Western Animation: The Groovenians
was a half-hour CGI television special created by surrealist painter Kenny Scharf. It served as a failed pilot to a potential series that never came into fruition and aired on Cartoon Network
only twice, the first time being on the [adult swim]
block and the second time being on the "Fridays" block. After a 2003 nomination Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject, the short was never heard from again. The cast features Paul Reubens
as the main character Jet, Drena DeNiro (Robert
's daughter) as Glindy, Dennis Hopper in the dual role of the father and the villainous King Norman and Jeff Bennett as Suavo. The B-52s contributed the titular theme while Mutato Muzika composed the music and the "Money Song". Jordan Reichek of Crash Twinsanity
fame co-wrote the story, served as the production designer and drew the storyboard.
The short can be viewed here
, if you dare.
This show is an example of:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Glindy's sister is this for Jet.
- All-CGI Cartoon
- Amazing Technicolor Population
- And You Were There: Dennis Hopper voices the father and King Norman.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Suavo makes it very clear how attracted to Glindy he is upon meeting her.
- Deranged Animation: Considering Kenny Scharf's typical artwork, this should be expected.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene were Jet sticks the key into Zazzy's "slot".
- Not to mention the brief scene with Glindy meeting her "boss". Curse you, anime!
- Fan Disservice:King Norman in a bikini. No. Just no.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Both of Jet's parents count.
- Felony Misdemeanor: This show morality seems to be firmly set in type 1.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Lalasha
- Jerkass Has a Point: The parents and Norman say that you can't just have fun all the time. You have to take responsibility for your life. However, despite this justified line, they're treated like the villains.
- Limited Animation: A rarity in CG animated productions. It manages to look bad even by 2002 standards.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: While Glindy is still fairly girly she is still more of a go-getter than Jet who is kind of a sissy.
- Mind Screw: Just...one...long...mind screw.
- Multi Boobage: The Groovian flight attendant.
- Pop-Star Composer: The B-52s did the title song, while Mutato Muzika did the background music and the Money Song
- Take That, Critics!: Some people believe that this is what Scharf was trying to say through his characters.
- Tempting Fate: Subverted. After Glindy says "Could this place get any better?" King Norman and his goons show up.
- Totally Radical
- Tsundere: Swirly is very open about her conflicting feelings for Suavo.
- Visual Pun: When the Groovenians are paying their taxes to the Normals, their "money" consists of a thick, green liquid- they literally have "liquid funds".
- Villain Song: "The Money Song".
- We Will Meet Again: Norman vows that he'll be back to get Glindy and Jet. It's possible that if the pilot succeeded, he would have been a reoccurring villain.
- Jet's father claims says that Glindy and Jet will be back.
- Woman Scorned: Glindy's sister after Jet leaves him.