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|Posted: Fri May 24, 2019 11:47 pm Post subject: Prometheus and Bob (Nickelodeon 1999 - 2000)
|KaBLaM! (Nickelodeon 1999 - 2000) was a American sketch comedy television series that created by Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Michael Pearlstein, Cota Zellers, and Albie Hecht. The show was developed as a fully animated showcase for alternative forms of animation that were more common in indie films and commercials. Each episode thus features a collection of short films in multiple innovative styles of animation, bridged by the characters Henry and June, who introduce the shorts and have adventures of their own in between. It was later part of SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon) was a two-hour programming block.
The main sci-fi program was Prometheus and Bob AKA The Prometheus and Bob Tapes is a claymation/stop motion segment featuring the camera-recorded mission logs of Prometheus, an alien who comes to Earth attempting to teach a caveman, Bob, everyday things. From the use of fire to the act of ice skating, the result is usually a failure by the mischievous third cast member, who was a simple monkey. The show was created by Cote Zellers.
The introduction, done in a mock government format, describes the events as having occurred "900,000 years ago".
Prometheus is a gaunt purple alien of advanced intelligence who speaks with a hollow sounding voice. He attempts to educate Bob, a caveman, as an experiment recorded on his remote-controlled camera. Prometheus is often injured in slapstick ways due to Bob's low intelligence.
Bob is a babbling caveman. He once was completely covered in hair, but now has none because of a laser incident in the first clip. He also has a tendency to panic when frightened.
The Monkey is a mischievous monkey who usually interferes with Prometheus' attempts to educate Bob, intentionally or otherwise. However, he has, on occasion, attempted to assist him.
Recorder The semi-automated camera which sometimes seems to have a mind of its own.
The Tribe Bob's group of fellow Neanderthals who are only slightly less dim than he is.
The Narrator recites the opening to the short, and the introduction to the short's "tape": "Tape [insert number here]", and finally, "End".
They are extremely funny and of the 39 episodes 37 (28 & 36 are missing) can be found on YouTube™ at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB0A5EB21C07F2747
It was usually paired with The Brothers Tiki — A puppetry/stop-motion/live-action segment about two extraterrestrials resembling mini tiki statues (equivalent to lawn gnomes), who land on Earth in a ship bearing a striking resemblance to a barbecue grill.
Why are they marooned?:
The Human burned-up their ship!
An episode can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj_Buz_3Zo4
A live-action Prometheus and Bob film was announced in 1998 to be directed by Harald Zwart, produced by Amy Heckerling and Twink Caplan and written by Joe Stillman, but apparently fell through due to lack of interest. Although I don't know why!
Art Should Comfort the Disturbed and Disturb the Comfortable.