Danimal vs Animal

OK go’s drummer Dan (Danimal) vs Animal from The Muppets — staring contest, who wins?!?

Here’s what one blogger learned watching OK Go shoot this video:

1) When the Muppets are ready to stop performing (at least in a setting like the Webbys) before the puppeteer takes his hand out of the muppet, someone puts a black satin bag over the Muppet, so no one has the unpleasant experience of seeing the Muppet lifeless. I think maybe that’s for our sake, not for the Muppets’.

2) Those Muppet guys are geniuses. I mean you know that already, but to see them lying under a desk actually DOING it, ad-libbing the big eye blinks after the staring contest, which is such a fantastic piece of character work and comedy, it’s very exciting.

3) Zach Galifianakis: What a nice man, to be waiting backstage at the Webbys and allow himself to be dragged into this kind of thing by a group of complete strangers. Afterward, I talked to him about chicken farming in North Carolina, which apparently is our one mutual interest.

Thundercats… Ho!

Lion-O and the warriors from Thundera will be back on television next year in a new animated series set to air on Cartoon Network in 2011.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the new “Thundercats” series will be the studio’s first project to use anime-style animation, and promises to be a “21st century reimagining” of the classic ’80s cartoon series. According to the studio, the new series will appeal to both longtime fans and newcomers to the universe of Lion-O and his Thunderan brethren.

Calling it “a sweeping tale combining swords and science and boasting ferocious battles with the highest of stakes,” the studio offered some hints about what the new “Thundercats” series will involve, including “the grand origin story of Prince Lion-O’s ascension to the throne – and of those who would thwart his destiny at any cost.”

For the project, WBA will collaborate with noted Japanese animation Studio4°C (“The Animatrix,” “Gotham Knights”), who will update the characters’ look for the series. “Thundercats” will be executive produced by Sam Register (“Teen Titans,” “Ben 10,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”), with Michael Jelenic (“Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Wonder Woman”) and Ethan Spaulding (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”) as producers.