Remember that feeling of dislocation and anticipation while you watched with no clue as to what was going to come next, but knew it was going to be either strange or awesome or horrible or some combination of all three? Well, MTV has been quietly reviving it's Liquid Television brand over the past few years, essentially as an online destination for new "awesome" animation. Tonight, 9/9/13, five all-new episodes of Liquid Television will finally be released - on Hulu, iTunes, MTV Geek, Amazon, Xbox and Playstation. The network is still hoping to schedule a broadcast time slot for the revived series sometime in the remaining months in 2013, and there may be an announcement about that soon. [more inside]
"High school was a lot like the Civil War: it lasted four years, you were defined by what you wore, and I lost 1 in 10 of my friends to gangrene."
Daria: The Live-Action Movie, starring Aubrey Plaza. [more inside]
In 1999 MTV launched Downtown
, an animated slice of life show about young people in Manhattan's Lower East Side based on interviews with non-actors
(Pilot part 2 part 3
) created by animator Chris Prynoski (Daria, Beavis And Butt-head, Metalocalypse). Despite an Emmy nomination, the show was cancelled after one season (with one unaired episode). Like so many MTV shows, licensing complications prevented it from reaching DVD, meaning the only way to watch the show was to e-mail Chris directly
. Until someone uploaded the entire series to Youtube.
MTV has posted a crapload of twenty-year-old Liquid Television
shorts on their site.
Watch all the Aeon Flux
shorts, Joe Normal, The Running Man
or Jac Mac and Rad Boy
among others. Don't worry, though, your favorites
will still not be available on the site.
Two and a half years ago, we explored the early history of Cartoon Network
... but it wasn't the only player in the youth television game.
As a matter of fact, Fred Seibert
-- the man responsible for the most inventive projects discussed in that post -- first stretched his creative legs at the network's truly
venerable forerunner: Nickelodeon
Founded as Pinwheel, a six-hour block on Warner Cable's innovative QUBE
system, this humble channel struggled for years before Seibert's innovative branding work transformed it into a national icon and capstone of a media empire.
Much has changed since then, from the mascots and game shows to the versatile orange "splat."
But starting tonight in response to popular demand, the network is looking back
with a summer programming block dedicated to the greatest hits of the 1990s
, including Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Double Dare, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Legends of the Hidden Temple
, and All That
To celebrate, look inside for the complete story of the early days of the network that incensed the religious right, brought doo-wop to television, and slimed a million fans -- the golden age of Nickelodeon. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
Jingle Bells, gujarati/tamil style.
A year ago or so, MTV India released two Christmas-themed bumpers/music-videos, each an animated rendition of the Xmas classic "Jingle Bells" in regional dialects and in regional musical styles: gujarati/tamil and punjabi
. [more inside]
is an interesting guy
, coming from an artistic family (including a cousin
who created the animated series Cow and Chicken
). His professional work
has mostly been in the world of comics
, though he did direct a movie for Roger Corman
, entitled "Take it to the Limit
), as a way "to recharge [his] batteries
after the Maxx." The Maxx
was a 35 issue comic (plus a few bonuses), and later animated
and aired on Mtv's Oddities in the mid 1990s. (More videos inside) [more inside]
The Vancouver Company that created ReBoot
will be making a CGI Spider-Man cartoon
. Neil Patrick Harris as Spidey, Lisa Loeb as Mary Jane and Ian Ziering as Harry Osborn will inhabit a "seemingly realistic neon lit city of the immediate future"
. Will this show set a new standard of production for cartoons based on comics? Will MJ wear glasses?