6. What's the deal with the character and shows with "George Liquor" ?
Nick has had a struggle with the character "George Liquor." He is a
"typical" macho man (who shares hobbies with "Earl Pitts, American," if you
have heard his funny commentaries created by Gary Burbank on 700 WLW in
Cincinnati, Ohio, but without the beer [for now]) who likes to treat R&S
like they're in the army. He likes guns (as shown in Film Threat) and
wants to win at everything. He is your average plain egotistical guy who
treats everyone rough especially Mr. Horse and The Judge in "Dog Show."
Nick shudders at this character because he is so "adult." His cartoons are
probably the ones which John K. got himself into trouble. We see a glimpse
of him in "The Boy Who Cried Rat!" as the man who runs R&S out of the trash
cans; he also appears in "Robin Höek" as the sheriff. The second season
basically revolves around him. He was the one who sent R&S to the army (and
gave Ren the $20 which he in turn gave to the Sergeant), dog show (and gave
Ren the barbed treatment), and many other places (including in "In The Army"
where R&S have a picture of him on the wall between their beds). He treats
them with little respect and kindness, so when Ren revolts against George,
he throws a fit. In "Man's Best Friend," there is a scene where Ren hits
George over the head with a oar for 3 minutes and in slow motion once (which
will be cut out of the final version, by the way) for a total of over twenty
This type of violence wasn't taken lightly by Nick; they banned "Dog Show"
and "Man's Best Friend." In R&S Exposed magazine, they totally ignored
the character completely. When George was first presented, someone in Nick
thought his last name was "lick her"; Nick still didn't like the idea of a
character named after a chemical depressant. The jury is still out on the
future of his cartoons and his character. The official word is that George
Liquor was given back to John K. (because of Nick's so-called ruined image)
and will be appearing in future Spumco projects. Currently, there is a deal
in the works for George to appear in his own show for FOX or another network.
George Liquor is played by Michael Pataki. He has appeared in many movies
and series, including the most recent appearances as the voice of "The Cow"
on "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse" and "Sewer King" on "Batman: The
Animated Series." He's been on several "Star Trek" shows and movies, both
new and old.
June 1993: "Man's Best Friend" is being re-animated according to
Cinfantastique magazine, June 1993, so George is going soft for Nick.
John K. is going to bring back George in a show with Jimmy The Hapless Boy
in a similar format and attitudes as R&S in the fall.
BTW, he's my favorite character on R&S besides R&S and PTM :).
July 1993: I want to mention that Nick shudders at George with the same
shudders as Ren. They don't like Ren mad or upset because they think it
will scare the kids. Bologna.
October 1993: Billy West expressed that Nick is going to have "Man's Best
Friend" re-animated. Those joiks! :(
December 1993: George, according to WCK issue 2, was handed back to John K.
from Nick conditionally. For example, he can't be a child molester or a
mass murderer. (John K. was quoted to say something to the effect, "How
many people does he need to kill to make him a mass murderer?" :)
May 1994: "Man's Best Friend" is being pushed by John K. to Nick Home Video.
From David A Gerstein (David.A.Gerstein@williams.edu):
I was just talking to animation historian Jerry Beck yesterday
about "Man's Best Friend" on video, and specifically John K's reaction
Turns out John K. has been after Sony to get after Nick to let
them put MBF on tape, censored or uncensored. He WANTS it to be part
of the official line.
And here's why, as I realized after hearing this.
You see, although Nick will earn money from the tapes, it's
what's known as "guilt money" (that's my own word for it), because
people's enthusiasm for the tape will be further reminders for Vanessa
Coffey that she shouldn't have given John K. the bum deal she handed
him. All the more evidence that she was WRONG. If sales of MBF on
video aren't exceptional, that's all the more evidence that no one
CARES, and that she can do just ANYTHING.
So by telling readers of alt.tv.r&s that they shouldn't buy
the tape, we are doing a DISSERVICE to John K! He WANTS it to be
released in some form (edited or not), and if HE wants them to release
it, we should support the project.