Tags: blip.tv, littlekuriboh, movie, wha-chow
Yes, this update gets its own post — because the Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged movie is awesome. Earlier today, Little Kuriboh added the film to Blip.tv. You know what that means: it’s also available for direct download! Links to the AVI, M4V, and MP4 versions are on my YGOTAS Downloads page (it’s listed as “BBT Abridged Movie”). Sadly, Blip.tv wasn’t very accommodating when LK originally tried to upload the video in its glorious HD format, but at least you have something to take with you on the road now.
If you still prefer streaming on YouTube, LK also made the full, undivided version of the movie available on his ObeyMyRod channel last Thursday. And unlike his original three-part upload, this version is available in 1080p! Woohoo!
Watch the YouTube videos now while you still can! Not to be a downer, but because the abridged movie contains so much footage from the source, I get the feeling that the videos might be on the receiving end of an automated copyright infringement claim from NAS in the future. Better enjoy them now in case they’re yanked! Waiting for those counter-notifications to go through is always a nuisance.
Live From Detroit, It’s Wha-Chow!
Also worth checking out is the most recent episode of Wha-Chow!, which was filmed live at Youmacon and uploaded by Psyguy last Tuesday! Little Kuriboh and some of the usual Wha-Chow crew chat in Psyguy’s hotel room about the Roast of Little Kuriboh and a few other panels at the anime con. Relax and enjoy as they describe their fond memories of the roast (both wasted and sober perspectives are fairly represented), and remember to kill Masako! An MP3 version is available at the usual website.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged
Tags: anime convention, littlekuriboh, movie, mp3, youmacon, youtube
Youmacon has really established itself as the convention to be for creators and fans of abridged series. This year’s event certainly didn’t disappoint — not with yesterday’s premiere of Little Kuriboh’s long-awaited abridged movie, Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Abridged
in 3D! See it only on YouTube (for now) divided into three separate videos: part 1, 2, 3. Lots of laughs? Check. Plenty of new music? Check. Killer original animation? Check. No homo? We’ll see about that.
The film stars TheAzureCrow (Semisoma) as Yusei, ShadyVox as Jaden, and Little Kuriboh as Yugi and Paradox. The original animated sequences were created by CrikeyDave, MasakoX, and The Amazing Rinbo.
Thought TheAzureCrow was also going to voice Paradox like in the original trailer? Nah, that wasn’t meant to be a permanent thing, says LK. And whatever happened to “Jaden and Yusei’s Excellent Adventure“? LK simply changed his mind about that. It happens. (The fact that he hadn’t seen the movie back then probably had a hand in it, haha).
The Unoriginal 3D Spoof Movie Soundtrack
Enjoy the songs? ShadyVox has the MP3s and master tracks for “Stronger,” “Freestyle Time,” and “Beelzeboss” on YouTube. Just check the description for each video. Download away and get cracking on those remixes!
Where are the Other Goodies…?
Late Friday evening, the members of Team Four Star hosted The Roast of Little Kuriboh, with Kirbopher, Psyguy, and other special guests also in attendance. Fans agree that the hilarity — the uproariousness — of the 18+ panel was brought to a whole different level with LK showing up to the event completely plastered. Unfortunately, there has yet to be any footage of the panel made available, with some attendees indicating that any unofficial filming was not allowed. This won’t stop LK’s fans from camping out on YouTube though!
Tags: anime convention, blip.tv, littlekuriboh, movie, youmacon, youtube
He hasn’t forgotten about it. Yesterday evening, Little Kuriboh uploaded a trailer (on YouTube, Blip.tv) for his upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time Abridged movie! (Haha, it’s going to be in 3D?) The video is also available for download via Blip.tv in AVI, M4V, and MP4 formats.
Need another reason to go to this year’s Youmacon? The abridged movie will premiere at the Detroit, Michigan anime convention, to be held on November 3 through 6.
ShadyVox and TheAzureCrow (Semisoma01) are still on to play Jaden and Yusei respectively. The song in the trailer is “Stronger,” with lyrics and vocals by ShadyVox. The song is a take off of Kanye West’s “Stronger,” which in turn samples Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.”
With video in hand, Little Kuriboh is focusing all of his efforts on creating the highly anticipated final product. Will it live up to the expectations that have been building over these last couple of months? Will we end up seeing a lot of YGOTAS fanart of this?
Cinedigm, a developer of digital cinema products and services and the theatrical distributor of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time earlier this year, announced yesterday that is selling its movie distribution business to Technicolor.
While Cinedigm is best known for using its technology to convert traditional movie theaters to digital cinemas, it also operates a “non-core” business distributing independent and alternative films and screening live events. Cinedigm had been the go-to company for Funimation to distribute many of its anime films, including Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Basilisk: The Beginning, Trinity Blood: Genesis, and Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. And of course, the company was also selected by 4Kids to distribute Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D across 300 U.S. theaters in February and March earlier this year.
Cinedigm Chairman and CEO Chris McGurk tells The Hollywood Reporter that leaving the physical movie delivery business will allow the company to focus on developing its digital cinema software, which Technicolor will be licensing as part of their deal, and organizing more alternative content in theaters. In the coming months, the company plans to announce its arrangements with theaters to offer TV-channel-like programming, such an action sports night, kids night, Broadway night, and independent films series.
The deal between Cinedigm and Technicolor is expected to close in September.
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Do you know what tomorrow is? It’s the final day that Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time will be shown in New York City and most U.S. theaters! It’s also the day that Little Kuriboh will be at Manhattan’s famous AMC Empire 25 to see the film for the very first time! If you live in the NYC area and would like to be a part of this special experience with the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, it’s not too late to buy tickets for Sunday’s screening! The AMC Empire 25 is located in the heart of Times Square at 234 West 42nd St. The show starts at 12:30 pm.
Even though Little Kuriboh’s original plan of buying out an entire screening of the movie didn’t come to fruition, I think this is a pretty great back-up plan. To get the word out about this event, LK made a short promo (on YouTube, Blip.tv) that inexplicably features YGOTAS’ Pegasus prank calling someone’s boyfriend named Rob. The video is also available for download. (If you want to hear more of these prank calls, by the way, check out LK’s recorded videos on blogTV).
And if you happen to be attending this afternoon’s screening of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D at the Manhattan theater, you might run into Yusei Fudo. Wha?! It’s true! Greg Abbey, the voice of the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, will be at the theater later today to see the film with his son. If you see him, give him a friendly hello, but take it easy with the YGOTAS catchphrases! (You know what I’m talking about!)
This just in: If you are in the New York City area and would like to attend the Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time premiere tonight (February 23) in Manhattan, there are open seats available! However, you must RSVP right now. Ideally, attendees would show up in costumes and/or do some sort of review or write-up about the event.
Send your name and the names of your guests to:
The event will be held at the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on 570 Second Ave. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The movie will begin at 7:00 pm.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is coming to the AMC Empire 25 in Manhattan, New York City — the busiest theater in the country! (Note: Actually, it’s not. Check update #2 below.) But that’s not all. Members of the movie’s cast and production team will also be interviewed at the NYC premiere on February 23 and will be answering your questions! Whoa! Head over to the official Yu-Gi-Oh! Facebook page and submit your questions for a chance at getting some answers straight from the source! Dan Green (Yugi), Darren Dunstan (voice director, Pegasus), Sean Schemmel (Paradox), and the film’s producers are ready to give you the inside scoop. Make your questions count!
(Hey, the questions currently on there really blow. C’mon, guys. Don’t ask questions that you know they won’t answer. For goodness’ sake, the cast and production team are taking the time to reach out to us! This might be a once-in-a-lifetime event!)
Can’t make it to New York City? No worries. Don’t forget to search Cinedigm’s theater list to find a local screening near you. New theaters are still being added to their database, with the total hovering at 300, up from the originally planned 250! And remember to keep your eyes on the movie’s official website for everything Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D.
In his live stream earlier today, Little Kuriboh revealed that he will be traveling to Brooklyn on March 5 and 6 to catch the 3D film with some of his American friends. Aww! Maybe he could arrange to attend the February 23rd Manhattan premiere instead!
AMC Empire 25 is located at 234 West 42nd St. in Times Square, a few blocks away from 4Kids’ headquarters.
Update: In related news, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York will also be screening the movie on February 23 right down the street at the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15! Voice actors from the film will be at the event, which will also include a demonstration of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game and a fundraising Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise raffle. (Via ANN, License! Global)
Update #2 (February 18): As it turns out, there is only one premiere event on February 23 and it is being held at the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. This is a private, invitation-only event. There will not be a screening at the AMC Empire 25. All of the details that I ascribed to that event actually apply to the Make-A-Wish Foundation event. My apologies. Two very similar events taking place on the same day in such close proximity to one another… I guess the alarm bells just didn’t go off.
An official, preliminary list of theaters scheduled to show Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time is now available! Browse through the list of U.S. theater locations, or search for a theater near you! The list from Cinedigm currently contains a little less than half of the 250 theaters screening the film.
If you can’t yet find a local theater showing the 3D movie, don’t worry! Check again a little later for more updates. Or, if you’re the impatient type, try searching for theaters yourself! Many theaters that will be playing the film and have showtimes already up are not yet on the official list — including some who have screenings scheduled between February 18 and 25 (the week before the official February 26 release date)!
Earlier today, 4Kids also put out a press release for the 10th anniversary film, revealing that the movie will have a “ten-minute back story on the three main characters [...] that incorporates scenes from all three animated series” — footage that was not present when the film premiered early last year in Japan! When the movie returns to Japanese theaters (also on February 26) for an encore screening, it will include ten minutes of “special supplemental footage” presented in 2D. There’s currently no word on whether this footage will be the same as that to be included in the American premiere, though it would seem oddly coincidental if it weren’t. The PR also at last confirms the dates for the film’s U.S. screenings that we’ve long known.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time will play in select theaters on February 26 and 27, and again on March 5 and 6. Don’t forget to check out the official movie website and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page on Facebook, as well as @YGO3D on Twitter, for all of the latest news about the film!
Update (March 20): Well, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D has come and gone, with the final showings taking place earlier today. (Bless you, Studio Movie Grill, for still screening the film well after the official dates!) Now that the movie has completely left U.S. theaters, I feel like I can offer this tidbit without being accused of spoilers: the “ten-minute back story” described above indeed contains scenes taken straight from the classic Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s series. The scenes helped to flush out some of the background and motivations of the main characters in the film and were rendered in 3D specially for the big screen. These scenes were not the same as the “special supplemental footage” that was shown in Japan. Looks like their identical lengths were a funny coincidence after all!
“Man. 4Kids need to send out VHS tapes a la ‘Invitation To Duelist Kingdom’ with Pegasus promoting the new movie,” wrote Little Kuriboh. “So old school.” LK, doing what he does best, took that creative idea into his own hands and ran with it, making his own promo for the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th anniversary film’s U.S. premiere!
Check out LK’s trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time (on YouTube, Blip.tv), where Pegasus invites Yugi and his friends to check out the second-greatest movie of all time! It’s also available for download via Blip.tv in AVI and M4V formats.
Now that Little Kuriboh has made a video about it, expect the film to gross 200 percent higher than the original estimates! (It’s funny because it’s going to be true.)
Don’t forget to check Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D’s official website for the real trailer and all of the latest information about the movie!
And while you’re at it, check out LK’s other recently uploaded video, “Snot Him!” on YouTube for a quick laugh!
Update (January 18): Here’s another trailer by LK: “YGO 5Ds… in 3D!?” Not quite as spectacular as his first, but… well… the punchline… I think I actually made some sort of face when I heard it.
Can’t wait for 4Kids and Cinedigm to announce the list of theaters showing the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time movie? Maybe you don’t have to… Have you tried searching for theaters in your area? As it turns out, some already have their showtimes up! MovieTickets.com, Fandango, and Movie Showtimes on Google are good places to start.
Among the 30 largest metropolitan areas, only a few have theaters within 50 miles (hey, this is a limited release!) with showtimes already listed: New York, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, and San Antonio. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t yet see any showtimes near you! The premiere is still over a month away and there are 250 prints of the film going to theaters throughout the U.S., so it’s just a matter of time before more information surfaces. Keep your eyes on the movie’s official website. 4Kids noted on Facebook (in the fifth reply down) that the site will link to a preliminary theater listing later this month.
Perhaps the most surprising thing this early search has uncovered is that some theaters are planning on showing the 10th anniversary movie as early as February 18! A few will even be running it for the entire week — February 18 through 25 — in addition to the four-day screening that was originally announced! What? Fo’ serious? 4Kids’ Duel of the Decade Sweepstakes did indicate that the winner would get to see the film sometime between February 19 and March 6 in New York, so I guess such a thing isn’t entirely unexpected. It’s also worth noting that many theaters will only be holding one screening per day, so if you already have your plans laid out for later next month, you may want to buy your tickets in advance to avoid any potential heartbreaks.