Thanks Doug Walker for letting us be a part of the show!
So as a newborn to Doctor Who I was completely not prepared for the concept of regenerations, so season one finale was a enormous shock to me. And like most peoples reactions to the "next doctor" I did not like David Tennant. He felt like an imposter to the show I had finally learned to understand, and now the show had flipped on its side. But then... Tennant's episodes started to get even better than Eccleston's. So many great stories! I even started telling people, If you want a sample of the show, start at "The Girl in the Fireplace". That way you get a taste of the old and scifi mixture, the writing is super sharp, you already know the Doctor will be different, AND Madame de Pompadour is an absolute fox... Looking back I think she might have been a huge reason I liked that ep so much, but I still say it's an amazing stand alone episode. Do NOT try the show out with Blink! I hate when people suggest that. Blink is one of the best episodes! Why would you tell someone to watch something at it's peak? "Hey if you're gonna try game of thrones, just skip to the red wedding" That's what you sound like... ANYWAY.. girl in the fireplace.
So Why all this back story? I'm getting to the finale of Season 2. Doomsday. Since I had completely fallen in love with this show by now, I had no idea NO IDEA that it was about to smash my expectations/heart all over again. Doomsday hit me like a train (as I know it did many others) And it was always the finale that stood out above all things Doctor Who to me. Don't get me wrong "The End of Time" ending was equally heartbreaking, but that was after such a long great run of amazing episodes, Tennant's exit felt more poetic and perfect than Season 2.
Which brings me to The HISHE cartoon. As fans of the show now, we had always wanted to make a Doctor Who episode. We had a little sample in our Looper HISHE. But we never officially took the plunge until now. BBC America wanted to dedicate an entire week to Doctor Who to celebrate their 50th Anniversary, and when we heard the opportunity was there to participate we decided to drop everything and go with the Doctor. Because like any whovian knows, if the Doctor invites you to go somewhere, you take his hand and never look back right? :)
So what better doctor who episode to HISHE than Doomsday? None in our minds, so that's why we chose it. I'm so happy to see the positive response from the fans as well. Believe me, this was an episode that felt very "risky"and I wasn't entirely sure people would appreciate us invading their cherished scene. To see the landslide of approval comments just hits me in the feels. So thank you for watching. I hope you enjoyed it. A lot of work by some pretty awesome chaps (not including myself) went into this one. Stephanie had to simulate crying Rose, that's not easy. Otis had to paint two Tardis's that look incredible. Tina had to put up with my triple checking every little step of the episode. And YOU had to listen to my American attempt at a David Tennant impression :) So... asking a lot from everyone! In the end, this is one of my favorite shorts to have put together.
So I hope you guys enjoy it. I know I'm completely biased. Thanks for watching!
When MoS hit theaters, I knew there would be a wave of requests for us to parody it, but I did not think it would be as many requests as we actually received. Not only were people demanding it, they were getting mad for having to wait. Even when the movie wasn't even 2 weeks old. People were acting like why have you not made this cartoon yet?!? and they were serious. 3 weeks in theaters, WHERE IS MAN OF STEEL?!?! I'm gonna unsub if you don't hurry up! As if our cartoons are ever made that fast, and never mind we were already making fast and the furious while prepping man of steel during that time. It was clear what our fans wanted. So it has been with great care that we took on this title and now, one month later, the Man of Steel HISHE is completed and as always I hope you enjoy it.
I personally love this short. And not like a oh pat myself on the back kind of thing, I'm just excited at how many people got to be involved in this one. There are lots of names, old and new, attached to it and I always love the shorts that have multiple people involved. Always feels like a bigger accomplishment for some reason. This is our first short to feature 3 new guest voices. The Fine Bros, who play the Kryptonian soldiers, and who also made a Teens React episode of HISHE a while back. And Scott Stoked, who plays Jor-El and Jonathan Kent (which is a bonus clip for later) It's always great to have multiple voice actors rather than just my goofy voice for everything. So I'm always a fan of new voices, and I thought they all did a great job.
Otis Frampton painted some beautiful backgrounds, as he always does. Everything from his genesis chamber to the Kent living room just feels perfect to me. And Bryan English always makes a great soundtrack when we get to use him. So I'm a little sentimental on this one. It was an important cartoon, and I'm really happy with what we put together. As for story, if you hate what we've made, or you thought we should have gone in a different direction, or maybe you are just interested in our thought process, the writing process went like this:
I saw the movie 4 times, Tina watched twice I believe. Tina and I have talked about Man of Steel seriously all month long. So much so that we are pretty exhausted about it :) What is it about MoS that some found annoying but others find awesome? What is it that are leaving some unsatisfied? Is it the complexity of the mixed signals Kal-El's two dads give him? Is it the neck snapping? Is it the lack of light hardheartedness? Yes. So where could the movie have changed that? At the fourth viewing it hit me, It's pretty silly that Kal-El doesn't even go talk to his hologram dad when Zod shows up and threatens the earth. Not even to just say "Hey I'm gonna go fight Zod, you got any pointers?" He already knows his dad knows about him. Why wouldn't you just go ask him about it? But he doesn't do that. He goes and thinks about it alone in a random church so we can have the symbolic stain-glass window scene, and then immediately turns himself over to the army/humanity
No. Kal-El/Clark Kent would not do this. He would immediately go back and talk to space dad. (which is already in itself the same symbolism of the stain-glass window if you ask me) And then space dad would say "Just go throw your phantom drive into theirs" just as he tells Lois when she miraculously thinks to plug Clark's control key into the first triangle shaped hole she finds on board Zod's ship. We don't even have to go into the why didn't Jor-El just disable Zod's ship completely while he was there... because if Clark had gone to dad in the first place, he wouldn't have to. And even more importantly if Clark had gone to dad in the first place, absolutely none of the destruction would have ever taken place during the Zod battle. Game over. The world is saved along with all the people inside the would be demolished buildings.
So that's what we ran with. Supe saves the day.... again. :)
Thanks for watching! Hope you guys enjoyed it.
News for the next short, if you chose to not watch our update video, Man of Steel is next, and we've got an idea in store that I am so very excited about. I think you guys are going to love it. So that's what's in the works. This summer's line up is such a great source of awesome movies! Makes my job way more fun. Iron Man, Superman, Hunger Games, Pacific Rim, Fast and Furious, Oblivion, World War Z, Monsters University... that's all i can think of at the moment but I know there's even more. Man, I love summers like this.
Ok, I've got work to do. Till next time!
It's here! It's finally here! Iron Man 3 is finally a HISHE! Whew! After what feels like 3 months (but was actually 3 weeks) We finally completed another Super Hero short. These are always very dear to me. The pressure is huge, expectations are high, but when it all comes together and works out in the end it makes the the final version feel so rewarding. But enough about that! lets talk Iron Man!
(Spoiler talk ahead?) Ok, so why did we? Save the house? Because it's revealed at the end of the film that all of his suits are completely remote functional through Jarvis, and if Tony isn't gonna have some kind of turret defense or at least SOME kind of proximity alarm, we think the easy go to answer is, "Just send out the house party IronMenDrones" let them defend the castle. Since Tony's biggest worry is protecting Pepper we felt the least he could do was use every resource he had to you know... protect what was most precious to him... but he doesn't and instead uses a prototype suit that is not combat ready and dosen't even look out the window....
So why You're freaking me out?! That scene was our facebook fan winner's idea, who came up with 2 bits which we combined into one joke. We asked the facebook fans to help write a joke about Stark and Harley. His was one of the most popular and it made us laugh.
Why the Incredibles talk? At the point when you learn Killian is evil because Tony left him up on the roof at Y2K, you'll notice the scene is almost identical to when Mr. Incredible is trapped by Syndrom. His arms and legs are bound, he's inside the villains lair, the villain is monologing, there's even a female assistant in the room (who's life is threatened) We just couldn't pass up pointing out the comparison.
So why the Avengers? To point out that none of the Avengers even care about Tony's problem/the worlds problem in this movie (even hulk is falling asleep after the credits). The president is kidnapped and Captain America isn't even alerted? Sayeth Whaaaat? And then Tony destroys all of his suits which pretty much reverses the idea. Even if the Avengers needed him right away it would take him some time to prepare. So with this being sort of the finale of iron man movies, with the comparison to the Dark Knight trilogy, with Pepper actually blowing up the Mandarin instead of Tony there were just too many points to make that would not make Stark look superior unlike our previous episodes. The more we piled on the more fun it became. :)
And why Margarine? Because it's not the real thing... like the Mandarin.
That's the break down. On a very personal level I want to thank everyone who particiapted in this short. This short did a number on me and everyone involed really helped turn a giant stress ball into a really fun and actually now one of my favorite shorts to date! So my sincere love and thanks goes out to them. Otis' background art is amazing. We got to use almost ALL of our Avengers voices. It really all fell into place in a way i didn't think would be possible, and I'm so happy that it did. :) Thanks for watching (and reading this novel) I hope you enjoyed the short.
On an unrelated note, did anyone see the animated oreo ad? I just love the animation. and boy does that song ever get in your head! Nice one oreo :)