Taiwan’s Next Media Animation TV is usually the go-to spot for timely, cartooned synopses and send-ups of important pop cultural events.
The first time NMA appeared on my radar was when I watched their interpretation of Tiger Woods acting less like a squeaky clean billion dollar spokesperson and more like the way he’s characterized in this Maino jam. Their turn around-time is ridiculous, too. Less than 12 hours after Oscar ceremonies wrapped up, NMA uploaded this video summary (with an unexpected, but sweet shout out to Norm MacDonald, who may or may not be huge in East Asia).
But for one of Charlie Sheen’s latest tirades, (who NMA is usually all over like a laugh track on a lowest-common-denominator CBS sitcom), Slate V beat the Taiwanese company to the punchline.
Producers at the video spin-off of the online current events and cultural magazine made use of the stupid easy animation tools at Xtranormal, took the “juiciest bits” of Charlie Sheen’s interview/rant/tirade with Alex Jones, and made a pair of CGI bears perform those bits with monotoned aplomb.
You won’t see any of the wacky visuals to which NMA has made you accustomed, but the result is equally effective and just as funny. Here’s to hoping the good people at Slate V make a tradition out of it. If they do, we’ll see Sheen’s Xtranormaled Today Show interview soon.