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2013-12-08 12:37:05 AM
No, we don't.  Use your imagination.
 
2013-12-08 01:45:45 AM
IO9 is a Gawker site. I don't really need to pay them any attention. I can just as easily read reddit and Tumblr on my own.
 
2013-12-08 01:59:14 AM
People of Earth, your attention, please

Gawker is the devil. No need to click.
 
2013-12-08 02:04:35 AM
Why do people need animations done? There was a whole movie made about the books, and it was quite good (not trolling).
 
2013-12-08 02:17:04 AM

Bucky Katt: No, we don't.  Use your imagination.


Movies are more popular than books.
 
2013-12-08 02:22:44 AM

GreenAdder: IO9 is a Gawker site. I don't really need to pay them any attention. I can just as easily read reddit and Tumblr on my own.


I see five green io9 links for yesterday and tonight, out of fifteen.

Also two buzzfeed and a gizmodo.

Why the sudden outrage?
 
2013-12-08 03:12:01 AM

sure haven't: Why do people need animations done? There was a whole movie made about the books, and it was quite good (not trolling).


Well, the movie farked up Zaphod.
 
2013-12-08 03:25:27 AM
I usually hate io9 as much as the next guy, but on this particular page, they had several of the videos embedded, so you don't have to scour YouTube for them. For those who didn't click, they are animations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy done using the audio from the original radio plays. IMHO, they are quite well done.

Here, let me help you out a bit:
Marvin vs. the Frogstar Tank
Arthur vs. the Nutrimatic Drinks Dispenser
The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything
The Whale and the Bowl of Petunias
Arthur Dent and Lintilla

sure haven't: Why do people need animations done? There was a whole movie made about the books, and it was quite good (not trolling).


Well, I think the movie was a reasonably okay incarnation of the Guide (though they just had to Americanize it and throw in stupid romance plots). It had its moments, even some original ones (like the face slapping things on Vogsphere), that were definitely in the right spirit and quite funny. But, it really doesn't hold a candle to the brilliance of the original radio series (or even the books, which are also excellent). IMNSHO.

HotWingAgenda: Well, the movie farked up Zaphod.


I'll kind of disagree. The movie did change him, but he'd already rather changed quite a bit between the radio series and the books. Changing him again for the movie wasn't a big deal, nor was it a fark-up, in my opinion. Different is not necessarily bad, and Zaphod in the movie was funny, as was Mos Def as Ford Prefect. Different, but it worked.

Remember, if there is one thing that has been constant for every incarnation of the guide (radio series, BBC TV series, InfoCom game, books, and movie), it is that every one has been different. ;)

/subby, catching an elusive greenlight
 
2013-12-08 05:13:02 AM
The TV series had cheesy special effects and sets but the animations of the Guide itself were great for a time when nobody knew what computer graphics were going to look like,

Here's the first part of the first episode

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLwreD9NL7c
 
2013-12-08 05:17:34 AM
Better, the whole of the first episode, and it looks like the whole series is there

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWlhBkAE_-4
 
2013-12-08 07:49:58 AM

mamoru: Well, I think the movie was a reasonably okay incarnation of the Guide (though they just had to Americanize it and throw in stupid romance plots). It had its moments, even some original ones (like the face slapping things on Vogsphere), that were definitely in the right spirit and quite funny. But, it really doesn't hold a candle to the brilliance of the original radio series (or even the books, which are also excellent). IMNSHO.


To be fair, it's a damned hard book to translate to film. There are so many asides and narration and internal dialog, there's no way a movie could do it justice. Too bad it bombed though, I would have liked to have seen Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
 
2013-12-08 08:20:37 AM
That was one of the dumbest farking movies I've ever watched.
 
2013-12-08 08:25:49 AM

Bucky Katt: No, we don't.  Use your imagination.


This. And the way Adams writes, it's near impossible to not visualize what you're reading
 
2013-12-08 08:30:57 AM
Every once in a while I try watching the movie but I shut it off in a fit of rage over the missed opportunities. The elements are all there. The principal cast is great on paper. But the dumbing down of the jokes turned it into something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

/ the old BBC TV series may have been cheesy but it was a far better adaptation
// those animations look cool, I wish somebody would do the whole thing that way
 
2013-12-08 08:46:17 AM
People of the Earth, can you hear me?
Came a voice from the sky on the magical night
And in the colors of a thousand sunsets
They travelled to the world on a silvery light
 
2013-12-08 08:59:25 AM
I liked the animation, but what I liked even better was that I started looking things up--like, who is Nick Page?--and as a result, I stumbled onto an hourlong standup routine on youtube by David Cross from 1999, and he ends with an epic rip of James Lipton, who was a co-star later on Arrested Development (awwwwwwwkward!).  What an entertaining way to start my Sunday.
 
2013-12-08 10:20:15 AM

Smashed Hat: Every once in a while I try watching the movie but I shut it off in a fit of rage over the missed opportunities. The elements are all there. The principal cast is great on paper. But the dumbing down of the jokes turned it into something almost, but not quite, entirely unlike The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.

/ the old BBC TV series may have been cheesy but it was a far better adaptation
// those animations look cool, I wish somebody would do the whole thing that way


Like mamoru said, and from what I remember even Douglas Adams has said, each version of the HH' Guide is different from the other, it's own telling. And for me, since in one of the novels they revealed multiple versions of Earth that the Vogons had to destroy, I'm fine with the multiple interpretations of the whole Guide.
 
2013-12-08 10:32:01 AM

Unoriginal_Username: Bucky Katt: No, we don't.  Use your imagination.

This. And the way Adams writes, it's near impossible to not visualize what you're reading


Books? You folks need to dig out the original radio plays. 12 noon on Sundays, BBC radio 4. Before 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue'. 1980- something.

Why yes, I am that old.

/ hHGTTG hipster.
 
2013-12-08 11:15:33 AM

opiumpoopy: Before 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue'. 1980- something.


1978, actually.  And yes, I listened to them.
 
2013-12-08 11:50:28 AM
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2013-12-08 01:03:31 PM

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Whatever the flaws in the film, and there are many, Alan Rickman's Marvin was genius.
 
2013-12-08 01:10:55 PM

Mugato: Maul555: [nehovistecose.files.wordpress.com image 700x457]

Whatever the flaws in the film, and there are many, Alan Rickman's Marvin was genius.


Agreed.  I also rather liked Martin Freeman's Arthur.  Not as much of a fan of Mos Def's Ford; each time he delivered a line, it just seemed...off.  Maybe he was too likable; I dunno.

Zaphod was a mixed bag.  Sometimes he seemed totally wrong, and other times he seemed totally perfect.

I think Zooey was fine but the part wasn't written all that well.  She was less annoying than the TV version, at least.
 
2013-12-08 02:33:39 PM

Professor_Nutbutter: opiumpoopy: Before 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue'. 1980- something.

1978, actually.  And yes, I listened to them.


You got me. I was only five in 1978 and only heard the first episodes when they were broadcast with the second series in 1980...
 
2013-12-08 08:23:17 PM

cheer: Mos Def's Ford; each time he delivered a line, it just seemed...off.


That's exactly what I liked about him. Made him actually seem like an alien. ;)
 
2013-12-09 01:15:41 AM

mamoru: cheer: Mos Def's Ford; each time he delivered a line, it just seemed...off.

That's exactly what I liked about him. Made him actually seem like an alien. ;)


No, not off in that sense.  That would have been perfect.  Just off from a normal comedic sense.
 
2013-12-09 02:21:54 PM

opiumpoopy: You got me. I was only five in 1978 and only heard the first episodes when they were broadcast with the second series in 1980...


I was eleven or so, and used to listen with my dad before Humph and company were on.  The radio show has stood up pretty well to the tides of time, and someone has also adapted the later books.  Give 'em a go, I'm sure you'll enjoy them!
 
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