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Re: Should MST3K Have Continued Forever? [message #42306 is a reply to message #42305] Mon, 11 March 2013 17:56 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
Ken McElhaney is currently offline  Ken McElhaney
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On Mar 11, 3:24 pm, Professor Bubba <bu...@nowhere.edu.invalid> wrote:
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> McElhaney <mcelha...@hotmail.com> wrote:

>> On Mar 9, 6:23 am, Professor Bubba <bu...@nowhere.edu.invalid> wrote:

>>> Joel and others later did a thing called Cinematic Titanic, which had

>>> the same flavor as MST3K with silhouettes and all, while Mike and crew

>>> did audio-only commentary tracks that you're supposed to sync with your

>>> copy of the movie.  This neatly saved Mike all that licensing money and

>>> permission-seeking.  Neither effort seemed to gain any traction,

>>> though.

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>> I guess it depends on what you mean by "traction". While the demise of

>> Cinematic Titanic is one thing, Rifftrax has done quite well for

>> itself. In fact, a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to live riff

>> "Twilight" is now four times past its goal. No traction? Well, it was

>> never the intention of Rifftrax to go on cable TV, but they regularly

>> produce new riffs on full length movies, have VOD that can be

>> downloaded and shorts as well.

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>> I think "successful" would more accurately describe Rifftrax whether

>> you care for the humor or not anymore, they have succeeded in creating

>> a profitable business venture for several years now and show little

>> sign of letting up.

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> I'm happy for Mike et al. that Rifftrax is still going, but it's never

> become a "thing."  I know that what I meant by "traction" wasn't clear.

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> I didn't know that Cinematic Titanic had flatlined.  I did know that no

> one was talking about it, though, the same way nobody talks about

> Rifftrax (where "nobody" may also mean "hardly anybody").


I guess it depends on what "hardly anybody" means. I would not count
this newsgroup, but if you just look at the Kickstarter project they
are currently doing right now, I think that it does qualify as a
"thing" or "something" at least. Raising over $200,000 for a live riff
has to involve quite a few people who think Rifftrax is a "thing".
http://tinyurl.com/adcsq5t

Perhaps the conversation has simply moved somewhere else?

Ken
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