14 July 2006

The Amazing Screw-On Head

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola's daft one-off "The Amazing Screw-On Head" has been adapted for television and it's previewing now on SciFi.com. It's too bad the animation doesn't always keep pace with Mignola's singular style —something aggravated further by limitations of online viewing. I suspect the washed-out hues are actually more saturated. Never-the-less, these deficiencies are amply redeemed by some witty writing and terrific voice work by Paul Giamatti as Screw-On, David Hyde Pierce as his arch nemesis and a droll Molly Shannon playing Mr. Head's once and former lady love. The twenty-four minute cartoon opens with a muddled and fitful start —the music doesn't help—but quickly finds it's feet, um, head. The loopy, shaggy dog story manages to incorporate President Abraham Lincoln, a zombie emperor, a parallel universe in the heart of a turnip and even the Homestead Act of 1862 —to name but a few. It's pretty much like the comic and that's says alot. America is a better place for it. And by America, I mean the world.
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