Howdy there, Scream Freaks! While you’ve been enjoyin’ animated bloodshed between your 2 favorite indie film companies, there’s been struggles of other sorts behind the scenes. When we first imagined Troma vs Full Moon, we thought it would be amazin’ to get the actual companies involved. No deals, obligations or contracts – just good ol’ fashion fun that gives somethin’ back to the filmmakers who entertained us for so many years.
The pitch was simple enough. Our show humorously parodies their characters in a ridiculous feud, and we review Full Moon and Troma movies we think horror/sci-fi fans need to know about. All covered under Fair Use which legally allows such works to exist like South Park and Robot Chicken. Because Troma vs Full Moon is meant to be a gift for everyone in the horror community to enjoy, we didn’t want any profit off these videos and even went as far as tellin’ Full Moon and Troma they could have the episodes to monetize on their own YouTube channels and streamin’ services. We even shared the full rundown for the season and made adjustments upon request to best promote each company respectively and any films they have comin’ up.
Needless to say, Full Moon loved the idea and recognized it for the win win situation it provided with opportunities for cross promotions, a chance to hype up their internet presence, and see its characters animated. Troma, on the other hand, wasn’t as enthusiastic and ultimately chose to not participate in the end. After several attempts to plead our case for this being a non-profit parody review produced by long time fans who have nothin’ but respect for their material and would only promote their films, we are unfortunately forced to cut Troma out of this fantasy fight.
What does this mean for this season? We’re still movin’ forward with Full Moon’s participation, but will be censorin’ everythin’ to do with Troma, minus the reviews of their movies. At this point, it’s our honest belief the power to turn this whole thing around resides with you Scream Freaks. We can’t explain or understand why Troma of all companies would want to put the brakes on something as independent as this endeavor of love, but maybe your voice can be enough to convince them otherwise.
Email ’em, tweet ’em, Facebook messege ’em, reach Troma however you can and let them know how badly you want to see this season in its full animated glory. And maybe, just maybe, they’ll finally understand there’s no harm in any of this and give us the green light to run free with it.
We respect Troma’s wishes in the meantime, continue to enjoy their films, and don’t harbor any ugly feelin’s over this matter. In all this confusion, however, we can’t help but come back to things Lloyd Kaufman’s written in the past:
“Support independent films, comics and websites! Don’t take ‘NO’ for an answer!”
The New Adventures of the Toxic Avenger #1 introduction.
“-because of the success, and especially the fame of the Toxic Avenger, it is impossible for even me to see the character clearly. Toxie doesn’t belong to me – he’s come to mean too much to other people.”
All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned From the Toxic Avenger (pg. 154)
Other than that, be sure to catch up on all past Screaming Soup! Seasons, check out this week’s Howl’n Hottie, read recent reviews for the newer horror films and comics we’re checkin’ out in our blogs, R-Rated Reviews and Sequential Slime, and help us get the word out about the web’s #1 animated horror host show! Please use our social buttons in the upper right corner of the site and follow our tweets, subscribe to our YouTube channel, like our Facebook, watch and share all our vids, and keep that fan mail coming.
If you need the hook-up with instant Troma and Full Moon movies, we’d suggest watching Troma’s films for free on their Youtube channel, and you can get full access to Full Moon’s catalog of work from their movies to their Videozone clips at Full Moon Streaming and their Amazon channel.
See ya later, Scream Freaks!