There’s nothing quite like the pixelated grandeur of early fantasy video games. But you know what Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda were always missing? A voice-over artist with the gravitas and majesty to tell the tale at hand. And no one has a voice quite like H. Jon Benjamin, star of Bob’s Burgers and Archer. Lo, this day is a day for much rejoicing, as Benjamin has lent his enchanted pipes to an exclusive animation from Vulture and McSweeney’s, entitled In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed As a Conquering Hero. Done in the style of an early-’90s fantasy game, it’s adapted from Mike Lacher’s hit McSweeney’s humor piece of the same name, and follows the harrowing tale of a bold warrior who confronts unbelievable obstacles (a faulty router, clutter behind some furniture, a power outlet) to save his lady’s grandparents from an apocalyptic crisis (they can’t access USAToday.com). Watch and be inspired to great deeds.
The original text piece is featured in The Best of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, which hit shelves last week and can be purchased in their store. The animation was done by Jesse Benjamin, and the original music (how great is that music, by the way?) was done by Paul Sprangers.