The Head
MTV
Created byEric Fogel
StarringJason Candler
Maia Danziger
Eric Fogel
Dick Rodstein
ComposersTCM Productions (season 1)
Jack Livesey
Peter Nashel (season 1)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes14
Production
Executive producerAbby Terkuhle
ProducersJohn Andrews (season 1)
John Lynn (season 2)
Running time11 minutes (season 1)
22 minutes (season 2)
Production companiesMTV Animation
Fogelmania Productions
Release
Original networkMTV
Original releaseSeptember 1, 1994 (1994-09-01) –
March 1, 1996 (1996-03-01)

The Head is an American science-fiction adult animated television series created by Eric Fogel for MTV.[1] It originated as a science-fiction mini-series that aired under the MTV's Oddities label between 1994 and 1996, and was followed by The Maxx.[2] The series was released on DVD on December 15, 2009.[3]

Plot

Created by Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel, The Head is the story of Jim, a trade-school student in New York City who awakens one morning to find that his cranium has enlarged to mammoth proportions. A week later, out bursts Roy, a little purple alien with an odd sense of humor who has taken up residence in Jim's head.[4] Roy needed a place to stay to adapt to the Earth's environment while on a mission to save the world from a power-hungry alien named Gork.

Roy explains that there are two races of symbiotic aliens: his own, which is mutualistic; and Gork's, which is parasitic. Aiding Jim and Roy are Jim's girlfriend, Madelyn; his personal physician, Dr. Richard Axel; and a group of "human anomalies." The group consists of Ray, a landscaper who has a lawnmower blade lodged in his skull; Mona, a beautiful young woman with a short tail; Ivan, a Russian who has a mouth in his chest; Raquel, who has an enormous nose and buckteeth which give her a slightly ratlike appearance; Earl, who has a fishbowl in his mouth; Chin, a long-limbed former freak show performer from China; and the annoyingly normal head of the group, Shane Blackman.

A major notable aspect was that it was the first ever voice acting role for John DiMaggio.

Characters

Broadcast

After the initial 13 fifteen-minute installments had aired, MTV's Oddities began airing another serial, entitled The Maxx. When The Maxx had finished airing, The Head returned with a fifteen-minute recap of season 1 (The Pasquale Mendoza Show) and a new season of thirty-minute episodes, but the focus often shifted from Jim and Roy to the other "human anomalies" they had befriended. The second season lacked the serialized story structure and each episode began with a secondary opening sequence (following the Oddities credits) which introduced the characters/premise. Shortly after the second season finished airing, The Head (along with "MTV's Oddities") vanished from the airwaves.

Reruns of the series were seen briefly on MTV2 in August 2009.[5]

Episodes

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Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17September 1, 1994 (1994-09-01)1995 (1995)
271996 (1996)March 1, 1996 (1996-03-01)

Season 1 (1994–95)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"The Head"
"The Date"
September 1, 1994 (1994-09-01)
22"The Mission"
"The First Piece"
TBA
33"The Museum"
"Jim's Plan"
TBA
44"The Jungle"
"Hillbilly Town"
TBA
55"Rebellion"
"Mona's Secret"
TBA
66"Nite Raid"
"Rescue"
TBA
77"The Invasion"1995 (1995)

Season 2 (1996)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
81"The Pasquale Mendosa Show"1996 (1996)
92"The Rise and Fall of Jim"1996 (1996)
103"Return of the Spider"1996 (1996)
114"The Taste of Romance"1996 (1996)
125"Legend of the Blues"1996 (1996)
136"The Bad Seed"1996 (1996)
147"Rats"March 1, 1996 (1996-03-01)

Home release

The first 13 episodes were released on VHS under the title The Head Saves the Earth. Snippets from the original airings were left off the video version (a similar edit was made to The Maxx video) to keep the running time under two hours. The second season was never released on VHS.

The "complete series" was released on DVD on December 15, 2009, via Amazon.com through their CreateSpace manufacture-on-demand program. This release omits the MTV's Oddities opening credits sequence, "Inside The Head," a 15-minute making-of which originally aired after "The Pasquale Mendoza Show"/"The Rise and Fall of Jim" during the hour-long second-season premiere (it was paired with the shorter "Pasquale Mendoza" segment for half-hour reruns), as well as the 15-minute preview of The Maxx which followed the episode "The Invasion."

Other media

Cancelled video game

A video game version of the show was planned and was going to released both Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis in February 1995, but was cancelled very early into development. However, the source code for the Genesis version was discovered in May 2014.[6]

Graphic novel

In 1996, Pocket Books released a 96-page graphic novel entitled The Head: A Legend Is Born, which was based on an unfilmed script. The cover shows a picture of Jim, and a rectangular panel folds out to reveal a large pop-up of Roy inside of his head.

The story takes place after the events in season 2. Roy and Jim have parted ways but reunite to save Mark, Roy's younger brother, who has sent out a distress call from a ship in outer space. Meanwhile, Madelyn is abducted by Gork, and Dr. Elliot makes his triumphant return to wreak havoc upon the Earth with the help of his "children". Jim and Madeline's child is born—and they name it "Mark".

References

  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (26 December 1994). "TELEVISION REVIEW; an Enlarged Head That, Oddly, is Not a Hangover". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 568. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ The Head: The Complete Series, MTV Networks, 2009-12-15, retrieved 2018-11-28
  4. ^ "New Episodes of 'The Head' to Air on MTV | the Spokesman-Review".
  5. ^ "TV Schedule | Shows, Episodes, and Music Series On TV | MTV". MTV. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  6. ^ "The Head Unreleased MTV SEGA Genesis Game Source Code". Nintendo Player. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015.