Monday, November 16, 2015

A Bit of a Chat with Ken Plume & Sarah Morgan

New Bit of a Chat! Ken chats with writer Sarah Morgan, about royalty, bananas, Muppets, tubes, Jaffa cakes, and Wrong Way Tony.
You can listen to it here.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ken's Halloween Projector

This looks pretty amazing! Check out the video above and start planning Halloween 2016!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Muppet Costumes

Looking for some Muppety Snydecast fun this Halloween?

Remember KEN P.D. SNYDECAST #118: It’s A Gas? The boys talked about Muppet Halloween costumes. I made a video of their chat (with photos of the items in question):

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015

Ken's Muppet interviews

With the new show "the muppets" currently running on ABC (new episode tomorrow,) it's a good time to take a look at Ken's Muppet interviews.

On the Ken P. D. Snydecast we have often heard of Ken's love of puppets, particularly Jim Henson's Muppets.
Over ten years ago Ken interviewed several very important members of the Muppet organization and luckily these wonderful interviews are still available on the web.

These text interviews are a great snapshot of the Henson group at that time and are a good showcase of Ken's chat skills before the days of podcasting.

Still Counting: An Interview with Muppeteer Jerry Nelson

Ratting Out: An Interview with Muppeteer Steve Whitmire

Gonzo Puppeterism: An Interview with Muppeteer Dave Goelz

Animateer Karen Prell: An Interview with Puppeteer, Animator and Writer

Ken also had a great interview with Kirk Thatcher last year:

I’m Ken Plume, and soon you’ll be listening to “A Bit Of A Chat” with me, Ken Plume.

In this episode, I have a chat with writer/director Kirk Thatcher about creatures, Muppets, Star Trek punks, Star Wars, 8×10s.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Louisiana Legend Paul Prudhomme Dead at 75 LINK

Brian Blessed: I delivered a baby in a park in the 1960s LINK

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fuss Budget

Oddly enough there was a whole bunch of weird "Fuss-Budget" references in Peanuts:

Schultz just wanted it to work.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Anime and Animation Voice Actor Roundtable

Here is a fun video of Dana doing a panel at Magic City Comic Con:

Join some of the biggest voice actors in animation and anime for a roundtable discussion about the industry and their experiences, featuring Dana Snyder voice of Master Shake, Lauren Landa voice of Annie in Attack on Titan, Caitlin Glass voice of Haruhi in Ouran High School Host Club, Zach Callison voice of Steven Universe, and David Matranga voice of Tomoya Okazaki in Clannad at Magic City Comic Con 2015.

Monday, September 14, 2015

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari Game

On the newest Ken PD Snydecast Dana talks about seeing the documentary 'Atari: Game Over'

Way back in 1983 the Atari 2600 ruled the world of gaming. A benevolent ruler to be sure, but Atari was the king.

And what a king Atari was.

Atari changed the way people used their TV. Atari released some of the most memorable games of all time including Donkey Kong and Frogger.

This made Atari 9th on the all time "King" list (between King Solomon and the Sacramento Kings.)

Atari was part of the Warner Communications company and had been since way back in could 1976. Atari was responsible for 80% of the video game market and 70% of Warner's operating profits. In 1982 the head of Warner Communications made a deal with Steven Spielberg to make a video game based on the movie E.T. The cost of the licensing agreement was an outstanding $20 million dollars.

This was a somewhat unusual move. Most games at the time were not based on movies; instead they were based on giant frogs crossing the street and apes that are inexplicably called "donkey".

Howard Scott Warshaw was tapped to create E.T. Warshaw was a skilled programmer, but he was saddled with a ridiculously short deadline.

8 weeks.

The resulting game is widely considered the worst game of all time.

I am not sure when I first played E.T., but it was long before I heard what a flop it was. I loved the game. I picked up a guide book "How to Play E.T." at garage sale, and I have been hooked on it for years.

The game play is simple. You move E.T. through several screens looking for the parts of E.T.'s phone. There is a scientist and an FBI agent on the lookout for E.T.

The scientist with kidnap you and the FBI agent will steal a piece of your phone.

He must look like a dork when he gets back to headquarters.

FBI AGENT: I just saw an alien.
CLERK: Sure you did.
FBI AGENT: I really did!
CLERK: Prove it.
FBI AGENT: OK, look at this phone I found.
...then the agent would fall down causing him to look like a dork.

The pieces of the phone are hidden in pits that E.T. has to fall into.

The holes are what many people hated about the game. They are EVERYWHERE and it is quite easy to fall into them by accident.

So, with annoying holes, mediocre graphics and a bad storyline OTHER CONSUMERS (again, not me) hated this game.

Atari had woefully miscalculated the amount of games that would be sold and they were left with millions of unsold cartridges. So they did the only logical thing. They buried them in the desert.

Yup. They sent truckload of cartridges to a desert landfill drove a steamroller over them and covered them in cement.

Kinda like what happened to Joe Pesci in "Casino".

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


As Dana mentioned on the newest Ken PD Snydecast, Captain Ron is the greatest movie ever.

For those that haven't seen it, it's a comedy from 1992 directed by, future James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan.

It tells the story of an eccentric captain who helps a family begin a love affair with the sea.

Originally released in 1991as Kanitah Poh in Kurt Russell's native land of Glottenberg.
It was a smash hit in Glottenberg raking in over seventy million marcorubios (about 1 million in US currency.)

The film starts off with Kanitah Poh (played by Russell) showing up at the dock with his beat up old ship.

It's revealed that Kanitah Poh is a cocaine addict and he needs help.

Martin Short plays a doctor that specializes in seafaring drug addiction. He brings his family aboard the ship for a 2 day cruise to the other side of the Warner Brothers' lot.

 Martin Short (playing Martin Short) asks Kurt if the boat will sail and then Kanitah Poh utters his most famous line:

Martin Short then has Kanitah Poh remember his childhood. He spent little time riding a bike with a piano attached to the handle bars.

Kanitah Poh claims that he fell off his bike as a kid trying to run over a milk carton. Martin Short refutes this claim and says "I have video taped your whole life."

That night Kanitah Poh dreams that Martin Short is a pretty girl and he is a monkey with a sweet valentine's day t-shirt.

In the morning a changed Kanitah Poh wakes up and decides to tell his story to Martin Short and his family.

They all decide that cocaine isn't good for you. Everyone is happy, especially Kanitah Poh!

A friendly trader offers them fish for Kanitah Poh's last bag of cocaine.

But it turns out Martin Short accidentally ate it, bag and all. Kurt wants him to cough up the cocaine.

Suddenly Ant Man shows up and Ken is unimpressed and Dana goes to the bathroom because he's old.

 Then a wiser Martin Short goes back to school.

Captain Ron! Go see it! Each sold separably. Ask your parents for permission.