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Posted by officialericcrooks - November 15th, 2018


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The overwhelming side to

puppetry and animation

filmmaking

 

By

 

Erica Crooks

 

 

I’m not exactly sure how to begin this blog post. But it’s something that came to my mind this evening as I little by little unpacking and organizing things in my new apartment.

As I now relax and take it easy this evening in my new apartment , I think about a little bit about my previous apartment. For those who don’t already know this , I was living out of my mother’s bedroom as a temporary apartment ( me and my mother live in the same neighborhood ) because I was being bullied by transphobic middle aged men in my neighborhood and no one really did anything about it so the only solution was to let the landlords know that I’d like another apartment which I did feel pushed out of my other one which I was at since 2010. 

So it’s a relief to have an apartment again , even though my own mother is my next-door neighbor ironically. lol , still this 30 year old wants to live an independent life even though my mom still acts like a mom. 

But that’s not exactly what I wanted to talk about in this blog post ,

The other thing I wanted to mention was when I rebuilt my puppets for The Erica Crooks Show again from 2013 / 2014 - 2016 . 

And I think I mentioned this in my somewhat recent behind the scenes blog videos where I mention that I work out of my own apartment . It’s one thing if you have a little home office.

It’s another when you turn it into a puppet film studio and workshop.

Not only was the show funded out of my own personal money , but many times I would work late nights and crash into bed with barely any sleep at all.

Also I had the bad habit of not really cleaning after myself after filming because I was so exhausted . In a recent video I did showing how I go about building my puppets , I mentioned my awareness that the puppets are cheaply built which I like to compare my puppets to crash-test dummies . However the best puppet builders know that when you build a puppet , you want to make sure that they will last because puppets do wear out. 

The Muppets did this all the time , they kept rebuilding current characters as well as new ones.

And since we live in a hierarchical capitalist society , yes things cost money.

And many times I felt like a single parent raising many kids ( my puppets ).

So as you can already tell , this may not be a normal average person living in an apartment.

Sure it was fun but at the same time it was overwhelming probably due to social media.

Social Media encourages people who create online content not only quality content but quantity but sometimes there’s people who put out quantity over quality.

I tried to do my best to deliver both but I know I’m not the only one to feel the “ Burn-out “ .

Even the biggest YouTube stars get burned out . 

I still remember when I had a public access television show which of course was The Erica Crooks Show from 2006 - Spring 2009 , I filmed the show like an independent mini-movie technically making my own television program out of my own room or the basement of my abusive father’s house ( usually when he was asleep or not home ) . 

And since I did video editing and things , This was No simple public access TV show , I was doing my best to make a quality comedy show with a shoe string budget. 

And the show went from once a week , to every other week , to bi-weekly , to once a month , to bi-monthly , etc. And I think even doing online stuff I tend to fall into the same trap the more quality I load into something. 

Hollywood has got all the money and only a lucky few get in if at all , one moment someone would be part of a show loved my many and the next they end up trying to make the bills even with their comic con career. 

Now back to my apartment situation , it’s often difficult to record sound and I’m just lucky no one ever complained about me being too loud. Lol 

I’m thankful for the work I got done from 2013 - 2016.

 

However I did have a thought that came to my mind many times in recent months.

Just how many people are trying to imitate the 30 minute half hour television show format and doing it in their videos as a one person show ? 

And if doing this format with a sketch comedy show featuring over 100 puppets is challenging and a lot of hard work , try doing the South Park challenge by trying to make a 30 minute animated comedy show within 6 days however unlike South Park , you do it by yourself. That’s even more insane.

 

Noticed how my Halloween comedy special ended up being 1 minute long ? And also I had a planned Halloween special in 2014 that eventually got abandon.

 

The Ask Dr LeBrick Halloween Special was probably the fastest I ever came to doing anything relating to making a movie by myself with the exception of doing my show of course.

The fun thing about that special as well as The Ask Dr LeBrick Holiday Special was about 99% of it all was improv and adding stuff through editing and things like that.

It was so wild , creative and fun to do no matter how low brow.

And it kind of brought me back to my roots before my show became more and more of a satirical comedy show then the silly comedy show that made no sense like it was when I started going on 20 years ago.

 

Here’s the thing about television , it’s pretty much as good as dead unless someone was doing something necessary . Because when puppets and cartoon animation is made for television , technically it’s filmmaking.

 

The differences between what’s available to us within the last 20 years ( which is pretty much as old as the internet itself ) is that filmmaking equipment has became more advanced and affordable while before if you weren’t in the mainstream you couldn’t do it.

 

However like I said due to capitalism , it’s hard to resemble anything with the same quality unless of course someone successfully fundraises it with something on the lines of Kickstarter , indigogo , Patreon , or some form of online crowdfunding .

 

It’s just that even though it may look easy , it’s really a lot of hard work and effort that goes into what I do . Also a lot of time to make too.

 

When I was in my 20s and even younger , I had so much more energy than I have now at age 30. And I know it might sound silly and perhaps I’m sounding older then I am , but again what I was trying to achieve was making my own television show and I did achieve that even though at times it was hit or miss.

 

I love the work that I’ve done and still love to do it , although brainstorming many possibilities of trying new things and formats out is a good idea. There’s a saying “ Quality over Quantity “ which sounds like a good idea , however it takes forever and I loose my concentration and it might get abandoned if I’m too bored. That’s why when I do something such as The Ask Dr LeBrick specials , I would constantly add more new ideas and creative stuff into it so I would still have interest in completing the project.

 

There’s so much freedom in what I do which makes it so much fun to do , however sometimes I write down so many ideas that a lot of them need to be thought into consideration before I decided to go and create a new project without abandoning it.

 

I think the life lesson that I’ve learned within the past 3 years was to take better care of myself and take breaks when I need them. And sometimes that can be hard to do because I would work in huge bursts of energy and then burn out , and then I get the second wind after having thoughts of quitting for awhile and the whole cycle happens again. 

 

 

I think the most important aspect in what I do is to remember why I do what I do. Because if it ain’t fun , why do it ? And sometimes when taking breaks I get re-energized and re-inspired.

Also it good to plan stuff instead of doing a life balancing / juggling act where one works on a new film project while things in the personal life get in the way.

 

One of the things that I’ve been doing since the 2017 Season of my show was not to go into production all year round and take the rest of the year off if I feel like I need time to re-charge and stuff . But even making shows in bulk like I was trying to do didn’t work out for me exactly.

 

It’s interesting because if you look at how certain television shows are made now a days , many shows take on that filmmaking format and like movies , some are made in the matter of months while others take longer. But one person does everything independently outside the Hollywood system , perhaps it depends on what they do , but perhaps it would take longer.

 

As an anarchist , I strongly feel that art in such a free society such as an anarchist society / 5D Earth because without the worry about money , artists will have the maximum unlimited freedom to do what they want to do as well as meet like minded artists that won’t screw them over.

 

So in conclusion , when you set your body , mind and soul into something , perhaps an indicator of if something you do is meant to be , perhaps see if you fall into such a loop that I go into. lol

 

_ Erica

 

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Posted by officialericcrooks - November 15th, 2018



Posted by officialericcrooks - November 15th, 2018


The following is a blog post from my other blogs and it's about my current perspectives about bringing love and peace to the world.

The links to my other stuff are below the blog post so if your interested , check them out. :)

_ Erica

 

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Simplifying the Heart

By

Erica Crooks

 

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What would an Anarchist Society and 5D Earth be like as well as people being aware of New Thought / New Age Spirituality such as being able to manifest and attract anything happy into your life’s existence through The Law of Attraction as well as the abundant freedom that life has to offer where hierarchy becomes obsolete . 

 

I can’t help but notice that the world is like a big giant heart puzzle that was once but together and ha been shattered. Some were able to fill in a big piece of the puzzle while others may have been trying to destroy individual pieces or perhaps hoarding it for themselves ( hierarchy ) and trying to make people deny that it doesn’t exist so no one would take that puzzle piece away from them EVER AGAIN ! And when I refer to “ puzzle piece “ , I’m talking about love.

 

Love has it’s many variants and for the most part it’s so tender and strong that some shy away from it , some deny it’s existence , and perhaps try to replace it with something cheap , superficial and distracting such as building a business in order to earn money to by things to satisfy good in your life in a world gone mad. There’s addicts that get hooked just to access that feeling of ease into their body in a way where they think is the logical way to access such love and if it’s illegal , they will defend it with violence.

 

Perhaps what I’m trying to say is this . “ Perhaps love IS the answer “ .

 

Even people who watch current movies no matter how capitalist Hollywood it gets with movies in the genre of “ Slice of Life “ where it’s just about someone else’s life other than your own and it’s filled with laughs and positive satisfaction , something perhaps you wish to experience … maybe a little bit. So you defend that movie even though there’s better movies that achieve the same goal , perhaps it’s something you remember from childhood that cheered you up when you had abusive parents and barely any friends that are any good and aren’t sociopaths that took advantage of you , which you didn’t realize until it was too late. AKA television is your only friend because it can hurt you as much as people did in your life .

 

Even Rik Mayall as mentioned that the world needs laughter , even when people go to a funeral , someone could fart and many fear the rudeness of busting out laughing. A laugh is kind of like someone needing a drink , but when we are happy , we can laugh out of joy instead of coping with life.

 

There’s a light-worker mission purpose which I keep repeating myself over and over about the awareness of MBTI , Numerology , Self Determination theory , the pyramid of human needs , Libertarian Socialist Anarchist and New Age / New Thought Spirituality ( Law of Attraction ) , etc Perhaps these elements are like big completed puzzle pieces in which if we all act as a collective to corporate with ourselves and each other can help complete the heart puzzle which is unconditional love - Heaven on Earth.

 

“ Perhaps I’m a Dreamer , but I know I’m not the only one. “ _ John Lennon ( Imagine )

 

Even as brutal as satirists can be , it’s a literature that can make people laugh as well as entertain and think . “ Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. “

 

When I was going up to becoming a teenager , my mindset still is “ Look at this mess , who’s responsible and how come no one is bothering to clean it up “ . However now a days , I see it’s a more complicated situation that I thought. But love isn’t complicated , love is simple .

Hate and fear is complicated. 

 

Through years of research to current , it’s obvious that hate and fear is indeed hierarchy and it needs to be stopped. When we grow up , we are taught to hate and fear things. 

 

There’s a quote I’ve heard awhile back regarding the most cruel people in the world which goes like this. “ ( These kinds of people ) need the most love but deserve it the least . “

 

This kind of forgiveness from a distance is related to everything I’ve talked about even in “ Adults Get Bullied Too ! “ https://www.officialericcrooks.com/adults-get-bullied-too.html

 

 

Libertarian Socialist Anarchism is the most perfect political structure in life globally I think. Because the only structure there is , is freedom but respecting your fellow others.

 

New Age / New Thought Spirituality ( Law of Attraction ) is great because no matter where your at if your living a good life which keeps getting better or your homeless or in jail , all you need is to think feeling that feel good and you attract your own life and create it with your thoughts and feelings. We need to think from the inside out instead of the outside in. That’s why it’s called new thought. If we can apply this spiritual phenomenon to anarchism and vice versa , perhaps it would help a social revolution happen that much peacefully and perhaps it’s possible. If I can manifest my Twin Flame who I only knew 9 years in telepathy in my mind and meet her face to face afterwords , I know AS FACT this stuff works ! It’s just takes practice and dedication to master it.

 

 

And finally I find MBTI ( Myers Briggs Personality Type Science ) , Astrology / Zodiac , Numerology quite accurate .

 

MBTI : Explains your personality. I’m an INFP myself and I know in my heart this is a personality which relates to my soul. However I wonder if this is the same with other people or if their personality type is a product of the effects of hierarchy such as the ESTJ .

Because there are personality types that are open to this stuff and there’s those who accept hierarchy as human nature which is anything but. It can be a great tool in the here and now to know yourself be true even a little better as well as those around you.

As an intuitive , I know that intuitive and sensors think differently. It’s almost like a different language. Perhaps it’s all about finding that middle ground of communication where both opposites can not only understand one another but can agree on something humanitarian .

That’s most certainly related to the idealist founder Isabell Briggs Myers ( also an INFP ) .

 

Astrology / Zodiac : I find it very accurate , especially if it’s the day something happens. However it can be vague . I say The Law of Attraction , you do determine it’s intensity. 

 

Numerology : It’s like both MBTI and Astrology together . It’s related to your energy I feel. Which is why I said in previous blog videos and blog articles on the reason why say that if someone had the same MBTI type , they can still differ slightly as well as their own individual life experience. 

 

But what’s great about MBTI is it gives you an idea of the kind of soulmate would best fit into your life as well as the kind of friends you would best get along with. However if you don’t know yourself in detail and in full , you could be slightly off but practice makes perfect . In 2015 I thought I was an ENFP not an INFP . Likewise I thought my Twin Flame might be an ENTP . Though when I meet my Twin Flame , I realized that perhaps what I found attractive in ENTPs wasn’t related to the T part of their personality type , maybe it’s just the ENP part , I don’t know. Sense of humor I suppose , but I’m an NP so I have it. lol 

For now I would say my Twin Flame is in fact an **FP . She might as well be an INFP too but I’ll know for sure at Twin Flame Union / Twin Flame Reunion .

 

 

In conclusion , if people are consciously aware of it or unconsciously aware , people need love. However due to the damage that hierarchy does every single day from any area we suffer in life if major or minor as it might seem. From someone destroying your car in a car accident who refuses to admit it was their fault so they place the blame on you for hitting them even though their car has barely damage on it if at all to a pet fish that only lived for months in a fish bowl which Chlorine water came from the sink with no filter , I hope someday the world will wake up to the bigger picture and not treat it as a individual problem that stands alone.

 

 

Perhaps this is relating to just how an iNtuitive such as myself might see things which is to see the patterns in which everything fits into a bigger picture .

 

But this isn’t about iNtuitives vs Sensors ( MBTI ) , this is about something we all need.

 

 

When we were babies , we would be co-dependent on our mother’s love. However when we get older , we are miseducated about how life truly is and what we can do to change it.

 

I think people would be interested in solutions rather than focusing on the problems of the world without any answers to it which is exactly what the news does all the time.

 

I would stay away from listening to the news , until last year when I got into Rachel Maddow because she makes it fun and entertaining even though I’m a spiritual anarchist . Ok , I watch it for Rachel Maddow . lol

 

But the point I’m trying to make is this , love comes from within not outside of yourself.

Perhaps that’s where all the problems , hate , fear and complexity is.

 

Look at Trump . What if his achievements of power are just an expression of the lack of love and or an attempt to gain love instead of an expression of love .

 

Like politics , why are we relying on co-dependency of others for our happinesses ?

Do we read other people’s comments of what they think of us or if they gives us a thumbs up or down on our uploaded videos and online content determine our self worth for ourselves ?

 

Perhaps this can relate to my personal Twin Flame journey which I’ve been working on every single day since 2016 which I’m currently learning to fill my own up , perhaps we all are.

 

It’s in the matter of inner stability , and I know that I’m not alone , we are all in this together.

 

It’s in the matter of inner discipline of self and personal growth. 

 

As I stated before , New Age / New Thought Spirituality ( Law of Attraction / Twin Flame ) teachers can tell you this stuff however very few will not only NOT CHARGE YOU ANYTHING but also bring awareness about THE NEGATIVITY ENERGY OF HIERARCHY !

 

That’s what most of them get wrong. And I’m sure I’ve written about this topic alone more than once . https://www.facebook.com/pg/officialericcrooks/notes/

 

Perhaps the ruling class who are on top of the hierarchy pyramid if capitalists , royalty , secret societies or perhaps invisible malevolent extraterrestrials ( The New World Order )

https://in5d.com/who-really-runs-this-world/

https://www.truthcontrol.com/new-world-order-guide

 

 

There’s a big debate which people know about which is the fight of Good vs Evil . 

But there are some who don’t even want to think about it or are indifferent to it saying that such duality doesn’t even exist because in human nature we both have a devil and an angel on our shoulder in our mind.

 

My perspective on this is that if you translate Good and Evil , you get Soul vs Ego , which finally reveals to be Love vs Hate & Fear .

 

So if people were pro-love and peace , perhaps it relates to what left wing people support university if American , British , French , anywhere .

 

Perhaps we need to look at The Ruling Class who runs hierarchy in a way someone in psychology does at toxic personality disorders and mental illnesses that can harm self and others , and it’s not like many of these people are going to cooperate with you or anyone if they aren’t gaining what they think they want. 

 

Also there’s sociopaths , narcissists , psychopaths , dark triad , https://darkpsychology.co

Who can lie and do lie online or offline. 

And we’ve all been victims of such abuse in many areas in our life if someone who was close to us if family or social circle of friends or even a lover to perhaps some jerk in the neighborhood that pushed you out of your apartment which no judge , no lawyer , no cop , no landlord would be there for you.

We’ve all gone through situations like this.

I sure have.

https://www.officialericcrooks.com/adults-get-bullied-too.html

9 years ago , I might not have been alive to bring awareness about all of this as I am.

 

But as I mentioned before , the crueler someone acts , the more love they need.

The question is how do we do it from afar ? 

 

 

I think I received something from my spirit guides awhile back which they tell me that they try to reach everyone in a matter which they can understand them but some choose to listen to their subtle voice and others dismiss it completely as a random thought in their head.

 

How interesting is it that the world finds actions more important than the science of the mind. The mind just is. Either it feels good or it feels bad. So who are we to judge.

 

 

My spirit guides I believe let me know that there’s people who are so mentally in bondage that the only way they are going to learn is when karma gives them a good kick in the butt.

 

And I think I know of a certain song that relates to what I just said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLy2SaSQAtA

 

 

 

_ Erica

 

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Posted by officialericcrooks - November 13th, 2018


 

 

The Happytime Murders 

 

OK , I finally seen the movie and what’s interesting is the actual movie is FREAKIN’ BORING !

Allow me to recommend “ Meet The Feebles “ and “ Puppets Who Kill “ for those who are looking for some good Dark Comedy satirical Puppetry .

 

THERE IS ONE SCENE I DID LAUGH AT THAT WAS NOT IN THE TRAILER ! When Edwards shoots Phil in the arm and he makes a comedic “ screams like a girl gag ( for example a similar gag used on Johnny Bravo ) “ type scream .  

 

So was Brain Henson right about what he said in the interview ? I think The Happytime Murders was a desperate sell out to bring Puppet Up ! / Stuffed and Unstrung to a more mainstream direction. The TNN series didn’t work out , neither did the other Henson Alternative stuff. And what makes Henson Alternative fail compared to the inspirations of the original Jim Henson Muppet team behind the camera in all it’s naughty goodness is like what I’ve said before in my previous blog post and blog videos , “ If it’s not creative and or satirical , it’s not funny. “ 

 

Now that scream thing I mentioned , that was just plain silly and random so therefore I consider it creative. And of course silliness is going back to Henson Puppet roots.

 

I think this movie would have worked as maybe a free online movie or direct to DVD / Download release . It wasn’t worth being promoted like crazy like it was.

 

I did like the digital exploding head logo in the beginning of the movie though . 

 

The trailers feature all the dirty stupidity and including stuff that got cut out. There is a deleted scene featuring a bartender puppet’s singing dick which will probably be included in it’s digital release on the 20th and the 3 combo release in December from what I’ve read.

 

If there’s anything to like about this movie , it would be .

 

_ The screaming gag that’s at the end of the movie

_ HORAY Kevin Clash is BACK !

_ Brain Henson didn’t direct a Muppet movie since the 1996 Muppet Treasure Island ( which I did go to the movie theaters to see )

_ Cool looking puppets

_ Lots of well known puppeteer bigwigs performed in the background

_ CGI puppet effects

 

THAT’S IT ! 

 

 

It’s like a Troma movie. ( Does that mean Lloyd Kaufman is going to take down my banner next to Cinemassacre ( AVGN / Angry Video Game Nerd ) on troma.com/links ? lol 

Long story short , I had “ When Aliens Get Bored” shown at TromaDance 2016 and I tried to contact them from 2016 - 2017 about a possible movie deal since they were looking for films and they ALMOST went for the Dr LeBrick specials . And let’s just say that I almost went into desperation to getting the deal , I kind of felt like Jim Henson when he was selling his company to Disney before he died. But Troma said no , they weren’t interested and I became an anarchist so I guess everything worked out for the better. No hard feelings. However I thought the guy I was talking to at the end was a jerk. Bunch of young guys work for Lloyd , plus I dined the wrong number and by coincidence talking to someone who used to work at Troma for a short time. Again , no hard feelings.

 

Anyway , back to The Happytime Murders . The big shock was not only coming from people of the mainstream but even a bigger shock from the Jim Henson / Muppet fandom communities ( me included ) . But I wasn’t shocked to see puppets do naughty things , I’ve done naughty things in my work , most puppeteers do just like cartoonists and anyone with a since of humor , we all do once in awhile. 

 

Here’s my reactions

 

 

Before seeing The Happytime Murders : This is Dumb ! Is Brain Henson aware of the Jim Henson / Muppet fandom ?

 

Now seeing it : BORING , DUMB , The Jim Henson Company had a good run 10 years after Jim Henson’s passing but afterwords that’s when it became just a struggling business with barely any creative art , just enough sell out projects to get by .

 

 

I’ve already said enough about this stuff in my blog posts and videos regarding my thoughts on The Happytime Murders.

 

And there’s really nothing else to say except it just makes me want to shamelessly promote my puppet work hoping that it didn’t turn everyone off to the idea that adult puppetry can be just as entertaining as adult animation.

 

Enough Said ,

 

_ Erica

 

P.S. Yes , I did do a satirical puppet parody on The Happytime Murders .

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Posted by officialericcrooks - November 3rd, 2018


 

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Fred & Byso

Watch Fred's Birthday on Newgrounds :

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Fred & Byso was a childhood creation almost as old as The Erica Crooks Show itself but most certainly not the most lasting but almost .

I didn’t complete anything relating to it until 2010 which was the first film project I done since my tragedy in 2009. ( Read Adults Get Bullied Too )

 

In 2010 , I did a short animated test film and served it as a pilot episode.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrx8QWrWhAc

In December of 2012 Like The Erica Crooks Show , this too and everything else was rejected

from Comedy Central , [ adult swim ] , and Mondo Media .

 

Fred & Byso was basically a Ren & Stimpy rip off . And clearly there was this Ren & Stimpy / Rocko’s Modern Life inspiration .

Byso was basically a Stimpy type character and Fred was basically the Ren type character.

 

In middle school , I was introduced to the software “ Macromedia Flash 5 “ which at the time was the animation software for independent animators for the internet.

John Kricfalusi / Spumco , Newgrounds , Icebox , Jib Jab , Joe Cartoon , Happy Tree Friends , Homestar Runner , etc

All used this software to bring animated cartoons to the internet.

I already knew what the software was , and my middle school happened to have the software strange enough , and I guess I self taught myself how to use it.

I didn’t figure out sound until later and I couldn’t figure out how to export animation properly instead of filming my computer screen with a video camera ( That explains the animation on The Erica Crooks Show from 2006 - 2007 ) until 2008.

And yes , I did finally get my own Flash 5 software !

Today the software is replaced with Adobe Flash as well as a bunch of other better animation software.

 

I can still remember ideas for episodes that I came up with as a kid.

I remember telling anyone I meet that this would be on TV someday.

And technically anyone can watch youtube videos on their TV so , yeah I guess I accomplished it a little bit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrx8QWrWhAc

 

 

One episode was going to be called “ Fred Goes Mad “

and basically it was Dr. Jeckle and Mr Hyde and clearly inspired by

a scene from The Ren & Stimpy Show episode “ Stimpy’s Fan Club “

where Ren almost murders Stimpy in his sleep.

 

Another one was when Fred dies and he was told by the angel at the gate of Heaven that if he decides to be nice to Byso instead of being an abusive jerk , his soul can finally be in peace and welcomed into Heaven.

 

Another one was Goodbye Byso where Byso gets carried away by the current of the ocean and Fred starts to miss his best friend until Byso finally washes onto shore at an elderly age and still alive and Fred beats up Byso.

Clearly ripping off “ Stimpy’s Big Day “

 

There was an idea where they go off into space , ripping off “Space Madness “.

 

Remember I was just a kid coming up with these ideas. And the thing about inspiration is when you have limited inspirations , it’s going to look like a rip off of something else.

Perhaps that’s why adults are slightly better than kids when it comes to this kind of things because they’ve lived life enough to come up with original ideas.

I don’t know. lol

 

At age 11 , I was up and ready to have my creativity onto mainstream television . At age 18 - 21 , I had my own public access television show . And now at age 30 , I’m a successful independent filmmaker and other stuff.

Today there’s kids with their own youtube channel and smart phones so ,

perhaps it makes the 11 in me slightly jealous because I didn’t have that in my late 1990s childhood. lol

 

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Posted by officialericcrooks - November 3rd, 2018


The Eric Crooks Show / The Erica Crooks Show 10/7/99

 

 

November 2 2018 Introduction :

 

I posted this on the old version of officialericcrooks.com talking about probably the earliest archival existence of The Erica Crooks Show that exists . Now remember the show changed to The Erica Crooks Show in mid-2016 so it’s referred to as “ The Eric Crooks Show “ in this article.

 

I was 11 years old when I written a post on a puppetry newsgroup with my WebTV at the time , and this really goes to show that you never know who your talking to on the internet sometimes. It’s kind of laughable and embarrassing at the same time. A College Student who doesn’t realize they are talking to an 11 year old kid and not a troll. lol

 

But anyway what’s interesting is , this is the earliest origins of The Erica Crooks Show. I won’t get my public access TV show until 7 years later when I was 18. So it’s a very interesting thing to share in celebration of the 20th anniversary of The Erica Crooks Show I think !

 

And now the following article ,

_ Erica ( ericacrooks.com / officialericcrooks.com )

 

 

 

In 1999, which was the year that I found out about public access television existed and when I made some home movies of my first puppets which were just my hands with shoelaces around them and a sock, This was the early origins of The Eric Crooks Show. I was only 11 years old and perhaps since the internet was just so new to me that I was quite impulsive. Here's a copy of perhaps my first " welcome world " post on the internet. [ certain names are not mention to protect the legal privacy of the not so innocent ] This was posted in an early puppetry newsgroup.

 

 

The Eric Crooks Show Look at this !

 

ME

 

10/7/99

 

E-mail my puppets from The Eric Crooks Show. (The Eric Crooks Show is a

new puppet comedy show.) E-mail these puppets ..

 

    Barney ( Not the dinosaur)

          Mr. Socky head

          Mr. Stupid head

         Little pink alligator

            Sargent Hand

            Two singing hands 

                 Discoman  

                    Alien

          Fred the news hand 

           Dick the weather hand 

                  Happy boy

               Post women 

                    Pinky

                 Cows & bulls 

                 3 horn Bulls & cows

                     Vantron

 

 

( Reply from some ..... college student on the internet )

 

 

10/8/99

 

 

 > E-mail these puppets ..

Ummm, how?  You haven't given their, uh, email addresses...

 

 

 

 >    Barney ( Not the dinosaur)

 >          Mr. Socky head

 >          Mr. Stupid head

 >         Little pink alligator

 >            Sargent Hand

 >            Two singing hands 

 >                 Discoman  

 >                    Alien

Don't suppose that's a xenomorph-type Alien...?

 

 

 

 >          Fred the news hand 

 >           Dick the weather hand 

 >                  Happy boy

 >               Post women 

 >                    Pinky

 >                 Cows & bulls 

 >                 3 horn Bulls & cows

 >                     Vantron

 >

 

 

 

 

10/12/99

ME again

 

 

I'll let you know what chanel it's going to be on .

       E-mail my puppets at ********** The show is going to be taped at Comcast studio .

 

 Alien is a alien puppet . OK ?

 

    If you don't Beavene me wait and see .

 

 

 

( that guy who doesn't realizing he's arguing with an 11 year old )

 

 

10/14/99

 

 

 

:

> I'll let you know what chanel it's going to be on .

>        E-mail my puppets at  .................

Ah, there's the missing info.  Now everyone that was poised waiting to email

your puppets can spring into action.

 

 

 

>  The show is going to be taped at Comcast studio .

As in Comcast Cablevision?  So it'll be a cable-access show, or...?

 

 

 

>  Alien is a alien puppet . OK ?

OK.  I was just being cheeky as I'm currently working on a xenomorph-type

Alien puppet (as discussed recently in this newsgroup).  For those that

followed that discussion, stay tuned and I'll post a URL of a webpage

summarizing how the project went when I'm done.

 

 

 

>     If you don't Beavene me wait and see .

Oh, don't worry; we definitely Beavene you.

 

 

As a kid, I didn't funny know what I was doing except that I had this bright idea and totally enthusiastic about it and if I knew this guy was sort of mocking me, I would have been really emotionally hurt. But in this case I was a little confused. 

But out of all people who said rotten things about me and my work, this guy was most likely the first where ever the hell he is now and who cares. 

 

But what I find so funny about this is that this College student with some university email is arguing with an 11 year old. Technology has changed but human beings haven't. Though I'm a person who much prefers to live and let die in the past but since I felt this was not only such a very important piece of perhaps the earliest surviving anything of my earliest works but to show that there was idiots who thought me and my work was stupid before youtube.

 

Where ever this jackass is now, If he knew, he'd feel the fool of what that message would become 15 years later.

 

The Eric Crooks Show

 

_Erica

 

 

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Posted by officialericcrooks - November 3rd, 2018


My locial Pride community is also fighting for Trans rights .

So to all fellow Trans people and allies and LGBTQ+ People , I send love to you all.

Peace and Pride ,

_ Erica

#WontBeErased


Posted by officialericcrooks - November 1st, 2018



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Posted by officialericcrooks - October 24th, 2018


The Erica Crooks Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smaS3F2ODtU

 

The Making of The Erica Crooks Show Behind The Scenes :

Puppet Building and Production ( 2015 )

 

The following features foam caricature puppets of famous people

and is a work of parody / satirical fiction , any similarity beyond parody and satirical caricature is coincidental and unintentional.

 

Sort of inspired by Mad Magazine and Spitting Image .

 

Originally seen on officialericcrooks.com in 2015 ,

Erica Crooks herself takes you behind The Scenes of The Erica Crooks Show ( aka The Eric Crooks Show until 2016 ) and the making of a celebrity parody satirical caricature puppet comedy sketch in terms of building new celebrity parody caricature puppets , puppeteering the new puppets and what the final satirical sketch looks life ( after editing and so forth )

 

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