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10 Things You Never Knew about TV Series “Moral Orel”

Despite being claymation Morel Orel was featured on Adult Swim so you know that it has to have had some content that kids wouldn’t fully understand or comprehend. This also tends to mean that such shows are controversial when it comes to their subject matter and how they present it. Moral Orel was a show that featured a main character that was deeply religious and yet made decisions based on a religious code that went to extremes most times. If you never watched the show don’t feel too bad since it was only on the air from 2005 to 2009

10 Things You Never Knew about TV Series “Moral Orel
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Dungeons and Dragons Remake Wants Nightwing Director

Dungeons and Dragons Remake Wants Nightwing Director
The Dungeons & Dragons movie may have found its director. What started as a tabletop roleplaying game in the 70s is being eyed as a major franchise, with Hasbro and Paramount teaming up to make it happen. With the movie locked in for a 2021 release date, the search for a director is on and now it looks like they have their sights sight on The Lego Batman and Nightwing director Chris McKay. No deal has been closed yet, but the director is currently in negotiations with the studio. Michael Gilio is set to pen the script.

Hasbro and Paramount extended the scope of their partnership late last year and will be teaming to bring more of the toy company's properties to the big screen outside of the Transformers movies, which may be getting a reboot after Bumblebee is released later this year. Though, that's a little unclear at the moment.
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The 20 Best Adult Swim Comedy Series, Ranked: From ‘Rick and Morty’ to ‘Robot Chicken’

There are few communities as obsessive as Adult Swim fans. The Cartoon Network nighttime programming block debuted in 2001 as a subversive spin on the animated channel’s daytime fare, and soon grew into a catch-all for bold creators. It eventually shook off its animated-only ethos to allow for surreal visions and adventurous filmmaking that fostered some of Hollywood’s most off-the-wall thinkers, and even brought in game celebrities to join in the insanity. Nearly every As title has disparate cults to fight for the programs that speak to them, whether it’s the rockers who ride for “Metalocalypse,” the Tim & Eric faithful who crowd the duo’s live shows, or the chemically enhanced who get their kicks on “Off the Air.”

Here are our picks for the network’s top 20 original comedy series, taking cultural influence into account alongside laughs.

20) “Robot Chicken” (2005–present)

Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s long-running
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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films
Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat,
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Exclusive interview with Chris McKay on The Lego Batman Movie and Lego Universe

Tai Freligh interviews director Chris McKay

The Lego Batman Movie Producer Dan Lin and Director Chris McKay (courtesy Tai Freligh)

Chris McKay has an extensive background in television work, including editing, directing, producing, animation and visual effects. He is best known for his editing work early on for Robot Chicken and Moral Orel before later adding directing to his resume. He was animation co-director on The Lego Movie with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller before making his feature film directorial debut with The Lego Batman Movie.

The news came out in late February that McKay would direct a live-action Nightwing movie, the first of its kind for the character who has had a long history in comic books and animated television shows. While McKay couldn’t talk about Nightwing just yet, he did say that he might have some news soon, so stay tuned to Flickering Myth as we get
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‘Anomalisa’ Animation Company Debuts Bold New Short ‘Moonwrapped’ — Watch

‘Anomalisa’ Animation Company Debuts Bold New Short ‘Moonwrapped’ — Watch
Starburns Industries, the animation company behind Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Oscar-animated 2015 feature film “Anomalisa,” have unveiled a beautiful black and white music video for Richard Edwards’ song “Moonwrapped,” off his debut solo album, “Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset.” Edwards is also the frontman of the indie rock band Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s.

Read More: Charlie Kaufman Reflects On His Career: ‘I Feel Like I F*cking Blew It’

“Moonwrapped” was produced and directed by Sofia Astrom, recipient of the 2015 Women in Film and Tiffany & Co. scholarship from the American Film Institute. The scholarship is awarded annually to one well deserving female director studying at AFI Conservatory.

“When I got Richard’s song and the handwritten description of his concept for the video, I instantly felt like I had to do this project,” Astrom said. “Starburns gave me the keys to the castle (literally, the studio is a castle!
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Thor: Ragnarok director will helm movie about Michael Jackson's pet monkey

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You read that right. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi - alongside co-director Mark Gustafson - will be helming a movie about Michael Jackson's famous pet monkey, Bubbles, appropriately-titled Bubbles. The film will be stop-motion animated through Dan Harmon's Starburn Industries, which has done such projects as Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa, Adult Swim's Moral Orel, and the... Read More...
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The Lego Batman Movie – Review

When it comes to movie concepts, this flick may have the oddest, most tangled roots of all. But somehow things just snapped together (excuse the pun). Three years ago the movie world was stunned when a little kids’ flick, starring a beloved toy, became a box office (ahem) blockbuster! That may be because the WB folks thought outside the (toy) box and enlisted film makers and writers who brought something totally unexpected to the project: satire. Oh, and parody, and a big dose of zany anarchy. It was inevitable that The Lego Movie would spawn a sequel. But this is more of a spin-off. That earlier flick focused on the journey of everyman Emmet Brickowski and the folks he encountered. Since the Lego company makes themed toys around classic licenced characters, Emmet and his pals teamed up with Batman, whose gravelly voice was supplied by the great comic actor Will Arnett.
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Review: 'The Lego Batman Movie' is Gotham City's Finest Hour Yet

Before The Lego Batman Movie, Chris McKay (of Moral Orel, Robot Chicken) was best known as the animation co-director and editor of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 2014 film, The Lego Movie. His work on the critically acclaimed film earned him the American Cinema Editors Eddie Award for Best Edited Feature Film, Animation, as well as an Annie Award nomination for Best Edited Animation Feature Film. Now, McKay will forever be known as the guy who saved Gotham City’s Caped Crusader from a dark and gritty existence with The Lego Batman Movie, perhaps the best film based on a DC Comics property since 2008’s The Dark Knight, and maybe the best pure Batman movie since Nolan's Batman Begins (2005). The story opens with The Joker, voiced by Zach Galifianakis, leading a full-scale attack on Gotham City with Batman's vast Rogues Gallery of bad guys, including heavy hitters Bane (Doug
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Contest: Chicago, assemble The Lego Batman Movie early and for free

Will Arnett’s growly portrayal of Batman was a highlight of 2014’s The Lego Movie, one in a long line of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller projects that ended up being a lot better than they sounded on paper. Lord and Miller have given the reins to Moral Orel and Robot Chicken director Chris McKay for the Dark Knight-centric sequel, The Lego Batman Movie, a marriage of comedic sensibilities that should produce another clever respite from the sometimes brain-numbing preciousness of family-friendly entertainment.

You can find out for yourself when The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017, and The A.V. Club is giving Chicago residents a chance to find out even earlier than that. We’re giving away passes to an advance screening of the film on February 4—that’s this coming Saturday—at 11:00 a.m. at the Showplace Icon theater (1011 ...
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Batman trains Robin in these Lego Batman Movie clips

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The Lego Batman Movie will follow Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) as he not only deals with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy. Director Chris McKay has flexed his animation muscle on shows like Robot Chicken and Moral Orel, and it looks like he's bringing some of the same irreverent humor to this picture. The following movie clips give us a glimpse of the cast in action... Read More...
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New Lego Batman Movie Trailer Spoofs Batman v Superman

New Lego Batman Movie Trailer Spoofs Batman v Superman
Warner Bros. pokes fun at their own blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the fourth trailer for their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-off, The Lego Batman Movie. This trailer includes a new scene where The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) dares Batman (Will Arnett) to come and catch his greatest enemies, but the villain becomes quite confused when Batman claims that his greatest enemy is Superman. We also get new looks at Rosario Dawson's Batgirl, Michael Cera's Robin, and Ralph Fiennes' Alfred Pennyworth.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble - Lego Batman - stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe,
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Celebrate Batman Day with a New Lego Batman Movie Poster

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Celebrate Batman Day with a New Lego Batman Movie Poster
'Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman.' That's the sage like wisdom dispensed by a new one sheet that just arrived today. The poster is celebrating Batman Day. And what better way to do that than with the Lego mini-fig of everyone's favorite billionaire turned caped crusader, the Dark Knight?

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The Lego&#160Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, Lego Batman, stars in his own big-screen adventure: The Lego Batman Movie.&#160 But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Lego Batman Movie is directed by Chris McKay. He is best known for directing several fan-favorite episodes of the Adult Swim series Robot Chicken.
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'Anomalisa' Interview with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson | Exclusive

'Anomalisa' Interview with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson | Exclusive
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson aren't exactly the most obvious of creative pairings. Charlie Kaufman is an Oscar-winning screenwriter (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), while Duke Johnson is best known for his work in stop-motion animation with Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole and directing the Community stop-motion episode Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas. Thankfully, they both came together to create the truly unforgettable Anomalisa, which was my favorite movie of 2015 (check out my full review), and is now available on Digital HD.

The story follows a successful self-help author named Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis) who can't escape the mundane nature of his life while on a business trip to Cincinnati, until he meets a unique young woman named Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh). Literally every other character in the movie is voiced by Tom Noonan, which is just as strange as it sounds. If you haven't seen the movie,
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Own Anomalisa on Blu-Ray in May

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Charlie Kaufman's incredible looking stop-motion animated hit, Anomalisa is coming to blu-ray in May with special features on how they brought the world of the movie to life, and a super early chance to watch it on digital. Come inside to check it all out!

As is more and more common these days, the digital version of Anomalisa is going to be hitting before the blu-ray does on May 3, 2016. It's not normally common for it to be This much earlier. If you simply can't wait to get your hands on this movie, you'll be able to own the digital copy of the flick next week. Yeah...that's pretty early. For me, though, I'd much rather have the blu-ray with all the special features intact:

Hailed by critics as a “stop-motion marvel” (Scott Tobias, GQ), “staggeringly inventive” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) and “the most human film of the year” (Matt Patches,
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‘Anomalisa’ Producer Rosa Tran on Bringing Charlie Kaufman’s Animation to Life

Charlie Kaufman told us if we could get the money we could do it,” says Rosa Tran, producer of the Oscar-nominated animation Anomalisa. The project, which adapted Kaufman’s 2005 stage play into a stop-motion animated feature about a customer service speaker who falls into a eerie routine where everyone looks and sounds the same until he meets a woman that changes him, had humble beginnings and was almost a short film. Tran has helped usher the project from the very start when it was just co-director Duke Johnson and herself working to make a Kickstarter project video using a rented studio and old puppets.

“We were working together at Starburns Industries and wondering, ‘what’s the next project?’” recalled Tran. “Duke got a hold of [Kaufman’s] script from Dino [Stamatopoulos] and immediately wanted to make it.” When they initially pitched the project at various studios they were either rejected or told to
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Exploring the Humanized Puppets of Anomalisa

From writer Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson (Moral Orel, Frankenhole) comes Anomalisa. Now, you can watch and share the new “Peopling Anomalisa” featurette (see above) on how Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson humanized the puppets of Anomalisa.

Anomalisa tells the story of Michael Stone (David Thewlis), husband, father, and respected author of How May I Help You Help Them? is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he’s scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who may or may not be the love of his life.

A beautifully tender and absurdly humorous dreamscape, from the
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Interview: Charlie Kaufman is Animated About ‘Anomalisa’

Chicago – Charlie Kaufman is one of the most inventive and creative minds in film – he has written “Being John Malkovich,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Adaptation.” He recently teamed up with an animation director, Duke Johnson, to produce an unusual and contemporary stop-motion film, “Anomalisa.”

The use of stop motion in “Anamolisa” is much more poignant and philosophical than any other of these types of animated films before it. There is a customer service expert named Michael Stone (voice of David Thewlis), who experiences his life as mind-numbing sameness. Every man and woman sounds exactly the same (voice of Tom Noonan), until he meets a nebbish convention attendee named Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The film is a meditation on how life, at times, can be a mystery that needs to somehow be unlocked. The world can spin the same on a daily basis, yet there are those nuggets of consequence that exist,
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[Review] Hell and Back

You may have noticed posters for the R-rated, stop-motion animated comedy Hell and Back throughout the summer and fall seasons in anticipation of its October release only to find it didn’t come to a theater near you. It was released and took in about $150,000 on the few screens it graced to the chagrin of a ton of hopeful Nick Swardson fans complaining on the movie’s Facebook page about their inability to watch. So this week brings with it a belated VOD Christmas gift for many. To all those who believe themselves one of these brave souls chomping at the bit, please look deep inside yourself and really ask whether Swardson is your God because his being merely a passing chuckle won’t be enough to save you.

The brainchild of Human Giant creator Tom Gianas (who co-directs with Moral Orel and Robot Chicken art director Ross Shuman), Robot Chicken writer Zeb Wells,
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Review: Anomalisa

Tim here. The biggest strength of Anomalisa is that it's the most prominent, prestigious animated feature made in the U.S. for an exclusively adult audience in ages and ages. Since Fritz the Cat, probably; maybe even of all time. The film is the brainchild of Charlie Kaufman, who initially wrote it as an audio-driven stageplay performed by the same cast as the movie; he turned it into a stop-motion feature with the help of co-director Duke Johnson, a veteran of the dark Adult Swim satire Moral Orel. Oddly, it's perhaps the least outré film of Kaufman's career, despite being animated. Or maybe it's exactly the dirty trick of the movie that Kaufman's most ruthlessly realistic story ever would also be the one that is the least objectively "real" of all of them.

That story centers on Michael Stone (David Thewlis), a melancholy author traveling to Cincinnati to give the
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