Soul Storyboard Comparison

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the storyboards for a sequence from Pixar’s latest movie Soul compare to the final cut in the film. Plus, take a look back at the making of the pilot for The Office back in 2004, and let Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear help usher in the New Year with a familiar tune that will have you movin’ right along into 2021.

First up, now that you’ve had a chance to see Pixar’s new movie Soul on Disney+, see how the original storyboards for one of the film’s early sequences compared to the final cut. You’ll see that some of Joe’s features didn’t completely translate from the early storyboards, including the shape of his glasses and what he’s wearing, and the soul version of him isn’t quite as defined either. It’s all part of Pixar’s important development processes that makes them one of the best animation studios around.

Next, now that The Office is available on Peacock, the streaming service has provided some bonus treats for longtime fans. In addition to releasing a never-before-seen cold open over the weekend, they also provided a featurette about the making of the show’s pilot from all the way back in 2004. Enjoy how young everyone looks and how enthusiastic they all are despite having an uncertain future during the time of production.

Finally, Disney offered up a warm welcome into 2021, courtesy of a couple of our favorite Muppets. Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear do a virtual rendition of “Movin’ Right Along” from The Muppet Movie to ring in the New Year. Kermit plays the banjo while Fozzie hops in the car to actually move right along. Now if only we could get some of that Muppet magic back on Disney+ in a more satisfying way.

The Office Finale Matrix Prank

When The Office series finale aired back in 2013, it began with a little recap of what happened to the employees of Dunder-Mifflin in the year since the documentary camera crew stopped following them. But the last episode of NBC’s hit workplace sitcom almost went back to their cold open staple of a prank played on Dwight Schrute, and you can finally see it in its entirety.

Originally teased in the cast’s table read for the series finale (a bonus feature that’s been available for some time), the original cold open finds Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) playing an elaborate prank on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) inspired by the 1999 sci-fi action blockbuster The Matrix. Find out who offers Dwight the choice between the red pill and the blue pill in the never-before-seen The Office finale Matrix prank below. Read More »

The Office

It’s been over seven years since The Office came to an end, but people have never stopped talking about the show. That’s mostly because it’s been available on Netflix for the longest time (though it will jump to Peacock next year), and reruns always seem to be playing somewhere. This year, there has been even more discussion around The Office thanks to a recently published oral history book, as well as a new oral history podcast hosted by cast member Brian Baumgartner. And we have a new round of The Office anecdotes from those who were there on set making comedy history.

The Office Ladies podcast, hosted by series stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, has taken a dive into a pivotal emotional scene for Pam Beesly where she had a major breakdown in the office and only Dwight Schrute was there to console her. Plus, we also have a fun tidbit from the Television Critics Association panel for a new show from comedian Larry Wilmore, who was a writer on The Office who also appeared as the diversity training seminar leader in the early cringeworthy first season episode “Diversity Day.” It turns out there were even wilder scenes shot for that episode that ended up on the cutting room floor. Read More »

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

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The Movie: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Music biopics get spoofed spectacularly in this parody that’s every bit as good as the likes of Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs, Airplane!, and The Naked Gun. Primarily taking aim at Walk the Line, the movie hilariously charts the origins, rise to fame, downfall, and redemption of singer Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) as he weaves his way through various decades of the music industry, doing all sorts of drugs, cheating on his wife, meeting plenty of famous faces, and trying desperately to win the approval of his father.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is responsible for removing the shine from music biopics. After Ray and Walk the Line tread extremely similar territory and earned plenty of Academy Awards acclaim, Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan decided it was time to send up all the cliches from various movies telling the life story of many famous musicians. We’re talking about musicians who faced tragic hardships in their young years, found fame in music, dealt with the crass commercial side of the business, got addicted to drugs, and lost their way in the spotlight. Read More »

The Office Wedding Reunion

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as John Krasinski puts together a reunion of The Office cast members to remotely recreate the dance number from Jim and Pam’s wedding for a couple celebrating their nuptials. Plus, listen to a message from Mark Hamill and Lucasfilm thanking the Star Wars fans who spend their days as medical workers saving as many lives as possible in the middle of a pandemic, and watch Ben Stiller and his late father Jerry Stiller on an old episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Read More »

the office reboot

The Office might be re-opening its doors. In the era of TV reboots and remakes — and when The Office is one of the most popular streaming properties — it’s no surprise that NBC is looking back fondly at its beloved Emmy-winning sitcom. Chatter about The Office reboot has been ongoing since last year, but with its stars onto bigger things, it seemed unlikely. But an intriguing new development comes from series creator Greg Daniels, who may have “an idea” for The Office reboot.

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Pam's Goodbye to Michael

The Office is so great that it’s become one of those shows people always end up watching when they can’t decide what to watch on Netflix. Now that the show has reruns all the time on Comedy Central, people are reliving the good ole days of Dundler-Mifflin all the time, and a nostalgic revelation has just surfaced to satisfy curious fans.

Steve Carell was a big part of the success of The Office. His departure as Dunder-Mifflin boss Michael Scott was also part of the reason the show took a huge dip in quality for the last couple seasons (though some would argue it had already started to fade before that). But his farewell episode is still easily one of the best The Office ever delivered, and series star Jenna Fischer has finally revealed what Pam’s touching but inaudible goodbye to the paper company boss entailed. Read More »

the office revival

With shows like Will & Grace, Roseanne and Full House being rebooted as new series with original cast members, there has been talk of The Office returning. Jenna Fischer, who played Pam Beesly on the NBC show, was on a Television Critics Association panel for her new ABC show Splitting Up Together. After the panel, she told reporters she endorsed an Office reboot.

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The good news for a lot of comedy fans today is that NBC renewed Community for a fourth season. There’s a catch, however. That season is a truncated 13-episode order at this point. And while EW reports the renewal, the site says that the returns of series creator Dan Harmon and actor Chevy Chase are still to be confirmed. Presumably there would be no show without Harmon, but given recent statements by Chevy Chase, perhaps there is still reason to be concerned about his return.

Still no word on Parks & Recreation, though that could arrive later this evening. But we do have promo pics from NBC’s new shows, renewal announcements for 30 Rock and Parenthood, and word on returning stars for The Office. Also after the jump:

  • Fox unveils a trailer for Fringe‘s fourth season finale
  • FX is developing Heartsick, about a female serial killer
  • AMC renews Comic Book Men and The Talking Dead
  • HBO drops new character posters for True Blood
  • VICE developing weekly newsmagazine series on HBO

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I am sure that all of you will have noticed the return of a blight to our streets. I refer, of course, to the extremely irritating… living statue. I’ve got a feeling that The Giant Mechanical Man wouldn’t play well in Edgar Wright’s heavily fictionalized home town of Sanford. Because while a giant silver-painted robot man isn’t quite as irritating as a living statue, it’s pretty close.

And yet, that’s what Jenna Fischer seems to fall for in The Giant Mechanical Man, a romantic comedy written and directed by Lee Kirk (Fischer’s husband) and also featuring Chris Messina, Malin Akerman, and Topher Grace. It’s Grace, wearing a wig and spouting self-help platitudes more irritating than any living statue, that comes closest to stealing the show in the trailer that you can find below. Read More »