I think about a world to come where the books were found by the golden ones, written in pain, written in awe by a puzzled man who questioned, "What are we here for?" All the strangers came today and it looks as though they're here to stay.

-David Bowie "Oh! You Pretty Things"

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Over the last year, I've heard Amy and her best friend Garret (Is this Garret's first mention on the blog? He's far too important not to have been mentioned thus far. I feel bad...) quoting Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law constantly. The two of them are somewhat obsessed with Harvey's boss Phil, the eyepatch-wearing weirdo, and they constantly mimic his awkward laughter and punch-line jokes: "Haha! Body in a woodchipper," for example.

The first episode Amy showed me was titled, "Death by Chocolate," and yet Amy was keen to call it "Uni-Boo Boo," a clear pun on Unibomber. In this episode, Harvey defends Boo Boo bear, Yogi bear's little buddy, who is accused of being a terrorist. The comedy was crass and rude and fantastic. It was incredibly clever, and clearly the creative inspiration for almost every television program I've ever seen on Adult Swim.

The episode that really hooked me was the first episode of the second season, titled "Blackwatch Plaid," which courageously criticized American policy after 9/11. Amy commented that this was one of the first television programs Stephen Colbert was involved in before his wildly successful work on The Colbert Report.

Very few of the episodes are political. The reason this show is fantastic is it combines really cutting edge humor with old Hannah Barbara characters, placing them in odd and somewhat appropriate situations. I would definitely recommend Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law to any fan of Adult Swim/creative animation.

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