• We have added Language Translations for French, Italian and Spanish menus, you can change your language at the bottom of every page, bottom left in the footer.
  • Spanish (Español, Latin American) translations have been added for the Forums and Resource Manager (Downloads). You can change your Language Here!

The World of Commander McBragg

Ike Savage

Froggy like robot
Staff member
Site Supporters
McBragg was a retired English naval commander who used to tell short, incredible stories across a range of animated shows, starting in 1963. He would take you all over the world and get you on the edge of your seat with only ninety seconds to work with per episode.

I recently noticed that someone had collected all his stories (there's about 48) in a single playlist. Quite!
Code:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6BqPpHNmE&list=PLbQIdjjACsXe6bsYB22j3McvBNTuxPyUH

I really love the way he creates a captive audience, too. Every time around, his gentleman's club colleague begins by squirming in discomfort and desperately (but politely) seeking to escape, yet a few moments later is hanging on McBragg's every word. Maybe one day I can learn that storytelling skill?

Come to think of it, I wonder if McBragg's adventures could make for a fun pinball machine theme. Lots of different mini-episodes to choose from, that's for sure.
 

Attachments

pinballdaveh

Pinball Technician
Staff member
Site Supporters
McBragg was a retired English naval commander who used to tell short, incredible stories across a range of animated shows, starting in 1963. He would take you all over the world and get you on the edge of your seat with only ninety seconds to work with per episode.

I recently noticed that someone had collected all his stories (there's about 48) in a single playlist. Quite!
Code:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6BqPpHNmE&list=PLbQIdjjACsXe6bsYB22j3McvBNTuxPyUH

I really love the way he creates a captive audience, too. Every time around, his gentleman's club colleague begins by squirming in discomfort and desperately (but politely) seeking to escape, yet a few moments later is hanging on McBragg's every word. Maybe one day I can learn that storytelling skill?

Come to think of it, I wonder if McBragg's adventures could make for a fun pinball machine theme. Lots of different mini-episodes to choose from, that's for sure.
Of the cartoon themed pinball machines I can think of are
Rocky and bullwinkle
2 simpsons
family guy
Bugs bunny
Flintstones
And maybe some super heroes
And there’s probably others. All of these are popular or were popular in their day and still remembered .
Basing a new pin on a old cartoon that nobody remembers. I think is very risky for a pinball manufacturer to consider making.
 

Ike Savage

Froggy like robot
Staff member
Site Supporters
Hmm. IPDB lists 14, and doesn't even include the Simpsons for some reason. :s
https://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?tm=cartoon&sortby=name&searchtype=advanced

Basing a new pin on a old cartoon that nobody remembers. I think is very risky for a pinball manufacturer to consider making.
For sure; I was thinking moreso as an original. I never made my own traditional pinball in VP for whatever reason.

But I was also curious who else here might remember McBragg. I think he's a pretty ingenious, hilarious caricature of post-Victorian English adventurer types. I remember seeing him (and Dudley Do-right) in reruns of other shows even in to the early 80's, I think.
 

druadic

Scotland 2021!!!
I remember McBragg as a kid back in the 70's for sure. I was more captivated by Garfield and my most favorite Heathcliff which are both cats of course. If I wasn't watching Bugs Bunny it could have been Speed Buggy, Captain Caveman, Casper, Baby Huey, Popeye, Felix The Cat, Voltron, The Thundercats, Woody Woodpecker and who else knows what else I was watching. The list was MASSIVE. They just don't make cartoons like this any longer. Now it's all half assed animation they pass off as cartoons.
 

Ike Savage

Froggy like robot
Staff member
Site Supporters
Captain Caveman and a bunch of other early-ish HB characters gave me some good laughs over the years. There was an inane, upbeat quality about them I always enjoyed.

My favorite kind of HB format was probably farce / parody. Serious, yet ridiculous at the same time, sort of like Batman '66, or the Frank Drebin approach in the Police Squad franchise. The Flintstones and Space Ghost were pretty good representatives of that, I think.


Dunno if you know it, but there's also Venture Bros, a wicked-good parody of Jonny Quest and a bunch of other cartoon / superhero tropes. You can check out clips on YT.
 

GeorgeH

Flippered Out
Staff member
Site Supporters
Ah yes. The Herculoids, The Jetsons, Dino Boy, Tom and Jerry. Then there was poor Marvin the Martian who never got his own show.
 

pinballdaveh

Pinball Technician
Staff member
Site Supporters
Ah yes. The Herculoids, The Jetsons, Dino Boy, Tom and Jerry. Then there was poor Marvin the Martian who never got his own show.
And now for something completely different
ITS
Comedy in pinball
I think that Monty Pythons flying circus would be a great title theme.
All the great material in the shows and movies could easily be enough for a pinball machine.
Any other pythoners here that feel the same way I do. If not I fart in your general direction.
 

Ike Savage

Froggy like robot
Staff member
Site Supporters
Oh, is that what that reek was?

Monty Python would make a fine theme IMO. Some modes I'd like to see would be Cheese Shop, Spam, Upper Class Twit Race, Bicycle Repair Man, and Lumberjack Song.

If you have VP installed, there's two MP tables uploaded here themed to "Holy Grail":
https://pinballnirvana.com/forums/index.php?search/5198/&q=monty*&t=resource&o=date

I wouldn't mind seeing a Fawlty Towers table, too!
 

Ike Savage

Froggy like robot
Staff member
Site Supporters
Also, what about Gene Wilder films? With Mel Brooks, ala Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein... but also there's his version of Willy Wonka.

Lotta great sounds bites in those to jam in a pinball machine!
 

StevOz

Administrator
Staff member
Site Supporters
Did someone forget Popeye?

Oh and Mel Brooks pinball, might have done that..


Well there are a lot of sounds from the movie in there.
 

Ike Savage

Froggy like robot
Staff member
Site Supporters
Who remembers Beany and Cecil?
I've heard of it before, but don't remember it being re-broadcast in the Philly region. At least, from the early 70's on.

Yeah, taking a look at WP just now, looks like it was broadcast on Saturday mornings up til '67, but didn't go in to syndication.
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • @ Ike Savage:
    where is the unapprove option, anyway? is that a super mod thing or something from the admin panel?
    Quote
  • @ Ike Savage:
    oh wait, I see it
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    true, but they could also be invisible to users and perhaps allow the category to be removed
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    Don't know, do know that if you delete a category all files would also be removed so that's bad,
    Quote
  • @ Ike Savage:
    seems like we discussed it in some length at one point and came up with the current arrangement, but I don't have a strong opinion on that stuff. the one thing I do like is that I can clear out weaker tables from the main section without deleting them
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    Sounds fine to me Ike, can't disagree with ya!
    Quote
  • @ Ike Savage:
    is it that you want to declutter more of the resources section?
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    No it's fine
    Quote
  • @ Ike Savage:
    also, just to be clear-- the issue with "unapprove" is that you don't know if the table actually gets deleted from the server, right? AFAIK I have no way of seeing where the tables actually lie on the server, so it's something I can't test effectively
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    They wouldn't get deleted from the server, I don't think.
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    Can we get back to the subdomain folders/files, the uploads.pinballnirvana.com folder is where uploads would need to be, just wondering what might need to be deleted..
    Quote
  • @ Ike Savage:
    do you mind a phone call? probably easier to discuss, save some wear and tear on my hands, too
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    No problems Ike, can't talk now but will try and set this up.
    Quote
  • @ Ike Savage:
    okay, well let me know if you need space cleared up across the torrent area, because I have some ideas
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    Yeah, noticed a .zip file contains many versions etc..
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    Uploading a 1.34 GB Pink Floyd The Wall zip file via ftp to test...
    Quote
  • @ JonPurpleHaze:
    The file is actually on the server in FP originals but isn't public.
    Quote
  • @ Anthias:
    Um, so, Hi!. What did I miss? (he says as though he ducked to the toilet while the adds were on...)
    Quote
  • @ AnonTet:
    Hi guys, I«m asking here as it might have a quicker response. How can I check the ball size used by authors in FP? or at least the default size if anyone knows. Thanks
    Quote
  • @ Gimli:
    Most FP authors use the default size and don't know how to use BAM to alter it.
    Quote
  • @ Gimli:
    I think it may be 13.8 though
    Quote
  • @ AnonTet:
    Thanks. But while I've waited I've looked at a ring around a ramp in LotR that's 26mm so i figure the ball being 24mm. A bit short of real life ball size if that's so.
    Quote
  • @ AnonTet:
    of course I could've used my brains earlier and create a table with some carefully spaced guides and check that the ball is in fact 27mm in diameter. Peeking at fp.exe and bam.dll and there's no way to change this. you can set the colour and the id to track it though (but that's known)
    Quote
  • @ Gimli:
    With Bam custom ball coding you can create balls of any size...see my titorial
    Quote
  • @ Gimli:
    +1
    Quote
    @ Gimli: https://pinballnirvana.com/forums/index.php?threads/bam-feature-how-to-guides.19601/post-120547 +1
    Top