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Tripping the Rift

The Cast on the Season 1 DVD box set
Format Animated series, science fiction, sitcom
Created by Chris Moeller, Chuck Austen
Starring Stephen Root
Carmen Electra
Maurice LaMarche
Country of origin Flag of Canada Canada
No. of episodes 26+
Production
Running time 20 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Sci Fi Channel
Space: The Imagination Station Teletoon (Canada)
Original run March 4, 2004

Tripping the Rift is a CGI science fiction comedy television series. It is based on two short animations published on the Internet by Chris Moeller and Chuck Austen. The series aired on the Canadian speciality channel SPACE: The Imagination Station in 2004. Canada's cartoon network Teletoon has been airing the series since August 2006. As of September 2007, Teletoon is airing the third season. Image File history File linksMetadata Trippingtherift. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Chuck Austen (born Chuck Beckum) is an American writer and artist of comic books, most famous for his work on the popular Uncanny X-Men title, as well as on other Marvel and DC titles. ... Stephen Root (born November 17, 1951 in Sarasota, Florida) is an American actor. ... Tara Patrick redirects here. ... Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... Categories: Television stubs | Canada-related stubs | Canadian television networks ... For the French-Canadian version of this television channel, see Télétoon (Canada). ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A comedy is a dramatic performance of a light and amusing character, usually with a happy conclusion to its plot. ... Chuck Austen (born Chuck Beckum) is an American writer and artist of comic books, most famous for his work on the popular Uncanny X-Men title, as well as on other Marvel and DC titles. ... Categories: Television stubs | Canada-related stubs | Canadian television networks ... For the French-Canadian version of this television channel, see Télétoon (Canada). ...

Contents

Origins

In 1997 Chris Moeller, who was working on King of the Hill and who had been producing animation shorts with his Dark Bunny Productions, met Chuck Austen and pitched their idea for a sci fi comedy to animation studio Film Roman and in early 1998 they launched the first pilot Love and Darph on the Internet. The Chode character first appeared in Chris' 1994 short Wisconsin.[1] In 2001 Film Roman released the Oh Brother Teaser for episode 2, and Chris claimed the full version was made but up to Film Roman to release.[2] This article is about the television program. ... Chuck Austen (born Chuck Beckum) is an American writer and artist of comic books, most famous for his work on the popular Uncanny X-Men title, as well as on other Marvel and DC titles. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Production

In 2002, production company CinéGroupe had acquired the rights to the five minute short Love and Darph and approached animator Bernie Denk to direct the series, with Sci Fi US submitting the scripts and ordering changes. Bernie Denk's team worked in Montreal on preproduction (character design, modelling, texture) while both Montreal and Malaysian teams worked on animating, lighting and compositing. Keyframe animation was chosen instead of the requested motion capture to give a more cartoony effect, and to save work.[3] CinéGroupe is an animation studio founded in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1974. ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In visual effects post-production, compositing refers to creating new images or moving images by combining images from different sources – such as real-world digital video, film, synthetic 3-D imagery, 2-D animations, painted backdrops, digital still photographs, and text. ... For key frames in video compression, see I-frame and video compression picture types. ... Motion capture, or mocap, is a technique of digitally recording the movements of real things — usually humans — it originally developed as an analysis tool in biomechanics research, but has grown increasingly important as a source of motion data for computer animation. ...


Setting

Space, the future. The universe is modelled mostly after the Star Trek universe, including things such as warp drive, beaming up, occasional time travel, the Confederation and the Vulcans, but with elements borrowed from other sources such as Star Wars and 2001. The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series and media franchise. ... This article is about the series. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. ...


Characters

  • Chode McBlob — (Stephen Root) Chode is a three-eyed, purple alien with green spots, who serves as captain of the smuggling spaceship Jupiter 42. His race believes that one's job should be determined by society and not by the individual. Since he strongly disagrees with this philosophy, he left his home planet as soon as he could. He is not too bright and often sexually aroused. Chode was raised by a promiscuous single mother. He has a twin brother, Regis Filbrick, who was adopted at birth and is king of the planet Moldania. His grandfather, Benito, has also appeared.
  • Six of One/Six of Nine (or just Six) — (Patricia Beckmann and Terry Farrell in the pilot (two versions), Gina Gershon season 1, Carmen Electra season 2 and Jenny McCarthy in season 3) Six is a sexy android (though she is usually referred to, incorrectly, as a cyborg in the show) that was designed as a sex slave. She acts as the ship's science officer, thanks to a programming upgrade by Chode; much to his chagrin, this upgrade has also given her a conscience and sense of decency (in spite of her sexual nature). She often gets the crew out of trouble by using her erotic attributes. Six's name is a parody of Star Trek: Voyager 's Seven of Nine, and the phrase "Six of One, Half a Dozen of the other". Six's character is also a parody of Zev the Love Slave from the Canadian Sci-fi series Lexx. Her name is also a parody of 69 - a sexual position. The final episode of the second season revealed that she was modelled after a stripper named "Half a Dozen". Although both Patricia Beckmann and Terry Farrell were listed in the credits of the pilot as Six of One, a small pamphlet included in the Season 1 DVD Box set listed her name as Six of Nine.
  • T'nuk — (Gayle Garfinkle) T'nuk is the ill-tempered, triple-breasted, quadrupedal pilot of the ship. Most other characters consider her of grotesque appearance , while she believes herself attractive with a great libido. She was chosen as the pilot because she is particularly good at keeping Spaceship Bob in check. She also acts as cook, and is apparently half owner of the ship. Her name is a reverse misspelling of "cunt," and the T-apostrophe at the beginning is taken from the spelling of various female Vulcan names in Star Trek shows and movies.
  • Whip — (Rick Jones) Whip is a bipedal alien reptile, and Chode's nephew. He serves as the ship's foreman, though he is rarely seen working, and is an impulsive, horny teenager. As a chameleon, he is able to conceal his appearance and cling to walls, as well as regenerate lost body parts.
  • Gus — (Chris Moeller in the pilot, Maurice LaMarche in the series) Gus is Chode's robot-slave. He is the ship's engineer and is implied to be homosexual (a running joke is that he frequently denies it, often while engaging in extremely stereotypically homosexual behavior). Though smarter than those around him, he is forced to serve them, as silicon organisms don't have the same rights as carbon-based ones. He has a cynical attitude due to the many failures he has experienced due to his less intelligent carbon-based bosses' actions. His appearance and voice is a parody of C-3PO, while his personality bears some resemblance to that of Marvin the Paranoid Android (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). Further continuing the homosexuality joke, his chest is a replica of a penis.
  • Darph Bobo — (Chris Moeller in the pilot, Terrence Scammell in the series) Darph Bobo is the supreme Dark Clown. He wants to take over the universe because he was teased as a child. He attended high school with Chode, and the two also spent time in prison together. He has a shrewish wife, Bernice, and a daughter, Babette. Bobo is often seen with his "clown trooper" guards - a direct parody of Storm Troopers. Both his name and outfit are a parody on the Darths of the Star Wars movies.
  • Captain Adam — Captain Adam is the captain of a Confederation ship. He resembles Al Gore, has a wife named Nancy and a clone/son named Adam 12. He has been known to blackmail Chode into doing his dirty work. Adam's speech pattern is a parody of James T. Kirk, who was played by William Shatner. Adam 12 is a reference to Adam-12, the police-themed television show; presumably this is a sideways reference to the police-themed television show T. J. Hooker, which starred William Shatner as the title character.

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Episodes

Pilot

  • Love and Darph (1998) (two versions with differing dialogue for Six)
  • Oh Brother (Teaser) (2001)

Season 1

  1. God is Our Pilot
  2. Mutilation Ball
  3. Miss Galaxy 5000
  4. Sidewalk Soiler
  5. The Devil and a Guy Named Webster
  6. Totally Recalled
  7. 2001 Space Idiocies
  8. Power to the Peephole
  9. Nature vs. Nurture
  10. Aliens, Guns & A Monkey
  11. Emasculating Chode
  12. Love Conquers All...Almost
  13. Android Love

Season 2

  1. You Wanna Put That Where?
  2. Cool Whip
  3. Honey, I Shrunk the Crew
  4. Ghost Ship
  5. Benito's Revenge
  6. All for None
  7. Extreme Chode
  8. Roswell
  9. Santa Clownza
  10. Chode and Bobo's High School Reunion
  11. Creaturepalooza
  12. Chode's Near-Death Experience
  13. Six, Lies and Videotape

Season 3

  1. Chode Eraser
  2. Skankenstein
  3. To eBay or Not to eBay
  4. 23 ½
  5. The Need for Greed
  6. Chuckles Bites the Dust
  7. Hollow Chode
  8. Witness Protection
  9. Raiders of the Lost Crock of $%?&*!
  10. The Son also Rises
  11. Extreme Take-over
  12. Battle of the Bulge
  13. Tragically Whip

International broadcasting

The show aired on Space: The Imagination Station in Canada and Sci Fi Channel in the United States in March 2004. Sky One began airing the show in the United Kingdom in early 2005. Space and the Sci Fi Channel and aired the second season in the fall of 2005. In Latin America it appeared on Adultswim. In Australia the show appears on the Sci Fi Channel. Reruns of the show now air in Canada on Teletoon. Both seasons are now available on DVD in North America. Categories: Television stubs | Canada-related stubs | Canadian television networks ... SCI FI (originally The Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Adult Swim logo Adult Swim, usually rendered [adult swim] on bumps and frequently abbreviated either [AS] or [as], is the name for the adult-oriented television programming block on Cartoon Network. ... Sci Fi Channel Australia is the first science fiction channel on Australian television and is owned and run by the TV1 General Entertainment Partnership. ... For the French-Canadian version of this television channel, see Télétoon (Canada). ...


Future production

In November of 2006 it was announced that a third season was under production. [1] Voice actor Stephen Root has indicated that plans are under way for a feature film version of the series. [2] Stephen Root (born November 17, 1951 in Sarasota, Florida) is an American actor. ...

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Trivia

  • Throughout the series, Chode has to answer to charges made by The Confederation. The Confederation is a parody of the United Federation of Planets from the Star Trek universe. Another interesting fact is that Confederation is the term used to mark the country Canada as a nation, where the show was originally produced.
  • In one of the original short films made for the Internet, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alumna Terry Farrell provided the voice of Six. Originally, this film short featured Patricia Beckmann as the voice of Six and was subsequently replaced by Farrell's voice for an episode of the Sci-Fi Channel's short film series Exposure in which Farrell was guest host. Farrell's version of Six was heard only once on television.
  • In the opening sequence, Gus is seen using a vacuum cleaner that looks and sounds like R2-D2, Whip flies a remote-controlled model of the Enterprise, and there is a view of the back of T'Nuk's chair that resembles the black monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bob the computer utters a different phrase in each opening sequence (as Darph Bobo threatens the ship), including on one occasion referencing voice actor John Melendez's recent appointment as announcer for The Tonight Show.
  • Former SNL writer/castmember Terry Sweeney and his partner, Lanier Laney, are credited as story editors and creative consultants.
  • Several runs of the DVD box set include stickers stating that the material is uncensored, however, much of the show is the same as the censored, syndicated run.
  • Ghostface from the Scream trilogy is a judge in some episodes.

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See also

List of television shows with significant science fiction elements. ...

Notes

  1. ^ A chronological history Chris Moeller, Dark Bunny Productions
  2. ^ Dark Bunny blog Chris Moeller, 2002-11-23
  3. ^ Tripping the Rift: Interviews: Director Bernie Denk SadGeezer.com, 2004-04-24

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