Category Archives: Television
There once was this here fella who was so talented that he made his way from a-recitin’ monologues–that’s whar a feller commenced to talkin’ to th’ audience when thar was no one else on stage. Well, he went from recitin’ monologues in fronta jest a few folks all the way up t’ becomin’ a big ol’ Hollywood star! A biiiiiig star! Bigger’n ol’ Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy combined!
The world lost a superb actor and comedian yesterday and I lost a prominent figure from my childhood. I remember watching The Andy Griffith Show evenings on “Channel 17” (WTBS, Atlanta) or, more often, on homemade VHS “marathon tapes” (usually recorded from a TBS “Eight Great Hours of Andy” marathon). In high school, I managed to use his interpretation of Romeo and Juliet to ace a class project and quoting his recollection of the story of the American revolution landed me extra points in college. I most recently rediscovered my love of his work when I watched No Time For Sergeants, and began using some of his monologues from the film in audition pieces.
To eulogize anyone has really been outside of my realm of expertise, but I feel like a celebration of his career is in order. To wit, here is a short list of my favourite bits from Andy Griffith to enjoy.
I ran across this last night from one of my new favourite designers. Check out his DA site here.
Since Michael Bay announced his plans to reboot the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as aliens, I figured we’d need a new theme song for the franchise. Forgive me, as the production quality isn’t fantastic, but it was a quick parody I threw together in about 2 hours. If anyone would like to contribute an original video for the song, please feel free to contact me! Let’s all band together and get this affront to decency thrown off the project!
Someone has finally located the true Heart of the TARDIS. No, I’m not talking about that glowing light and mass of Huron particles that Rose Tyler used to brink Jack Harkness back to life, nor am I talking about the daffy lady in the blue bustier on the planet in the Bubble Universe. I’m talking about the true heart and soul of the TARDIS, the one thing that has kept The Doctor travelling through time and space for almost fifty years, the one thing that brings Whovians together more strongly than the gravitational pull of a black hole, the one thing that will never blink in times of trouble: love.
Congratulations to lastone2sherlockisasissy on making the best Valentine card ever, and enjoy the whole of time and space with your companion (or use this card to find one)!
If you were a kid in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, chances are you probably (didn’t) watch a little cartoon produced by Hanna-Barbera studios featuring the antics of two highly-stylised and intellectually-challenged canines. The show in question, 2 Stupid Dogs, is one of the rare, unappreciated gems that helped herald the new renaissance in American animation and gave way to later unbridled shows–such as The Oblongs, Superjail, and Robot Chicken (pretty-much the entire Adult Swim lineup)–that have come to define a humour for an entire generation.
The show was the brainchild of Disney house animator Donovan Cook who had worked on several feature films while finishing his degree at CalArts. In addition to Cook’s demented sense of humour, Spümcø president John Kricfalusi (“John K.” of Ren and Stimpy fame) as well as other Spümcø writers and artists would often contribute story and artistic elements (Kricfalusi was even credited with contributing “Tidbits of Poor Taste” in some episodes). The series also helped launch the career of some of the biggest names in animation in the 1990’s and 2000’s: Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory), Craig McCracken (The PowerPuff Girls), Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), and Rob Renzetti (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), to name but a few. The writing was fresh and often topical, appealing to a mature audience while silliness, gross humour, and slapstick appealed to the “target” audience.
The sheer brilliance of the series laid not only in its razor-sharp wit, but also in its unusual “retro” style. The cartoon was drawn the the very simplistic, stylised manner of cartoons common in the 1950’s and 60’s, considered to be the golden age of television animation; the show also employed many conventions that had fallen by the wayside during the 1980’s such as absurdism, irrelevant sound effects, and wild takes. The show also employed a gaggle of celebrated voice actors, some of which were legends in their own right (June Foray, Carol Channing, Casey Kasem, Frank Welker), and some of which were just beginning to get noticed (Ben Stiller, and Everybody Loves Raymond‘s Brad Garrett).
Though only 36 shorts were produced (a paltry 4.5 hours of content compared to other shows at the time), they are packed full of quality content with absolutely no “throw away” episodes. 2 Stupid Dogs guarantees to appeal to both the classic animation lover and to the casual aficionado of cheap jokes and hearty guffaws.
Waiting for the cable guy is certainly one of the most annoying things I have ever had the displeasure of undertaking. Some dude with dirty boots comes into your house, snoops around, then has to run his grubby hands all over your keyboard to connect to the central switch. The worst part is that some companies still charge you to have to experience this! I know not everyone knows how to run cable through their house, or how to connect to the branch line, or even how to program the remote, but dammit I do! I don’t want to pay for a service that I would enjoy doing myself! That being said, enjoy some more break-in nonsense with “The Cabler.”