Early early early test screening of the Adam Sandler Animated Holiday movie for Christmas 2001... WHITEY AND DAVEY!
Hey folks, Harry here... and test screenings never come as rough as the testing of the story reels for an animated feature film.... and this time, that is exactly what we're hearing about. Adam Sandler is working on an animated film called WHITEY AND DAVEY... this is basically below radar... but not no more, and it sounds promising... here ya goes.... Remember you must take into consideration that there was NO FINISHED ANIMATION according to this report... just a feature length series of storyboards (you've seen this on the better animated dvds like HEAVY METAL and Disney's TARZAN and FANTASIA) And there is likely to be changes and whole sequences removed... as that is standard in animated films.... but for now, here is how it played....
Greetings and salutations from the left coast. This past evening, I had the fortune to get a sneak peek at the new Adam Sandler movie. No, I am not talking about "Little Nicky", but his new ANIMATED feature length HOLIDAY movie. Yup, that’s right, an Adam Sandler animated holiday movie. Now, I must preface this by saying, the film I saw wasn’t exactly a finished film, it was basically the entire storyboard of the film set to what sounded like a finished soundtrack. (Not unlike the beginning of the rough cut on the Heavy Metal DVD)
The movie is called "Whitey and Davey" and centers around a character named Whitey, who is a nice, happy old guy who worships the mall and spends his time reffing church youth basketball. Sandler fans might recognize this character from a skit on one of his CDs. Anyhoo, into the fray comes Davey who is essentially Adam Sandler. (The drawings basically looked just like him.) He’s a rather "angry" young man who’s had his fair share of trouble with the law.
Plot in a nutshell, Davey, after an afternoon of drunken chicanery must help Whitey coach youth b-ball or go to jail. Hilarity ensues.
Let me preface this by saying that, yes, I am an Adam Sandler fan. I generally find his movies are dumb, goofy fun and always good for a chuckle here and there. And I’m also a big fan of his comedy CDs, particularly his music. That’s what made this film stand out for me. Yes, it’s full of big time musical numbers!!! (Sorry, no Chanakah Song…) Just think of that bit in "Billy Madison" where he bursts into song and you get the idea. Anyway, even though it was just storyboards, you could get a pretty good idea where they were going with this, and I must say it looked pretty good.
According to the guy running the show, we were the first to see this, so I don’t know how much it’ll change between now and next Christmas, but what I saw was definitely encouraging.
And for any fans worried this will be a cute PG rated cartoon, let me ease your fears. This is DEFINITELY PG-13 material. Plenty of cursing, drinking and some really "edgy" bits of animation. So, no, Sandler hasn’t sold out yet...;-)
Well, seeing as how I’ve recently come to terms with the fact that I am a test-screening whore, hopefully this will be my first report of many.
And since all your spies have wacky code names….
…..you can call me Sonic Death Monkey
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Dec. 8, 2000, 9:07 a.m. CST
by gigolo aunt
You're named after George Takai,what kind of accomplishment is that.
Dec. 8, 2000, 9:07 a.m. CST
by Smilin'Jack Ruby
...at the "Little Nicky" junket. I think he is writing on it and co-producing or something. He made it sound pretty funny actually.
Dec. 8, 2000, 9:15 a.m. CST
After the train wreck that was Little Nicky, I had kind of lost faith in Sandler's ability(yeah, I know...the man does have abilities, ok?). But an animated vehicle is probably what he was born for. He can do a lot of ad-libbing and go completely nuts, not like his other flicks where he has to be in character the entire time. I was gonna say, "why isn't it rated R?", but his flicks are strictly PG-13, which I had forgotten.
Dec. 8, 2000, 9:26 a.m. CST
HOLY CRAP! I'm not first and I dont care. This sounds pretty cool. I'm interested in seeing what kind of animation they use.
Dec. 8, 2000, 10:06 a.m. CST
The "Whitey" sketch from the 'Stan & Judy's Kid' Sandler comedy CD is easily the funniest thing on there (which is actually saying quite a bit... the album is mostly hilarious). If you haven't heard it, download it or something. Very funny and very 'Christmas-y'.
Dec. 8, 2000, 11:05 a.m. CST
For a good laugh, go get "Weightlifting or Working out" or "Joining the Cult" is pretty good too. I think he's actually funnier then he is sometimes in his movies. Too bad LITTLE NICKY died at the B.O., but I think people didn't dig the high-concept plot for an Adam Sandler flick anyway...
Dec. 8, 2000, 11:16 a.m. CST
Buckle up everybody, I sense another venom filled Adam Sandler talk back.
Dec. 8, 2000, 11:32 a.m. CST
by Blue Devil
It makes no sense to have people sit through storyboards for an hour and a half. At least finish some key sequences so people can rate the animation quality. If it's only story input they're looking for, go show the script to people who know about movies. I think this story is a fake!
Dec. 8, 2000, 12:03 p.m. CST
Have you ever watched an animatic? No? Then shut up.
Dec. 8, 2000, 12:11 p.m. CST
Why not go for something a little MORE obvious like Kathleen Turner Overdrive or Barry Jive and the Uptown Five. The Reverend Has Spoken
Dec. 8, 2000, 12:18 p.m. CST
by Buzz Maverik
...MORON COP and THE RETARD ON THE HILL coming up in future editions.
Dec. 8, 2000, 12:18 p.m. CST
I was at the screening and I thought that the movie was hilarious even without any animation. The Davey character is hilarious, he's like old school HAPPY GILMORE Sandler... I think this movie will be cool...
Dec. 8, 2000, 12:22 p.m. CST
Come on Harry, 'fess up! I saw an Earthlink billboard in Boston this morning and it had the same "Get Linked" tag as those posters with your mug and the "Ain't it cool?" tag that people have been spotting all over this fair city, and in others. So what gives, eh!?!?!
Dec. 8, 2000, 12:44 p.m. CST
Like you know... "This is the effects of the internet on your body". As for Sadler's toon' movie, I hope his humor translates to animation and is better recieved then David Spade's cartoon (Spade had a cartoon right...I didnt just dream that right?).
Dec. 8, 2000, 12:48 p.m. CST
To BlueDevil and others who are curious: Story is the only reason why any studio would screen an animated film so early in the process. Animation is a very expensive medium. Catching any potential story problems very early in the storyboard stages is an ideal way to work out the kinks (although it never ends up being quite that simple). Audience members are usually told to focus on the characters and the story and ignore the unfinished artwork. However, IMHO, screening an animated film so early in the process is usually a worry response from a studio who lacks confidence in their product/creators. From all the test screenings I have been involved in, the only solid information to be gathered from a test audience is a very, very general sense of areas where there might be problems. I have never ever taken a specific tester's suggestion and implemented it into one of my films. And, from my experience, there has never been a screening of an animated film where the audience was asked to 'give specific notes on' the animation/artwork. I, personally, would be appalled if that was ever the case. P.S. All the good snacks are on our side of the glass!
Dec. 8, 2000, 1:49 p.m. CST
I have Adam Sandler's "Stan and Judy's Kid" and the Whitey and Davey concept sounds funny if the scenarios described by Sonic Death Monkey are kept intact. I think the "Whitey" skit on the cd is one of the stupidest things Sandler has ever done (worse than "The Waterboy" even). So, when I first heard the title of this film I thought "oh no....he's couldn't do this to his career...." But if this Davey character is who SDM says he is, it could turn out good. Question: Will Sandler be doing the voices for both Whitey and Davey? His voice for Whitey on the album is terribly annoying, as is the 16-minute-long bore of a sketch. But, I still have faith in the Sandman. Here's hoping he can pull it off. Maybe he should make a movie about Uncle Donnie.......
Dec. 8, 2000, 1:51 p.m. CST
How can you say this guy has an Old School and, by implication, a New School. Almost all his films, with the exception of Wedding Singer, contain a similar variation of a rather one note character- a good hearted,mental defective. Maybe that explains his popularity with other mental defectives. (Wow, am I gonna get pelted with cans of shit for that one.) That being said, I hope an animated film that is aimed at an audience that has the ability to drive themselves to theater rather than being dropped of my mummsie and her way to the Bon Ton does succeed. It would show that there is an audience for more adult animation. (Are you listening you crackheads over at Warner Brothers?) Unfortunately, the rather lackluster performance of Titan AE (boxoffice and story-wise) didn't do anything for the cause. Maybe the BO pull Sandler has does. Strange bedfellows indeed. . .
Dec. 8, 2000, 2:05 p.m. CST
Idiots do vex me.
Dec. 8, 2000, 2:46 p.m. CST
On another notecan you dumbasses vote for Brad Pitt as a tough guy?!?!Bruce actually knew how to fight, but because you see Pitt beating up on Norton you think he's some sort of shitkicker. I'll tell you, Norton was the one that dished it out as well as took and his name wasn't on there(or was it?) Hell, I'd also be scared of DeNiro. That mutherfucker don't give a fuck. I can't believe you still fall for any hype. Hell, I wouldn't know whether to kick Pitt's ass or fuck it. I bet I know what Knowles would do!
Dec. 8, 2000, 3:05 p.m. CST
Dec. 8, 2000, 3:07 p.m. CST
That was Harry? Nice Jabba The Hutt-like facial grimace.
Dec. 8, 2000, 3:37 p.m. CST
Oh, way to give me a heart attack, Harry. I was just getting used to the idea of not having any updates for a week, too... What is it that y'all wish to know? I can tell you what I think of it, but my opinion matters little to those in doubt, seeing as I work for Covert & Co. (I run his web site, for the curious. I know the user ID "allencovert.com" is too inconspicuous for some.) All I can say is, it's a real movie (for whomever thinks "this story is fake"), they really did screen it last night, and it got a lot of positive response. Yes, it's only the story boards, because yes, animation is expensive. VERY expensive. (It doesn't mean the overall effect was lost, because it's still damned funny.) Adam does the voice of Davey, and all of his own songs (of course.) Yes, Adam, Allen, and Brooks Arthur wrote the entire thing. They screened it to see which parts should be cut and which parts work, and that's what they found out. That's it. They'll be working diligently on the animation for the next YEAR. (It's not some half assed animation. The background storyboards that were finished - i.e., colored in - were absolutely beautiful. This is the real deal.) Also, what's wrong with sticking to PG-13 movies? At least they're conscientious of the often young audience their flicks can attract. P.S. - Nick Goossen, no fair posting like you're an innocent bystander. Yeah, I see you up there, you shifty boy... :)
Dec. 8, 2000, 3:41 p.m. CST
Speaking of the poll question, don't you think that its a little confusing Big Boy ? Am I fighting AGAINST Brad Pussy Pitt or is it me and Bruce Lee TOGETHER kicking somebodys punk-ass ? Work must be boring if I am actually thinking about this....
Dec. 8, 2000, 6:31 p.m. CST
OMG i want this so much. Whitey is sooooo fucking hilarious. Me and my friend quote him all the time. The only bad thing about this is that people my share in the hilarity that is whitey....and im selfish. I hope whitey looks how i picture him cuz otherwise that would suck. IF davey is like sandler in happy gilmore this movie will kick ass. Songs like in billly madison would make it kick ULTRA ASS. DO YOU HAVE NE MORE GUM MORE GUM MORE GUM?!?!?!?! next i hope they make a talking goat movie--FUCK ME IN THE GOAT ASS!!....SHIT U FUCKIN WHIZZED DAT TING!!! my friend will cream his pants over this one....
Dec. 8, 2000, 6:33 p.m. CST
....but nice "High Fidelity" reference.
Dec. 8, 2000, 11:56 p.m. CST
I am generally a fan of Adam Sandler's humor. I find Billy Madison his funniest movie. I also remember seeing him do stand-up a looong time ago on Letterman (on NBC). His routine was hilarious...he had some joke about a little guy in the refrigerator turning the light on/off. I wish I could see that routine again. But I have to say his songs really suck. I don't find any of them funny and they seem rather forced. Please Adam give up the singing crap
Dec. 9, 2000, 12:13 a.m. CST
Go figure. Anyway, I hope this movie turns out well.
Dec. 9, 2000, 8:06 a.m. CST
This project however doesn't strike me as too clever, but who knows, maybe he'll surprise me! By the way, isn't one of Everlast's nicknames "Whitey"????
Dec. 11, 2000, 3:53 a.m. CST
I'm sorry people. Perhaps my subject heading was a bit misleading. There will be no "revealing" of any fellow Sandler crusaders from this particular computer keyboard I can assure you. I just needed a catchy line to get all of you to read this. However, I do have something to offer on the subject of "Whitey & Davey". Personally, I find Whitey's voice to be the single funniest character voice Sandler has done thus far. The mere utterence of "How ya' doin' there, pal?" sends me into sheer hysterics. Yeah, yeah, you're thinking, hysterics? Yes, hysterics! If you don't already own "Stan & Judy's Kid" go get that shit, NOW! Sit in your favorite chair, kickback, close your eyes, and listen. Then listen again. You'll have to repeat this process over and over again for two reasons...1) You will miss out on many, many funny jokes due to your constant laughter...2) You'll find with each listen Whitey practically becomes a living breathing person....What I mean is, you can feel this character. You feel for him, you laugh at him, you laugh w/ him, you love him. I read some complaints about the length (16 minutes), but the length is the best part. Like I said, you get to know Whitey. Then you start acting like Whitey. I defy you to try and not imitate the voice. All the people I play it for can't resist. I did it for two weeks straight 'til the wife threatened divorce. Anyway, invest the time. You will be greatly rewarded. Then mark your calenders and start counting down the days 'til this animated classic is released in, I believe, 2001. P.S. - I heard a cool rumour about the "Whitey & Davey" soundtrack. I heard it consists solely of songs done by white rock stars named Dave, David, or Davey. Dave Matthews, David Lee Roth, and Davey Jones are just a few of the big names I've heard about. Okay, I'm making it up. Sue me. Later
Dec. 14, 2000, 9:57 a.m. CST
I don't understand how anyone could like the Whitey Track on Stan And Judy's Kid. It is positively the worst, most unfunny thing Sandler has ever produced. I listened to that entire long, boring thing, waiting for a punchline, or a twist or something. There are no jokes, no plotline, just an annoying voice. I have full faith that Sandler is a very funny guy, and I hope he can pull this movie together. But if it's nothing more than an extension of this stupid skit that I'd steer clear.
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