Gone to the Movies . . . Hopefully


Y’all who’ve been here for any length of time already know about my love of the weird, the humorous, and the just plain silly.  The Muppets and Looney Tunes probably laid the groundwork when I was a child.  Early exposure to Shel Silverstein certainly didn’t hurt.  I watch Monty Python with unabashed joy.  And Dr. Demento was one of the staples of my adolescence.

Well, I saw over at Dangerous Minds that there’s a Kickstarter campaign to get funding for a Dr. Demento documentary made.  Here’s the trailer.

The good Doctor is someone I’d like to learn more about.  So much so that I’m actually considering dropping a few bucks on this one (for $30, I can get a DVD copy of the movie once it’s released).  For anyone unfamiliar, Kickstarter is a crowd-funding site through which creative types can get otherwise anonymous bystanders to give them money to get their work published/filmed/recorded/distributed.  Donors often receive premiums for their money (like the coffee mugs PBS gives away for pledges).  Google “Veronica Mars movie” for evidence of the power of Kickstarter.  I think it’s kind of an amazingly cool idea that just might make it easier for smaller, independent artists of all sorts get their work produced for public consumption.  The Internet is awesome.

Also awesome is this Dr. Demento classic by Bryan Bowers.  Have fun listening.  If you want to know more about Under the Smogberry Trees (or if you want to donate), here’s the direct link at Kickstarter.

You know, they really don’t wear anything beneath their kilts.  No wonder Craig Ferguson smiles so much.