Cartoon Network (ended 2006)
Tom Peters is full of ideas. The Mayor is eager to embrace almost any proposal, as long as it is accompanied by a snazzy Powerpoint presentation or a cool musical number.
Tom Peters is a would-be entrepreneur and civic do-gooder in the eccentric small town of Jefferton. He brings his crackpot ideas to The Mayor, who invariably endorses them. From there, the show explores the comedic possibilities of government machinations, provincial thinking and tragically misguided civic pride.
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, the show's creators, met in 1994 as college freshmen at Temple University, helping each other out on film and video coursework. After graduation, they continued to work together, working in both New York and Philadelphia on strange short films. One of their first projects, Tom Goes to The Mayor, a short, dry conversation about a proposed buffet restaurant, was included in Penn University's Institute of Contemporary Art and selected by the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema as a short film. In 2001, Tim and Eric compiled "Tom" and several others shorts onto a tape that they sent to all their comedy heroes, including Bob Odenkirk. He liked it. Together, these three developed Tom Goes to The Mayor as a TV series, which they pitched to Adult Swim, while Tim and Eric continued to make short films and perform in comedy showcases. In early 2004, Adult Swim gave the greenlight to the series.
Tom Goes to The Mayor has a unique animation style. Tim and Eric take still photographs of real actors, processing them with a computer filter. The various still poses are strung together to tell the story, in a fashion not unlike a school filmstrip. No "lip flap" and very little actual movement of arms, legs and objects are used. As a result, the series sets a new definition for the phrase "limited animation," and establishes a compelling visual style.
The show was renewed for a 17 episode second season which began on June 5, 2006 and concluded on September 25, 2006.
Season 1 and 2 DVDs are due out by Spring 2007 according to Tim and Eric's website.
Theme Song Jefferton alive! Jefferton alive! The Mayor: (spoken) Hi. I'm the Mayor, and my door is always open for you! Jefferton alive! Tom Peters: (spoken) My name is Tom Peters and I'm full of ideas. Community spirit! The Mayor: (spoken) Hi, how are you? (laughs) Shopping! Food! Free to be, Being free, Jefferton alive!moreless