Plastic Man (2006)
Some of you might remember the 1979-1981 “Plastic Man” television series which was notable for being very horrible. It was basically Scooby-Doo meets Stretch Armstrong and yet somehow managed to stay on air for two entire years. While the 2006 Cartoon Network commissioned series never made it past the pilot episode which of course was never even aired. Someone needs to fire that CN’s chimp…
Produced by Tom Kenny (the voice of SpongeBob) “Plastic Man” was to follow the adventures of Plastic Man (shocking!), a crook turned superhero with the amazing powers to… wait for it, stretch. Yeah, originality or novelty was definitely not the thing they were trying to lure you in, but from the looks of the series “Plastic Man” would be about as sane as Kenny’s most famous voice acting job (SpongeBob), feature lots of crazy humor and look like something out of a “Ren & Stimpy” cartoon.
And you will never get to see it.
The show would be like: “Ren & Stimpy” mixed with “Powerpuff Girls”.
The Amazing Screw-On Head
The only not-fully-comedic series on this list, the story of “Amazing Screw-On Head” reads almost like a 5th graders pot triggered wet dream put through the mind of one of the most original comic book writers of all time. You see, this animated series was actually based on the one-shot comic of the same name by Mike Mignola, the force behind “Hellboy”, and told the story of a steam punk android working as a secret agent for Abraham Lincoln.
The gimmick of this character was that he could move his head through different robotic bodies, depending on the situation… and he was voiced by Paul Giamatti. Additionally, in both the printed story and the animated pilot, his foe is named Emperor Zombie (voiced by David Hyde Pierce) and he has a vampire mistress.
It’s just a small taste of the sheer insanity behind “Amazing Screw-On Head”, an insanity that would guarantee the show a steady fan base and instant fame.
The show would be like: nothing you’ve ever seen before.
You don’t have to be a fan of “Family Guy” to love their depiction of Adam West as Quahog’s insane mayor who lives his life and governs the city as if he was a character on his previous TV shows. But even that one piece of universal FG awesomeness has been proven to be less then original (like almost the entire cartoon) because a very similar premise has been shown in a pilot for the series “Lookwell”, broadcasted on NBC in 1991.
“Lookwell” was written and produced by Conan O’Brien and starred Adam West as a washed up TV actor turned private investigator who doesn’t let his bumbling idiocy and lack of the most basic understanding of how real life works get in the way of his detective work. Which is when the show’s hilarity ensues.
The pilot delivers on everything the premise promises with its well thought out humor and general zaniness of the main character. You have to give it to Adam West – the man really has miles of class for letting people make him the butt of most “washed up actor” jokes for the past 20 years and doing it with a smile.
- - Heat Vision and Jack: http://static.blogstorage.hi-pi.com/photos/beatkiyoshi.blog.toutlecine.com/images/gd/1224417360/Heat-Vision-and-Jack.jpg
- - Korgoth of Barbaria : http://i576.photobucket.com/albums/ss210/templeofwest/vlcsnap352230bo1.png
- - Gay Robot: http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/070209/gayrobot_l.jpg
- - Plastic Man (2006): http://i.ytimg.com/vi/vn74McRwEg0/0.jpg
- - The Amazing Screw-On Head: http://media.monstersandcritics.com/articles/1261222/article_images/mr.groinandtheamazingscrewonhead.jpg
- - Lookwell!: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/gawker_tv/2010/01/lookie.jpg