We have reached the mid-point of our new festival the 12 Days of Judd Apatow. So far we’ve looked at the highlights (so far!) of his television career, including Freaks and Geeks (did we mention we’re having a Christmas day marathon?), Undeclared, The Larry Sanders Show (January 4th, y’all), The Ben Stiller Show, and The Critic. Today we begin our look at our Patron Saint Judd Apatow’s big screen productions. Today: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”.
Released in 2004, “Anchorman” is a pitch perfect look at the mustachioed macho culture of the 70s. The film is set in San Diego at the dawn of action news and Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is the anchorman with the mostest, who will read put in front of him on a teleprompter. Of course he has a crack news team to help bring the news to the masses: Lead field reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), sports reporter Champion “Champ” Kind (David Koechner), and meteorologist Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Their crack team is shaken up when their boss (Fred Willard) brings in a co-anchor who has the audacity to be a woman (Christina Applegate). “Anchorman” is the movie that spawned a thousand famous quotes, scenes, and moustaches. The movie was so funny that they were able to take all the outtakes and subplots that they couldn’t fit in the original and create a second straight-to-DVD release called “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie”. As a Judd Apatow production, many of members of usual cast made their appearances via cameos. Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, and even Fred Armisen all pop up during the film. The success of “Anchorman” established Judd Apatow as a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
Here are a few of our many, many favorite clips from “Anchorman”:
“I’m kind of a big deal.” Of course you are, Ron Burgundy:
Who doesn’t like San Diego? Especially once you know what it means in German:
We ALL love you, Ron: