Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cost Per Chuckle

This probably cost a couple hundred bucks to shoot and a few bucks more to pay the talented puppet. It was shot live in real time too.





CLICK HERE FOR SOUPY SALES CLIP!

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to how much this bit cost? Or how long it took to make? Or how much in Psychotherapy the animators had to spend for having to look at these character designs every day for a couple years?










23 comments:

PCUnfunny said...

Three cheers for retarded puppets ! And my most sincere condolences go out to the people who had to work that ass ugly "Shark Tale" film.

lastangelman said...

I was forced, I tells ya, forced to watch Shark Tales. After that unfunniness, I wanted punch somebody real bad.

Stephen Worth said...

It's amazing how you can't take your eyes off that puppet. How can a bit of rubber, fake fur and felt be so riviting?!

See ya
Steve

bc3 said...

I'm not that old.... but I was lucky enough to grow up in Detroit when Soupy Sales show was still airing. He was a big part of Detorit and always showed up for special events in the city, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Parade and all that. He's a Mad Genius and funny as all can be! When you're a kid the end of your block is the center of your world so when I grew up I thought everyone knew who he was. So glad to see you posting clips from his show. Reminds me when I was 5 yrs old I was allowed to laugh!

mike f. said...

I just witnessed the clip of SHARK TALES for the first time and - man, I'm speechless!

That thing actually made money? (And no one went to see Mike Judge's IDIOCRACY? Damn, we're living in BIZARRO World!)

Why in Hell did the public validate that abortion by paying to see it (in droves, from what I remember)?

Now, I'm just judging it by the clip, mind you - but it screams CORPORATE CREATIVE CONTROL on every level - from the hideous character designs that no professional cartoonist would have EVER approved, to the insipid use of trendy celebrities to provide colorless, ordinary voices.

(Does the lead character have a sassy girlfriend who rolls her eyes a lot and puts him down with smug wisecracks? Does he ride an underwater skateboard? Those tired executive cliches have seemingly replaced the old tired executive cliches, namely: lead character solves mysteries on the side and plays in a rock band.)

If I had kids, I'd punish them by making them watch SHARK TALES until they promised to behave.
...Or maybe not, on second thought. That seems a lot more extreme than anything Alec Baldwin could dream up.

Timothy Merks said...

Puppets like this seem to really have a lot more life to them when you compare it to the 3d animation. I think it is how it's a little more random in movement. Interesting

When I think of puppets I think of that bbc show Sooty. Man that was funny. I have to track that down and see if it was as funny as I remember it was.

Forbes said...

That's the first time I've seen Soupy Sales. He looked like he'd been downing a few scotches beforehand. I looked him up on Wikipedia. The 'New Year's Day incident' part cracked me up...All about Soupy Sales Thanks for the clip John.

Toon_Geek_Kitty said...

again I liked Shark Tale... and that lion sure scares me. I feel sorry for the kids who had nightmares.

Jorge Garrido said...

>Or how much in Psychotherapy the animators had to spend for having to look at these character designs every day for a couple years?

Not to mention the cost of all the funerals from all those murder-suicides the film caused. Wait, I forgot, nobody has taste anymore.

Mike, he does in fact, have TWO sassy girlfirneds. The celebrity voiced sexy one, and the celbrtiy voiced girl next door. DON'T see it, turst me, it's not even bad in a "so bad it's good" way or in a way that you can make fun of it. It's bad enough to have you thinking suicidal thoughts.

Untalented celebrity voices+ underwater pop culture references+garish colours+cliches of cliches+horrible design and animation=worst animated movie I've ever seen. I refer you to the thesis of Idiocracy.

Evan said...

god i hate looking at that damn will smith fish. that might possibly be the ugliest thing ive ever seen in my life.

pinkboi said...

Isn't one of the motivations for computer animation the cheapness? I think for Disney, they found those Pixar-made films were more profitable than their traditional OTT animated pieces.

That said, I think the only problem with computer animation is no one is good at it yet. Once the tools get to the point where they can be artfully used, I believe we'll start seeing good computer animation and look back to the bad old days of when it was just done wrong...

Maybe if they didn't try to be realistic it would be more realistic? hmmm? After a certain point of "realism" the suspension of disbelief dissolves and the result is morbid. Play any computer game made these days and you'll see what I mean.

Kali Fontecchio said...

I haven't seen that episode of Soupy Sales! I wonder how many there are out there I haven't seen that are still intact?

I've never seen that Shark Tales movie, nor will I ever. Please pass the ketchup, I think I'll wash my eyes!

I.D.R.C. said...

I can't wait for "Soupy Sales Show: The Motion Picture"

Coming next summer, from Dreamworks.

Peter F. Bernard, Jr. said...

Ha ha Soupy never seemed to give a shit. I think I was just too young to see him. I used to love Zacherley (he showed Mighty Mouse) and Officer Joe Bolton (he used to have Moe Howard on when he had white hair to tell us not to poke each other in the eyes) and the Irish guy who'd dress up as a sea captain and show Popeye cartoons. Too bad local TV seems to be dead, and kids show hosts too.

Craig D said...

What the heck did they do to Diver Dan?!?!???

mike: No one could go see IDIOCRACY. It was released in, what, three inner-city theaters for a half a week? I got the DVD and I'm glad I did.

antikewl said...

Being from the UK, I've never head of Soupy Tales. Growing up we had this weird gem from the 70s and 80s:

Rod Hull and Emu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqr6OWPfLKU

NextGen said...

Haha, that classic show is funny. :)

mike f. said...
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mike f. said...

Hey Antikewl - I remember that guy with the EMU puppet! (Wasn't he on The GOODIES, or some cool old UK show like that?)

His act reminds me of those classic BBC skits with the great Marty Feldman.
One of his recurring characters was the guy in the veterinarian's office - who was always being manhandled by his [unseen] "pet" in a chained cardboard box. The one that liked to eat owls - and most of Marty Feldman's clothing.

Remember that? He'd end the skits all torn up and gasping for breath, just like Rod Hull.

NateBear said...

It has a mole therefore it IS De Niro!

Jim Rockford said...

Why does this C-G crap make so much money! the idiot masses only encourage them to make more..
SHREK 3 Anyone?! the hideously ugly character designs,rampant pop culture references in a failed attempt to be "hip",cliched sidekicks with attitude,overpaid celebritys playing themselves rather than bringing anything original to the characters,why is this S*^$ so huge?
one can only hope that 40 years from now our society will not have degenerated to the point where Shrek and Shark Tales will be considered animated classics.
people seem to be enthralled by cg technology no matter how ugly and uninspired the product it turns out is.

antikewl said...

Mike: The "host" with the Emu puppet is Rod Hull, famous for attacking Johnny Carson and a post-surgery Richard Pryor, Snoop Dogg, Michael Parkinson and the Queen Mother. His "guest" on that clip, you're right, is Bill Oddie, one member of the Goodies.

Funnily enough, the late Marty Feldman was first seen in the "At Last the 1948 Show" with a young John Cleese and Graham Chapman (Monty Python) and Tim Brooke-Taylor (The Goodies).

Tim said...

I saw Shark Tale for free - I got a free ticket for signing up for some theater competition. It is doubtlessly one of the ugliest films I have ever seen. I feel bad for the animators who have put so much time, care and effort into creating such absolutely awful character designs.

Oh yeah, and like every Dreamworks CGI film, it's writer driven centered around pop culture. And the writing sucks.

Give me a cheap puppet any day.