14 June 2009
Friday/June/19 2009 Filed in: Entertainment / Media
A few days ago, Apocalypzia took a hard look at the Wilhelm Scream, the shriek heard by more people than any other in the history of humankind.
Well, if Wilhelm's Scream is the most famous scream of all, Goofy's Holler is arguably the funniest.
Granjitsingh thinks so. In his YouTube clip commentary below, he can hardly get the words out without breaking up.
The Art of Skiing
Goofy's Holler, voiced by yodeler Hannes Schrolle (possibly pro bono), was introduced in the 1941 Disney cartoon, The Art of Skiing. The yodeling in the foreign language clip below is funny enough, but Goofy's signature scream kicks in at about 19 seconds into the video and his extreme scream comes at about 56 seconds in.
Thursday/June/18 2009 Filed in: Entertainment / Media
Beatles For Sale
We at Apocalypzia have long been fans of the Beatles and even had the surreal experience, once upon a time, of meeting one of the Fab Four -- of all places -- in front of the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York.
Their original vinyl catalog was re-released on CDs in the 1980s. Now comes word that the digital catalog will be re-re-released this year. This time digitally remastered.
How do we all feel about remastering the Beatles?
We always thought that their recordings were somewhat haphazard in the assignment of voices and instruments to the stereo field. The sounds seem to come at you from random directions at times, with all the voices on the left and drums and guitars on the right.
Maybe this wasn't recording engineering at its best, but it isn't as if their popularity suffered because of it.
In fact, however the music was recorded and whatever imperfections were there within, it touched, inspired and energized a generation.
George Lucas remastered Star Wars years after its original release and incorporated state of the art CGI that wasn't available in 1977. That made it more technically cutting edge, but did it make the movie any better?
Did Star Wars fans like the movie because the special effects were perfect? Or because it was a refreshing and entertaining retelling of the hero's journey?
After all, how much more than enough do we need?
New is good but maybe we like some things just the way they were.
BTW, Paul: They say it's your birthday... Gonna have a good time... Happy Birthday to You!
Wednesday/June/17 2009 Filed in: Entertainment / Media
"Not an Ouch. A Real Scream..."
Since the Harry Truman Administration, this iconic scream has been the shriek heard round the world, appearing in over 140 movies -- and counting.
Hollywood sound editor, Steve Lee, thought to be the responsible for the cult status of the Wilhelm Scream, explains that during the shooting of the 1951 film, Distant Drums, a scream was dubbed into a Jaws-like scene where a man was attacked by an alligator.
The director made it clear he didn't want an ouch, he wanted a real scream. The actor gave his all on the fifth take and the rest is history.
Wherefore Art Thou, Wilhelm?
But it was the 1953 film Charge at Feather River that gave the scream the name that would stay with it for over half a century.
In one scene, a man on horseback, identified as Wilhelm, gets an arrow in the leg. When Wilhelm cries out, it's the scream from Distant Drums that you hear. Not only that, the same scream was used in at least two additional action scenes in the movie.
Why is Wilhelm Still Screaming?
Sound editors who got a kick out of the deathly triple-tone scream began sneaking it into other movies as an industry-wide inside joke.
Then Ben Burtt, the sound design specialist for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, started using the scream in every George Lucas blockbuster. Before long, everybody wanted to get on the Wilhelm bandwagon.
The scream became the tongue-in-cheek go-to-sound effect for nearly every movie character who falls to his death.
Chrisofduke offers an excellent YouTube compilation of the Wilhelm Scream that begins with its three uses in Charge at Feather River.
Snappygalbladder offers the YouTube compilation below that includes a couple of the same scenes as above, but really underscores the range of movies that have used this famous piece of audio.
This compilation even includes a bonus song about the Wilhelm Scream during the closing credits:
Who Recorded the Original Wilhelm Scream?
Actually no one is really sure but Steve Lee believes it was Sheb Wooley. Sheb had a minor role in Distant Drums but also did a lot of movie scream-work on the side.
The Wilhelm Scream wouldn't be Sheb Wooley's only claim to fame. JohnnyThunderzzz reminds us that Sheb was a one-hit-wonder in 1958 with the song Purple People Eater.
Have you heard the Wilhelm Scream in a movie or television show lately? Let Apocalypzia know.
Monday/June/15 2009 Filed in: Science / Technology
Yeah, Baby! That's What I'm Talkin' About!
Now that's a car of the freakin' future! It's just what we've been waiting for. Crystal clear evidence that we've officially crossed the threshold into the amazing World of Tomorrow.
Honda has done it again. Or at least they plan to. The Fuzo is their new concept car. It's sleek, streamlined and way cooler than the 1960's Hovering Pontiac.
The Fuzo's not some shaky Segway PUMA rickshaw or some dinky climate-hugging hybrid. It's a real honest-to-goodness Buck Rogers Rocket Car!
BTW, you can't just step out of one of these transports wearing khakis and a polo shirt. You've got to have the whole color-coded, helmet and jackboot ensemble.
And those aren't supersize cupholders on the port and starboard sides of this craft. Those are vertical turbo-lift turbines, baby.
This bad boy has a GPS system not just to tell you where you're going, but to keep you from running into other Fuzos on the stratospheric freeway.
Does It Fly?
Does it fly?! Apocalypzia got a hold of the official test flight footage. Check it out.