Here’s the Hulu embed for last night’s Sit Down Shut Up. It’ll only be up for 17 days, so watch it while you can.
(Edited 10/19 to remove dead Hulu link.)
Hilariously labeled at Hulu as Season 2, Episode 1. Don’t be fooled, Fox is just burning off the remaining 9 episodes that didn’t air from the initial 13-episode order. It’s still cancelled. And since these episodes will only be up at Hulu for 17 days after their inital air date, enjoy while you can. If you’re prone to enjoying Sit Down Shut Up, that is.
(Edited 9/30/09 to remove dead Hulu link.)
Episode 4 is really my favorite among the first six episodes scheduled to air this spring. I think it’s one of the more successful scripts to capture that Arrested Development style.
[Edited 6/9/09 to remove dead Hulu link.]
The third episode of Sit Down Shut Up for those who may have missed it due to Fox switching the airtime to 7pm on Sundays, which means I wouldn’t bet the rent on renewal at this point. Still, the show begins to gain its footing despite the network’s lack of faith–next Sunday’s episode is particularly good, of the remaining three to air during this sweeps cycle.
[Edited 6/1/09 to remove dead Hulu link.]
On Sunday, the new animated show by Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) premieres, on Fox at 8:30 (right after The Simpsons). It’s what I’ve been doing for the last year or so. Did I mention it’s by the producer of Arrested Development? Because it is.
Somehow I was talked into a hideous, rambling, freestyle riff on pop culture, storytelling, comic book trivia and Ice Castles with the always-affable Ted Seko on his IDIOT ENGINE podcast. It’s so nice I had to do it twice! So if you really want four hours of my dulcet tones, well…
Last month I went to a seminar on animation acting, where it hit me that in the peculiar fraternity I belong to (which includes women–pardon the language), we’re the last inheritors of an aesthetic that has long vanished everywhere else.
This seminar proposed that John Barrymore–along with Charlie Chaplin–was something of an acting standard to strive for. I’d never really thought about animation acting in that way before, that it’s an artform that relies on techniques established in the first third of the twentieth century. Techniques that, if a live-action actor were to use them, would seem extremely stylized and somewhat hammy by audiences today (even in comedy). It’s as if method acting never existed!
(This is not a knock on my industry, or of anybody in it, just my take on things. After all, when the early animators were developing the art, Charlie Chaplin and John Barrymore were contemporaries.)
I mean, I get why animation acting is rooted–you could even say stuck–in the past. On the surface, it’s kind of silly to think of a cartoon character using the Stanislavsky method. Cartoons are exaggerations, simplifications of the “real”. To do “realistic” cartoons fails to utilize the full potential of the medium. But, regardless of the facts, do I feel like a walking anachronism now? You betcha.
Just another discussion at work that reinforces the idea that, yeah, maybe what I do isn’t…normal.
Actually, I didn’t even bat an eye at the comment until someone else pointed out it was an “only at my job” moment. I guess I’m too used to this kind of stuff.