Sunday, July 16, 2006
Worth Your 23 Minutes: "The Amazing Screw-On Head"
If you have the time, recommend you check out the animated SciFi pilot "The Amazing Screw-On Head," a dementedly fun offering that combines the aesthetic sensibilities of creator/artist Mike Mignola ("Hellboy") with writer-producer Bryan Fuller ("Dead Like Me"). The humor is dead-pan and ironic and laugh-out-loud funny and gets a big assist from the vocal contributions of Paul Giamatti -- as the titular Screw-On Head, top Civil War Era spy for Abraham Lincoln -- and Mignola vet David Hyde Pierce -- as Emperor Zombie, former man-servant to Screw-On. Throw in a butler named Mr. Groin, an evil monkey henchman and the strange pet Mr. Dog and you have a cartoon series for adults that's more artistically challenging than anything else on air and every bit as hilarious as a good episode of "The Simpsons," "Family Guy" or "South Park."
Seriously, this is good stuff and SciFi would be smart to push the pilot through to series.
You can download the entire pilot here. It'll air on SciFi in a couple weeks, but it's probably better to begin the buzz here and now and hope that it builds.