This American Life

by alphamonkey on March 21, 2007 · 6 comments

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Ira Glass’s This American Life is coming to Showtime starting March 22nd, and this is one of the very, very rare times I wish I had Showtime (or cable, for that matter).  Here’s a sneak peek of an animated segment by Chris Ware and John Kuramoto. 

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  • Your Good Twin

    You know, I really love “This American Life”.  The stories are so wonderful.

    But this is NOT what I expected and I’m very disappointed.  I guess I basically expected sort of mini-documentaries.  Not just talking over video.  It’s just the radio program… but with the animations, like Shorties Watching Shorties.  And the problem I have with that is I enjoy imagining the settings and rundowns of what stories the people tell.  But with the animation, not only does it take away what I’m used to imagining in my head (much as movies take away the way we imagine books they are based on), but it’s distracting me from really listening to the story.  Not only THAT, but it kind of forces emotions on me, if that makes any sense?  Like, I might be having a profound moment listening to this person talk, but the screen might be showing some goofy animation.

    I really feel like this may have been a bad idea, but I hope the show turns out better overall.  Perhaps this is just how one part of one story was handled.

  • Genius Juice

    Yeah, I’m thinking that this preview might be animated to grab all the Chris Ware fans out there. It would be hard to believe this would be the format for all the upcoming stories and if it is the case I’ll also be disappointed.

  • fotomatt

    If the episode that aired last night on Showtime is any indication, the program will indeed be video and not animated.

  • LupineFresh

    Anyone know the name of the first song they use here for background?  It’s driving me bonkers trying to find it.

    And by “Driving me Bonkers” I mean I actually own a car which I neamed Bonkers and this song is driving it and if I don’t get the name then I won’t know how to report the theft to the police.

    But seriously… anyone?

  • .alphamonkey.
  • LupineFresh

    Well then… right..  so… yes… I- I…


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