Sunday, February 26, 2012

Phineas and Ferb

"Whatcha doin'?"

Writing a Phineas and Ferb blog.  Aren't I a little old to be writing a Phineas and Ferb blog?  Yes, yes I am.

Today's blog topic covers yet another cartoon, but it's not in the Looniverse.  It's in the TVCU!!!

And yes, there's some explaining to do.  First, it's one of those cartoons that is on for years but they don't seem to age.  Well, consider this.  Each story takes place in one single afternoon of the summer.  That allows for about 104 summer days per year, or 104 stories per year.  Thus, if we take every story as being one afternoon a day during a summer, then realistically, they are aging, but the stories are being televised to us on a spread out schedule.  And if you don't like that answer, then I point you to M*A*S*H, and say if you can accept M*A*S*H, then you can accept a cartoon's timeline.  So there.

The other issue is a secret agent platypus, and that's actually not to hard to explain.  First, this is not a world where people just accept anthropomorphic talking intelligent animals.  The platypus in question is a pet who has to play dumb most of the time.  His owners don't know about his dual identity.  So clearly, he is some mutant, likely created or mutated by the government to which he serves.  But after all, intelligent animals aren't completely anomalous to the TVCU.  Look at Scooby-Doo, for example.

The final issue I guess would be that these two kids are intelligent at a level comparable to perhaps the Doctor. It's not explained why.  But they do incredibly amazing things each afternoon that escape the notice of their parents, much to the annoyance of their sister.

OK, so on to the blog.  Hey, anyone see Perry?

Oh, and note that even the title sequence contains a crossover...  The duo have encountered one of the Frankenstein monsters at some point early on in their adventures.  And a mummy that may have been Mummy X!!!

"Mom, Rob is writing a blog!!!"

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27,000 B.C.--PHINEAS AND FERB--"Tri-Stone Area"--This tale takes place in Dansville of prehistoric times, in a culture less technologically advanced than Bedrock of 52,000 B.C. but clearly some of Bedrock culture survived to this point.

  • Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur - The Tri-Stone Area is similar to the 1939 public domain Daffy Duck cartoon.
  • Caddyshack - Carl Spackler in Caddyshack claims to have golfed with the Dalai Lama. He says the Lama told him "Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga" which sounds very similar to how Caveman Monogram talks.


Phinebunk and Gerb's new wheel.PNGClick here to view more images from Tri-Stone Area.

1100--PHINEAS AND FERB--"Excaliferb"--During medieval times, Phineas and Ferb (or, Ferb-a-lot) set off on an epic quest to find the legendary sword, Excaliferb, so they can defeat the evil sorcerer, Malifishmirtz.

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail - When they attempt to cross Professor Poofenplotz bridge, she requires them to answer three questions, just as in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, where king Arthur and his knights have to cross the Bridge of Death, where each Knight is forced to answer three questions by the bridge-keeper before they can cross the Gorge of Eternal Peril. The use of SPAM can also be considered a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as it's referenced in the song sung during the Camelot scene. "We eat ham and jam and SPAM a lot!"
  • Jabberwocky - Ferb refers to his sword as a "vorpal blade" referring to the vorpal sword mention in this famous poem.
  • Stonehenge - When Malifishmirtz's stone meat minions fall down the hill, the form a structure similar to Stonehenge.
  • SPAM - The canned meat resembles the well-known canned meat product both in packaging and shape/color.
  • Gargoyles - A green gargoyle resembling Goliath with a beard is one of the monsters that carries Phineas and Ferb to the final battle.
  • Elmo's World - When the magic mirror comes down, it says "You have mail" in the same way Elmo's computer does.


Summer 2007--PHINEAS AND FERB (Episodes 1 - 104)--Phineas and Ferb are extremely intelligent 10 year old step brothers who constantly seek out a new adventure each afternoon of the summer.  The fact that their parents are ignorant of the weirdness around them is an annoyance to their 15 year old sister.  Meanwhile, their pet platypus is only pretending to be normal as he really is a secret agent, constantly thwarting an evil scientists plans every afternoon.


  • The brobots of "I, Brobot" originally appeared in an episode of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Jimmy Neutron probably takes place in the Looniverse, though. Santa Claus is also in this episode.
  • In The Magnificent Few" Dr Doofenshmirtz has sharks with a laser beam strapped to their heads. It seems he bought these from Dr. Evil. Or, worse, Doofenshmirtz and Dr. Evil have teamed up to take over the world!
  • A movie theater in "Are You My Mummy?" is showing Monkeyman 2. Monkeyman was a movie seen on Hey Arnold!
  • In "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World" one of the Evil Investors is a convict from an episode of the Mr. Bean cartoon "Missing Teddy." Mr. Bean finally has a crossover!  (Thanks to James for many of these crossover finds.)
  •  
    In "It's About Time" one of the museum exhibts is a time machine that looks shockingly like The Time Traveller's original time machine. http://phineasandferb.wikia.com/wiki/File:Showing_off_time_machine.png

    It's probably not his original model, unless the museum tried to partly dismantle it so as to be inoperable, but it definitely follows his original design. Perhaps after he dismantled the original machine at the end of Stephen Baxter's The Time Ships, the Time Traveller built this as an impoved second model (even if it fails to look half as cool).
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  •  In the same episode, "It's About Time," a chair with rockets attached can be seen in the museum. This is a refernce to the Chinese legend of Wan Hu.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan_Hu
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    I don't know what to make of this one. In the episode "Tree to Get Ready" Town Hall and the Mayor both greatly resemble Mr. Mayor and Town Hall from Powerpuff Girls. We know Phineas and Ferb does not take place in the Looniverse, but in theTVCU; we've previously established Powerpuff Girls as being in the Looniverse.

    Solution one: move the Powerpuff Girls into the TVCU, with "Townsville" being a codename for Danville. Solution two: assume that the Mr. Mayor and Town Hall of Phineas and Ferb have the same relation to the versions of Powerpuff Girls as the TVCU George Washington has to the various Looniverse Washingtons.
  • In "Unfair Science Fair" a girl displays a work-harness that has four metal octopus arms. Perhaps she is the original Doctor Octopus' granddaughter or great niece. Phineas and Ferb build their own stargate.
  • Phineas and Ferb already had the Necronomicon featured in the background of one episode.  
     it was sitting on the bookshelf of the recurring mad scientist's study. Had nothing to do with the plot. Wasn't read or acknowledged, and most viewers likely didn't recognize it. But there it was. (It was even labeled.)
  • Spaceballs - There is a suck/blow lever in Doof's lair, referencing Spaceballs.
  • Frosty the Snowman - When Perry puts a hat on a snowman, it comes to life and walks in a random direction. This is what happens in the song and TV Special.[5]
  • The Wilkins Brothers are played by the actors who played the Duke cousins in The Dukes of Hazzard.
  • Geico - Candace states that she doesn't want to save money on car insurance, a reference to a series of commercials in which a person receives a phone call about saving money on car insurance.
  • the two are seen running through a jungle of Venus Fly-Traps looking plants. These plants look like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.
  • The Incredibles - The ballpit boy who sees Agent P is similar to the boy who is always on a tricycle on the Parr's driveway.
  • The 'Mr. Banana' company was based on the same company in Kim Possible, where Monique works.
  • Club Penguin - The "missing agent," Gary the Gander, has the same name as a main character penguin, Gary the Gadget Guy, who also works with an elite spy organization, where he is also known as Agent G.
  • Casino Royale - Agent P's stop at Monte Carlo features a game of Baccarat and background music in the style of the James Bond movies.
  • At the end of a movie within an episode, the building in the background looks like the school from "Recess".
  • Danville Canyon looks like Springfield Gorge from the Simpsons, also from the Road Runner cartoons.
  • The name "Spinning Tops of Doom" is an allusion to the Disney Channel series Kim Possible.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - The cows poop nuts and bolts, like Goddard and there are similar robotic bulls in the episode Fowl Bull.
  • Pele's Curse - Candace getting a curse from the necklace she found that causing her to have bad luck. The idol is also a reference to the Brady Bunch's Hawaiian Vacation (right down to the identical "theme music") where Bobby finds an idol that brings him bad luck, but he initially thinks it's a good luck charm.
  • Peter Pan - When Doofenshmirtz is explaining to Perry why he was on Pink Unicorn Island, he says, "I wanted Skull Island right over there, but it was already booked ...." This is a reference to the island of the same name.
  • Pippi Longstocking: - A girl resembling Pippi is in the group of humans during A-Prime Calypso. The only difference is she's wearing a green bathing-suit.
  • Lilo and Stitch - The guy who lays on Candace when she's on the beach chair looks like the guy who drops his ice cream in Lilo and Stitch. The man has the same shades, and swim suit as him. Also, Candace's Hawaiian outfit looks similar to one of Lilo's dresses. Lilo and Stitch also live in Hawaii.
  • The disturbance in the universe that Baljeet senses is a reference to the Force.
  • During the Tree-Related Wish song, a bear can be seen sitting next to a tree and reading a newspaper. The bear is seen again during the end credits after Rusted, saying, "Yes. Yes, I do." The two appearances are a combination allusion to the "Charmin Bears" series of commercials for Charmin toilet paper and to the sarcastic/rhetorical question about what bears do in the woods.
  • At the end of "Wizard of Odd", Isabella instructs Abraham Lincoln, Santa Claus, an astronaut and Pinocchio to follow the yellow sidewalk, among others.  


Summer 2008--PHINEAS AND FERB (Episodes 105 - on)--Another summer of adventures.


  • There is a film within the series that is a crossover between True Blood and Teen Wolf (and clearly spoofing Twilight).  In the TVCU, Teen Wolf is based on true events, whereas True Blood is fictional.  



  • Space Invaders - The holographic aliens descend from the sky in rows, just like they do in the game Space Invaders. This is also alluded to by Doofenshmirtz shouting "You're being invaded! From Space! By invaders! From space!"
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Lawrence mentioned: "Invading force from Planet 10", this was the planet from which the Aliens came in "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension".
  • The Honeymooners - The Sewer Repairman pays tribute to the Ed Norton character on the classic Jackie Gleason series, The Honeymooners. Norton, portrayed by Art Carney, nearly always wore the same outfit--White T-Shirt, Unbuttoned Vest, and Pork-pie Hat. Norton worked for the New York City Sewer Department. (One must wonder if this is indeed Buzsla?)
  • Futurama - The professor in the endangered animals meeting is called Professor Herbert Farnsworth Weatherman Jones, giving a resemblance to Futurama's mad scientist, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth. Farnsworth may refer to Hubert's ancestor, Philo T. Farnsworth, in real life, one of the inventors of television.
  • Asteroids - The "Asteroid Warning" sign on the space station features an asteroid which resembles those from the 1980 Atari video game.
  • The Big Bang Theory - During a song in "Bullseye!", there is an evil scientist resembling Dr. Sheldon Cooper.(!!!)
  • Ghostbusters/The Real Ghostbusters - The devices used by the kids to investigate the haunted house closely resemble the PKE Meters used by the Ghostbusters.
  • Ozzy Osborne - One of the zombies in the Russell's underground river has the appearance of a zombie Ozzy.
  • Mr Bean and Friends - At some point, Doofenshmirtz gets his head stuck in a cooked turkey. This is an allusion to what happens to Mr. Bean in the Christmas episode, and to Joey and Monica from Friends in the episode The One with All the Thanksgivings. Doofenshmirtz lampshades the allusion, by saying, "It can't be the first time someone's got their head stuck in a turkey".  (Most of my info stolen, er, borrowed from the Phineas and Ferb Wiki.)


Summer 2008--PHINEAS AND FERB ACROSS THE 2ND DIMENSION--The duo end up using the mad scientist's invention to travel to an alternate Mirror Universe, where they meet their other selves and learn that their pet is a secret agent.  The cause of the Mirror Universe is always misleading. Often, people visit it when they are being shown a glimpse of a life that could have been, such as "What if I was never born?" or "What if I don't change my ways?" or "I wish so and so never came to this town" and people then assume that this world is created by said angel, ghost, or demon, when really they are merely being transported to another world where those events occurred. It's likely that Phineas & Ferb mirror reality is THE Mirror Reality, but is only seems as if it's the cause of one being. (And I place Phineas & Ferb in the TVCU despite it's animated style, because of solid crossover ties.)

Summer 2008--PHINEAS AND FERB--Upcoming film that will mix animation and live action.  Potentially there will be crossovers, but the film is still being rewritten at this time.

Summer 2008--PHINEAS AND FERB/ED EDD N EDDY CROSSOVER--Fan made film, this got picked up by Disney XD and Cartoon Network and was aired on both networks.  Note that Ed, Edd and Eddy are from another reality within the story (the Looniverse).

Summer 2008--PHINEAS AND FERB/ED, EDD, N EDDY CROSSOVER SERIES--Soon to be aired spin-off of fan film produced by Disney XD.

Summer 2008--PHINEAS AND FERB:  MISSION MARVEL--The upcoming Disney/Marvel crossover Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel features the Marvel heroes Spider-ManIron Man, the Hulk, and Thor, the Marvel villans WhiplashMODOKRed Skull, and Venom, and characters from Phineas and Ferb, where the storyline involves Phineas and Ferb trying to restore power to the Marvel heroes, whose powers were taken away by Doofenshmirtz.



Last Day of Summer 2008--PHINEAS AND FERB: THE BEST LIVE TOUR EVER--The two try to make the most of the last day of summer.

2009—Phineas and Ferb—“Elementary, My Dear Stacy”--The Flynn-Fletcher family goes on vacation in England. Bored beyond all comprehension, Candace reads all the Sherlock Holmes stories. Candace being Candace, she uses her newfound “talent” for deductive reasoning to bust her brothers. It doesn’t end well.  While tracking her brothers all about London, Candace passes a man dressed in Victorian finery. An exceptionally befuddled man dressed in Victorian finery. One wonders if this is the Watson tulpa. There's no evidence, but, perhaps, just perhaps, it's him.  A 00-agent also appears.

July 2010--PHINEAS AND FERB--"Phineas and Ferb:  Summer Belongs to You!"--On the deserted island, Phineas digs through the sand and finds a sponge and a starfish that are similar in appearance to SpongeBob and Patrick.

October 2010--DISNEY CHANNEL ALL-STAR PARTY--A Karaoke dance party competition with Phineas and Ferb; Joe, Kevin and Nick Lucas (JONAS L.A.); Sonny Munroe (SONNY WITH A CHANCE); Alex Russo (WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE); HANNAH MONTANA; Zack and Cody Martin (SUITE LIFE ON DECK); Mitchie Torres (CAMP ROCK film series); and Mii (that generic Wii character, bringing him actually into the TVCU!!!)

December 3, 2010 to Present--TAKE TWO WITH PHINEAS AND FERB--The duo get a talk show.  Note that this must take place in the present as it involves contemporary celebrity interviews.  The show would then start with the two now being 13, even if they look unaged.  Which means now they are 15, even though looking unaged.  (They are waiting for their growth spurt.  When I was 16, I was only 4'11", so this isn't unrealistic.)  Note their age is derived from when they travel 20 years in the future, at which time their mom states they are both 30.

Mid 2011--PHINEAS AND FERB/ED, EDD, N EDDY CROSSOVER SERIES:  THE TEEN YEARS--The groups meet up again a few years later as teenagers.

February 2012--TAKE TWO WITH PHINEAS AND FERB--Miss Piggy comes on the show to plug the new MUPPETS film, which is based on their recent comeback.


March 2013--MUSIC VIDEO--Perry is seen dancing with JESSIE.

August 2013--DISNEY INFINITY--A 3D game that brings to life all your favourite Disney characters.   Phineas and Perry the Platypus (Agent P) appear.

????--PHINEAS AND FERB--The movie!!!


ALTERNATE REALITIES:

MAD--Demonstrated to be an alternate reality in the Television Crossover Universe in Batman: the Brave and the Bold.  They have parodied Phineas and Ferb several times.

PHINEAS AND FERB/STAR WARS--An amalgamation of the two, similar to the Family Guy Blue Harvest episodes.



So that's about it.  Just to wrap up, I offer some purely conjectural observations.  First, note that Dr. Doofenshmirtz went to an evil medical school, and his company is called Doofenshmirtz Evil, Inc.  Could Dr. Evil be his silent partner, (as he's always off frozen in space?)

My second observation is that the evil doctor resembles one of Doctor Claw's evil scientist henchmen from MADD.  Perhaps he got his start there before branching off on his own.

So that's it.  On to the critiquing.  Oh, there you are, Perry.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Tarantino/Rodriguez Blog

Warning:  This blog covers R Rated material, even though the blog itself is for general audiences.

It's not often that I cover a creator in a blog.  I did do so with Adam Sandler, who likes to connect his works with the appearances of recurring secondary characters, even though the stories themselves are otherwise unconnected.

Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez do the same thing in their works.  They subtly connect their works to make a shared reality (which just so happens is part of the larger TVCU), without having to announce to the world that their films are sequels or part of a series (because they aren't, or at least not all of them.)

So below will be a timeline, as usual, focusing on films and television series that have been written, directed, or produced by the duo together or separately, or in which one or both have acted.

1858--DJANGO UNCHAINED--Former dentist, Dr. King Schultz, buys the freedom of a slave, Django, and trains him with the intent to make him his deputy bounty hunter. Instead, he is led to the site of Django's wife who is under the hands of Calvin Candie, a ruthless plantation owner.  Connections to other Tarantino films:  Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) --Kiddo is buried at the grave of a "Paula Schultz" who shares the surname of the movies protaganist, Dr.King Shultz.  Inglourious Basterds (2009) --Christoph Waltz plays a German Bounty Hunter Again



1888 -1991 (so far)--ANNO DRACULA (SERIES BY KIM NEWMAN)--Crosses:  Dracula (novel); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Invisible Man (novel); The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Vampyre; Varney the Vampire; The Soft Whisper of the Dead; They Thirst; Hotel Transylvania; The Black Castle; The Vampire Tapestry; Stephen King Universe; Carmilla; Good Lady Ducayne; The Tomb of Sarah; Ken’s Mystery; The Mysterious Stranger (story); The True Story of a Vampire; Carnacki Ghost Finder; Black Sabbath; The Picture of Dorian Gray; Interview with a Vampire (Anne Rice Vampire Lestat series); The Werewolves of London (Brian Stableford); Count Yorga; The Fearless Vampire Killers; Brides of Dracula; Vampire Circus; Dracula (Universal); Dark Shadows; El Vampiro; Black Sunday; Martin (George A. Romero film); Kolchak the Night Stalker; Blacula; Nosferatu; Kiss of the Vampire; Mr. Vampire; Blood of the Vampire; Daughters of Darkness; Dracula (Hammer); Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos; Averoigne; Grave of the Vampire/Seed of Terror; Hellraiser; Alraune; The Black Cat (film); Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural; The Vampire Thrills; Faustine; Near Dark; Forever Knight; Fright Night; The House of Dracula (novel by R. Chetwynd-Hayes); Anak Pontianak; Necroscope; Revelations in Black; The Dragon Waiting; The Bloody Pit of Horror/The Crimson Executioner; The Playgirls and the Vampire; The Niece of the Vampire/Fangs of the Vampire; The Phantom of the Opera; Incense for the Damned/Bloodsuckers; Addams Family (television); Frankenstein (Universal); The Monkey’s Paw; Three Mothers trilogy; Toby Dammit; The Exorcist; Cave of the Living Dead; The Golem (1920 film); The Old Dark House; Cat People; Black Magic (film); Spirits of the Dead; Les Vampires; The Awful Doctor Orloff; A Bucket of Blood; Those Who Hunt By Night/Immortal Blood/Traveling with the Dead; The Hunger; Fevre Dream; Empire of Fear; Dr. Blood’s Coffin; The Vampire’s Ghost; The Horrible Sexy Vampire; Mark of the Vampire; Vampire (1979); Vampyr - Der Traum des Allan Gray; El Hombre Lobo; Curse of the Undead; Circus of Horrors; The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus; Twice Bitten/Vampire Hookers; The Lost Boys; Deathmaster; Velvet Vampire; I Vampire; Nancy Baker’s Vampire Stories; Sunglasses After Dark; Vamps (Vertigo Comics); Blade; Scooby-Doo; Hellboy; Nocturna; Rosemary’s Baby; American Psycho; Lost Souls; Elvira; Rosemary’s Baby; The Films of Tarantino and Rodriguez; Light at the End; Andy Warhol’s Dracula/Blood for Dracula; Geek Maggot Bingo; Daughter of Darkness; Nightmare in Blood; Madhouse; Vampire Junction/Vanitas; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Shadowman; Werewolf of London; Little Shop of Horrors; Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Howling; Gremlins; Suckers:  Bleeding London Dry; Desire the Vampire/I Desire; The Creature Commandos; The Vampire (1957); The Vampire (Sydney Horler). Other Crosses:  Too numerous to list.  In 1888, during the events of Bram Stoker’s novel, events diverge and Dracula marries Queen Victoria, causing a major alteration in the socio-political world for the next 125 years and beyond. This is a divergent timeline, but not a parallel universe.  In my theory, a parallel universe is created at the dawn of time at the time time as the main universe and other parallel universes.  They may evolve similarly, but they are separate.  Meanwhile, each universe has a main timeline, and at each moment, there are an infinite number of divergent timelines created off of the main timeline.  When thinking of divergent timelines, try picturing a fork in the road.  Both paths lead in different directions, but they both start at the same point, and once were the same road.  The Anno Dracula timeline has shown to be an alternate timeline of the main Television Crossover Universe in several other entries in this reference guide.  Because it’s a divergent timeline, the crosses, though depicted in an alternate manner, should still count for inclusions in the Television Crossover Universe.  Some of the crossed series are already in, and the others are brought in via this crossover series despite being an alternate timeline series.  For the record, the complete Anno Dracula series (thus far) consists of Anno Dracula, the Bloody Red Baron:  Anno Dracula 1918, Judgement of Tears:  Anno Dracula 1959 (aka Dracula Cha Cha Cha), Coppola’s Dracula (from the Mammoth Book of Dracula), Castle in the Desert:  Anno Dracula 1977, Andy Warhol’s Dracula:  Anno Dracula 1978 - 1979 (from the Mammoth Book of Vampires), Who Dares Wins:  Anno Dracula 1980, The Other Side of Midnight (from Vampire Sextette), and You are the Wind Beneath My Wings:  Anno Dracula 1984).



1899--THE PHANTOM CHRONICLES, VOLUME 2 “NO GHOSTS NEED APPLY” (SHORT STORY BY WIN SCOTT ECKERT)--The Phantom, Holmes, and more investigate a ghost. Most of the films of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez  are interconnected by certain “brands” such as Red Apple cigarettes.  Not all the films are horror, but we can assume they are all in.  Those that are of the horror genre would include FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (and sequels), Werewolf Women of the S.S. (faux trailer from Grindhouse), THE FACULTY, LITTLE NICKY, Death Proof, DON'T (faux trailer from Grindhouse), Planet Terror, and THANKSGIVING (faux trailer from Grindhouse).


1899--FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3:  THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER--Set 100 years ago in Mexico, this horror/western is the story of the birth of the vampire princess Santanico Pandemonium.



Winter 1941--LANCE STAR - SKY RANGER “SHADOWS OVER KUNLUN” (SHORT STORY BY WIN SCOTT ECKERT)--Lance Star and his team are sent by the government on a mission to Tibet to find a legendary war ace. This anthology was a collection of new stories about the classic pulp hero Lance Star....who never actually existed as a classic pulp.  In reality, he is an original character created cleverly for this anthology.  Red Apple Cigarettes appear in this story.  This is a nod to Quentin Tarantino, who uses them in all of his films.  The story also features the Belmont Arms hotel in San Francisco.  This is from the film Shock, which is more of a thriller than a horror film, but close enough for me.  Doc Savage elements are sprinkled throughout the story.  One of the team’s government contacts is a man named Lee, who is said to be James Lee, the star of his own series of espionage and mystery stories.  The villain  of this tale is Doctor Natas, who in Doc Ardan:  City of Gold and Lepers was shown to actually be Fu Manchu, while Ardan himself was actually Doc Savage.    At one point, Star refers to a bookworm archaeology professor who defeated the Thuggee.  This is Indiana Jones.  Finally, the ace being sought after is revealed to be the Red Falcon, who is the grandfather of the Marvel Comics hero Iron Fist.  Note that this brings in Marvel’s Iron Fist, but only his solo stories during the first 20-ish years from his first appearance, as Marvel doesn’t age their characters normally, but the TVCU does move normally in time, so Iron Fist would be realistically too old by the mid to late 1990s to keep adventuring.  Also, this does not bring in any team-ups between Iron Fist and other comic book heroes.

World War II--GRINDHOUSE--"Werewolf Women of the S.S."--FU MANCHU is the lead villain in this unmade movie shown in a faux trailer.  Ivan adds:  WEREWOLF WOMEN OF THE SS features a werewolf woman of the SS played by the lovely and talented Sybil Danning, who also played Stirba the Queen of Werewolves in Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch. Not to push the same actor theory, I think it's safe to assume that Sybill was chosen for the WWOTSS role strictly because she was Stirba, so the conflation is justified. FYI, Howling II (1984) took place in 80 or 81 (I use 81, but there is more support for 1980).


1945--INGLORIOUS BASTERDS--Donny Donowitz is the father of Lee Donowitz from TRUE ROMANCE.  Red Apple Cigerettes appear.  As for the ending, just remember that Hitler, like many world leaders, had many doubles.  Also, remember that he was possessed by a demon.  At some point, I'll cover Hitler, the world's worst super-villain, in it's own blog.





June - July 1946--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 2:  GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT “THE EYE OF ORAN”  (SHORT STORY BY WIN SCOTT ECKERT)--Trapped in Oran during a plague quarantine, Shrinking Violet Holmes and her friend Adelaide Johnston find themselves being stalked by the evil Doctor Natas. There is an inclusion of Red Apple Cigarettes, which is a common item found in the films of Quentin Tarantino.  In this story, Dr. Natas seeks the Eye of Oran, also called the Eye of Dagon, so he can control an army of fish men.  Dagon and the fishmen are elements of Lovecraftian lore.  



August 1946--TALES OF THE SHADOWMEN VOLUME 3:  DANSE MACABRE “LES LEVRES ROUGES” (SHORT STORY BY WIN SCOTT ECKERT)--Doc Ardan gathers a team to retrieve the Eye of Oran from the evil Madame Elisabeth. The Eye of Oran was last seen in the story of the same name for Tales of the Shadowmen Volume 2, where it was explained to be linked to Dagon and the fish men from Lovecraft’s tales.  Doc Ardan is another name for Doc Savage.  In this tale, Doc recalls having been involved in the events from “Who Goes There?”, later made into the film The Thing. Doc’s involvement in that story comes from Philip Jose Farmer’s Doc Savage:  His Apocalyptic Life.  Madame Elizabeth owns a chain of brothels, with its headquarters on the site of the events of the film Invisible Ray.  Even though Invisible Ray has no actual connection to the Universal Invisible Man series, I consider it part of a series of loosely connected Universal “invisible” film series.  In this story,the Eye of Oran is used to explain the creation of the Audrey Junior from Little Shop of Horrors.   The main villain of this tale is actually Countess Elizabeth Bathory.  She was a real historical figure, who often gets portrayed in fiction as a vampire.  I don’t count her as a horror cross because of her historical status in reality.  However, here I do count that this version of Bathory is the same one from the film Daughters of Darkness.  This story, places it as part of the Farmer shared reality.  As a general rule, all of the works of Farmer should be considered part of TVCU canon, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to works by others who also set their works in the TVNU.  Those are taken on a case by case based on whether they are published and have a valid horror cross.  And though I consider the Farmer works to be in the TVCU, it does not go both ways.  The TVCU is not part of the WNU, though I leave it up to individual readers to apply this blog as a whole or parts within to their personal shared reality of choice if they wish.


 1982 to 1983--ROMY AND MICHELE: IN THE BEGINNING--The story of how their friendship began in high school.

November 1985--THANKSGIVING--Eli Roth's contribution is a promo for the slasher opus Thanksgiving. Produced in the style ofholiday-based slasher films such as Halloween, Black Christmas, April Fool's Day and My Bloody Valentine,[8] the trailer starred Jeff Rendell as a killer who stalks victims dressed as a pilgrim; Jordan Ladd, Jay Hernandez, and Roth himself as his intended victims; and Michael Biehn as the Sheriff. The design for the titles in Thanksgiving was based on a Mad magazine slasher parody titled Arbor Day.[6] Select excerpts of the score from Creepshow were used.
According to Roth, "My friend Jeff, who plays the killer pilgrim – we grew up in Massachusetts, we were huge slasher movie fans and every November we were waiting for the Thanksgiving slasher movie. We had the whole movie worked out: A kid who's in love with a turkey, and then his father killed it, and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town. I called Jeff and said, 'Dude, guess what, we don't have to make the movie, we can just shoot the best parts.'"[6] "Shooting the trailer was so much fun," Roth has stated, "because every shot is a money shot. Every shot is decapitation or nudity. It's so ridiculous, it's absurd. It's just so wrong and sick that it's right."[8]
Roth's fake trailer contained elements that almost earned Grindhouse an NC-17 rating, including a cheerleader simultaneously stripping, bouncing on a trampoline and getting stabbed in the vulva, and three decapitations, one of which occurring as the victim's girlfriend performs fellatio on him. According to Roth, "Instead of seeing it spread out in a feature, watching it all jammed together nonstop makes it more shocking. But we had a great discussion with the ratings board. They got it. Once they saw it with all the bad splices and the distress and scratches they were fine with it."[8] Roth confirmed in an interview with Cinema Blend's Eric Eisenberg that he and co-writer Jeff Rendell are working on a possible feature film.[15]

1990--TRUE ROMANCE--The main character, Alabama, is later referenced in RESERVOIR DOGS.



1992--EL MARIACHI--A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

October 1994--RESERVIOR DOGS--A group of criminals try to pull off the perfect bank robbery.



October 1994--PULP FICTION (FILM)--The film is actually a series of interconnected tales involving hitmen and a boxer. Hitman Vincent Vega is implied to be the brother of Vic Vega from Reservoir Dogs.  The story told to a young boy (in the boxer’s flashback) is from the events of the film Air Force.  Thus that film is brought in.  The character of Bonnie Dimmick also was in a deleted scene from Reservoir Dogs.  I consider deleted scenes to be canon if they are included on the DVD and do not contradict the finished film. Everyone in the film smoke Red Apple Cigarettes.  Red Apples show up in most of the films of Tarantino.  The link of Red Apple means that the near entirety of Tarantino’s films are brought into the Television Crossover Universe.  How do you like them Apples?  (Seriously though, don’t smoke.  It’s not good for you, even if Tarantino does make it look cool.) Matt Hickman adds:  form the tv tropes fanon page not a bad idea actually.........it's a popular theory among Quentin Tarantino fans that at least some of the events of Pulp Fiction occur on the same day as the bank heist in Reservoir Dogs; in particular, the fact that no cops are around to stop Jules and Vincent while they're driving a car covered in blood in the middle of a busy street during broad daylight is because they're occupied with the heist and its disastrous aftermath.



December 31, 1994 to January , 1995--FOUR ROOMS--Red Apple Cigarettes appear.



Early 1995--DESPERADO--A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner.

Early 1996--LADIES ROOM/JUST TEMPORARY--Play which became a pilot for a series that introduced Romy and Michelle.  Sadly the show didn't get sold, but the characters moved on to the big screen.



1996--FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (FILM)--Two killers abduct a family as hostages as they escape to Mexico.  Oh, and vampires. This film is followed by From Dusk Till Dawn 2:  Texas Blood Money.  This film also features Big Kahuna Burgers which originate from Pulp Fiction, Chongo Beer and the crotch gun from Desperado, and reporter Kelly Houge from Curdled.




From Dusk Till Dawn

1996--FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (VIDEO GAME)--Takes place immediately following the first film.  James Bojaciuk adds:   From what I read, the Dusk 'Til Dawn video game is a sequel to the first movie. During the events of the game, Seth is trying to escape from a prison ship that has been overtaken by vampires.



1996--CURDLED (FILM)--A crime scene cleaner becomes fascinated with a serial killer. This film includes reporter Kelly Houge, who refers to a recent case she reported on involving the Gecko brothers, who originated in From Dusk Till Dawn.  They even show a picture of the brothers, who are indeed the same actors (George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino).






1997--ROMY AND MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (FILM)--Romy and Michelle go to their high school reunion. Hardly a horror film, but the presence of Red Apple Cigarettes and Big Kahuna Burgers provide a link to other Tarantino/Rodriguez films like From Dusk Till Dawn and Grindhouse.


Early 2001--SPY KIDS--The children of spies find themselves having to take on the role themselves.

Summer 2001--SPY KIDS 2:  ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS--There is an appearance of the golden idol that appeared in the opening sequence of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.  The idol had last been seen in the possession of DANGER GIRL Abbey Chase in 1997.

Summer 2001--KILL BILL--The wedding massacre is investigated by Sheriff Earl McGraw and his son.  Earl was in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and his son was in the sequel.  However, McGraw was shot to death in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN.  Rick Lai goes with the identical cousin theory to explain the two sherrifs.  Of course, this means they are identical and have the same name, and their sons were both identical and have the same name.  But this is actually all very common in the TVCU.  This Sherrif McGraw will later appear in GRINDHOUSE.  The character Hattori Hanzo is from a Japanese series in which every storyline would feature another in a long line of warriors named Hattori Hanzo.  (Sort of a cool kick-ass Blackadder.)  There is a Red Apple Cigarette poster at the airport in Okinawa.  Esteban also smokes Red Apples.  The final action of the film occurs in Acuna, Mexico, which was also the setting of EL MARIACHI.  Meanwhile, the character of Pei Mei is from EXECUTIONERS OF SHAOLIN, A SLICE OF DEATH, FISTS OF THE WHITE LOTUS, AVENGING WARRIORS OF SHAOLIN, and TWO CHAMPIONS OF DEATH.  KILL BILL is also connected to "Shadow Warriors" TV series.

2002 to 2004--ALIAS--As Sydney goes to SD-6 to meet with Sloane about quitting the agency despite Michael's warning, a former agent comes with a commando in the office and holds everybody's in hostage...except Sydney and Jack who tries to unfold the deadly gang's threat... Written by RealLiveClaude

2003--SPY KIDS 3-D: GAME OVER--Carmen's caught in a virtual reality game designed by the Kids' new nemesis, the Toymaker (Stallone). It's up to Juni to save his sister, and ultimately the world. 

2003--ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO--Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.



October 2003 - April 2004--KILL BILL (FILMS)--When an assassin learns that she’s pregnant, she retires and goes into hiding, but her boss/lover and colleagues hunt her down.  They kill her new fiance, family, and friends at their wedding rehearsal, and she ends up in a coma.  A few years later, she awakes, and seeks revenge. Not a horror film, but it is part of the larger reality of Tarantino that includes From Dusk ‘Till Dawn and Grindhouse.  And yes, Kill Bill is two films technically, but really it’s one film broken into two parts.  Earl McGraw and his son investigate the wedding massacre.  Earl was last seen in From Dusk Till Dawn, where he was shot.  Either he didn’t die as was presumed from that previous film, or he maybe has an identical cousin who shares the same name.  This Earl will appear again in Grindhouse.  His number one son previously appeared in From Dusk Till Dawn 2.  Bill has a home in Acuna, Mexico, previously seen in El Mariachi.  The Bride seeks the aid of Hattori Hanzo.  For generations, men with that name have been great warriors as seen in Shadow Warriors.  The character of Pei Mei who trains the Bride is based on a character named Pei Mei who appeared in the films Executioners of Shaolin, A Slice of Death, and Fists of the White Lotus.  In all three of those films, he dies.  But he’s clearly the same guy.  I can only conclude that he’s immortal, and given that this is the Television Crossover Universe, that’s pretty plausible.  There’s also the appearance of Red Apple Cigarettes, which appear frequently in the works of Quentin Tarantino.




May 2005--CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATON--"Grave Danger"--The CSI Nick Stokes is kidnapped while investigating a crime scene and buried alive in a glass casket by his kidnapper. The Las Vegas Police Department receives a package with a tape and a hardware to permit watch Nick inside the casket, together with a request of one million dollars cash to release him. The mayor refuses to pay the ransom, but Catherine Willows asks her wealthy father and gets the amount. Then Gil Grissom schedules a meeting with the criminal to deliver the money and be informed where Nick is.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Summer 2005--DON'T--Edgar Wright's contribution, Don't, was produced in the style of a 1970s' Hammer House of Horror film trailer.[12] The trailer featured appearances from Jason IsaacsMatthew Macfadyen, singer Katie MeluaLee InglebyGeorgina ChapmanEmily BoothStuart WilsonLucy PunchRafe Spall, Wright regulars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and a voice-over by Will Arnett.[8][13] Mark GatissMyAnna BuringPeter SerafinowiczMichael Smiley and Nicola Cunningham (who played the zombie "Mary" in Shaun of the Dead), among others, made cameo appearances though they eventually went uncredited. To get the necessary 1970s' look, Wright used vintage lenses and old-style graphics. During editing, he scratched some of the film with steel wool and dragged it around a parking lot to make it appear neglected by wayward projectionists.[8] According to Wright, "In the '70s, when American International would release European horror films, they'd give them snazzier titles. And the one that inspired me was this Jorge Grau film: In the UK, it's called The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue. In Spain and in Italy, I think it's called Do Not Speak Ill of the Dead. But in the States, it was called Don't Open the Window. I just loved the fact that there isn't a big window scene in the film—it's all based around the spin and the voiceover not really telling you what the hell is going on in the film."[6] On the Charlie Rose talk show, Quentin Tarantino also pointed out another aspect of American advertising of British films in the 1970s that is being referenced—none of the actors have any dialogue in the trailer, as if the trailer was intentionally edited to prevent American viewers from realizing that the film is British.[14]

Summer 2005--HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN--The director of a trailer that played in some theaters in the United States and Canada (mainly the latter), Hobo with a Shotgun, Jason Eisener, also made a feature-length adaptation of it. Rutger Hauerreplaced Dave Brunt as the titular character, though Brunt does make a cameo as a corrupt cop.
The adaptations received mainly positive reviews, with the general consensus being that they were cartoonishly enjoyable and gleefully violent homages to their reasons for being. Although Hobo with a Shotgun was not as big a box office success in the U.S. as it was in Canada, it has since gained a cult following there.

2006--MACHETE--Lucas Cano, (Machete) an ex-bodyguard for the Mexican President, tired of his life style, retires to a remote small town in Mexico, in hope of finding peace. But things do not work out for him the way he wants them to. First, he must confront several drug dealers who smuggle illegal immigrants into the United States, forcing them to smuggle drugs. Then, Machete finds out that his old Vietnam friend, who now works for the CIA in Arizona, has been assigned to arrest Machete, and take him back to the US for some old charges. Machete's health is deteriorating rapidly. He is constantly bleeding internally, but he won't stop drinking and smoking. Panchito is a little boy Machete met in a street fight, and the little boy, claiming not to have any family, decides to hang out with Machete and tries to help him change his life style. Machete does not know that a higher power is watching out for him. Panchito is an angel sent by God to save his body and soul. Esperanza (Pelancho) meets Machete when one of the drug dealers (and immigrant smugglers) tries to rape her. Esperanza immediately feels a connection between them, but can't tell what it is. Machete gets the same feeling and starts to investigate who the girl is and where she come from. Esperanza's mother, convinced by the local priest to tell Esperanza the connection between her and Machete, confesses to her but it is too late. Machete has been shot by Ruidoso and is dying. The Devil is also involved.  Machete Is also the uncle of the spy Kids.  (Thanks, Mattkind.)





2007--GRINDHOUSE “DEATH PROOF” (FILM)--A retired stunt driver uses his car now as his weapon of choice in his new career as a serial killer. Sheriff Earl McGraw and his number one son appear, who were in Kill Bill and From Dusk Till Dawn.  Big Kahuna Burgers are also seen.  The nurse of this story has a much larger role in Planet Terror.


2007--GRINDHOUSE “PLANET TERROR” (FILM)--A government bio-weapon is accidentally released, causing a zombie epidemic. Though this story appears first, it comes chronologically after Death Proof due to the appearance of the same nurse in both.  Because this film ends with a worldwide epidemic of zombie takeover, we must assume this veers off into a divergent timeline.  Sheriff Earl McGraw appear, along with Red Apple Cigarettes.  The recent death of Jungle Janice, a local DJ, is mentioned.  This occurred in Death Proof.






Spring 2011--COMMUNITY--The mysterious briefcase and its contents last seen in PULP FICTION makes an appearance.


Summer 2011--KILL BILL VOLUME 3--No, this hasn't come out yet.  It's still in the "announced" status, but Tarantino stated way back when that if there was a volume 3, he'd want it to be 10 years later, thus the date placement.

Late 2011--SPY KIDS:  ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4-D--A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.
 

2013--MACHETE KILLS--The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. 

ALTERNATE REALITES:

ADAM SANDLER UNIVERSE--2000--LITTLE NICKY--The second appearance of Chubbs, who is now in heaven, having died in Happy Gilmore.  Also we see the Townie "You can do it!!!" guy, originally seen in the Water Boy.  And in this reality, Lucifer is actually the father of Satan, Satan having been born at the same time as Christ.  Satan has three children, one of whom is half-angel.



CINEMULTIVERSE--Here are the works of Tarantino and Rodriguez that haven't been giving a crossover connection to make it into the TVCU yet:  LOVE BIRDS IN BONDAGE, MY BEST FRIEND'S BIRTHDAY, VEGETABLES, EDDIE PRESLEY, THE CORIOLIS EFFECT, SLEEP WITH ME, SOMEBODY TO LOVE, DESTINY TURNS ON THE RADIO, DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE, GIRL 6, JACKIE BROWN, SUKIJAKI WESTERN DJANGO, DIARY OF THE DEAD, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, DJANGO UNCHAINED (the Django character may actually be in, but I'm unsure so I'll place it here for now, and when my crew tells me I messed up, I'll move it when I update in six months), SIN CITY, BEDHEAD, DEL CASTILLO, THE ADVENTURES OF SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL 3-D, CURANDERO, FAMOUS, BULLFIGHTER, HIGH HOPES, THE UNITED MONSTER TALENT AGENCY, AMELIA'S 25TH and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

GOLDEN GIRLS UNIVERSE--Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator in the GOLDEN GIRLS episode "Sophia's Wedding".



LOONIVERSE--Tarantino played Master Moloch in the DUCK DODGERS episode "Master & Disaster".



TOOBWORLD--Tarantino played Desmond in the ALL-AMERICAN GIRL episode "Pulp Sitcom".  Rodrigues directs the REBEL HIGHWAY episode "Roadracers".



TVCU2--2014--FROM DUSK TILL DAWN THE SERIES--Features a Texas Ranger (McGraw?) in pursuit of the Gecko brothers.  And vampires.