No matter where you go... there you are.
October 30, 2003 9:19 AM   Subscribe

No matter where you go... there you are. It is indeed Trysteroic that the self-suing Fox Television, of all media conglomerates (and seemingly, one of the many scions of YoYoDyne?), should have had the brilliant idea to turn "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai" into a TV series. Perhaps the selected few at the Banzai Institute will find a way to get Dr. Banzai to defeat the evil John Joe Millioniare.
posted by DenOfSizer (26 comments total)
It's pronounced "Big-Boo-Tay."
posted by ColdChef at 9:22 AM on October 30, 2003

That Geocities link is already deader than Reno. Here's google cache.

This is pretty old news though. I'm just happy that there was a DVD release (and a fairly cool one at that).

On preview: One more word out of you Big-Booty...
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:52 AM on October 30, 2003

I hope such a series doesn't end up like Harsh Realm. You know, cancelled 2 days after the premiere.

"What's that watermelon doing there?"
posted by infowar at 10:06 AM on October 30, 2003

I love that movie.

The triumvirate of geek cult films is, in no particular order: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Big Trouble in Little China, and Real Genius (which, I note, is finally out on DVD; must go to store...).
posted by Cerebus at 10:14 AM on October 30, 2003

Buckaroo Banzai: most overrated cult film ever.
posted by Blue Stone at 10:18 AM on October 30, 2003

cerebus: i understand the rumored (read: untrue) speculation of big trouble...'s tie to banzai might make it rank high, but wouldn't repo man fit in that slot better? there is nothing more amusing than watching geek boys duke it out over which is better, banzai or repo man. just sayin', is all. (though btilc is quite the film. no disrespect meant.)
posted by pxe2000 at 10:24 AM on October 30, 2003

Infowar, the series idea was dead in the water before the turn of the century, IMHO. There's no news more recent than 1999 that has anything backing it up. Check those links
posted by ursus_comiter at 10:32 AM on October 30, 2003

doomed is your soul series, and damned is your life.
posted by whatnot at 11:01 AM on October 30, 2003

Oh okay, ursus_comiter, you're right, it's not exactly the freshest news on the block. But things are weird in the karmic flow lately. To wit: Pynchon inspires (sort of) Buckaroo Bonzai; BB is originally made by Fox Movies; Pynchon not that long ago appears on the Simpsons, also on Fox; Fox considers making BB a TV show; Bush hijacks the election (hey, it's mifi); Fox drops the BB show but runs the inane "gambling show" Banzai; Fox sues itself. You could almost substitute Big Bootay for JohnGeorgeBush and Yoyodyne for Fox, but then, I think I'm having an Oedipa Maas kind of day.
posted by DenOfSizer at 11:22 AM on October 30, 2003

Blue Stone: Your favorite [movie|band|book|ice cream flavor] sucks, too.
posted by majcher at 11:23 AM on October 30, 2003

If John BigBoote had been in charge, we'd all be dead monkeyboys. You can substitute John Whorfin for Dubya, methinks and get a closer match.

And DenOfSizer, you should consider sending a resume to Scientific American when James Burke hangs it up.
posted by ursus_comiter at 11:31 AM on October 30, 2003

So, David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me", Pixies, Iain Bank's "Walking on Glass", and Double Chocolate Caramel all suck?


Nope... I think you'll find it's Buckaroo Banzai's amateurish, cod-hip, sci-fi "zanyness" that sucks, sir!
posted by Blue Stone at 11:36 AM on October 30, 2003

Doc Savage has a Posse, but Blue Stone isn't in it.
posted by ursus_comiter at 11:44 AM on October 30, 2003

Yes, for the record, the Pixies do suck. Suck, suck, suck.

Iain Bank is okay, but not as good as everyone says.

But as long as we can still agree that Showgirls is the finest film ever made, I suppose that I can forgive you.
posted by majcher at 12:05 PM on October 30, 2003

yes, but where do the smallpox-afflicted canadians come in?!
posted by pxe2000 at 12:59 PM on October 30, 2003

pxe2000: Buffalo?
Friendly bear: again with the rightness! though we may end up dead monkeyboys yet. Your quip about James Burke was the sweetest thing you've said all day. Good Doc Savage tip, too.
posted by DenOfSizer at 1:13 PM on October 30, 2003

Oh, and you forgot that today's the anniversary of the War of the World's hoax. Ya gots to tie that in. And let's also not forget the connection between Jeff Goldblum and Apple.

Twin Peaks can't touch this.
posted by ursus_comiter at 1:23 PM on October 30, 2003

ursus: Work blocks off geocities so I shouldn't have commented on the series part but the FPP made me all excited and suggested it might happen.
posted by infowar at 3:12 PM on October 30, 2003

I got all hot and bothered last year when I dug up that info after I found out that the DVD was being released.

I still want my Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World Crime League dammit!

You'd think at least one of the uber geek gazillionaires would have funded the film by now, right?
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:41 PM on October 30, 2003

Ok, for the record, it's, in no particular order, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Big Trouble in Little China, and Army of Darkness. Please adjust your lists accordingly, punks.
posted by Hildago at 10:15 PM on October 30, 2003

For my wife, it's Krull and no other. I think it's a generation gap. *sigh* I forgive her.

(At least it wasn't Goonies)
posted by ursus_comiter at 9:24 AM on October 31, 2003

I love BB, and I hope that no series is made, because that would just be a travesty. The other geek-cult film I will always associate with BB, because I saw them both for the first time on the same night, is Time Bandits.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 9:43 AM on October 31, 2003

wouldn't repo man fit in that slot better?

Can Harry Dean Stanton see things no one else can see? Do things no one else can do? IS HIS CHECK IN THE MAIL?

Hmmf. I thought not.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:01 AM on October 31, 2003

Rou_Xen, his check might not be in the mail, but he'll send you a LOVE LETTER!

Now sing Candy Colored Clown for me.
posted by ursus_comiter at 1:44 PM on October 31, 2003

All the movies mentioned in this thread deserve that cult triumvirate thingy, even if it adds up to more than three. Although Real Genius didn't work for me personally, I can respect other people's appreciation of it. Unlike Blue Stone, who actually thinks he's right and others are wrong. One man's trash is another's treasure. There is no right or wrong here. It's all B-rated "Ed Woods Spinning In HIs Grave" claptrap. i.e.: it's all bad in a good way.

Personally I would prefer someone write a tale about the generation after Banzai. He and all his Buccaneers lived fast and died hard and left good lookin' corpses - or maybe some of them left without a trace. There's children of the old guard, and there's devotees and those who carry the flame, and the world once again requires the services of a team of guitar lickin' superduper doogooders, but what they have left can't carry a tune.

Come to think of it.. Maybe it's best to leave well enough alone. =)
posted by ZachsMind at 3:03 PM on October 31, 2003

only douglas adams would call these cult movies a triumvirate. :)
posted by pxe2000 at 5:53 AM on November 1, 2003

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