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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #840 on: October 27, 2013, 01:25:54 AM »

Retire, or 'retire'? I'm sure they could get some mileage out of killing off Ned's wife a second time after he just remarried, but would they really go there?
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #841 on: October 27, 2013, 05:06:21 AM »

Lou Reed

Holy shit.

EDIT: Well, the dude just underwent a liver transplant a few months back, so not a total surprise. But that's one more gone.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #842 on: October 27, 2013, 05:50:21 AM »

Let's all watch Rock & Rule as a tribute.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #843 on: October 27, 2013, 06:07:37 AM »

Retire, or 'retire'? I'm sure they could get some mileage out of killing off Ned's wife a second time after he just remarried, but would they really go there?

No, I really can't see that happening.

It certainly brings up questions of precisely what they're going to do now -- best guess is they'll do like they did with Hartman and just not deal with it at all; she's just gone.  Which certainly has implications for both Ned and Bart, but I think they can get away with just not acknowledging her -- not mentioning Ned's wife anymore, and focusing school episodes on Bart's relationship with Skinner.

Those dilemmas aside, I believe it's for the best -- I'm still kind of uncomfortable that they recast Lunchlady Doris, even if they only give her about one line every other season.  Recasting Latta's roles is a bit more gray area -- IIRC he left the show voluntarily before he died, and it was still early days so his characters weren't so closely identified with him -- but I think it's safe to say that Lunchlady Doris was pretty fucking closely identified with Doris Grau.

Hell, to be frank I've never really liked that they recast Bugs Bunny after Mel Blanc died.  (Mel himself purportedly resisted taking over the voice of Elmer Fudd when Arthur Q Bryan passed, but eventually did.)

Frank Oz recently made some comments to the effect that the Muppets should never be played by anyone else but Henson and himself (and the rest of the original cast).  I think there's something to that, and certainly they'll never be the same as they were when Jim was alive.  On the other hand, I don't doubt for a second that Jim would have wanted those characters to survive him and continue to bring joy to generations of kids of all ages.

It's really a case-by-case basis, I suppose.  Some characters are bigger than the writers, artists, actors, puppeteers, etc. associated with them, some are open to a myriad of interpretations -- hell, I've got an entire FF6 party named after actors who've played Batman -- and some are so closely and fundamentally tied to a single voice that they shouldn't be given to anybody else.  I think most everybody on The Simpsons falls into the latter category.

It's morbid to consider, but it's bound to come up: this is one more reason it's worth considering that Simpsons should start winding down.  Most of the principals are in their fifties, but Shearer's almost 70.  I want the show to end before any of the leads die.  As it stands, losing Wallace is heartbreaking -- not as heartbreaking as losing Hartman was (and I still think it's very much worth noting that the era everyone pegs as the show's downturn coincides with his death), but it's one more absence that can never be filled and will never be forgotten.

25 years would be a pretty good round number to end on, but if this were going to be the last season we'd have heard about it by now.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #844 on: October 27, 2013, 09:14:58 AM »

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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #845 on: November 26, 2013, 01:51:01 AM »

Classic Superman artist Al Plastino, age 91.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #847 on: December 05, 2013, 09:22:51 AM »

I'm sad that Paul Walker died, because I really like the Fast and the Furious series, and I wanted more of those.  I take solace in the fact that Fast 7, at least, is in post-production, and will still happen.

Meanwhile, Nelson Mandela at 95.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #848 on: December 05, 2013, 04:13:41 PM »

So apparently there's already a meme going around where people post a picture of Morgan Freeman captioned "RIP Nelson Mandela 1918-2013".

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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #849 on: December 15, 2013, 06:39:48 AM »

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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #850 on: December 23, 2013, 08:54:45 AM »

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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #851 on: December 24, 2013, 11:31:53 PM »

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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #852 on: December 25, 2013, 01:23:08 AM »

;___;

Man, L'Homme qui plantait des arbres is probably one of my favourite little bits of film ever. To be honest though I had no idea Back was still alive.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #853 on: January 01, 2014, 06:10:50 AM »

Uncle Phil.

Hell of a way to start the year. :(
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #854 on: January 01, 2014, 06:12:11 AM »

Just came here to post that.  The world is lessened today.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #855 on: January 02, 2014, 07:48:11 AM »

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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #856 on: January 02, 2014, 04:20:58 PM »

That was delightful.  Thanks Ted.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #857 on: January 11, 2014, 02:12:52 AM »

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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #858 on: January 16, 2014, 09:38:14 AM »

Russell Johnson, the Professor from Gilligan's Island.
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Re: The new obituary thread
« Reply #859 on: January 17, 2014, 04:54:13 AM »

Hiroo Onoda

I didn't realize he was still alive. I guess he was lucky enough to get an extension to make up for lost time.
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