Kip Needs Help

Okay folks, I need some serious help here. My good pal Cliff (you’ll see him on the zonkboard on the right, scroll up if he’s disappeared) has tweaked a memory of mine. He mentioned watching Write On, and if he’s a fellow member of the TV Ontario generation, then i’m thinking of the same show as him. (The show was about a guy named Henry, sitting at his typewriter, always in trouble with his boss?)

Anyway, Cliff’s post reminded me of another TVO show which I’ve been trying to name for the past few years. From what I remember, it didn’t have much dialogue and it centred around a group of people who spent most of their time in what looked like an art studio. They’d work as a team to create large pictures which took form as time-lapse photography condensed a couple of hours into about a minute. The weird thing about this show was that every now and then this giant caterpillar that looked like a feather boa would suddenly fly out of the ductwork and freak everyone out, and they’d run around in a mad panic for a little bit. Kinda like whenever Gilligan accidentally lit his butt on fire and did laps around the beach before sitting in the lagoon.

Another thing I remember is that the title of this show was presented in a little animated piece, where it was written in cursive writing (that means non-printing), rotated 90 degrees, and reflected along a vertical axis so the screen had a left-right symmetry to it. The shape made by moving the title this way created an image that looked like the face of the caterpillar which terrorized the humans in the art studio. I’m not sure, but the name of the show may have been a French word.

I know this post means nothing (except maybe a bad trip) to anyone outside of the Ontario/northern New York State/Western Quebec readership, but it’s been bugging me for ages. Does anyone know the name of this show that’s been haunting me since I was five?


3 thoughts on “Kip Needs Help

  1. I think you might be thinking of the show “Vision On” — lots of art stuff, very little dialogue, except that I remember the cursive-writing-mirrored-rotated logo became a cricket that bounced up and down, not a caterpillar.
    It was a British show, I think. And I seem to remember that when people did speak, there would also be someone who did the dialogue in sign language. And I think kids sent in their own artwork.
    Wow. Amazing what you can dredge up out of the recesses of your brain….

  2. Yes!!!!
    I have since confirmed that it was indeed “Vision On” the first ever TV show aimed equally at children with and without hearing capabilities. I was so young when I first saw it that the only things I remembered were the logo and the scary feather-boa-thing that chased everyone around. I think I was slightly younger than their target audience so I was more frightened by it than entertained. So much of it has come back since everyone started bringing up little details they remember.

  3. This sounds like the t.v. show I am looking for as well. I coundn’t find any reference to it on the internet and this place is the closest so far. As a kid I can remember only vagely a show where there was arts and crafts, a guy with glasses, and a studio looking something like kindergarden class. Also the show had a very unforgettable theme song (still stuck in my head to this day) which is what i am after. I remember that the song was accompanied by a cricket type annimated (almost stick figure) character which also was the show’s logo. To me the whole thing has a sort of french, french-canadian style, but it could be english.

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