I guarantee that you’ve never experienced something like what I’m talking about today. It’s something that I don’t think I’ll forget about anytime soon. Wikipedia calls it “The O Show,” but the program itself only states the title “steve.oedekerk.com.” Who is Steve Oedekerk? None other than the founder of O Entertainment, the company behind such hits as Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Barnyard. However, Jimmy Neutron wasn’t the earliest CGI effort by the studio. In 1997, Oedekerk somehow convinced NBC to air an hour long variety special directed by himself. This special had several skits, some funny and some not funny, and it’s something that I’m surprised was aired on network television. I mean that in a good way, because this was very entertaining.
One reason why this was so enjoyable to me was its high octane pace. Jokes fly at a very fast speed here, and it helps the special. Not all of them are funny, but they were really trying. I really like how Oedekerk was doing what he wanted with what looks like little network intervention. I could be entirely wrong when guessing that, I’m not sure, but it was nice of NBC to let him have all the freedom that he had.
Seeing how it was the 90’s, it’s not exactly surprising to see that the animation hasn’t exactly aged all that well. Some of these facial expressions are just odd.
I could tell you some of the highlights, but I don’t want to spoil them for you. The sketches vary in quality, but the show is still entertaining as a whole. While it was easy to poke fun at it, I have nothing but respect for Mr. Oedekerk for putting this special together. You don’t see stuff quite like this on network television. I mean, there’s SNL, but does it use CGI and go at the rapid pace that this special does? I don’t think so.
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