November 14, 2017
(The shortened opening)
NC: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to.
(A poster for Hook appears in the corner, followed by a shot of the Rotten Tomatoes site in the center, which shows that critics gave the film a 29% rating, against a 76% rating from audiences)
NC: Everybody loved Hook, except for critics...
(A shot of the Lost Boys from that movie appears in the corner, followed by a negative critique of them from RogerEbert.com in the center)
NC: ...and everybody loved the Lost Boys, except for critics. (the phrase "Seriously, WTF?" appears in the critique) And the one Lost Boy that everybody loved the most, including critics, is Rufio. (in the center, a shot of Rufio looking at Peter Banning (Robin Williams) appears)
(The pictures related to the leader of the Lost Boys, Rufio (Dante Basco) are shown)
NC (vo): Though not a character from the original story Peter Pan, the new leader of the Lost Boys has gained popularity as...well, the cool Lost Boy. Everybody seemed to love this kid, because it seemed like he was the awesome rebel. It was even hinted that with every boy coming from a different time period, Rufio's time period was most likely the 80s, as if he couldn't be more badass already.
NC: With fans still loving the character, Rufio's actor, Dante Basco, shown here in this dignified file footage...
(The clip of Dante dressed as Prince Zuko and shooting fireballs is shown)
Dante: Honor! Honor! Honor!...
NC: ...did a crowdfunding campaign to put together a short based around the character. That short's name is Bangarang.
(The card for the short film Bangarang is shown in the corner. The title of it is shown, before going to its clips)
NC (vo): Finally, we have a backstory to Mr. Skunkhead with too much mousse. And it seems to have the blessing of the person who obviously knows the most about the character, Dante Basco.
NC: Is it worth checking out? Well, let's take a quick look and see. This is my review of Bangarang.
(The film begins with showing the pretty modern-looking playground and the little kids named Roofus, Ella and Julani having fun playing pirates)
NC (vo): Well, seeing how Rufio was said to be an 80s kid, the film starts out...in present day.
NC: Eh, sounds about right. The 80s are everywhere now! (The pictures of media having references to this time period appear, clockwise: Atomic Blonde, GLOW, Kung Fury, It (2017), Thor: Ragnarok and the second season of Stranger Things)
NC (vo): We see our young lead is named Roofus, having a sword fight on a playground, as kids do.
NC: And... (coughs) some adults. (A clip from Suburban Knights is shown, showing the characters fighting on playground)
(A bully named Sid comes up to Roofus, Ella and Julani)
NC (vo): But a bully approaches them.
Ella (Olivia Trujillo): I wish we would stop anger!
Roofus (Sheaden Gabriel): No. Bad form. Negotiate.
NC: (chuckles) Wow! They're, like, medieval times waiting staff committed to this!
NC (vo): Why do I get the feeling you're all gonna be the D&D player nobody likes to play with? As long as you don't mail used condoms to your friends, I'm good.
Sid (Tyler Ross): Roofus! Buddy! The hell are you doin' here? This is a kids' playground.
NC: (as Sid) You're late to your addition for Grease! You're not even wearing your jacket!
(Sid tackles Roofus. We then cut to him in a principal's office)
NC (vo): He gets in a fight with the bully, and he's called to Principal Cameo's office.
Principal (Dante Basco): You play football? Sports?
Roofus: I...believe. (He sits in the principal's chair, putting legs on table) In things.
Principal: Oh, you're a believer? You're a dreamer. What do you dream about?
NC (vo; as Roofus): Like, how the Moon landing was fake. (as the principal) Okay, we need to talk.