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The Venture Bros. Special: From the Ladle to the Grave

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This Sunday at midnight, Adult Swim will air a 15-minute Venture Bros. musical mockumentary called From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy. Hardcore fans who need an immediate fix can download the Shallow Gravy EP Jacket now.


Move This To The Top of Your Queue: Five Reasons Why You Should Rediscover "Home Movies"

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"Move This to the Top of Your Queue" is our new feature that tells you about wonderful shows or movies that have just appeared on (or will soon disappear from) your favorite online streaming services.


What to watch: Home Movies

Where to find it: Netflix streaming added all 52 episodes last month; there are five episodes from Season 3 on Hulu; and a set of 15 episodes are available for free at Adult Swim.


Ah, summer. When kids are free. Released from the constraints of school, they finally have the time to be ignored by their parents and abused by their soccer coach all day long. If they get lucky, however, there are also days when they can hang with their friends, let loose their imaginations, and, perhaps, create a series of short but alarmingly sophisticated cinematic dramas that comment (albeit somewhat obliquely) on their most challenging life experiences.

The 1999-2004 classic Home Movies follows eight-year-old aspiring filmmaker Brendan Small (voiced by . . . Brendan Small) and his friends Melissa (Melissa Bardin Galsky) and Jason (H. Jon Benjamin) as they take the challenges of being a kid and channel them into short but ambitious films. Typical episodes revolve around whatever movie idea Brendan has cooked up that week. And we’re not talking about the type simple movies you'd expect from children this age. Plots range from a rock opera about Franz Kafka to sci-fi epics about spacemen fighting the super villain team of evil George Washington, Picasso and Annie Oakley. Frequently, these films mirror the children's more stressful "real life" experiences - and these kids are going through quite a bit; but one of the show's greatest comedic pleasures is watching how the children face those challenges with a level of maturity that far exceeds that of the adults who purportedly care for them.

Brendan lives with his recently divorced mom, Paula (initially Paula Poundstone, then Janine Ditullo), with whom he has a relationship that skews closer to friends than mother and son. And then there’s Coach McGuirk (H. Jon Benjamin again): an overweight, often drunk, galoot of a man who attempts to coach Brendan and Melissa’s soccer team while giving them outrageously terrible advice.

I love the show, but haven't seen enough of it to consider myself a connoisseur. So I've brought in our resident Home Movies expert, Dan Sai, to help show us around the series.

After the jump, you can find his top five reasons why you should set aside part of your sunny summer for Home Movies. (And yes, it includes loads of delicious clips!)

Michael Rianda's "Work"

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It's always nice to hear from listeners about the work they do while they listen to our shows. Michael Rianda left a comment on one of our donor videos that he spent all of last year working on this short film (his third year project in animation school at CalArts) and listening to JJGo.

The film is really lovely, charming, funny and a little inspiring. Thanks, Michael!

Jordan Jesse Game: The Cut Scenes

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After a great pledge drive, I thought I'd share this bit of content with everyone - until now, it was only available on our DVD. These are the animated cutscenes from Jordan, Jesse, Game!, written and directed by Dan Henrick with special guests Andy Daly and John Hodgman.

Steve Dildarian's "Angry Unpaid Hooker"

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This short film, which is very NSFW, was the genesis of HBO's "The Life and Times of Tim."

OH!

WHAT A COINCIDENCE!

I'M INTERVIEWING THE CREATOR OF SAID PROGRAM ON MY LIVE SHOW SATURDAY IN SAN FRANCISCO?

AND TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW?

LBJ Orders Pants

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This is the latest from my non-MaxFun project, Put This On.

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson needed some pants, so he called Haggar to ask for some. The call was recorded, and later became one of the most beloved White House tapes of all time. For the reason why, you'll have to watch.

Animator Tawd Dorenfeld helped us create this short.

Watch! Enjoy! Share!

Lee Unkrich, Director of Toy Story 3 and Pixar Veteran: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich is the director of Toy Story 3. He's worked at Pixar for more than 15 years, and co-directed Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 2. Before he worked at Pixar, he was an editor in non-animated film = his credits include a TV movie called "Separated By Murder" and the erotic TV thriller Silk Stalkings.

Lee talked with us about being a non-animator in an animation company, and what his traditional film-making skills mean in a Pixar context. He also talks about introducing themes of mortality into kids' movie, and the pressure of making a Pixar film.

Lee Unkrich's Monkey

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Six or eight months ago, I visited director Lee Unkrich at Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California. Lee is a Sound of Young America listener, and he was kind enough to invite me out for a tour while I was in the Bay Area visiting family.

The topics of conversation included how great Kristen Schaal is and the crazy offices at Pixar. You see, when they moved into their facility, they let the artists buy sheds at Home Depot and assemble them in the open-floor-plan office. You know the kind of backyard shed that looks like a tiny house? Pixar is full of those. The bigwigs' offices are even crazier, and Lee's is full of taxidermied animals.

I thought I would score some cool points by asking if he'd been to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. Well, said Lee, My wife said I could only have one taxidermied animal in the house, so I chose a monkey. Then I had the founder of the MJT help me build a diorama for it.

Pictured, above.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 131: Dinosaurs with Aqua Teen Hunger Force's Dave Willis and Dana Snyder

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Guests: 
Dave Willis
Guests: 
Dana Snyder

Dave Willis and Dana Snyder of Aqua Teen Hunger Force join Jesse and Jordan for a discussion of Girl Scout cookies, cement dinosaurs and tour buses, among other things. The two are in the midst of a national tour.

Mel Blanc and Letterman

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Mel Blanc is truly amazing - but the most striking moment in this for me is seeing Letterman squirm when Blanc comes out doing schtick. He drops it quickly, but as an interviewer, I can identify.

via Merlin

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