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Claymation TV of the 90s

Cartoons have always been a dominate force in the annals of Prime-Time television, especially in the 90’s when shows like The Simpsons and King of the Hill would pull in big ratings for FOX. In 1998 a new form of cartoon was catching wave and thought to be the next big thing. I’m not talking about Seth MacFarlane, he was still a year away before releasing Family Guy. I’m talking about claymation. You mean like Rudolf and the California Raisins? Yes, exactly like Rudolf and the California Raisins…only a little more adult skewed sprinkled with repetitive plot lines and cheap pops. UPN banked a lot on this trend picking up. I’ll be the first to admit that I was very excited for their Friday line-up of Gary and Mike, followed by Celebrity Deathmatch. And being totally honest, I enjoy Gary and Mike; the story of two friends traveling across the country on a road trip, accomplishing nothing of importance, and unwittingly destroying hopes, dreams, and personal property.And  it featured the voices of Harland Williams and …

Where’s My Football…bring back the XFL

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… “the XFL was one of the biggest flops is sports history.” That might be true in some aspects, but lets roll it back just a little bit. What was the XFL? The XFL was intended to be a major professional sports league complement to the offseason of the NFL. Started by Vince McMahon (World Wrestling Entertainment CEO), it was a joint venture with the then WWF and NBC. It seemed like a smart idea at the time. Using WWF’s production standards to broadcast football when no other football was on TV seemed like a sure-fire win. And with NBC and UPN broadcasting those games during primetime, what could go wrong? The opening game on February 3rd, 2001 drew very high ratings for NBC, a 9.5 Neilson rating which was double what was expected. The XFL was also going to try and be very different from the NFL. They wanted to be known as “Smash Mouth Football”. They had less rules, more hits, encouraged taunting, a race/scramble instead of a …

Every Hand Has A Thumb…Thumb Wars!

Perhaps this isn’t something I should be admitting, but I loved the Thumb movies. Don’t remember them you say? Well just imagine your favourite films: The Godfather, Star Wars, The Blair Witch. Now shorten them to 29 minutes and instead of actors, picture thumbs… like the thumb on your hand. That’s pretty much it. Insert finger, hand and nail jokes and you have comic gold. Watching them today I realize that they really were awful films, but still very creative. They were directed and written by Steve Oedekerk, the genius behind Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist and High Strung. The films started with Thumb Wars which began production in 1997 almost as a gag, but developed into something more serious in 1998 after being picked up by UPN. Yes. That confirms it: back in the day UPN would air anything.