Quotes: Anvilicious

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    Live-Action TV 

[Zoom in on smiley face balloon as main characters' souls are taken]
Crow: Oh sure, just shove the irony in our faces, why don't you!

    Web Original 

"Where someone like Harlan Ellison might use the scalpel or the cleaver, Rall can be counted on to reach for the chainsaw every time."
Rational Wiki on Ted Rall

David: I’d just like to say this: exactly why does anyone in the world have a gigantic neon sign in their bedroom that says “HELLO THERE” in asymmetrical letterforms? Other than for a totally hacky wreck-the-apartment scene where she can smash the O and T so it can say “HELL HERE.” You’re so damn clever, Tim Burton.
Chris: Well how else do you signal a dramatic change in personality? Other than spraypainting your cat shirts, of course.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Batman Returns

"Don’t know what straw dogs are? Well don’t worry, because we will literally have the characters sit down and discuss the symbolism of it for three minutes. I’m almost shocked there weren’t flashing words on the screen going Important Theme!!!! Pay Attention!!! We also learn David is writing a screenplay about Stalingrad. Don’t get the parallel? Don’t worry, we will have a long scene where David explains very thoroughly to the rednecks the importance of the story."

"There’s always a message, rarely a storyline."
Matthew Paul Taylor on Left Behind

"Mr. Shatner shows us the word PARADISE inscribed in the entranceway arch, where someone has painted the word LOST. Wow, that’s really extra-meaningful. It’s almost as if they’re saying that calling something “paradise” doesn’t actually make it so—in fact, it might even become the very opposite of that! What rich irony, indeed."

"...Chris Carter is not a subtle writer. While he is a phenomenal producer, a great ideas man and a wonderful director, Carter’s writing can occasionally seem just a little bit too heavy-handed. Millennium features a character bluntly confronting all the darkness in the world, called Frank Black. He retreats from the darkness into a big yellow house. The dialogue can occasionally be a bit on the nose, particularly when Frank explains his visions to Beltcher. “It’s my gift. It’s my curse.” It’s no wonder that MADtv chose to parody that line for Suddenly Millennium."

"Hilariously Torchwood turns up in the first scene in their gigantic SUV with big, bold music wearing ray bans and long flowing jackets and parading up to the police in slow motion. I have honestly never seen a more ridiculous, overblown, cartoon bunch of regulars in my entire life...Finding the word Torchwood smeared in blood on the wall by a pair of corpses with their throats slit is a gruesomely memorable image but all the pomp and circumstance around it blunts the impact. The episode should have begun without Torchwood even present, panning across the room slowly, past the bodies and onto the wall to reveal the message. "Your name written in their blood… you did this Captain Jack Harkness!" — the subtlety bus missed this town."

"When a show is going to lay on the symbolism I prefer mine to have the subtlety of LOST rather than the smack-in-the-face bugle blaring of a Dora the Explorer episode. (That's right! There are seven Lex clones! Can you say siete?)"
Julian Finn on Smallville, "Lazarus"

BEN arrives at LIFE and walks past the LIFE MOTTO which is:
LIFE MOTTO: To see the world, Things dangerous to come to, To see behind walls, Draw closer, To find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
The MOTTO is inscribed on a GIANT 30,000-TON ANVIL which then TOPPLES OVER and CRUSHES THE AUDIENCE. The FILM continues on, its dim light impassively flickering over the ENORMOUS SMEAR OF GOO that was once dozens of innocent people.

    Web Video 

Together, they'll learn: 'Military = BAD. Trees = GOOD.'

Rod: Man, that was a good movie, An Inconvenient Truth.
Rick: That is it! I'm getting myself a car that's environmentally friendly!
Allison Pregler: (watching) I feel like this movie has some sort of message it's trying to tell us.

Okay guys, I get it. The hyperbole is a good way to get people's attention, but you don't think that just maybe referring to Africa as a famine-ravaged wasteland and consigning an entire continent to 'chimes of doom' might be a bit patronizing?
The Nostalgia Chick on "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?"

    Western Animation 

Buster: Well, I hope the kids got the message.
Plucky: Yeah, drinkin's uncool.
Buster: So, do we get to do a funny episode tomorrow?
Hamton: I hope so!
One Beer, Tiny Toon Adventures

    Real Life 

"A good example is the best sermon."
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

"This story, alas, seems to have a moral, and, in fact, ends by pounding that moral over the reader's head. That is bad. Straightforward preaching spoils the effectiveness of a story. If you can't resist the impulse to improve your fellow human beings, do it subtly."

"A story forced to carry a message will get heavy and die."
'Shannon Hale