IFC - GREG THE BUNNY SPECIALS (2000)
These specials, also considered “Season Two” of GTB, aired randomly during commercials as part of the Independent Film Channel’s monthly film festivals. Production values rose greatly in these mini-movies, going from fifty bucks an episode to almost one-hundred. Though these productions were planned in greater detail than the other episodes, they still featured dialogue and other elements that were completely improvised during shooting.
“BLAH!” (Greg Meets Count Blah)
Produced for IFC’s October “Indie Screams” Halloween festival. In a nod to Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood,”Greg the Bunny runs into his idol, puppet actor Frederick “Count” Blah. He befriends the washed-up vampire and gives him a part on the show. Unfortunately, the Count repays this favor by emptying the medicine cabinet and stealing everything he can find. This is the first appearance of Count Blah, who went on to join the cast of Fox’s “Greg The Bunny” series, and the 2005-6 series on IFC. Interesting note -- Blah is performed in this episode by Dan Milano, who also plays Greg and Warren. For the duration of the Fox TV series, the role of Blah went to puppeteer Drew Massey. Once the puppets returned to IFC in 2005, Dan Milano resumed playing the role of Blah and plays him to this day.
This episode was re-packaged for the 2005 IFC series of parodies, and appears on the DVD, “Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies,” released in October 2006
“DADDYHOOD” (Greg parody of “Eraserhead”)
Produced for IFC’s month-long David Lynch festival. In a loving tribute to David Lynch’s “Eraserhead,” the only Lynch film not shown in the festival, this mini-movie was shot in black-and-white and features Greg the Bunny as a lonely father to a mutant child. Featuring the creepiest mutant baby you ever saw on a puppet show, and a fantasy girl trapped inside a vacuum cleaner. One of our personal favorites. This episode was eventually re-packaged for the 2005 IFC series of parodies, and appears on the DVD, “Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies,” released in October 2006
“2001-1: Space & Stuff” (Parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey)
For IFC’s Stanley Kubrick festival, this ambitious parody features Greg and Warren as astronauts on a mysterious mission to Jupiter. When HAL the computer starts getting snitty, Warren convinces Greg the Bunny to shut the psychotic CPU down. But HAL puts that chess-champ brain to good use, and has GTB ejected into deep space. It’s then up to Warren to enter Hal’s brain and pull the plug. What follows next is a bizarre exploration of the infinite – featuring a stocked liquor cabinet, some off-screen aliens and a giant monolith. Features a new puppet character – “Marc Grass” as Major Tom. Marc can also be seen in “The Godfather 2000” and “The Frail Brown Thread.” This episode was re-packaged for the 2005 IFC series of parodies, and appears on the DVD, “Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies,” released in October 2006
6.5% - Greg Does Sundance
Shot on location in Park City, Utah for IFC’s month-long coverage of the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, Greg the Bunny takes to the snowy streets while Warren the ape dries out in the cabin. Seems the Mormon town sells no alcohol, so Warren the Ape is stuck with the dry heaves while Greg rubs shoulders with Matthew Broderick. Short, sweet and features actual ape spittle.
“Godfather 2000” (Parody of The Godfather)
For IFC’s Francis Ford Coppola festival, the network asked us to do a parody of “Apocalpyse Now.” Though tempting, we chose instead to embark on this parody of “The Godfather,” featuring Count Blah as the Don, Warren the Ape as Tom Hagen, Gary the Bunny as Sonny, Marc Grass as Solazzo and Greg the Bunny as Michael. Also features new puppets as Luca Brazi and Herman the Frog. Violent, gripping, and probably the longest mini-movie we’d ever done. This episode was re-packaged as a “Director’s cut” for the 2005 IFC series of parodies, and appears on the DVD, “Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies,” released in October 2006.
“The Frail Brown Thread” (Parody of Errol Morris documentary)
This loose attempt to homage to Errol Morris documentaries was for IFC’s month-long festival of Morris’ films. The film attempts to explore the self-obsessed neurosis and ambition of Greg the Bunny, through testimony of the people and puppets who know him best. Features interviews with Count Blah, Warren the Ape, Marc Grass, Johnny Clocko and devout Christian Mel Hazen (the only on-screen performance by Dan Milano).
“Cinque Chose Que ... Avec Greg” (Parody of Goddard films)
For IFC’s month-long festival of Goddard films, this movie (“Five or Six Things About Greg,”) borrows loose concepts from Goddard films. Greg is an American bunny in a Paris that looks remarkably like Manhattan’s lower east side. His best friend (Clockmaker/breaker Warren the Ape) and his wife (actress Laura Kachergus) are having an open affair. This tears at Greg’s soul, forcing him to face questions of his own sexuality and social misfortune with dogs. Pure fun, froggy style.
“The Blues She Is My Friend” (Down By Law parody)
This black-and-white prison movie, inspired by Jim Jarmusch’s film”Down By Law,”
Features Greg and Warren as prison inmates who eventually learn that sometimes show biz is the worst prison of all. Features a harmonica riff by Warren the Ape and some sodomy humor for the kiddies. This episode was re-packaged for the 2005 IFC series of parodies, and appears on the DVD, “Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies,” released in October 2006
IFC - GREG THE BUNNY HOSTS (2000)
These brief “episodes” aired in the same month as the specials, attached to their counterpart films. The idea was to focus on intros for each movie, providing trivia whenever possible. Much closer in style to the episodes of the first “season.”
1. What’s Up Tiger Lily?
Greg introduces Woody Allen’s re-envisioning of a Japanese action film. Followed by Warren the Ape’s trivia report.
2. Heavenly Creatures
Inspired by the events of this Peter Jackson film, Greg takes to the streets and asks New Yorkers that age old question, “How would you kill your mother?” Followed by Warren the Ape’s trivia report.
3. Go Fish
Greg gives a book report on the movie “Go Fish,” including an oral presentation, three-act graph and home-made diorama. He gets an F. Followed by Warren the Ape’s slightly more professional trivia report.
4. Repo Man
Greg goes to Long Island, NY to visit actual Repo Men at their depot. Followed by Warren the Ape’s trivia report.
5. Hollywood Shuffle
Greg becomes obsessed with going Hollywood and has plastic surgery, getting giant eyeballs taped to his head. This episode became quite ironic, once Greg went on the Fox network and literally had eyeballs attached half-way through the series’ production run. Followed by Warren the Ape’s trivia report.
6. Dead Alive
As with our coverage of “The Rapture,” Greg does another fake news report, this one designed to help people combat Zombies during an unfortunate attack. Followed by Warren the Ape’s trivia report.
Greg hangs around the East Village talking to real-life “slackers” like local street poets and artists. Followed by Warren the Ape’s trivia report.
8. Blue Velvet
Our last episode for IFC, when Hollywood came a-calling and we were selling out our indie roots. Warren wants to do his Frank Booth impersonation for a sketch about “Blue Velvet.” He and Greg eventually track down Spencer, who has decided to hang himself rather than deal with the puppets anymore. They edit the rest of the show themselves. “Killing off” Spencer was our way of saying good-bye to IFC and heading over to Fox…