Perfect Hair Forever
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2009)|
|Perfect Hair Forever|
|Written by||Mike Lazzo
|Voices of||Kim Manning
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||7 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Mike Lazzo
|Running time||11-12 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Williams Street
|Original channel||Adult Swim|
|Picture format||NTSC (4:3 480i)|
|Audio format||Stereophonic sound|
|Original run||November 7, 2004– April 1, 2007|
Perfect Hair Forever is an American comedy animated television series which is largely a parody of anime. It was created and produced by Williams Street, and aired on Adult Swim and Teletoon at Night in the US and Canada respectively. Perfect Hair Forever premiered with "Perfect Hair Forever" on November 7, 2004, and ended with "Return to Balding Victory" on April 1, 2007; with a total of seven episodes.
Perfect Hair Forever is a parody of stereotypical anime clichés combined with Williams Street's now well-established style of absurdist humor first developed in series such as Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021. The series blends frenetic visual montages and anime subculture references.
The series concerns a young boy named Gerald who is on a quest to find the perfect hair to remedy his premature baldness. He is joined on his wanderings by an array of strange companions. Gerald is opposed by the evil Coiffio and his minions for reasons which are never stated in the series.
Perfect Hair Forever employs an ongoing serial format, a style that had been uncommon to previous Williams Street projects, due to their lack of emphasis on continuity. Each episode of the series featured different opening sequence music and visuals. The style and music of the end credits also varied from episode to episode.
Following the first six episodes, members of the Perfect Hair Forever creative team posted on the official Adult Swim message board that they weren't interested in continuing the show to a second season, and at the Adult Swim panel at Comic-Con 2006, the cancellation of the series was announced.
In October 2006, Adultswim.com confirmed that Perfect Hair Forever was back in production with 16 episodes to be aired on its online streaming network "The Fix." However, this was apparently incorrect, since after episode seven aired, the series was never continued.
Episode 7 was aired April 1, 2007, as part of Adult Swim's annual April Fool's Day joke. It is also available on Adult Swim's "The Fix" website. In 2007 the Japanese noise rock band Melt-Banana recorded the song "Hair-Cat (Cause the Wolf Is a Cat!)" for Perfect Hair Forever.
The Perfect Hair Forever pilot first aired on November 7, 2004, in the time slot that had been advertised as the premiere of the Squidbillies pilot. Unknown to the audience at the time, the existing Squidbillies pilot had fallen behind and wasn't ready to air. Williams Street continued advertising the Squidbillies premiere up to and including the bump directly preceding the show, which talked about wanting to make the show "perfect" for you and your "hair" "forever", revealing the title "Perfect Hair Forever." The night's confusion continued when, instead of seeing the opening titles for Squidbillies, viewers were confronted with a title card for an episode of Space Ghost called "Perfect Hair Forever", thus starting the pilot episode.
After the ending credits ran, a bumper card appeared, apologizing for the apparent scheduling mixup only for it to fade out to a fake "Technical Difficulties" card featuring a selection of Perfect Hair Forever's characters. This was shown on screen for several seconds, accompanied by typical music before the card faded to static whilst the Action Hot Dog's "Do da la la la la!" echoed. The card returned and the music was replaced with a techno remix of Action Hot Dog's chant.
- Gerald Bald Z (Kim Manning) – The main protagonist of the story, Gerald is a young boy suffering from extremely premature hair loss. Because of this, he goes off on a journey to acquire "Perfect Hair Forever" (a reference to the golden Super Saiyan hair, found in Dragon Ball Z, which also lends Gerald his name). He is portrayed as a sometimes melancholy, yet optimistic young lad who believes that his goal is possible.
- Uncle Grandfather (Matt Maiellaro) – Described by producer Matt Harrigan as a "bald, pot-bellied, dirty old man," Uncle Grandfather is Gerald's father figure of sorts. He spends almost all of his time snacking, watching Brenda put on lewd displays, or reading pornography. He also exhibits a stereotypical Asian speech impediment, where he pronounces English 'r' sounds as 'l' sounds.
- Action Hotdog – The first character to join Gerald's journey. Action Hotdog is a hot dog which flies around and is only capable of uttering the words "Doo da la-la-la-la-la-la la la-la-laaaaa-la-la!".
- Coiffio (Dave Willis) – The main villain of the series, Coiffio is a self-centered old man with an enormous, multi-colored "coif" atop his head, who otherwise looks like a more fit version of Uncle Grandfather with a slightly different beard. He speaks in an odd, indeterminable accent, and possesses a unique censor sound, wherein all his uses of the word "fuck" are censored by the sound of Coiffio yelling "EFF!"
- Brenda – A silent girl in an outfit spoofing those of anime females. Her only means of dialogue is a non English language and she is kept by Uncle Grandfather to bring him trays of hamburgers and satisfy his lewd needs.
- Catman (Dennis Moloney) – A grumpy, fat man in a cat suit who is Coiffio's main henchman. Catman lives in a large, litterbox-shaped house, and is shown working at a convenience store in several episodes.
- Norman Douglas – A talking tree, also known as the Inappropriate Comedy Tree. Originally an agent of Coiffio, his task was to follow Gerald and watch him. The character talks loudly and shares the same facial animations as Terry/Twisty.
- Young Man (C. Martin Croker) – A young, enthusiastic man in a bright purple suit that claims to be from the "Ministry of Planning" and calls himself the "King of All Animals".
- Rod: the Anime God (Matt Maiellaro) – An entity made of fire, who calls himself the god of anime. Rod is introduced early in the series, and pops in at seemingly random intervals. Rod is the focus of a secondary plot in the series involving Coffio attempting to sell him a house.
Season 1: 2004–2005
The first season of Perfect Hair Forever premiered on Sunday, November 27, 2004 at 12:30 AM Eastern Standard Time with the airing of the second episode. The pilot re-aired on November 20, 2005, though without the Anime Talk Show discussion spoof.
|#||Title||Original air date||Production
|1||"Perfect Hair Forever"
|November 7, 2004||101|
The first episode concerns a young boy named Gerald who is on a quest to find the perfect hair due to his extremely premature baldness. He seeks help from his "Uncle Grandfather", a pervert who loves to eat and watch his young schoolgirl companion, Brenda, dance around in a short mini-skirt and thong. Also of no particular help is Uncle Grandfather's gift to Gerald, the "Action Hot Dog". Action Hot Dog is a hot dog which chants annoyingly "do the la la la la!" The Hot Dog's comments prompt Gerald to proclaim, "That's an annoying hot dog."
The hero soon enters a forest, in which he encounters Cat Man (a belligerent man apparently dressed in a cat costume), an odd cloud (a spoof of the Kinto'un from the Dragon Ball series), Space Ghost being mauled by a Bear, and other insanity involving his grand nemesis, the evil Coiffio who is "the evil controller of cats", his Gundam-like robot companion, 'Model Robot', and his arboreal agent, the Inappropriate Comedy Tree (who proudly proclaims "I have sex with dogs... what's up with that?!").The end credits are written in the Wingdings font and use the song "Love Theme" by Eddie Horst. The credits rolled over live action footage of a "dancing clown" windsock.
|2||"Tivo Your eBay"||November 27, 2005||102|
|The second episode featured an opening theme song by Brendon Small which is a stylistic parody of the opening for The Big O. This episode has Gerald walking through the forest where he left off with the "Action Hot Dog" following him as a companion. Meanwhile, Uncle Grandfather meets a young man dressed in a shiny purple coat who claims to be "King of all Animals". The young man gives a typical anime technobabble explanation about some random tragedy which is a mishmash of references to shows Yu-Gi-Oh, Blue Gender, and Wolf's Rain. Uncle Grandfather gives him a hamburger necklace, which is a parody of Yu-Gi-Oh's Millennium Puzzle which the main character wears on a chain around his neck. He is then sent off to assist Gerald on his quest, accompanied by a group of loud, cacophonous animals crammed into an economy hatchback. Meanwhile, Gerald is confronted by a flame-like entity named Rod, who calls himself the "Anime God". Gerald continues towards his destination, Tuna Mountain, now followed by the Inappropriate Comedy Tree.|
|3||"Cat Snatch Fever"||December 4, 2005||103|
|The third episode featured an opening theme song by the band Melt-Banana called "Hair-cat ('Cause the wolf is a cat!)". This episode also revealed the Inappropriate Comedy Tree's real name, Norman Douglas. After telling a rather loud [and wet], story about why he left Coiffio and how much he loves his new jeans, he joins Gerald and Hot Dog on their quest. However, their [relative] happiness did not last, as they were then accosted by a freak tornado. Uncle Grandfather watches in amusement from his roof, remarking "Oh man, the Tornado is about to suck up my bald nephew...heh heh heh, awesome. So much for that retarded journey". Upon going back inside, Rod suddenly appears before him. After a brief and pointless exchange of words, Rod proceeds to tell Uncle Grandfather that Gerald and Co. are still alive. Uncle Grandfather tells Rod to shut up, and proceeds to summon a hot dog bun to ensnare him. Rod disappears, and Uncle Grandfather sends the bun to find Gerald and tell him an important message. He then calls Brenda, proclaiming that he has news of the utmost importance, and drops some change on the ground. Brenda picks it up, with Uncle Grandfather watching, while eating a banana "Mmmm, bananana-na". Meanwhile, the tornado turns out to be a friendly, if somewhat unstable, creature named Terry/Twisty (he seems to only answer to one of those names at a given time, and becomes enraged if he's not referred to by the one he prefers, although Norman's loud talking has a similar effect). Coiffio, in his oddly phallic-shaped spaceship (complete with testicle-shaped engine nacelles), is bathing in his hot tub. He goes on about how he needs his robe to cover his "hot bod", while badly mispronouncing words in a Porky Pig-like manner. He goes off to talk to Catman, and once again, achieves next to nothing. The Animal King, while arguing with his animal subjects, succeeds in driving right into a ditch. Gerald, while walking along, begins to hear voices in the stump of his severed ear (cut off by Brenda in the pilot), and the scene shifts to Brenda in a dark room, whispering in Japanese, into Gerald's ear. Uncle Grandfather bursts into the room, accompanied by unidentified policemen saying that Brenda has caused the beginning of the Cat-Bun Wars! The last scene shows the armies of each side converging on each other, ready to fight for reasons unknown. After the credits, Coiffio plays a little tune, which seems to be a parody of Bob Dylan.|
|4||"Happy Suck Day"||December 11, 2005||104|
|The episode begins with the Cat-Bun Wars in progress. The Young Man and his animals (featuring MF DOOM as a giraffe) hear the battle from the ditch, which is in the middle of the battlefield. The Young Man tries to use the hamburger necklace, which is stolen by Astronomic Cat, along with his hand. The opening sequence plays, which shows neon-colored versions of all the characters flying around in the dark, with Gerald constantly walking. Space Cat takes the necklace and the Young Man's hand to Coiffio, who then demands Model Robot turn in into an A-Bomb. Model Robot does so, explodes, and sends Coiffio into space. He then sings a song about Model Robot. Coiffio drifts back to the ship, where Rod tries to buy his house from him. Coiffio commands Space Cat to run a background check on him. At the grocery store where Catman works, Catman sells a 12-pack of beer to a baby. Coiffio parachutes in to the front of the store, just to be run over by the drunk-driving baby and shot by Catman, who doesn't care about his problems. The baby drives into the ditch with the Young Man and the animals. Uncle Grandfather tries to videotape a vacuum cleaner having sex with a cake, but is asked to end the Cat-Bun Wars. He does so by asking the leaders from the Cats (General Meow) and from the Buns (Commander Bun) to sign a peace treaty, complaining that he has things to do. The episode ends with the Young Man still stuck in the hole with the animals and the drunk baby. Coiffio is still after Gerald. Uncle Grandfather is still taping his porno about the vacuum and cake, when he is suddenly held at gunpoint by an MP. The credits roll, with neon Gerald walking far into the distance. The end theme is by DangerDoom.|
|5||"Tusk"||December 18, 2005||106|
|The ending theme song for this episode is performed by Widespread Panic, although the episode opens only with the mangled statement, "We now journey the join... uhh... already in progress." Twisty and Norman Douglas get into a knife fight while Gerald and Hotdog go off without them. After Gerald runs into Catman and his trailer in the forest, and is offered LSD by Rod, Coiffio shows up on an oversized motorcycle whose spokes are made of hot dogs, and challenges Gerald to a race to the death ("choppa-duew"). In exchange for Coiffio agreeing to sell his house to him, and Gerald agreeing to buy Rod's Journey tickets, Rod magically transports the two (along with most of the other characters) to a racetrack, where buns (singing Hotdog's trademark "Do Da La La La") and cats (meowing) fill the stands, and the Young Man and the giraffe provide the commentary from the booth. Catman releases an alligator onto the track to attack Gerald (and prevent him from "wictory"), but it goes after Coiffio instead. Astronomic Cat lifts the alligator off of Coiffio's bike and onto Gerald's, but Hotdog transforms into a "wienercycle" and saves Gerald by dueling with the gator. Gerald appears to have the advantage when Coiffio's hair falls off, as it is actually a toupee, but he abandons the race when he sees a chance to launch his bike to Tuna Mountain.|
|6||"Woke Up Drunk"||December 25, 2005||105|
|During a parody of 1950s variety shows and mainstream American sitcoms, Gerald and his companions come ever closer to Tuna Mountain after several musical and laughtrack segments (In one scene see Felix the Bear wrestling with a shark, possibly a reference to a novel (Bear v Shark) by Chris Bachelder) along with a conference by worried corporate television executives over the poor audience reaction to "Japanese Bear Dad" (the bear chasing Space Ghost in Episode 1). The executives are rudely interrupted by a drunken Space Ghost looking for work, as a self-referential joke to the now canceled/permanently hiatical Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Eventually we see Gerald and his companions continue walking toward Tuna Mountain. At the end, we see three military policemen in bed, apparently having sex though none of them move (they just remain in their usual "attention" position, and they blame "standards" for not allowing them to thrust). The end theme is by Diplo.|
Season 2: 2007
Season 2 was supposed to contain 16 episodes, and was planned to premiere online on Adult Swim Video. On May 22, 2007, "Return to Balding Victory" debuted on Adult Swim Video, officially ending the series. This episode had already aired on television on April 1, 2007, as part of Adult Swim's April Fool's Joke. This joke spanned the entire block, beginning with this episode and then airing all of season one in reverse order and in the style of old VHS fansubs, complete with Engrish subtitles on most episodes. Occasionally, instead of the Engrish subtitles, transcripts from other Adult Swim shows were presented instead. It replaced scheduled premieres of Bleach, Blood+, and Eureka Seven. The prank was hinted at though, as the schedule listed the same episodes that were to be shown that weekend for the next weekend ahead of time.
|#||Title||Original air date||Production
|7||"Return to Balding Victory"||April 1, 2007||201|
|Series finale. Gerald wakes up after his crash and continues his journey to Tuna Mountain. Soon the forest and all surrounding areas fall victim to a friendly flood named Wetsy. The ending theme was performed by Widespread Panic.|
Adult Swim references
In addition to various references to other anime series, PHF has included several visual references to other Adult Swim shows.
- Clown Planet – Several PHF episodes have references to Clown Planet, which is a reference to an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, "The Clowning".
- 12 Oz. Mouse – Pictures of Mouse Fitzgerald (protagonist of 12 Oz. Mouse) and Skillet (Fitz's sidekick) are found in episodes 5 and 6.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force – A special airing of the episodes on April 1, 2007 had subtitles which were actually lines from ATHF episodes. Additionally, images of Master Shake are visible at various points in the series.
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast – Space Ghost appears in every episode, either as a character with an actual role, or in the background.
On October 27, 2009, Adult Swim and distributor Warner Home Video released Adult Swim in a Box, a seven disc DVD box set of a variety of different Adult Swim shows, the pilot episode of Perfect Hair Forever is featured on this box set on a special DVD along with Welcome to Eltingville, Korgoth of Barbaria, Totally for Teens, and Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge; in June 2010, the bonus DVD, from "Adult Swim in a Box", was made available for separate purchase through the store on the Adult Swim website.
- Perfect Hair Forever episodes
- Squidbillies, Vol. 1 DVD commentary
- "Return to Balding Victory" – Full episode at Adult Swim Video
- "Perfect Hair forever pilot episode DVD release on Adult Swim in a Box, 2009".
- Adult Swim Pilots DVD overview at adultswimshop.com
- Perfect Hair Forever at the Internet Movie Database
- Perfect Hair Forever at TV.com
- Perfect Hair Forever review from The Hollywood Reporter
- Perfect Hair Forever review from TV Squad