Back in the '80s, infamous Hong Kong B-movie director Godfrey Ho teamed up with producers Joseph Lai and Thomas Tang to release cheap ninja films onto the market by taking existing Asian films and adding extra scenes featuring occidental ninjas doing ninja things, and dubbing the whole thing to tie the original movie in with the general plot of the new scenes. The result was the So Bad, It's GoodGodfrey Ho Ninja Movies.In 2012, director Ed Glaser decided to make a web series based around the concept, shooting ninja scenes also featuring Brad Jones and splicing them in with scenes from assorted movies in the public domain. Each episode features a different film cut up and dubbed to fit the general plot.That plot being that Evil Ninja Bruce (Brad Jones) wants the Avian Ninja Warriors (rubber duckies in ninja costumes) to gain supreme ninja power, but Interpol agent and ninja master Gordon (Ed Glaser in a silly wig, and numerous stock footage actors-slash-clever disguises) must stop him, with the help of his various allies throughout the world.A second season came out on DVD in March 2013. Allison Pregler is a new addition to the cast, Cheetah Lee.
This series provides examples of:
Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Brad Jones and Ed Glaser donned a red gi and a camo gi respectively, and squared off in an ultimate showdown. They previously did so in The Cinema Snob's Kung Tai Ted videos on the Ninja Death trilogy, where Brad played the titular Ted and Glaser played Master Kempo Dojo.
When Andy Chworowski cameoed, he asked "What's a ninja?" as in Ninja The Protector.
In the finale, Bruce gloats to Gordon that he'll never see the ultimate ninja power of the Avian Ninja Warriors, even though he has them all, because he's dying, and everyone knows the movie is over when the main baddie is dead. Gordon scoffs at this, which is followed abruptly by the words "The End"
Brown Note: Emo-Dubstep-Country, which makes people insanely violent, even making them fight furniture.
California Doubling: Via Gag Dub, both beachy California and Russia "double" for Wisconsin, Hong Kong doubles for Toronto, and a gladiator film doubles for Hong Kong's Little Italy part of town.
Call Back: In an early episode, someone mentions Gordon saving a hamster from a volcano. In season 2, when Cheetah Lee meets Henry the Hamster, she mentions she thought he had died in a volcano.
Combat Pragmatist: Cheetah Lee tends to throw actual punches and kicks in her fights before getting to the silly stuff, unlike Gordon. Not terribly pragmatic compared to other series, but for this one...
Combinatorial Explosion: In the office breakroom, Gordon puts 75 cents into a microwave, starts the timer, and after it goes off he opens it and takes out a can of soda.
Gordon's Secretary qualifies as well: the DVD commentary reveals that she always knows what Gordon'll need, and in "N is for Ninja", she shows up at work in the middle of the night, decked out in her clubbing clothes, because she knows Gordon'll be there.
Gordon does the same in season 2 Having been sent to a secret mission in Antartica, he left Cheetah Lee video tapes in case Bruce came back from the dead. Like his wife, he can hold conversations through the tapes.
Curse Cut Short: In "Ninja Exorcist," one evil ninja Mook's swear is cut off by the episode ending.
Ninja: "Well, motherfu-"
Announcer: "Next week! A special Ninja the Mission Forcespecial!"
Editing for Easy Dub: In both Ninja Begininator and N Is For Ninja, dialog-less scenes were recut for dialog, so it was cut so characters would speak while the camera was focused on another character, or focused on a part of their body other than their head.
The Empire: One of ninjas, no less, though the only members we've seen are Gordon and Evil Ninja Bruce. Interestingly enough, Gordon's line about still being loyal to it and that Evil Ninja Bruce is the traitor (for whatever reason) seems to indicate it's not fundamentally evil. According to Gordon, it used to be called "the Good Samaritan Ninja Empire."
Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Richard Harrison's character Steven starts doing these in his battle with the Mafia Don in Ninja Godfather.
Gag Dub: Very, very much. All the voices are dubbed by somewhere between three and five people, and they don't hesitate to abuse the ability to redub existing films, including giving Brandon Lee a loud burp instead of a proper line.
Ninja Terminator, from which it borrows the Garfield phone and the Chinese toy robot delivery system.
Ninja The Protector, from which it borrows the names of the main characters (Gordon and Bruce), Gordon's job at Interpol and the timeless "What's a ninja?" "Just a fairy tale. They don't exist.".
Gilligan Cut: After Gordon gets in an office-related Ninja fight (notably the only fight he loses), he wonders if The Evil Ninja Empire has to put up with stuff like this. Cue Bruce complaining that someone put down hookers as an equipment expense.
Hong Kong Dub: As part of the parody, only a few people dub the voices: writer Meagan Rachelle voices all the female roles and Ed Glaser voices all the males. The exceptions are Ninja Master Bruce, voiced by Brad Jones; the narrator, voiced by Stuart Ashen; and Andy in episode 2, voiced by former Godfrey Ho dubber and actor Andy Chworowsky.
Hurricane of Puns: Every dairy-related pun imaginable is tossed out in the Brandon Lee segments of the first episode.
Gordon's secretary tells him she's found Tim's file, number, and hotel - and places on the table a nail file, a large plastic number 9, and a Monopoly hotel.
I Meant to Do That: While toying around with his ninja weapons, Evil Ninja Bruce accidentally tears a mook's heart out with his ninja sword. Following a look of surprise, he lets out a half-hearted Evil Laugh before tossing the heart over to his pet tiger.
Ironic Echo: Jennifer, on the tape, says "Gordon, you never could have known things would turn out like this!" Immediately afterward, Bruce calls and says "Gordon, you knew things would turn out like this!"
Remember the New Guy: Bruce starts season 2 by vowing vengeance on Cheetah Lee for killing him, even though she hadn't ever met him before. It's implied he found out about her from reading Wickedpedia.
Retraux: The episodes manage to mimic the cheap 1980s quality of the Godfrey Ho films it parodies. Even the exact, same Garfield phone from Ninja Terminator shows up.
Robotic Reveal: By tearing off part of his uniform to reveal a circuit board, Gordon discovers that Bruce is a robot.
Unrobotic Reveal: The circuit board falls off almost immediately. Bruce isn't a robot. At least not yet.
Running Gag: Ninjas don't exist. They're just fairy tales.
The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Exaggerated plus Parodied. Before Gordon's wife vanished, she had finished a "self-videotaping" project wherein she looks into a camera and acts out one half of a conversation with him, which invariably matches up to whatever Gordon is saying or doing while he watches it.
All the way up to knowing she'd get rescued and would end up staying concurrently with her non-taped self in bed with Gordon.
Technicolor Ninjas: The ninjas all wear brightly colored suits and headbands that read "NINJA" and yet everyone believes they're just a fairytale. For some reason Bruce particularly despises the yellow cheese ninjas more than any other.
Technology Marches On: Where Gordon and his wife record themselves on VHS, their son is a portable DVD player.
That Poor Cat: Gordon sends a message to an evil ninja scientist by throwing a frisbee, which hits a cat offscreen.
"Listen up. They've got homecourt advantage and a star quarterback, but I know you'll still bake one hell of a soufflé out there. Just remember the secret ingredient. All I can ask is for you to remember your lines and keep the tempo. Lasso the cactus, bounce that hamster, and slam that walrus like you've never swallowed bubblegum! If they show you a root beer, take the manatee! ...Oh, and there's midgets out there. Did I forget to mention the midgets? Yeah, you're gonna wanna be careful with them. Of the midgets, I mean. Deal with it."
From Ninja Exorcist:
"Project your mind to what you seek. Feel the flutter of the ostrich wing, roar into the teacup. Then you know." "What if I'm in a fight?" "Concentrate. Remember that the end is time, but the grass is wrong. Only a pebble knows its age. If a dog can't take it as a cat, the moon can come out of a grapefruit." "Thank you master."
You Look Familiar: Almost all of the ninjas not played by Ed Glaser or Brad Jones seem to be played by the same guy (Alex Mitchell, creator, writer and animator of Space Ninja). Brad's friend Ryan Mitchelle, director of Paranoia, also played a few different roles.