Thursday, December 17, 2009

Late Night Saturday Morning: The Coneheads (1983)

For the next five days, we look at an oddball mix of Late Night television comedians and characters attempting to find success in children's programming.

The Coneheads was an animated special from Rankin/Bass which aired in 1983. It featured all three actors from the SNL sketch (Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, and Laraine Newman) reprising their original roles, and was produced by SNL luminaries Lorne Michaels and Tom Davis. Most interestingly, it also featured a laugh track, something you don't hear on cartoons much anymore.

Coneheads aired as a prime time special on NBC. It would have made one heck of a Saturday morning cartoon, considering the talent involved. The special is quite watchable, which is really saying something for TV cartoons of this era.

Tomorrow - The comedian who was too dirty for prime-time tries his hand at a Saturday morning kid's show.