While Adult Swim
is generally regarded as the pioneer of irreverent short-form animation
-- especially for 'toons
-- it wasn't always the king. In fact, the late-night programming block arguably found its birth in a series
of short toons
that ran in the heyday of its daytime alter ego, the venerable Cartoon Network. The brainchild of C.N. Creative Director Michael Ouweleen and Hanna-Barbera chief Fred Seibert, these cartoons reinterpreted the network's properties through stock footage, indie music, and original animation in a wide variety of styles, as well as introducing prototypes of characters that would become some of the most famous in the history of American animation. (warning: monster post inside) [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Dec 30, 2008 -
"Wally Ballou here, reporting for the Matinob with Ray and Bob
from the World Wide Internets..." Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding
are better known as Bob and Ray
. Spending over four decades
on the radio
, and Broadway
, beginning in Boston in 1946, they pioneered absurdist, satirical, dry, improvisational sketch comedy, influencing a legion of future comics (and others). The duo was inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame
in 1984. They last appeared on the radio in NPR's "The Bob and Ray Public Radio Show"
from 1982-1987. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on Nov 17, 2008 -
In Bed With Chris Needham
A BBC video-diary documentary from 1991 depicting the trails and tribulations of a teenage metal fan as he tries to knock his band, Manslaughter, into shape for its first gig, with many digressions into his philosophy of life along the way. Some NSFW swearing. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Jun 8, 2008 -
"Hello, and welcome to Mainly For Men
, part 2
). And, as the title implies, this is a programme, fellas, just for you." Yes, everything the BBC thought the red-blooded male back in the late 1960s would be interested in (ie women, cars and shark fishing). The result was so hideous it was never broadcast until a TV Hell themed night many years later. Possibly NSFW... some brief nudity ('artistic', naturally) and mild swearing. And rampant mind-blowing sexism.
posted by fearfulsymmetry
on Nov 29, 2007 -
The year 1964 was a watershed period in British music. Before that year, British popular music was barely heard outside of the U.K. But when the Beatles achieved American success, a seemingly endless number of British bands and singers were suddenly able to crack the American market.
By the end of 1964, some enterprising filmmakers decided to create a cinematic year-in-review to highlight this new wave of British music talent. The result was “Pop Gear,” a strange but jolly little production that serves as a celluloid time capsule for that remarkable musical year.
The features opens with footage from a November, 1963 Beatles concert in Manchester - She Loves You [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Oct 28, 2007 -
So, it seems like (almost
) everyone is watching Heroes
. But if you want more, Heroes doesn't have to just a hour of screen time a week. The weekly 'graphic novels'
] to familiar faces, fill in plot holes
] and introduce
*] new characters, they've even continued during the haitus. But Heroes' impressive online presence encompasses more than just comics... Spoilers for S1 throughout, mild spoilers for S2 (casting, new characters, some plot), I've asterisked the most spoilery
. [more inside]
posted by featherboa
on Sep 24, 2007 -
, later named Michelob Presents Night Music, was an NBC late-night television show hosted by Jools Holland and David Sanborn which aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 as a showcase for jazz and eclectic musical artists. [YouTubeFilter, via] [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Sep 16, 2007 -
James Burke does Youtube.
A very conscientious fan has begun creating a wonderful collection of two of James Burke's shows on youtube. There are many episodes up
and more to come of both Connections
and The Day The Universe Changed
. Catch them while you can.
posted by YoBananaBoy
on Jun 11, 2007 -
Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007) If, in 1940, you had a lobotomized aunt, an institutionalized father, a racist mother, and were the only gay kid on the block, what do you think the odds would be that you'd end up a Tony winner, a staple of television, and a generational icon? (contains YouTube links)
posted by LinusMines
on May 27, 2007 -
TV in Japan.
A hyper representation of what airs, or has aired on Japanese TV. Ranging from action packed to truly awesome (and from monkeys to ninjas), set your eyes to "dazzled" and brain to "frazzled".
posted by myopicman
on Apr 13, 2007 -
is a TV pilot from the writers of Frasier, Larry Sanders
and King of the Hill
and executive produced by Jon Stewart for Comedy Central. It was turned down by the network but like Nobody's Watching
the makers have turned to YouTube to revive its chances [Parts 1
]. [via TVtattle]
posted by meech
on Mar 27, 2007 -
Make an independent sitcom? These guys did.
On a shoestring budget, a collection of very funny folk have created a 22-minute-long pilot episode of Break a Leg. Heavily influenced by Arrested Development, I found it funnier than most sitcoms I see on TV. The next episode is apparently a few months away.
posted by Wataki
on Dec 1, 2006 -
In 2003, Paramount proposed redoing the special effects for the original "Star Trek" series and rereleasing the episodes as "Star Trek Enhanced"
. Two CGI firms redid the effects
for the teaser, the opening credits and title, and the first two acts of The Doomsday Machine
as a proof-of-concept with no changes to the acting or the story. Paramount ultimately decided not to pursue the project, but it's interesting to see how two different CGI firms handled the transporter, phasers, and starship effects.
posted by fandango_matt
on Jun 23, 2006 -
On May 14th, 1967, the new British pop group The Pink Floyd makes one of their first ever TV appearances. Despite a stellar performance of the song Astronomy Domine, the pretentious host of the show, Hans Keller, has nothing good to say about the band. During the interview
(youtube, performance comes first, interview starts about 5:50 in. transcript here.
), he chastises the band for their "continuous repetition", "terribly loud" volume, and their "proportionately a bit boring" sound.
However, it seems that all Hans' show will ever be remembered for is this single interview
. Pink Floyd, on the other hand.. Well, we all know what happened to them
. Syd Barrett, on the other hand, was not so lucky
posted by Afroblanco
on May 29, 2006 -