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In 1997, HBO hired animation legend Ralph Bakshi to create an animated sci-fi show for adults. The result was "Spicy City," which only lasted for six episodes. All six of them are on YouTube. posted by jbickers (13 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite

I wonder what the first usage of 'tears of a clone' is.
posted by wotsac at 6:38 AM on August 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

The "B" in "HBO" stands for "Boobies".
posted by clvrmnky at 7:11 AM on August 28, 2015

"Love can travel through the wires if you have enough bandwidth"

posted by numaner at 7:33 AM on August 28, 2015 [2 favorites]

Saw this on twitter the other day: possible El-P/Bakshi collaboration in the future?
posted by bashos_frog at 9:39 AM on August 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

Oh wow. I'd heard about this when it was happening but never saw it because I didn't ahve cable.
posted by egypturnash at 9:51 AM on August 28, 2015

Oh man, I was 17 when this was airing and we had HBO. I remember staying up to watch it after my parents had gone to bed very fondly.
posted by 256 at 10:16 AM on August 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

When I was 17 we only had Showtime, not HBO.

So I watched a lot of Emmanuel movies after Dad went to bed, but no Bakshi cartoons.
posted by DigDoug at 10:29 AM on August 28, 2015

I think I tried to watch this when it was on but didn't have cable at the time. It kind of seemed like it needed some better writing -- exciting ideas, good animation, but badly scripted.
posted by Peregrine Pickle at 3:26 PM on August 28, 2015

"So I watched a lot of Emmanuel [...]"

"Emmanuelle". Otherwise you would have been watching a bisexual bloke.
posted by fordiebianco at 1:42 AM on August 29, 2015

This seems like precisely the sort of thing I missed seeing mention of because I cancelled my subscription to Wired in 1995.
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 5:43 AM on August 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

Man, this is basically Cyber Cool World. How bizarre that this exists!
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 4:00 PM on August 29, 2015

Holy what the fuck. I just watched the second episode. What the hell. It starts out as a tale of mob justice gone awry and then just starts taking one sudden turn after another, until it ends with a mobster driving off into the desert with a severed hand. Who he is in love with.

I mean, the first episode made sense, it was flawed and ambitious and tackling stuff rarely seen in cartoons. Then this one is about magical severed voodoo hands. I now have absolutely no idea of what to expect out of episode 3.

Really this kind of exemplifies Bakshi's strengths and flaws. Start in one place. Start riffing. Eventually you end up somewhere else entirely. It may not make any sense. It may not work. But it sure as hell isn't where you thought you'd end up when you started the show.
posted by egypturnash at 8:44 AM on September 1, 2015

Oh yes, and that riffing will probably involve at least uncomfortable drawing of a black person with giant white lips who belongs in a cartoon from 1923. This was made in 1997, Ralph. There's no excuse any more.
posted by egypturnash at 9:21 AM on September 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

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