Friday, November 29, 2013
Seinfeld, The Animated Series
Did you know that some people never knew about the Seinfeld cartoon? To quote Jerry Seinfeld, "Who Are these people?!?"
Cartoon Seinfeld characters first appeared in 1998, and were created by artist Glen Hanson (known for his work in illustration, comics, and animated shows like MTV's Spy Groove and a proposed TV series version of Disney's The AristoCats).
The Seinfeld animated series took viewers places that the live action show never could. This included guest cameos by some very famous personalities, including Monica Lewinsky, who played "Gipple" in the episode The Double Date With Mulva and Gipple.
In Three Men and an Ugly Baby, Ted Danson and Bill Cosby guest star as Jerry's new neighbors, Bill and Ted.
Danson and Cosby also appeared in the episode Bill and Ted and Jerry's Excellent Adventure.
Kramer gets cloned in Kramer VS Kramer, and becomes a co-owner of a diner in Green Eggs and Pigman.
Kramer also becomes a Ninja in Kung Fu Fighting With Donna Chang.
Elaine continues to explore her writing and cartooning career by scripting a children's show in Spongebobworthy.
Jerry's postman nemesis ruins the holidays by sending everyone to jail (for mail fraud) in How The Newman Stole Festivus.
Kenny Rogers Roasters chicken restaurants had a special Bobble Head promotion to promote the Seinfeld cartoon.
The taxi cab display with all four Seinfeld bobble head figures is highly valued by collectors.
Of course I've made up most everything I've written here (there was NOT a Seinfeld Animated Series), but the content (totally out of context) could be found in a special issue of TV Guide in May of 1998.
This special Seinfeld issue of TV Guide featured covers by legendary illustrator Al Hirschfeld.
There were covers for Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer.
Hirschfeld's work has been enjoyed and admired for decades, and even served as the inspiration for Disney's Aladdin and the Rhapsody in Blue segment of Fantasia 2000.
For more fun, check out NBC It! Seinfeld and Wings Kellogg's Cereal Prizes (which is real!!).