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"Pasta Wars" - Producer's Notes

The boys take on the search for alternative fuels with a novel idea - a car that runs on pasta!
DIRECTOR'S NOTES: This was one of our first show ideas from a very funny premise by Doug Berman.


- The news anchor Jim LaHair who sounds like Jim Lehrer of the PBS show "The News Hour", really is Jim Lehrer.
- The pretty Brunette Chef protesting with the other chefs is an homage to British author and cooking personality Nigella Lawson.
- When Crusty references the use of soybeans in ancient China, someone in the background is chanting something. In ancient Chinese tradition as the Emperor used to be carried in procession through the Forbidden City, a herald called out Long Live, and the response was The Emperor! So in our version he chants "Won Tsue Da-Doh!", Long Live the Bean!
- When Stash hits Crusty with some pasta, he says "Shaddup Panie Klusky, Takatak tak!" That is Polish for "Shaddup Mr Noodles, yadadayaddah."
FOCUS ON: TOM MINTON - Story Editor. Tom is a Peabody award-winning screenwriter whose past credits include "Tinytoon Adventures", "Animaniacs" and "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse."

QUESTION: What were the challenges trying to create this adult animated show as opposed to children's TV cartoons?

TOM: In a typical children's animated series, particularly an FCC-friendly one aimed at the 2-5 age level, a credentialed educational consultant must be hired and his or her notes must be scrupulously addressed. Since Click and Clack are official grownups, they needed no supervision whatsoever. Because we have such iconic, well-known voice print leads, it was fun imagining what sorts of things they might do that would take full advantage of the animation medium. "Pasta Wars", for example, sports a visual, cartoony premise that works for any age group, but Click and Clack bring their own experience to the story, grounding it in their own unique reality. As the series went on, I noticed to what an extent the boys are already living in a sort of ongoing cartoon of their own making. It's pretty surreal on its own merits, and never dull. It was also very cool that our West Coast Animation Unit could accomplish in a small office on laptops what it took a crew of sixty people to do thirty years ago, working in a warehouse. The digital age is finally here. Now where are our flying cars?