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Parks & Recreation: Every Mouse Rat Name | Screen Rant

Andy Dwyer’s band, Mouse Rat, went through quite a few name changes in Parks and Recreation. The character, played by Chris Pratt, served as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock band. Over the course of the sitcom, the band attempted to rebrand so often that even its die-hard fans (mainly Andy’s friends and co-workers) found it hard to keep up.

When Andy was introduced on Parks and Recreation season 1, he was a starving artist (so to speak) with the hope of becoming a famous musician. He was unemployed and living with his girlfriend, Ann Perkins, but he refused to give up on his rock band dream. Mouse Rat’s sound was inspired by Dave Matthews Band, while Andy’s vocals could be compared to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Despite the band’s efforts to reach a wider audience, they never made it outside of Pawnee. Prior to the start of Parks and Rec, the band won the Pawnee Battle of the Bands contest, but at the time the group was known as Scarecrow Boat.

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They held on to the name Mouse Rat for a while and released “The Awesome Album,” which Andy tried to sell at his shoeshiner booth in the Pawnee Town Hall building. Around that time, April Ludgate took over as the band’s manager. Mouse Rat were known for their vulgar lyrics, but at times they were capable of creating something memorable. In season 3, they got their biggest gig to date by performing “5,000 Candles in the Wind” for Li’l Sebastian’s memorial service. It was a long journey up to that point and the band was about to go through a few bumps in the road. Throughout Mouse Rat’s history, they went through a number of identity crises. Here are all of the other names besides Mouse Rat that the band used in Parks and Rec:

  • Andy and the D-Bags
  • The Andy Andy Andys
  • Andy Dwyer Experience
  • Angel Snack
  • Crackfinger
  • Death of a Scam Artist
  • Department of Homeland Obscurity
  • Everything Rhymes with Orange
  • Fiveskin
  • Flames For Flames
  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants
  • Fourskin
  • God Hates Figs
  • Hand Grill Suicide
  • Jet Black Pope
  • Just The Tip
  • Malice In Chains
  • Muscle Confusion
  • Ninjadick
  • Nothing Rhymes with Orange
  • Penis Pendulum
  • Possum Pendulum
  • Punch Face Champions
  • Puppy Pendulum
  • Rad Wagon
  • Razordick
  • Teddy Bear Suicide
  • Threeskin
  • Two Doors Down
  • Tackle Shaft

Following Mouse Rat’s performance at the memorial service, the band broke apart for a bit – or at least, that was what Andy thought. He was focused on his newfound career in the Parks Department when he realized his former band members were still playing, but under the name Rat Mouse. Andy understandably felt betrayed that the band, full of his old friends, would continue without him.

In Parks and Recreation season 6, Andy ran into his former bandmate, Andrew “Burly” Burlinson, and they looked back at their time with Mouse Rat. April then arranged for the band to reunite to perform “5,000 Candles in the Wind” during the Pawnee Unity Concert. The band was joined on-stage by The Decemberists, Ginuwine, Letters to Cleo, Yo La Tengo, Land Ho, and Duke Silver to play the memorial song. Around this time, Andy developed his new persona, Johnny Karate.

When April realized how much her husband missed music, she encouraged Andy to turn Johnny Karate into a career and he did just that. His dream finally came true as he became a famous performer with his TV show, Johnny Karate’s Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show.

Next: What Happened To Andy Dwyer After Parks & Rec Ended


2019-09-22 01:09:38

Kara Hedash

Minnie Mouse Voice Actor Russi Taylor Dies at 75 | Screen Rant

Minnie Mouse & The Simpsons’ Martin Prince voice actor Russi Taylor dies at 75. Taylor was the voice of numerous iconic characters throughout her lengthy career, but perhaps her most beloved efforts were those of Minnie Mouse and Martin Prince.

For those who grew up in the 1980s and 90s, Taylor was an indelible part of animated programming. Her debut came in 1980 as the voice of Strawberry Shortcake in the TV movie The World of Strawberry Shortcake, and from that point on she became the voice of a vast array of characters, including Pebbles Flintstone; several My Little Pony characters in the My Little Pony and Friends TV series; famed ducklings Huey, Duey and Louie in Ducktales and Minnie Mouse in a variety of animated Disney specials. In later years and up to the present, Taylor was a semi-regular cast member of The Simpsons, voicing the aforementioned Prince, as well as bratty twins Sherri and Terri and hilarious exchange student Üter Zörker.

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The unfortunate news that Taylor has passed away at the age of 75 comes to us courtesy of TV Line. Taylor had been battling colon cancer and her death comes almost exactly 10 years after her husband Wayne Allwine, who had been the voice of Mickey Mouse from 1991 until his death in 2009. Responding to the news of Taylor’s death, Disney CEO Bob Iger released the following statement:

For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world – a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere. We’re so grateful for Russi’s talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did. It was a privilege to have known her and an honor to have worked with her, and we take comfort in the knowledge that her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come. Russi will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to her family and friends, along with our deepest condolences.

The Simpsons’ official Twitter hosted tributes to Taylor, from Simpsons executive producers Al Jean and Matt Selman, with fans offering their own condolences and tributes to Taylor as well. And while The Simpsons is getting set to release season 31 at the end of September, many fans are left wondering if Taylor’s passing will mean the end of the road for the characters that she was responsible for, particularly Prince. The Simpsons producers have previously retired characters as a result of actors’ deaths, as was the case in 2013 when Marcia Wallace, who was the voice of Mrs. Krabappel, passed away.

Exactly what the future holds for The Simpsons characters that Taylor voiced is currently unknown. It would certainly be a shame to see such characters as Martin, Sherri and Terri and Üter take a permanent leave from the series, but at the same time, without the voice of Taylor behind them, one has to wonder if the same magic and humor would still thrive. Taylor was one of a kind and brought joy to so many that retiring her characters almost seems to be the most respectful thing to do at this point.

Rest in Peace Russi Taylor: May 4, 1944 – July 26, 2019

Source: TV Line


2019-07-29 02:07:25

Mike Jones

Mouse Guard Adaptation in Talks to Add Comedian Jake Whitehall

The Mouse Guard adaptation is in talks to add comedian Jack Whitehall. The comic book series has been a bi-monthly release ever since creator David Petersen brought it to life back in 2006. A big screen adaptation has been discussed for years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Petersen found a studio that shared his vision.

The studio tasked with bringing Mouse Guard to life is Fox, and so far the production is looking as though it’s shaping up into something quite magical. One of the first moves made on the project was to hire Gary Whitta, the writer behind the successful Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to adapt the comic books. The story follows a group of anthropomorphized mice during the Medieval Ages who band together in order to protect other mice and smaller creatures of their realm. While some have previously referred to the series as Game of Thrones with mice, the aim for the big screen adaptation is to create a film that is family friendly, but with real consequences – as is the case with the Star Wars films. So far, Mouse Guard has cast the likes of Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Samson Kayo, and Sonoya Mizuno.

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According to THR, a new face is about to be added to the film’s ever-growing roster. British comedian Jack Whitehall is reportedly in talks to join Mouse Guard as Kenzie, a staff-wielding member of the guard who typically gets paired with Kayo’s character, Saxson. While Saxson is often portrayed as something of a mischievous trouble maker, Kenzie is more measured and the two reportedly play off one another well, with a bit of a Han Solo/Chewbacca vibe between the characters.

As one of Britain’s fastest rising talents, Whitehall is a well-known comedian and actor in the United Kingdom. After being named Britain’s King of Comedy at the 2012 British Comedy Awards, his stature rapidly grew, and aside from being a regular on a handful of UK-based variety shows, Whitehall also stared in a number of popular television programs. With the arrival of his Netflix series Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, in which the comedian undertakes different journeys in the company of his stuffy father, Michael, Whitehall received his first substantial exposure in America. Since then, he’s gone on to some small roles in several Hollywood features, and will star in Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming Jungle Cruise.

So far, everything about Mouse Guard’s adaptation looks intriguing. It’s been previously noted that the adaptation will rely on Weta Digital for its stop motion/CG visual effects – the same company that was responsible for The Lord of the Rings, as well as Avatar, with a reported similar style expected to what was seen in the Planet of the Apes films. There’s plenty of room here for a franchise, and from the sounds of it, Fox/Disney are doing everything they can to ensure that when Mouse Guard does arrive in theaters, it will provide an experience unlike any other.

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Source: THR


2019-04-07 03:04:53

Mike Jones

Mouse Guard Movie Casts Andy Serkis & Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Fox’s Mouse Guard comic book movie has cast Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster to play key roles, ahead of production getting underway later this year. The Mouse Guard comics have been written and illustrated by David Petersen bi-monthly since 2006, and take place in an alternate Medieval world where sentient mice exist. Fox has been working on a live-action/CGI Mouse Guard film since 2016 and attached Wes Ball (The Maze Runner movie trilogy) to direct a couple years ago.

Mouse Guard follows the adventures of the titular (mouse) brotherhood, who spend their days protecting regular mice from the outside world and predators that seek to harm them. Fox and Ball were originally aiming to get production underway in January, but that didn’t happen. Now, however, they’re targeting a May start date and have started assembling the film’s cast.

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THR is reporting that Serkis has been cast as Mouse Guard‘s villain, the blacksmith Midnight. Meanwhile, Brodie-Sangster (who worked with Ball on The Maze Runner movies) will play Lieam, one of the Guard’s youngest and least experienced members. THS is also reporting that Giancarlo Esposito – who joined The Maze Runner franchise in the second film, The Scorch Trials – has been cast as Conrad, an older mouse who joins the Mouse Guard as a member of their seaside outpost, Calogero.

Serkis’ casting in Mouse Guard is something of a no-brainer, given his long and decorated history as a motion-capture actor. The film will use mo-cap and visual effects by WETA to bring its mouse characters to no doubt stunning photo-realistic life on the big screen. WETA, of course, is the same studio that transformed Serkis into Gollum for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and created the Na’vi for James Cameron’s Avatar. It’s been reported that Fox is budgeting Mouse Guard at $150 million, in order to cover the costs of the extensive post-production work needed to realize the movie’s animal characters. Clearly, the studio sees this one as the start of a potential franchise and is sparing no expense in making Petersen’s fantasy universe a cinematic reality.

There were concerns that Mouse Guard could fall by the wayside ahead of the Disney-Fox purchase, but that’s clearly not the case. It makes sense; some might described Mouse Guard as “Game of Thrones with mice”, but in reality the property is closer to the sort of fantasy adventure tentpoles that Disney’s released under its banner in the past (like the Chronicles of Narnia films). For that reason, the Mouse House and Fox should be comfortable about moving ahead with Mouse Guard as planned. It surely helps that Ball’s already shown he can deliver top-notch spectacle and set pieces on a lower-end blockbuster budget with The Maze Runner movies. Assuming that there are no last-minute holdups, the Mouse Guard film may be ready to reach theaters by early 2021, at its current pace.

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Source: THR, THS


2019-03-08 02:03:39

Sandy Schaefer