

torgo_x

2008-07-23 12:44 pm (UTC)

ANNYONG 안녕 bear

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