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Community’s Cast and Creators Preview the Big G.I. Joe Animated Episode

On 03, Apr 2014 | In Featured, Press & News | By SBI

Community have done episodes featuring old school video game, stop-motion and even anime segments before, but this week they’re going to tackle traditional TV animation — cartoons, if you will — for the first time. The episode’s influence is obvious by its title, “G.I. Jeff,” but as Yvette Nicole Brown (“Shirley”) explained, “Just know, it’s truly a G.I. Joe episode.”

Yes, much of this episode has the gang in animated form, interacting with G.I. Joe. No, not a team that resembles G.I. Joe – this is the actual team, as seen on the 1980s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero series. The episode was done in conjunction with Hasbro, and Community creator Dan Harmon told me, “The weird thing was how cooperative they were. Not that we maligned their product in any way, but their product is a syndicated, children’s cartoon with a different rating than ours, so it’s like part of the point of the episode is that there’s a different sensibility within this world. So I thought they’d have more problems than they did with the idea of Jeff Winger’s G.I. Joe character accidentally killing people. But they were cool with that!”

Harmon added, regarding Hasbro, “More power to them, because they were very, very gracious with their product. That’s really cool too, because you’re accustomed in TV that if someone pulls out a Snickers bar, it always says ‘Snookers.’ So the weird thing is that when you see actual branding like that, it hits your brain like it’s kind of revolutionary. Which is dumb, because why should that be? But you see the G.I. Joe logo and we have G.I. Joe characters talking to our characters…”

Fans of the 1980s series are in for some treats, as Harmon revealed, “We brought back the same guys that did the voices. I went into the VO booth and the guy that played Flint, I didn’t know he was coming in that day and I was getting a Nutrabar and I just heard Flint! ‘Get over there! Get to your battle stations!’, and I was like, ‘Oh my God! Flint is here!’ So I don’t know if it’s going to be a good episode, but I know it was fun to make.”

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