Another collaboration with my brother Greg from the Might’ve Bin: “The Inexpensively Animated Adventures Of Hodg-Man”.
Greg’s caricatures are also posted at his blog, the Williams Projects Archive. As you might guess, a complete collection of unrealized Williams Brothers projects could become quite voluminous.
Starring JOHN HODGMAN,
a professional writer.
Thirty weekly minutes of
animated sketches, songs,
recreations of true-life anecdotes,
and a great deal of totally-made-up crap.
Anchored by the noted raconteur
with all the dry wit and deadpan absurdity
for which he has become
Each week, Mr. Hodgman –
or, to be more precise, his cartoon doppelganger –
will embark on a George Plimpton-esque journey into the unknown,
with the advantage that, by making these quests in animated form,
Mr. Hodgman will at no point endanger his own health or safety.
At worst, we are talking a head cold
from the air conditioning at the recording studio.
Joining him on these excursions
will be a wide and impressive array of Mr. Hodgman’s cosmopolitan
and pathetic hangers-on,
including his faithful sidekick and personal troubadour,
and serving as Mr. Hodgman’s
in times of crisis –
his Obi-Wan Kenobi, if you will –
THE GHOST OF
Each episode shall explore a given subject.
Say, the furry lobster.
(You weren’t supposed to say “the furry lobster” aloud.
We should have been clearer about that.)
This may take the form of a single episode-long escapade
or a series of related vignettes or “skits”.
For example, Mr. Hodgman’s fanciful tales of
the exotic Mall of America food court and its colorful denizens
(as found in his book, “The Areas Of My Expertise”)
could be brought vividly to life through the medium of the cartoon.
Mr. Hodgman’s musings on the relative merits of
flight versus invisibility as super-powers
(as heard by radio listeners on “This American Life”)
could be demonstrated in action via a scenario
in which Mr. Hodgman’s cartoon simulacrum
is granted one of these powers and must battle
one of his many nemeses who has,
by a remarkable coincidence,
been given the other.
To play the role of Mr. Hodgman’s archrival,
might we suggest
Indeed, we might.
Or, in a fond tribute to
(and blatant ripoff of)
Mr. Peabody and Sherman,
Mr. Hodgman might be joined by
author and assassination buff
with whom he would time-travel
to the Garfield administration
only to discover that, if they do not act
to ensure that President Garfield is indeed felled
by the bullets of a disappointed office seeker,
the fabric of time will be ruptured
and the very future of civilization endangered.
Pretty cool, huh?
There will also be hoboes.
Each episode shall also include
ONE (1) ANIMATED MUSICAL VIDEO —
Mr. Jonathan Coulton’s
THING A WEEK TM
— through which Mr. Coulton will weigh in
upon that week’s topic,
with either a song of his own
or a collaboration with a
VERY SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST.
Say, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS.
(You said it aloud, didn’t you? Our bad.)
The Inexpensively Animated
The tweedy, asthmatic segue between
“South Park” and “The Daily Show”
for which America has unknowingly been clamoring.
Think of it as a 21st-Century
“Rocky and Bullwinkle”.
Think of it as a fully animated
“Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.
Think of it as an extremely white
But do think of it.
That is all.