Whatever Happened to Parody Fandubs?

Topic started by gia on July 18, 2009. Last post by SteepInKline 5 years, 8 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13

OH GOD. Not more parodies!
OH GOD. Not more parodies!
Sure, we've got stuff like Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged, and we've got an awful lot of short little fandub parody clips in things like AMV Hell. But I've talked to a few people about this over the weekend: why is it that, despite the copious video and video-editing resources now available at fans' fingertips these days, we see so few "full-length" parody fandubs?
A parody fandub, for the uninitiated, is when fans clip together and re-dub parts of a show for comedic effect. The best examples of this that I've seen are Evangelion: ReDeath (every time Gendo comes onto the screen you hear one of those '70s-style soul-style clips singing "It's Gendooo!") and Fanboy Bebop (the Cowboy Bebop crew head to Anime Expo..."The Biggest Con in the Galaxy."
Both of these were by the same fan studio (Sokodei), and were released in 2000 and 2002 respectively. Re:Death is about 35 minutes and Fanboy Bebop is closer to 45, and obviously doing any kind of dubbing is really difficult. But still...it's a lot easier now than it was then. So why don't we see more parody fandubs?
Seriously, am I just missing them all? If so, point me in the right direction, 'cause I loved both of these! Here, have some of Re:Death via YouTube.
Post by Nebs (106 posts) See mini bio Level 2
"Fisting of the North Star" is another classic shown at cons. XD But you are right, there really haven't been any recent ones to come out in a long time.  I'm racking my brain trying to remember if there have been any others shown at ACen's Midnight Madness, but those are the only three coming to mind right now.
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Youotube killed the audio on part 3 of Evangelion Redeath. :( Now I can't finish it.
When They Cry Abridged episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1moM21tAVjA
DBZ Abridged by TeamFourStar
Yu Yu Hakash Abridged by Lanipator (Remastered so the originals are available under his account)
When They Cry parodoy by someone else: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mAao-d7MG8

I can't think of anymore.
Post by Sabata (15 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Oh man, I remember Evangelion: ReDeath.  Good stuff.
Post by sunflower (191 posts) See mini bio Level 1
@Void_Wizard: It's on Veoh.
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@Void_Wizard: There's a bunch of crap ones, but once I find it I'll link you to the absolutely hilarious F/SN abridged I found.

Unfortunately it seems that the only parody dubs I've been able to find are abridged series stuff. (Gundam Wing abridged is actually quite funny, but it requires you to have seen the show so many times you remember some of the quirks in the original dub's dialogue)
Post by Zeouterlimits (516 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Hmm, I could only think of that parody fansub, not dub of GL23 recently.
 Perhaps it's a time thing? Peoples attention span barely encompasses the entertainment out there already (cruel generalisation really). *shrugs*
Post by CapeBarnes (515 posts) See mini bio Level 18
I love watching parodies every year at Fanime. Midnight Madness ftw. XD
Post by reprover (18 posts) See mini bio Level 1
I think that attention span is a part of the reason why there are not that many full-length parodies. But it seem that "abridging" is the fad right now. Even K-on has an abridged series(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jITVlu-QfeY) that started while the show was still airing. I like the The Abridging of Haruhi Suzumiya myself(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA9nwFksDko).

But it might be more of a time or motivational issue more than anything. Most of the creators of these series state that it was a great deal of time and effort to produce these. Especially when they have to work with friends, families, pets (there was one that did use their dog as a background sound) and to line up schedules for recording and stuff like that. Other just might find it easier to write a ten minute or less skit than a full length show.
Post by SteepInKline (12 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Personally, I'm a fan of This Is Otakudom, which is basicallly about Otakon.
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