Preeee-senting, for your delectation,
before your very eyes and ears an
electric, death-defying series of films
for tv and the Great WWW.
Xan, Adi and Enk are the all-out-action-crunching
trio known collectively as
The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers. They
perform spectacular, daring feats....
which usually go wrong... but end up even more
and amazing. See what their press release proclaims:
The name Adrenalini is often uttered
in the same breath as other
names - Evel Knievel, Houdini,
David Blaine… but usually in the
sentence: 'Those guys are chickens
- you should see the Adrenalinis!'
newly-launched CBBC channel are to broadcast 10 of the brothers
most heart-stopping, mind-bending performances
on TV and on the web
over the coming weeks. These 2'30"
films have been produced using Flash
software. They're short enough to download
swiftly in your web browser, but
long enough on humour to thrive on TV too...
In 'High Dive Of Doom!', poor Enk finds
himself up, up, and away
above a spectacularly small pool of water.
'Monster Of Mayhem!' finds
our trio on the run from a hungry dinosaur.
'Volcano Of Venom!' features
some lava-ly fun with volcanoes,
whilst 'Wings of Destiny!' is the Dick
Dastardly tribute which sees the trio at the
helm of three wild stunt
planes. And that's just four of 'em...
The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers films have
been produced by David Hodgson
and Claire Underwood, the partnership of Pesky
working in tandem with
award-winning comedy team The POX. The series
marks a turning point in
Pesky's world. Previously, Pesky produced
Flash-based commercials work
and web-based wonders for OnDigital, the
BBC and more. The POX, meanwhile,
are an award-winning comedy trio who previously
brought us the simple,
but infectious delights of 'The Pygmy Shrew'.
More recently, they've been
writing for Toonhound fave, 'Aaaagh! - It's
The Mr Hell Show' and the
forthcoming 'Bounty Hamster' series, amongst
other things. These two
talented teams met up early in 2001 during
development of the animated
game show 'Stress Maniacs', which aired as part
of Channel 4’s Animation
Zone series. The POX showed Pesky some Adrenalini
ideas and an
infectiously adventurous series of shorts
Or something like that. Of course, there
was a lot of hard work and
development required bringing the brothers
to life. Not least unearthing
the background history and detail for a little-known
Rendoosia lurks somewhere in the dark heart
of Eastern Europe, in an
indefinable no-mans-land, frequently overlooked
by modern cartographers,
or indeed even discernable by cartographers
with over-sized magnifying
glasses. But it's there, none the less as
the Adrenalini credits prove...
Not much is known about the place, apart from
the fact that its flag has
a flaming hole in the middle. Xan, Adi and
Enk aren't the most forthcoming
of individuals either, nor the most translatable.
They gabble to one
another in the Rendoosian tongue with ne'er
a scholar able to actually
decipher their words. But we can get the
gist of things...
Actually, in spite of all the gobbledygook,
we do know that the written form
of Rendoosian is actually based on a real-life
Slavic font. Examples of its
crazy, squiggled symbols can be found on the
cue cards for each film.
As Producer David Hodgson reveals in our
Poxing Pesky Q&A, there are
plans to get to grips with the language in a
Rendoosian phrasebook - but I'm
not sure we really want to know what those brothers
are actually saying to
Catch up with The Amazing Adrenalini Brothers
on the official CBBC site:
And for more on the talent behind the films
But wait up! - Hold on! - Check our The
Hound's exsclusive Q&A first:
Has it been a year already? - You may recall
last July The Hound
passed on news of Watch With Mother
classic Andy Pandy returning
to the BBC via Cosgrove Hall. Well now
it's here and brilliant on new
kids channel CBBC with a terrestrial screening
to follow. Like Bill & Ben
before it Cosgrove Hall have done a beautiful
job rejigging and
recreating a classic for modern viewers,
with all-new stop motion character
designs, theme tune and the rest. Crikey,
do the Cosgrove boys and
girls ever put a foot wrong?
For more on the original classic production,
try our Andy Pandy page.
And someone who gets all the Cosgrove
news as it breaks is Laura, at
Cosgrove Hall Ate My Brain - a very
fine fansite, is this one:
There certainly won't be if the latest
Modesty Blaise script actually
gets into production. Ever since
Quentin 'Reservoir Dogs' Tarantino
bought the US rights to this classic strip
there's been talk about his
involvement with a new Modesty Blaise film.
Now the word is that the
writers of Batman Forever, Lee and Janet
Scott Batchler will be penning
the new script for the mighty Miramax,
with ne'er a whiff of Mr T in the air.
'My Name Is Modesty' is set to be the first
feature in an ongoing series,
if it clicks with the public. As yet
there's no word on the casting - will our
Ms Blaise be portrayed by a Brit? And no
word either on the sexual content
of the proposed feature. When Tarantino
first bought the rights he was very
open about his notion of making the film
as raunchy and 'R' rated as possible...
Modesty Blaise has reached our screens
before, of course, in Joseph
Losey's 1966 adaptation starring the delectable
Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp
and other Brit stars. Critics weren't
particularly impressed with the production,
but - hey - the poster art was terrific,
at least. So what of this new version?
Well, I'm not sure of the choice of scriptwriters,
and with no word on the
talent involved behind or in front of the
camera the jury can only remain
out for the time being. Keep your ear to
the ground for more. Meanwhile,
the original Ms Blaise in indexed
on her own page here...
Another follow up story for you now:
Remember last year all that
spiel about a brand-spanking new launch
for the evergreen Mr Dare?
Well the fruits of these loins have
finally blossomed in the form of
'Dan Dare - Pilot Of The Future' a
red-hot CGI series from the Dan
Dare Corporation and a host of multitalented
animators. Judging by
the content on the
official site, this one is surely a winner. That
teaser trailer looks pant-wettingly terrific,
The new series had a rough ride through
production with effects
house Netter Digital of Babylon 5
fame going bust before work was
shifted to Foundation Imaging. The
$20 million adaptation incorporates
some modernising and revision - like
giving Digby a 'cock-a-ney' accent
instead of his familiar northern brogue
- but gives the original premise
a barrel of respect. Dare is still
well and truly British, there's much
squadron 'banter' and colours and
designs still look and feel like
the Hampson original...
The only question now is, when does
Dan launch? - Sky apparently
have the UK broadcast rights, but
there's no word yet on a slot. Or at
least one that's been fanfared in the press.
Indeed, the all-round lack
of fanfare of any kind has been quite a
surprise. I mean, the official site
is there, and the show's already being
broadcast in Latin America, but
there's no word even about its American
run, or of any licensing. Nothing
was mentioned back in February's ToyFair,
either. Very odd, that.
Heck, even if a series stinks - which
certainly doesn't look the case here-
there should be something out there
for collectors to snap up. But no,
not a whiff, not a sniff...
The Hound will have to do some further
'sniffing' for himself. In the
mean time, for all things Eagle-related
check out the revised links
on our Dan
Dare index page. And stay tooned for more info soon.
Here's that official site again: http://www.dandare.com
Now I feel old. It's Judge Dredd's
birthday this month. And it's not
just any old birthday but his
25th. That's a quarter of a century that
our favourite lawman has been
blasting bad guys and dishing out
justice to the good folk of
Mega-City One - Yoiks! - I was nine when
the big-booted one first stepped
Mr Dredd was created by John
Wagner, Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra
for the pages of 2000ad in 1977,
but his popularity has mushroomed out of the
comic's pages into a mis-guided
Hollywood feature, crossovers with Batman
and beyond. Now in the very
capable hands of Rebellion, Judge Dredd
and indeed, 2000ad has been
revitalized and is seemingly going from
strength-to-strength. They've been
shouting for some time about a big bad
Dredd computer game and a new
series of CGI films coming our way
and both seem to be progressing
well. Certainly, the idea of the Judge
in animated form is an obvious, perfect
decision to have made and
should go a long way - if not
all the way - to wiping that Dredd-ful
feature out of the public mind...
Join in the bloody celebrations
at Rebellion's official site:
Oh, and a shameless plug now
for our sister site ToonsToGo. We've a
smart set of 2000ad action figures
at a most affordable price:
Bring what back? - Why, Mr
Hell of course!
- It's The Mr Hell Show' was a topflight animated series part-funded
by the BBC but cruelly cast
into that aimless netherworld of basement
broadcasting known as 'Cult TV'.
That meant the series was given scant
respect by the schedulers, with episodes
dropped, time-slots altered and
absolutely bog-all publicity because
- hey - people like us will find a 'cult'
show on TV no matter where or when
it gets broadcast.
Well, now the few fortunate
individuals who found the series and enjoyed
it have started an online petition
to fold into a very pointy paper plane and
launch into the big bloodshot eye
of The Beeb. They want the show
resurrected for a second series -
nay, even a fully-fledged, full-bodied rerun
of the first series in order, intact,
in succession at least. The Hound here
has of course put his name to it.
And anyone who wants to see freethinking,
unique, anarchic independent animation
for adults given a fair crack of the
whip should do the same. Sign this
petition - NOW - or we'll set Serge The
Seal Of Death upon you:
Afterwards, come back here and
visit The Hound's exclusive interview
with Mr Hell-raiser Alan Gilbey.
We got the scoop on this first, folks:
- A Q&A with Peafur's Alan Gilbey
Hound - Mr Hell Show Special
another busy month lined up here at Toonhound. As promised
last time, a Q&A with cartoonist Colin
'Lazy Bones' Whittock is almost
ready, and that Peter Maddocks interview
should also be with us soon..
The updates will continue in the main Toonhound
indexes too, plus I'm
finally pulling my finger out and tidying
up age-old anomalies like that
link to TVC's 'Wind
In The Willows' in the TvToons section - now
relocated to its proper spot in The
Movie Toon Guide. And quite
why Wallace & Gromit aren't in the Mini Movie
Guide is beyond me...
But, hey, those errors were a legacy from
the first days of this site,
back in January 2000. How the hell was I
to know this would turn into
a 450 page behemoth?
For that reason you must forgive us if some
of the promised updates
and additions don't appear quite when they're
supposed to. Take that
teaser I posted in December, announcing
a new author section to match
the ever-popular Gentleman Briggs site.
Well it's still very much on the
cards. It just keeps on getting pushed back
in the schedule, with all
these other bits and bobs leaping to the
fore. So whom does it focus on?
- I'm still not telling! - I can be a cruel
creature when the mood takes me...
Of course, another thing that sidetracks
me from this site is our flourishing
collectibles store ToonsToGo.
Surprisingly, it's doing rather well. Our delivery
of talking DangerMouse
toys have almost sold out already, encouraging us
to seek out new toon collectibles to tempt you
with. We're now in talks to
acquire some unique, original British toon material
that will really get a
few 'cult' fans in a fizz of anticipation. But,
once again, I'm not telling you
whom or what it is yet - nasty guy that I am...
- Till next time!