Saturday, March 11, 2006
Rapid Response Films (With Laughs)
In the days before the Internet, I always wondered how, within days of a newsworthy event, (frequently tasteless) jokes would circulate in offices throughout the country. (One that pops to mind: following the drowning death of actress Natalie Wood -- Question, "What kind of wood doesn't float?" Answer, "Natalie Wood.") Today, with the Internet now firmly established, this antiquated word-of-mouth method of so-called entertainment has been replaced with less offensive (and often, hysterical) animated short films which keenly parody current events. It seems, within a day of a particular event (such as the Dick Cheney hunting mishap), animated short films, commenting on it, are circulating in email boxes worldwide. And, more often than not, the source of these rapid response animated comedy shorts is the Flowgo network of entertainment sites. The Flowgo group of websites (which include Big Fat Baby, Fun One, Fun Town, Funny Greetings, Got Laughs, JustSayWow, and Send4Fun) is a division of the Intermix Media Network, which describes itself as "the world's leading network for shareable digital entertainment." Since its launch in 2001, Flowgo has grown to become one of the most recognized brands of Internet entertainment. Aside from its keen political parodies -- I tell you, the jabs during the 2004 President election, at both sides of the aisle, were among the funniest cartoons I've ever seen -- the Flowgo team of animators and writers also targets celebrities and current films as well. Some recent Flowgo films include: Britney's on the Road Again, When A Stranger Stranger Calls, and Bicurious George?. The site is also not above employing scatological humor in its animated presentations. In fact, some of its best known films include Poopy Pavarotti and Gruntin' and Dumpin' lil' Dumplin. It's most popular title to date? -- Pootin' Tootin' Luau Louie. Love it or hate it, Flowgo has made animated shorts (and political satire) vital again.