Film & TV: August 2005 Archives

Mission Hill

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Mission Hill is one of those shows that should have found an audience from the beginning. It was an animated show created by Josh Weinstein and Bill Oakley, two former showrunners of The Simpsons who wrote and/or produced some of the series' most brilliant episodes. (Full disclosure: Josh is my brother, so I'm probably pretty biased. On the other hand, I doubt that calling The Simpsons "brilliant" is going to be particularly controversial.) Originally aired on the WB, Mission Hill was very smart and very funny--and it was canceled very quickly.

It later went on to acquire something of a cult fanbase through late-night airings on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and via various file-swapping networks, but it was otherwise damned hard to find. Fortunately, in further proof that DVD is becoming a refuge for brilliant-but-underappreciated shows, all 13 episodes of Mission Hill are coming out on DVD in November. I don't know about you, but I'm ordering me a copy.

Snakes On A Plane: Part II

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At great personal risk, we here at Yankee Fog have obtained an exclusive sneak look at the trailer for the upcoming prestige film Snakes On A Plane. We are pleased to present you, our readers, with a complete and unedited transcript.

VOICE OVER: In a world where snakes can get on a plane...

FADE IN ON: An airline check-in counter. The TICKET LADY is stamping somebody's ticket.

On the other side of the ticket counter is the passenger: a snake. In an effort to look more human, the snake is wearing a false moustache and an old-fashioned bowler hat.

Snakes On A Plane

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If you are like most Americans, you are probably asking yourself, "How can I educate myself about the important issue of snakes on a plane?" Fortunately, New Line Cinema has prepared an educational film on this very subject, starring Samuel L. Jackson. The IMDB currently lists it under the rather unillustrative title of Pacific Air Flight 121, but Samuel L Jackson himself has assured the world that if he is starring in a movie about snakes on a plane, it damn well better be called "Snakes On A Plane."

Mr. Jackson is not the only one who feels passionately about the subject. Josh Friedman--co-author of the recent smash War of the Worlds--tried unsuccessfully to get hired to write "Snakes On A Plane," and speaks eloquently of the surging power of the phrase "Snakes On A Plane".

We here at Yankee Fog will be following this issue closely, and promise to update you on any breaking "Snakes On A Plane" news. In the meantime, you may want to reflect upon this list of possible sequels.

UPDATE: I've posted an exclusive sneak preview ofthe Snakes on a Plane trailer.