All posts tagged: MadTV

You look good for your age: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 50

This year marks 50 years since Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer made his glowing debut on television. I know right? I thought it was way more than 50 years, anywho… The stop-motion animated musical debuted December 6th, 1964 on CBS and has since become the longest running TV Special in history (Christmas or otherwise). Rudolph’s success would bring about more Christmas specials in following years such as The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Frosty the Snowman (1969) , Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970) and The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974). Truth be told, I’ve only watched this movie in it’s entirety maybe twice. I found it a little long as a kid and now I only periodically check in on it when it’s on TV. My fondest Rudolph memories will always be the MADtv parody (Godfather style) and the California Raisins’ amazing rendition of the song. MADtv Rudolph   California Raisins: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer   Congrats Rudolph on 50 years and here’s to another…I dunno…100 years?…. Merry Christmas!

Randy Newman makes fun of short people

It’s hard to reflect of some of the most iconic Pixar/Disney films without having fond memories of their soundtrack/score. Toy Story, for instance, is a film that always brings me a fuzzy warm feeling when I see the opening credits. Not only am I reminded of the loveable characters, but the films title track “You got a friend in me” will always transport me to a simpler, happier time. And whether it be the Toy Story films, Cars, A Bug’s Life or even Meet the Parents, those films wouldn’t pack the same punch without the musical stylings of one Randy Newman. If you’re not familiar with Randy Newman, here’s his story….He’s a musician who had minor success in the 1970’s but didn’t find his true calling till the 90’s when he partnered with Disney to make soundtracks for the films listed above. His voice and style are very whimsical making his songs simple, silly and fun. Oddly enough one of his biggest solo hits was a song that was wildly misinterpreted. The track was called …

R.I.P. Pillsbury Doughboy

This has been circling around the internets, facebooks, twitters and whatnots lately. Apparently Pillsbury is not using their uncooked super-star Poppin’ Fresh (aka The Pillsbury Doughboy) anymore in commercial ads. This is terrible news! I for one will not focus on the negative, like the fact that Pillsbury most likely had ole Poppin’ Fresh cremated into a delicious crescent roll (did you know croissants were created to celebrate France’s victory over the Ottoman Empire? True story, the crescent shape was created to mock the crescent moon on the Ottoman Flag. Now you know). No! I choose to remember the good times we had with our friend Poppin’ Fresh. So let us reflect on those aforementioned good times we had. *WARNING* Some clips may not actually contain scenes with The Pillsbury Doughboy. Classic Commercial – Poppin’ Fresh rapping and making crescent rolls Simpsons – “Poppin’ Fresh! You glutenous little doughboy!” The Critic – “The doughboy and I happen to be ticklish in the same spot” Don’t be shocked if we see our good friend Poppin Fresh …

MadTV Clops

This was one of the most original skits ever. When MadTV started they really were doing some great stuff, none much better then Clops which married clay animation (which was still relevant at the time) with the tv show COPS (which was also still relevant at the time). This sketch is clearly where Seth Green came up with the concept for Robot Chicken. So please enjoy. I know you will. “It’s just snow from the North Pole, I’m holding it for the Easter Bunny”