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There Is A God!!! I've Got Absolute Indisputable Proof of His Existence!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... Every now and again, fate steps in. Tonight was the big 20th Anniversary of the Austin Film Society PARTY. There's a 20th Anniversary book that they've printed up, that I took part in, by way of an article regarding Quentin Tarantino and the influence of his festivals (sponsored by the benevolent AFS) have had upon the local film scene, myself and the Alamo Drafthouse. As a result - I was essentially required to be on display. Mind you, nobody forced me to be there, and certainly I love the Austin Film Society - but... gigantic cocktail parties with tons and tons and tons of folks... there's a claustrophobic intensity that can occur at an event that's advertising free Bar-B-Que and Beer deep in the heart of Texas. I knew hundreds would attend... I swear it felt like thousands. And according to Rebecca of AFS - "Millions joined the Austin Film Society" tonight. So rah rah.

Had a bit of chatter with Richard Linklater about A SCANNER DARKLY - which he has a twinkle in his eyes when he talks about it, they're still finishing the animation and doing sound tweaks on it, but he seemed so enthused about his summer date for the film, I tried begging him to see the film. I was just about to offer head in an incredibly public place - when wouldn't ya know it, he got called to the mike to do some well-wishing to the Society members... He's also told me that FAST FOOD NATION is coming along great and at the same time he's working on the script for his next project - along with a Criterion Edition of DAZED & CONFUSED!!! That's the shit right there!

Honestly... I figured that was about all the news that I'd gather from this event. There's all types of film folks all around, and I'm sure there was news just waiting to be gathered, but I was consoling folks that were saddened at the passing of PEDAZO CHUNK, folks inquiring about my projects, fans of the site that wanted to chat - and then folks that had films in various stages of wanting to be in production, were in production or that had wrapped and happened to be in a handy viewable DVD state that was conveniently inserted in their back pocket. And that was fine, wonderful folks were met. Great time shared with all. I sipped my one glass of red wine and my water bottle and passed up the cake and bbq and beer - and hungered for my Yoplait. Heh.

So... I know... I said I had proof of the existence of GOD. Now, I know... it isn't a crown of bloodsoaked thorns that can raise the dead when placed on a cadaver's body. It isn't a stick that can cause the seas to part and the ground to harden. There was no burning bush with something on its mind. Rather... it's something far more spectacular.

This rather unassuming fellow approached me at the very end of this soiree, and he introduced himself and we began to talk about some of the documentaries he's produced and then in the small talk where I asked him from whence he found his beginnings - he tells a tale of being classmates with Dave Borthwick - the director of the magnificent THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB, turns out this wonderful chap had shot the behind the scenes for this fantastic film, and my natural instinct says, "What's HE up to these days?" Honestly - I didn't expect an answer. Or something that I would literally lose my fucking mind for. But in the most low key, unexcited manner known to man - this apostle says:

"This is kinda funny, it's sort of an Austin project, he's in Bristol making a stop motion animated feature film adaptation of GILBERT SHELTON'S FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS."

My heart skipped 7 beats. But in the beat of a hummingbird's wings, I began a line of aggressive questioning. I remember hearing something about Film Roman doing an animated FFFB film, but I also remember Shelton commenting that it was dead. He tells me that they just brought on Dave Alex Riddett to shoot the film (he's the genius that shot CHICKEN RUN and THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT as well as A CLOSE SHAVE and CREATURE COMFORTS!) At this point I begin vibrating my molecules so I could travel forward in time to see this work. More so - apparently Gilbert is literally working right along side them to make the film work. He tells me the stop motion models are utterly fantastic and wished he had them on his cel phone so he could show me, and at this point - rational thought is just not really with me. I trade contact info - ask him to be sure to tell Dave to send me some great stills and the scoop on the film as soon as humanly possible.

The party ended, and I came home. I was here... oh... a blink of an eye before I went searching for FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS film information online. I found that the company making it is called CELLULOID DREAMS and that their website was Here and after decoding their Flash site, I discovered this glorious proof of the project's existence:

And this:

GRASS ROOTS: THE MOVIE - - - Adapted from the comics books THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS by Gilbert Shelton By the director of THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT & THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB For once the Brothers find themselves with plenty of cash and some righteous weed. But this is no ordinary marijuana: it's been genetically modified as part of a sinister government plot to take over the dope market. When Norbert the Narc, secret agent and rock-jawed defender of the law, decency and the American way, accidentally hands some of the prototype weed to the Brothers and they discover its bizarre side-effects, the feds are soon hot on their trail and the boys have to leave town fast. Now is the time to fulfil their long cherished dream of retiring to grow marijuana in a remote spot in the country. But what is going on in the Secret Government Research Centre just the other side of the hill? Surely the Brothers can't have chosen to hide right next to the very place where the genetically modified 'product' is being tested... Can they?

See - So God exists. Proof!

Further information for those unfamiliar with THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS and Gilbert Shelton. Seek them out immediately. This isn't just some mildly amusing artifact of a bygone age. THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS are amongst the funniest comic work ever written and drawn. It's right there with Carl Barks' Donald Duck stories and the original MAD comics. I love Cheech & Chong, but they paled in comparison to THE FABULOUS FREAK BROTHERS - which was THE break-out comic characters of the Underground Era. If you pick up one of the collections from RIP OFF PRESS you'll quickly learn that Gilbert Shelton's talent for humor is nearly unparalleled. Hell, his WONDER WARTHOG is sheer genius - and had nothing to do with Pot. And much of the humor doesn't revolve around just drugs, but their interaction with their sentient cat, a corrupt and hilarious government, friendship, poverty, laziness, desperation, facing reality and so many universals. Gilbert has always had the wit and humor that I loved Hunter S Thompson for. This is so much more than any of you that are just writing it off based on what you THINK it is all about.

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  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Wow, too many words.... Um first?

    by googamooga

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:35 a.m. CST


    by Alkohal


  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Uh... OK?

    by fishmonger

    Do I lose massive cool points for asking what this is all about?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:45 a.m. CST

    You are not fooling me...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    That is just a picture of the last AICN editors meeting, I would recognize Herc and that 'tache anywhere... Seriously this sounds brilliant, although how much is the budget, 'cause surely it won't make money, but who cares we will have a FFFB movie

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Allah Be Praised!

    by CaptainWalker

    Rejoice sayeth the lord! For there comes unto you a savior. A freaky long haird dude wearing sandles no less!

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:47 a.m. CST


    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    i thought this site hated god...

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    I like it when you include photo's of yourself at these shin

    by BendersShinyAss

    But if that Transformers footage can be bullshit I just don't know what to believe anymore

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Who's the target audience? Guys 45-65 who secretly pine for

    by Ford Prefect042

    ...Cheech & Chong movies? These guys have grown up and won't give two shits about this movie. It will attract comic book geeks and R. Crumb fans. I'll roll up a doobie and watch it on DVD, though.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Furry Freaks

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    All I know about these guys is they were the center of a huge lawsuit with DC Comics years ago. So what's the deal with them?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:07 a.m. CST

    dumb question, WTF is the FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS?

    by Orionsangels

    Is it like that 70's kids show, HOT FUDGE?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Cool Scoop!

    by ironburl

    Loking forward to updates, love those comix! Yes, this is an Austin project, and would make a great Alamo show!

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Yoplait? That sounds nasty, man

    by Windowlicker74

    I love the news though, love to see this getting made.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:10 a.m. CST

    richard linklater sucks.

    by MiltonWaddams

    oh boy, some obscure terrible shit that only aging stoners remember and enjoy. when stoned. where do i sign up.

  • But no such luck. Yet.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by BCfreeB

    Not at all the news I expected from the headline...then again I'm an uneducated film fool.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Dazed & Confused Criterion DVD

    by Josh Town

    That's fucking exciting!!!

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Who shot who in the what now?

    by Capt. Spaulding

    Okay, first, I have to agree with Milton Waddams, Richard Linklater DOES suck. I haven't liked one of his movies yet. Second, what is this? A movie version of a comic book about weed? Now I have to agree with 3D-Man, I thought a kickass Watchmen movie was on the way as well. (Jeff Bridges as the Nite Owl!) Oh, well...

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by Lenny Nero

    I should probably know what this is. I feel shamed.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:02 a.m. CST


    by buster00

    This movie will pull your stems, pick out your seeds, and SMOKE you like so much primo. Then Fat Freddy's Cat will eat your remains. Do they really plan to release this to theatres, or is it going right to DVD?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:26 a.m. CST

    "...gigantic cocktail parties with tons and tons and tons of fol

    by 3 Bag Enema

    I live in Texas. But I wasn't born there. Only in Texas is beer a "cocktail."

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Oh, and that being said...

    by 3 Bag Enema

    ...I share Harry's enthusiasm for this project. And, yes, I am entirely aware of Sheldon's work, rather than just getting on here to announce that I am not.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Er, Shelton.

    by 3 Bag Enema


  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:46 a.m. CST

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Go there. Read

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:48 a.m. CST

    A milestone in AICN! Calling all ships! Spread the word! It is a

    by Spacesheik

    ........"much ado about nothing."

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:52 a.m. CST

    God, I Hate Hippies

    by jacknewton

    Just reading about this project triggers unpleasant memories of my older siblings: macrame plant holders, organic "food", and endless amounts of dust and filth everywhere. Fuck hippies.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:53 a.m. CST

    I think maybe Harry doomed this talkback with the title of the a

    by 3 Bag Enema

    A title involving Gilbert Shelton or Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers might have kept out the ignorant many who logged in only to mock the enthusiasm of the title. I'm not saying these people don't deserve to have all their fingers broken during testical shocks. But still.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:56 a.m. CST

    And, for that matter...

    by jacknewton

    Fuck all those irritating, post-60s comics whose primary traits are "wacky", Wolverton-esque drawing, pot humor, the substitution of quirk for actual humor, and the insistence on spelling "the" as "th'". And fuck hippies. Again.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by ILK

    It's as if aliens landed , providing absolute proof that we are not alone in the universe AND they have a recipe for candy that gives you orgasms. No... no.. wait that would be better than this. But still. Holy shit!!!!

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:10 a.m. CST

    everyone hates hippies

    by ILK

    But very few remember what they really were. ... Hell, if there were never any hippies, I bet south park would be about Kyle overcoming Judaism and accepting Christ.. minus the funny. So you know what? Fuck you. Thank the hippies you fat, lazy fucks.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Perhaps you're right...

    by jacknewton

    Maybe, for comedy's sake, I should be glad hippies (and the Christian right) exist. After all, comedy is only as good as its targets. Still, the urge to park outside this film's first screening and blare "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath" is nearly overpowering.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I understand the humor..

    by ILK

    and it would be funny. But metal is over, no matter what it's past greatness was. There's one sure fire way to tell if a movie sucked or not. Sneak in when the credits are rolling. If they're playing metal, the film sucked. Deny it. The world seriously needs a new "hard music" so young boys can listen without having to supress their desire to nail their shiny young friends in the butt.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:55 a.m. CST


    by 3 Bag Enema

    Tell us a little about yourself.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:58 a.m. CST

    My friends, there is a difference between hippies, and ferals

    by BendersShinyAss

    but the two often get confused. I aint cuttin my hair orgiving up God's garden herbs for ANYONE. And I'm not dirty. Messy, but not dirty.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Fat Freddys cat!!!!!

    by simongarth2001

    Tell me the cat is in it!!!! HELL YEAH!!!!

  • Isn't that sort of lik if I were to start walking around town going "Wazzzzzz -uuuuuuuuuuuup!" Sure everyone is going to know Im refering to, but its a little late and pathetic. OOOOOO a movie about slack and smoking pot.. thats REALLY going to go over like a lead balloon. Even THE POTHEADS from that era don't give a shit... I see this as just another REALLY stupid idea to try and cash in on yet ANOTHER Pre-80's cultural Icon. Guess what? ANYONE who is old enough to have experienced the 'Fabulous Freak Brothers', 'Crumb', or a dozen others, and therfore appreciate what they represented... ISN'T GOING TO GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THIS! Way to freak out about something, drop a few names, and yet again atempt to insert yourself into yet another orfice of cultural idiosyncrasy. You're such a fucking poser Harry.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Wow, all that build up about something most of us couldn't c

    by Trazadone

    Harry, you're the king of hyperbole. sigh.

  • Staring Jim Carrey and John Cusack!! Ok, ok.. maybe not.. but it could happen!?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST

    I thought this was going to be Mad max 4 news...

    by Dolph


  • Jan. 13, 2006, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Ummm so no SE Bladerunner then

    by DannyOcean01

    No offense, but that's my proof of God- the news that the SE Bladerunner will be released next Monday or something absurd as that. But as the Devil dances in the White House, it looks more and more unlikely we'll ever see, arguably, the Holy Grail of SE DVDs.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    how in the hell does THAT prove there's a freaking god?

    by jig98

    people make me so kooky sometimes.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST

    Your heart skipped 7 beats? For this?

    by squidman

    Maybe it (your heart) was trying to deal with your magnificent heft.

  • But Fat Freddy's Cat kicks ass. They should just do a movie all about the cat.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 7:44 a.m. CST

    oh, and ps:

    by squidman

    Settle down, man. Your attitude is very un-Fabulous, Furry and Freaky. Relax.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Vibrating your MOLECULES !!!????

    by DoogieHowitzer

    What a disturbing image......

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by Sin86a

    ...proof that Harry takes shit too far. "Proof there is a God" my ass.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 8:28 a.m. CST

    No, no I'm terribly sorry. The correct answer is:

    by one9deuce

    Who gives a shit?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Aw crap....

    by zer0cool2k2

    I just gave away my original copy of Dazed & Confused, so I could pick up the newer edition on sale at Best Buy. Now, there's a Criterion version on the way? Damnit. And I must agree, that a SE of Bladerunner, or even a decent transfer would make me happier than this news. ............ And Harry, offering head to one of your heroes?.... I think you've been listening to/Reading too much Kevin Smith.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 8:58 a.m. CST

    pedazo chunk is no more?

    by vicious_bastard

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    The FFFB news is cool but what happened to the Cheech and Chong

    by Crimson Dynamo

    Is it still going to happen now that Chong is out of jail?

  • More proof this site is a PR front than a blog.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    by Theta

    Sorry, Harry. Terry Gillam secretly shooting "Watchmen" over the last year and having it all ready to release? Proof of God. "The Fountain" getting released early to "Titanic"-level box office? Proof of God. A "Preacher" movie with a good director and a good script? A good argument for the existence of God (and proof he has a sense of humor.) This? It's cool, but it's not particularly outstanding.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Gilbert Shelton

    by VibroCount

    I was mascot for Hammer & Coffin, and copies of Lampoon, Pelican & Ranger were often seen in my hands. In the early 1960s, Shelton's Wonder Warthog (Philbert Desanex) began appearing in the UT Ranger. Harvey Kurtzman picked 'em up for Help! and made Shelton almost famous. I think Shelton followed Janis out from Austin to the City, and the FFFB began appearing in undergrounds. Then the mainstream media found them for a while. --- God may not really exist, but there are at least a half-dozen of us who look forward to the film.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST

    For a brief moment AICN became cool again....briefly

    by Thirteen 13

    It don't matter. As of Today I'm quiting this site. Every news scoop was covered by some other site 2 days ago. All I'll be missing is old news and Kevin Smith rants chewing out each individual talkbacker because of his lack of self esteem. AICN.....I wish could say it was fun.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Cool, but...

    by Jerri Blank

    Very cool news, but I thought for a moment there that Paramount had finally decided to release the DVD of Lindsay Anderson

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 9:33 a.m. CST

    That is awesome

    by stvnhthr

    Harry, now the big question is what you are going to do with your new found faith?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Don't forget...

    by Grimjack99 the words of Phineas Freak, "dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope."

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    It should be live action...

    by coldpizza

    and the actors should be Chris Penn, Sam Elliot & Daniel Stern! Of course Fat Freddy's Cat would be CG. God that would be awesome!

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Pedazo Chunk-Genro

    by BDT

    Pedazo Chunk was one of the best things in Austin. Without Harry's "PR" I probably would have never known about it. One of the things I will always appreciate about Harry is that he brings to light interesting, smaller connections that the rest of the world may not know about. Sometimes these connections are made because of friends or family, sometimes it is research and fact finding, and sometimes it is a just serendipity and/or Harry's love of routing for a talented underdog. It seems to me that most of commericial "Hollywood" is driven by PR that doesn't have a fraction of Harry's true love and knowledge of movies or his good (if mischievous at times) heart. This site has lots of cool qualities not found on others sites. There are several other sources for Hollywood rumors and news, but I always enjoy this site best of all because, almost everyday, I learn something new. I get sick of the people who whine for whining's sake. If you disagree with Harry's opinion of a movie, go ahead and make your point in a talkback, but I really don't enjoy reading factless allegations about what motivates Harry to write something. It's his site.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:23 a.m. CST

    "benevolent AFS" my arse

    by bingo the clown

    For the last QT fest, it was nearly impossible to get into unless you were an AFS member (for the 80's horror marathon, there were 7 tickets available for non-AFS members). They should have called it the AFS fest instead.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Oooooh. That

    by Jaka

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by Jaka

    Stoopit as I was sayin.. OOOOOH. That's why most of the people here annoy the fuck out of me, they're too young to remember FFFB. lol. This is cool news. I, obviously, hope that with all the money the big H is funnelling into comicdom that they continue to look towards both smaller press and more adult oriented books. Because there is a TON of ass kickin' material out there waiting to be had.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:32 a.m. CST

    And with that he vanished in a puff of logic

    by devil0509

    "Proof denies faith, and without faith you are nothing. So, therefore, you don't exist."

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:42 a.m. CST

    we come for movie news

    by MiltonWaddams

    that turns out to be heavily slanted based on who his friends are. anybody that's been here for more than a week realizes that harry's reviews are essentially rambley name dropping, and his opinion of the movie is heavily influenced by being invited to the set. if you want to label that 'mischevious', so be it. 'poser' seems to be the word i'd shoot for.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by MiltonWaddams

    aging hippies: you are no longer relevant. thanks for the anti-war work several decades ago, i truely appreciate it, but please don't pretend like claymation cheech and chong is a good thing.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST

    I'm glad I'm not the only one

    by drjohnnyfever

    ... on here that has no fucking clue what this is about.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11 a.m. CST

    And I thought the news was about...

    by IAmLegolas

    .... the rumor of Johnny Depp playing The Joker for the next Batman movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    MiltonWaddams, wtf ay?

    by Jaka

    How can one be a poser if you are actuall there, on the sets. Actually hanging out with the people? Reading the scripts with the consent of the writer. Harry is in no way a "poser". He is, however, extremely biased. If you disagree with the side he's taken, sucks for you. lol. There is plenty of "scoop" material at this site and enough varying opinions that you usually get a pretty good all around view of MOST of the films they cover. If it's a particular geek subject for the "reporter" covering the topic it may be from a more fanboy perspective than some other sites. But isn't that why we come here? Because we wish we could be doing those things? Meeting our geek heroes? I see nothing "poser" about it. Just good old fashioned geeked out reportage that can lean towards being biased from time to time.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    And I meant to say...

    by Jaka

    ...that there is FAR more dissent here amongst the various contributors than there used to be. And I mean that in a most GOOD way.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by Krinkle

    The 60s-70s were the best era for pop culture of the 20th century, and the FFFBs were a serious pinnacle. Bring it on!

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by Bitterella

    Of course, it will serve a niche market, the audience will all undoubtedly be 'stoned' cause they think it's 'cool'.... (not too mention smell worse than regular fanboys) Grrrr, as much as I hate hippies like Milk and Cheese do, these three furry freaks were the only comic that was funny for the longest time. It's a shame that the kids today won't ever know or get that same feeling with all the other stuff around to cloud their perception. For any of you who are going to yell at me, you're only angry cause I am right. hahaha so smoke your 'weed' and pretend you're cool, cause that's all you have.....

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    seeing as this was written by Harry

    by calami-shami

    I figured i could go ahead and skip the first couple of paragraphs and not miss a thing. Damn you ADD

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Gee, thanks Harry, you've gone and killed God.

    by mustang_dvs

    "I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing." ----- "But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED." ----- "Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I live in Austin

    by zooch

    Harry why didn't you invite me?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    bingo the clown

    by BDT apparently missed the point. The QT fest was a fundraiser for the AFS, co-ordinated by the AFS and badges were offered ONLY to AFS members (you had to be a member to buy a badge). AFS did nothing wrong with offering the tickets to AFS members first because it was their gig (to which Q generously agreed and hosted). The fact that individual tickets were offered to anyone outside afs membership is a bonus. However, I think the AFS membership has grown to rather large proportions (& continues to grow) and they may want to consider that fact when planning events. Thought they did a really good job last night (KUDOS). But I do hope they learn from the QT fest badge sales server fiasco, that their membership is so large that it no longer has that "grass-roots, laid back Austin thing" going on and anticipate and accommodate larger crowds in the future. And btw, membership starts at just $20, which really, if you are a film lover/filmmaker living in Austin, pays for itself. No, I am not a plant and I don't work for AFS.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:32 p.m. CST

    nice scoop Harry

    by myager

    Seriously, this is the kind of news you're unlikely to hear about elsewhere. Can't wait to see this, I'm hunting down the comic immediately. And Dazed and Confused Criterion treatment? It'll be well worth the trade-up.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Call me when God lets the "Watchmen" adaptation go through

    by 007-11

    I never expected something this esoteric to be hailed in such a manner. Hyperbole has laughed louder than it should in my face once again. Shame about Pedazo Chunk. I didn't realize it was having problems.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:40 p.m. CST

    furry freak brother???

    by Nizzuts

    how the fuck is this cool news? I have never heard of this stupid shit in my life and this quantifies the existance of God? This doesn't even quantify the existance of a "hell yeah" in my book. Based on the picture I think that the premise of this retarded movie is a bunch of cabage patch dolls sitting around? This is cool? What the fuck!!! all of you who are excited about this, come over to my house for the first showing of the new G.I. Joe stop animation movie staring the voice talents of me, my 8 year old son and my 6 year old son. I guarentee that it will be cooler than naked cabage patch dolls. Fuck, please, someone put me out of my misery. I wasted time reading that whole story only to learn about some idiots playing with dolls and decided to make it into a movie. I can't express how stupid and pathetic this is. I hate myself right now.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Harry also loved "Attack of the Clones."

    by Mr. Waturi

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Not Proof Of God...

    by NeoAngelus

    Not to me, at least. I was half expecting it to be news of Scarlet Johansson finally doing a full-frontal nude scene in some new movie, or something. THAT would prove to me the existence of God.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:55 p.m. CST

    He also liked SWITCHBLADE SAMURAI or whataver the $%^& that was

    by Spacesheik

    hyped it for months if not years until we saw the finished product and puked

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 12:59 p.m. CST

    "Dope will get you through times of no money better than money w

    by TimBenzedrine

    I think I just revealed my age here

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    The Age of Timbenzedrine

    by MaguaSynfield

    Yeah, you did. And so did I, cause I still have that poster around somewhere. Can not believe that the Freaks are going to get some love, after all these years. This should be fun. (Remember Tricky Prickears?)

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:22 p.m. CST

    "how the fuck is this cool news? I have never heard of this stup

    by Stan the Bat

    Oh- well, if YOU don't know about it, it must not be important. Seriously, though, if this is true to the source material it'll never get a wide release in the US, and if it's not true to the source material it won't be any fun. Be interesting to see how it all plays out...

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Criterion Dazed and Confused

    by DarthCorleone

    Glad to hear it - about time. I hope the commentary is loaded with as many of the actors as they can fit.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Pedazo Chunk's gone?

    by tucson

    What happened to it?

  • but then, that would just be downright redundant.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Riffs! - Can you dig it?

    by Prof.Ikamono

    We dig tv, we dig remote control. We dig the Furry Freak Brothers and the Twilight Zone. We dig Marvel and DC, we dig Run-DMC. We dig Renegade Soundwave and AC/DC. Bruce Wayne auf wiedersehen, Dirty Harry, "make my day", Terminator, hit the north, Alan Moore knows the score. We dig Optimus Prime and not Galvatron. We dig The Leader of the Pack and Da-Doo-Run-Run. Spinderella and Bruce Lee, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, V for Vendetta and Into the Groovy. CAN YOU DIG IT?

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Stan the bat

    by Nizzuts

    I am merely trying to express the idea that most people don't know what the hell Harry is talking about here, so calling this proof of the existance is a bit extreme. Sorry, sarcasim is sometimes lost in written word.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Just what the hell was Pedazo Chunk?

    by Doc_Strange

    To me it was just another annoying link on the front page. I remember it was the subject of people harassing Harry to get rid of it after a year or so of looking at it.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Just what the hell was Pedazo Chunk?

    by Doc_Strange

    To me it was just another annoying link on the front page. I remember it was the subject of people harassing Harry to get rid of it after a year or so of looking at it.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    i see we're lowering the bar for the proof of god's exis

    by newc0253

    i thought this might be something like lucas announcing episodes 7-9 plus peter jackson doing the hobbit and the silmarillion back to back. instead it's a film version of some beloved cult show that fully 90% of the folk on this site have no memory of.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Wonder Warthog would be better

    by zinc_chameleon

    Some of his situations are priceless; there'd be no Tick without WW. The episode where he arrives too late to save his bodacious assistant from the electric chair is a hoot. The drawing of her smiling with the top of her head burnt off is a classic. Good figure drawing!

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    this is dumb.

    by mocky_puppet


  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    You know, the one in the middle does sorta look like Harry...

    by Anna Valerious

    Of course, I go crazy when I see anime characters I look like...Fuu Houji, Reanne Griffiths, Yolei, that one girl from "Azumanga Daioh"...come on, tell me you don't like dk. blonde meganekkos...

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by Ridge

    Im sorry, I just cant figure out what that whole article and the excitement of 'there is a god' have to do with each other. What a mess of an article. Mori, take posting privilidges away from Harry for a while would you? Get Quint or someone to fill in for him for a little while til his misery over Pedazo Chunk passes...

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    me too i ate one sour too!

    by ikkyu

    if you don't know 'em, go read 'em. if you don't like 'em - um - sorry about that... your world isn't as funny as mine. this news rocks! (so does PWEI, Prof!) if it sticks to source, it won't get a US eelease, though.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    that'll be "r" for "release"

    by ikkyu

    please, Bob

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Ignorance is Bliss

    by VibroCount

    I love how an inexperience youth will puff up his chest and insist that because he knows nothing about a subject, and refuses to admit anything happened on Earth before he hit puberty, that obviously nothing he's ignorant about can matter to anyone, ever. Yes, your grandparents probably had sex. It's okay.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:51 p.m. CST

    I thought it was gonna be John Woo doing Hard Boiled 2

    by Neo Zeed

    Or Cameron on Battle Angel Alita started filming. But this?!!!!!!!oh please.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Harry, you mean....

    by longshot7

    HER existence. Thank you.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 5 p.m. CST

    I compley agreetely with NeoAngelus

    by Jaka


  • Jan. 13, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Pedazo Chunk was a cool store.

    by jrbarker

    And Harry's sister is a pretty cool chick. I'm sorry to see it go. What happened? I know rent is getting rediculous in that area of town, but the store seemed to get pretty good business.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    can you say hyperbole?

    by Ingeld

    If this is what causes you to believe in God, then lord let me be an atheist.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    "Just what the hell was Pedazo Chunk? To me it was just another

    by IAmLegolas

    ha! same here.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Harry's God stinks... Now my God would have given us a new B

    by Negative Man

    Not a 38 year old sub-par counter-culture comic about hippies. Sure, it may be kind of funny and have good stop-motion animation, but get real... Nearly everyone who was a hippy back in the day are now in their mid-50's and is most likely conservative. Though, now hippies are thought of in mythic proportions by generations who never met them. I was born in early 1970 and knew many hippies growing up. Though a few were about actual causes, most were posers that were in it for the pot, sex and the slacking off. Nothing more. Kind of like many of the fakers in the current political movements on every side...Make it to the rally to bitch, yell, act like they know what the 'real deal' is and scream that they are being repressed by the other side, but really only worried about where the after party is and what drugs will be there. But, unlike their hippie forefathers, they are responsible enough to be up in time to open the Starbucks. And don't even get me going on the Goths/Emos...but I'll make it short... If you weren't a Goth in the 1980's, but you are one're not a Goth. You're a poser. Once the clothing/uniform of a 'movement' is mass produced and sold through Hot Topics or Wal-Mart, your revolution is over. You are now a target demographic that people are designing things for. ___This is why MY God would give us another Bob & Doug McKenzie movie. The continuing adventures of our modern day Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that are unshackled from real-life concerns. They aren

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by Thunderpants

    It's "news" like this that makes me wish the bird flu would hit us hard.

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST

    by xenaman


  • Jan. 13, 2006, 8:20 p.m. CST

    WTF?? Damn. I'm never heard of this before but judging by

    by R.C. the "Wise"

  • Jan. 13, 2006, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Stoner humor is not funny....

    by Angry Mean Panda

    Well, maybe if you're stoned.

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 12:03 a.m. CST

    say it, poser.

    by MiltonWaddams

    he's a god damn poser because all he does is drop names (see: book). the motherfucker has never influenced a movie in his career, yet he speaks as if he's now a cog in the movie mill. he is not, nor ever will be, relevant to good movie production. he's not a part of the movie industry, they just treat him like he's important and then he gives good reviews. nobody comes to aint it cool news for harry, they come here for everything but. go write another self indulgent book, jesus christ. also, i like peanut butter oreos.

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Fast food nation

    by ClarkK82

    Is this a documentary or what? The book is one of the best peices of non-fiction I've read in the last two years. Scholser wrote an inteaging look into the darkest side of corperate America. If this is going to be a movie it would be Supersize Me on steroids. Lets get some more info (incase I looked over a nother post already).

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Yet, Bill Griffith Still Can't Get A "Zippy The Pinhead" Pro

    by buster00

    Maybe that's really for the best, though...Freak Brothers is funny stuff, but I'd be PISSED OFF if they fucked up Zippy.

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Rock the hell on!

    by burningbabyfish

    I love the Freak Brothers! I've laughed until I cried reading some of the comics. Maybe they'll touch on the one that ends with a big orgy at the end! :)

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by Xorply


  • Jan. 14, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Some might see the face of God on the Sistine ceiling...

    by Prof.Ikamono

    others in the clean spare lines of Mondrian, yet another in the chaotic explosions of Jackson Pollack. The voice of God may be heard by one in a Maria Callas aria, by another in a Hendrix guitar solo, yet another in the gutteral laugh/snarl of Johnny Rotten. You may seek God in the desert, on the mountaintop, in the depths of the sea, in a child's tear, or an eagle's feather. You might find God in one of those places. You might find God in all of those places. And there are those who, sad to say will never find God anywhere, anytime.

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    The comic I'd most love to see turned into a claymation/stop

    by TimBenzedrine

    --is Groo. That would be one interesting film.

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    For once I'm with Harry on this one...

    by workshed

    ...Freakin' Fantastic News!!! Alex Riddett - quite a coup for the movie - at least we know it's going to look amazing. Curse of the Were-Rabbit was the most fun I had at the movies in ages.

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Now if they could just bring Nick Park in as creative consultant

    by workshed

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Finally, a comic-to-film project I give a shit about!

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Man, I love me some Freak Brothers! Good score, Harry!!!

  • Jan. 14, 2006, 9:13 p.m. CST

    What? Babelfish wasn't proof enough?

    by rockgolf

    Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 15, 2006, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Oh, and I thought there was going to be a Dark Tower movie... I

    by Giftoflight

  • Jan. 15, 2006, 8:50 a.m. CST


    by BDT

    If I make sure you get your stapler, will you go away? What will make you happy? I see how it is. Whining makes you happy. Jealousy is it? You wish YOU were Harry? Don't understand why Harry has any influence on movies and thereby decreeing that he actually has none, makes it so? And you think TBers who come to this site believe you? And what is it about Harry sharing a piece of obscure movie news that he found out almost by accident makes you think Harry is flaunting some insider connections and influence? Oooh, I see a nice red SWINGLINE(tm) stapler over on the Drudge Report and WHAT's THIS?, it has YOUR NAME on it! Have fun and we'll miss you!?

  • Jan. 15, 2006, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I'm in favor of a Dark Tower movie...

    by tango fett

    I'm just on Drawing of the Three but SHIT! What I've read so far would make a great movie, despite it being pretty much impossible to do it right.

  • Jan. 15, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Sorry, movie SERIES.

    by tango fett

    Can't type. Anyway, this sounds kinda lame.

  • Jan. 16, 2006, 12:54 p.m. CST

    just what the hell was Pedazo Chunk?

    by Bishop6

    Yea I agree that annoyed the fuck out of me too.. by Doc_Strange January 13th, 2006 03:33:01 PM CST To me it was just another annoying link on the front page. I remember it was the subject of people harassing Harry to get rid of it after a year or so of looking at it.

  • Jan. 16, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    How an irish copule took an the house of Mouse and won.

    by emeraldboy

    This is a tale of heroism. about two irish people. The name of the show Jakkers: the adventerous of piggly winks". It is seen by 90 million people in countries like the US and australia by a company called Tara Tv. But the story behind its success is remarkable. They were a couple. He was a praticing lawyer and she owned book store in Dublin. She decided to create a Character called Piggley Pooh. She coverted her office at home into a studio and began creating Piggley Pooh. She had put feelers to different companies who might be interested in picking up the character and running with. Little did they know however, that storm clouds were about to gather over there tiny home. One company that was interested were the house of mouse. This couple received the letter that would normally put the fear of god into anyone: this was a cease and desist letter with a Disney stamp. Disney had seen some the work in progress and had decided that it was far too like Winny the Pooh. The couple continued to Make piggley pooh. That is when they got a court order saying that Walt Disney company had instructed its lawyers to take legal action. the husband was a practising lawyer. this couple were in deep trouble. Disney were planning to wipe this couple of the face of the earth legally. So the couple went to Europe. By the way I should at this point out that they had hired an Irish company called McConnells to make presentations to various animation companies, that was how disney found out. Going up against a large corporation cost this couple 100s of thousands of pounds legal bills, then there was the money they were ploughing into the getting the product made which was over 300,000 euros. Things looked bleak and indeed it was at times. The couple had next to nothing. and it looked like they were going to lose and be another victim of the House of Mouse. The European Court took all the evidence viewed everything up and decided that Disney had no case to answer. disney appealed and they lost. This put the couple in a bind. They had the bones of a company, a product but no way of showing it. In stepped tara tv and after changing the name of the pig to Jakkers or Piggly winkly for commercial reasons, this is one couple who fought the house of mouse and triumphed at the other end.

  • Jan. 17, 2006, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by LickMyBeets

    I found this amusing.

  • Jan. 17, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Proof of God would be fire from heaven descending on Uwe Boll

    by Drathan

    Or Jack Thompson. That is all.

  • Sept. 16, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    The Freak Brothers Movie

    by ezeflyer

    Those best of times, unless you wet to Nam. The Freak Brothers helped us to laugh our way through repressive government, authoritarianism, jingoism, fundamentalism, and all the other isms that rule us. Some of you that haven't read Gilbert Shelton's comics can't appreciate good art, satire, humor and the work involved in it. You may criticize it simply because you hate the negative image of the hippie that the ruling class has ingrained on your young minds. Troglodyte authoritarian conservatives wanted only money and power and still do, but liberals knew that was not the answer to living harmoniously. "Grass will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no grass". And liberals still get the chicks because chicks know liberals give good sex while conservatives are afraid of it. Conservatives make lousy lovers. That's why the Freaks always made love to the hottest women. Conservatives like Norbert the Narc never got any. Conservatives still don't unless its by raping, pillaging and killing and now by dominating women with Viagra. Freak's comics give us an hilarious view of the eternal battle between liberals like Jesus, Ghandhi and other hippies, and conservatives like Hitler, Stalin and the Bushites. So before you make glib, hateful comments, try reading some of Gilbert Shelton's work. You'll find it as timeless as Laurel and Hardy.