G.I. Joe PSAs

G.I. Joe PSAs

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G.I. Joe PSA Parodies are a series of 25 spoof public service announcement videos created by Chicago-based filmmmaker Eric Fensler and published by his production company, Fensler Films.[3] They spread primarily through eBaum’s World as embedded Quicktime videos.

Origin

Between 1985 and 1987, the G.I. Joe animated series[2] aired on television, featuring a public service announcement at the end of each episode, closing with the quote “now you know, and knowing is half the battle.”[4][5] In 2003, Eric Fensler began dubbing over the original audio, beginning with a PSA about a child getting separated from his parents at a carnival.(shown below, left) Overall, 25 PSAs were made featuring nonsensical dialogue about porkchop sandwiches, body massages (shown below, right) and computers, among other absurd topics. While they were originally passed around via VHS tapes, his art gallery website and his personal website.



Spread

In 2003, eBaum’s World[8] began hosting the PSA parodies on their site. By October 2003, Fensler’s videos had been reuploaded and shared on various personal blogs.[7] On September 9th, 2004, Hasbro issued a cease and desist order on the grounds of copyright infringement. The videos were subsequently removed from eBaum’s World[11] and Fensler’s personal site, sparking a debate on the Animation Nation forum[9] and the Toonami forum.[10] However, after the inception of YouTube, the videos were reuploaded by multiple users and no further legal action was sought.

Fensler eventually reuploaded the videos to his personal website, earning a mention in the New York Times[12] in 2008. As of December 2012, there are more than 2000 search results for “G.I. Joe PSAs” on YouTube.[13]

Notable Examples




Derivatives

As early as 2004, fans of Fensler’s videos began remixing them including Eric Piotrowski of Garrison Multimedia[6], who hosted six remixes on his homepage.




Fensler’s Reaction

In June 2011, Fensler did an interview with WFMU’s Beware of the Blog[14], in which he stated he never planned on uploading the videos online. He made them simply to humor himself and does not think of himself as someone who was one of the first people to create viral content for the web.

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I saw this referenced in Saints Row The Third, I was playing “whored mode” (yea that’s what it’s called) and one of the rounds was called “Porkchop Sandwiches” and the description was “Get the Fuck Outta Here” and you have to fight a single flamethrower guy, it was also the round I died xD

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