Sunday, June 28, 2009

This Post Could Kill You Without You Knowing It

It's not every day that I get taken by surprise. I pride myself on the fact that I usually am involved with the first wave of funny/interesting things on the internet. So imagine my surprise when Mike, an alert reader, showed me something on the internet that I had never seen before. Now, I have to admit, this HAS happened to me before (after all, I love getting shown new funny/interesting things on the internet - that's what this blog is all about), but the shocking part was the conversation that ensued afterward. And I quote:

Mike: haveyou seen this?
4:43 PM my guess is yes
me: What the heck?
Mike: have you not seen it?
me: I have not.
That's awesome!
4:44 PM Where did you find this?
Mike: someone here at work showed me
me: Wow.
4:45 PM That is hilarious.
4:48 PM Mike: I'm happy I showed you something on the internet that you did not know about
my life is complete

Mike, here, acted as if this was something that had been around forever. And, in fact, I found out that this posting had actually been around since April. Dang! So I am behind the times and some of you may have already seen it, but I'm posting about it anyway.

So, without further ado, I present to you. . .A Utah Ninja for Hire.

So there, Mike. You beat me. BUT I'll see your "old" ninja ad and I'll raise you TWO (older) NINJA VIDEOS!! Because things can still be old and be funny!



Monday, June 22, 2009

Happiest Awkward Families with Cakes

I'm sorry.

I meant to post this during the weekend, but I got a little sidetracked and now it's the middle of the next week. Whoops.

Here are three websites that I believe are noteworthy and worth your time - especially if you need to waste some time. They update daily!

They are:

#1 Awkward Family Photos - The title of this site pretty much tells you what you're going to get. Enjoy.

#2 - Cake Wrecks - Professional cakes gone horribly wrong (plus, cool cakes on Sundays)!

#3 - Happiest People Ever - See if you can find the person with the most sunshine in their soul in each picture!

Between these three sites, I think everyone can be entertained.

Which is your favorite?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

So Close. . .Yet So Far Away

Has this ever happened to you?

You go to your nearest Redbox to get a movie you've been waiting for and, when you arrive at the DVD vending machine you are happy to find that it's actually in stock! You use your promotional code (because who actually wants to pay a dollar for a movie??) and you get the movie, take it home, pop some popcorn and plop down on your couch and wrap yourself in a blanket. . .only to find out the DVD you got was NOT the movie you wanted (the animated Iron Man, for example, rather than the wonderful feature film Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr.)!

Believe it or not, there are companies out there that specifically make films similar to those released in theaters because they think they can ride the fame wave and make some money off of it. They package it the same, use a premise that is very close to, but not copying the original. Most of these are bad, but some of them. . .well, they're worse. These aren't high-quality rip-offs.

Anyway, alert reader, Jeff brought to my attention the animated features of a company called Video Brinquedo (translation: Blatant Copied Ideas On Video) which operates in Brazil. Thank heavens that these films haven't made it to your Redbox yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were found at a dollar store or at that one supermarket in your neighborhood where no one seems to speak English. Let's take a look* at a couple of these and see if you can guess what animated film they are alluding to:

#1 - The Little Panda Fighter (Here's a hint: Guess what style of martial arts this Panda is using?)

Now, see, this could be a completely different animated film than the one starring Jack Black. This panda wants to be a dancer, he isn't a cook and he doesn't want to fight - he just wants to dance and he has to use Kung Fu to support his dancing habit. . . or something like that. This one could go either way.

Ok, let's take another look.

#2 - The Little Cars (Hint: Take out "the" and "little")

Hmmmmmmmmm. That sounds awfully familiar. But there are a LOT of toy cars out there and Pixar doesn't have the rights to any stories about a racing car that goes on an adventure, right?

#3 - Ratatoing (Hint: Do you really need a hint on this one?)

This is set in Brazil, not France. . .and that's about the only difference. Well, that and the animators seem to be drunk 10-year-olds who use computers that still have floppy drives.

Now, Video Brinquedo (or Toyland Video, as they're called in the US) has has been accused of distributing films with concepts plagiarized from films by Pixar, Dreamworks, and other major studios in other countries (WHAAAAAAAA?), but, as of yet they haven't been sued or stopped. However, it's only a matter of time as they produce videos such as (see if you can guess what they ripped off) Little Bee, Gladiformers, Tiny Robots, School of Princesses and What's Up?: Balloon to the Rescue!

Totally original.

Now, I've been a little harsh on Video Brinquedo, but I should say something good about them: their videos are usually only about 40 minutes long. ZING!

*Note: I apologize faithful readers, but in an ironic twist, Video Brinquedo doesn't allow people to embed their You Tube videos on other sites. Hmmmmmmm.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Turn Around Bright Eyes. . .Literally

This was first introduced to me by Lobbie, and then my supervisor at work sent it to me a few minutes later - so it's spreading quickly and you've probably already seen it, but I decided to put it on here anyway 1. Because I think it's funny and wanted to "catalog" it and 2. Just in case you haven't seen it.

Here's the "literal video version" of Bonnie Tyler's classic, Total Eclipse of the Heart. Yes, this is the actual video. Yes, it's bizarre. Sure, the new literal lyrics are juvenile at times - so am I.