Monday, March 6, 2017

Toons After Dark: Turner Classic Birdman, or, Busy Day For Birdman (2005)

In a rare case of cross-network synergy, Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne "hosts" an episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney-at-Law. Osborne's intro was taped at TCM studios in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the idiots at Williams Street Productions cobbled together selected clips of episodes of the 1967 Birdman series, redubbed with the current cast (i.e. Gary Cole, Stephen Colbert) and reanimated using Flash animation.

The idea is not only to mock the original Birdman, which [adult swim] had been doing all along, but to try to link the two series together, when they really don't have anything more in common than the lead character, and try to explain why he gave up crime-fighting and took a "regular" job.

In memory of Osborne, who passed away at 84.

I tried watching this On Demand one afternoon. They tried using the same re-animation techniques that had worked so well for them on Sealab 2021, which was one thing. Having Gary Cole try to imitate the original voice of Birdman, Keith Andes, and fail, was torture. Oh, by the way, Stephen Colbert not only voiced Falcon 7, the model for Phil Ken Sebben, but Reducto, as well.

Luckily, the "real" Birdman is back, as he's a player in DC Comics' Future Quest, which, unfortunately, ends next month.

Rating: C.

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