Amazing Internet Things

Amazing Internet Things: James Bond: Friendship is Magic? Sort of.

So, did you all know that My Little Pony is a thing again? Embarrassing personal confession time: growing up this was totally my favorite cartoon; yet, somehow I only realized that ponies are popular again very recently. The animated series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic kicked off in 2010, but it wasn’t until I went to Comic Con and experienced the phenomenon of “bronies” firsthand (yes, that’s a real thing) that I had any inkling about how big a deal these little animals have become.

What does this have to do with British anything, you may ask? Well, as far as I’m aware, there isn’t a tiny Union Jack pony on the show yet (though there should be!), but this pony-themed mash-up video is far and away one of the most creative things I've seen on the internet in the past couple of weeks, thanks to Anglophenia.

The full trailer for upcoming James Bond film Skyfall – or James Bond 23, if you’re counting – was recently released, and a very enterprising YouTube fan has already managed to create a ponified version of Bond called Skydash using Friendship is Magic footage.

Click through to check out Skydash for yourself, and compare it to the actual Bond trailer. You’re probably going to be surprised by the fact that it’s actually kind of awesome. This should not work at all, and yet, it totally does.

Amazing Internet Things: Let’s Go Old School with “The Mystery of the Missing Cat”

This is an installment of “Amazing Internet Things” that isn’t so much about sharing the latest and greatest new video or generally nifty thing from around the internet. Instead, let’s take a minute to appreciate an exceptionally awesome blast from the past.

My Sherlock withdrawal is well documented around here, so generally that means I spend a lot of time looking around the internet for random things of interest to help me deal with the fact that we’re still five months from the start of filming on Series 3, let alone to whenever we’ll actually get to see it. Normally, this sort of internet sleuthing means watching a lot of random, angsty videos dedicated to working out all various feelings about The Reichenbach Fall, but sometimes, it turns up some real gems that make you smile.

This bit of awesomeness – which has nothing at all to do with Steven Moffat or Benedict Cumberbatch -will still warm the heart of any Sherlockian that happens to be reading. Watch classic Sesame Street segment “Mysterious Theater,” hosted by Vincent Twice (hee!) and featuring the always awesome Sherlock Hemlock.

Click through to watch a slightly shorter, definitely furrier version of Holmes and Watson tackle “The Mystery of the Missing Cat.”

Amazing Internet Things: A Very British Quiz on a Very American Holiday

Happy Fourth of July to us Americans! Hope everyone has a safe and happy celebration today, whatever your plans are. I wondered a bit about what I should post today, but ultimately decided - what would be a more appropriate post on this very American holiday than an exceptionally British edition of Amazing Internet Things?

While we may have rejected the monarchy on this day in history, it's certainly true that we're still fascinated by the British Royals and Royal traditions to this day. (As evidenced by the huge ratings for things like William and Kate's wedding last year.) So, why not head on over and take the British Royal Family Quiz at PBS.org and see how much you really know about the Windsors and their history. It’s a pretty simple quiz – and to be honest, it won’t challenge the serious Royal enthusiasts among you too greatly – but it’s pretty fun.

 

Plus who doesn’t want the validation of being called a “Monarch”? (That was my score, by the way. And I'm apparently vain enough that I was super pleased about it!) Let me how you do!

Amazing Internet Things: What if Sherlock Were an Animated Series?

Now that the Endless Sherlock Hiatus is upon us, it’s time to start stockpiling random fun and/or interesting things to keep us all occupied until Series 3. So, bless the internet for constantly providing gems like this creative bit of genius and I hope you guys are ready to watch me work out my separation issues through application of interesting and/or funny videos. (I’m already twitchy with waiting, and we’ve got a loooong way to go still.)

Anyway, in case you’ve ever wondered what Sherlock might look like as a cartoon, well, now you have an answer. And one that’s way, way better looking than that creepy cartoon where John Watson was a robot even if it is less than a minute long. (See, guys, I did finally find out the answer from my query on this subject ages ago!)

Some industrious fan has created an animated opening credits sequence for Sherlock that imagines the cast as fairly amazing Japanese anime characters, complete with voiceovers and Sherlock’s dramatic coat swooshing about.

Click through and have a look for yourself – it’s brief, but the cartoon will probably leave you wishing that we could see a little bit more of it. (Animated!John Watson is adorable!)

WETA UK is Almost Here! Get the Details on Our Special Premiere Weekend Schedule Now

We’re officially under 48 hours until the launch of our new all-British channel WETA UK this weekend. I am so excited for this, you guys don’t even know. (Or maybe you do know, as I don’t think that I’ve been terribly subtle about my epic joy over this since we announced it.)

Anyway, to celebrate the launch of the new channel, there’s some special programming going on for the majority of the weekend, which I think some of you may want to check out. WETA UK will officially go live at midnight tomorrow night/12am Saturday morning. We’ll be kicking things off with the pilot episodes of 28 series in the line-up airing back-to-back-to-back. The June 2 schedule actually features 20 straight hours of pilot eps once it gets underway – and that’s before we do it all again on Sunday (get full details on that below).

This way, you can all sample a wide variety of the types of series WETA UK will offer, see what you like and plan your coming week accordingly. (Personally, I don’t think my DVR is equipped to handle this in any way, but I’m going to make a valiant effort.) The full schedule will go live on wetauk.org late tomorrow, so you can see when things will be airing in their regular timeslots. Or you can just shoot me your questions all weekend long and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

Click through for a look at the full Premiere Weekend pilot marathon schedule for both Saturday and Sunday and start getting your viewing plan of attack ready now.

Amazing Internet Things: Jimmy Fallon Does “Downton Sixbey” Part II

Talk about things that make your weekend! Late night host Jimmy Fallon pulled out a second installment of his hilarious Downton Abbey parody called “Downton Sixbey” on Thursday night

If possible, this is even funnier than the first episode. In this installment. A monologue lackey tries to become a full “jokeman” by writing the perfect Kardashian joke, O’Flannigan remains horrible, Hedith demonstrates her talents, Questlove discovers that being heir to Downton Sixbey comes with some perks (including antique afro picks), and Whoopi Goldberg shows up as Questlove’s mother, all in the space of eight minutes. Click through and have a look for yourself.

Amazing Internet Things: Jimmy Fallon Presents “Downton Sixbey”

Honestly, can there ever be too many Downton Abbey interent parodies? Of course not! And just when you thought nothing could be as good as the “Downton Arby’s” send-up from a couple of weeks ago, here comes late night host Jimmy Fallon, doing his best to change your mind with his spoof on the popular British costume drama called “Downton Sixbey.”

The series’ title is a reference to Studio 6B, where Fallon tapes Late Night, and the clip chronicles the behind-the-scenes lives of those who put on the talk show, which bears a striking resemblance to a certain Edwardian great house.

Plus, Brooke Shields shows up. It’s hilarious. Click through and have a look for yourself.

Amazing Internet Things: Doctor Who Visualized as an RPG

This is one of those Amazing Internet Things that is so fantastic, you’ll actually be sad that it’s not real.

In this fabulous video, Doctor Who is done up as a 16-bit Super Nintendo-style RPG, complete with fishfingers and custard, time travel shenanigans, Weeping Angels, leveling up, and so many wonderful in-jokes that you probably will want to watch the entire last two seasons over again as soon as you can. (I felt like that. It’s totally normal.)

A Quick Warning: This video thoroughly spoils the plot for Seasons 5 and 6 of Doctor Who (a.k.a. the Matt Smith Years So Far). If you’re still catching up, bookmark this for later, mostly because it’s really ever so much funnier if you’ve seen all of the episodes this video covers. So, with that said, click through and have a look for yourself!

Watch the New Trailer for Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein; Encore US Screenings This Summer!

Due to popular demand, director Danny Boyle’s award-winning 2011 production of Frankenstein will return to cinemas worldwide this summer as part of this year’s National Theatre Live program. The play features Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch opposite Jonny Lee Miller (recently tapped to play the lead in CBS’ unfortunate upcoming Holmes adaptation), with the two actors alternating between the roles of the Creature and Victor Frankenstein during every other performance. The pair recently became the first in history to share the Best Actor prize at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for their work in this production.

As you’ll see in the new trailer – which incorporates actual footage from the show – the play does a tremendous job using creative visuals to tell the story of Dr. Frankenstein and the monster he creates. If you missed out on seeing this production onstage or when it screened in cinemas last year, I cannot encourage all of you strongly enough to catch it this time around. It’s fantastic. (Personally, I’m partial to the Miller as Frankenstein/Cumberbatch as the Creature set-up, but both versions are brilliant.) Click through to take a look for yourself, and see how to find out screening information near you!

Amazing Internet Things: Welcome to Downton Arby’s

It doesn’t look like the trend of Downton Abbey parodies is slowing down anytime soon, which is really just a bonus for those of us that are fans of the show, because they just keep getting better and better. (I sincerely hope these things just keep coming from now until Series 3 screens. I will happily watch all of them!)

This latest bit of Downton fun is a wonderfully clever send up from the folks behind Yahoo’s new series of sketch comedy shorts that transplants the Edwardian drama into the world of fast food franchises. Lord Grantham must find a prospective son-in-law to marry one of his daughters so that the family’s Arby’s restaurant won’t get shut down by Corporate. Hilarity ensues.

Click through and take a look for yourself! The opening shot is priceless and this clip’s take on Thomas and O’Brien is spot-on. All in all, you'll probably be surprised by how funny this actually is - this premise shouldn't work nearly as well as it does. But it's hilarious!

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