January is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, for seeing old things in a new light, and for giving voice to those who would change what has gone before. This is especially true for some (then) fresh-faced college grads with different ideas on how to approach an old medium, and how (with a little help from one old radical) their ideas made it on the air. In doing so, they changed television for kids (and adults) in this country forever.
“That’s all they remember. So we had a lot of leeway to play in.”
…a book which, not surprisingly, very few usual Saturday morning viewers were familiar with.
“It boggles the imagination. It’s like hiring Norman Rockwell and telling him how to draw!”
“There’s all kinds of stuff that they could have jumped all over. Instead, they just made something up.”
“…a film or a cartoon is only good if it’s a reaction against something else.”
This one was reactionary. Which means it was also pretty good, and it led to other work which has won Oscars and Emmys. A whole generation likely owes its modern entertainment to some of these people, and you can read about them this week on Friday @ 8/7 Central.