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Any Ernst Fans?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by dwayne1115, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Do we have any Ernest fans in the house? I'm talking great movies like: Ernest Goes to Camp, Ernest Saves Christmas, Ernest Goes to Jail, Ernest Goes to Africa, and many more.
    I myself have always been an Ernest fan, and now my kids love Ernest. I think my fav movie would be Ernest Goes to Jail It just really shows Jim Varney's true talent.
     
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I LOVE Ernest!

    I didn't think much of Ernest at first, but I was well aware he was played by Jim Varney, whom I had known previous as the voice of Slinky from the two Toy Story movies.

    It wasn't until I saw a few of his commercials on YouTube several years ago, that I slowly got hooked - the more commercials I saw, the more I loved him, and then I started watching more of the Ernest movies (Ernest Rides Again, Ernest Goes to Africa, Ernest in the Army, etc).

    A few years ago, I got The Essential Ernest DVD set as a Christmas gift (that DVD's actually out of print now, so glad I got it when I did), and while I think they could've done a better job with it (like ALL the movies, commercials, etc), I still like the content it has, like the hundreds of his commercials, the special Hey, Vern! It's My Family Album and the Your World as I See It shorts.

    I heard that another movie Ernest the Pirate was in post-production when he died... I wonder if they simply didn't release it to honor him, because otherwise, if it was just in post-production, then maybe it could've been released.That sounds like a fun one, lol.
     
  3. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I know what you mean about Ernest the Pirate movie, I have read up on it myself. The thing that I think would keep them from releasing it would be the fact that they use a lot of dubbing voice overs in his movies.
    For an example: In Ernest goes to Jail when he is getting draged by the sampooer he says things like "You can't go up the wall" and just all of the other screaming was dubed over in post production, so that would be something they would have to think about.

    Did you see the one on the family album one where he was at the fort? He was truly a one man show there, and I think it was some of his best work.
     
  4. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    I LOVE the Ernest movies! Ernest P. Worrell- ha ha- so hilarious!:D
    I've seen all the Ernest movies and some of his other specials and commercials and such- like some of the Hey Vern, It's Ernest TV show. Good stuff.
    Hard to pick a favorite movie- they were all funny. I think I like Ernest Goes to Jail particularly well, along with Ernest Goes to Camp and Ernest Rides Again. Ernest In the Army is really funny too. But I can't forget the holiday inspired ones- Ernest Scared Stupid is a great one for a funny Halloween movie (and not too terribly scary).;)
    However- since I'm a huge Christmas fan in general and love Christmas movies so much- I'd definitely have to say Ernest Saves Christmas pretty much tops the list for me. KnowwhutImean?:)
     
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  5. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I love that you brought up Ernest Rides Again. That is a really great movie and I have been looking every where for a copy of it on DVD.

    I think one reason I like Ernest is because the first few movies where shoot in Tennessee, and I don't know about anyone else but I think Tennessee is a great place to shoot a movie just because of the richness in nature.
     
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  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Although pigeon-holed in the role of Ernest for much of his career, did you know that Jim Varney was a very classically-trained Shakespearian actor with a near genius IQ? It's also my understanding that as he was taking his last breath from lung cancer (he tried to quit smoking, cold turkey, but by then it was too late), the last thing he said was "I wanna go home, I'm ready" - "home" refering to Heaven, as Varney was also a Christian.
     
  7. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Yea he even said he was a southern baptist in Ernest goes to the Army.
    I know that when takeing the role of Ernest he wanted to brach out ad do other things, but Ernest kind of took control. I also think that if he was trained he would have also made a great puppeter. He had such a wide rage of voices and would have really been neat to see that.
     
  8. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Wow- that's pretty neat. I didn't know Jim Varney was a Christian.:)
    Though he will always be remembered for Ernest, I think animation fans will continue to also remember him fondly as the voice of Slinky in the first two "Toy Story" movies. So at least he did some voice work- I don't know if he ever used any puppets at any point- maybe on his TV show? - but yeah, he probably would've been great at that too.:super:
     
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  9. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

  10. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    yea i really think Disney had no clue what they had when they got such a talent as Varny. They could have really used him in more ways then just Ernest. I think they could have also done more with Ernest as well, but we will never really know.
     
  11. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Wow- that just got me thinking. Imagine Jim Varney meeting The Muppets! They could've done a great special right there- I can totally see Jim in full character as Ernest P. Worrell, somehow running into the Muppets and pledging to help them with some problem or another. And Ernest is so lovable and child-like (to a degree like PeeWee Herman- but maybe a bit more intelligent...)- he could mesh really well with The Muppets. I could see him either on Sesame Street or doing maybe a Christmas special or some other kind of special with The Muppet Show gang.:)
     
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  12. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Active Member

    You know, I always thought he could have been a MT guest in his character persona. :D

    "It's Muppets Tonight with our very special guest star...Ernest!"
     
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  13. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    It would have worked really well, I think it would be upstaging at it's best. Ernest would always try to upstage the Muppets and the same with the Muppets.
     
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  14. Yorick

    Yorick Active Member

    I have not yet read the rest of this thread - but I just want this on record: I think Jim Varney was a fantastic talent, and from all accounts I have heard and read, a really sweet, kind hearted man. And while for the most part we only miss those we actually met in real life, there are people who touched our lives in childhood or later in life, who we have never met...and Jim Varney is one of those celebrities who I miss the most.

    By the way, he could do Shakespeare too! However, the type of slapstick and all other forms of comedy he did were not easy, and Jim was one of a kind.

    In short, I am a big Ernest fan. My favorite is "Ernest Goes To Jail"!
     
  15. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    You are so right, and I'm glad you brought that up. I think he ust had such a way to make people feel good about themselfs that it made it easy for people to fall in love with him.

    I also really miss im Varney almost more then I would Jim Henson. For the reason that you can still see almost all of Jim's muppets to this day doing something, or have done something since his death. When Jim Varney passed so did Ernest.
     
  16. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Check out my new Avatar! "Know what I mean"
     
  17. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Active Member

    It says it all Dwayne. :)
     
  18. Yorick

    Yorick Active Member

    And I think it would be even worse if someone tried to replace Jim as Ernest - one time I saw a video of someone else (after Jim Varney passed) trying to be Ernest, and there was a comment below it that answered concise, strong, loud, and clear: "Shameful." And rightly so; no offense to the guy who was hired to play Ernest...they know someone's getting a paycheck so they probably figured it may as well be them - but it just seems so disrespectful. So to say that I can't get into it is a gigantic understatement.

    But like Jim H, Jim V's character Slinky Dog in Toy Story 3 is being portrayed by a new person, and the way I feel (with the little I know from the ad at least) is that it's probably as close as one could get to Jim V's version, and closer than I would have guessed anyone could. And though he has big shoes to fill, he's doing a very nice job, and I'm glad they kept Slinky Dog in it, after all. (I wonder if the penguin voiced by Robert Goulet is still in it, even though Robert has passed?)

    And you are 100% right about how Jim Varney made his fans feel when we saw him on TV or in the movies! I say BRAVO to you for your kind words about him here! And that goes for everyone with a kind word for Jim Varney! :D
     
  19. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's how I want to pass... with my characters/creations passing with me.
     
  20. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    Blake Clark is the guy doing Slinky the Dog now. He has been in a few Adam Sandler Movies (Farmer Fran in Water boy) He also played Harry the hardware guy on Home Imrpovment. He really does sound a lot like Varney, so I think it will fit, or at least I hope it will.


    Have any of you seen them play Ernest Goes to Jail on T,V? Well if you have then you know that there was added footage there. I know that there was an alternet ending and just some other added sense that didn't make the theatical movie. Point being is why do we not have any of this on DVD? They could have quite a few bonus material on all the Ernest movies. What do you all think?
     
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