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March 21, 2009 3:56 AM   Subscribe

Leggman's The Tick Super Fanpage!
posted by Blazecock Pileon (38 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hulu has all the episodes of the live action series here. I was watching just last night.

Yet another in a long list of shows that Fox killed far to young.
posted by Bango Skank at 5:10 AM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


too not to. DUH
posted by Bango Skank at 5:11 AM on March 21, 2009


There's just no more room on the schedule!
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 5:33 AM on March 21, 2009


Not little wooden boy!
posted by Tenuki at 5:36 AM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


Whoa! I haven't seen radical web design like that since the totally awesome '90s! To the max!
posted by cthuljew at 5:42 AM on March 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


So when is the third season of the cartoon coming out on DVD, huh?
posted by Faint of Butt at 5:44 AM on March 21, 2009


Spoon!
posted by pyrex at 6:05 AM on March 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


Surf's up space ponies, I'm making gravy without the lumps!
posted by brevator at 6:11 AM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


Brevator that's my favorite episode.
posted by doctor_negative at 6:16 AM on March 21, 2009


mine too.
posted by brevator at 6:30 AM on March 21, 2009


I still can't believe how perfect Patrick Warburton was for that role.
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:42 AM on March 21, 2009 [4 favorites]


Ah, The Tick.

I know someone who says he hated The Tick when it was first on, and listening to him I kind of see his point. He was around 8 when it was first on the air, and he just didn't get many of the jokes. His claim was that it skewed older than the audience, that it was more of a late teens/early 20s thing than a kids show.

In addition to the two Tick shows and the original issues of the comic, Ben Edlund was also original screenwriter (I believe) for Titan A.E., although much like later-voice-of-Crow Bill Corbett being the writer of Meet Dave, I don't think this should be held against him as Hollywood has no end of ways to ruin a promising script. Edlund also contributes the occasional episode of Venture Bros. "Jackson Publick" of that show is a pseudonym for Chris McCullough, one of the Tick cartoon writers.

Great post title by the way. The show had so many quotable lines.
posted by JHarris at 7:55 AM on March 21, 2009


It has a webring link on it! Some of you young whippersnappers probably don't know what the hell that is. You're not missing much.

1996 called and they... aw, fuck it...

(Nice post, btw)
posted by double block and bleed at 8:03 AM on March 21, 2009


Oh what a goofy work is man!
posted by The Whelk at 8:59 AM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


I remember watching Dr. Horrible and going "Man, this has to be set in the world of The Tick." Then I saw Ben Edlund's name in the credits...
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:35 AM on March 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


I still have a Fledermaus action figure that I can't bear to take out of the box. Sewer Urchin, however, definitely gambols all over my desk and monitor. Yeah, definitely.
posted by Bernt Pancreas at 9:49 AM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


I was sad when the Man-Eating Cow figure never made it to market (or did it? I know it got pulled pretty quickly) because I love Man-Eating Cow. I still have my Tick action figure around somewhere.

I think the cartoon was better than the comic. Don't get me wrong -- I love the comic but I just think the cartoon was truer in spirit to what the comic was trying to do.

And I loved the live-action TV show. I should really buy that on DVD some day.

(I'm just realizing one of my friends made a Tick reference yesterday and I didn't catch it until now. I am very ashamed of myself.)
posted by darksong at 10:30 AM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Mandingo, how I grok your mouth-music!
posted by gamera at 10:30 AM on March 21, 2009


I have a Tick figure, clutching broken brick wall chunks, that uses his chin to balance on his little brick podium. Occasionally, I spin him.
posted by FormlessOne at 10:37 AM on March 21, 2009


I'm never gonna grow up until I die. The world is just too much fun. If I die before the game's over, won't somebody please zombify me. Don't let them cut me open to see why I died. They should spend that time trying to revive me. I wanna play forever!
posted by doctorschlock at 10:46 AM on March 21, 2009


My favorite joke from that show was always the moon with "CHA" carved into it... a partial victory for justice...
posted by jcruelty at 10:52 AM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


I still think of Richard Alpert on LOST as Batmanuel.
Completely agree with Pope Guilty re: both Patrick Warburton & Dr. Horrible.
posted by obloquy at 11:12 AM on March 21, 2009


The Tick was a great cartoon, I wasn't as crazy about the comic or the live series. The cartoon gave me a whole new respect for capybaras. Who knew they were so erudite?
posted by Salmonberry at 11:52 AM on March 21, 2009


I still think of Richard Alpert on LOST as Batmanuel.

Trufax: he also plays Gotham's mayor in "The Dark Knight." Every time I watch it and he comes onscreen, I say "Batmanuel...On a roof, of course!"
posted by middleclasstool at 12:27 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Tick: Greatest superhero franchise of all time, or second coming of Jesus?
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:36 PM on March 21, 2009 [2 favorites]


BrotherCaine, I believe this is a false dichotomy.
posted by jenkinsEar at 12:44 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


AN OBJECT AT REST, CANNOT BE STOPPED!
posted by cali at 1:22 PM on March 21, 2009 [3 favorites]


darksong wrote I think the cartoon was better than the comic. Don't get me wrong -- I love the comic but I just think the cartoon was truer in spirit to what the comic was trying to do.

Interesting idea, but I'm not sure I can agree. I mean, the comic was not only the original, but also the place where the creators had pretty well unlimited freedom to express themselves. Any Saturday morning cartoon is going to be a lot more restricted than any comic.

Personally I liked both. The comic had a sharper, maybe not darker but definitely edgier, tone than the cartoon. The cartoon was all about the silly, in the comic there was always the awareness that the silly was also part of some serious crazy; in the cartoon not so much.

Like I said, I thought both were fantastic.

The live action, not so much. It was, for me anyway, just so-so.

I do think the cartoon often had better lines than the comic, possibly just because it had voice acting and therefore different tones and expressions than I "hear" when I read.
posted by sotonohito at 1:28 PM on March 21, 2009


another victory in the never ending war agaisnt dirt and dishevelment
posted by Flood at 1:38 PM on March 21, 2009


Sotonohito, I guess for me, the edgier bits of the comic sometimes felt out of place with the broader light-hearted tone. The cartoon, like you said, was all about the silliness, and I think the evenness of it just worked better for me.

I did talk The Tick Omnibus off my shelf intending to reread it a little while ago, but I think it ended up back on the shelf for some reason, unread (like I did something ridiculous like clean). Maybe this is the motivation I need to actually reread it.
posted by darksong at 2:44 PM on March 21, 2009


Fans of The Tick may also enjoy Megaton Man and Flaming Carrot.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:55 PM on March 21, 2009


From the website:

Last Update: Tuesday 24 July, 2007
This site made with Macromedia software.

© 2002 Michael Legg unless specifically noted.
--------------------------

Macromedia was acquired by Adobe in 2005. Just sayin'.

Apparently, you can still buy stuff from The Tick at New England Comics. Keen.

See also: The Tick FAQ, circa 1996, and an interview with Ben Edlund, on the evolution of the tick, back in 1997. If you want to read some unofficial live action Tick transcripts, here are the first two episodes

Ben Edlund has also written for The Venture Bros, Firefly, Angel, and Supernatural, amongst other shows. I'm glad he's still doing well. Sadly, the full seasons of The Tick are only available in the UK, and the US DVDs are the syndicated edits, according to Wikipedia.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:47 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's okay to play with dolls.

Really, it is.
posted by homunculus at 6:29 PM on March 21, 2009 [1 favorite]


Question: I can very vaguely recall a few episodes of a public radio program in the 1980s or early 90s that closely resembled The Tick in its sensibility. The program was a comedy/drama/hip kind of thing. The main character spoke and sounded exactly like The Tick. He had a biplane I think and lived in the Midwest and fought crime. When I first saw an episode of The Tick cartoon I thought holy crap, this is by the same people who made that radio show.

Does anyone know what the heck I am talking about?
posted by LarryC at 7:54 PM on March 21, 2009


*knock knock*

Tick: "If you're selling insurance, we don't want any!"

Guy: "No, Tick, we're with the government."

Tick: "No thanks, we've got all the government we need!"
posted by Mikey-San at 5:16 AM on March 22, 2009 [2 favorites]


Then I saw Ben Edlund's name in the credits...

Apparently (you may know this already) he had come up with Bad Horse as a nemesis for Angel, when he worked on that, but they never got round to it, or it was going to be too hard to make it work (though he got muppet Angel in at least). That and Moist was one of his creations for it too, but apart from that, he didn't get to do much work on the actual end product.
posted by opsin at 1:44 PM on March 22, 2009


We are a hedge. Please move along.

Please... IGNORE THIS VAN.
posted by Eideteker at 3:20 PM on March 22, 2009


homunculus, yes it is. And, for the record, I like squirrels.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:21 PM on March 22, 2009 [1 favorite]


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