January 31, 2008

Those Freakazoid DVDs

. . . got the commentary recorded yesterday. More details on the session—which included Paul Rugg (the voice of Freakazoid), Tom Ruegger (the executive producer), and John P. McCann (the voice of Douglas Douglas, Dexter's father)—here.

Interesting tidbits: the character Cosgrove isn't just drawn to look like Ed Asner: it actually is Ed Asner. And the guy who looks and sounds like Ricardo Montalban really is him. Ditto Jonathan Harris, from Lost in Space.

Too bad the show was so short-lived: I always thought there was an anti-Freakazoid insurgency going somewhere in Warner Brothers at the time, and that's why the show started to get scheduled at odd times, began to lose resources, and was eventually killed.

So, you know: that time, "the terrorists won."

And then the WB network people moved in. And AOL took over. And soon enough, quality animation shows at Warner Brothers were a thing of the past. But if Paul, Tom, John and the rest of 'em from the 1990s—those who worked on the funny shows like Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, and Freakazoid!, as well as the serious ones like Batman Beyond—were to put all their Emmies into one room, they'd need a specially reinforced building just to hold 'em all.

And someday, another animation house will decide it wants to start making kick-ass television shows again. And these are the people they'll want to call: the veterans of the "golden age." (N.B.: not out-of-work sitcom writers. Animation writers. People who know the form.)

UPDATE: Post edited to reflect the fact that there was, indeed, a final episode. I should have remembered that: it cost Warner Brothers a fortune to use "We'll Meet Again."

And, you know—I guess they did meet again. Yesterday. Though I kind of wish they'd gotten paid for it.

See you later; I'm going out for a mint.

Posted by Attila Girl at January 31, 2008 07:02 AM | TrackBack
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All props & due respect to the Hub, but the "golden age" was that of Max and Dave Fleischer and Leon Schlesinger. Granted, TV series animation is a different animal than theatrical, but the art form rarely got better than what those guys were cranking out.

Posted by: yazoota at January 31, 2008 08:07 AM


I never thought that Animaniacs or Tiny Toons were in the same league as Freakazoid. Freakazoid was zanier and less predictable and less formulaic. And far better.


Posted by: John at January 31, 2008 01:05 PM


Yes. Because Normal people conceived Tiny Toons and Animaniacs.

Freakazoid! was put together by Paul Rugg and John P. McCann--just about from scratch. It's all them, with a dash of Tom Reugger thrown in, and Jean McCurdy keeping the suits off of all their backs.

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 31, 2008 03:45 PM


I've been rebuked, and informed that there was, indeed, a healthy dose of Reugger in the first season of Freakazoid. Apparently, the Paul & John show is Season II.

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 31, 2008 06:18 PM




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