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October 27, 2009 1:43 PM   Subscribe

Looks like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers have been slated to star in their own stop-motion animated movie, Grass Roots: The Movie, produced by bolexbrothers! Here, the Freaks' creator, Gilbert Shelton, talks about the movie. In true stoner fashion, though, it's been "in production" since 2006, but you can watch a teaser here. While you're waiting for the movie to be made, here's the youtubed version of bolexbrothers award-winning stop-motion feature length film, The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6
posted by not_on_display (34 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
In true stoner fashion, though, it's been "in production" since 2006

I dunno. That sounds about right, especially if they have a small budget. Stop-motion is a very labor-intensive process.

I'm a big fan of the '70s stoner comic genre, so this is good news to me. And I am looking forward to getting home so I can watch that trailer ...
posted by krinklyfig at 1:52 PM on October 27, 2009


Thanks, not_on_display! I haven't seen The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb in some ten years or so. Well, now I know what weirdness I'm springing on the SheMulp this evening!
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:59 PM on October 27, 2009


Hoo boy. Cain't wait. F. Frederick Skitty... stardom is just around da corner!
posted by drhydro at 2:01 PM on October 27, 2009


So you say I'm on Candid Camera? I don't see any cameras...
posted by jtron at 2:10 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb is a great, great movie. Seriously. Watch it.
posted by Bookhouse at 2:11 PM on October 27, 2009


I love The Fury Freak Brothers, and spent hours as a kid poring over the crosshatching on Gilbert Shelton artwork, and I seem to remember that Tom Thumb thing being good, but I can't help feeling this is going to be horribly out of it's time at best and at worst Fritz The Cat 2.
posted by Artw at 2:21 PM on October 27, 2009


(Hippy parents, in case you're wondering. I was probably reading Fat Freddies Cat before I was reading the Beano.)
posted by Artw at 2:22 PM on October 27, 2009


+1 favorite just for the title of this FPP. Thanks for alerting me to this.
posted by mosk at 2:32 PM on October 27, 2009


I bear a remarkable resemblance to Phineas. I'm friends with very close lookalikes for Fat Freddy and Freewheelin' Franklin. Some day, we are going to create the greatest costumes ever. Eventually. When we get around to it.

Incidentally, I just finished rereading the whole run of the comics, and I started hearing Phineas's voice in my head as that of Thaddeus Venture. Does that work for anybody else?
posted by Faint of Butt at 2:50 PM on October 27, 2009


Clang, Honk, Tweet!
posted by octothorpe at 3:58 PM on October 27, 2009 [2 favorites]


So will there be an appearance from Wonder Wart-hog? At least a cameo?
posted by jfuller at 4:28 PM on October 27, 2009


Might not be as weird as you think.
posted by ceiriog at 4:52 PM on October 27, 2009


^O||O^
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 5:03 PM on October 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


YAY! ROAR! BRING ON THE HOG!
posted by lekvar at 5:05 PM on October 27, 2009


I got thrown out of my high school library because I could not stop laughing at the line, "I've heard of a werewolf before, but never a were-pig." The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers was uneven but, at its best, showed some really sharp social commentary.

See also: "Harold Head comics"
posted by Multicellular Exothermic at 5:28 PM on October 27, 2009


Times of no money... uh, something?
posted by ovvl at 5:51 PM on October 27, 2009


OH HELL YES!
posted by Lynsey at 6:06 PM on October 27, 2009


(just cleaning weed birdshit off of your car, officer)
posted by porn in the woods at 6:09 PM on October 27, 2009


Mr Mange Goes Over.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 6:28 PM on October 27, 2009


"Weed will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no weed." - Fat Freddy
posted by reidfleming at 7:40 PM on October 27, 2009


Fat Freddie's cat shitting in Freddie's headphones
Its been a long road since those days.
I'm looking forward to revisiting.
posted by beer4meok at 8:17 PM on October 27, 2009


"That was a great turkey. What'd ya stuff it with?"
"Nothing. I didn't have to. It wasn't empty."

--Great Moments in Furry Freakdom #238
posted by RavinDave at 10:38 PM on October 27, 2009


My wife has not explicitly rejected Phineas Freakears as the name of our next child but she gives me a pained look whenever I bring it up.
posted by Tashtego at 10:41 PM on October 27, 2009


Fat Freddy was one of the all time compelling cartoon characters. (Sorry Spidey)
posted by caddis at 12:12 AM on October 28, 2009


The Bolex Brothers have done some awesome short work, but let's not forget that they were also responsible, in some part, for the 2005 movie variously known as 'The Magic Roundabout' or 'Doogal'.
posted by Hogshead at 5:08 AM on October 28, 2009


I must say, this has the potential to be great. I wish them luck.
posted by jscott at 6:15 AM on October 28, 2009


My uncle had every singe underground comic ever written. I spent many happy hours reading his collection. My favorite one is where the boys have traveled to Mexico and they return in a 727. Phineas is 'driving' it home and says, "it can't be that much bigger than an LTD." I'm still laughing at that.

There's also a scene where they're in the van and lost. Freddie asks, "where are we" and Phineas answers, "directly above the center of the earth." That's an answer I give frequently.


I bought a compilation book in London a few years ago, it is an important addition to my library. Very important.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:43 AM on October 28, 2009


Mowptootle mammydoodle oom-pa-pa mau mau
Kitkaboodle kittydoodle kitty kitty cow cow!
posted by Jubal Kessler at 11:07 AM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Bolex Brothers have done some awesome short work, but let's not forget that they were also responsible, in some part, for the 2005 movie variously known as 'The Magic Roundabout' or 'Doogal'.

oh dear god. I was only made aware of that by the Rotten Tomatoes worst movies of the decade post, and then managed to block out it's existance. DOOOOM!
posted by Artw at 11:14 AM on October 29, 2009


"The Bolex Brothers have done some awesome short work, but let's not forget that they were also responsible, in some part, for the 2005 movie variously known as 'The Magic Roundabout' or 'Doogal'."
posted by Hogshead

!oh dear god. I was only made aware of that by the Rotten Tomatoes worst movies of the decade post, and then managed to block out it's existance. DOOOOM!"
posted by Artw

I think Dougal was targeted at a different demographic than The Freak Bros! You two must be that tiny tiny sliver in the Venn diagram.
posted by not_on_display at 7:52 PM on October 29, 2009


I dunno, if you're talking The Magic Roundabout in the UK a fair chunk of your audience is going to be stoners, and FFFB is of course for and about stoners, so basically we are looking at a Venn diagram with two circles labeled "Stoners" and "Stoners".
posted by Artw at 6:31 PM on October 30, 2009


Ahhh. My bad; I didn't know Magic Roundabout had that appeal! I was basing that remark after only having skimmed the show clips and the movie on the youtubiverse. Looks like I'm going to have to watch it, then!

Jeeves, fetch me my bong!
posted by not_on_display at 9:29 PM on October 30, 2009


[too much later]
Whoa.. wait... that'd mean both circles are stoners! Intersecting! ... maaaaan. o_O that would mean that nobody could not NOT be a stoner. Wait, Could not not, NOT, but that would mean they were, and... be not an intersection of... wait what thread is this?

posted by not_on_display at 9:32 PM on October 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


whoa .. floating about in cyberspace I found myself here.
So I can tell you some more about the progress of 'Grass Roots' the movie. We've finished our development period and are ready to go into full production. We have an 80 minute animatic of the movie and now we just need the money to get shooting.
So we are launching a money bomb for December 5th 2009
For more on "Grass Roots" the movie.

and remember animators do it slowly, only dead fish go with the flow, and don't get burned.

Me fi fo fum whatever next
posted by bolexboy at 2:44 AM on November 17, 2009 [3 favorites]


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