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24 x 30 minute episodes
MTV presented this weekly fast-paced 30-minute potpourri of short animated films – all united by attitude rather than style – from independent producers whose work would not normally be shown on television
The presented shorts – approximately 15 of them in each half-hour show – gave an audience to underground animation such as Beavis and Butthead (which was spun off into a series of its own); The Art School Girls of Doom (live action against collage backgrounds starring two ultra-hip, utterly cool and unremittingly idle young women who were always three steps ahead of the latest thing); Stick Figure Theater (stick figure animations set to the original soundtracks of classic Hollywood films); Aeon Flux (which also received its own series); Winter Steele (a badass female puppet who travelled the US on a Harley Davidson), and Soap Opera (a stop-motion parody starring actual bars of soap).
The common denominators were a strong graphic sensibility and a slightly bent sense of humour.
And the segments were so short that if you didn’t like something you were watching, you only had to wait two minutes and you’d see something else!