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The Kidd Finds A Few Thunder Buddies Who Sing For Their TED Blu-rays!!

The Kidd here...

Anytime I choose to hold a contest that requires its participants to do something more than just submit their names and hope for some random dumb luck, it's always interesting to me to watch people bitching and complaining about how they don't have time to do something of the sort. They have a life, you know? They can't put forth any effort, because, for some reason, they're entitled to whatever I'm giving away, and I should just hand it over. After all, their very existence is enough reason that they should be the ones claiming the prize. 

Well, sorry... that's not how it works. Ain't It Cool has always been about the community it fosters and encourages. There's always been a level of interactivity to the site that others have never been able to even come close to capturing or duplicating. And that's something that should continue to flourish through people who are willing to go the extra mile in ther geekdom for something they'd like to have, something they think is cool. It's your prerogative if you just want to drop the 20 bucks on your own and pick up a Blu-ray... but it's my prerogative to do something that might engage people... and those people's prerogatives to say, "Fuck it... I'm getting involved."

I really didn't know what I was going to get out of asking people to record their own cover versions of the "Thunder Buddies" song from TED. But I knew that some people would brave internet embarrassment (because who the hell cares) for a chance at owning one of last year's tremendously funny movies.

Yep, I got a few takers.

Without further adieu, here are the winners of a few TED Blu-ray Combo Packs. They earned them.

  • Jason Cooley


  • Thomas Stadlauer and Leigh Price


  • Thad Pittman

Congratulations go out to all of our winners on jobs well done, and thanks to Universal Studios Home Entertainment for setting this up with us.


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Dec. 19, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    No hating here...

    by Bill C.

    ...though I'm surprised only one teddy bear actually appeared (maybe there were more in the other submissions?). And Thad Pittman, whomever you are: you REALLY need to do 'One More Kiss, Dear.'

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I couldn't come up with a Howard the Duck idea for this contest. lol

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    I like the challange of the AICN contests.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    thank you, The Kidd!! :)

    by brightgeist

    your contests are great, and i'm looking forward to my TED blu-ray!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by brightgeist

    i just enjoy making videos for fun, and if it wins me great stuff, even better! ;)

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Your videos are good, brightgeist. Congrats

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST


    by brightgeist

  • ... is clear. Britgeek's competitions are open to everyone around the world, but every other hack on here likes to be insular and restrict entries to the good ol' US of A and Canada. Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. The US and Canada are the only places in the world. The rest of us don't exist, do we?

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Wow. Some talkbacker widdled in the Kidd's coffee this morning.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    The Kidd vs Talbacker greed. While I agree with the sentiments, Kidd, did you really need to vent so on what should have been a congratulatory post to the people that did put the effort in? What was the point? Do you think it will shame the lazy ones who don't want to get into the spirit of things? And talk about aggrandising the site there - no offence matey but it's not a patch on what it once was, and most of us old timers come here out of habit rather than because of the sites attractions these days. A blu-ray giveaway is hardly the pinnacle of internet interaction. Add to that an acid outburst that was kinda pointless, and you're making yourself the equivalent of the old uncle who gives his family presents at christmas but makes sure they damn well know it's an inconvenience and he doesn't think they really deserve them.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    The Kidd vs. The AICN Talkbackers

    by Michael Thompson

    Sorry, Kidd. The contest WAS stupid and people voiced their opinion. I don't think anyone felt entitled. I feel the majorities prerogative was that the contest took a lot of effort for a $20 blu. It is the busy time of the year by the way. Sorry if I came off as rude. Your intentions were good, but some people work 40+ hours a week and don't have the luxury to give that much precious time for a contest they would like to enter.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    I dunno

    by skoolbus

    It took my entry longer to upload than to record. And I won. I looked at it like getting paid $25 to have fun spending 30 minutes making a little song. Now we can watch Ted in my bar. Yay!

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    "the community AICN fosters and encourages" being North America...

    by AttackingClone

    That is a lot of peoples problem. You have a whole world of readers you know.

  • Dec. 19, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST


    by brightgeist

    that's the heating ;) it's a somewhat unusual design for a heater, admittedly

  • That's my guitar video, I hope it made y'all laugh. And for the record, I despise country music.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by KDog629

    As one of the bitchers from the last post, I just wanted to clarify something: Speaking only for myself, it's not that I'm lazy. It's that the prize wasn't worth the effort. I don't want something for free. It's that if I wanted the Ted Blu Ray, I'd have it. It's easily the point of it arriving at my door for free, and the trade-off isn't worth the effort. Recording the Thunder Buddies song was worth at least a signed copy...or Mila Kunis kissing the disc sleeve, or something.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Some people just like opportunities to be creative and win stuff

    by Larry Sellers

    And it's a goddamn bluray. They knew what they were getting. They had fun with it and earned their prize. But Kidd should understand that with contests like this, it does little to actually foster a community. Just look at that TB from the announcement. So, Kidd, a suggestion... Maybe next time keep the creative aspect for a better prize (as was suggested several times, a copy signed by someone from the cast? Hell, even a Ted bear?) and then also have a random drawing as well? That way, not only do the more eager and creative folks have a chance to do something cool and entertaining, but all the rest have the chance to win a little something as well.

  • Dec. 20, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Were there only 3 entries?

    by jim

    Or 3 entries that abided by the rules? Or 3 entries deemed "good enough" to win? I ask because the original posting of the contest stated there were 5 copies to be won. What happened to the other two?