Creative Spotlight: Transylvania Television

After the inevitable appearance of movie monsters in popular culture, most notably beginning with Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (1948), the legendary creatures that once held the night have been featured in a variety of media from Saturday morning cartoons to serious remakes of the original horrors. For hardcore fans this often comes as a double-edged sword, though these icons of fright are made into "entertaining" parodies of there former selves, it also serves as a testament to the undying spirit of these celebrated celluloid creatures.

And that's where a trio of genre fans from Minneapolis, Minnesota (Gordon Smuder, Michael Heagle, Clarke Stone) come in with their production: Transylvania Television (TVTV). More Muppets than Munsters, this puppet show that's full of heart... and a little bite.
A retro monster comedy series that's really not for kids, TVTV the show revolves around a group of misfit monsters trying desperately to run an obscure television station deep in Transylvania, with worldwide broadcast power and the ability to reanimate dead TV shows.
Full of in-genre references, such as the station's intern (an orange, candy corn colored yeti whose name is Furry J. Ackermonster), the trio are able to bring a great deal of depth to each character, taking their monster heritage and making it their own.

Appearing on YouTube as a series of 2-3 minute episodes, it is my understanding that Smuder and his crew have also tried to option the series out grassroots style as a local, late night horrow show. As an incentives to eager fans who are willing to donate to that cause, the crew is offering some old-school goodies such as a "decoder coffin," membership card, and even memorabilia from the show.

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