The producers of MAD talk about reanimating the magazine for TV on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim

MAD Magazine gets a new shot at TV life tonight with the Labor Day series premiere of MAD on the Cartoon Network, with 26 episodes airing Mondays in the 8:30 p.m. slot that kicks off an earlier version of the net's Adult Swim block. I spoke to the show's producers, Kevin Shinick (creative director on Robot Chicken) and Marek Marek (lead animator for Crank Yankers, and DJ & the Fro; animator and director of music videos for Tenacious D and They Might Be Giants, among others). But first, here's the official 30-second teaser clip: Why now? Shinick: "Since 1952, actually, we've been asked that question at lot. Why now? It just seemed right. I don't know why it's taken so long…I've talked and read about people who worked on The Simpsons, I worked on Robot Chicken. Everybody cites MAD as an influence…it just seemed right that the pendulum should swing back to MAD. MADtv didn't really capture the magazine. To really do it, you had to be animated. Plus we're able to do things like enlist Sergio Aragones, and Tom Richmond." Marek: "Now that you've seen this, the weight of expectations is even bigger." Shinick: "I'm standing on top of my desk with a rope hanging around my neck now." Did you have to wait for MADtv to end its TV life before doing this? Marek: "I think to some...

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