Community's December 9 animated Christmas episode, in which Abed (Danny Pudi) learns the meaning of Christmas (and which featured a shout-out to TV Guide Magazine!), is a holiday miracle in itself. As overseen by 23D Films owners James Fino (who previously worked on King of the Hill) and Joe Russo (The Simpsons), the stop-motion animation was completed in four months, less than half the time it takes to produce an episode of The Simpsons. "We needed every ounce of that time," Fino says. "It couldn't be whipped off. We had to be at the top of our games." Animators from the movies Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas also contributed their talents. To Read More Click Here.
Abed dreams up a stop-motion animated Christmas in a special episode of Community, airing tonight (December 9). Below are three sneak peeks and a synopsis. IN THIS SPECIAL STOP MOTION ANIMATION EPISODE, THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS LOST AND ABED’S INTENSE FIXATION ON CHRISTMAS CONCERNS THE GROUP When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). To Read More Click Here.
NBC's Community can often be seen more as a romp through a postmodern funhouse than a standard-issue sitcom. The series has offered inspired parodies of action flicks, zombie movies, GoodFellas and Apollo 13 and featured a bizarre mash-up of Mean Girls and Robocop. More recently, it exploded the notion of the "bottle episode," TV-industry jargon for shows shot with limited budgets on existing sets with a limited number of cast members to compensate for more costly episodes. This week, it's serving up an animated parody of the old, cheesy Rankin-Bass holiday cartoons (airing Thursday at 8/7c). All of this meta-posturing led us to a theory that wouldn't be out of place alongside the rafts of speculation that came from Lost fans: That the characters in Community are real people who are slowly coming to the realization that they are trapped inside a TV sitcom, not dissimilar to the circumstances confronting the characters of the Jean Paul Sartre play No Exit. To Read More Click Here.
Watch a sneak peek and check out photos of the upcoming episode of COMMUNITY Season 2 Episode 11 titled "Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas" which will air Thursday December 9 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis: When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed’s mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed’s winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong also star. Source & Preview
Community fans have long understood that Shirley's ex-husband, Andre, is a womanizing jerk. So what to make of the fact that he's actually a friendly guy — and played by the actor who portrayed lovable Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show? Malcolm-Jamal Warner joins the NBC comedy January 20 for a three-episode arc in which Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Andre are dating again — and Shirley informs the gang she's pregnant, though Troy (Donald Glover) realizes the baby may not be Andre's. "You've heard all these awful things Andre's done, and then you meet him and it's Bill Cosby's son!" says Glover. Brown agrees that Warner "comes with such inherent goodwill. Just his face rehabilitates Andre immediately." To Read More Click Here.
Check out a first look of the upcoming episode of COMMUNITY Season 2 Episode 10 titled "Mixology Certification" which will air Thursday December 2 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis: TROY GETS MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR WHEN THE STUDY GROUP GATHERS TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY – When the study group convenes to celebrate Troy’s (Donald Glover) birthday, they realize he is actually turning 21 and decide to hit the bars! While Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) ingest a few too many cocktails and get silly, Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) gets busy pulling down incriminating photos of herself that are posted at the bar. Annie (Alison Brie) embraces the identify on her fake ID, while Abed (Danny Pudi) delves into conversation with a fellow sci-fi nerd. When Senor Chang (Ken Jeong) finds the fresh remains of a birthday cake in the study room, he vows to find the group. Chevy Chase also stars. Source & Photos
We’ve already had a couple brief looks at the promising stop-motion animated Christmas episode of Community on December 9th, and now NBC lets everyone go behind the scenes with series stars Danny Pudi (Abed) and the gorgeous Alison Brie (Annie) as they see how all the animated glory comes together. They take a journey to visit the various artists and other crew members who are meticulously putting together their stop-motion counterparts that will come to life in Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas . The episode will find Abed on a quest to find the meaning of Christmas after he awakens in stop-motion animation. A worried Jeff and Britta seek help from Professor Duncan, and the group eventually undergo hypnosis to join Abed in his world. Check out both parts of the candid behind-the-scenes videos as well as better pictures of the stop-motion figures for each cast member below. Source & Video
NBC brings over the Christmas joy early through its holiday promo. The network's Thursday line-up would feature an animated "Community" episode, a not-so-peaceful Christmas on "30 Rock" and a one-hour "The Office" episode where Amy Ryan's Holly Flax returns to Scranton. In "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas", when Abed wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff and Britta become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan. The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed's winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed's madness. To Read More Click Here.
Showing absolutely no respect for his elders whatsoever, Joel McHale of 'Community' takes several potshots at Regis Philbin's age on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). First, McHale jokes that 79-year-old Philbin "knew the Wright brothers." Then, he segues into a story involving an old couple he traveled with on a flight, but starts to say they were nowhere near as old as Philbin himself. But the final insult comes as McHale delivers a backhanded compliment on Philbin's long-running career. "You are the king of all television," he said. "Like, when radio started, you probably went on radio and ... you just started bursting into people's homes." "That's the third one!" complained Philbin. "When does he stop?!" Source & Video
This season of Community has been, among other things, a confident ode to pop culture, taking on everything from the zombie genre and RoboCop to a Secret Garden/Mean Girls overlap. And now, the students of Greendale are taking on another gem: the stop-motion holiday special. We first heard about it this fall, and now, there’s a glorious photo to further whet the collective appetite. Community is the first show I watch on Thursday nights, and that’s saying something. I love 30 Rock, I love Big Bang Theory, I have to watch The Office, Grey’s has had this ridiculous resurgence this season and I’m obsessed again, and sometimes Bones can’t wait for the weekend. But my first choice is always Community. To Read More Click Here.