The Resurrection of Alf
Alf, last seen on an episode of The Love Boat, a failed TV Land talk show with Ed McMahon as his sidekick, and that dream where he, Chucky, and Rowlf the Dog are chasing you with knives (just me?), may be headed for a comeback.
For those of you who don’t know, Alf is a cat eating alien from the planet Melmac who crash lands in the garage of a mild mannered family that eventually accepts him as one of their own. Toys, lunch boxes, a Saturday morning cartoon — Alf gnoshed on the buffet of fame in the 80s and early 90s, but like all puppets with a “p” instead of an “m”, he fell away from the public consciousness and into the anonymity of, well, a random Love Boat appearance. According to Alf creator Paul Fusco though, the timing is right for the re-rise of Alf.
“That’s a big important thing, timing. There have been movies out there of characters that I didn’t think were on the same parallel as ALF that got movies made, so I think it’s time. I think it could be a home run on a lot of levels,” says Fusco.
Fusco has a point when he discusses similar characters that haven’t quite lived up to the mantle. Projects like the Simon Pegg starring Paul have been disappointing, and the whole friendly/colorful alien friend sub-genre has fallen into disrepute. Gone are the days of nanoo and Mork and Mindy, no more 3rd Rock From the Sun, and even Roger on American Dad has started to fall flat.
Mindful of this, Hollywood is seemingly willing to ramp up their alien presence, with ABC’s upcoming sitcom The Neighbors, (which will surely be known mostly for the thud it makes when it debuts), and other alien-centric projects like Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s The Watch, and of course Men In Black 3 (though the aliens seem to be as cartoony, but much less friendly in these projects). With the market flooded, the question that could plague an Alf reboot is: beyond the nostalgia, what makes this alien the one to watch?
“ALF could be more outspoken now than ever, because the world is a whole different place than the ’80s. And I think the character still stands up and certainly has more to say now than ever. I think we would approach it in a fresh way. I don’t think we would duplicate the TV show, but I think we would maybe put it in a storyline where we would explain how ALF got here and put him with a new family and let the character speak for himself.” explained Fusco to THR (link: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/alf-creator-paul-fusco-movie-melmac-327330 )
With a feature script in his pocket, and a meeting planned to pitch Alf 2.0 to a “major studio” who may well salivate over the notion of rebooting the popular (I grew up in the 80s, Alf was the singing raisins kind of huge) character and seeing the success of, say, The Muppets, Fusco may be primed to realize his dream of a bringing back Alf. Too bad Ed McMahon couldn’t be here to see it.
With all this Alf fever overtaking the internet (just a little exaggeration there), we thought it a brilliant idea to present to you 6 top Alf clips. Don’t agree with our selections, check out our Alf collections, make your picks, and share them with us on Facebook.
“I kill me!”
Alf’s tried and true catchphrase.
“Nothing, just screaming”
Alf being peculiar, we know it’s funny because of the laugh track.
“You got a cat?”
Famished after his space flight, Alf inquires about the local cuisine.
“E.T. got to stay.”
Every sitcom in the 80s had to have an adorable kid saying adorable things. Brian Tanner’s reasoning why Alf should be able to stay was the adorable thing he said.
Indeed Willie, indeed…
“Haven’t eaten a cat since Melmac”
Alf professes his innocence as the Tanner’s pet cat, Lucky, goes missing. My all time favorite Alf line followed later at Lucky’s funeral. “I’m reminded of a prayer he used to recite every night before going to bed, “And if I die before I wake, chicken-fry me like a steak.”