Saturday, July 6, 2013

Inspired by Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs'

The team of Re-Cyco Dogs has been fully assemble and ready to rock their first movie trailer parody.

My son Sam is an aspiring film maker and his favorite director is Quentin Tarantino. I started making these little guys and popped a collar and tie on one and bang, an idea was born. We decided to recreate one of the official "Reservoir Dogs" movie trailers using these cute guys.

But of course there are more than just dogs in the trailer so other characters were needed.

Joe and Nice Guy Eddie put the team together in the movie, but Sam thought they should be Bulldogs rather than Scotty Dogs like Mr. Pink, Mr. Yellow, Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. White and Mr. Blue. I decided to use a left over log cabin quilt block of blues and purples to make Nice Dog Eddie to sort of match the windbreaker worn by Nice Guy Eddie played by Chris Penn in the movie.

Speaking of left overs. All the stuffed animals are hand sewn using recycled materials. That's why I call them the Re-Cyco Dogs.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.

We also needed four police officers to complete the trailer. Three that chase Mr. Pink when he makes his getaway and the one officer, Marvin Nash, who is kidnapped by Michael Madsen's character, Mr. Blonde.

Given we were making a spoof on a Tarantino movie where the criminals have zero respect for the cops, I though the only fitting animal to make for those roles would be a pig. (Please know we mean no disrespect, we hold law enforcement officials in the highest regard.)

Here's my little handmade version of Mr. Blonde and police officer Marvin Nash with a quote from that iconic scene where he cuts his ear off. I stitched long strands of red thread for the blood where that little pig's ear should be. Now I've got "Stuck in the Middle with You" stuck in my head.

Sam is piecing together the video. He thinks it should play side by side with the real "Reservoir Dogs" movie trailer. He says it would make more sense to do it that way so the people who haven't seen the trailer or the movie will understand our spoof. I want to just run my version straight out without the real movie trailer. I figure, if you don't get it, you don't get it and you aren't a Tarantino fan anyhow so what does it matter.

So, what do you think. Run the official movie trailer side by side with our parody or not?

Thank you Quentin Tarantino for all you do.

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