MTV's Revolutionary Animation Showcase "Liquid Television" Begins Streaming

Launch Point for "Aeon Flux" and "Beavis and Butt-head"

A decade before the advent of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block, television's home for surreal and transgressive animation was MTV's Liquid Television.  Over its three season run, the 1991 show introduced viewers to the likes of Beavis and Butt-head and Aeon Flux, as well as featuring animated adaptations of works from f Art Spiegelman's underground comic compilation RAW.  Now, the cult show is streaming online.

 

 

Via Wikipedia, Liquid Television's list of reoccurring segments include

  • Winter Steele – A puppet show about a biker chick searching for her long-lost love.
  • Soap Opera – A parody of daytime soaps, with bars of soap as the actors.
  • Cut-Up Camera – A parody of Candid Camera involving outrageous situations.
  • Miss Lidia's Makeover to the Stars – A short about an unseen makeup artist (with live-action hands) who gives celebrities mock make-overs via her computer.
  • Invisible Hands – About a turban-clad sleuth who solves murders.
  • Buzz Box – A short with changing patterns set to rock music.
  • Stick Figure Theatre – A series of shorts recreating scenes from popular movies using stick-figures drawn on 3x5 cards.
  • Dangerous Puppets – About two puppets who violently destroy each other.
  • The Art School Girls of Doom – A live-action short starring 2 art school girls.
  • Footworks – Stories featuring footprints as the characters.
  • Aeon Flux – About a scantily-clad female secret agent (later spun off into its own series; also remade into a 2005 live-action film starring Charlize Theron).
  • Beavis and Butt-head - About two adolescent morons who cause their own trouble, twice it appeared on the show, later spun off into its own series.
  • Psychogram – A series of stories using various postcards.
  • The Specialists – A 10-episode series about three private detectives.
  • Dog Boy – A live-action, comic book-style story about the adventures of a young man who received a dog's heart in a medical transplant.
  • The Adventures of Thomas and Nardo – A computer animated series about a man and his anthropomorphic house done in a 3D paper-style. It had original soundtrack composed by The Residents.
  • Speedbump the Roadkill Possum – About a possum who often gets run over.
  • Was (Not Was) – A series of fast-paced chalk animations to the tune of songs by the titular band.
  • Uncle Louie – A series of comic book style cut out animations involving an older yet ecstatic uncle and his nephew in a miscellaneous adventures.
  • Bobby & Billy – A series of cut-out animations, drawn similar to Norman Rockwell paintings, about two younger boys who display malevolence and immoral behavior in various situations. The cartoon often satirizes indecency set in the 1960s.

The adaptation of Sam Keith's delusional, homeless superhero The Maxx and PBS parody Wonder Showzen are also being streamed. 

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