Gremlins ride

In the early 1990s, Warner Bros actually built a Gremlins theme park ride called Gremlins Invasion. The attraction was built in two Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks, one in Bottrop-Kirchhellen Germany and the other in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. While the dark ride was open for almost ten years, I had not heard of its existence until this year. Last week I wrote about a Ghostbusters theme park ride that was being developed for Six Flags that was never built, so I thought now was a good of a time as any to explore the lost Gremlins ride.

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Around these parts, reactions to this spring’s news that puppeteer Paul Fusco was looking to get an ALF movie off the ground ranged from mild eye-rolling to tentative curiosity. In executive offices around Hollywood, however, the responses were apparently rather more enthusiastic.

Sony Pictures Animation has just finalized a deal for the movie rights to the classic sitcom, with the intention of developing it into a CG / live-action hybrid feature. While it’s too soon to judge much of anything about the project, the fact that this is the same outfit behind those recent Smurfs movies is maybe not the world’s most promising sign. More after the jump.

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ALF Movie in the Works? Maybe

Along the lines of 21 Jump Street, The A-Team, The Smurfs, Dark Shadows, The Muppets, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the (now non-mutant) Ninja Turtles, etc., etc., etc., ALF could be the next retro property to find new life on the big screen. Or so hopes Paul Fusco, anyway.

The ALF creator and puppeteer recently revealed his intention to pitch a movie about the character to studios. And given how interested Hollywood is right now in making everything old new again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him succeed. More details after the jump.

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POTD: Kagan McLeod’s The Ghosts of Sitcoms Past

Kagan McLeod created this illustration featuring the mant actors and actresses from the past years of multi-camera sitcom history. How many of the 50 characters do you reccognize? Answer key on the National Post.

As a kid, I was fascinated by puppet creatures. My childhood was very much the result of Jim Henson and Steven Spielberg. I loved The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and Alf. One of my favorite VHS tapes was a special I recorded off television which featured a behind the scenes tour of Jim Henson’s workshop. I love watching rare behind the scenes videos where we get to see the puppeteers in action.

FilmStage alerted me to seven minutes of behind the scenes blooper footage from the set of the 1980′s sitcom Alf, which reveals that the lovable alien was not so PG after the cameras cut. Paul Fusco, the angry foul-mouthed puppeteer and voice of Alf drops the N-bomb, uses vulgar language, and at one point asks one of the actresses to straddle him on the bed.

Update: /Film reader Brian clarifies the N-word “joke”:

To be fair, this video is taken completely out of context. There was an LA Law episode at the same time that everyone was talking about, where the guy on the witness stand had tourettes and repeatedly said the n-word and “whoop.” So the guys on set were obviously riffing on what was the big story of the day.

YouTube user biohazardgraphics says he bought the footage on a homemade VHS tape off eBay. The footage actually has been online for almost a year now, but many people are finally discovering it now. Want your childhood ruined?* Hit the jump to watch the video.

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Cool Stuff: GandALF T-Shirt

gandALF t-shirt

Teefuy t-shirt of the day is designed by Sergio37. GandALF is a mash-up of Alf and the wizard Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings series. The bad news is that the t-shirt is only being sold for 24 hours, today (Saturday, January 2nd 2010) only. The good news is that the t-shirt is only $9, plus $2 shipping. Check out the full design after the jump.
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Cool Stuff: Idiot Box Art Show

idiot box alf

You probably remember Gallery 1988 as the Los Angeles-based art gallery which hosts the pop-culture infused Crazy4Cult show every year. We’ve featured artwork from their exhibitions in previous editions of cool stuff: Beastie Boys Inspired Art, Crazy4Cult 2, and Stan Lee Tribute. From April 2nd to April 23rd, Gallery 1988 is celebrating their 5th year anniversary with the Idiot Box art show. 100 Artists take aim at television’s guity pleasures. I have included 15 of my favotires after the jump.

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