After covering the Grand River Band Pow Wow in Grand Rapids, Michigan I made a mad dash for Sandusky, Ohio and Colossalcon at the Kalahari Resort and arrived barely in time to sit in on the special showing of Team Haberkorn‘s final episode of The Tribute Wars.
For those unfamiliar with The Tribute Wars, it has been an ongoing battle of wits and multimedia skills between the voice actors Todd Haberkorn and Vic Mignogna. For a few years now they have been creating humorous videos in “tribute” to one another. With every episode they have done, they have become more and more elaborate and the last two episodes have been amazing.
At ACEN 2012 Mr. Mignonga showed his, the second to last episode which was a take off on Lord of the Rings. It has beautiful scenery and the cinematography is outstanding. Shortly after viewing Mr. Haberkorn’s video I had the chance to chat with Mr. Mignonga and commented how beautiful the scenery and the sets were and that it was almost like it was actually shot on the set of Lord of the Rings. I told him that I knew Team Haberkorn did theirs using Green Screen Techniques and asked him how he got his to look so realistic and true to the original movies. He actually was in New Zealand where The Lord of the Rings films were made and he had access to some of the original locations and sets so they were not a recreation but the originals. Bravo Vic! It was beautiful work and you, dear reader, can watch it for yourself!
Team Haberkorn’s efforts, as I mentioned, didn’t strive for the beauty and majesty of The Lord of the Rings setting but when straight for the Sci Fi funny bone. While I was expecting more of the teasing style humor that these tributes are known for, I was surprised that in spite of the video being a lampoon, it actually showed a strong, underlying respect and appreciation for Vic Mignonga’s beautiful voice both as a singer and a voice actor (Mr. Haberkorn said that one of the actors was one of Mr. Mignonga’s best friends!) Instead of taking the humor at Mr. Mignonga’s expense, it pokes fun at stereotypes of Sci Fi movies such as a pseudo Obi Wan-type mentor for the young Mignonga, Star Trek style teleportion (and its limitations) and the futuristic (and not so futuristic) transport of the characters. The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lampoon “Gangsta rap” music video had the room roaring with laughter! Sad to say, Team Haberkorn’s video is not yet available and may not be for awhile except at conventions where Mr. Haberkorn is at, but it was beautifully made and hilarious. While waiting for it to become available you can catch some of the older episodes of the tributes on http://teamhaberkorn.com/ but get to a con and meet Mr. Haberkorn and catch the show!