A treat for a Friday. My friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter may be a little frustrated by some of the video links on my posts. I’ve been inviting them to check out a series called Space Cadets which is currently playing on AXN SciFi across Central Europe. The various country websites, such as AXNSciFi in Hungary have been firewalled rather expertly, to prevent copyright. Which in general, is a conspectus I heartily endorse. But just this once, for friends in the UK, US, New Zealand and so on, a sample of what they’re missing.
By way of explanation, the animation in Space Cadets was originally known as Youri the Spaceman and was directed and produced in la belle France by Raoul and La Machine, respectively. I changed the series name to Space Cadets, scripted a commentary which I then voiced with my brother Craig and Voila! The rest is hysterical. We recorded the voiceovers in a place called The Farm, a post production facility on Soho Square in London. It’s the kind of place where you can order lunch – and a glass of Champagne if you like – off menus from the local restaurants. After two days of character voicework, the 26 episodes were done and dusted. Craig and I wandered over to Soho Square on a pleasant summer evening and had a couple of beers. I remember saying then, and it holds true still, that no matter what we did in our entertainment careers, it would be difficult to surpass the joy of being well paid for doing silly voiceovers for such wonderful animations in a posh London studio. As a fan of shows like Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf, I believe this series to be one of my finest hours. I do hope you’ll concur.