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Mel Wax and Hopeless Pictures

You may never have seen this animated show on the Independent Film Channel, I hadn’t until someone pointed it out to me but I’m sure glad I found it. There were not very many episodes made…but the few which saw the light of day were laugh-out-loud hysterical. Mel Wax is the lead. Wax heads up the washed-up film company, Hopeless Pictures in Hollywood. Much of his time is spent on the phone. He drives around in his car talking to anybody, everybody including his therapist. His whole life is a lie.

This riot of a show is based on the emptiness of Hollywood…but I’m sure we all know people like this no matter where we live. They’re always connected, nearly 24-7. These types are scared to death that if they’re not talking, emailing, IM’ing, facebooking, twittering, skyping on linkedin they won’t count. Wax does a great job of showing the ultimate in patheticness, making up stories of his importance, linking his life to whatever stories are being told by others, anything to shove his self importantness in the faces of everyone.

Wax personifies the me, me, me generation, which in this economic crisis, is SO over. His self-absorption is taken to extremes, but maybe not. The car Wax motors about in reminds me of the car in the TV show “Get Smart” about a self-absorbed blithering idiot spy, whose sidekick was called Agent 99 maybe this car makes a connection? Anyway I just find this very funny.

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4 Comments

  1. joe s
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ann. Thanks for posting this clip. I’d never heard of this series, it’s funny. I couldn’t find anything on the ifc website, only small bits on youtube, I’ll keep looking.
    One of my favorite movies is The Player, with Tim Robbins and Greta Scacchi, 1992. It’s about the movie business, with lots of Hollywood insider jokes. I haven’t seen it in a while, I think the opening scene was one long continuous shoot. Good stuff.
    Joe

  2. Posted February 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  3. joe s
    Posted February 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Hey folks, click on the link posted by Ann to watch the pilot for free on Amazon. It’s 27 minutes of hilarity. The animation is crude, but somehow very appropriate. Mel’s life is sure a lie, but as his therapist says, “all of your problems are real.” Thanks Ann.

  4. Posted February 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    You’re very welcome, Joe.