Harper's Magazine, March 1997:
This is to confirm that I have received and read the latest
outline of the episode and have the following comments:
It will not be acceptable
to have this story revolve around a Unabomber-type villain. In the last
outline, there was only one explosion. It happened at the end of the
story, underwater, and caused no serious damage. Now the entire story
is built around the explosion of bombs. Either the villain and his method
of operation need to be changed entirely or the types of
devices he uses need to be presented more in the realm of fantasy. Their
effects can still be 1) releasing a deluge of suds in the grocery store,
2) melting the car, or 3) freezing the Tick and Arthur, but they must
not be referred to as "bombs", and the villain must not be
referred to as an "Evil Bomber".
Page 1: It will not be acceptable for the Four-Legged
Man to be a victim of a car-bombing explosion at the Burger Bucket.
Page 2: It will not be acceptable for the Four-Legged Man to be seriously
injured with "two splinted legs . . . a neck brace and a head bandage".
He may be prevented from teaching his class due to some MINOR injury,
or for another reason, such as a common cold or flu or car trouble.
Page 4: It will not acceptable for the villain to be "busy cutting
wires, building bombs", or saying, "I am the Evil Bomber,
What Bombs at Midnight". He may, however, be portrayed as a mad
scientist working on his inventions.
Page 8: Please change the contents of the "shopping cart full of
bombs" to soap boxes or something that does not look like a bomb.
Page 9: The store can fill up with soap suds, but please show that the
people in the store escape unharmed. They can float out the front doors
or some such.
Page 10: Make sure that when the supermarket event is covered on the
TV news, the reporter does not refer to "bombs" or an "explosion."
Page 11: The villain's line relating to his intention to blow up the
pharmacy "to smithereens, baby" is unacceptable. However,
if all direct bombing elements are removed from the script, this line
may remain as a figure of speech. Please substitute the label on the
bag that reads "Heat Bombs" with something like "Heat
Page 13: It will not be acceptable for the villain to say, "There
is a bomb on the bus. So I says the bus goes boom, baby."
Page 15: The devices put on the villain's car must be of a fantasy type--something
that doesnt result in a harmful explosion. It will not be acceptable
for the car to "explode" with the villain still inside it,
or for us to see the "charred remains".
From an internal memorandum sent last April to the writing staff of
The Tick, a Saturday-morning cartoon on the Fox-TV Network, by Linda
Shima-Tsuno, the policy editor of the network's Broadcast Standards
and Practices Department. The staff had submitted to the department
an outline of a script for a proposed episode entitled "The Tick
vs. Continuing Education"; after receiving the memo, the writers
abandoned the script.
Posted to the usenet group by 'DanDU@foxinc.com' on 2-12-96;
I am the Web guy at Fox Kids. My name is often cited as the contact
person for complaints regarding the Tick's Schedule, namely the fact
the Tick is not on. Anyway, the best news I can offer is that the Tick
will be back after X-mas. (At least that's what I've been told.)
The truth be told, Fox Kids is looking for ratings for the ages 2-11.
While our Big, blue friend is a brilliant show, it does tend to appeal
an older demo. Plus, Fox Kids is a seperate division from Fox Prime,
while we are "sister" companies, politics are involved.
Anyway, I hope this is of some help.
One again, we see that the entire emphasis of the Tick is small children.