"He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr, and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo. In other words, Ron Burgundy was the balls."
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a 2004 comedy starring Will Ferrell.It is the 1970s, the age of strange haircuts, polyester, wide lapels, and swinging bachelors. Ron Burgundy is the top anchor of the #1 news program in San Diego, and respected throughout the city. He is somewhat demanding.One day, due to a lack of diversity, the nebbish who runs the station hires a new female co-anchor, Veronica Corningstone. Burgundy (like most males in the film) is sexist, and so it's near-hatred at first sight. It doesn't help that the gorgeous lady wants to be a serious newscaster, but is assigned stories about cat fashion shows.What evolves is a Slap-Slap-Kiss situation. Burgundy falls for Veronica, and she for him, and they try to make things work even while the news is still happening.Oh, and there is lots of '70s style decadence.A straight-to-DVD sequel was made with various outtakes, unused plot concepts, and clips from the final movie called Wake Up, Ron Burgundy. The plot concerns a radical team of bank robbers being investigated by the Action 4 team. They refer to themselves as "The Alarm Clock", seeking to "wake up" San Diego.note Though to what end is unclear...even to them. The companion movie was packaged with the original as a special gift.Eight years after its release, Ferrell showed up in character on Conan to play some jazz flute. He also announced they were finally making a sequel. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is set for release in December 2013 with all of the main cast reprising their roles from the first film.
The following is based on actual events. Only the names, locations and events have been changed:
A Cappella: It has a hilarious moment of the guys singing an A capella "Afternoon Delight".
Ron: The man punted....AAAARGH...NAAGH, GRAAAAGH...
Brian: Ron? Ron?, you're not making sense, where are you?
Ron: AAAAAARGH, QAPLAAAAARGH...I'm in a glass cage of emotion! [actually a phone box]
All Periods Are PMS: Brick's remark that women on the news team will attract bears when they're on their periods is exaggerated by the rest of the news team to suggest they're all being put at risk of a bear attack no matter where they are.
Atomic F-Bomb: Never loudly call someone who had sabotaged you a bitch when there are bears nearby.
Avengers Assemble: "News team... ASSEMBLE!" They've actually been standing behind him playing pool the whole time.
Bottled Cool: Sex Panther by Odeon, which is illegal in nine countries. It's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good. 60% of the time, it works every time. It also smells like Bigfoot's dick and has a tendency to set off the fire alarm. And it's so strong that the user has to be jet-hosed to expunge the stench.
When we first see Baxter, Ron responds to some of his barking by telling him he doesn't understand Spanish and to say it in English. Later, when he and Veronica are in the throes of passion, she says something in Spanish—which leads Baxter to suddenly bark.
During the fight against the newscasters, one of the anchormen gets his arm chopped off, prompting him to say "I did not see that coming!" His other arm is ripped off by a bear later on in the film, which is met with a response of how ri-goddamn-diculous it is.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Brick is an extremely competent weatherman...but is completely out to lunch otherwise.
Cain and Abel: A deleted scene reveals that Ron himself and Wes Mantooth are half-brothers.
Wes Mantooth: I hate you Ron Burgundy! I hate you.
Cue Card: This is a plot point. Ron relies on teleprompters to do the news.
In Wake Up, Ron Burgundy, he's forced to deliver a message on TV by The Alarm Clock without cue cards or a teleprompter, and is reduced to blurting out pure word salad. He can't even remember his own name.
Elephant in the Living Room: In Wake Up, Ron Burgundy, Champ declares his love for Ron whilst the news team is in the car. Extreme awkwardness ensues as Ron and Brian concentrate very hard on ignoring him.
Epic Hail: Subverted, in that they were in the same building the whole time.
Narrator: Real-life anchorman Bill Curtis doing the opening and closing narration. Most people know him from A&E crime-show narration ("the Menendez brothers..."), but for anybody who grew up watching him on CBS 2-WBBM in Chicago, this was a special treat.
No, Except Yes: Literally with Brick. After hitting on Veronica using a line supplied by Brian, she asks if Brian told him to say it. Brick quickly says "No, yes."
Noodle Incident: "Put down the gun, and let the marching band go. We'll play it off as a prank."
Also, why Brick's charity golf game won't be repeated: "Too many people died last year."
While Brian is busy having the Sex Panther cologne washed off him, one of the men cleaning him comments their current situation is "worse than the time the raccoon got in the copier."
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Many of the characters are based on real San Diego newscasters that were well known to locals back in the '70s.
Though Ron himself is allegedly based on a Santa Barbara anchor.
Ron himself, at least in appearance, is an almost perfect Expy of long-time San Diego anchor Paul Bloom (see this clip from 1980). Unlike Ron, however, Paul Bloom is known throughout the community for his selfless promotion of charitable causes (particularly the unemployed and homeless).
And one character is apparently based on Peter Mansbridge, the anchor of CBC's The National.
Only Sane Man: His fondness for horrid colognes aside, Brian Fantana is by far the most normal and sane of the Channel Four News Team.
Porn Stache: Several (there's two in the poster alone). Ben Stiller, for one. Also, Danny Trejo.
He's later fired from his job as an NFL commentator for sexually harassing Terry Bradshaw.
Truth in Television: Local TV news in San Diego does love a good baby panda story. It helps the realism that the San Diego Zoo is one of the few zoos outside of China that houses giant pandas.
Unfortunately, the level of harassment Veronica endures was not uncommon in the '70s. Guys hitting on her relentlessly, Champ trying to grope her breasts, having to work harder and prove herself more because she was a woman; yeah, that happened. Not only was it commonplace, it wasn't seen as inappropriate behavior and was not punished; most women had little choice but to endure that treatment or leave their place of work. There was no guarentee they wouldn't be treated worse in another workplace setting, either.
Earlier, they trade comments when they finish broadcasting for the day. Thankfully, the credits have started rolling, so the viewers at home have no idea what they're saying. The audio cut to the theme music and both of them look like they're engaging in jovial small talk as the credits roll.
Ron: You've got a dirty, whorish mouth.
Veronica: You have man boobs.
Ron: I'm gonna punch you in the ovary. Right in the babymaker.
Champ Kind went on to become a commentator for the NFL; but was later fired after being accused of sexual harrasment by Terry Bradshaw.
Brian Fantata would have great success as the host of the hit TV show Intercourse Island on the FOX Network.
Brick Tamland is married with 11 children, and is one of the top political advisors to the Bush White House.
Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone didn't stay in San Diego for long; they replaced Bill Curtis and became the first mixed-gender news team, something they're still doing today.
World of Ham: It would be easier to list the lines that aren't hammy.
Worst News Judgment Ever: Every news station in San Diego is covering the birth of a baby panda around the clock, but apparently ignore the exploits of Ed Harkin's son Chris; which include firing a bow & arrow into a crowd, and taking a marching band hostage with a gun.
Worthy Opponent: Even though Wes Mantooth absolutely hates Ron, he respects him even more, which is why he spares him from falling back into the bear pit.
Yet Another Baby Panda: Veronica is frustrated because these stories are all that she's getting. Ironically, several stories that normally would be relegated to this (footage of a waterskiing squirrel and an actual panda birth) are considered huge news.