Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Unmade 'Prometheus and Bob' Live-Action Movie Explained | NickRewind

Prometheus And Bob was an animated short featured on Nickelodeon's animated sketch-comedy series KaBlam!, but here's why a live-action movie version didn't happen.

Here's why a planned live-action version of the Prometheus And Bob segment from KaBlam! didn't happen. The 1990s was something of a golden period for cartoon shows on Nickelodeon, which includes the likes of Hey Arnold! and Rugrats. They produced some cult favorites like Rocko's Modern Life and KaBlam! too, which were unique even among Nickelodeon's madcap line-up. The latter show was created by Robert Mittenthal, Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (McRobb and Viscardi also worked on The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Snow Day), and the format saw animated hosts Henry and June introducing sketches done in different styles, including claymation.

Some of the regular segments on KaBlam! included ferret roommates Sniz & Fondue and the Action League Now!, which used action figures and "CHUCKIMATION" to depict the adventures of a bunch of not-very superheroes. One of the best recurring segments was Prometheus And Bob, which saw the government looking through tapes where a purple alien named Prometheus is trying to teach a dimwitted caveman named Bob how to do things like cook or paint. Prometheus recorded his experiments, which typically end in chaos.

Prometheus And Bob is a slapstick delight and is made all the more impressive by its stop-motion animation. The sketches were created by Cote Zellers, and in 2019 he spoke to the Cult Popture channel about the abandoned plans to make a live-action movie version of the sketch. Zellers revealed the project was set up at Paramount, with Clueless director Amy Heckerling set to helm.

The Prometheus And Bob movie was also set to reunite Tommy Boy and Black Sheep co-stars David Spade (Rules of Engagement, Just Shoot Me) and Chris Farley (SNL). While Zellers didn't specify which characters the actors would play, it feels almost certain Spade would have played Prometheus and Farley would play Bob, with the former being constantly flabbergasted by the latter's wacky antics. Farley's tragic passing in 1997 appears to have essentially doomed the project, though Zellers reveals the movie was still developed for some time afterward, which includes a screenplay he was very unhappy with.

Zellers revealed that many of the concepts from that unmade Nickelodeon Prometheus and Bob script went in the 2010 Jack Black comedy Gulliver's Travels. Those hoping for more Prometheus and Bob episodes or a movie will be disappointed, however, as the writer revealed Nickelodeon appears to have little to no interest in revisiting the characters. The Prometheus And Bob tapes skits are easy to find on YouTube, for those KaBlam! fans who feel like a hit of nostalgia. Full episodes of KaBlam! are also available to stream on Paramount+.

Original source: ScreenRant.

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