Conspiracy Theory Rock

Conspiracy Theory Rock

This weekend, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is airing an episode comprised entirely of Robert Smigel’s animated SATURDAY TV FUNHOUSE shorts. But there’s one short that’s guaranteed not to be on the line-up: CONSPIRACY THEORY ROCK. The 1998 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK parody, animated by J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, criticizes corporate ownership of the media and takes some sharp jabs at NBC owner General Electric. Needless to say, the cartoon aired only once on NBC before being locked away in their vaults, and it has even been cut out of reruns of that episode. Smigel recently discussed the short with the NY TIMES: “It just struck me as really funny to do it on our own network. I was somewhat delighted that they were O.K. to do that, and then they reconsidered. It’s hard to get angry about it.” Thanks to the Internet, everybody can watch the short HERE.