This list is kind of a big deal.
When Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released in 2004, a cult icon was born. Almost a decade later, the film’s killer one-liners and ridiculous moments are still quoted by pretty much everyone who isn’t a smelly pirate hooker.
To celebrate the release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues next week, here are 20 of the best Anchorman moments from trident-based conflict to ursine attackers and, of course, Sex Panther.
20. Baxter & The Bears
Things are looking desperate for Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and rival Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). They have woken up a terrifying, angry bear and look set to be torn to pieces. But suddenly, back from the dead appears Ron’s heroic pet pooch Baxter.
As well as being alive, it seems that Baxter is some sort of Bear Whisperer, swiftly talking the pair out of their predicament. Puppy power!
19. Origins of San Diego
Having finally secured some time alone with Veronica, Ron attempts to woo her with his grasp of history. Unfortunately, his knowledge of how San Diego got its name is somewhat sketchy.
I wonder how Saint Didacus of Alcalá would feel about having his thunder stolen by a set of marine genitals.
18. Pleasure Town
In one of the more surreal sequences in an already bizarre film, a sex scene between Ron and Veronica turns into an insane dreamscape soundtracked by Tom Jones and featuring a couple of unicorns.
You couldn’t make this shit up.
17. Brick’s Invitation
As the news team make a series of clumsy attempts to flirt with new arrival Veronica, Steve Carell’s Brick Tamland takes the biscuit for awkwardness.
At least he was peer pressured into it and this isn’t his usual flirting technique. And judging by the trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, we might be seeing some of that with him and Kristen Wiig.
16. Bad News Bears
As Veronica and Ron face their deaths at the hands of bears, the News Team leap to their friends’ defence… with varying degrees of success. Only Brick seems to have a real affinity for the beasts, even if he thinks they are "furry tractors".
In one of the best demonstrations of how the News Team are hideously behind the times, they here fail to understand the meaning of the word "diversity", leaving Ron to come up with his own, rather unorthodox, definition.
14. Loud Noises
In one of Anchorman‘s most quotable moments, the News Team question the decision to bring a female reporter into the newsroom.
Of course, Brick doesn’t quite understand what’s happening and deals with the situation in his own incredibly special way.
13. Malodorous Seafaring Prostitutes
When Veronica exploits Ron’s absence to read the news, the two become fierce rivals, culminating in a very heated verbal and physical confrontation in the middle of the newsroom.
There are too many hilarious comments in this exchange to pick just one moment, so enjoy it all. It’s absolutely masterful and showcases a pair of comic actors at the height of their powers.
12. Jazz Flute
This is another of Anchorman‘s crazier moments as Ron reveals a rather strange talent to Veronica. Never has a flute seemed so damn cool.
11. I Love Lamp
In yet another classic Brick moment, Anchorman‘s master of scene stealing declares his undying affection for a series of objects littered around the office. But in fairness, he does love that lamp.
10. Three-Pronged Murder
After a completely ridiculous fight in the middle of Anchorman between all of the local news teams, the News Team ponder the aftermath of the row and discuss Brick’s probable murder charge.
The straight-faced deadpan of the entire scene is absolutely perfect, showcasing the best of both Carell and Ferrell.
9. Glass Case of Emotion
In something of a contrast to the previous entry’s deadpan, this is Ferrell going full-on freak out as he informs Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) of what has happened to his beloved pet at the hands of an evil motorbike rider.
And it’s a thing of absolute beauty.
8. Brick’s Buuuuuuuurn
Whilst out walking, the News Team run into their rival Evening News team led by Vince Vaughn as Wes Mantooth.
After receiving a couple of insults, Brick – who really should be seen as the true star of Anchorman – hits Wes back with a burn of quite incredible potency.
7. Introducing the News Team
As Anchorman begins, each member of the News Team gets their own chance to shine. All of them are brilliant, but again it is Brick that steals the show. Is he putting mayo into a toaster?
6. Kind of a Big Deal
When Veronica meets Ron at a party, the newsman decides to pull out his fame in the hope of getting laid.
It doesn’t go especially well.
5. Sweary Sign-Off
This is the moment when Anchorman showed the rest of the cinematic world exactly how to use the one F Bomb allowed in a PG-13 film.
Veronica learns that Ron will read anything verbatim from the teleprompter and decides to make his signature sign-off considerably more vulgar.
4. Baxter Gets Punted
A cameo from Jack Black is pretty much always a good thing. And, in the case of Anchorman, it’s one of the best cameos from anyone in any film ever.
When Ron hits Black’s motorcyclist with a burrito, he comes off his bike and then opts to destroy the thing Ron loves most: his dog Baxter. The result is incredible.
In yet another of Anchorman‘s more off-the-wall moments, the News Team break into a spontaneous rendition of ‘Afternoon Delight’ as Ron attempts to explain love.
The guys also performed this on their recent Saturday Night Live appearance with One Direction. It was awesome then as well.
2. Statistical Confusion
Brian Fantana is often shunted into the background of Anchorman by the incredible comedy potential of Ron and Brick. However, the Sex Panther cologne scene is his real moment to shine.
Paul Rudd’s delivery here is absolutely fantastic and his killer statistical cock-up might just be the best one-liner in the entire movie.
1. Let’s get ready to rumble
I’ve spoken a lot in this list about some of the more surreal sequences in Anchorman, but this one definitely takes things to a whole new level of sheer, unadulterated insanity.
There’s a man on fire, fighting on horseback, limb dismemberment and brutal murder with the weapon of Poseidon. In a comedy film. Oh hell yeah!
So that’s it: the top 20 moments of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. I hope you like them, but feel free to disagree with me in the comments section below.
You stay classy readers.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be released in the UK this Wednesday, 18th October.