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Rowan Atkinson’s production company, Tiger Aspect, is ramping up production on a new set of episodes of Mr. Bean — The Animated Series. This new season is to be produced entirely in house in London. To see the press release, CLICK HERE.
And they are hiring! If you would like to learn more, CLICK HERE.
Rowan Atkinson was closely involved in the production of the earlier seasons, and I imagine he will be even more available with the work going on in his own studio. Mr. Bean is a great example of how a television series can be produced relying on visual storytelling, rather than a dialog filled script.
It’s fantastic to have an actor who owns his character taking such good care of his property. Here is a sample of Mr. Bean — The Animated Series.
This is clearly influenced by Keaton’s film “Sherlock Jr.”
And here is nice, short, making of video to go along with it.
Check out this fun test made for the recent Mickey Mouse short film, Get A Horse.
I have been reading Mixed Nuts by Lawrence J. Eptstein. It’s about comedy teams in America. In a section on Laurel and Hardy, he has this little tidbit:
Most comedy teams had an authority figure to balance a rebellious spirit– a straight man to rein in the comic. But not Laurel and Hardy. Ollie thought he was in charge and acted as though he were a parent or older sibling, but, of course, he clearly wasn’t.
Innovating, Laurel and Hardy deployed someone outside the team to play the straightman. Jimmy Finlayson, popularly called fin, was the outsider they most often used. Finlayson inadvertently made a contribution to American culture. Because of censors, Finlayson was not allowed to swear in the movies. He wanted, however to express annoyance, and where he would ordinarily have used the word “damn,” he substituted a sound, ”D’ooooh” one famous scene in which he does this is in Way out West, when he is trying to pass off one woman for another to get a deed to a gold mine. He calls out the woman’s name, expecting the imposter to appear, but the real woman shows up. He is intensely frustrated and lets out his “D’oooohh.” Years later, Dan Castellaneta was hired to be the voice of the animated character Homer Simpson and was reading a script in which he was called upon to make an “annoyed grunt.” He asked Matt Groening, the series creator, what that meant and was told to make whatever sound he wished. Castellaneta imitated Finlayson. Groening told him to speed the sound up and “D’oh” was born.