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Merging old school, 8-bit video game visuals, synth-pop, and a bit of quirky British humor, Chris Blundell has dedicated 60 hours a week to The Hit Squad, an animated film that tells the story of a reunited 80s band in pursuit of their past glory. Interested? Listen to Chris tell you why you should support his Kickstarter, why re-creating 8-bit animation appealed to him, and why Veronica Mars is not bad for Kickstarter.

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Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is quickly becoming the animated movie to see this November. With stars like John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, and Sarah Silverman voicing the characters, this movie is sure to please kids, their parents, and gaming fanatics like myself. The attention to detail shown so far in the trailer and clips has been incredible.
Producer Clark Spencer sat down with Sam Ashurst of Total Film to talk about the project how the project was able to get the rights to use all of our favorite video game characters that belonged to a myriad of competing video gaming companies.

“It was interesting part of the process, we talked early on about making the film authentic and the only way to do that was to have real game characters in the film as well as the characters we’d created, otherwise it would fell like an artificial environment.

But when you do that, you don’t know the reality of what characters you’re going to be able to license for the film.

Rich [Moore, director] and I went to E3, and pitched the movie to all the different game companies, talking about the concept.

What was great about that was we developed a one-on-one relationship [with the people at the game companies], and people warmed to the idea.

So they felt like it could be something interesting, but they were still a little skeptical, as they were giving their own creative characters over to Wreck-It Ralph.

And so we said we’d keep them involved in the process, and give them the script pages. We showed them the models, we showed them the early animation tests, and even the final animations.

We brought them along the entire way, and it made companies willing to participate, because they felt like we were going to be true to their characters.

As a result we got pretty much almost anything we wanted, because the companies started feeling the momentum and everybody pretty much said yes to us.”

Getting all those video game companies to agree is an amazing feat in itself, it must have looked like an almost impossible task in the beginning. I’m sure once one company agreed that the others most likely went with it so that their video game characters weren’t excluded from what could be a huge Disney movie blockbuster.

Spencer then went into detail about how specific those video game companies were about the use and appearance of their characters and how the production and animation team worked to include everyone in just about every step of the production.

“The games companies were very specific – there’s a scene in which Bowser drinks a cup of coffee, and they were very specific about how Bowser would drink coffee.

The other thing that was fascinating to me was that all of the companies know how tall their characters are.

There was lots of conversation about which character would be the biggest character in that Bad Anon scene. Even to the specifics of centimeters, but that was helpful, because we wanted it to be authentic.

We had a scene where we wanted the rings to come out of Sonic, and SEGA said the only way that happens is if he falls over, and we didn’t have him fall over in the scene, so we actually went back and re-animated it.”

There will be one HUGE video game character that won’t be making an appearance in Wreck-It Ralph, Mario will be curiously absent. Spencer addressed that issue by saying:

“The hard thing was, we were trying to work out the right way to use a character like Mario. It had to be organic to the film, we didn’t want to just paste him in there.

For Bowser, it made perfect sense for him to be a member of the Bad Anon group. For Mario himself we couldn’t think of the right way to incorporate him into the film, and so we didn’t do it.

Now we get to the human cameo in the film, Skrillex. It was announced at Comic Con that Skrillex would be contributing to the soundtrack for Wreck-T Ralph, but know we also know that Skrillex will be making his animated movie debut as well. When asked about this particular detail Spender said:

“We asked him if we could do it,” Spencer said. “We went to him first and said, ‘Hey, we have this party scene in the world of Fix It Felix Jr, and we have a DJ and we think it would make a nice cameo if we put you into it.’ And he was ecstatic.

We built his model, we put on his look, and we sent it to him to have him give us comments. And he said he would never wear non-black tennis shoes. He said “My tennis shoes will always be black.” So we changed the tennis shoes to black.

You don’t see them in the film, as he’s behind the DJ booth, but they were in the model. He has seen the animation, and he’s very, very excited about it.”

Who wouldn’t want to be in a Disney animated movie? This movie just keeps sounding better and better.The latest trailer is below, check it out.

Wreck-It Ralph hits theater screens on November 2nd, 2012.

Via: Total Film

‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Trailer Hits the Web

Yesterday, we posted images from the Disney’s upcoming animated film Wreck-It Ralph, and now the new trailer has premiered on MSN. The quality isn’t great, but I think there is enough to get you guys excited about it, especially that look at the video game villain self-help group at the beginning of the trailer.

But that’s all I’ll say. Check out the full trailer for yourself below:

Here’s the brief plot description for Wreck-It Ralph courtesy of MSN: An 8-bit video-game character attempts to shed his bad-guy image by escaping into a popular first-person shooter, but inadvertently wreaks havoc in the video-game universe by freeing a digital villain.

Wreck-It Ralph opens in theaters everywhere November 2.

Source: /Film

The cast of Community has appeared in both claymation and Japanimation, now they’re going 8-bit. In these exclusive images of their upcoming season finale see the Greendale Seven imagined as video game characters from a bygone era.

This episode is about Pierce battling for his rights to his father’s fortune. Finally, an episode where Chevy Chase will actually do something, I’m sure he’s thrilled. How this all takes place within a video game though, is beyond me, but I already know I’m gonna love it.

Make sure you tune in this Thursday at 8:00pm on NBC, and then again at 9:00 and 9:30 because for some reason they’re burning through three new Community episodes in one night. Oh! And next season, you’ll have to catch Community on Friday nights because NBC seems committed to killing any hopes for a larger audience.

UPDATE! IGN has scored an exclusive clip from Community in 8-Bit, check it out!

Still don’t know why they’re in a video game, but who cares, this episode looks awesome!

Sources: Kotaku, The Mary Sue

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: I’ve never been one to look at an Ewok and think, “Yes, this needs to look sexier.” Then again, I don’t understand the trend of Halloween costumes that take any character or profession and sexify them, either. This Ewok costume is pretty adorable and is more cute than slutty, but that Jawa, he’s freakin’ me out. (Fashionably Geek)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Prepare for The Hunger Games to begin popping up everywhere, it’s poised to explode fandom wise and this awesome cosplay is only the beginning. This flaming wedding dress comes up in the third novel, Mockingjay, so I’ve got no clue what is means but it sure looks great.

It was constructed using a vintage wedding dress base, to which I added a layer of fiery fabric to imitate the dress in flames, then black feather boas for the black feathers. I also added the sheer sleeves and veil piece as well. I’m not sure if it’s visible, but there are also faux pearls strung along the neckline.

[Craftzine]

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So how’s about that premiere, bastards? Did anybody watch it? Personally, I think it was a slow start to the season but lots of seeds were planted and things are being paced in the typical Mad Men fashion.

YouTube dudes, thefinebros, put together an 8-bit interactive video game to pay tribute to the show beginning its 5th season.  Guys, it’s a choose-your-own-adventure game!  The most poignant moment is when Roger says, “When aren’t we drinking?”

Y’all really need to check it out.

Obviously, Don never shows that much self awareness but it’s still damn entertaining! The music is fuckin’ annoying, though.

Source: The Mary Sue

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: WonderCon was this past weekend and as expected there were some incredible costumes. io9 and The Mary Sue have some nice photo collections and we’ve pulled a few of our favorites to share here. My favorite photo, and it seems everyone else’s too, has been the father/daughter cosplay of Wonder Woman. How adorably awesome is this!?! That little girl’s in good hands and well on her way to geekdom. Hit the jump for more wonderful WonderCon cosplay! (The Mary Sue)

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Video Game Classics Don’t Stand a Chance Against the Mighty Chuck Norris

If you were a non-believer of the amazing might of Chuck Norris, you better “check yourself before you wreck yourself” ’cause these next two video diamonds will have you begging for forgiveness. From the funnily demented mind that gave Youtube the ‘Annoying Orange’, Daneboe.com gives Chuck Norris enthusiasts brings their darkest gamer fantasy to life. We get to see Chuck Norris go head to head against some classic icons in the gamer world, and the stand outs from the set are the following:

 

Round 1: Chuck Norris Vs. ‘Angry Birds’

 

Round 2: Chuck Norris Vs. ‘Pac-Man’

 

Final Round : Chuck Norris Vs. ‘Super Mario Bros.

I’m sure that if it is between the ending for Super Mario Bros. with Chuck Norris or that with Super Mario, it seems that the ending with Chuck is ten times better. Hello, finally they don’t deal with all the crud with the “other castle” and just get straight to…Bang! Bang! BANG! What other video game would you fantasize as being 10x better with Chuck Norris as a main character?

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.

Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

 

ABOVE: This Lady Deadpool is rockin’ a steampunk/Victorian inspired look so she can appear completely ingognito as cons. How’s it working? (Neatorama)

 

“The “regenerated” version (aka 2nd version) of the guiTARdis. Or the Patrick Troughton Doctor if you will.” This is awesome! When can we start seeing bands perform with guiTARDISes? Thanks for sharing Arthur Yet Lew.

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