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Creative Visual

Life According to Dinosaurs: Facebook

http://www.4mations.tv/flvplayer.swf

I like this cartoon and there’s some really nice stuff on the site. Now there’s the blurb:

Channel 4 have just launched a online channel for animation called 4mations. Backed by Channel 4, Aardman Animations and Lupus Films, this is just the start of the 4mations universe.

There’s more about it… and a Flash game called “Killing Kittens” over at Talent imitates, genius steals

http://www.4mations.tv

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Advertising Funny

DFS advertising. Wow I’m speechless.

British TV advertising is usually pretty bad when it comes to Furniture Sales… but DFS have hit a new low with their current campaign.

Shocking air-guitar and mic-free karaoke is topped off by the ridiculous “Rock Star” by Nickelback. A definite candidate for “Biggest pile of crap rock song of the decade”.

You have to see this to believe it.

Once you’ve suffered for a while, they rotate the ad.

Trouble is that once you’ve seen it, it’s imprinted in your mind forever. Evil marketing genius going for the “so bad it’s good” option. Who knows?

This however is absolutely brilliant from the off. Ladies and Gentlemen, turn up your sound and enjoy the experience of visiting the mighty Rainham Sheds website.

Reminds me of old local radio ads at their best. Bravo.

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Music

Something for the weekend. Happy Days.

Something from the 1970s. The TV theme and the full version of the original by Pratt and McClain, c’mon the Happy Days. The sun is out… for a few minutes, enjoy the weekend.

Happy Days TV Theme

Happy Days – Pratt & McClain (1976)
[audio:HappyDays_PrattandMcClain.mp3]

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Advertising Design Visual

TFL look to Saville and Co. for their Optical Illusion TV ad

Transport for London ‘Illusions’ commercial.
Agency: M&C Saatchi
Credits: Peter Saville, Graham Fink, Mark Goodwin

There are two levels of contrast working in favor of the spot’s message:

1) The internal contrast of quietness and simplicity dramatically wrecked by the relative realism of the collision.

2) The contrast of this spot’s quietness and simplicity against the backdrop of contemporary advertising, which is decidedly unquiet and unsimple (on the whole).

– Peter Saville.

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Design Visual

Classic TV moments of retro-futuristic logo animation.

As if to reinforce the my thoughts about the gradual decline of standout design in TV titling, this came around the office today off the back of a link the new Justice video, DNVO.

Although they’re all from the USA (so not classic LWT themes) there’s Stephen J Cannell, Hannah-Barbera, Ubu Productions… and many other happy memories here! Enjoy.

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Creative Funny Visual

Gary Coleman with editing designed to confuse, courtesy of TV Carnage

TV Carnage sells dvds created from hundreds of hours of exceptionally bad TV, lovingly fused together. I have no idea what’s real and what’s not in this video and i love it.

See more clips:
http://uk.youtube.com/user/tvcarnage
http://www.tvcarnage.com/

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General Music

Where are the next round of classic TV Themes and Credits

knight-rider.jpg

I ended up playing the theme tune to an classic kids cartoon in the office today, and a few of us chatted about how we loved all the old TV themes and great intros.

Listen:

[audio:Pigeon_Street_Theme.mp3]

On their official site i found this gem:

Benni Lees got in contact with PigeonStreet.com and gave us this information:

My real name is Marion and I wrote the music for Pigeon Street. I am a classically trained musician and in the seventies I had a rock band called Soulyard, in which I player the Bass. We had a sax player called Ruthie Smith who is now working as a psychotherapist, an American trumpeter called Jim Dvorak, a guitarist called Jonny Meringue (also American), a pianist called Laka Koc, a conga player called Linda Malone and a drummer called Nigel Watson. I live in Edinburgh and work as a pianist.

Now I am 53 years old with a fifteen year old son who is a singer and a daughter who plays the harp. They both loved pigeon street when they were little. My wish is for the world to be a peaceful place.

Obviously the media has changed dramatically in the past 20 years with the “End Credit Squeeze” now a regular part of a channels marketing weaponry.

I’ll leave Charlie Brooker to give you his view on the new end-device. Wonder what he makes of the theme to the new Knight Rider. “Shit” i hope.

This is from his excellent BBC Four show, Screenwipe.

Charlie Brooker – End Credit Squeeze

 

Classic TV Links

http://www.classickidstv.co.uk/

http://tv.cream.org/

 

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Apple Technology

Apple TV versus Blu-Ray, DVD & HD Cable

Die Hard

Apple has just released an update to their Apple TV. Now you can download movies for rental, so iLounge took a sussed out the quality difference between Blu-Ray / Apple TV / HD Cable / DVD.

via http://ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/apple-tv-20-vs-blu-ray-dvd-hd-cable-the-comparison