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Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin talk “Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie”

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Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong have teamed up again in a movie for the first time since their 1984 film “The Corsican Brothers.” The comedy duo are starring in animated comedy “Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie,” which hit theaters on March 18 and is due on DVD and Blu-ray April 23.

In anticipation of the film’s home video release, IFC caught up with Cheech and Chong to talk about their newest collaboration. The duo, who is gearing up for a tour, also opened up about their career together, their love of marijuana and the two comedians they think are the most progressive right now: Louis CK and Lena Dunham. Read the full interview below.

IFC: Where did the inspiration for this animated movie come from?

Chong: Well, the Chambers brothers, who created the characters and produced the animation movie, it was their brand child. They got our permission to do the characters and of course we had to okay all the characters and the story and stuff like that. We helped them with running it together with Buster the body crab. I was really excited about it because I’ve wanted to get into animation with “Cheech & Chong,” to make us immortal, because we’re already immoral.

IFC: Well you guys already are immortal with your comedy and your other movies.

Chong: No, we want that paycheck to be immortal. Yeah, we want that mailbox going, “Oh, another residual check.” We like that. It really all goes towards golf. We’re supporting golf in this world.

IFC: Do you think this could mean future “Cheech & Chong” animated movies?

Cheech: This is the first of 47 movies we have planned. I hope Fox turns us into “The Simpsons” replacement. I want to be able to come down to the studio once a week and say hi to everybody and maybe do a few hours of voiceover, walk out with a million bucks.

IFC: You worked with the Chambers brothers before on the animated game, right? Do you guys think you’ll continue doing video games as well?

Chong: Yeah we did, the “Cheech & Chong” game.

Cheech: We’re into everything. We’ve got “Cheech & Chong” apps. We’re looking at a line of “Cheech & Chong” condoms.

IFC: I feel like there’s a lot you guys can branch out into.

Chong: I had a girl the other night tell me about vibrating panties.

Cheech: Really?

Chong: Yeah. With a remote control. Yeah. Cheech & Chong vibrating girly panties. Your wife or your girlfriend can be sitting across from you and you hit the button and all of the sudden she’ll get a real look of pleasure on her face.

Cheech: We’d like to do a video game. We’re developing a couple video games through our app, which is called “The Fatty.” You can have access to all the fun games we have in there. We’re adding to that app all the time.

IFC: You guys have been working together for decades and clearly you both still like each other — or at least it seems like you both like each other. How has your relationship evolved over the years?

Chong: Well I’m deaf, so I don’t understand half the things he’s saying. And Cheech’s memory it’s, well, it’s okay. I just recently have been diagnosed with CRS: “Can’t remember shit.” And he’s got this habit of getting married every once in a while.

Cheech: For every marriage you’ve got to have a different fortune, that’s what I’ve been told.

Chong: And we both get hungry around the same time. At the beginning we were like best friends. We’ve never been best friends but we’re brothers. We can love or hate each other, but we’re brothers. There’s a blood link there. You always defend your brother. You can fight with him, but you’re brothers. You can’t ever sever that tie.

Cheech: It’s true.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.