last! - The much-anticipated, tastlessly brilliant Mr Hell
Show is finally being unleashed
upon the dirty British public.
Aaagh! - It's The Mr Hell Show!
stars Bob Monkhouse as the
voice of a devilish new toon star
in a quickfire half-hour of
outrageousness, with a stack of
regular outlandish co-stars,
and what's more it's a British-lead
creation born from the
minds of those equally outlandish folk
at Peafur Productions.
If you're a regular visitor you
would have seen the Toonhound
Mr Hell Show special which included
a Q&A with Peafur's
Gilbey, way-y-y back last January. And if you aren't,
haven't or didn't, go
Now, word is that Mr Hell, Serge
The Seal Of Death, Champion
The Wonder Snail et al invade
BBC2 weekly from the 28th October.
Keep your eyes on your tv guides
for times, and set your video
because The Hound here can guarantee
that you'll want watch
this more than once. I've guffawed,
rewinded and guffawed again
through the episodes I've previewed.
The 'Animation Special'
episode is particularly fine.
Several industry icons are attacked
with surgical precision, and the
'Cokey The Cat' pastiche of early
toons takes the comedy ball from
previous class acts like
'The Simpsons' Chester Lampwig
episode and cracks a big bad
British Home Run...
The Mr Hell Show is quick. Quicker
than lightning when
compared to previous British toon
creations. It's an animated
'Fast Show' with Cartman's tongue sown
on. Our pointy-topped
friend may not be to everyone's
taste but even the most
jaded of viewers has to admire
the amount of comedic effort
that's been shoehorned into each
episode. I'm really hoping
this finds its niche and that
the Peafur team take a stab at a
second season. Given a hellish
wind this could turn into
essential cult viewing...
There are plenty of links on my
Mr Hell Show page. But don't
Q&A - You read about this one here first, folks!...
As everyone surely knows,
that Black Day of September
the 11th and its repurcussions
have wreaked havoc on the
movie and television industry.
There's been much high-profile
scuppering of various movie releases,
but on a smaller British
note, even 30-year old tv shows
are feeling the pinch from all of
Take poor old Captain Scarlet,
just one week into its bright
new relaunch from Cartlon
and The Beeb. Lurking behind the
series premise is the awfully
relevant notion that those Mysterons
are waging a terror campaign
upon Spectrum and the Earth.
Indeed, in an uncanny similarity
with real events, the first
episode climaxes at the
top of that many-storeyed tower, with
Scarlett plunging lord-knows-how-far
before becoming indestrutbile.
Then, the second episode 'Winged
Assassin' features a plot to involving
crashing a plane directly into another aircraft...
Yoiks! - Quite rightly, BBC pulled
that there episode and
the third one, in which
London comes under attack. Episode
four was shown in its place,
but with the latest developments out
there in Afghanistan I really
can't see the rest of this series
making it to our screens
without one or two additional episodes
being dropped from the schedule
- especially the one which
sees New York come under attack
too. What a mess, eh?
I even feel a little pity
for Carlton Media who had the grace
to pull their smart official
site offline during that initial dark
But the world goes on. And
while I applaude the immediate
sensitivity displayed, self-censorship
can be a worrying thing.
Now there appear to be bands
of people out there wishing to
excise past movies and shows,
removing them all together.
The hunger to remove all
visions of Manhattan and its Twin
Towers from past creations
is also frightening. That's as bad
as the Taleban, the Russians
and the Chinese in their time seeking
to remove all traces of
their former lives from their media and
physically, from their countries.
If the Houses Of Parliament
were blown up tomorrow would
we really wish to see all
traces of its existence
removed from our world?
Check out the Captain's
link page here...
The good Captain wasn't the only
toon victim of terrorism in the
last month. Even DangerMouse fell
foul of the the new sensitivity.
Due for recent release was the 3rd
DVD featuring our dynamic
Greenback-bashing duo. Only, the title
'Tower Of Terror;' and
a pic of twosome fleeing a quivering
skyscraper was - quite
rightly - deemed a little insenitive
in the current climate...
Frustrating, though, given that
this DVD features an interview with
Brian Cosgrove and a previousdly unseen
pilot episode. Still,
good things come to he who waits,
eh, and it should be
available any moment now...
As I'm sure you know, there are
a number of DangerMouse
links for you here...
Barely a month goes by without some
getting a poor show on terrstrial tv.
This month it's the Beeb's
who've dealt a poor hand to our jammy
favourite Rex The Runt.
Now here's a show where, even if you
don't like it, the production
credits demand that you should view at least
one episode of the
new series. I mean, heck, it's an Aardman
show, created by the
director of their forthcoming Dreamworks
And The Hare'. That alone makes it one to
catch. But can you?
- Of course you can't, Bob!
Rex's second series has been cruelly 'runted'
into oblivion by
those BBC2 schedulers: On Saturdays,
hugely late and
repeated Sunday lunchtime, ish. Will
they never learn?
Still, the first fine series is now available
on a greensleeved video,
so you can reschedule it in to a more
suitable slot for yourself.
Self-scheduling, yep, that would be
a very Rex-like thing to
do, I reckon. Anyway, curiously, there's
no mention of a DVD
release yet. I hope one pops out soon...
Check out the links on my Rex
The Runt page...
So what do you think? - I've revamped
Bunty's Booty, introduced
Collectibles and overhauled Gentleman
promised. Now it's the turn of those
new-fangled Fleetway St.
pages, languishing in that halfway-house
between revamp and
and old age. To keep your Fleetway juices
flowing before that
happens, of course, you should stop
by the most recent
Q&A with comics genius Trevor
Metcalfe - he who
brought us Sweet Tooth, Birdman &
Chicken, Jasper The
Grasper and a host of fun comic stars
during his time with
those comics - You'll be surprised at
hoiw many toon stars
he's drawn over the years...
And when you're through, why not pop
on by www.26pigs.com
and buy a load of back-issues at their
online auctions? Gaz and
his 25 porker pals have created an auction
section to rival
ebay, tailored specifically to British
comics and annuals.
They had a few hiccups in their inaugral
week, but all's going
smooth now, even if yours truly found
his High Bid for Monster
Fun #1 toppled in the final stages - Drat,
and double drat! - A
hugely impressive development, is this,
and it deserves all the
support you can muster...
- Till next time!