'Greg the Bunny' Shorts Coming to DVD23 Jul, 2006 By: Jessica Wolf
Fabricated Americans (a.k.a puppets) have feelings too.
At least, that's what “Greg the Bunny” fans and creators chose to believe.
Creators Dan Milano and Sean Baker brought along the Greg and Warren puppet characters to Comic-Con to talk about the low-budget, often off-color, off-the-cuff adult puppet show that gained a following from its interstitial programming for the Independent Film Channel. In 2002, it was turned into a short-lived 20th Century Fox series.
In October, Greg the Bunny: The Best of the Film Parodies, arrives on DVD from IFC and Shout Factory.
They were joined by self-proclaimed puppet lover and co-star of the now-defunct Fox show, Seth Green, who tongue-kissed the Greg puppet.
The audience was also treated to a sample of the DVD — a segment following “Greg the Bunny” characters Greg, Warren, Count Freddie Blah and the Cookie Monster-like Whompus, all attempting to pull off Samuel L. Jackson's “Ezekiel 25:17” monologue from Pulp Fiction.
“Greg the Bunny's” earliest roots are in public access programming. Milano and crew would take the puppets to the streets of New York and ask strange questions of city goers, filming it for their homemade show.
“Greg the Bunny” lost focus and a lot of its edge when it became a regular weekly network TV show, Milano said.
Green agreed: “It was a show like ‘Arrested Development' a couple of years before the world was ready to see something like that on TV.”
The original premise was akin to “The Office” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Milano said. But the episodes started to turn into stories about the father-son dynamic between Green's character, Jimmy Bender, and his dad Gil, played by Eugene Levy.
“From our perspective, we were like ‘are we doing “Alf”?' Because we loved ‘Alf' but we wanted to do ‘The Larry Sanders Show.’ Milano said. “Just with puppets.”
Fox show or no, there are still plenty of plans afoot for more adventures with the characters, including possibly meeting Warren's oft-mentioned former wife, creators said.
However, there is some disagreement whether or not said wife is of the human or fabricated-American variety, Baker said.
“I guess Warren is a kind of self-hating puppet, so it would make sense that he married a human, plus Marilu Henner starred in the first episode of the Fox show as his wife, so I guess it's pretty much set,” Milano said.
Other upcoming segments of the IFC are a parody of Monster and the “Greg the Bunny” version of The Passion of the Christ.
“Yep, we're going to crucify Warren,” Milano said. “So we'll see you all in hell.”
Green said he's on board for whatever the future brings.
“I told them they can call me any time of the day and I will literally drop what I am doing to come play with Greg the Bunny,” he said.
“Greg the Bunny” creators are also working on a deal with the same licensing company that works with “The Simpsons” for themed T-shirts, toys and such.
That should please Green, Milano said, pointing out that the actor likes to build his own action figures.
“YES!,” Green shouted to the uproarious audience, rising up and thrusting his fists into the air. “One of us! Gooba Gabba!”