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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.
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Maybe it's a generational thing. (I'm AARP-eligible.) I simply don't have the patience to watch a television show on my computer, especially with poor (relatively) picture quality, and more especially when I know I can wait a couple of weeks and see it on a big screen and from a comfy chair. With freeze frame and captioning. The show is surreal fun, and I look forward to catching the rest of it.ReplyDelete
I understand completely, Jon... I just happened to be bored yesterday in a down period at Press Tour.ReplyDelete
I thought the picture quality was great as long as I watched it on the small screen. The minute it went to full screen, everything seemed blurry and choppy.
I'll try to remember to watch it again when SciFi airs it, but I'll probably forget...
I'll make sure to include it in TV Barn's TV Picks next Thursday.ReplyDelete