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In music there are only 12 notes, so it's no wonder so many songs sound the same. But what about someone's voice? The way someone speaks is not bound by any kind of scale or music theory, rather it's the sum a person’s upbringing, their physicality, and their personality. So why do so many cartoon characters sound so eerily familiar? In this list we highlight 10 cartoon characters whose voices (and often their likenesses) are based on other actors. We also mention 5 other cartoon voices that are impressions in the bonus sections of related entries. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these actors have been thoroughly praised by some of the best.
Over the past 3 decades The Simpsons has been on the air, America’s favorite family has gone through many changes. Aside from the quality of the animation, the most noticeable »
- Eli Reyes
Talent is currently being sought for the national tour of “The Book of Mormon.” This hit musical, from the creators of “South Park,” includes the songs “Hello” and “I Believe” among others. The best part? Well, other than the fact that this is a paid gig, several roles are being cast, providing tons of opportunities. Auditions will be held August 5 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “The Book of Mormon” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings! »
This should take some of the sting out of that Emmy snub.
Related Emmys 2014: The Complete Nominations List
Breaking Bad, however, did not go home empty-handed; the TCA honored the show’s final eight-episode run with the Program of the Year prize (the second consecutive year it won the top award).
Note: If you haven’t gone full inception matrix and read the last two pieces, I urge you to do so. First one is Here, second is Here. What I might say here will shock you, and make you so confused you might commit a terrible crime. I urge you to not do that, and instead just go and do some cocaine and act like Charlie Sheen, who is: As I revealed, many of the users here were created by Galactus and NateBest, who was murdered by Eric Cartman, and NateBest is now controlled by Mr. Mackey, of course. I decided to dig deeper than my last “editorial”(as if I could!!) and find who controls Mr. Mackey. I must say, it was Da Vinci Code National Treasure shit going down, man. So, as we all know(besides me, I was just informed today) South Park is a fictitious and popular television show. »
That epic Comcast cancellation customer-service call that went viral this week resonates far beyond one customer's frustration with his cable service provider. For one thing, there's the fact that Comcast is trying to have its proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable approved by the government as a merger that's in the public interest, while this call seems to confirm what opponents of the merger argue, that the company is already such a monopoly that the purchase will only make it less responsive to consumers, not more. For another thing, it's a reminder that millions of people are only too happy to "cut the cord," to drop their cable TV service in favor of the increasingly large number of Web-based streaming TV services available.
And those streaming services, in the short term at least, seem to be competing with each other to provide the highest quality content to subscribers. Just this week, »
- Gary Susman
In the summer of 1999 I was a 17-year-old floorboy at a suburban multiplex showing Eyes Wide Shut. There were other movies that caught my attention that summer—Limbo, Election, Summer of Sam, The Blair Witch Project, South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut—but Kubrick’s was the only one of any import. I saw it four times in a week, defended it against my peers’ scorn, and had Jonathan Rosenbaum’s Chicago Reader review practically memorized. For my generation, seeing a Stanley Kubrick film in its original run was a novelty. Sadly, the experience would also be unrepeatable.
1999 was a hard year to be a cinephile. Kubrick vanished in March, and by the time December rolled around the news came in that Robert Bresson had also passed away. I was obsessed with both filmmakers. The previous year I already felt anguished learning about Akira Kurosawa’s death. Looking back, the »
- Gabe Klinger
The Disney Channel announced that they are developing a TV special based on their Haunted Mansion Disney Parks attraction. The news comes just one week after director Guillermo del Toro said he may not direct the feature adaptation Haunted Mansion 3D. Take a look at the official announcement from Disney, which also includes details about other Disney Channel pilots that are in production, then read on for more details.
Disney Television Animation is in development on Haunted Mansion, a special for Disney Channel and Disney Xd inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror genre artist and children's book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes) is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of Phineas and Ferb.
The television animation studio continues to add to its deep roster of »
Stephen La Riviere brings his book looking at the complete history of the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson television productions to life with the documentary of the same name, Filmed in Supermarionation. While the work of the Anderson's may be a little foreign to a lot of us, they were responsible for such television shows as Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Secret Service, Joe 90 and most prominently Thunderbirds and today the first official trailer for the doc has been revealed ahead of its upcoming BFI premiere on September 30. amz asin="1932563237" size="small"La Riviere directs and co-produced the doc, which features a wealth of previously unseen archive footage, brand new interviews with the surviving casts and crews and clips from the shows themselves. A highlight of the film is said to be the ingenious and accurate recreations of the pioneering techniques used in the productions. The doc will play »
- Brad Brevet
This story first appeared in the July 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The battle among digital players is creating a clear winner: content owners. Consider CBS, which recently pitted Amazon and Netflix against each other for exclusive licensing rights to its 2015 summer drama Zoo, based on James Patterson's thriller. Having lost out to Amazon for CBS' current event series Extant, Netflix stepped up to ensure it wouldn't do so again. Meanwhile, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were able to leverage Hulu's desire to stand out in a crowded landscape into a deal reportedly worth
- Lacey Rose
“I’ve got two legs from my hips to the ground, and when I move them, they walk around,” isn’t a line with the elegance of, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away,” but it is a lot funnier.
Comparing the work of Monty Python and The Beatles might seem like equating apples to oranges, or guitars to crunchy frogs, but it really isn’t that much of a stretch. Eric (Idle), Graham (Chapman), Michael (Palin), John (Cleese) and a couple of Terrys (Gilliam and Jones) have a lot in common with John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Monty Python has been called the most influential comedy troupe of all time. Their absurdist brand of humour gave us the phrase “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” to imply sexual innuendo and is in the DNA of everything from "Saturday Night Live" to "South Park", from "Kids in the Hall" to "30 Rock »
- Richard Crouse
As Vulture notes, starting today all 17 seasons of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's often brilliant and always envelope-pushing "South Park" are available, for free, on Hulu. This will be the case until season 18 premieres on September 24th. So get cracking. (After the new premiere, all episodes will be available the following day on Hulu Plus, the pay version of Hulu.)
"South Park," of course, is the critically acclaimed animated series that began life as an animated Christmas card back in 1992 called "The Spirit of Christmas" (created, crudely but effectively, in a stop motion paper cutout style). A few years later the short was refined and looks a lot more like the eventual series. The pilot episode of the series aired in 1997, and jumped to the big screen in 1999 with the deeply wonderful "South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut." Always a lightning rod for controversy, the series had touched »
- Drew Taylor
South Park is getting a new digital home on Hulu. Trey Parker and Matt Stone (co-creators of Comedy Central's animated staple) have signed a deal with the streaming site, which will now host all 244 episodes of the show's first 17 seasons; new episodes will be available exclusively on Hulu Plus the day after airing on television. The deal was announced on Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, The New York Times reports.
The Top 25 Moments From South Park
Fans can watch the entirety of the series' classic »
Going dark earned FX's hit spy spoof "Archer" its first-ever nomination for Animated Program. Season five of the show is facing off against returning nominee "Bob's Burgers," two-time winner "Futurama," four-time champ "South Park" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project." -Break- Join the red-hot Emmy discussion going on right now in our red-hot forums rated original programs on FX. It has won the Critic's Choice TV Award for Best Animated Series three years in a row. The Emmys, however, have not been on the same page with "Archer." While H. Jon Benjamin reaped a bid in...' »
Hulu has inked an exclusive agreement that makes their Hulu Plus subscription service the new exclusive online streaming home of all past South Park episodes, representing seasons 1-17. The deal will take effect shortly after the premiere of South Park Season 18 on September 24.
Catalog episodes of South Park were previously available to online stream for free at SouthParkStudios.com and at one time before on Netflix. South Park Studios began offering online streaming the show for free in 2008 but that will formally will end on September 24 with the new deal between Viacom and South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
Between now and September 24, all 244 episodes of South Park are available to watch online free streaming at either SouthParkStudios. »
Hulu announced the news at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour, a twice-yearly event. While Hulu users will only be able to watch all of South Park for free up until September, those with the Hulu Plus subscription will continue to have complete access to all 247 episodes — both Hulu and Hulu Plus users will have access to new episodes from season 18 the day after they air on Comedy Central though. »
- Ariana Bacle
The entire South Park library — all 17 seasons! — is streaming for free on Hulu from now until September 24, when season 18 premieres. In a multi-year, mutually beneficial deal, Hulu will get exclusive streaming rights to the beloved cartoon, while South Park's website will use Hulu's player. After the 24th, new episodes will be available the next day on both Hulu and the South Park site, along with a revolving selection of episodes. The rest of the archive will still be available to Hulu Plus subscribers. So now is the time to finally decide which of Kenny's many deaths was your favorite. »
- E. Alex Jung
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had quite the bombshell of an announcement regarding the show’s distribution at The Television Critics Association summer press tour. The masterminds behind the offensively hilarious, 18-yeaar-old (and counting) hit animated show have partnered with Hulu in an exclusive deal that will see all 244 episodes – and future episodes – of the show on the service. For now, you can watch all of the classic episodes for free either on Hulu or SouthParkStudios.com , but on September 24th the partnership will fully kick in, with the episodes only available on Hulu Plus for $7.99 a month.
That leaves the question, what will become of SouthParkStudios.com? Apparently, starting on September 24th both Hulu and South Park Studios will begin offering a revolving selection of 30 episodes that will be swapped in and out over time. All of the supplemental content originally found on South Park Studios will, »
- Robert Kojder
Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny and the rest of the "South Park" gang are heading to Hulu. The site has signed a deal to be the exclusive streaming home for every episode, every curse word, every Kanye West appearance and every death of Kenny on Comedy Central’s long-running animated hit. In addition to the hundreds of old classic episodes, fans will be able to view new episodes on Hulu Plus the day after they air. Season 18 premieres September 24 on Comedy Central, Hulu made the announcement at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in L.A. earlier today. "South Park" was created by Matt Parker and Trey Stone in 1997, and has gone on to air 244 episodes over 17 seasons. Don't have a Hulu Plus account? Well, then you have until September to watch all 244 episodes for free on regular ol' Hulu. Meanwhile, SouthPark.cc.com will continue to stream "South Park »
- Dave Lewis
The mostly good people of South Park, Colorado, are moving to Hulu.
During the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Saturday, it was announced that Hulu Plus will soon become the exclusive streaming provider for all 17 seasons of the Comedy Central animated series.
Additionally, all 247 episodes will stream for free on Hulu until the Season 18 premiere on Sept. 24. After that, Hulu and SouthPark.Cc.com will offer a revolving selection of free episodes to non-subscribers. Once Season 18 begins, new episodes will be available next-day on Hulu and Hulu Plus. »
The Hulu Plus subscription service will become the exclusive online-streaming home for all past seasons of the long-running Comedy Central show, following the season 18 premiere on the cable channel Sept. 24.
Hulu cut the three-year deal with South Park Digital Studios, a joint venture between Viacom and “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In 2008, the South Park partners launched all seasons of the adult-themed animated show in free, ad-supported format on SouthParkStudios.com — but with the new deal, as of this fall, those will be streaming only on the $7.99-per month Hulu Plus.
Starting Saturday, July 12, the entire “South Park” library — 244 episodes in all — will be available for free on Hulu, and will continue to be free on SouthPark.cc.com (the address that is replacing SouthParkStudios.com) until Sept. 24. At that point, both Hulu and SouthPark. »
- Todd Spangler
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