Nearly 15 years since it put the kibosh on what would go on to become the most legendary episode of Dexter's Laboratory, Cartoon Network has finally released the foul-mouthed episode deemed too rude to air.
If you're anything like me, you spent many afternoons after school enthralled by the adventures of Lion-O and his fellow ThunderCats. Banking on collective nerd nostalgia (guilty!) and the exploitable ignorance of kids more than half my age who have no clue this isn't an entirely new phenomenon, Cartoon Network is remaking the show.
Last night's Childrens Hospital was broadcast live at midnight and while the "live" part wasn't necessarily true, it did appear to be impressively shot in one take. Watch to see which cast members cracked under pressure, stay for the Hamm.
After running old episodes from its web series, Children's Hospital debuted all new material tonight, and cancer never had a chance.
Each Superjail! episode devolves quickly from relative normalcy (it does take place inside a meta-volcano inside another volcano) to total psychedelic lunacy, usually all triggered by the fantasy prison's warden and his sadistic taste for cartoon violence.
When facing a media firing squad to answer questions about one's arrest for facilitating a multimedia conglomerate's crazy ideas for getting some attention for their cartoon about anthropomorphic fast food items, one might politely offer a "no comment" and be on one's way. On the other hand, if one were interested in taking a moment to spotlight the absurdity of a situation in which a few friendly, flashing aliens were briefly mistaken for a pop-culture-savvy terrorist cell's attempt to drastically reduce Boston's stoner population through the explosive co-option of a beloved icon, one might handle their post-arraignment press conference in a different way.
While all the latest buzz around ill-advised marketing campaigns hysterically misconstrued as acts of terrorism is currently clustered around yesterday's freakout over some harmless, flashing, bird-flipping Aqua Teen Hunger Force devices placed around Boston, a story in today's LAT reminds us of the similar events of last April, when Paramount's planting of suspicious, wire-sprouting music-boxes inside the Times' newspaper vending machines to promote Mission: Impossible III exacerbated many L.A. residents' quiet fears that Tom Cruise is bent on world domination. The LAT reports that federal officials are mulling the idea of suing both the studio and the paper over the stunt: