View Askewniverse

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View Askewniverse
Created byKevin Smith
Scott Mosier
Original workClerks
Print publications
ComicsSee below
Films and television
Film(s)See below
Short film(s)The Flying Car
Clerks: The Lost Scene
Television seriesClerks: The Animated Series
Games
Video game(s)See below
Audio
Soundtrack(s)

The View Askewniverse is a fictional universe created by writer/director Kevin Smith, featured in several films, comics and a television series; it is named for Smith's production company, View Askew Productions. The characters Jay and Silent Bob appear in almost all the View Askewniverse media, and characters from one story often reappear or are referred to in others. Smith often casts the same actors for multiple characters in the universe, sometimes even in the same film; Smith himself portrays the character of Silent Bob.

Setting[edit]

Smith's recurring characters, settings, and motifs first appeared in his debut film, Clerks. Since then, the main canon has consisted of six feature films, in addition to several short films, comic books, and a short-lived animated TV series. The View Askewniverse is centered on the towns of Leonardo, Highlands, and Red Bank, all located in Monmouth County, central New Jersey.[1] Chasing Amy also takes place partly in New York, and both Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back involve road trips.

Chronology[edit]

Film series[edit]

All films are written and directed solely by Kevin Smith.

Film U.S. release date Producer(s) Cinematographer(s) Editor(s) Music by
Clerks October 19, 1994 (1994-10-19) Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith David Klein Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith Love Among Freaks
Mallrats October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20) Sean Daniel, James Jacks and Scott Mosier Paul Dixon Ira Newborn
Chasing Amy April 4, 1997 (1997-04-04) Scott Mosier Scott Mosier and Kevin Smith David Pirner
Dogma November 12, 1999 (1999-11-12) Robert Yeoman Howard Shore
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back August 24, 2001 (2001-08-24) Jamie Anderson James L. Venable
Clerks II July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21) David Klein Kevin Smith
Jay and Silent Bob Reboot October 15, 2019 (2019-10-15) Jordan Monsanto and Liz Destro Yaron Levy

Clerks (1994)[edit]

Clerks is the first film in the series of the View Askewniverse. It follows a day in the lives of two store clerks, Dante Hicks (Brian O'Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson). Dante is called into work at the Quick Stop convenience store on his day off until the boss can relieve him at noon. As Dante serves a succession of customers, he repeatedly complains that he is "not even supposed to be here today". Randal works at RST Video next door, although he spends almost the entire day at the Quick Stop. Dante learns he will be working all day, and decides to close the store for brief periods to play hockey on the roof and to attend a memorial service for an ex-girlfriend. An old flame now engaged surprises him with a visit. The two had been talking on the phone for months and after seeing each other again they are keen to reunite and leave their current relationships.

Mallrats (1995)[edit]

Takes place one day before the events in Clerks. The film is about two young men, Brodie Bruce and T.S. Quint, who hang out at a mall after being dumped by their girlfriends; while also trying to avoid the wrath of Shannon Hamilton.

Chasing Amy (1997)[edit]

A heterosexual man, Holden McNeil, falls in love with a lesbian, Alyssa Jones, causing conflict with his homophobic best friend, Banky Edwards, with whom he has created a comic book called "Bluntman and Chronic" based upon Jay and Silent Bob.

Dogma (1999)[edit]

The world ends if two angels enter a church in New Jersey and it is up to Jesus' last scion, Jay and Silent Bob, and the thirteenth Apostle to stop them.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)[edit]

Jay and Silent Bob embark on a road-trip to Hollywood to try to stop a "Bluntman and Chronic" movie from being made. Within the film, the "Bluntman and Chronic" movie was to be based on the comic made by the protagonists of Chasing Amy.

Clerks II (2006)[edit]

Roughly ten years after Clerks, Dante and Randal are now employed in the fast food industry.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)[edit]

Kevin Smith announced the film in February 2017, Smith said the script was finished and announced Miramax would produce it. The film plot will be focused on Jay and Silent Bob trying to stop a "Bluntman and Chronic" reboot film from happening.[2] Filming was planned for Summer 2018 with a release date set for 2019, but was delayed and will now commence in February 2019.[3]

Short films[edit]

The Flying Car (2002)[edit]

The Flying Car is a short film featuring Dante and Randal, that was produced for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Clerks: The Lost Scene (2004)[edit]

Clerks: The Lost Scene is an animated short that was produced for Clerks X (10th anniversary DVD), based on a scene previously off-screen in the original film and only seen in the comics.

Spinoff[edit]

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)[edit]

The animated film depicts the events within the "Bluntman and Chronic" comic written by the protagonist of Chasing Amy, which was to be adapted into a movie in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Kevin Smith had originally written the (from the Bluntman And Chronic comics story) as a companion piece to the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Television[edit]

Clerks: The Animated Series[edit]

Clerks: The Animated Series consists of six episodes featuring characters from the movie Clerks that originally aired on ABC in 2000 (only two episodes were ever aired) and were later released on DVD in 2001.

Digital[edit]

Jay and Silent Bob VR[edit]

In 2018, STX Entertainment announced that their Surreal division was working with Kevin Smith on a VR series that would star Jay and Silent Bob.[4]

Comics[edit]

Clerks.[edit]

Clerks. is a three-part comic book series published in the late 1990s, continuing the adventures of the film's main characters.

Chasing Dogma[edit]

Chasing Dogma is a four-part series about Jay and Silent Bob's adventures between the events of Chasing Amy and Dogma. Many elements of the comic would end up in the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Bluntman and Chronic[edit]

Bluntman and Chronic is the comic "created" by Holden McNeil and Banky Edwards in Chasing Amy, published to coincide with the release of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Walt Flanagan's Dog[edit]

"Jay and Silent Bob in Walt Flanagan's Dog" is a story in Oni Double Feature #1.

Where's the Beef?[edit]

Where's the Beef? is a 20-page comic which bridges the gap between the events depicted in the opening scenes of Clerks II.

Video-game[edit]

Jay and Silent-Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch[edit]

A beat-em up videogame based on Jay and Silent Bob, was successfully crowdfunded.[5]

Recurring actors[edit]

Smith often casts the same actors for multiple characters in the universe, sometimes even in the same film. This is most notable in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, in which several actors play multiple characters from earlier View Askewniverse films.

To date, Smith and Jason Mewes are the only actors to appear in every film as the same characters. Three other actors have appeared in every film, as different characters, Scott Mosier, Walt Flanagan and Brian O'Halloran, with O'Halloran always appearing as a member of the Hicks family (most notably Dante).

The more notable recurring actors include:

Actor/Actress Clerks Mallrats Chasing Amy Dogma Clerks: The Animated Series Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Clerks II Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
Jason Mewes Jay
Kevin Smith Silent Bob
Scott Mosier Willam Black; angry hockey-playing customer Roddy Tracer collector Bus passenger Willam Black
(uncredited)
Willam Black; extras wrangler Concerned Father TBA
Walt Flanagan Woolen cap smoker; various unnamed characters Walt the Fanboy Walt the Fanboy
(deleted scene)
Walt the Fanboy
(Protester #2 in credits)
Walt the Fanboy Woolen cap smoker
Bryan Johnson Steve-Dave Steve-Dave
(deleted scene)
Steve-Dave
(Protester #1 in credits)
Steve-Dave
Brian O'Halloran Dante Hicks Gil Hicks Jim Hicks Grant Hicks Dante Hicks
Jeff Anderson Randal Graves Gun shop clerk Randal Graves
Vincent Pereira Various unnamed characters Startled pinball player Quick Stop customer
Ernest O'Donnell Rick Derris Bystander Cop
John Willyung Dante's killer
(deleted scene)
Cohee Lundin Passerby
David Klein Various unnamed characters Bald comic fan
Virginia Smith Animal masturbator customer Comic-Con woman
Grace Smith Milk maid Milk maid
Joey Lauren Adams Alyssa Jones
(2004 special edition)
Gwen Turner Alyssa Jones Alyssa Jones Alyssa Jones
Jason Lee Brodie Bruce Banky Edwards Azrael Brodie Bruce; Banky Edwards Lance Dowds Brodie Bruce
Ben Affleck Shannon Hamilton Holden McNeil Bartleby Holden McNeil; himself Gawking guy Holden McNeil
Ethan Suplee Willam Black Fan Golgothan
(voice)
Teen #2
Shannen Doherty Rene Mosier Herself
Renee Humphrey Tricia Jones Tricia Jones
Malcolm Ingram Creepy staring guy Creepy staring guy Pissing customer
Dwight Ewell Hooper X Kane the gang leader Hooper X
Matt Damon Shawn Oran (TV executive #2) Loki Himself TBA
Guinevere Turner Singer Bus station attendant
Carmen Llywelyn Kim Daphne look-alike
Dan Etheridge Priest Plug Deputy
Chris Rock Rufus Chaka Luther King
George Carlin Cardinal Glick Blowjob-giving hitchhiker
Alanis Morissette God God
Paul Dini George Lucas Bluntman & Chronic Loader/Clapper
Shannon Elizabeth Justice Justice
Jennifer Schwalbach Smith Missy Emma Missy
Jason Biggs Himself Himself
James Van Der Beek Himself Himself
Harley Quinn Smith Baby Silent Bob Kid in window Milly
Rosario Dawson Becky Scott

Cancelled Projects[edit]

Name[edit]

A follow-up to Chasing Amy, Smith wrote a new film set in the View Askewniverse starring the trio from Amy that was not a sequel. Smith said "it was kind of porn-bent." Affleck and Adams were interested on doing the flick, but it fell through.[6] Smith's efforts to develop a project about pornography led to the 2008 film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and he abandoned the earlier project in favor of Dogma.

Dogma II[edit]

In late November 2005, Smith responded to talk of a possible sequel to Dogma on the ViewAskew.com message boards:

So weird you should ask this, because ever since 9/11, I have been thinking about a sequel of sorts. I mean, the worst terrorist attack on American soil was religiously bent. In the wake of said attack, the leader of the "Free World" outed himself as pretty damned Christian. In the last election, rather than a quagmire war abroad, the big issue was whether or not gay marriage was moral. Back when I made Dogma, I always maintained that another movie about religion wouldn't be forthcoming, as Dogma was the product of 28 years of religious and spiritual meditation, and I'd kinda shot my wad on the subject. Now? I think I might have more to say. And, yes, the Last Scion would be at the epicenter of it. And she'd have to be played by Alanis. And we'd need a bigger budget, because the entire third act would be the Apocalypse. Scary thing is this: the film would have to touch on Islam. And unlike the Catholic League, when those cats don't like what you do, they issue a death warrant on your ass. And now that I've got a family, I'm not as free to stir the shit-pot as I was when I was single, back when I made Dogma. I mean, now I've gotta think about more than my own safety and well-being. But regardless – yeah, a Dogma followup's been swimming around in my head for some time now.[7]

Over a decade later, there has apparently been no further discussion.[8] But in October 2017, Smith revealed that he no longer desired to make any new religious films.[9]

Clerks: Sell Out[edit]

For several years following Clerks: The Animated Series cancellation, Smith announced plans to make an animated direct-to-video film. The basic plot involved Dante and Randal making a movie about their lives at the Quick Stop, a reference to the production of the original film. In an interview Kevin Smith expanded on the delays surrounding the film. Apparently, when Harvey and Bob Weinstein left Miramax, owned at the time by Disney, the split was not completely amicable. The rights to the Clerks television show were still owned by the Disney Corporation, who as a result were reluctant to work with The Weinstein Company, throwing the future of Clerks: Sell Out into question.[10] At the 2007 Cornell Q&A Kevin said due to the Miramax/Weinstein argument "you will see a Jay and Silent Bob cartoon before Clerks: Sell Out." As of January 2018, no new updates have emerge over if Clerks: The Animated Series or Clerks: Sell Out are still in active development.

Clerks 3[edit]

Smith announced on social media that development on another Clerks sequel was cancelled in February 2017 when Jeff Anderson dropped out. In the same post he announced the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot film.[11] For several years, Smith had said the script for Clerks 3 was finished but production was delayed by other projects.[12]

MallBrats[edit]

MallBrats (also known as Mallrats 2) was first planned as a comic book,[13] then as a film, and then as a 10 part TV series sequel to Mallrats. It was described by Smith as Die Hard in a mall. Smith has not been able to sell the TV series to any network.

In popular culture[edit]

The following appearances, references and Easter-eggs in other media are non-canon to the film series.

Film[edit]

Drawing Flies[edit]

Much of the cast of Mallrats featured in a simultaneous production, Drawing Flies, which features two actors credited as one of their characters in the View Askew films; Kevin Smith credited as Silent Bob & Ethan Suplee credited as Willam Black. Both are referred to as different characters within the film, but "Silent Bob" is credited as himself. Smith also wore the same Bob coat from Mallrats in the film.

Scream 3[edit]

Jay & Silent Bob can be seen in the studio in one scene of Scream 3. Jay mistakes one of the protagonists, Gale Weathers, for TV reporter Connie Chung, and sarcastically asks her about Maury Povich.

Television[edit]

  • Clerks – a live-action pilot for a TV show, based on the film Clerks (this production did not involve Kevin Smith).
  • MTV's Jay and Silent Bob Shorts
  • VH1's I Love the 90s (2005) ("Jay and Silent Bob Rename Your Favorite TV Show" & "Guys We'd Go Gay For")
  • VH1's I Love the '90s: Part Deux (2005)
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation (fictional filming of "Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh?" over 3 episodes)
  • My Name is Earl – Stars Jason Lee and Ethan Suplee have co-starred in numerous films directed by Kevin Smith, including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II. In one episode, Earl claims to have robbed a Quick Stop.[14] Another reference in the series is how Randy, on waking up, blurts out "poopie trim"[episode needed] which he similarly blurted as Willam in Mallrats, as did Chris Rock in Dogma.

Comics[edit]

  • Chasing Amy – In Japan, the screenplay of Chasing Amy was adapted into a novel by Kenichi Eguchi and published by Aoyama Publishing. It is a book that is roughly half-novel, half-manga, with Moyoco Anno providing the art for the comic book pages.
  • Jay and Silent Bob made a brief appearance in one panel of Green Arrow (vol. 3) #6, standing outside Jason Blood's Safe House in Star City. This issue was written by Kevin Smith during his 15-issue run on the character.
  • Demonic versions of Jay and Silent Bob can be seen in one panel on the second page of Angel: After the Fall issue #5, standing outside of a cafe in the safe haven of Silverlake. Writer Brian Lynch confirmed the reference and attributed their inclusion to artist Franco Urru.[citation needed]
  • Two characters who look similar to that of Jay and Silent Bob appear in the manga Aoi House seen in the background of the mall.
  • They make a cameo on The Flash[disambiguation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Godfrey, Alex (September 24, 2011). "Kevin Smith hits out at Harvey Weinstein, critics, and rightwing bigots".
  2. ^ Kamen, Matt (February 10, 2017). "Jay and Silent Bob strike back (again): Kevin Smith plans to 'reboot' cinematic stoners". Wired UK.
  3. ^ "Kevin Smith Reveals 'Jay and Silent Bob Reboot' Details and Release Date". Maxim. May 29, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jay and Silent Bob are coming to virtual reality, whether you're ready or not". April 4, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Chalk, Andy (April 4, 2016). "Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch is successfully funded". PC Gamer.
  6. ^ Rob Leane (February 13, 2017). "The Unmade Films of Kevin Smith". Den of Geeks. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Kevin Smith (November 27, 2005). "The View Askewniverse Message Board". Archived from the original on March 23, 2006. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  8. ^ Franich, D. On 'Dogma', Kevin Smith, and the road not taken. Entertainment Weekly archive, retrieved January 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Kennedy, Michael (October 5, 2017). "Kevin Smith Says Dogma 2 Will Never Happen". ScreenRant.com. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  10. ^ MTV Movies Blog - Kevin Smith Hopes To Make Jay And Silent Bob Animated Film by Shawn Adler, December 3, 2007
  11. ^ Snootchie Bootchies! Kevin Smith Confirms Work on New Jay and Silent Bob Movie
  12. ^ Kevin Smith Delays ‘Clerks 3’ to Shoot ‘Comes the Krampus’
  13. ^ "Mallrats Audio Commentary". Universal Home Entertainment. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  14. ^ ""Faked My Own Death" Episode Trivia". IMDb. 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013.

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