Happy Birthday, Liquid Television! Happy Birthday, Liquid Television!

Happy Birthday, Liquid Television!

It was 20 years ago today, June 2nd 1991, when MTV first aired its groundbreaking anthology show Liquid Television. It’s gone but not forgotten — how could it be? Among its accomplishments it launched Beavis and Butt-head, Aeon Flux and The Head, and brought artists like Mark Beyer, Richard Sala, Peter Bagge, Drew Friedman and Charles Burns to animation.

I had two personal encounters with Liquid Television, and today’s anniversary gives me an excuse to post them both. First up, I was honored to assist the infamous John Dilworth (Courage The Cowardly Dog) with a segment called Smart Talk With Raisin. I was his “L.A. Production Manager”, which mainly meant helping round up L.A. voice talent (the uncredited Cheryl Chase and Harris Peet) and a studio to record the sound track in. I still don’t completely understand this short – but we had a blast recording it:

My other involvement with the show was in licensing this anime segment (below) to the series. The Running Man by Yoshiaki Kawajiri was a segment of a feature Mani Mani Labyrinth Tales (1989) that Streamline Pictures (my company at the time) was distributing under the title Neo-Tokyo. It’s one of my all-time favorite pieces of Japanese animation – a powerful bit of sci-fi noir that still holds up quite nicely today.

If you have a favorite Liquid Television memory or preferred segment let us know below – and tweet the series a birthday greeting today.