For the past month, we’ve been reporting on the progress of a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the cult favorite, movie-mocking TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. Creator Joel Hodgson started an ambitious crowd-fund campaign to raise $5.5 million in order to produce 12 new episodes of the show with a whole new cast, and last night the campaign ended with even more good news than expected.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter is now the largest crowd-funded online video of all-time, and the campaign made so much that they’ll actually be able to make 14 new episodes. It truly is a great time to be alive. Read More »
Today the Kickstarter for the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 crossed $4.4 million, guaranteeing that at least nine new episodes will be produced. Creator Joel Hodgson is hoping to reach $5.5 million in order to be able to make a full season of 12 episodes, but they only have two days left before the campaign ends this Friday. So get over to the page and donate!
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Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is an old show making fun of even older movies. But now that it’s being resurrected, it’s bringing on some fresh blood. Patton Oswalt has just joined the cast as TV’s Frank’s son — or rather, “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank” — the henchman to the new Mad, played by Felicia Day. More on the Patton Oswalt MST3K casting after the jump.
Joel Hodgson announced the Patton Oswalt MST3K casting in an update to the show’s Kickstarter page this week, while Oswalt confirmed the news on his own Twitter page.
Oswalt is a longtime MST3K fan, and Hodgson is a fan of Oswalt’s right back — he describes the standup comedian and actor as “a very fun, articulate and witty soul – just the kind of person who we’ve always tried to bring onboard for MST3K.” At first, Hodgson explained, he only thought to get Oswalt on board as a guest writer. But then, Hodgson continued:
Remember last week, how I said my creative process usually starts with visuals, and then I work backward? Well, in this case, I first imagined Patton dressed up like TV’s Frank. I figured maybe he’d be Frank’s son, or at least a clone. But yeah: the idea of Patton wearing black lab assistant’s garb, with a big mound of silver hair and a spitcurl…? It was just really funny to me, in a visual / cross-referential / meta kind of way.
Hodgson approached Oswalt with the idea, and needless to say, Oswalt was all in.
It’s not too different from the way Day was cast as new villain Kinga, daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester.
Oswalt and Day join Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn, who’ll voice Crow and Servo respectively. Nerdist’s Jonah Ray is expected to be the new host.
Of course, none of this casting will be 100% finalized until after the Kickstarter campaign has ended. The campaign has long since passed the initial goal of $2 million for 3 new episodes, but Hodgson’s now got his eye on earning $5.5 million for a full season of 12 episodes. At present, the tally stands at $3.45 million earned with 10 days to go. To get more details, or to contribute, head over to Kickstarter.
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MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 (20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION)
Complete with awesome tin packaging, 4 lobby cards and a figurine of Crow T. Robot, this MST3K 20th Anniversary set is a must-have for any fans of the series. The 4 previously unreleased episodes it houses are First Spaceship on Venus (an underrated gem), Laserblast (the last episode before Comedy Central dropped the show and it moved to the Sci-Fi channel), Werewolf (a personal favorite of mine – “It’s a WAHR-WILF!”), and Future War (the most recently made film to be featured on MST3K). Overall, an excellent collection of episodes, and a worthwhile set for fans to salivate over.
Notable Extras: Three-part “The Oral History of MST3K” feature, 2008 Comic-Con MST3K Reunion Panel, original film trailers, “Variations On A Theme Song” (featuring all six versions of the theme song).
|Target||Best Buy||Circuit City||Fry’s|
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