The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special is this weekend!
Sometimes, a Saturday Night Live sketch will transcend time and space and become, well, “its own thang” (and if you don’t get that reference, hang on, because it will become obvious soon). There’s “More Cowbell,” “Schwedde Balls,” and of course, “D**k in a Box.” And around this time a year ago, “David S. Pumpkins” aired – and within hours, it had become an SNL classic (if you’re not familiar with David S. Pumpkins, you can watch the clip here).
Now, with Halloween coming up in a few days, NBC is bringing David S. Pumpkins back, this time in the form of an animated special to air in SNL’s regular time slot, followed by a clip show featuring Halloween-related SNL sketches.
Here, now, are five facts you may not know about David S. Pumpkins and his animated Halloween special.
The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special Will Feature The Same Characters You Know And Love
According to NBC promotional materials, David (voice of Tom Hanks) and his beat-boy skeletons (voices of Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan) will arrive and teach a couple of children the “true meaning of Halloween.” True to form, David won’t answer any of their questions.
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will narrate.
As For The Original Sketch: Tom Hanks Wasn’t Into It
Back in September, Bobby Moynihan (Left Skeleton), who co-wrote the sketch with Mikey Day (Right Skeleton) and Streeter Seidell, stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to talk about the sketch. And Moynihan revealed that Tom Hanks, of all people, didn’t really “get” David S. Pumpkins.
“Tom Hanks, in between dress [rehearsal] and [when the show aired] – not a fan of the sketch! Thought it was very bizarre.”
Fortunately, according to Grunge, Hanks swallowed his pride and did the sketch — although to this day, he still doesn’t get its popularity. Not long afterward, Hanks was cornered by an Access Hollywood reporter and asked about it. Laughing, Tom revealed that he still doesn’t get it.
“I still don’t understand it! I’ll be David S. Pumpkins for the rest of my life now.”
Saturday Night Live’s Wardrobe Department Spent 13 Bucks On The Costume
Although NBC’s Wardrobe Department can almost certainly put together any costume for any sketch. However, Moynihan found a generic Halloween suit for $12.99 online and deemed it perfect for the character. Once David S. Pumpkins took off, online retailers quickly found themselves out of stock of similar costumes; those that didn’t quickly raised their prices on the suit to hundreds of dollars.
He Was Partially Inspired By A Decade-Old Viral Video
Does the phrase “Little Superstar” mean anything to you? If not, here’s a refresher.
Does that music sound familiar? It almost certainly inspired the B-Boy track that accompanies David and his skeletons. And of course, Moynihan admits that the “Little Superstar’s” popping-and-locking and frequent stops inspired the dancing in the sketch.
The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special airs Saturday at 11:30 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC.
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