DmPranks Productions

Pranks are definitely fun…. as long as your not the victim. DM Pranks is a channel on YouTube shared between two friends – Diego and Mateo, hence the initials – who center their insane scares in Brazil (don’t check me on this fact, I could be wrong). In this new prank involving killer clowns, Diego and Mateo take their jokes to whole new levels of terror and comedy.

Killer Clowns

I love DM Pranks not only because of it’s mind numbing fun – which definitely earns a few laughs every now and then – but also because it’s videos can be realitvely thought provoking. Sometimes, you feel bad for the poor victims of this prank, wondering what they must be feeling after something like this happens. Do they laugh? Do they yell in frustration? It forces you to think about the nature of pranks – how far is too far? – and it has to make us wonder, “What would I do in this kind of situation?”

It’s hard to say what I’d do if I was pranked like this. Would I run like many of the people in the video? Would I fight or call for help? Would I freeze up? And honestly, what would happen if I did anything but run? It’s nice yet somewhat terrifying to think of the possibilities.

Laugh Factory

 

 

The Laugh Factory channel on YouTube is an extension of the new media and production arm of Laugh Factory, Inc – a comedy club with locations in Hollywood, Long Beach, Chicago, and Las Vegas. The man in the video, Chris James, is a British born actor/comedian and, despite having only a few videos on the Laugh Factory Channel, is one of their well-known stand-up comedians.

Truth be told, I have a hate-love relationship with Laugh Factory. More often than not, some people just aren’t funny. Then again, comedy is subjective: what makes you laugh doesn’t necessarily makes others laugh. That said, sometimes it’s hard sifting through tens of mediocre just to find one that is pure gold. But when I do find the video I’m looking for – and I’m not looking for much, basically just any video that can make me laugh out loud – I feel as though all the searching was worth it. After all, there’s nothing more powerful than the sound of laughter. It can do just about anything, whether it’s making you feel better after a crappy day or keeping a relatively good day rolling.

Honest Trailers by The Screen Junkies

If you’re not tired of my Game of Thrones BS 🙂



If you ARE tired of my Game of Thrones BS 🙂

On the Screen Junkies YouTube channel, “Honest Trailers” is a series of trailers that satirizes and parodies various movies and TV shows and is narrated by Jon Bailey. Often, the videos not-so subtly take to pointing out various plot mistakes and pop cultural references.

Reminiscent of Cinema Sins, I enjoy Honest Trailers because of it’s ability to delve beyond the layer of high self-esteem most favorably rated movies and TV shows have and poke fun at their insecurities. For example, as pointed out in the first video, Game of Thrones has an obsession with trivial nudity and sexual content (jest fo lolz, he he) and harbors a large cast of characters that the average fan can’t possibly remember. Frozen, while the highest grossing animated movie to date, has been criticized for a lack of plot and a few mediocre, unmemorable songs which Honest Trailers mentions in another of their videos.

In the case of making fun of phenomenal movies and crappy movies alike, Honest Trailers and Cinema Sins are certainly in the top for my list of “Favorite YouTube Channels.”

Medieval Land Fun-Time World

“I put word into other people’s mouths.”

An understatement by the anonymous individual who runs the infamous Bad Lip Reading channel on YouTube. Bad Lip Reading, abbreviated as BLR, is a show that aims to spoof clips from films, TV shows, songs, and political news stories by overdubbing humorous vocals that match the lip movements of the targets.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the producer of BLR, a Texas-based music and video producer who has kept his identity a secret, said in an interview that he learned the art of lip reading from his mother who lost her hearing in her 40’s. But while she excelled at lip reading, he was “terrible at it.”

I love the “trailer” for Medieval Land Fun-Time World because I’m a huge Thronie. You know this. But also because the creator is able to take a new creative spin on GOT spoofs: by making a movie trailer. The premise of the trailer itself actually has a different premise, a man attempting to run a medieval theme park despite the lack of motivation from his incompetent employees, that lends itself to humor. The lip reading is also pretty stellar, making the movie trailer all the more real (despite the fact the movie trailer is an obnoxious 5 minutes long, however, let it be noted that they don’t call this the extended movie trailer for nothing).

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Lip_Reading

Esma Movies and “Mau”

I don’t really know much about Esma Movies. What I do know is the videos are created by students from France’s ESMA School for animation, graphic design, and photography. Mau is their most popular 3D animation with more than 1.4 million views.

Mau takes place in Ancient Egypt and follows two street cats: Kiphy and Myeou. In an attempt to steal milk from the royal palace to feed themselves and the orphan kittens, Kiphy is adopted by the reigning pharaoah, highlighting the Ancient Egyptians’ obsession with cats. Kiphy is pampered in the royal palace while the other cats starve. However, when Myeou tries to talk some sense into Kiphy, Kiphy suspiciously give up his place by the pharaoh’s side to Myeou, claiming to be “ashamed” and “unworthy” of the position. However, it is revealed that the pharaoh is dead and – true to the Egyptain practice of mummy burials – Myeou is wrapped in gauze and entombed with the pharaoh while Kiphy, having stolen the pharaoh’s leftover milk, recounts a false story to the kittens of what actually transpired.

I like Esma Movies because the storylines for their animations don’t resemble that of trivial cartoons. Their themes, especially in Mau, touch on friendship, loyalty, betrayal, truth, and greed. Typically, while some of their animations are exceptions to the rule, the good guy doesn’t win in the end and live happily ever after. Life gets in the way and screws some of the character’s over, leaving the watcher ultimately angry or unhappy (yet that isn’t to say that the ending isn’t satisfying/doesn’t serve its purpose). The authors have also incorporated a lot of dark humor, mostly notable in Tadufeu. Also, the detail in the animations themselves are impeccable, especially with their other short animation Little Tombstone. 

In conclusion, I don’t really know much about France’s ESMA School, but I love what they’ve done with their short animations and I hope the students responsible for creating Mau and these other short animations make it big. It’s one thing to create a banging animation and another to create a great story. To do both – and in the span of 5-7 minutes, I might add – is simply incredible.

Game of Thrones Birthday Rap

It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Game of Thrones fan. Like seriously, if you know me yet haven’t noticed this by now then we’re not friends. I promise you. Even the people that hate me know this. Like seriously, where the hell have you been?

Now, as a huge Thronie, for me not to talk about this video would be a crime. I’m now officially obsessed with it.

[WATCH IT WITH SUBTITLES!]

Stage 5, while not my usual cup of tea, is an entertainment channel on Youtube dedicated to “emerging trends in gaming and geek culture.” Game of Thrones, while sometimes considered a pop culture phenomenon, definitely fits into the geek culture scene.

This is currently my favorite video of all time because of (1) the way the creators portray Game of Thrones content and (2) it’s creativity.

Game of Thrones is definitely a complicated, time consuming fandom to get into, making it a major turn-off. It also has alot of sex and violence,  yet another turn off. That’s not to say people don’t know about it all. I’m pretty sure most of us internet addicts have seen the memes:

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That being said, many GOT videos are made for viewers/readers only. I’ve come across many GOT inspired videos but I haven’t been able to share them with my friends simply because they wouldn’t understand the little jokes about Valar Morguhlis, or the Iron Islands, or OBERYN MARTELL <3. But this video I can enjoy with my friends without wondering if they’ll laugh or not.
The video, to make it simple for non-Thronies, features only prominent characters, like Cersei Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, Daenerys (“Khaleesi”), Jon Snow, the rest of the Starks, and many more. At the same time the video doesn’t attempt to cater too much to non-viewers; there are little tidbits in the rap and innuendos that only Thronies can understand. Nevertheless, everyone leaves happy.  But while this allows me to like the video, this isn’t called Game of Thrones Birthday Rap for nothing.

I love this video mostly because of its setting. A father – who is a hardcore Thronie – throws a GOT-themed birthday party for his son. This video definitely plays on the “Game of Thrones is not appropriate for younger audiences” idea.
The hired entertainment, people who really  play up the characters they are assigned and decide to throw an epic rap battle, quickly make a mess of things.
The video ends with the mother saying to her husband, “You know this means divorce right?” I can honestly say I don’t think anyone has thought of a GOT-themed birthday party for children. But I really think what allowed me to enjoy this more was the fact I kept picturing Agnus’s birthday party from Despicable Me 2. [Is Gru a Thronie? He should be…]