I think I’ve mentioned before that Liquid Television was both hugely influential on me and kinda turned out to be an animated version of RAW. And it was Liquid TV where I first saw the work of RAW and, later MAD contributor, Drew Friedman. He had a few “Uncle Louie” shorts, featuring the titular character travelling through the sewers to save on travel expenses. I loved the stippling style of the artwork, the amazingly detailed and photorealistic characters — a mix of the perfectly normal and the strangely grotesque — and the cutout animation. Continue reading
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 was one of my formative comedy experiences, along with watching reruns of SCTV starting when I was about 7 and collecting Mad magazine. Being a comedy geek has sort of been in my blood, I suppose — between loving comedy, being one of those kids who, even from a very young age wanted to be a stand-up comedian, and, well, my mild OCD, I kinda had to be obsessed. I’ve already revealed myself as someone who thinks way too much about this stuff on the macro level, but I also do on the micro as well.
As a nigh-obsessive MiSTie, I’ve seen more than my fair share of episodes. I haven’t seen all of them… yet… but a whole mess of ’em. And, of course, with MST3K there’re good episodes and bad. Although, unlike with most other programs, the fault typically doesn’t lie on the writers for a bad MST3K, but the movie they’re riffing.
It’s kind of amazing that Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been around for over 20 years, and even the earliest episodes still hold up. I guess the act of making fun of bad movies never really gets old. It sure doesn’t for the MST3K crew; they’ve got a couple ventures going today — Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, TV’s Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein doing Cinematic Titanic, and Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett’s Rifftrax (and, earlier, The Film Crew). Both of these are great, but there’s nothing like the original.
I’m big into film, and so I sort of have to think this is neat. But even if I wasn’t, I’d still think it’s pretty cool, since it’s your brain putting together a series of stills together and presenting it to you as motion and you don’t even know! Or, well, you know, but you can’t tell unless you actually take a look at each individual image. Which is pretty cool. I mean, I suppose this could probably go under the persistence of vision is so neat it deserves credit on its own.section since TV’s got the same principle going on but