On 1/22/2013 7:54 PM, Antonio E. Gonzalez wrote:
What I find amazing about "Dexter's Rude Removal" is how well-made it
is. They surely knew that it would never be broadcast, and yet it has
all the production values of the other Dexter's Lab cartoons of that
era. Making this cartoon must have require some amazing combination of
volunteer work and fiddling with the budget.
Why go to all this effort for a cartoon that (until now) virtually no
one would see? One reason would be personal enjoyment (It is a pretty
funny cartoon). But there is another possible explanation. Say you're a
comedy writer who has come up with a really funny gag that might run
afoul of the standards and practices. How do you get your prized gag
past the censors? One technique that goes back to the days of radio is
to include some far ruder, way over the line, gags in the same script.
Of course, the censors will cut these ruder gags, but they will also
feel that they have to leave you something, so they are more likely to
approve the gag that you really wanted. This makes me wonder: was
"Dexter's Rude Removal" made in part so that censors would not hassle
them as much about their other cartoons?
"All things extant in this world,
Gods of Heaven, gods of Earth,
Let everything be as it should be;
Thus shall it be!"
- Magical chant from "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi"
"Drizzle, Drazzle, Drozzle, Drome,
Time for this one to come home!"
- Mr. Wizard from "Tooter Turtle"