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There Would've Been Brawl: At least he gets good parking now.

I bet you thought this interview series was dead. NO- alright, fine, I used that in one article, I won't use it again. Thomas Mannino, There Will Be Brawl's wheelchair-bound Sonic The Hedgehog (and mic jockey), finally carved some time out of his busy schedule to answer a handful of questions I tossed him. Now if only I could track down that pesky princess... For those of you new to this, my questions are in bold text, and Tom's answers are in regular format.

Did you end up portraying Sonic of your own free will, or was it thrust upon you forcibly by Zach and Matt? If the latter, did you still like it? Because then, it's okay.

Matt said he had envisioned the Sonic character fairly early on and for whatever reason he thought of me. I was excited to participate in whatever way I could, and the costume and scenario was so absurd. Once they found out I knew my way around the business end of a boom pole, I ended up swinging boom for most of the production.

The nod to the whole chili dog thing from Jaleel White's animated take on Sonic was brilliant. Was that originally in the script, or did someone come up with that on the fly while you guys were shooting?

The chili dog thing was in fact in the script, but on the day of shooting, they were unable to locate a chili dog, so I got to almost-eat a delicious fast food taco.

What sort of games do you play or have particular affinity for?

I tend toward multiplayer games, love co-op especially. I love playing with real people/against real people. Currently mainly playing League of Legends, but still dabble in Minecraft. Lots of Flash games, too.

Anything interesting happen that would've made it in as an outtake or DVD extra, had there been a DVD of the series?

There were many surreal and ridiculous moments being on set. Most of it was just watching our childhood heroes do bizarre things in REAL LIFE - forget about shooting a webseries. Choreographing a bar fight in an actual bar between Mario and Donkey Kong, Luigi peddling 'drugs,' Deedeedee big-pimping with his ladies around him. Lots of sexual innuendos. Seeing production in costume was also hilarious - I swang boom on the last shoot with Sonic makeup on, I think our DP was in a scene and had makeup on as well. There's a picture of me as sonic, in a wheelchair, with Palmer as Olimar/End of Days sitting on my lap - as far as I'm concerned, that image was worth all my time spent helping!

Which character from the Smash Bros. franchise do you like most, and if you have one, which stage is your fave?

I never played much but I enjoyed the game a lot since you can play 4 player. I think I tended mostly to Pikachu because he's little and annoying. I never got good at him, or anyone, though.

Before I let you go, one thing. Marry/fuck/kill: Amy Rose, Rouge The Bat, Big The Cat?

That order sounds good - bring Amy home to mom, mess up Rogue's makeup, and well, someone's gotta die?

Thanks for murdering my favorite character in the entire Sonic franchise, Tom. I'll see you in hell. Though, granted, the only other option I could've slid in there was Blaze The Cat, and I would've murdered her, too.

If you didn't catch my other interviews of some of the stars and minds behind There Will Be Brawl, they should be toward the top of this search list, and if you haven't seen the series, check out the official site I've been linking with the series' title, or check out The Escapist's archive of it, since without them, the show wouldn't have become what it did. And they have a little behind-the-scenes jimmy right before the finale. You're probably already registered so you can yell about the Jimquisition or moon over Yahtzee, so you may as well take some time to watch something epic.
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About nekobunone of us since 5:17 PM on 06.29.2007

Hi, I'm Chris, though I've been going by nekobun and variants thereof for so long, I kind of answer to both anymore.

While I've kind of got my own thing going in the realm of indie coverage, at least in the form of playing through (and streaming) (and writing about) the huge backlog I'm developing of games gleaned from various indie bundles, I try to keep my more mainstream, game-related features here, as well as opinion pieces on the industry at large, out of mad love for the 'toid. When I'm not rambling here or trying to be clever in comments threads, you can catch me rambling on Facebook and my Twitter, and trying to be clever in the Dtoid.tv chat.

Now Playing:
360: Halo 4
PC: F.E.A.R.
SNES: Secret Of Mana

I suck at games: PEW PEW LASERS
Improving game communities: Collective consciousness
Nothing is sacred: These walls have torn my world apart
The wrong thing: Only cream and bastards catch them all.
Love/Hate: I love to hate -you-
Love/Hate: B(u)y the book
The Future: Is still what it used to be
My Expertise: Playing the race kart
Something about sex: Sex sells, but who's buying?
E3 Approaches: It's oh so quiet
Freedom: Together, we'll break the chains of HUDs
East vs West: We've got the empire
Handhelds: Graduating as 2000's Catchemaledictorian
Relaxation: Cheesy double Chief burrito
Online Passes: A spoonful of sugar
Peripherals: Many tentacles pimpin' on the keys
This is what MAGfest is all about
Beginnings: Put it on the pizza
Disappointment: Bad(vent) timing

Recap Topsauce:
It's Thinking: Could you quit playing with that radio, love?
Do the wrong thing: And do it right, for once.
Afraid to shoot strangers.
Not if you were the last junkie on Pandora
Is Jim Sterling servicing the video games industry?
Something About Sex: Unsafe at any speed.
Doing DLC right
Congress passes sweeping Elfcare reform bill
Bottom five healthcare systems in videogames.
Pushing my love over the quarter line.
When my life would depend on an eight point none.
Remember the heroes.
Every Journey begins with a single step.
It's all over now, bomber blue.
Being Social: We'll always have Rainbow Road
Labor Day: Of course you realize, this means wark.
Please, aim it higher.
There Would've Been Brawl: Show me 'round your eggplantcage.
Integration: A place for everything
Zelda Week: I guess this is growing up.
MAGfest: the (don't be an) idiot's guide
Promotions: The bees are alright
Now is the winter of on-disc content
This was supposed to be a dozen items about nekobun.
Without Slenderness, there's something missing.
Cheap tricks (and treats) don't come cheaper than free.
The legacy of the (unlikely) wizard.
Cheap Tricks II: Sugar rush boogaloo
Thank you, for bringing me here, for showing me Home.
Burnt flowers fallen: the tragic bitchotry of Lilly Caul
Red and blue, resolving into purple.
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