Saturday, June 09, 2012

Not Only Do I Own a Pair of Braces, I've Also Read Piaget

If the title of this post hasn't already made it abundantly clear, I've decided that I really ought to figure out how to pursue becoming a children's television presenter. I'm strange and brightly coloured, and if my one-month-old nephew is any indication, kids think I'm completely awesome. Add to that my slightly comedic-vagabond sense of personal style and the fact that I very nearly minored in psychology, some of which was developmental, and you've got a winning combination, really.

But where, you may well ask, does this all stem from? And if you are asking, my answer would be: the 1970s. Namely, a little program called Vision On, which ran from 1964 to 1976, and is undeniably groovy. Originally conceived as a program geared towards deaf children, it consequently relies very little on spoken dialogue, and only occasionally are spoken words or signs used. Instead, the show is very heavily visual, sometimes incorporating written gags, and employing live action as well as several different animated segments. And claymation.

Those of you who remember the hurricane on the east coast last summer may also remember that I spent hurricane day cooped up indoors with my girlfriend at the time, producing this animated classic:

Admittedly, however, what drew me to the awesomeness of Vision On in the first place was the fact that it starred, among others, a young (and moustachioed!) Sylvester McCoy, who would go on to become the Seventh Doctor. Just look at his little face.

If it were possible, I'd probably bingewatch every episode ever made, but at least there's 9 minutes of it on youtube: