To help illustrate the importance of the midterm elections and explain how they work, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart called on J. J. Sedelmaier Prods. to produce a cartoon parody of Schoolhouse Rock.
"Daily Show Rock" will air today, Oct. 29, as Comedy Central’s popular and critically acclaimed nightly news lampoon broadcasts from Washington, D.C.
The three-and-a-half minute cartoon follows a friendly grandfather who goes to the polls to explain to grandson Jimmy how the midterms work. The tone takes a decidedly darker swing as Gramps’ cynicism about the whole process leads him to pop open a beer and start cursing like a sailor. The cartoon also introduces Incumbency Bob, a corrupt politico who cheerfully smears his opponents, pockets bags of special interest cash and cavorts with strippers.
This is the second Schoolhouse Rock parody to be produced by J. J. Sedelmaier Prods., also known for Saturday Night Live’s baudy cartoon series The Ambiguously Gay Duo. Ironically the animation house was asked to bring the Schoolhouse Rock series of educational shorts back to TV in the early 1990s.
The cartoon was designed and directed by J. J. Sedelmaier. Vinnie Bell laid out the piece and animated as well. Other animation production credits for JJSP include Todd Cronin, Dave Lovelace, Andrea Gonzalez and Dan Madia, who also was production manager.
TapeHouse Toons in New York was responsible for digital/paint and compositing. The segment was written for The Daily Show‚ by Eric Drysdale and D. J. Javerbaum and was produced Justin Meklmann.