"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 memetic 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. It was released on December 18, 2013, with the main cast returned to reprise their roles. Released alongside the film is the Expanded Universe book Let Me Off At The Top!, a memoir "written by" Burgundy that further fleshes out the character and his world from his childhood up through The New Tens. it's exactly as bizarre as you think.
The following are based on actual tropes. Only the included names, locations and events have been changed:
A Cappella: It has a hilarious moment of the guys singing an A capella "Afternoon Delight".
Aerith and Bob: The members of The Alarm Clock: Kanshasha X, Mouse, Malcolm Y...and Paul.
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]
Angry Mob: Following Ron's on-air Precision F-Strike. It gets to the point where he has to be escorted off the premises by a pair of security guards for his own safety.
An Arm and a Leg: One of Frank Vitchard's arms is chopped off during the 'rumble', and the other is torn away by a bear.
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.
Also hinted at in the actual movie when Ron calls him brother as he leaves the bear pit.
California Doubling: Much of the film was shot in Los Angeles and Glendale, on backlot sets designed to look like '70s San Diego.
Catchphrase: Lampshaded. Champ's signature catchphrase is "Whammy!"
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.
The Hero: Ron, the stylish leader of the Channel Four News Team, who wears suits that make "Frank Sinatra look like a hobo", and more importantly, makes the news look good. Face it, the rest of the team's a mess without him.
The Lancer: Brian, the second-in-command to Ron, and the one everyone turns to for guidance if Ron is not around.
The Big Guy: Champ, a tough and loudmouthed bigot who is the biggest in size, as well as team sportscaster.
The SmartChick: Veronica, the ambitious token female of the news team and quite clearly the smartest.
The Heart: Brick, with an IQ of 48, is polite and in a way, the one that keeps the news team together.
Improv: Many of the actors as well as Will Ferrell are well versed in the art of improvisation and would sometimes do up to 20 different versions of reaction lines trying out the first thing that popped into their heads.
Ice Queen: That's how Veronica appears to the news team, espcially after none of their advances worked out.
Idiot Ball: Brick. It says a lot as he has an IQ of 48, and is what some people would technically call "mentally retarded" (which he says while mindlessly spooning mayonnaise into a toaster).
In a World: "There was a time, a time before cable ..."
Instant Costume Change: Ron goes from beared and disheveled to clean-shaven and perfectly tailored in two seconds, just by ducking into a bathroom.
I Call Him "Mister Happy": Brian Fantana has a nickname for his penis. It's called "the Octagon". He also has names for his testes. The left one is "James Westfall" and the right one "Dr. Kenneth Noisewater". And if you ladies play your cards right, you might get to meet the whole gang.
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.
Never Trust a Trailer: A good portion of scenes from the trailers are completely omitted from the film's final cut. These scenes include:
Burgundy taking a bullet for Veronica
A later shot of him and her emerging from a TV van to a cheering crowd with Burgundy visibly showing a bandaged wound.
The line where Ron asks Garth about his divorce while at a party
Ron walking into a filing cabinet and falling over
Alternate dialog when Ron asks Veronica what her dream is
Veronica and Ron tackling each other on the conference room table, collapsing (with Ron shouting "Let's make a baby!")
Ron admiring his own billboard
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If it weren't for the actions of the Public News Anchor, Ron Burgundy wouldn't have been rehired by Channel 4.
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." Too many, as if there is an acceptable number of deaths for a golf game.
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. Hilariously, Ron is this to Brian when he has his moments.
Politically Correct History: Noticeably averted. Though most of the '70s-style kitsch is played for laughs, all of the male characters are very casually sexist, and several characters drop the occasional homophobic remark. The characters also surprisingly cavalier about littering, frequently dropping trash or unfinished food on the street without a second thought.
Porn Stache: Several (there's two in the poster alone). Ben Stiller, for one. Also, Danny Trejo.
Power Walk: Performed by the Channel4 News Team early on.
Prank Call: "This is Dr Chim. Dr Chim Richalds..."
Present Day Past: The aerial establishing shots of downtown San Diego prominently feature buildings such as Petco Park and One America Plaza, which weren't constructed until decades after the year in which the film is set.
Brian Fantana nicknames his penis "the Octagon", a reference to the eight-sided ring used in UFC, which did not come into being until 1993.
Speaks Fluent Animal: Ron, apparently, can understand Baxter's barks but not if he speaks Spanish. Or Spanish in general, really note or anything he thinks his spanish, such as plain english spoken in a slight hispanic accent. In the climax, Baxter converses with a bear.
The Stinger: There is one more scene after the end credits roll with the Anchor Team walking as Ron talk about where they will be years from now.
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 guarantee 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 Kurtis 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.
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.