(Re)Animations: What It's Like Being Alone

In the mid-2000s, while Mac and Bloo were walking the halls of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, there was another home for kooky creatures in Canada called What It's Like Being Alone. Much more of a dark humor than Foster's, this show focused on a group of unwanted and misunderstood children who all seemed to have ended up at the brooding Gurney Orphanage.

Though the tone of What It's Like Being Alone was rather bleak there was one beacon of hope for these outcasts named Nanny Goodapple. As their caretaker, Goodapple would often guide the children through their many unusual misadventures. Said misadventures often dealt with some hefty themes such as divorce, bigotry, religion, and even death.

Created by Brad Peyton, a self-confessed strange kid, the show only lasted one season due primarily to lackluster reviews and poor ratings. The look of the show is comparative to many of Tim Burton's work and from seeing Peyton previous short film, Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl, I'd have to agree that he shares Burton sense of empathy as well. I've yet to see all of the episodes, but the ones I have seen (such as the one above) shows a great appreciation for a time in life that we are all equal in fear and fascination: childhood.

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  1. Anonymous said...:

    Well, it was...different. (Although that "Babylon 5" mention had me laughing. XD )

    But it had a good lesson. :) I think the girl playing Aldous was also Evelyn from that short...sounds a lot like her.

  1. Strange Kid said...:

    @LaDracul: It certainly has its odd charm... much like what I'd imagine Tim Burton would produce were he to create an animated series.

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