Wet Hot Annotated Summer

An exhaustive guide to Camp Firewood

Credits: Classic 1970s font Cooper Black

The attention to detail is in place from the first frame: Wet Hot American Summer’s opening credits, logotype, intertitles, and the text on Abby Bernstein’s T-shirt are all rendered in period-appropriate Cooper Black. Though it dates back to the 1920s, the typeface has become kitschy shorthand for the ’60s, ’70s, and early ’80s, thanks to its use on record covers (Pet Sounds, Freak Out!, L.A. Woman), in TV intros (The Bob Newhart Show), and as the ironed-on vehicle for sartorial sass talk (Quoth Abby’s pink T-shirt: “I’ve been civilized long enough”). 

“Jazz shoes, dance belts, lycras et al.”

Continuing that grease-paint motif, Wet Hot American Summer pours several semesters of drama-school pretension into producer Ben (Bradley Cooper) and director/choreographer Susie (Amy Poehler). The terminology in their address to the mess hall should sound eerily familiar to recovering theater geeks, as should the alternately compassionate/hostile tone Susie takes when recruiting potential cast members. 

“Will you help teach me about this, what is it, a new way?”

Here’s a concentrated dose of spoof: To the “Gonna Fly Now”-like strains of Shapiro and Wedren’s “Higher And Higher,” Showalter, Meloni, and A.D. Miles cram multiple types of training montages into 90 seconds, combining the Kung Fu pebble snatch (a piece of candy here), angry Footloose dancing, and Rocky III’s slo-mo jogging. (Plus some sort of 12-steps meeting, just for good measure.) It’s a self-aware sequence on par with South Park’s “Montage,” later heard in Team America: World Police.

Read our full minute-by-minute breakdown of the many, many, MANY in-jokes, gags, and references found within 2001′s Wet Hot American Summer at


If someone is in slightly infantile mood, I can recommend this locally popular 1955 fairy tale comedy called There Once Was a King… (Byl jednou jeden král), starring (and co-written by) Jan Werich and directed by Bořivoj Zeman, with English subtitles made by the uploader.

Based on a literary source by Božena Němcová called Salt Over Gold, it´s a story about a selfcentered king (who calls himself Me the First), who likes to hear from everyone around how much they adore him. When one of his daughters, Maruška (Milena Dvorská) tells him “I love you like a salt,” the king is offended by being likened to something so average, banishes Maruška from the kingdom and in order to show everybody how redundant it is, he prohibits any use of salt in the kingdom. Hilarity ensues.


Handcuff MakeUp Challenge!

 The film makers of the new comedy, Hot Pursuit, starring Reese Witherspoon & Sofia Vergara, challenged myself & Laura Bubble to see if we could do each other’s makeup handcuffed!

If you need a bit of a laugh, then definitely check this video out.
We had so much fun making it. The blooper reel would have been just as funny - but it contained a few too many naughty words! It’s safe to say that it was definitely harder than you might think!

 Enjoy :)


The Hutchcast | Episode 3: “March”

A month has passed since history teacher Max Hutchinson released the introductory episode of The Hutchcast and since then he has gotten nowhere… Burdened with his lack of drive and success, Max gives podcasting another go but is quickly interrupted by his angry upstairs neighbor Asher.

anonymous asked:

But you know that all people are different and not all of the people in the true crime community are like that... I'm not trying to come off rude so I'm sorry if I do but I don't understand why you are judging someone (that's what I take from it) when it's their life and they can do what they want ? Because not everyone's the same and not all people can be the same mentality as you. And that doesn't make them wrong or you right.

Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and John Lithgow. It is loosely based on William Steig’s 1990 fairy tale picture book Shrek!, and somewhat serves as aparody film, targeting other films adapted from numerous children’s fantasies (mainly animated Disney films). The film made notable use of popular music; the soundtrack includes music bySmash Mouth, Eels, Joan Jett, The Proclaimers, Jason Wade, Baha Men, and John Cale (covering Leonard Cohen).

The rights to the books were originally bought by Steven Spielberg in 1991, before the founding of DreamWorks, when he thought about making a traditionally animated film based on the book. However, John H. Williams convinced him to bring the film to DreamWorks in 1994, the time the studio was founded, and the film was put quickly into active development by Jeffrey Katzenberg after the rights were bought by the studio in 1995. Shrek originally cast Chris Farley to do the voice for the title character, recording about 80%–90% of his dialogue. After Farley died in 1997 before he could finish, Mike Myers was brought in to work for the character, who after his first recording decided to record his voice in a Scottish accent. The film was also originally planned to be motion-captured, but after poor results, the studio decided to get PDI to help Shrek get its final computer-animated look.

Earning $484.4 million at the worldwide box office, the film was a critical and commercial success. Shrek also received promotion from food chains such as Baskin-Robbins (promoting the film’s DVD release) and Burger King. It was acclaimed as an animated film worthy of adult interest, with many adult-oriented jokes and themes but a simple enough plot and humour to appeal to children. Shrek won the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film was also nominated for sixBritish Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Eddie Murphy for his voice-over performance as Donkey, and won theBAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film’s main (and title) character was awarded his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May 2010.[3]

Shrek established DreamWorks Animation as a prime competitor to Pixar in feature film animation, particularly in computer animation. The film’s success prompted DreamWorks to create three sequels, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After, two holiday specials, Shrek the Halls and Scared Shrekless, and a spin-off film, Puss in Boots. A fifth film, planned as the last of the series, was cancelled in 2009 with the announcement that the fourth film would conclude the series. The film’s success also inspired other merchandise, such as video games, a stage musicaland even a comic book by Dark Horse Comics.


If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.

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