Quote of the Day

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“And, joining us live via satellite from Vienna, the home of Sigmund Freud, the world’s most famous psychiatrist, to give us an insight into the human mind, Dr. Marvin Monroe.” – Kent Brockman
“Hiya.” – Dr. Marvin Monroe

11 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. 1 Victor Dang
    22 December 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I’m constantly impressed with how they were able to apply the “real” camera effects (or others) on the animation frames that you often saw on these news programs of the day. E.g. notice the weird tilt angle they were able to achieve above. Gave the show a pretty good close-to-realistic feel at times, IMO.

    • 2 Stan
      23 December 2014 at 3:11 am

      They just drew it like that, don’t see anything special about it.

      • 3 Victor Dang
        23 December 2014 at 12:20 pm

        Nnnope, camera tilt is clearly used on the scene, you can see it here (WMP required, only place I can find it ATM though): http://blog.daum.net/rlagmldus1108/2429440

        Looking at it again, it seems to me that they must have animated three scenes, the left side where Kent is, the right side where Dr. Monroe is, and the background with the SMARTLINE logo and Brockman and Monroe’s names on the bottom. Also, look at the perspective lines, especially on Monroe’s side. With how crude the animation was back then, no way could that tilt effect have been imitated by hand.

        Like I said, it’s the special touches that count…

        • 4 Victor Dang
          23 December 2014 at 12:22 pm

          Speaking of special touches: that background intro music to SMARTLINE is sublime, I gotta say. It actually sounds like it could be a theme to a real news special. They really utilized the live orchestra to great effect back in those days…

        • 5 Victor Dang
          23 December 2014 at 12:24 pm

          Oooh, it should also be noted that other than the camera tilt, which must have been done post-production, everything else was hand-animated, right down to the text describers on the bottom. Pretty crude-looking, but pretty cool.

          • 6 torbiecat
            23 December 2014 at 4:44 pm

            I think if anything else other than the camera tilt was animated by other means than by hand-drawn cel animation–such as using Scanimate on the text (which I’ll admit that it’s one of those little oddities from the past I seem to miss more than most people)–it would had stuck out like a sore thumb. It’s pretty cool that you had taken notice of how this scene was animated.

            • 7 Victor Dang
              26 December 2014 at 4:24 pm

              Why, thank you. I take great fortitudinous pleasure in noticing little details that others would smartly ignore.

          • 8 D.N.
            23 December 2014 at 5:16 pm

            I love the hand-drawn text in the earlier seasons.

  2. 23 December 2014 at 9:57 am

    “Why did we kill this guy? …Oh right, ’cause we hated him.”

    • 11 Peabo Castella
      23 December 2014 at 6:58 pm

      It wasn’t just the fact that the staff hated him. It was because Harry Shearer always complained that his voice hurt every time he did Dr. Marvin Monroe’s voice.

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