LAist Interview: Jon Link & Mick Bunnage of IFC's 'Modern Toss'
Starting tonight at 11pm, IFC will begin airing "Modern Toss", an animated series that is the creation of British journalists Mick Bunnage and Jon Link. "Modern Toss" was initially a print comic and website experiment that leaped to TV via UK Channel 4 and now the US finally gets to enjoy it.If you are a fan of British comedy then this is the series for you. If, in particular, you are a fan of the surreal and absurd material in Monty Python, then you'll very much enjoy "Modern Toss". My very conversation with Jon and Mick was surreal - they spoke to me from London on a scratchy long-distance line (you can listen below), and in about 30 seconds I had no idea which was which. In picking through the interview to piece together the below transcripted bits, I found it impossible to keep track of them. Nontheless, they're very funny as is their series. "Modern Toss" makes its US debut tonight on IFC @ 11pm.
Hear the complete interview here:
LAist: You were collaborators before getting into TV, but how did "Modern Toss" get started?
Modern Toss: We released a comic in 2004 which we published ourselves and from that comic we were called by Channel 4, it's a really straightforward story for us - we must've been doing something right.
LAist: Your style of animation, by overlaying the animated bits on backgrounds looks DIY but it's very sophisticated when you really look like it.
Modern Toss: It's like sophisticated punk rock. We actually work quite hard to get that graphic look.
LAist: About one of your animated characters, Alan, who is quite irritable, was he inspired by anyone?
Modern Toss: We've got a lot of friends like Alan, they're quite disturbed. He's the crystalization of about 10 different mad people that we know. Their terrible behavior comes out at weddings, christenings, family meals, and the like.
LAist: Alan's methods of destruction are quite creative. These are real objects that an animated character destroys with real actors having to react to him and his handiwork.
Modern Toss: We put a lot of work and pre-planning into these, technically they're a bit of a nightmare but we do it all for real, it's very important that they're done for real. He actually blows things up!