Happy Harry Toons is the online outpost for 22-year-old British animator, Harry Partridge. Citing “kids programming from the late 80s” as his biggest animation inspiration, Partridge is known for aberrant SNL-like shorts and irreverent pop culture send ups, all stylized in the manner of old school Hasbro cartoons.
Partridge posted his first video to YouTube over three years ago (a 16-second He-Man inspired setup for a pretty sweet catchphrase), but it wasn’t until his Saturday Morning Watchmen (a re-imagination of Alan Moore’s magnum opus as a cheesy cartoon for pre-teens) hit the internet that the kid gained international acclaim. Since then, he’s been hired by the BBC for a set of satirical animations and continues to set his sights on mainstream media targets, including a juvenile depiction of Avatar and a dance remix for Nicolas Cage.
Partridge envisions the teen pop icon as the star of his own eponymous cartoon show. Bieber finds himself the center of attention amongst a cast of terrifying ragtag characters, sanitized for early Saturday morning television. With violent themes bubbling underneath a candy-colored veneer, the setting is more apropos for Gaga, but animated Bieber handles the situation with aplomb.
Here’s a plea to all the online video moguls reading: sign Partridge for a development deal. I would love to watch more of The Justin Bieber Show.