Thursday, August 20, 2009

Born to Die. . .Stevie and Zoya!

Stevie and Zoya was a cartoon that used to run late nights on MTV in one-minute segments. I remember seeing these shorts while I watched 120 Minutes, back when MTV still played videos! What I used to love about them:
- The soundtrack, complete with mistakes and outtakes integrated into the cartoon, and crazy sampling from disco soundtracks and completely random noises- The "Alien Invader" noises are my favorites.
- The great narration by Russell Johnson, the Professor from Gilligan's island! "All Crime!" - The Animation- crude in some cases, but things move fast and a lot is conveyed in the minute long segments- packed with action and supreme coolness! The series was made by Joe Horne, who later worked on cartoons for Disney and the Cartoon Network. Horne has recently made some new Stevie and Zoya cartoons, but I am not as big a fan of the new ones- the style is based on Flash Software and does not have the cool use of sound and the sensibility of the first cartoons. And Russell Johnson is totally irreplaceable!

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