Pointless Geek Moment #355

Day 8. 15 pages, 7,205 words. Busy weekend.

The other day, I sat down with Wump and watched Tangled, the Disney Rapunzel movie that came out a few years ago and didn’t make much of a splash. We only just got around to picking it up.

Not a terrible movie. Some funny bits. Not hilarious, but I think it was okay. No really catchy songs and I’m sure the story is all sexist and stuff. That wasn’t what I wanted to talk about.

What I wanted to talk about was Swamp Thing.

Well, this is a bit of a long story but to cut it short, I have this habit while watching movies. I’ll go, “hey, that guy was in that other movie. And that one. And that guy was in this other one. And she was in that one when she was, like, eight, and that dog was a voice actor in Lady and the Tramp.”

I know, everyone does that, right? Well, maybe some people do it more than others. I don’t think I do it an inordinate or spectacularly impressive amount. Maybe I do it more than average. It probably ranges from annoying and pointlessly geeky at one end of the spectrum, to obscurely knowledgeable and conversationally interesting at the other. “I sure would like to have sex with a guy who can free-associate that many actors from diverse roles just off the top of his head,” I like to imagine Mrs. Hatboy thinking to herself as I prattle on.

Anyway, one of my wackiest and most memorable moments of triumph was when we were watching The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and I said that this guy:

Bly!

…looks a lot like this guy from Northern Exposure:

Ed!

Turns out they’re father and son.

This time, weirdly enough, it was this guy from Tangled:

Captain!

“That,” I said, “looks like Swamp Thing [as I will always remember M. C. Gainey as his character from Con Air].”

Swamp!

He was also, weirdly enough, Big Smith from Brisco.

Then I thought, wait. It’s just a cartoon.

Then I thought, yeah … but these days they do sometimes make the animated characters look like the people who do their voices, and that sure does sound like Swamp Thing.

And what do you know, it was him.

Sorry, busy writing. And mad-busy weekend, as I’ve said. Might do a review of Transformers 4 tomorrow. This has just been a toss-out post but if anyone has any other wacky cosmic coincidences of actor-guessings and roles and assorted movie overlaps, I’d love to hear them.

It’s even more fun when you imagine them as actually the same characters each time, and build up a story about how they got from one movie to the next.

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4 Responses to Pointless Geek Moment #355

  1. dreameling says:

    The other day, I sat down with Wump and watched Tangled, the Disney Rapunzel movie that came out a few years ago and didn’t make much of a splash. We only just got around to picking it up.

    Not a terrible movie. Some funny bits. Not hilarious, but I think it was okay. No really catchy songs and I’m sure the story is all sexist and stuff. That wasn’t what I wanted to talk about.

    Sorry, latching on to the one thing I got a response to. (I know exactly what you mean by those geeky actor connections you make while watching movies, but I can think of no wacky examples of my own right now.) Anyways, it’s funny how taste works. I quite liked Frozen, especially the characters, but thought that the plot was weak, and the movie certainly did not live up to its hype. But that’s hype for you. My wife had a similar response to the movie. (Unlike me, though, she absolutely hated Anna punching Hans in the face at the end. I thought it was hilarious and justified.)

    Tangled, on the other, we both thought was a really really good movie, simply lovely. The plot was nothing special, but at least it was well-structured and you had a proper antagonist. Rapunzel and Eugene made for a really fun (and adorable) pair, the movie was visually stunning (the lantern scene was something else in 3D on the big screen), and also hilarious (especially Maximus and Pascal). We just re-watched it on BD yesterday, and I still think it’s one of the better animations to come out in recent years. (How To Train Your Dragon is probably the best in my book.)

    But both are definitely the kinds of movies I want my daughter to watch when she’s a bit older. If either is sexist, I can’t see it.

    Incidentally, I think I can finally read that Frozen post of yours. And wasn’t there also one on Wreck-it Ralph? (Just saw it. Loved it.)

    • stchucky says:

      I quite liked Frozen, especially the characters, but thought that the plot was weak, and the movie certainly did not live up to its hype.

      Well, exactly. Once you hear enough second-hand jabbering about a movie, it has to be something really spectacular to live up to that. I’m not even sure Frozen did that – although as established, I liked it a great deal.

      And the more times I see it (with Wump’s birthday happening, we finally have some more movies to watch so I may have some reviews to drop in[1] soon), the more irritated I get by the dialogue. But that’s natural enough too.

      [1] Oh yeah, we watched The Little Mermaid. First of all, that was a pain in the arse because our blu-ray player (after the guy at the shop assured me there was no such thing as a region anymore for DVDs played on blu-ray[2]) wouldn’t play it. Goddamn USian DVDs. And second of all, I hadn’t seen it since I had watched it on the big screen. Which was apparently in 1989. Wow. But yeah, I had no major problem with that one either, although Disney would never get away with making that movie today. Way too many crybabies around.

      [2] Come on, that was just a colossal lie. DVDs still have region codes and you need to deprogram the blu-ray for it (turns out, you can’t do that for our blu-ray, so we had to play this region 1 DVD on our DVD player, so I’m glad I didn’t throw it away), and not only that, but there are regions for blu-ray discs as well! Fuck the future, I want my money back[3].

      [3] Although, watching YouTube clips, as surfed up by my phone and beamed to the television … okay, that’s futuristic as all fuck. Worth the ticket price.

      Tangled, on the other, we both thought was a really really good movie, simply lovely. The plot was nothing special, but at least it was well-structured and you had a proper antagonist. Rapunzel and Eugene made for a really fun (and adorable) pair, the movie was visually stunning (the lantern scene was something else in 3D on the big screen), and also hilarious (especially Maximus and Pascal).

      It was cute, wasn’t it? I think it’s growing on me.

      (How To Train Your Dragon is probably the best in my book.)

      Oh boy, don’t even get me started. Yeah, we’ll be taking Wump to see the sequel sometime soon. I’ve been whacking YouTube clips up for her on the TV and she’s already a dinosaurs-and-dragons enthusiast, so yeah, this is golden.

      Incidentally, I think I can finally read that Frozen post of yours. And wasn’t there also one on Wreck-it Ralph? (Just saw it. Loved it.)

      Yeah, not sure if I did actual reviews so much as a few posts where I sort of raved about both Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, separately. Great stuff.

      • dreameling says:

        First of all, that was a pain in the arse because our blu-ray player (after the guy at the shop assured me there was no such thing as a region anymore for DVDs played on blu-ray[2]) wouldn’t play it. Goddamn USian DVDs.

        How about the next time you’re planning to buy a home entertainment device, you consult your tech-savvy friends rather than a guy at a shop, mmmkay?

        there are regions for blu-ray discs as well! Fuck the future, I want my money back

        No, man, fuck Hollywood studio execs and media companies and “effective regional price differentiation”. Luckily, studios are putting out a lot of region-free BDs these days:

        http://blurayregioncodes.com/
        http://regionfreemovies.com/

        It was cute, wasn’t it? I think it’s growing on me.

        Granted, maybe a bit too cute at times. But I can forgive that.

        Oh boy, don’t even get me started.

        Does that mean that you totally absolutely love HTTYD or that you totally absolutely hate it? (Not sure why you would promo its sequel to Wump or go see it if you hated it, though. Actually, that’s probably a stupid question and I think I just answered it. But fuck if I’m gonna delete this paragraph and throw away the time and effort I put into writing it.)

        Oh, hey, you went high-def and BD! Congrats!

      • stchucky says:

        How about the next time you’re planning to buy a home entertainment device, you consult your tech-savvy friends rather than a guy at a shop, mmmkay?

        Time was limited, and the problem with my tech-savvy friends is if there are five of them I will be given eighteen different things to try and at least six of them will involve streaming or pirate bay or a fucking X Box.

        Plus, these blu-ray sets were pretty cheap.

        No, man, fuck Hollywood studio execs and media companies and “effective regional price differentiation”. Luckily, studios are putting out a lot of region-free BDs these days:

        http://blurayregioncodes.com/
        http://regionfreemovies.com/

        Alright, cool. Will be good to know for later on when we start collecting BDs. In the meantime, since we have a grand total of 2 BDs in the house it is a moot point.

        Does that mean that you totally absolutely love HTTYD or that you totally absolutely hate it? (Not sure why you would promo its sequel to Wump or go see it if you hated it, though. Actually, that’s probably a stupid question and I think I just answered it. But fuck if I’m gonna delete this paragraph and throw away the time and effort I put into writing it.)

        I, yeah, I liked it.

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