Have you heard of Fred Figglehorn? No, well then have a little jaunt around YouTube and check out some of Fred’s videos. Go on, I’ll wait.
You finished? I’m sorry I put you through that, don’t worry the bleeding from the ears will eventually stop. I’m guessing you only managed to watch (or more appropriately listen) to no more than 30 seconds of the screeching, hyperactive twat right? Well, imagine listening to that VOICE and looking at that FACE for ninety minutes. Those people that saw ‘Fred: The Movie’ did just that. They are now probably locked up in padded cells trying to get the ringing in their ears to stop.
Unless those people were kids.
Bloody kids, it’s their fault really. The Fred clips on YouTube have received millions of views mostly from kids and people who hate themselves. As a result, Fred has become one of those ‘internet sensations’ – like the Star Wars kid and the Chocolate Rain guy (both of which are funnier, albeit unintentionally). The clips were so popular that the band Weezer even popped up in one video, simultaneously destroying all their credibility in less than three minutes. Actually go watch that one because the pained expression on your face will not even come close to the one on lead singer Rivers Cuomo’s. Maybe watch it with the sound down though.
Due to the unfathomable popularity of these videos someone in their infinite wisdom decided that Fred would be great in a movie. This decision may in fact be one of the signs of the apocalypse. I haven’t seen ‘Fred: The Movie’, the YouTube videos and the trailer were enough to make me realise that I would rather undergo surgery on my rectum than be put through the horror of experiencing that film.
The reviews have understandably not been kind either. The problem is Fred is a sketch, a skit, a supposed comedy character that should only be experienced in small doses much like the characters in something like ‘Little Britain’. To expand these characters to a feature length film would just show how one note they are. It’s the same with ‘Saturday Night Live’ characters. With the exception of ‘Wayne’s World’ the rest of the SNL films like ‘MacGruber’, ‘It’s Pat’, ‘Coneheads’ etc have floundered because those characters can only be appreciated in quick sketches that highlight their catchphrase or limited viewpoint.
Hollywood is now looking to the internet and specifically YouTube, Twitter and individual blogs for new ideas. Juno writer Diablo Cody was given her big break by a film executive who came across her blog whilst the Twitter account ‘Shit My Dad Says’ is now a sitcom starring William Shatner (it should be called Shit The Shat Says). So what’ll be next to be picked up? All I know is whatever it is; it won’t be nearly as horrendous a prospect as Fred.