June 26, 2016


You'd think Spielberg would know better. You'd think someone at Disney would have noticed.

There's a story about a Japanese company who wanted to compete in the broadband market against Road Runner, so they licensed Woody Woodpecker for their competing mascot, and their advertising slogan was going to be "Get Woody, the Internet Pecker". According to the story (almost certain apocryphal) one of their American employees had to explain to them the slang meaning of "woody" and "pecker".

So Disney is bringing out Spielberg's movie, "The BFG". And even I, about as un-hip a person as you'll find, had as a first thought, "Wow! How fast does it fire?"

Probably not fast at all since it stands for "Big Friendly Giant", not "Big Fucking Gun".

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 08:13 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Well, that's one big son of a gun!

Posted by: Jaked at June 27, 2016 01:35 AM (HU+Cr)

2 I'm sure there was a long meeting in which someone pointed out the current usage, and Spielberg said "that's what the book's called, dammit". Never heard of it myself, but I wasn't reading children's books in 1982, and haven't spent much time around people who do.


Posted by: J Greely at June 27, 2016 12:03 PM (ZlYZd)

3 I think Spielberg is kind of doing it by the numbers these days. He doesn't seem to be driven, the way he was in the 80's. Maybe it's because he no longer feels the need to prove anything.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 27, 2016 04:06 PM (+rSRq)

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