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Headcases

Headcases
Headcases intertitle
Created by Henry Naylor
Starring Rory Bremner
Jon Culshaw
Lewis MacLeod
Kayvan Novak
Lucy Porter
Jess Robinson
Katy Wix
Katy Brand
Omid Djalili
Phil Cornwell
Lucy Montgomery
Mark Perry
Music by Richie Webb
Matt Katz
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 8
Production
Running time 30 minutes
(including adverts)
Release
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 576i 16:9
Original release 6 April 2008 (2008-04-06) – 15 June 2008 (2008-06-15)
External links
Website

Headcases was an ITV satirical animation show based on current affairs. It employed the same satirical style as Spitting Image, 2DTV and Bo' Selecta! but using 3D animation created by UK Visual Effects and animation house Red Vision. Red Vision evolved a series of unique production techniques and a sophisticated animation pipeline to deliver the weekly topical elements of the series to hitherto impossible deadlines.

The programme's only series began on 6 April 2008, with weekly episodes until 11 May 2008, airing on Sundays at 10 pm. A seventh episode was televised on Friday, 30 May at 10:30 pm, and an eighth at 10 pm on Sunday, 15 June.

The show included celebrities, politicians and members of the British Royal Family in their animated form, taking a role in sketches including scenarios from their own topical issues.[1] The show's name comes from the fact that all the subjects' caricatured faces are out of scale with the rest of their bodies.

Contents

  • Characters 1
  • Voice artists 2
  • Writers 3
  • Reception 4
  • DVD release 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Characters

Lampooning people in the public eye, the impressionists got the chance to caricature politicians, royals and celebrities alike. These included Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague is portrayed as an oafish, bitter alcoholic Yorkshireman (referencing his past claims of having drunk "14 pints a day" as a teenager) and the newly elected Mayor of London Boris Johnson portrayed as half man and half dog so when he tries to talk about issues he instead does acts of canine behavior e.g. chasing his tail and licking his genitals.While on the side of the Liberal Democrats, Leader of the Lib Dems, Nick Clegg who portrayed as a desperate leader ready to use anything (such as offers at Pizza Hut suggested by his party) as an excuse for the Lib Dems' 'drive for change' influencing day-to-day Britain.

The Royal Family are set up in the same style as they were on Spitting Image; the reasonably sane but a senile Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh "and his dog (Poochwater)" who do everything that they can to stop Prince William from marrying "commoner" Catherine Middleton (he calls her Kate Middle-class) but never succeed, and Prince William and Prince Harry who try to act as "normal blokes", but ultimately fail – in one sketch they attempt to order pizza only to ask for caviar toppings.

There were other international politicians that Headcases satirised:Bill Clinton with his wife, Hillary, Condoleezza Rice, incompetent farmer Robert Mugabe, strong but dark character former President of Russia, Vladimir Putin and his successor portrayed as ventriloquist's dummy, Dmitry Medvedev, the sex-mad medallion man, Nicolas Sarkozy as a flirty disco dancer who sings in French about international success and President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who is portrayed as a Borat-like character who lists reasons why his country should have nuclear technology (including destroying the entire Middle East and most of Central Asia so Iran can move closer to Europe to compete in Euro 2012) calling his adversaries racists.

Celebrities impersonated include: populist and selfish Sebastian Coe presenting updates for the 2012 Olympics; Mohamed Al-Fayed and his conspiracy theories involving Fiat Unos; alien Tom Cruise and his robot wife Katie, and common chavs Helen Mirren and Judi Dench, who bully Kate Winslet because they are Dames and she is not.

Voice artists

Writers

Reception

Sam Wollaston from The Guardian gave the show a mixed review, saying that the writing was good, but the animation was "soulless"[2] and the Daily Star simply called it "Hilarious". The show's debut opened with 4 million viewers, having the highest viewers of any programme for the first half of the show. However, the second half of the show was beaten by the news on BBC One.[3] The second episode also attracted 4 million viewers.[4]

Peter Fluck was critical of the series. His initial assessment is decidedly lukewarm: the CGI puppets "look pretty dead", it might not be rude enough, and, if he were younger, he would bypass television and broadcast on YouTube instead. He is encouraged by the likes of Rory Bremner among the impersonators.[5]

DVD release

On Sunday 15 June 2008 ITV announced that the only series would be available on DVD which was released on 7 July.[6]

See also

References

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External links

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