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posted 22 October 2007 09:19 AM      Profile for mary123     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love the Têtes à claques (a phrase that translates as "faces you'd like to slap") success story.

An advertising exec creates puppets videos from home, posts them on the internet in August 2006 and success immediately comes. Next came massive merchandising with the DVD's coming out this week.

I love financially successful business and entertainment stories wrapped in one.

Creator Michel Beaudet bought the fake teeth from Ebay and he supplies his eyes and lips for the characters.

"Wow c'est pas beautiful ca!"

the Montreal gazette article on this success story

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posted 16 August 2008 01:04 PM      Profile for toddsschneider     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Now in Hinglish"

"Creator Michel Beaudet doesn't buy the argument that Têtes à claques' rough-and-ready blend of slang-filled blue-collar Québécois French and lots of Franglais was its real selling point. In fact, he's betting the new English-only clips will be big hits with us blokes"

Will the farting frog be just as funny in English?

Têtes à claques creator Michel Beaudet is betting it will be. The frog in question was the star of the very first Têtes clip, a slice of classic lowbrow humour built around a frog letting a big smelly one rip, much to the disgust of his companion in the marsh. That clip launched the Têtes à claques website exactly two years ago, and within three months it was one of the most popular French-language Internet destinations in Canada.

Now Beaudet wants to turn English-speaking folks around the globe on to the charms of the frog with flatulence issues, suburban Lothario Raoul, the greedy trick-or-treaters, and the proudly busty secretary Natasha. The anglo version of Têtes à claques is launching this weekend ...

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posted 16 August 2008 01:46 PM      Profile for Robespierre     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is the farting frog the most political aspect of this "success" story? Aside from the conflation of business skills and low-brow humor in order to make money, is there something that I am missing? If not, cool, I was just wondering whether there is some deeper meaning in this story than my limited mind can understand.

Also, when I clicked on that link the plug-in the website calls for performed an illegal operation, according to my browser Mozilla.

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posted 16 August 2008 06:05 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My kids are big fans, so much so that they sprinkle way more anglais in their speech than they used to - it's part of the joke. My 11-year old does a pretty good visual imitation of the characters, too.

Geez, we even bought a case of grape pop because of that line about not pushing the button because "There is no atomic bomb in the canisse."

[Edited because I remembered it in French, while it was actually said in English.]

[ 17 August 2008: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]

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