As promised, here is a smattering of some of the art for the “Harry Plodder and the Torture of the Fanbase” movie parody in this month’s MAD.
Lot’s more where that came from… this was a 7 pager. Not something you see too often with MAD anymore. Most parodies seem to weigh in at 5 pages maximum. Of course the last time I did a Harry Potter movie for MAD, it was 9 pages! Whew.
As I mentioned, The Lovely Anna and our two youngest kids went to see the movie last night. As usual, we screwed up on some of the plot points in the parody because we did it in advance of the film’s release. Des did the script from the book, leaving out those things rumored to be left out (like Quidditch) and harping on the things he thought would be main plot elements in the film. We had a panel showing Harry screaming at Ron and Hermione because they were chosen as school prefecrts, and we wasn’t. Not in the movie. We had a panel showing Hagrid’s “Care of Magical Creatures” class being taught about thestrals. Not in the movie. The big one was a large panel showing Harry with a gift Sirius gives him in the book, one that if he’d just cared to open would have avoided most of the bad things that happen later. Not in the movie. That’s the price you pay doing advanced parodies. The sad thing is that Warner Bros. makes these films, and Time/Warner owns MAD, so you’d think we’d get at least a real script to work from. No way.
Regardless. this was a fun one to do. Not only because the whole family loves the books, but because it was a big movie and those kids are fun to draw. Too bad was only after seeing the film I noticed how much shorter Daniel Radcliffe is than the rest of the boys in the film. I could have had some fun with that.
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