Friday, January 21, 2011

Gogo Para Presidente!

Submitted for your approval (via Youtube user bbahalt), here are host segments from The Rudy and Gogo World Famous Cartoon Show, TNT's slightly baffling mid-1990s Saturday afternoon repackaging of the usual MGM/Warner Brothers cartoons in the Turner Entertainment library.



Rudy and Gogo, with its full-volume bouncing-off-the-wall weirdness, is obviously the type of thing that could only happen in a world that had already made its peace with Pee Wee's Playhouse, along with a hint of what would make up the Adult Swim style (minus the profanity, violence, drug-inspired humor, and the general defiling of everything you held dear at six years old). It just screams "Don't get it? Not my problem." But mostly, it just screams...lots and lots of screams. It's very satisfying to find that creator/director/writer Barry Mills was in on the ground floor of Adult Swim, as well as being behind both the absolutely lovely The Popeye Show and the I'd-be-all-over-that-if-I-wasn't-already-with-Popeye The Bob Clampett Show. Whaddya mean, you can watch two classic cartoon shows? This is America...you don't get a harem, bub. Is this The Dunciad or Big Love?

If you want just that Vote Goat song, the one that's been rattling around in your subconscious for fifteen years like a box of hammers in a tumble dryer, another kind Youtube stranger posted that as well...four years ago. Where the hell have you been? The Sabatos Network got the story about this one out of Mills at some point in the recent past, so I get to pass that along to you, too.



And if that's not enough, there's also rudyandgogo.com, an official site loaded with clips and clips and clips...and some interesting stories behind the Rudy's Rockin' Kiddie Caravan CD. Taterhole could run on the Swim now...in fact I'm a little bit surprised it hasn't happened yet. That's why they came up with DVR Theater in the first place, isn't it?

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