Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘The Governator’ Trailer

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 5:03 pm,

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Readers undoubtedly recall the news about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stan Lee joining forces to make a comic book/animated TV series called The Governator that broke last week. Given the timing of the announcement (just before April 1st) and the unabashedly goofy nature of the project, I had a difficult time envisioning it as being anything but a fake news announcement.

It turns out the joke was… on me, I suppose. The Governator is not only a real thing, it’s going to be realized as an Internet program, comic book, cartoon series, AND a 3D feature-length film. There’s even a trailer for the animated series online now.

Schwarzenegger spoke out at a MIPTV press conference this morning and Deadline has learned that the Governator animated series will launch with 52 episodes in late 2012, followed by a 3D movie version that looks prepped to hit theaters in early 2013. The aging action star also mentioned that (naturally) he will be the voice of his cartoon counterpart – and the implication seems to be that he’ll do the same in the Governator film, which presumably won’t be live-action.

In case you had forgotten, The Governator revolves around Ah-nuld, who has left his post as governor of California and decided to use state-of-the-art technology in order to battle evildoers. Along for the ride will be numerous teen sidekicks – including 13-year-old computer whiz Zeke Muckerberg – and an organization of villains that goes by the acronym (no joke) G.I.R.L.I.E Men.

Check out the Governator trailer (via Worst Previews – that joke writes itself) below:

My first impression? In terms of animation style and overall tone, The Governator looks like a fake TV show that would be featured on The Boondocks – albeit, one that is unintentionally lame and that leaves your brain feeling broken when you realize that it wants to be (sort of) taken seriously.

Once you get past the sheer silliness of… well, this whole thing, the question has to be asked: Can The Governator actually amount to something more than just a joke based almost entirely on the public’s familiarity with Schwarzenegger’s pop culture legacy?

Schwarzenegger and Lee are the minds behind 'The Governator'.

This isn’t the first time Lee has devised a crime-fighter character based on and voiced by a specific celebrity (see: Stripperella – or, rather, don’t), and The Governator is clearly meant to be a campy creation. The problem with intentionally aiming to be overtly campy is that it only really works when the writing is quite sharp and clever – otherwise, you end up with Frank Miller’s The Spirit.

The other problem I foresee The Governator having is that it’s mostly just a play on Schwarzenegger’s onscreen persona – and hasn’t that already been done so many times on shows like SNL, Family Guy, The Simpsons, and by just about every other talk show host or comedian you can think of?

We’ll find out if there’s more to The Governator over the next couple of years – how does it look to you so far?

Source: Deadline

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  1. Love that they have a cartoon trailer with a explicit lyric song playing over it.

    This is so surreal that Dali would be proud of it.

  2. This is more embarrassing than his take on Mr. Freeze.

  3. It’s official … the doomsayers were right. It is the end of the world.

  4. BTW … thank GOD the copyrighted this mess. I’m sure there are 10′s of people who wanted to own the rights to this.

  5. Die monster die!!!

  6. fun stuff. Dont really see what the big deal is, it’s clearly for the kids. So what if Arnold want to have a morning cartoon as long as he also does normal films then who cares and by the sound of it this is just one of the many things he’s doing.

  7. I think someone forgot to explain to these guys that April Fool’s jokes end after April 1st. :-D

  8. Well to be honest I was grinning through the entire trailer.

    Sure it’s cheesy, but I think that’s the whole point. It’s Arnold taking the mickey out of himself. He doesn’t take it seriously, neither should you.

  9. Definitely aimed at kids, and definitely stupid.

  10. I liked the animation, it was fun. I was amused throughout the whole thing.

  11. this looks………..horrible.

  12. It feels like an 80′s saturday cartoon, which might not be that bad.

  13. LOL
    No way!

  14. Definately campy but it looks fun. Also, it is good to see ol Arnold again, still doing his thing at this point of his entertainment career. This will not be on my list of must see animation but I can see me catching from time to time.

  15. Personally, I feel like it’s a bit of a throwback to the 80′s and 90′s cartoons in a fun (albeit very campy) fashion. I enjoyed that far more than any cartoon I’ve seen on TV over the last 5 years, I say “hell yeah, go back to the cheesy and ridiculousness of great cartoons.” It’s better than the cartoons that are out today (Or rather lack of cartoons and instead live action kid’s shows, idk lol I always preferred cartoons as a kid)

    • What kind of cartoons have you seen over these 5 years of yours…?

  16. lame cartoons :P

  17. I think the real question here is:

    Why does he have kids locked in his basement?

    • LOL