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Logo to the AKA Cartoon Network evening slot

AKA Cartoon Network was a slot in the Cartoon Network UK weekday evening schedule from 1999 to 2000, between 7 and 9pm on weekday evenings. The slot consisted of repeated shows such as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and Cow and Chicken, in addition to short original stings and idents created for the slot, based upon a DJ theme.[1].

In addition, the slot included an original show called Cult Toons, broadcast only on Friday evenings. Cult Toons was a series of 30-minute experimental alternate comedy VJ (video jockey) videos, directed by Xavier Perkins and Brett Foraker. Several promos for AKA Cartoon Network have been posted by Exceeda (A production / VJ performance group headed by Xavier) on Youtube.[2]

'AKA' Stings and Cult Toons material would consist of Hanna-Barbera owned footage, prominently from the 1960s and 1970s (Such as Wacky Races, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, The Banana Splits (including Arabian Knights and Danger Island), Hong Kong Phooey, Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!, Harlem Globetrotters). More contemporary material included Cow and Chicken and Dexter's Laboratory.

Cult Toons

Cult Toons
Format Experimental, Animation, Comedy
Created by Exceeda
Directed by Xavier Perkins
Brett Foraker
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of seasons Approx 1-2
Production
Running time 25 min approx.
Broadcast
Original channel Cartoon Network
Picture format PAL (576i)
Original airing 1999 - 2000
Jackie Potato: The shows host
A puppy from Dexters Laboratory is commonly used during scenes of extreme shock.

Cult Toons (Also referred to by Exceeda as 'AKA Cult Toons') was a series of 30-minute slot experimental alternate comedy VJ (video jockey) videos, directed by Xavier Perkins and Brett Foraker. Through the manipulation of videos, and the inclusion of seemingly irrelevant and obscure clips from films and cartoons, a new context and sometimes a completely different story is developed. The humor of the show is predominantly based upon this concept.

For example, common features of the re-edited cartoons would include repeated footage (when a character would say "You can say that again" the previous line would often be repeated), freezing the footage (usually after a line such as "Hold everything!" or "Stop!"), overdubbing voices (including randomly replacing lines with the theme music to The Godzilla Power Hour), and repeating a line or sound effect and adding drum beats and record scratches over it, turning it into a brief hip-hop song. The start of an episode of The Gary Coleman Show would often feature halfway through the show, edited so that lead character Andy LeBeau would suddenly explode a few seconds in. It would then end abruptly over a 'Technical Difficulties' caption, with a dramatic music sting.

Prominent material however would be live-action films ranging from blaxploitation to Bruce Lee, as well as footage of celebrity interviews and turntable DJs created especially for the show. The unexpected appearance of these clips gave the show a very surreal and non sequitur quality, as they would often be loosely related to the context of the episode. For example, suddenly cutting to a clip of a martial arts film if a character got angry. Another example, In an episode featuring the Super Furry Animals, the opening titles of Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! were edited so that all mentions of "bears" were replaced with themselves saying "furry animals".

The end credits of each episode would reveal the programme's UK origin by sampling a clip of Velma Dinkley from an episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! saying "Made only in England!", interrupted after each word by record scratches and clips.

Known special guests include Super Furry Animals, Cast, Kele Le Roc, London Towers, Keith Duffy, Gay Dad, Help.. Its the Hair Bear Bunch, 21st Century Girls, Rick Witter, Courduroy, WCW Nitro Girls, Regular Fries, The Jungle Brothers, Rio Ferdinand, Trev Sinclair, Reef and Zach Shaw.

Exceeda have in the past hinted that they were in the process of preparing a debut DVD album at one point entitled "Fresh Breaks AV Style".[3] Since the group have been able to release clips from the AKA slot for Cartoon Network on Youtube, this would suggest that the group also hold the rights to publish AKA material should they decide to; However as of Winter 2007, the Exceeda website now has no mention of a work in progress debut DVD.

References

  1. ^ "'AKA Cartoon Network' TV spot". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdjN8sXAjZE.  
  2. ^ Perkins, Xavier (2006-10-25). "Yes DR". Exceeda. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVKIR1tarJo. Retrieved 2007-09-27.  
  3. ^ 'DJ Sounds' interview, 2007
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