Team Unicorn in The Saturday Action Fun Hour!
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||Pop, parody, comedy, nerd music|
|Past members||Michele Boyd|
Team Unicorn is a multimedia production team formed in Los Angeles, California in 2010. Its current members are American actresses Clare Grant (Walk the Line), Rileah Vanderbilt (Hatchet), Milynn Sarley, and Alison Haislip (Attack of the Show!) who replaced Michele Boyd in 2014. The group is known for producing parody song videos such as "G33k & G4m3r Girls", a spoof of Katy Perry's "California Gurls", and "All About that Base", a Star Wars parody of Meghan Trainor's song "All About That Bass". The videos have established the group among nerd music as well as attracting celebrity appearances. The group had a show on Adult Swim called The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour, and have attended numerous science fiction and comic conventions.
Vanderbilt is largely given credit to bringing the four women of Team Unicorn together. She & Grant became friends in 2005 and began producing geek videos together, even winning two awards at the 2009 Star Wars Fan Film Awards for their short "Saber". Vanderbilt became friends with Sarley in 2009, introducing her to Boyd in January 2010, whom she'd met the same year, and the two became fast friends. All four women became friends when Vanderbilt, Sarley & Boyd decided to cosplay together as Sailor Moon characters at Comic-Con 2010, and asked Grant join them as Sailor Moon. Shortly after, while hanging out with Boyd, Sarley came up with the idea for "G33k and G4M3R Girls", and together they wrote the original lyrics, bringing Vanderbilt and Grant on board to finish the lyrics and produce the video. After the overwhelming response to the first video, more ideas quickly came and "Team Unicorn" was officially born. In 2011, the women became friends with Alison Haislip, who replaced Boyd as Blue Unicorn in 2014.
The group released its debut parody song "G33k & G4m3r Girls" online in September 2010. The music video, spoofing Katy Perry's "California Gurls", is filled with geek cultural references and pays tribute to women who love gaming, manga, and science fiction. The video reached 1 million views in its first week online and stirred controversy over its sexy portrayal of geek girls.
Team Unicorn has since released the spoof 1950s industrial "A Very Zombie Holiday"; a comedic eHarmony parody commercial entitled "superHarmony"; a '50s Beach Blanket Bingo parody with an alien invasion twist called Alien Beach Crashers; a parody of the Starship Troopers promo called "The UniCorps Wants YOU!"; an original song set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with geeky references called "For the Win"; and its biggest hit to date, a Star Wars/Meghan Trainor parody called "All About that Base".
Team Unicorn is well known for incorporating cameos from existing popular figures in genre culture, including Seth Green, Katee Sackhoff, Stan Lee, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Aisha Tyler, Grant Imahara, Magda Apanowicz (Caprica), Derek Mears, Rachael Leigh Cook, James Gunn and Ashley Holliday. They often utilize directors and writers involved in the geek and genre community, including Sean Becker from The Guild, Zeb Wells from Robot Chicken and Marvel Comics, and Colton Dunn from MADtv. Popular culture references to the group include rare unicorns in the "Whimsyshire" level of Blizzard Entertainment's video game Diablo III, named "Killaire", "Miss Hell", "Maulin Sorely", and "R'lyeh".
In 2013, Adult Swim announced a development agreement with the creators of Robot Chicken for a Team Unicorn live action/animation hybrid pilot called The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour! which introduces Alison Haislip as the new Blue Unicorn, and stars Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Tara Strong and Kevin Shinick.
|2010||"G33k & G4m3r Girls"||Dave Yarvo||Music video parody of "California Gurls"|||
|2010||A Very Zombie Holiday||Sean Becker|||
|2011||superHarmony||Sean Becker||eHarmony parody with superheroes|||
|2011||Alien Beach Crashers||Sean Becker|||
|2013||"For the Win!" (feat. "Weird Al" Yankovic)||Dave Yarvo||Music video by Stage5|||
|2014||The Team Unicorn Saturday Action Fun Hour!||Seth Green||Television pilot for Adult Swim|||
|2014||"All About That Base"||Sean Becker||Music video parody of "All About That Bass" and Star Wars|||
|2011||"F.E.A.R. 3 Comes to Life"||Promotional video by Fearnet for the video game F.E.A.R. 3|||
|2012||The Jace Hall Show|||
|2012||Top 100 Video Games of All Time||Guest on G4TV show|||
|2013||Robot Combat League||SyFy promotional clip where the group visits the show set|||
Awards and nominations
|Year||Award||Category||Title of work||Result|
|2010||LA Weekly's Best of 2010||Best Online Video||Team Unicorn: G33K & G4M3R Girls||Won|
|2011||Dragon Con 2011 Film Festival Awards||Best Music Video||Team Unicorn: G33K & G4M3R Girls||Nominated|
|2012||International Academy of Web Television Awards||Best Variety Series||Team Unicorn||Nominated|
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