Liquid Television (1991– )

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A collection of animated shorts, from a variety of non- mainstream producers, in a wide range of styles, including traditional ink and paint, claymation and computer graphics. Some of the ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Anne Ashbey ...
 (segment "Invisible Hands") (3 episodes, 1991)
Richard Blair ...
 (segment "Invisible Hands") / ... (3 episodes, 1991)
Gordon Clark ...
 (segment "Invisible Hands") (3 episodes, 1991)
George Evelyn ...
 (segment "Invisible Hands") / ... (3 episodes, 1991)
Karina Jakelski
(3 episodes, 1991)
Denis Morella ...
 (segment "Invisible Hands") (3 episodes, 1991)
Robert Scull ...
 (segment "Invisible Hands") (3 episodes, 1991)
Gina Vetro ...
 (segment "Art School Girls of Doom") / ... (3 episodes, 1991)
Roger Blair ...
 (segment "Soap Opera") (2 episodes, 1991)
Beth Cahn ...
 (segment "Soap Opera") (2 episodes, 1991)
Joycelynne Calavano ...
 (segment "Soap Opera") (2 episodes, 1991)
James A. Clark ...
 (segment "Art School Girls of Doom") (2 episodes, 1991)
Codie Field ...
 (segment "Art School Girls of Doom") (2 episodes, 1991)
...
 (segment "Soap Opera") (2 episodes, 1991)
...
 segment "Soap Opera" (2 episodes, 1991)
Paul Jerome ...
 (segment "Soap Opera") (2 episodes, 1991)
Andy Lawless ...
 (segment "Soap Opera") (2 episodes, 1991)
Dean Mathiesen ...
 (segment "Art School Girls of Doom") (2 episodes, 1991)
Allen McKelvey ...
 (segment "Soap Opera") (2 episodes, 1991)
Matt Mitler ...
 (segment "Art School Girls of Doom") (2 episodes, 1991)
Cindy Murdock ...
 (segment "Art School Girls of Doom") (2 episodes, 1991)
B.Z. Petroff ...
 (segment "Cut-Up Camera") (2 episodes, 1991)
Lidia Przyluska ...
 (segment "Lidia's Makeover to the Stars") (2 episodes, 1991)
...
 (segment "Art School Girls of Doom") (2 episodes, 1991)
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A collection of animated shorts, from a variety of non- mainstream producers, in a wide range of styles, including traditional ink and paint, claymation and computer graphics. Some of the shorts were satirical, some psychedelic, and some just weird. A few of these shorts (most notably Beavis & Butthead) gained a wide following and eventually grew to become full series of their own. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Several segments on this series later became series of their own, including Beavis and Butt-Head (1993), _"Aeon Flux" (1995)_, and Office Space (1991), which was later transformed into the movie Office Space (1999). See more »

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MTV's Animation Station
20 October 2009 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Liquid Television certainly must be noted as one of the landmark programs the network aired throughout its history. An anthology series that had recurring elements, the program launched a couple of MTV standards: Mike Judge's "Beavis & Butthead" first appeared here with their controversial "Frog Baseball" episode, as did "Aeon Flux," the very first element anyone recalling the series would likely remember. That character, an under-dressed, overachieving, amazon-like killing machine, eventually got a big screen, live action film starring Charlize Theron in the title role. For those two additions, Liquid Television's place in TV history should be secure.

Other brilliant elements included "Stick Figure Theater," where classic clips from vintage movies were turned into what appeared to be deceptively simple "flip movie" style animation (though they also did a very memorable re-imagining of Madonna's "Express Yourself" video), "The Specialists," a team of three investigators that had brawn (Samson), brains (Master Mind) and beauty (Kittka) and who rented themselves out in the classified ads, stumbling into a very complicated case, and "Winter Steele," which was a marionette/puppet presentation about a street tough biker chick out to find her motorcycle man, Crow, and the complications she faced in the chase.

But it wasn't all animation; there were key live-action segments as well. Most notably of these was, "Dog Boy," which arguably had the best script of any of the elements in the series (though granted, it did lift the story from Charles Burns' graphic novels and tried to capture the comic book look and palette in its presentation). It was a stylish collection of vignettes with a story line about an innocent young dishwasher in a diner who was given a heart transplant of a canine and who took on many of the traits of that animal as a result.

As for the rest, some of the other footage was taken from vintage animation from the 1920s or 30s, student films and other elements not specifically created for this series. This is not a criticism, but it is notable that "Liquid Television" only produced a portion of the material it showed, and even reran clips to fill out its 30 minute time slot on occasion.

Though not every element offered up on this show worked, it was an ambitious series that set the tone for later presentations, like Cartoon Sushi, and must be remembered for attempting to showcase some thoughtful, fun and interesting material of this sort, at a time when nobody else was doing anything like this.


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