January 22nd, 2008

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Freaky commentary

The Freakazoid! season 1 DVD will have not only interviews, but three whole episodes will have commentary from Paul Rugg, John P. McCann and Tom Ruegger. The interviews have been recorded already (Tom says they were "a blast" and that Rugg & McCann are "still hilarious, as one would imagine"). They'll be recording the commentary next week. These DVD extras are being produced by a different company than the one that did the Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain and Tiny Toon Adventures extras (the latter of which is in production currently).

Speaking of Tiny Toons, he indicated that he did answer the questions you all submitted; it's just to be seen whether they'll make the final cut.

His new series Animalia went over very well in the UK, where the first 20 episodes have aired already, and so far is doing well in the U.S., where two episodes have aired. In my area, it's Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on the local broadcast PBS station. It is first and foremost a fantasy adventure tale in a world of anthropomophs, but it has a healthy dose of comedy. Definitely the best CGI yet done for television (just don't expect anything like you see in the movies). He says that the episodes penned by McCann and Sherri Stoner are infused with quite a bit of their personalities. None of those has aired in the U.S. yet, so it's something to look forward to. So far, I've enjoyed it. No heavy-handed morality here, like in Sushi Pack -- just entertainment suitable for all ages (well, the toddlers might not have liked when the anthros turned feral and wanted to eat the humans or each other in episode 2 -- some close-up shots of roaring etc. might have surprised kiddies (and parents) who are used to typical sterile American fare).