Wednesday, April 2, 2008

2007 Spaceballs Promo Card

Out of all the cards that I've profiled, this is by far the most disturbing. This is a 2007 San Diego Comic Con promo card for the upcoming Spaceballs: The Animated Series. It measures 5 x 7 inches and I'm assuming was given away at the convention. The last time that I was at a comic book convention, Star Trek: TNG was still a rumor.

I'm wondering exactly how this series will work. Will it really suck? It seems like the time for expanding the Dark Helmet story has passed. I was assuming that a second Spaceballs movie would have been written spoofing the second trilogy of Star Wars and poking fun at the sci-fi movies since 1987. I was wrong.

Instead, Mel Brooks has interrupted his Broadway milking of his biggest hits to approve a cartoon series. I suppose I should be psyched about this, but I'm not. I can quote the movie pretty much verbatim. My biggest concern would be towards the legacy of the movie.

How can someone step in and replace John Candy? He has some big shoes to fill. I don't mean from his weight. John Candy had a certain presence that I can't see anyone replacing. Any attempt at imitating would seem hollow. Just look at John Caponera's Harry Caray ads for AT&T. Even though John's imitation was sincere and he did have the late broadcaster's approval of the imitation, it came off as being creepy and in poor taste.

And now for the real thing.

Since I've subjected you to those, here's what you really came for.


--David said...

UGH, a Spaceballs Animated Series!?! Maybe it's an April Fool's joke... I loved the movie, but turning it into a cartoon? Why, and why NOW!?! I'll pass... Though, it goes to show that good really is dumb....

Steve Gierman said...

I've been hearing about it for more than a year. Hopefully, it will go the same route as the Blues Brothers cartoon from 1997. I believe that 13 episodes were ready for viewing, but the show was shelved.

Wax Heaven said...

One of the greatest comedies of all-time. I don't care if Mel is involved, unless they have every single original actor on board...I will ignore it.