's 2014 Obscuri-Jam , the point of which is to show some love for lesser-known and underappreciated fictional characters. fav.me/d7cqwhy
This time, I've chosen to draw not one, but several characters from Zazoo U, a somewhat avant-garde Saturday morning cartoon that aired on Fox from 1990 to 1991 for thirteen episodes and then got canceled for being so weird and ahead of its time. Whenever I'd think back on the show, "dadaist" was the word that would usually come to mind. Yeah, it was still a cartoon aimed at kids, but it was about as trippy as a program like that could get while still trying to impart some kind of moral at the end of each episode.
Pictured here are Slogo, Logan, Bully, Dr. Russell, Boink, Tess, Grizzle, Ms. Devine and Rarf.
While perfect subject matter for an art jam focused on obscure characters, if I had tried to do fanart for Zazoo U in years past, I would not have been able to, for the simple reason that it is far too obscure- so obscure that I couldn't even find adequate references to draw the characters. For almost as long as I've been on the internet, I've intermittently attempted to dig up information about the show, but came up largely empty handed. Searching for "Zazoo U" on YouTube would only result in a foreign ad for condoms. Disney apparently owns the series now, but it has not been released on DVD in America, and I doubt doing so is a high priority for that company.
When I saw that AtomicTiki
was doing this art jam again, I thought I'd take yet another stab at looking up the series online. To my delight, it turned out that someone had uploaded a couple episodes to YouTube within the past year. It's not a lot, but it was far more than what I expected to find. Having not seen the show in over two decades, I wasn't certain what my reaction would be. It's not uncommon to discover as an adult that the stuff you looked fondly upon as an kid is not as great as you thought it was. However, I'm pleased to report that Zazoo U is still pretty much as odd and smart and cool as I remembered. If you're into surreal, offbeat toons, it might be worth your while to check it out.