Captain Kirk

Captain Kirk

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bill makes a cartoon. I'm afraid to watch.

Via People online:
While the Star Trek franchise he helped make famous is achieving success at warp speed at the box office, the original Captain Kirk is exploring the final frontier of cyberspace.

In The Gavones, his new YouTube cartoon, William Shatner directs and voices Don Salmonella Gavone, who's struggling to pick an heir from his four misfit sons. The pilot episode has just been posted, with the next installment due out within a month.

Think of the Gavone family as the-Sopranos-meets-Hollywood, says Shatner.

"It's the mafia in Hollywood trying to make a hit – and half the family think it's murder and the other half thinks it's a movie," Shatner told exclusively. "It's a comedic Soprano family."

In the pilot, Shatner used friends and family to voice the characters. Down the line, Shatner says that Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese are likely to appear – their cartoon likenesses, anyway.

"We can get anybody we want with the flick [of a pen]," he says.

So why has Shatner, who most recently starred in Boston Legal, turned his hand to animation?

"I decided a cartoon on YouTube would be really fun," he says. "All those media forms like Facebook and Twitter, we don't know where they're going to take us; certainly YouTube is unique in its form. So it seemed like a good idea to investigate how to do entertainment on it."
But here's the buried lede, as Harry Shearer would say:
Priceline is sponsoring the series, which will comprise 6-7 episodes and run twice a month.
Of course they are!

Well, here it is. Will someone please watch it for me?


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Cheryl said...

I have done as you asked. *shudder*

Some day, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day -- accept this viewing as a gift on the Don's daughter's wedding day.

Older than TOS said...

Makes me proud to be a Sicilian-American. No, wait...