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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Interview

Posted by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Here's a terrific little interview from MTV Geek with Christy Marx, the creator of my fave campy cartoony Jem and the Holograms! A joint collaboration between Marvel and Hasbro (which always means a toy line tie-in), Jem ran from 1985-88, and was an animated soap opera about a band with a holographic lead singer who is actually the head of a music company who disguises herself with the help of a pair of holograph earrings, and it's all very complicated, and I don't really feel like explaining it further. The point is that it was AWWWWESOME and "totally outrageous." The repeats currently show on the HUB network, and "Jem and the Holograms: The Truly Outrageous Complete Series" DVD is being released TODAY (Squeeeeee!) and you can get it here.
Now, here's a clip from that interview with Jem creator Christy Marx in which she explained how she got the gig.

They came to me because I was one of the few women writing animation at the time, and especially one of the only women writing action animation, and they knew they wanted to have some action in the show. I had been writing G.I. Joe prior to that, so they knew me, and they liked my work a lot. So basically, they came to me and said they were going to create a series based on these dolls. The basic premise is, there’s these holographic computers in her earrings, she’s got a sister, she’s got a friend, she’s got a car. [Laughs]

This story is very similar to how I got my job. Anyway, check out the interview, buy the DVD set, and hum the Jem theme song for the rest of today!

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