World-renowned artist and illustrator Gary Baseman's edgy cartoon noir art can be found in everything from Rolling Stone and Mother Jones to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Now fans can follow him to Saturday morning cartoon-land.
Baseman's visually mind-blowing new animated series, "Disney's Teacher's Pet," debuts today. In it, Baseman, creator and executive producer, has shaped an entire world of his signature off-kilter, weird characters--heads like bowling pins, peg-like teeth, staring eggy eyes, pickle-like noses, unearthly physiques and skin tones.
Based on an "educational/informational" message that it's OK to be excited about learning, it's about a knowledge-hungry dog whose determination to go to school leads him to infiltrate his young owner's fourth-grade class, disguised as a kid. Spot-turned-Scott blissfully learns long division and participles. He makes friends, runs for class president, and no one notices he's a pooch, except owner Leonard. Now, if he can just avoid such temptations as fire hydrants and cat-chasing . . .
Leonard, meanwhile, has to contend with the fact that not only is his dog more popular than he is, his mom is the teacher.