Anchorman (film series)
|Directed by||Adam McKay|
|Produced by||Judd Apatow|
|Written by||Will Ferrell|
|Music by||Alex Wurman (1, 1½) |
Andrew Feltenstein (2)
John Nau (2)
|Distributed by||DreamWorks Pictures (1-1½)|
Paramount Pictures (2)
|1: July 9, 2004|
1½: December 28, 2004
2: December 18, 2013
|1: 94 minutes|
1½: 93 minutes
2: 119 minutes
|Box office||$264.2 million +|
The Anchorman series is a series of three American comedy films – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). The films were written, produced and directed by Adam McKay. Starring Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy and distributed by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
- 1 Film series
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Crew
- 4 Reception
- 5 Future
- 6 Appearances in other media
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the '70s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.
The film grossed $85,288,303 in North America, and $5,285,885 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $90,574,188. It received generally positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 66% based on 199 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10. The site's consensus reads: "Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails." Another review aggregation website Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 63 based on 38 reviews.
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004)
Set during Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Anchorman: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie follows the KVWN Channel 4 News Team as they investigate the extremist bank-robbing organization "The Alarm Clock"."
It was filmed alongside Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, composed of scenes cut from that film.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy, returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm with the help of his best friends.
The film grossed $127.4 million in North America, and $45.6 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $173.0 million. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 75% approval rating with an average rating of 6.4/10 based on 194 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "It's just as uneven and loosely structured as the first Anchorman -- and while Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues may not be quite as quotable, it's nearly as funny as its predecessor." On Metacritic, it holds a score of 61/100 indicating "generally favorable reviews", based on 40 critics.
Cast and characters
The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy:
The Lost Movie
The Legend Continues
|Ron Burgundy||Will Ferrell|
|Brian Fantana||Paul Rudd|
|Brick Tamland||Steve Carell|
|Champion "Champ" Kind||David Koechner|
|Veronica Corningstone||Christina Applegate|
|Edward "Ed" Harken||Fred Willard|
|Garth Holliday||Chris Parnell|
|Wes Mantooth||Vince Vaughn|
|Freddie Shapp||Dylan Baker|
|Linda Jackson||Meagan Good|
|Jack Lime||James Marsden|
|Chani Lastnamé||Kristen Wiig|
|Kench Allenby||Josh Lawson|
|Walter Burgundy||Judah Nelson|
|Mack Tannen||Harrison Ford|
|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
|Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues|
|Producer||Judd Apatow||Judd Apatow|
|Composer||Alex Wurman||Andrew Feltenstein|
|Cinematographer||Thomas E. Ackerman||Oliver Wood|
|Editor||Brent White||Brent White|
|Apatow Productions||Apatow Productions|
Gary Sanchez Productions
|Distributor||DreamWorks Pictures||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||94 minutes||93 minutes||119 minutes|
|Release date||July 9, 2004||December 28, 2004||December 18, 2013|
Box office performance
|Film||Release date||Box office revenue||Box office ranking||Budget||Reference|
|US & Canada||Other countries||Worldwide||All time US & Canada||All time worldwide|
|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||July 9, 2004||$85,288,303||$5,285,885||$90,574,188||#718||N/A||$26,000,000|||
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||December 18, 2013||$127,352,707||$46,296,308||$173,649,015||#380||$50,000,000|||
|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||66% (199 reviews)||63 (38 reviews)|
|Anchorman: Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||56% (1 review)||N/A|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||75% (194 reviews)||61 (40 reviews)|
On November 13, 2013, Will Ferrell spoke about the possibility of a third main Anchorman film stating: "I'm sure they would, But I don't know. We just want to see what happens with this one and we'll sit down and assess all of that. Right now, we're just enjoying this journey." On December 9, 2013, Steve Carell said "We'll see how this one goes," and "If people like it, maybe 10 years from now we'll do a third."
Director Adam McKay spoke to Empire in February 2014, and ruled out any further Anchorman movies saying "It's done. I think that's it. It was great to do it and it was so fun to work with those guys again, but I think that's it for Ron Burgundy." and when asked if he would do sequels with any character he said "No, that's the last sequel we're gonna do. There’s nothing more fun to me than new characters and a new world. And now we're releasing this alt version, we're totally satisfied. No Anchorman 3."
However, on April 2, 2014, Adam McKay stated that Anchorman 3 could still be a possibility, which went against his previous statement. In an interview with Time, he stated "I said about a month ago that we'd never do a third one, and I realized that was a little too harsh because the truth is, I really don’t know. With these movies, you really don't know how they've played until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing." He then also went on to state that "If Anchorman 2 gets that sort of second life, if three, four years from now people start asking us that question a lot and there's an idea, we would be open to that."
Appearances in other media
- On March 28, 2012, Will Ferrell officially announced Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues dressed in character as Ron Burgundy on the late-night talk-show Conan. Ferrell would eventually appear again as Burgundy in an interview on Conan to promote the sequel.
- On November 30, 2013, Ferrell co-anchored a newscast on Bismarck, North Dakota's CBS affiliate KXMB-TV in character as Ron Burgundy. The next day, he made a guest appearance on TSN's coverage of the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- On December 19, 2013, Ferrell appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed "Ride Like the Wind" in character as Ron Burgundy with Christopher Cross.
- Ferrell appeared in character as Ron Burgundy at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber in 2015.
- Ferrell launched The Ron Burgundy Podcast with iHeartRadio in 2019, reprising his role weekly to discuss a variety of topics and conduct interviews. 
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- "Sochi 2014: Ron Burgundy aside, Olympic curling trials no laughing matter with players more committed than ever". National Post. Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- Breihan, Tom (December 20, 2013). "Watch Ron Burgundy And Christopher Cross Play Kimmel". Stereogum. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
- Zumberge, Marianne (March 5, 2015). "Comedy Central's Justin Bieber Roasters to Include Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart". Variety. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
- "The Ron Burgundy Podcast". iHeartRadio. January 31, 2019. Retrieved February 22, 2019.