Colonel Bleep was the first color cartoons ever made for television. It looks completely awesome.
The first time that I ever saw Colonel Bleep was way back in high school when I stumbled on to a tiny little black and white image in some Animation Magazine. It looked so awesome that I assumed it to be nothing more than a one off graphic designed with a 50's feel. When I discovered that it was actually a real show, I raced out to find myself a copy as soon as possible.
Most of the time when you discover some new "lost Gem" you kind of expect a certain degree of disappointment to be a part of the experience. For me, Colonel Bleep was the rare exception. The more I discovered about the show, the better it got!
First off the Boxes looked incredible... Something that is virtually unheard of in the world on Animation Packaging art. Usually they find some way to make every box as unappealing as possible, but not so here!
The fact that the show is a serialized adventure makes up for any of the short comings that appear in terms of the writing. The use of a narrator gives the show a nice straight forward quality, and considering the kind of shows produced during the period, it is infinitely more watchable than most.
The design, color, and approach to animation that is featured in this show are SO great that I won’t even waste time singing their praises, except to say that given all of the limitations inherent in a television budged of the time, all obstacles where brilliantly overcome, and for me the show holds up against almost any standard!
There is even a really fascinating behind the scenes story about how these cartoons had been considered "lost" until someone stumbled onto an old box of film in some warehouse. This accidental discovery managed to save one of the coolest looking shows ever from oblivion!
While I was looking for a clip represent the show, I wanted to use an episode called The Lunar Luger, but I discovered that the only copy I could find online was from some new DVD release. It seems that the assholes who put together this DVD decided to add all kinds of crappy sound effects in order to destroy the cartoons. I despise this practice of "fixing" old cartoons. I assume that the jerks that did this have some dumb reasoning involving the desire for stereo sound, regardless, they do NOT deserve even a penny of your money. They even managed to produce the "standard" ugly Packaging that the VHS release had managed to avoid. Hooray for incompetence!
The clip featured here is the first adventure, and does not look as cool as some of the later ones, but at least it sets up the shows premise, and should act as a decent introduction to the series.
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