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"Boston Blackout" - Producer's Notes

In this episode our heroes, in their never ending search for ways to work less and goof off more, build a mechanical mechanic. A Roomba for the grease monkey set. But the machine has such a voracious appetite for power that catastrophe results! Click & Clack give a valuable lesson in energy management and conservation.
DIRECTOR'S NOTES: It was fun designing this show to look like it occurs locally in Boston. Click & Clack's Beantown brogue is so pure that it would be an injustice to do otherwise. That neighborhood flavor gives it an atmosphere and charm it wouldn't have, had we just set it in a generic cartoon-land. The long shots of the city are based upon the actual view of the Boston Skyline as seen from across the Charles River in Cambridge. Likewise we accurately portray Harvard Square, Harvard Yard and Copley Square.

Next season it would be fun to do a show set in winter with the river frozen and all the joys of digging your driveway and scraping your windshield.


- The protesting chef that is the brunette lady in a green sweater is an homage to bestselling British chef Nigella Lawson.
- The abandoned bus in Click & Clack's back yard is painted in the colors of a Boston municipal bus (MBTA).
FOCUS ON: DOUG BERMAN - Head Writer. Doug has been a longtime collaborator with Click & Clack on their radio show, as well as the Executive Producer of the hit NPR show - Wait, wait ...don't tell me!

QUESTION: What are the differences in writing a TV show from a radio program?

DOUG: One of the obvious differences in writing for animation (vs writing for radio) is that you don't have to convey everything with their words. I know... well, duh! But after writing for Click and Clack for radio for 20 years, this took a little getting used to. So when Tom says, "I have to powder my nose," instead of having Ray say: "the only thing that's gonna help YOUR nose is gunpowder!" Ray can simply extend a conveniently available barrel of stuff labeled GUNPOWDER and say "Try some of this."

In other ways, it was very similar to writing for the guys for radio, though. In a way, they're kind of "cartoon characters" on the air, in that their jokes tend to be image oriented and based on exaggerated action a lot of the time. So it's not much of a stretch to extend their personalities to an animated sitcom.