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Back in the Saddle
HankCo
jacksonpublick
First of all, thanks for all the praise and congratulations heaped upon me and Doc via this Livejournal and some of the message boards I so frantically perused in the hours after our premiere. You have warmed the cockles of our tiny, black hearts. And we are pleased you enjoyed our little telepresentation.


In lieu of any preview images this time, may I direct you to the adultswim.com clips page, wherein one can view a number of spoiler-heavy, moderately joke-killing preview clips from future episodes. No doubt Adult Swim will keep posting more clips from other future episodes in that location during the coming week(s), so I guess keep checking back there from time to time. It's probably why they do that.


And, of course, there is also Adult Swim's "Friday Night Fix", wherein one can re-watch last week's premiere episode and, in a few hours, this week's episode up to 52 1/2 hours before the rest of the country gets to see it. Bear in mind, it's not as cool as watching it on TV for a lot of reasons (jerky streaming, lower quality picture and audio, and the lack of a certain indescribable energy a "live" broadcast possesses--like hearing your favorite song on the radio as opposed to on an iPod or something). I'm still not sure how I feel about this whole showing-the-episode-before-it-airs thing, but I'm just gonna roll with it as some sort of exercise in the power of the internet and viral marketing. Or something like that.


For those of you who bought the Venture Bros. Season One DVD, there is a "lost commentary" available for download at quickstopentertainment.com. We always knew there'd only be room for about four or five episode commentaries on the set, but we recorded a few extra ones as we worked out our various sound problems and tried to tried to acclimate ourselves to the idea of talking at our computer for 22 1/2 minutes. Also to give Adult Swim a variety to choose from. If you liked the commentaries on the DVDs, this is more of the same kind of fast and loose crap. If, however, like a number of people who complained that we just "wander off topic" and "never talk about the shows," you didn't enjoy the commentaries, well...never mind. You probably won't like this one either. But seriously, how much can you talk about the production of a cartoon? There are no amusing anecdotes about "that day on the set," and any time you want to say something like "this is the part where we ripped off ________," they just bleep it out for legal reasons anyway. Incidentally, quickstopentertainment, Kevin Smith's new entertainment news site, is the new home of Honorary Astrobase Cadet Ken Plume, who you may remember often cajoled us into giving him some extras and stuff for ignfilmforce in the past. Keep an eye out in this week's episode, "Hate Floats," for Ken's bedroom, which makes an appearance in the pre-credits sequence (some of the crap Ken's owned and/or sent us for free over the last year also appears, later in the episode). And then marvel at the sheer coincidence, the perfect symmetry of life, wherein we loosely base certain traits of a certain character of ours on our good friend, make that character dress like Kevin Smith used to, and then that self-same friend goes to work for Kevin Smith. Truth is stranger than fiction, and twice as beautiful. Even when it's not pretty.


Just for giggles, below are the titles of all of this season's upcoming episodes, in roughly the order they're to air. Figured I'd beat adultswim.com to the punch for once (titles and running order subject to last minute change, as is our habit):


"Powerless in the Face of Death"


"Hate Floats"


"Assassinanny 911"


"Escape to the House of Mummies"


"20 Years to Midnight"


"Victor. Echo. November."


"Love-Bheits"


"Fallen Arches"


"Guess Who’s Coming to State Dinner?"


"I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills"


"¡Viva los Muertos!"


"Showdown at Cremation Creek"



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P.S. How cool is it that Adult Swim is going to start showing Pee Wee's Playhouse?!?

Petty theft of the soft white stuff

Hey Guys, love the show.

Last night while I was watching Assassinanny with a friend of mine on the fix (cause he missed the show Sunday), I noticed something that I had missed the other two times I watched it. When Molotov kicks Rusty in the choppers when he comes up behind her, is she (dare I say it)... stealing toilet paper? It looks like she was putting toilet paper into her briefcase when he walks up. It makes sense since Brock mentioned earlier that the Russians still had a thing for bluejeans, ala "Moscow on the Hudson", and in that same movie, the characters had a fascination with American toilet paper as well. Just wondered if anyone else noticed this gag. Makes me want to go back and watch all the episodes and just watch the background stuff for gags.

You guys are awesome! Keep up the great work.
Go Team Venture!!!

Re: Petty theft of the soft white stuff

Yes, a little holdover from an older draft of the script, in which there were a handful of sly bits in which Molotov liberated a number of American "luxury items" from the Venture compound during her stay. I guess she stocked up while Doc and she were doing their marketing.

i dont get it

(Anonymous)
how did Dr. Venture get his body back together when he was in the wall, tv and out side ..and even more how did he get his other half back? any one have any ideas

Re: i dont get it

(Anonymous)
My guess: Brock called Jonas, who told him that there is "recall" button that reverses the last teleportation. There, simple and satisfying.

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Have you seen the pilot for "The Amazing Screw-On Head"? It's hilarious. Not hysterical, but hilarious.

http://www.scifi.com/amazingscrewonhead/

yeah. Apparently cable TV is finally willing to give absurdist genre-oriented action comedy animation a try.

I liked it.

Just re-watched assasinanny 911.

Thank you for the big ole post grave hug from the good Doctor.

I can't tell you how awesome it was for me to watch, or the good feelings it gave me.

Just when I think you guys can't possibly top yourselves, you do. Awesome!

Overscan Oddness...or what?

I watched Assasinanny 911 on Adult Swim's Fix but, I caught it again on TV tonight and I noticed something. Maybe it's just my TV or because we just learned this stuff in art school but, I noticed that the Fix online video shows a little more content on the left and right of each frame. This is easier to see in some shots than others. But, here is an example. Yes I was that bored but, I'm just wondering. Does this have to do with the image being overscaned when it is broadcasted? or is there another reason why this happens? I just don't want to be left out of any cool background art goodness. ;-)



Example 2: http://homepage.mac.com/ibook238/.Pictures/venture/venture-compare1.jpg

Just wondering..., BTW that episode (along with all previous ones) were AWESOME,great job!

Re: Overscan Oddness...or what?

No clue, really. Though I'm guessing there is loss on the top and bottom as well. This, I suspect, is what people are talking about when they talk about things on screen being "within TV safety" and so on. The Fix is no doubt taken straight from the original file, and since it's broadcast online they can set the "screen" to whatever size/ratio they want, to make sure they get every pixel of the footage in there. On TV, you always lose a little bit all the way around. For a more technical description of why/how this happens, you'll have to consult Doc, or maybe some TV guy.

Where is New Episode for Fix?

Fridays right? I practically soil myself at work becuase im so excited to get home and get first crack at the new episode. Alas, it is a now show on the fix as of right now. This has me gravely concerned.

Re: Where is New Episode for Fix?

(Anonymous)
It's like that for all four "new" shows. It's last week's schedule. Oops, somebody messed up. Hopefully, it won't take long for them to figure it out.

Mr. Publick [and Mr. Hammer for that matter], I just want to tell you, that if that wasn't the greatest half hour of television ever, it was at least one of the coolest. Yay Clarissa Explains it all reference... and that lunchbox scene... [sniff sniff].. and the final scene... [sniff sniff sniff] so much awesome...

Music from Hate Floats

(Anonymous)
This has been driving me crazy for weeks... what was the music playing at the beginning of Hate Floats? It resembles Holst's Mars, but that has apparently been "borrowed" by almost everybody who composes music like that. It seems like it's a reference to something, but I cannot figure out what it is referencing. Did you have something in mind when that scene was written?

Re: Music from Hate Floats

It was indeed Holst's "Mars," albeit an edited version. No, we weren't thinking of anything specific when we wrote that--just two idiots singing inspirational theme music for themselves. The piece has of course been used in quite a number of movies in the past, however, which is probably why it's trying to jog your memory. Speaking for myself, the most prominent memory I have of it from any film is its use in "The Right Stuff," which also uses the "Jupiter" movement (and perhaps others).

Adult Swim Fix

(Anonymous)
Any news on the Fix? I'm really jonesing. Suddenly it just felt like someone kicked me in the rocks and they never took their foot away.

Re: Adult Swim Fix

(Anonymous)
The opening frame of the Adult Swim shows a snappy picture of a mummy and proclaims that the episode will be aired on the Fix ... "Tonight". The ambiguity of such a statement rankles me.

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Return to the House of Mummies

Loved it! So many great, great one liners. So much great stuff. And I'll leave my comments at that. ;)

But I want a lunchbox now. I feel like Pavlov's dog.

Was this a continuity error or just me being an idiot....

Or the third explanation could be that time-travelling messed things up when Brock put Poe in a headlock I suppose. Anyways, In Escape to the House of Mummies Part II, Triana tells her father that she'd been afraid of THAT closet her whole life, but didn't the Orpheus family just move into that home last season?

Re: Was this a continuity error or just me being an idiot....

There are many possible answers to your perceived continuity error. They are:

1. Teenagers are very prone to exaggeration and hyperbole.
2. The Orpheus family has been living in the compound for a while. We don't really say how long a period of time season one spans, or how much time has elapsed since the beginning of this season, nor how long they had been living there before the boys discovered him (it definitely wasn't Triana's "whole life" though).
3. Orpheus no doubt had a similar portal to another dimension in whatever other homes he lived in prior to his arrival at the Venture Compound.
4. Orpheus's complete remodeling of the old arachnid research wing hints at some magical manipulation. It's very possible he has magically recreated Triana's childhood home, in order to ease the trauma of divorce, make her more comfortable and prove to the courts that he should have custody of her.

Return of the mummy

(Anonymous)
Publick, what piece of shit was that? It was almost as bad as mission impossible 3! i hope the rest of your episodes arent this bad.

Re: Return of the mummy

To each his own. I thought the episode was hilarious. It was a great mixture of the disturbing, pathos, and outright comedy.

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but "Escape to the House of Mummies" was probably one of my least favorite episodes, I'm not going to give anything away though. There were a few hilarious parts, especially Jon Benjamin's character, oh man. I enjoyed the various pop culture jokes too, but this episode just felt out of place, maybe it'll need a second viewing.

better the second time, it was just kind of too all over the place

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"I'm still not sure how I feel about this whole showing-the-episode-before-it-airs thing, but I'm just gonna roll with it as some sort of exercise in the power of the internet and viral marketing. Or something like that."

It's good for those who can't catch the airing on Sunday night. It means they don't have to wait for AS to show them as reruns.

Then again, its probably the main reason behind VB's lagging numbers...

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Boy Adventurer Turned crappy Scientist vs. Necromancer

Hope theres no Spoilers that are too bad below, but if you are scared, go away.


This ramped up tension between Dr. Venture and Dr. O has me pretty intreguied. Strange how they go from friends to ego driven (mostly Rusty there) competitors. But why does Dr. Venture secretly loathe Dr. O? Is it becuase he finds the mans constant theatrics annoying? Is it a reflection of his own self loatheing? Is it becuase he can only be just so mean to the boys before having to vent on someone else who isnt Brock (because brock doesnt listen to him anyways)? Is it the drugs? Id have to guess a bit of all of that. Pretty neat when you find yourself really trying to psychoanalyze a cartoon character. Means you guys are doing a hell of a job character building.

Also, not only was Dr. O demanding that someone imagine his daughter naked (Im willing to bet that this is something You and Doc have been doing regularly since creating her character haha) something that caught me completely off guard, but didnt Triana look rather emaciated when Dr. O lowered her to the floor? Does the sleep spell temporarily make the targets body take on the aspects of Calista Flockharts?

Dont worry im not a nitpicker, I dont find anything wrong with any of this. Loved the episode and how off the wall the boys and Brocks side adventure was. I really hope that the Perfect Man shows up again, the look on his face was too funny.

Re: Boy Adventurer Turned crappy Scientist vs. Necromancer

I figure the problem is that being a man of science, Rusty gets annoyed by Dr. O's spiritualism. And Rusty's not the kind of guy who appreciates theatrical flair. And Rusty's kind of a dick.

As for the Calista Flockhart thing--it just looked to me like her stomach sank in a bit because she was lying on her back. Girls' stomachs tend to do that more than guys', probably because our hips are wider.