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G.I. Joe PSA parodies are viral videos created by Chicago-based filmmmaker Eric Fensler in 2003. Fensler’s production company Fensler Films created a total set of 25 spoof PSAs, and spread primarily through Ebaumsworld as embedded Quicktime videos before YouTube was created.
The original 1980’s G.I. Joe cartoon by Sunbow/Marvel that ran from 1984-1987, and by DiC Entertainment from 1989-1991, featured Public Safety Announcement’s at the end of each episode called “knowing is half the battle”. The Fensler parodies dubbed over these with nonsensical dialogue about pork chop sandwiches, body massages, and computers telling you to “stop all the downloadin’”.
Hasbro issued a cease and desist letter to Fensler on September 9th, 2004, claiming grounds based on copyright infringement. Fensler complied and took down the videos, but it was too late. The content had spread all over the Internet by this point.
Eric eventually stared hosting his original set of 25 on his website again. You can view them here.
For your eyeball absorption this week: blue tinted terror trailers for your TV. Tapes that kill! TV sets that kidnap kids! VCRs that mutate! Satellites and antennae that transmit aliens, monsters, demons and g-g-g-g-g-ghosts! Jam some fresh batteries in the old clicker and clutch a yellowed hand to your ticker! It's evil TV week on Trailer Trash.
Oh, Television! This bowl of luke-warm tapioca represents my brain. I offer it to you in humble sacrifice. Bestow thy flickering light forever. -Calvin, age 6.
Hey! Watch out for the Network Awesome movie of the week: "Remote Control" in the lineup, or in the archives! A video clerk stumbles onto a VHS tape that is being used to control the minds of earthlings by an alien force out to take over the world! Remote Control stars Kevin Dillon (Entourage, The Blob) and Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky, Bound). 1988. 88min. Color.
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