Monday, July 24, 2006

Ripping Friends Satire




Ripping Friends had a sequence in each episode called "Rip Along With The Ripping Friends".


It was a segment meant to serve 2 purposes:

1) TO RE-USE STOCK ANIMATION AND SAVE A FEW BUCKS-like in 60s/70s Hanna Barbera and Filmation cartoons-the show was a very low budget so I thought this would be a good way to save some money for a few minutes that could be used to put more animation in the main story.
It didn't work though because the studios we subcontracted to kept redrawing the same drawings over and over again, even though I told them it was OK not to waste their (and my) money.

2) TO DO SOME SATIRE IN DEFENSE OF KIDS' NEEDS- This need was well satisfied despite some very bland drawings that were beyond Spumco's control.
The idea of the "Rip-Alongs" was to have the stars of the show take letters from kids who the corporate world or anybody else was doing bad things to, and RIP them to shreds.



So the Ripping Friends would rip bullies, corporations that ruined fun for kids by taking the violence out of cartoons and replacing it with morals, Cereal companies that stopped putting prizes in cereal, Home video and game compainies that design retarded controls and unitelligible manuals, etc.

This particular Rip Along was designed to force Hot Dog companies to get in synch with Bun manufacturers so that we didn't have to throw out 4 weiners for every bun pack we opened.

If only they had listened!



By the way, the evil networks made us cut out the funniest scene. (As always!) Maybe that's why the hotdog companies didn't respond.

I'm going to try to restore it in time for the San Francisco show on July 28, 29.

Wish me luck!





34 comments:

J.D.P said...

I assume the best scene involved the hotdog going inside the bun during the hug?

gir said...
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gir said...

john, you have got to get all these cartoons back on air or on dvd or something! Also, after the best hotdog scene has been shown at the San Frasisco show, do you think you could post it on your blog for those who can't make it (like me)?

Nate Birch said...

These were the best part of the show by far.

Well...that and "the Man from Next Tuesday".

I don't really care said...

Bugs me that I've got the complete Ripping Friends --except for the weenie and bun gag.

I've heard they really stepped on your drawings in animation. Do u have any production art to show us how they screwed it up?

P.S. when u are in Frisco, stay someplace nice.

Nate Birch said...

By the way, I think it's rather shocking you got this on TV at all.

I believe this will probably go down as the only kids cartoon in history in which a female cartoon character *talks out of her vagina*. Oh right...I forgot, that's just a sideways mouth. Riiight.

lastangelman said...

Watch out, a small barrage of seemingly unrelated comments a-comin'...
1.)Hey is Pidgeon working on Rataouille with Bird?
2.)Yes, Smigel writing for George Liquor, American, good idea. I'd have thought you'd met or knew Smigel already, just meeting him now at Comicon ...that's unbelievable!
3.)Did you dedicate that hot dog scene to Stephen Worth? Wee-oooo, that is funny!
4.)You made the convention sound a whole lot more interesting than NPR. They spent the segment talking about aguy who wrote a comic book called Super Natural Law? Jeez Lou-eeze, you and Smigel are there and the media spend the entire time talkin to a dude about his lame comic book premise?
4.)While playing with pitch control feature in Quicktime as "A Coy Decoy" is running, I lessen the pitch in Daffy's voice - holy crap, it's Sylvester's voice. And Porky's voice is Sylvester's, too! My gosh, how many of Mel's character voices were due to pitch control? Nevertheless, the guy is a great comedic actor and a fine singer, Leon shoulda' tripled Mel's salary.

rickgo said...

i was so into the ripping friends john,i believe i even bought the gameboy advance game!i was really bummed when it just stopped showing up on the adult swim rotation

Anonymous said...

wow. that was the only funny scene I've ever seen from that entire show.

Todd Kauffman said...

it's always the good ones that hacked before their time.

Evan said...

restore the scene for the rest of us on a Ripping Friends complete season dvd!!!

R said...

Man, in the UK these segments were ALL cut out (except the bear one, I think)

Brian Romero said...

When's a complete Ripping Friends DVD set coming out in the USA?

David Germain said...

despite some very bland drawings that were beyond Spumco's control.

Some of those drawings were in that part where the weiner showed the bun all those poor weiners out in the cold, am I right?

Also, did Regis Philbin voice the weiner? It sounded like him to me. (Though I somehow doubt it).

Spizzerinktum said...

Huzzah! At last my stock car needs can be satisfied right here. This blog has it all!

Anyway...

They spent the segment talking about a guy who wrote a comic book called Super Natural Law?

Aw, give the poor guy a break! He's an old friend of mine and a really nice guy (much, much funnier in person than you'd think, based on that particular strip), and he's from Brooklyn, too. Escaping from Brooklyn is a huge mitigating factor.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of rip--I see the little girl(Margaret O'Brien design) from "Book Revue" there. ; )

The GagaMan(n) said...

That clip reminded me of why I didn't find this show all too funny. Shame really, I wanted to like it, 'cause I love your cartoons, but Ripping Friends just never really did it for me. The weak drawings might of been a small factor, but the main problem was that it lacked laugh-out-loud moments.

Jesse Oliver said...

I would really love to see (in America) the Complete series of The Ripping Friends UNCUT on DVD!

I don't really care said...

The weak drawings might of been a small factor, but the main problem was that it lacked laugh-out-loud moments.

I can point you to strong drawings, funny animation, and laugh-out-loud moments. They are all there, in more than reasonable quantities, compared to just about anything else on TV. No kidding.

Anonymous said...

Ok how come no ones mentioned the funniest and dirtiest line of all:

"I'm a Ripping Friend! I can burst whereever I want!"


-Jordan
www.timwarnermovie.com

tim kelly said...

The Basic Instinct reference was a clever sight gag, and the hot dog's voice was funny.

C. A. M. Thompson said...

Rip Along With The Ripping Friends was the funniest part of the show! I really loved the one with the guy who swallowed the toy whistle.

Roberto González said...

This is the first time I watch some part of this show. It was ok, but it's not really exciting for me. But it is kinda original and I find some of the reactions from the characters funny as well as the designs. It almost seems like a writer driven cartoon (he, I'm mean)...actually I don't dislike all writer driven cartoons.

Jorge Garrido said...

Man, I wish I had been allowed ot watch this show when I was a kid. I was 10 when it came out, and I watched Fox Kids everyday and saw commericals but never watched it. Is it on DVD?

Kevin W. Martinez said...

I've never seen the Ripping Friends before, so all this is news to me. I have a couple of questions.

1. In one of the screengrabs John posted, WHY is the bear clenching part of the little girl's dress in his paw? What was it's context?

2. What is up with the rather large cat in the jockey shorts? That's the kind of stuff dubious hallucinations are made from. Was he good, bad, or indifferent?

Brett W. Thompson said...

Ohhh my *goodness!!* I absolutely love the obese cat, hahahaha! :D

Best of luck restoring, John!

I should be there Saturday night, I can't wait!! :D

Eric Dotseth said...

The episode about 'boring cereal prizes' was great. Although I do not know the formal reason for the demise of toys in cereals, I think your conclusion is probably correct (overprotective, overzealous parent syndrome). If only Jay Ward (Rocky & Bullwinkle Show) was around to lead the fight to make breakfast cereals fun again.

I don't really care said...

1. In one of the screengrabs John posted, WHY is the bear clenching part of the little girl's dress in his paw? What was it's context?

She didn't like to be called "pretty". The bear was saying, "Nice dress". It pissed her off. The bear got offended so he called her "pretty". Uh-oh... The sequence goes on to make even less sense.

2. What is up with the rather large cat in the jockey shorts? That's the kind of stuff dubious hallucinations are made from. Was he good, bad, or indifferent?

He was sort of a pet-gone-bad. Wasn't trained very well...

Spencer said...

Man! I love The Ripping Friends! I'v seen that episode to! But know that I know there was a part funnier than that cartoon, well...

Spencer said...

I hope you guys get to make a Ultamate Ripping Friends DVD. With Killer Bonus Features, all of the episodes, UNCUT! Unless I have a region Free DVD player, all I can have is four episodes.

:: smo :: said...

yeah! that's the scene i was talking to Eric about a the con! it sounds hilarious and it's been haunting me for years! hopefully you can get it out there for us to see!!!

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad they didn't censor the balls.

would love to see the complete series on dvd, with the french tracks included, the dubbing was hilarious, which is strange, since it's usually shit.

Anonymous said...

That is the funniest thing from that show that I've seen, and it wasn't all that funny.

Haggis McCrablice said...

For me the funniest and most dodgy line on RP was in the "Ovulator" episode, when Rip--seated on a cloud over the villain's head--says, "He don't know that the jig is up." My brother and I looked at each other like "Holy shit, I don't believe they said that on a kid's show", then fell out of our chairs laughing. See, "jig" is another word for a black person, and Slab is a man of color....

Also, watch Ralph Bakshi's work on the 1967 SPIDER-MAM series, and tell me that Mysterio's bubble-head, with the vertical line down the center of it, doesn't look suspiciously like a talking vag....