Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tom Goes to the Mayor

Tom Goes to the Mayor was an American animated television series on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Created by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the show premiered on November 14, 2004 and ended on September 25, 2006, after two seasons and 30 episodes. Adult Swim has described this as "one of the most polarizing shows" they have ever had, indicating that viewers "either love it or hate it."

Tom Goes to the Mayor started off as a web cartoon on It was popular enough to get a web sequel, in which David Cross guest stars. Bob Odenkirk noticed the show's potential, and began producing it for Adult Swim. The basic plot of the show centers on Tom Peters, a new citizen to the town of Jefferton who is "full of ideas," and the Mayor who always tweaks Tom's ideas and causes them to backfire.

The show features a crude yet distinctive limited animation style which is made by taking photos of the cast with different facial expressions and body language. The photos are filtered using the "photocopy" image filter in Adobe Photoshop, so that they are made up of only monochromatic blue and white, resembling mimeographs. There are some live-action scenes, usually on a television set within the show.[4]

On August 21, 2006, at 12:30, Tom Goes to the Mayor was broadcast as scheduled. Adult Swim then answered a fan letter requesting a TV marathon of the show by actually showing numerous episodes instead of the normal scheduled programming, as if on a whim.

Creators Tim and Eric announced in Chicago that this series will be out-of-production for the foreseeable future so that they may concentrate on their new series, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Indeed, the Tom Goes to the Mayor DVD set is marketed as "The Complete Series" which indicates that there will likely be no more episodes. Production ended in September 2006 with 30 episodes.

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