Tuesday, 17 March 2015

mister linea

I remember this character’s misadventures and continuous strolls watching Pinwheel on Nickelodeon in its earliest days—when the network shared the same channel as A&E (Arts and Entertainment), which would begin broadcasting in the evenings, but I didn’t know the name of the series until I stumbled across this brilliant little tribute from Laughing Squid.

The interstitial stories were told in a single, unbroken line and grew out of an advertising commission for an Italian kitchenware manufacturer. Sort of like with Mister Bean or other universal sketch-programmes, whose dialogue was sparse and relied on physical humour, Mister Linea spoke only gibberish—which was meant to sound like a mock Milano dialect, but I suppose I thought that that was Italian—just like I believed the nonsense the Swedish Chef was the Nordic language—but that was part of the appeal, to believe that one could understand a foreign language. Be sure to check out the link for video resources and more backstory that will bring back memories.