Edlund comments from alt.tv.the-tick
PROPAGANDA FROM BEN EDLUND REGARDING THE TICK PRIME TIME TV SHOW
"Hello. I'm Ben Edlund. No joke. For a while I wrote and
drew a comic book called The Tick. Then I helped make a Saturday
morning cartoon series called The Tick. And now, fourteen years
after I gave painless birth to this freaky blue sub-icon, The
Tick threatens to arrive again.
the last several months, I've been working on a live-action Tick
TV pilot for possible airing on Fox this fall. Barry Sonnenfeld
is directing the pilot, and has drawn together an impossibly talented
group of people to bring The Tick to twisted life. I know that
in some odd pockets of the world -- including mine -- the prospect
of a live-action Tick is met with trepidatious anticipation. At
this point, we've finished shooting the pilot, and I feel now
is as good a time as any to talk to those who give a damn about
the strange golden egg we've been laying here in Los Angeles.
NEW TICK KICKS ASS! PATRICK WARBURTON (who played Puddy on 'Seinfeld')
is perfect for this role. He has the firmest of grips on the secret
pilot light of the Tick's soul. His costume (designed by COLLEEN
ATWOOD) is especially good. Big. blue, and extra-muscled! He looks
like a giant immaculate toy! AND HE HAS REMOTE-CONTROLLED ANTENNAE!
These antennae alone will hypnotize many into tantrums of pleasure
and a rabid mob-frenzy of ancillary merchandise consumption. They
move with a fluid grace never before seen atop a lead actor's
IMPORTANT NOTE - The costume differs slightly from the cartoon
and comic book versions. This difference occurs in and about the
face area. While previously the Tick has had pupil-less white
eyes set in a blue face mask, this new version exposes the Tick's
eyes and brow. I imagine some of you will be deeply disappointed
by this departure from Tick scripture. That's OK. But I believe
absolutely that the right aesthetic choice has been made. Patrick
is an excellent comedic actor with a very expressive face. There
was no way to cover his eyes and get the same range, intensity,
and specificity of emotion. With face unfettered, Patrick has
created a three-dimensional, hilarious., totally convincing Tick.
Embrace the new and give him a chance to win your hearts. DO!
(played by DAVID BURKE) is ideal. He embodies the vaguely charismatic
everyman Arthur was always meant to be. David's ability to make
his character's reactions real in the face of relentless absurdity
will prove invaluable to the development of the Tick's better
half. In his hands, Arthur will reach a new level of beleaguered
humor and humanity.
- the pilot will introduce two new characters: Batmanuel (played
by NESTOR CARBONELL) a suave, Eurotrash hero who has a torrid
off-and-on relationship with Captain Liberty (played by LIZ VASSEY)
a beautiful but violent superhero with dubious connections to
the CIA and other shadowy government agencies.
are some other changes. Chief among them, sadly, is that the material
from the cartoon series has passed into the ownership of interests
outside this current endeavor. But, in a way, this situation has
served us well. We were forced to re-investigate our motives for
making this thing, and had to engineer it from the ground up,
applying what we've learned over the last few years to creating
a better, stronger Tick. The show will be closer in tone to the
comic book, favoring character over action, painting a superheroic
portrait of genuine human lameness. We will all miss various things
from the cartoon. I, personally, will miss SPEAK most of all.
But I am extra-hot on the new stuff in this prime time beast.
we get to make this a series, the four core writers of the cartoon
show (myself, RANDOLPH HEARD, RICHARD LIEBMANN-SMITH, and CHRIS
McCULLOCH) will be back in business, thrown into a tiny, smelly
room to squirm, thrill, and vomit out the first stabs at this
new expression of the Tick's message. And I suppose other, better-groomed
men and women will join in as necessity demands.
SONNENFELD (who directed Men In Black, among other films, and
who can make his finger smell like cheese simply by rubbing it
behind his right ear) is now the highest ranked General in the
army waging slow war against a non-Tick world culture. He, too,
KICKS ASS. The thing couldn't have a better helmsman -- a true
disciple of inspired weirdness, and a dude generous with his ample
talents. BO WELCH was our production designer, which means the
pilot looks beautiful. Know this if nothing else: we all of us
made an honest attempt to do the Tick justice.
AGAIN TO NOTE - This is only a pilot, and awaits FOX's final judgment
before it can go to series. Maybe our warped fruit will tumble
out of your TV screens sometime in October. I hope it will, and
I hope that you will decide to jump on the big Tick hay-ride to
Happyland. That would certainly help me pay my mortgage.