"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 Seventies, 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 1970s-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.*
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, Will Ferrel showed up in character on Conan to play some jazz flute....oh, and also to announce they were finally making a sequel.
The following is based on actual events. Only the names, locations and events have been changed:
Bottled Cool: Sex Panther by Odeon, which is illegal in nine countries. 60% of the time, it works all of the time. It's made with bits of real panther, so you know it's good. It also smells like Bigfoot's dick and has a tendency to set off the fire alarm. And it's so strong that often the user has to be jet-hosed to expunge the stench.
Brick Joke: 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 Burgundy 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.
Deleted Scene: So many that they were able to make a whole other movie out of them.
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.
Major Injury Underreaction: When Luke Wilson's anchorman gets his arm chopped off by Tim Robbins — "Oh, man! I did NOT see that coming!"
Later when the other arm is bitten off by a bear — "Oh, this is ri-goddamn-diculous!"
Male Gaze: The entire Newsteam has some intense Perverse Sexual Lust for Veronica. Just to drive the point home, about half of her early scenes involve the guys gushing about her shapely butt.
Menstrual Menace: 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.
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.
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 70's.
Though Ron Burgundy himself is allegedly based on a Santa Barbara anchor.
Burgundy 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.
Porn Stache: Several (there's two in the poster alone). Ben Stiller, for one. Also, Danny Trejo.