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Littlekuriboh Star Wars Narrative Essay

Let there be abridged!

"I mean, who the hell does he think he is? He's nobody! All he did was spend most of his free time making a series of amusing cartoon videos available to the public, completely free of charge!"

Few people can be credited with starting an entire genre. In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, launching the entire field of Science Fiction. In 1841, Edgar Allan Poe wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," singlehandedly creating the Detective-Story genre.... and in 2006, LittleKuriboh (born Martin Piers Billany) one of a few, blessed people, joined their ranks.For fun, he made a Gag Dub of Yu-Gi-Oh!, but instead of doing the whole episode, he followed the abridging format of some online scripts. He called his video Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, and thus The Abridged Series was born.Later on he started Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show, first as an April Fools' Day prank, but then decided to make some more.He also has a version of Dan Green, and plays him as an egotistical jerk who thinks Girls Have Cooties.His YouTube account (which was originally meant as an in-character account for the Abridged Series version of Yugi, but was appropriated by LittleKuriboh himself after his original account was banned) can usually be seen here, except it has an unfortunate tendency to get banned. Current Status:not banned.He also has Twitter account, which he frequently updates. He got married to West Coast voice actress Marianne Miller (who has had guest appearances on his work way before that). They also now have a Patreon page.He is also associated with Team Four Star, the group behind Dragon Ball Abridged, and, by extension, That Guy with the Glasses. He's also made at least two guest appearances on Atop the Fourth Wall, two on The Spoony Experiment, and three on The Nostalgia Critic'. First in his review of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea the Top 11 Strangest but Best Couples and most recently co-reviewing Dragonball Evolution with him and Masako X.He is a fan of The Slender Man Mythos, following Everyman HYBRID and taunting HABIT every chance he gets, and occasionally doing Let's Plays with the cast of Marble Hornets. Heart of the Cards help him.

His works includes:

Roles in other projects:


Provides Examples Of:

  • April Fools' Day:
    • In 2008, he said that he was ending the series and uploaded a "Final Episode" video, which was just a fandub of the ending of the actual anime with a few words changed. It even used "Don't Stop Believing" like the finale from The Sopranos, complete with cutoff.
    • For 2009, he released Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show, stating he was going to stop doing Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged as an April Fool's joke, and a full episode of Zorc & Pals!
    • In 2010, we got CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES! Almost certainly a Homage to Harry Hill's "Ear Cataracts?!"
    • In 2011, he made a new episode in the style of older episodes, and got himself "banned" from the very community that inspired the series!
    • In 2012, he claimed to sell Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged to Michael Bay, and posted Michael Bay's version of the first episode. As of November 2013, it's been taken down for copyright infringement along with his account... again.
  • Badass Beard: Grown to play Baldrick. Persuaded by fans of Wha-Chow to keep it for a while...then just never got rid of it.
  • Bi the Way: The backlash to this reveal, sadly, will probably significantly reduce the amount he tells us on his blog now. Someone actually went out of their way to tell this to his parents and they didn't take it very well.
  • Comical Overreacting: A fair amount of his comedy is this.
  • Dead Fic: Most notably Spirit on Fanfiction Dot Net. He has a few other fics there, too, and they're all SUPER good. But mainly one-shots, or discontinued.
  • Everything's Better with Plushies:
  • Fanservice: This is invoked and parodied in his Patreon announcement video, where his wife Marianne is weeping, but as he hugs her, she insists he put his arm lower so the camera can see her cleavage.
  • Faux to Guide: "Dan Green Presents Abridging 101."
  • Filk Song: Simply put, it's an album's worth of mostly parodies:
    • "United States of America" (Liam Lynch's "United States of Whatever")
    • "Phresh Pharaoh of Bel-Air" (Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff's "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air")
    • "Villain" (Enrique Iglesias' "Hero")
    • "Without Yugi" (Eminem's "Without Me")
    • "I'm on a Blimp" (The Lonely Island's "I'm on a Boat")
    • "Brooklyn Rage~!" (Lady Gaga's "Poker Face")
    • "YGOTAS Sails Away" (Styx's "Come Sail Away")
    • "Leather Pants" (Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance")
    • "Out There" (The Hunchback of Notre Dame's "Out There")
    • "Magical Lyrical Punch Chan Desu Kun" (Sailor Moon's first OP, "Moonlight Densetsu")
    • "Jaden's Rap~!" (The Lonely Island's "Natalie's Rap")
    • A rap battle between Yugi/Yami and Jaden. Live.
    • And in Naruto The Abridged Comedy Spoof Series Show there are several parodies of David Bowie songs. The only one that's a full song is "Training Ninjas" from the fourth episode, sung to the tune of "Under Pressure." All of the song parodies from this series can be found here.
    • "Beelzeboss,"—affectionately nicknamed "Paraboss" by the fans—a parody of the Tenacious D song of the same name, sung by LK, The Azure Crow, and ShadyVox as the {{|Music}} Awesome Music near the end of the Bonds Beyond Time Abridged Movie.
    • "Pharaoh's Throne~!" (Lady Gaga's "Telephone")
    • "Do You Want To Job To Roman?" (a wrestling-based spoof of "Do You Want To Build A Snowman?" from Frozen)
  • A God Am I: In the Dragonball Evolution crossover review with other TGWTG contributors.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: This is what apparently caused the surprising and yet hilarious results of LK's comedy roast at Youmacon 2011. The lesson learned is to never give him and his wife a large bottle of tequila... unless the situation demands a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • In the Style of...: He reviewed the first issue of the Yu-Gi-Oh'!' manga in a style like Atop the Fourth Wall'', even recommending that show a couple of times in the video.
  • Large Ham: In the case of his role of Nylocke in TOME. Just listen to the trailer starring him.
  • Let's Play: Currently doing one of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines in-character as Marik and another of Five Nights at Freddy's 2 as Kaiba.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Just about the only thing he can't do is female voices. He tries, but they're not normally very convincing. Thankfully, due to the lack of female characters in Yu-Gi-Oh!, that's not too big of a problem.
  • Martin Billany, Destroyer of Fandoms: A running gag on Twitter says that he ruins every fandom he touches (or talks about). The list ranges anywhere from the Yu-Gi-Oh! fandom to the "sliced bread" fandom and beyond.
  • Melodrama: His Patreon announcement video spoofs this by starting out with him being told he has a chronic, but non-fatal, condition, and Martin and Marianne treat it like a Soap Opera Disease.
  • Nice Guy: Just listen to Wha-Chow. He's seriously pretty nice.
  • Nice Hat: His baseball cap covered in pin buttons that he tends to wear to conventions.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Mostly averted, though some quirks from his original Midlands-ish accent can be heard, such as the enunciated G in words ending with "-ing," and the enunciated S in "us," making it sound like "uzz."
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The January 9, 2017 video Mark My Words. Due to his focus on the latest YGOTAS, he wasn't able to create a The Mark Remark episode for the past week, so in lieu of that, he created an opinion piece where he drops the jokes about Seth Rollings and Roman Reigns' mild smugness, and goes almost 100 percent serious while discussing his thoughts on the current state of both WWE brands.
  • Poe's Law:
    • Averted when it comes to the show itself as fortunately anyone who knows about The Abridged Series knows that LittleKuriboh actually likes the source material, of course. How he treats the other Abridged Series makers is sadly a different story as the reaction to "Without Yugi" is a very straightforward example of this trope. (To make a long story short, it's a classic case of how some people thought it was a hateful attack even though it wasn't.)
    • He even trolled people who took The War of the Abridged Series Creators seriously!
  • The Power of Love: The reason he immigrated to the United States was to live with his wife.
  • Running Gag: His Kami-Con promos are nothing but a series of Flash-animated running gags about Yami Yugi introducing a guest character, epically failing at spelling their name, then closing with a music from the Persona series.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • Aside from the aforementioned proposal video, he also takes shots at himself for his frequent Schedule Slips.
    • He's also taken potshots at himself over the Seasonal Rot the series had in the latter parts of Season 2 and Season 3.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • Parodied. LittleKuriboh has at several points attacked other Abridged series, even at one point making a rap insulting them all, but it was all done as a laugh. Of course, many people didn't get it.
    • A running gag in an episode of Wha-Chow was based on a person on a Q&A panel accusing him of being this.
  • Smart Mark: He includes quite a bit of wrestling references in his videos. Culminated in his creation of the satirical wrestling recap series, The Mark Remark.
  • Spoofed with Their Own Words: A video parodying the abridger "Chicken Wings" and his Abridged Dragon Ball Z episode. It's almost an an exact copy of the original video, just with the voice slightly exaggerated.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • Iruka's hilariously inept One Piece Abridged in the A Brand New Abridged Series video.
    • Not to mention Joe-kage's Bleach Abridged, and Turkeylegs' Dragon Ball Z Abridged.
  • Troll: He seems to love repeatedly baiting HABIT, Big Bad of Every Man HYBRID like no ones business.
  • Top Ten List: Subverted in the YGOTAS 2nd Anniversary Spectacularmathon. They forgot to bring the footage of nine of the items, and had to play the same clip ten times.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: During his review of Chapter 1 of the manga, LittleKuriboh does some guessing of his own, concluding each theory with "Now that I've said it, it must be canon!" Basically, Ushio is a highlander and grandpa Mutou has been chopping of everybody's hands and replacing them with disproportionate replicas in an attempt to make his own appearance seem less horrifying. Also the story with Ushio takes place in Gekkoukan High School
  • Word of Dante:
    • Actually invoked when LK reviewed the first manga issue of Yu-Gi-Oh!, as noted above. He even provides the page quote.
    • And does it again in Episode 49 of YGOTAS by stating Tristan's middle name is Timothy.
    • And before that, in Marik's Evil Council, he states Bandit Keith's middle name is Steve.
  • Yaoi Fanboy: Considering how art reflects the creator, writing Slash Fic of Bakura and Marik, and the amount of time he spends shipping his male characters together in the shows themselves, LK is definitely this. As his Fanfiction.net page proclaims, "Yes, I'm LittleKuriboh. Yes, I write gay porn."

As soon as that Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hit and that sinister British drawl began the narration, we all probably went: Holy crap! That’s Benedict Cumberbatch talking, isn't it?

After all, the voice we heard was eerily close to some voice-over Cumby's done in two other high-profile sci-fi flicks in which he starred in the not-so-distant past; namely Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

So, was it or was it not the Internet’s favorite boyfriend doing that narration? Apparently ... not.

HitFix’s Drew McWeeny has confirmed that the voice heard in the Star Wars: Episode VII trailer is not that of Cumberbatch, but rather that of mo-cap actor extraordinaire Andy Serkis. He's the one telling us about about all that “darkness” and “light” stuff in the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ eagerly anticipated Star Wars flick.

Here’s what he said:

For the record, that is Andy Serkis you hear in the trailer. I was able to verify this, although I was not able to uncover any further information about the role he plays. Here's what I do know, though. He's playing a pivotal role in the film, although he will not have a lot of screen time.

Look, I understand why there was some debate about the voice-over today. We've never really heard that voice come out of Serkis before. By now, though, one of the things we know about him is that he vanishes into roles, and it sounds like he's going to be doing something very different again this time.

But they're not hiding Cumberbatch from you, folks. While they haven't told us much about the characters, Disney and Lucasfilm were pretty up front about the cast before they started production.

Even though Serkis was revealed to be the chillingly awesome voice of the Star Wars trailer, some fans still believe it’s actually Cumberbatch we’re hearing, and that he's in the movie. Maybe what the actor says below can put that to rest?

Speaking on the red carpet of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014 yesterday, the Sherlock actor said he's not involved. Here's what the possible future Doctor Strange said:

“Yeah, I can put that one to bed can't I? I mean, I am NOT the voice of the Star Wars trailer, nor am I the hooded character with the rather cool new lightsaber, so...no. No, no.”

When asked by the interviewer whether he's in the film somewhere, Cumberbatch gave another decisive “No.”

So there you have it. Check out Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Wars denial:

What do you guys think? Are you surprised at all that Andy Serkis is the one doing the sinister voice-over in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer? What do you think his "pivotal" short role will be? 

(via Hit Fix, Comic Book Movie)

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