Animated Conan TBS Promo

This brief animated promo marking Conan O’Brien’s move to TBS this fall is a lot of fun. It’s a clear nod to Terry Gilliam and other Seventies TV show openings. Incorporating more animation into the show would be a great way for Conan to distinguish himself from the crowded late-night field. Was this promo done in-house at TBS? Can somebody provide credits?

UPDATE: In the comments, Amy writes that mOcean created the Conan spot above. Also, here is another animated promo for the show:


  • Kyle Maloney

    I like.

    Reminds me a lot of the old Nickelodeon bumpers.

  • Michael F.

    I love the Masturbating Bear at the very beginning (watch carefully!).

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  • Anthony D.

    I wish Conan the best.

  • http://www.sweetposer.tk/urbmn/ Cameron A.

    Amid, You Can’t Do That on Television is only technically a Seventies show. It ran from 1979-90, and didn’t air internationally until 1981. The YCDTOTV intro itself is Gilliam-influenced, if Wikipedia can be trusted.

    I hope Conan’s TBS show is as good as this intro. I’m optimistic, but you know, TBS.

  • http://smarterthantheaverage.tumblr.com/ Jonathan Sloman

    The You Can’t Do That On Television titles (which I had never seen before) seem to owe more than a small debt to the Terry Gilliam-animated opening titles to The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine: http://video.yahoo.com/watch/6758023/17562876

  • Rooniman

    I hope it goes good for Conan.

  • http://www.thedavecartershow.com Dave Carter

    They nailed the washed out look!

  • Chuz

    Reminds me of something from a Monty Python animation.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Who put this together?

  • http://weirdurl.com Zekey

    I hope it does well. That poor guy went through hell over there. Also I’m glad someone else noticed the ‘Masturbating Bear’ piloting the robot Conan head at the beginning.
    I assume that’s a clear sign that the usual cast of extras and bizarre costumed characters that made Conan such a strange delight will be returning to this new show.
    Feels good, man.

  • http://www.jjsedelmaier.com J.J. Sedelmaier

    Spoke to Jeff Ross, (EP with Conan from Day 1) and he confirmed it was the Turner Promo Dept.

  • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

    “Incorporating more animation into the show would be a great way for Conan to distinguish himself from the crowded late-night field. ”

    I recall early on in his “Late Show” tenure they did a animation experiment called “Conan Babies” which was mostly unfunny and they stuck with way too long.

    I doubt the TBS show will have a budget to do anything in animation more likely to succeed.

    Talk shows depend on being topical and the lead time on animation is too long.

  • http://www.mOceanLA.com Amy

    mOcean did this promo. I work there. They are awesome!