SDCC 2011: ‘Venture Brothers’ With Doc, Jackson, and James Urbaniak

The Venture Brothers creators are joined by Doc Venture vaice actor James Urbaniak to talk all things Hank and Dean, plus screen footage of the animated mockumentary, From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy

The trio took the stage to Bel Biv Devoe’s cautionary classic, “Poison,” swagger out in some rough-looking early 90’s gear. 

They explained that From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy was their obsession with making a video for Hank N Dermott’s band, but had to stretch it to episode length to get it made. 

They showed a teaser for the special as well as the music video, “Jacket.” The song will actually be released as a single on iTunes. 

They’ve moved the animation to Dethklok studio, L.A.–based Titmouse. I’m not sure if Titmouse was used for the video, but so far the difference in animation doesn’t seem noticeable (compared to Superjail! which has a jumpier, looser style after getting animated by the studio). 

Here are some highlights from the panel:

* Doc joked that they wouldn’t likely be producing a Sgt. Hatred given that retailers like Toys R Us might be leery about carrying the likeness of a (reformed) pedophile. 

* Doc commented, “Our influences are everything we’ve ever loved and everything we’ve ever hated.”

* Billy was actually supposed to have the rapid aging disease, progeria. But if they went that route, the character would be dead by now. 

* Doc on the return of theme park magnate, Roy Brisbee: “What is he gonna do? He’s an old guy in a wheelchair with stroke face.” 

* The second appearance of master negotiator and life coach, Henry Killinger was actually the result of a bet between Doc and Jackson about whether they could work the character back onto the show. 

* Riffing on their extended Degrassi bit from last season, Doc ranted about his hate for rapper Drake who in his mind will always be “Crippled Jimmy.”

* On a terrible strip club experience, Doc says he once saw a man play a ukelele-sized electric air guitar at a mortified dancer in the middle of a bachelor party. It was part of the inspiration for the extended bit at the nasty, hilarious riff on stripper breasts in “Every Which Way But Zeus.”

* Doc after the fourth question about character x or y returning: “All questions about what will happen in the show will happen within the show itself.”

* Doc says that they need to get Dr. Venture hooked up with a woman at some point. Graphically, onscreen. 

From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy airs August 28th on Adult Swim. The Venture Brothers returns next year.

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