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New Pic From THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS Stop Motion Extravaganza!!!

Published at: Feb. 7, 2006, 11:37 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with the latest from the greatest movie yet to be seen... that's right... THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS!!! Got this sent in from the director, Dave Borthwick, genius behind THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB. Seems that in about 5-6 days out of Berlin we should be hearing the latest news on the advancement of this monumental production of earth-shattering importance and coolness. I'm still hoping that they get the voices of Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson to be the voices of the fuzzy three... and maybe Woody Harrelson as the internal thoughts of Fat Freddy's cat. Hey, a Gilbert Shelton fan can dream dammit! As always I'll be watching this project like a masturbating squirrel in a big oak tree overlooking the nut factory! Click the picture for a gloriously big version!!! Ohhhh... the detail! BTW... with two stop-motion animated films nominated for best animated film oscar... can you imagine the world where THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS is nominated for an Academy Award! Oh yessssss, I can see it!!! and so shall YOU!!!







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  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Like...first?

    by Blue_Demon

    Hey, it's lunch time.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Awesome... and First!

    by maxtrix

    AWESOME

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:44 a.m. CST

    first??

    by nemler

    just trying to keep tradition...

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Nice....

    by The_Deathticle

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I thought that picture was pretty cool....

    by MacGuffin

    ...and then I noticed that creepy giant and behind the middle door, and then the even creepier giant eye-ball looking in! It gave me the willies.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    *hand

    by MacGuffin

    meant to say giant *hand. (boy I sure do wish this message board had an edit function)

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Not sure i really care.

    by LeckoManiac

    But the picture looked nice, there is a lot of detail. I can appreciate that.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    this is GREAT news!

    by future help

    ilike you Harry...i grew up with the Freak Bros., i love Dave Sheridan and Gilbert Shelton as much as R. Crumb...if not More. Thank God for this one!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I'm definitely sure I don't care

    by Trazadone

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:20 p.m. CST

    WTF is that?

    by Orionsangels

    LMAO

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Talkback Jay Sherman says...

    by DOGSOUP

    "You know....it might not stink...."

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Brilliant

    by monorail77

    I know its only one picture, but so far the look exceeds my considerable expectations. This should be great fun. Can't wait.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I honestly can't believe this...

    by iamjackseyeballs

    There really must be a God if this movie actually gets made. I'm not exactly that knowledgeable on the comic (I've only read a couple) but this would really make an amazing movie. Who doesn't love stop motion cartoons? I'm just a little worried they might tame it down a little but judging by the hooka in the pic I'm hoping they wont. And off topic, has anyone been watching Moral Orel? That show is amazing and gives me more hope that this movie will in fact rule as well.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Tasty

    by Benway1

    When can we expect this? Can't wait

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Matthew McConaughey should be the cat

    by Lance Rock

    alright, alright!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb is brilliant...

    by kintar0

    and it will melt your brain. But why the fuck isn't it availiable on digital versatile disc? I'd buy it in a second, foreign region or whatever...

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Honestly, what the hell is this? And why is so great?

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Guess I better google this shit.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Has anyone ever played Dealer McDope?

    by The_Bat

    It is a Freak Brother game where you go to countries to by opium and hasish. Then you go the a city in the U.S. to sell it at a profit. It is kind of like Monopoly. I think it got banned at one point.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Dope will get you through times of no money....

    by cookylamoo

    You know he rest.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Cool Details

    by monorail77

    There's a picture of President G.W. Bush on the wall - so it must be set in present day. That's cool. Do I smell some subversive social commentary? (Or is that just pot?) 2. They have some issues of Freak Brothers comics on their couch. I actaully have the one that's standing up. Way too cool and surreal. 3. What the hell is that big guy coming through the door? Are they miniature Freak Bros? Or is this a drug induced nightmare scene?

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Now all we need is Gumby

    by AdrianVeidt

    In all honesty, Gumby on the big screen might be a claymation film I would TRULY enjoy. I really liked Chicken Run, but the others in recent memory just haven't cut it. Bring on Gumby. Maybe he can get it on with Goo.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    How much pot is a "lid"?

    by herow/1000faces

    In the comics the FFFB are constantly referring to scoring a "lid" of pot. How much is that? An eighth?

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Oh, my....

    by CatVutt

    I saw the other thread awhile back, but I just ignored it. I think I'm still in disbelief. This could be so great if it's done right, and that pic looks like they just might be nailing it. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Other great comic adaptations on the way...

    by raventalk

    I understand Charles Burn's Blackhole and Chester Brown's Yummy Fur are also on the way...shaping up to be a great time for cult comics to get their due...

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Is that George Carlin peeking through the door?

    by Jaka

    lol - y'all see that? WTH? I'll assume it's a production photo. The Nixon pic stuck to the door on the left is hilarious - but is that a GW pic on the door to the right? Hmmm. Interesting.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    wow, this looks great

    by beamish13

    SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB isn't the greatest movie ever, but it has amazing production design and animation. I'm definitely anticipating this one.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I'd much rather see...

    by cagirl

    ...an uncut adaptation of Willingham's "Ironwood", or of "Faust", or maybe "Birdland." Why the freak bros? Meh!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    lidz

    by chimcham3000

    being that i wasnt a pothead back in 70's being born in 76 i have no clue what a lid amounts to. but cheech mentions a lid in Up In Smoke so it must have been a term back in the day. Hey Father Geek help us out here. most of us are probably too young to know the terms of old.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 2:27 p.m. CST

    oh my lord.

    by mocky_puppet

    if i was the guy in that twilight zone episode that got trapped in the future with no people and a ton of books and i broke my glasses and couldn't read and just had eternity to sit and look at moving pictures, i would quit before watching this.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 2:43 p.m. CST

    by chimcham3000

    bullshit DevilCat. Every town in this country has stoners and counterculture types. This will receive a limited engagement at worst. It's not going to do Spiderman money but that certainly does not mean it wont be successful. Shit look at Firefly its possible to be quite successful on dvd alone. I know for a fact itll play to packed houses in New Mexico, theres more stoners in this state than i've seen anywhere and thats saying quite a bit, haha. Every podunk state has a major city that will support this film if the proper marketing is applied. And that following will create dvd sales. From this one shot alone i'm buying the dvd just to support the idea that these types of films can actually be made nowadays without Jerry Falwell shooting fire and brimstone out of his browneye.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    a Lid is about an OZ

    by The_Bat

    according to old stoner friends.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    better than money will get you through times of no dope

    by Zardoz

    Sorry, most probably don't know the rest, so it had to be said. And I say this is great news! The FFFB are brilliant counter-culture comix and their adventures are hilarious. (Even funnier than Cheech and Chong, IMHO) I'm as excited as Fat Freddy's Cat with a bag o' cat-nip!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:04 p.m. CST

    A lid is an ounce...

    by NapoleonDynamite

    Give or take. The term has it's origin in days when pot used to be carried and sold in tobacco cans. A lid full of weed was about an ounce.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I am from Ireland

    by emeraldboy

    can any tell me what the hell all this is about and what is the secret advs of tom thumb.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Stoner friends

    by Shaner Jedi

    "...old stoner friends." "Stoner". Now there's a name I've not heard in a long time....a long time.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST

    The fuckin cat shit in my shoes again!

    by ripper t. jones

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Maybe This Would Have Been Cool In The 70s...

    by Hokeybutt

    ...Cheech and Chong's drug humor was already about as hip as Lawrence Welk by the time their first movie came out and re-hashed (no pun intended) their old material. And now this will be out thirty years after THAT??? For the life of me, I can't see any differnce in quality between Fat Freddy's Cat and Garfield...

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb *is* on DVD...

    by JustinSane

    It's on Amazon for 27 bucks. Pricey, but ultimately, worth it.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Who wants to see a picture of this ....

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    when you can see the cover of Vanity Fair. Fuck I wish I were Tom Ford!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Question about the Animation?

    by The_Bat

    Is this movie going to be claymation are stop animation armature? It think there will be a limited audience but a rabid fanbase. I am only 32 and my freind who is younger than me collects freak brothers to this very day in San Francisco. P.S. I like "stoner" better than "pothead" any day.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Sorry DevilCat

    by monorail77

    You are just wrong. This film will play big. The material is funny as hell to begin with, pot jokes or not. Then its got that whole, cool retro layer to it. Plus, it a cool animation film. I think its just the right time for this film. I predict it'll be pretty big.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:32 p.m. CST

    by TRON

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:36 p.m. CST

    It does look like George Carlin

    by TRON

    Are these pre production stills or are they actually filming now? If they are filming, then it means the voices have been cast and recorded. Makes me wonder if the other charaters will be CGI or real actors interacting with CGI. Reminds me of a new improved Roger Rabbit style of animation.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    SO Happy!

    by Media Fiend

    Now do WONDER WARTHOG!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 4:48 p.m. CST

    SO Happy!

    by Media Fiend

    Now do WONDER WARTHOG!

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 5:46 p.m. CST

    There They Go Raping My Teen Years

    by CaptDanielRoe

    Now that they are done with my childhood... Such as the horrendous remake of the seminal Dino DeLaurentis Kong, starring Jessica Lange and a lot of fur coats. ..........The Freaks are insanely good. But when something so cool goes public, it's over. Time to move on before a lot of right dishonorable bastards, probably including many of you, get their sweaty mitts on it. ...........Oh well. The best that can be hoped for is obscurity for this. ..............Oh and I'm glab the obvious choice to animate, Ralph Bakshi, is busy sucking quietly in the aether with others ruined by their Hollywood "discoveries" like Chow Yun Fat.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 5:57 p.m. CST

    whats up DanielRoe

    by chimcham3000

    if your childhood was in the 70's then youre older than i am and isnt it about time to get over the teenage rants? christ, what does quality have to do with popularity? if its great then spread the love. its not like something remains any cooler if only 4 million people worldwide dig it as opposed to 1 billion. its not like you and your five friends were the only ones discovering this back in the day. there is very little counterculture anything that isnt widespread nowadays. blame it on the internet if you see that as a problem. only seems to spread the ideology of the cause to me.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Not Bush's picture

    by kholler

    If you blow it up that's a picture of Nixon on the wall not Bush.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Dude? Which one of us shit on the floor?

    by LargoJr

    Thats too big to be from my cat godamnit!! Oh, sorry... thought this was a 'caption this photo' contest... not another bullshit time-wasting blurb about a movie 3 years too late for anyone it might be relevant to, to give a shit.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Hey DevilCat, smoke a bowl....

    by Jaka

    ...and relax. There is a HUGE audience for this. HUGE! It'll make back it's budget on the West coast alone. Hippies do still exist people! Beyond that, there is now TWO generations of stoners AFTER "real hippies" - including a large portion of the hip-hop community - that are down for anything sticky icky related. Then you have the people that will go see ANY movie that they know is a comic book adaptation. Next, the animation crowd - of which there are MANY that have been waiting for something more adult for a very long time. There is a GIANT audience for this film. And beyond it's theater run, if it's even REMOTELY good or slightly funny (I imagine it will be better than that on both counts) it's an instant big seller and then a cult classic on DVD.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 8:26 p.m. CST

    The Original King Kong Relied Too Much On Stop Motion

    by skoobyx

    Stop motion is ruining films. I prefer my special effects done with a Lumiere Magic Lantern or a Zoopraxiscope, thank you very much.

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 8:35 p.m. CST

    kholler

    by Jaka

    The one on the right? The one on the left is clearly Tricky Dick. Then there's the door with the guy poking his hand through in the middle. The door on the right though - pretty sure that's GW. And after looking closer at what's going on in the picture - they appear to be reacting to the guy coming through the door...who I STILL say looks like George Carlin. Other things noticed: classic Coke bottle - although you can only read the Cola part, bunch of Grateful Dead (the actual real art) and other hippie era art to the left of the dartboard, Science magazines, somebody already pointed out the FFFB comics on the couch, the dog food bowl, the 70's glass ashtray on the table, old pizza with a cig butt in it, it's 10 to 8:00 on the clock and the bible verse is something from Genesis - maybe part of two verses stuck together, can't really make it out. Neat! If the whole movie is done that well it'll be one of those things that you can watch over and over and notice new things... or, maybe, see things. lol

  • Feb. 7, 2006, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Speaking of stop motion and cult comics....

    by iamjackseyeballs

    Wouldn't a stop motion johnny the homicidal maniac kick ass? Or even Squee? Those are my dream movies right there.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Is that a picture of the President up on the door?

    by FatPaul

    It's right next to Fat Freddy. It may not be in focus, but it sure looks like him.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST

    finally

    by vicious_bastard

    I fancy celebrating with some ludes

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    The giant is Gilbert Shelton

    by Trevor Goodchild

    They are metal armatures cover in clay. Don't have much hope for this. Read the script and it's pretty weak.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 1:36 p.m. CST

    This is damn cool !!!!

    by Undead Neverhood

    I love stop motion animation. I mean I LOVE IT. I thought with all this CGI business that the stop motion was medium was all but dead. Hope is still alive.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    by Costellopalooza

    Yeeeeeeee~hawww - Absolutely awesome news!! I was a lucky lad a few years back and me mate left the first Freak Bros. book at me Mam's house.. Tellya wat it was a hoot! Happy times man this film's gonna be sweeet! Did anyone guess that I'm drunk?

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST

    truth be told....

    by Costellopalooza

    Actually, I've been taking a look at some of the other posts here - Seems there aren't too many ppl here who have heard of the freak bros... Basically they are a bunch of hopheads who get into scrapes - canny funnym stoner stuff so if stoners piss u off stay well clear. I like it mind, but I used to be a stoner.. Still think it looks coooool tho :)

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember the Reagan's Raiders comix?

    by ScienceMan

    They should be given the Sin City treatment.

  • Feb. 8, 2006, 6:02 p.m. CST

    it's The Young Ones meets Cheech and Chong

    by omarthesnake

    seriously, this, finally, after wading through much flotsam and jetsam on this site, is COOL NEWS. Can't believe they're making something this obscure. Remember the one where Fat Freddie's Cat, um, "made" fuel for a UFO?

  • Feb. 9, 2006, 6:50 a.m. CST

    So, is it a clue...?

    by Brendon

    The picture of Bush to the right, does that suggest somehow the film is set now, but the brothers are still living like it's the 70s? Or even late 60s? Are the going to be all Brady Bunch on us? My biggest worry about this film is, essentially, The Magic Roundabout/Doogal.

  • Feb. 10, 2006, 9:39 a.m. CST

    wasn't gilbert shelton sorta embarrassed by these guys?

    by duanejones

    seems like i remember there was an implication at one point that their success prevented him from doing more reaganite critiques via wonder warthog, or something. and we all remember where we were when we read those swiftian works of genius for the first time...psyyyych. whatever. cha-ching, mr. shelton, and go ahead on -- hope it happens to every first/second gen u.g. comix artist. i agree that, in an era of endlessly insubstantial remakes of insubstantial originals and (what were the chances?) an attendant hunger for the "authentic," gilbert's old-school real hippies will bring 'em out in droves. especially if it's only kinda funny, like every cheech and chong film. mindful of the latter, when tommy can do time for selling bongs, this stuff is unnervingly dangerous again. stay free, brother!

  • Feb. 10, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    r crumb

    by flegg scalpor

    is the only artist from that 60's hippie comix scene who's work still holds up. seriously, if you try to read an anthology of those comics, you can't even look at the non-crumb stuff because the artwork is so crappy. FFFB has decent art though and is more tolerable than most. but, really, we get it, you guys like drugs...