Denver the Last Dinosaur is possibly one of the best bad cartoon relics out there. Basically, a dinosaur egg hatches, and hangs out with kids skateboarding, riding BMX and sort of communicating in a more subdued Scooby Doo style. The animation is horrible, I swear it approaches 5 frames a second. The voiceover is what makes this cartoon enjoyable/eardrum piercing. The character actors are awful. It’s like listening to somebody do a really bad impersonation Jeff Spicoli, for 20 minutes… The series started in 1988 and ran for two years, so that was right at the tail end of the California craze. There’s an episode called Venice Beach Blast where part of the gang gets hassled for skating on the bike path. The authority figure (Is he a cop or a security guard? He looks like a Forest Ranger.) explains that the community got the signatures together to get skating banned and the bike path built. Now you think this would would turn into a civics lesson that ends with a skateboard park being built, but it doesn’t. The skaters in the crew turn against their biking brothers and go renegade. There’s a lot of whining (almost life real life), radical moves and slams. The whole thing wraps up in about 30 seconds with an explanation of some action that happened off camera. Basically, the city lets the kids skate in part of an unused parking lot, and everyone is happy. It’s massively weak, but the script and character actors make it entertaining, like a train wreck. Video, promotional stills and sarcasm after the jump.
- Thanks to Seth Levy for the tip.
From season 6 of 30 rock, Steve Buscemi as Lenny Wozniak going undercover in a high school, for reasons I can’t remember It’s episode 8, titled “The Tuxedo Begins.” These screen grabs come form multiple sources. Another picture after the jump that an excellent addition, he’s not just carrying one skateboard. 30 Rock has showed skateboards a couple times over the years and mentioned Tony Hawk at least once.
I just saw this Red Bull commercial on TV sunday night, and couldn’t help but noticed they covered everything except the glring omission of skateboarding. I mean, they had down hill ice skating races for the love of Hosoi. I don’t know whether to laugh with joy or weep. Oh yeah, on second look, there doesn’t appear to be any snowboarding either. But again, they’ve got “Ice Cross” and parkour.
Daymond Dodge snapped these pics off his TV. He happened to catch Let’s Make A Deal with host Wayne Brady. A Zonk prize? Now way! Who wouldn’t want a skateboarding gorilla? Even if you couldn’t keep the guy in the monkey suit, that’s the sweet spot for novelty oversized skateboards. This type of video is worth it’s weight in gold to a historian/connoisseur such as myself, so if anyone caught it on tape, please share the wealth. CBS has full episodes on the web, but Daymond caught this on the 28th of December, and they don’t have any from that date. I think it’s a repeat.
Screen snap from a recent Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Camp Woodward as the subject of one of the questions. Wow, a fly box? no way. I’ve never seen one in person. Har, har. If anyone caught this on video let me know please.
Via Neal Hendrix on Facebook
Almost 11 minutes of Stacy Peralta being interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos. Well, 7 minutes once you get past the intro. Nothing earth shattering or new, for that matter, but not boring actually. Worth it just to watch the brief exchange about the Hollywood and the Lords of Dogtown at around 9:30. BTW, there’s another round of Bones Brigade memorabilia/paraphernalia, most of it is sold out.
It sounds like one of MC’s comics but we have it from a reliable source that the following question recently appeared on a Family Feud episode:
My mom told me one of the questions on family feud yesterday was, “Name something men keep doing even though they are too old.” She gloated in telling me a top answer was “skateboarding.” I looked for a vid to post to SnA, but, alas, found no residual evidence on the interwebby thingamabob. Guess I got take the old lady’s word for it.
That’s Skate and Annoy gold, my friends. Please tell me someone recorded this! As for reliable sources, I guess a reader’s mom qualifies as respectable, even if the reader is kind of dodgy.
- Thanks to Skidzilla for the tip.
Carrie Brownstein after filming another episode of Portlandia with a skateboarding segment. They shot at Burnside last season. I haven’t posted that yet. Local skater Russ from Gorey Details suited up as an “old skater” for this episode.
Illustrator and vinyl toy designer James Jarvis made this station ID for MTV with Richard Kenworthy. It’s a cool animation and it’s not his fault that the network is flaming bag of dog poo. That would be a good station ID for MTV actually.