The ABYSMAL MST3K Animated Shorts

See how terrible they are.

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That Trade Mark person showed promise, I think. Did they ever do any other animated projects? :thinking:

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No.

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no

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For real: the main problem is that this writing is generic. Nothing much distinguishes it and it would work just as well with some random characters we didn’t already know. The voices are fine and the animation honestly isn’t any worse than 7/8ths of what’s on the air now.

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The only good thing about it is that Jim Mallon reprised his role as Gypsy/GPC.

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Also, the logo looks like a shower head. lol

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Yeah, the only one that had slightly decent animation was Reel Livin’.

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From the other MST3K forum, by someone who worked on the project:

I wasn’t going to post because y’all scare me but these comments are bumming out my studio so I want to make an appeal that you don’t write off the animated bots right away.

The site and first animation “Reel Livin’” were finished and then Jim brought us on board. We gutted the site and have a bunch of talented folks working to make the animations better. (Max, the guy who animated the first one, is actually super-good but busy working on his graphic novels.) The bug-me-less version of the site will be up soon and our first animation goes up on Monday. You’ll see improvement from each one to the next. I swear.

While Jim, Paul, and the new comedians are feeling out how to write and act for animation, we’re working on making it look better. We figure that things will really start coming together around episode five. We got the audio of the bots talking on the site-front page for Thanksgiving and it’s pretty funny.

If it doesn’t get a heck of a lot funnier…we’re out of here too. No one wants to spend day in and out animating garbage. We all love MST3K and as geeks and Minnesotans feel like it’s in our blood and we not going to let it get spoiled.

Yep.

Shad – PUNY / Big Time Attic

Oh, and a couple of notes that maybe I’m not supposed to say:

-The bots were designed to be flat and use puppety animation so that they stay…puppety (by a really cool guy named Steve). He tried to boil them down to their essence. I think this was a good plan but we’re going to flesh them out a little over time without going all “Saturday Morning Cartoon” on them. Plus they have to be fairly easy to animate, Jim wants to keep the episodes coming despite no network $$.

-The bots are on SOL instead of on Earth/Continuity because animation gives them a really cool opportunity to explore the Satellite without building huge sets. These are short bits that folks should look at as expanding the show and having some fun in this new medium…not replacing it.

-Paul especially didn’t want to put up “Reel Livin’” first but it was the only one done and everyone figured that if we waited until really good ones came along,…then who knows when the site would launch. All the MST3K guys have a DIY “show the warts and all” mentality that made the show so great in the first place. So…we went ahead and threw up the site as is, that animation, and then a quick store to help pay for hosting and stuff.

-There will for sure be new videos, behind the scenes bits, and I sat in on a brainstorm that had a lot of Internet-centric ideas that cracked me up. They still got it.

Thanks!

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It was pretty much on par with what internet animations looked like back then.

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While it’s not exactly good, it’s not nearly as embarrassing as Spaceballs: The Animated Series.

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The way they reversed the positions of Tom and Crow at start and end was actually clever. It’s an effect this format is made for. It wouldn’t have worked nearly as well on the actual show set.

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For mid 2000s internet animation, these are fine. Not great, but not terrible either.

The writing, though? Woof.

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I wanted more more MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE!!!

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“Solitaire” gave me a smile.

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Too bad it didn’t end with Tom singing “Solitaire” by Laura Branigan (R.I.P.)

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Maybe it would have taken off if they’d had more of an audience participation element. Like maybe once a week Tom Servo could check his emails.

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(GPC voice) I’m the only girl.

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checks the episode list, which features four episodes

That’s… hmmmm.

It’s a little sad, because I really think the idea had potential. I think the Gizmoblips show that there’s real potential for these characters to do little sketches that aren’t necessarily a response to any particular movie, and I like the idea of exploring the SOL a little more, just seeing what everyone gets up to during their down time.

I think the problem is, they were looking at the success of projects like Homestar Runner and thinking they could try to get in on that, without really appreciating that… Homestar took years to build its audience before it finally became a paying proposition. If they had to pull the plug because they weren’t getting enough merch sales to continue after only four episodes… I don’t think it was ever going to work.

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