Hide your cats, the Alien Life Form known as ALF is coming to a theater near you! Sony Pictures Animation has just landed the feature rights to the 1980s television sitcom. Along with producer Jordan Kerner (Smurfs) and show creators Tom Patchett and puppeteer Paul Fusco, the studio will develop the project as a blend of live-action and CGI. Fusco, who voiced the furry character for all 102 episodes, will lend his vocal talents to the film as well. Hit the jump for more on ALF.
It’s tough out there for an alien in a sci-fi comedy, but thankfully, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof has some tips for the titular star of the upcoming Greg Mottola film Paul. Lindelof sent an open letter to Paul with a few tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of other sci-fi comedies with aliens. For instance:
1. The camera is always rolling. Seen those ALF outtakes where he seems to think the N-word can be amusing in the proper context? Yeah, it’s not. And where is ALF now?
5. Mac and Me is a distillation of everything risky about this genre: It is simultaneously the fifth-best alien comedy ever made and the worst movie of all time. Just do the opposite of everything they did, and do not, under any circumstances, change your name to facilitate a fast-food tie-in.
Since Paul is coming out on Friday and the promotional materials haven’t been changed to read “Subway”, I think we’re okay on that last one. Head over to GQ to read Lindelof’s other tips for Paul.
While scouring the internet, someone had the great fortune of stumbling upon a blooper reel featuring TV’s beloved puppet alien ALF spouting off some phrases that definitely never made it to network TV. Apparently the video comes from a VHS tape that a YouTube user bought on eBay about ten years ago. It sounds like this is some pretty rare footage, and if you’ve always wanted to hear ALF swear, repeatedly say some racial slurs and pretend to do drugs, then this will be the best thing you watch all day. Perhaps the funniest thing in this video is how actor and puppeteer Paul Fusco makes ALF still seems like a real character even in candid bloopers. The video is a little long winded, but here are some of my favorite highlights:
1:20 — ALF pretends to snort cocaine after remarking about some crumbs in his lap
3:20 – ALF screws up a line and then says “goddamn hoodoo,” and I have no idea what that means.
4:38 — ALF spouts off the N-word a bunch of times
5:00 – ALF calls one of the crew members and asshole
5:40 – ALF asks his female co-star to lay on top of him and straddle him
Hit the jump to check it out: