In a world, where people don't take me seriously...

Apropos my previous comments on portentous voiceover dudes in trailers for mere video games, I found the trailer for Battlefield: Bad Company quite satisfying:

You can download the great big high quality version here.

4 Responses to “In a world, where people don't take me seriously...”

  1. Mohonri Says:

    Thanks for the good laugh!

    As much as I enjoy the recent spat of trailers that make fun of the narrator, it isn't as recent as I first thought, although it's much more widespread. At first glance, I thought of the trailer for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, that GEICO commercial (starring LaFontaine), and the trailer for the Simpsons movie.

    Further gray-matter-churning reminded me of George of the Jungle (where the characters occasionally interact with the narrator, in much the same way as this BF:BC clip), and even that classic The Princess Bride ("Yes, you're very smart. Now shut up!" says the narrator to his audience while the scene continues to play). I'm sure there are plenty more before then, too, but I'm about as far from a movie aficionado as you can get, so I'm anything but a reliable source.

    Anyone know of the first occurrence of a movie that spoofed the narrator?

  2. phrantic Says:

    Possibly the work of the Pythons??? There were more than a few references by characters to the narrator in their films. Notably in Holy Grail.

    Maybe there's something earlier. I'm under 30, though. Films didn't exist before that for me *grins*

  3. corinoco Says:

    The Italian animation 'La Linea' comes to mind, though in a sort of mime-ish way. I think there has also been a fair bit of narrator / 4th wall interaction in Warner Brothers cartoons too.

  4. ryan Says:

    Very satisfying... I still enjoy this type of character/narrator interaction, if only because everything else tries so hard to keep it separate.

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