Tuesday, February 05, 2008


Meanwhile, at the League of Evil...

So look, I'll warn you now, I'm just going to link to a bunch of commercials in this post. So if you're offended by the idea of looking at advertisements, probably best to skip this one.

But these are really funny commercials. (This next one is my favorite.)

These have been online for a couple of months, it appears, but I first saw one last night in the moments before A Daily Show started. These are ads for a cellphone carrier named Net10, apparently, done by the ad agency Droga5. What's interesting to me is the way that they are clearly the descendants of the tongue-in-cheek Hanna-Barbera-derived spoofs of recent years, starting with Space Ghost Coast-to-Coast and continuing through The Brak Show and Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.

But instead of remixing existing animation or characters, like those examples, this does something more like Robert Smiegel's TV Funhouse spots for SNL, creating new animation and "new" characters that just look like they were originally low-budget sixties and seventies Hanna-Barbera action cartoons.

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