Young Person's Guide to History

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Young Person's Guide to History
Young Person's Guide to History (title card).png
Title card used in both parts
Genre Live action, comedy
Format Special
Created by Craig Lewis
Hugh Davidson
Peter Girardi
Directed by Peter Girardi
Dave Willis
Starring Hugh Davidson
Dana Snyder
Gary Anthony Williams
Will Forte
Larry Dorf
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Peter Girardi
Craig Lewis
Hugh Davidson
Mike Lazzo
Keith Crofford
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Adult Swim
Picture format 4:3 SDTV
Original airing Sneak peek of Part One:
April 1, 2008
Official:
October 27, 2008 (part one)
November 3, 2008 (part two)
Chronology
Preceded by Saul of the Mole Men
External links
Website

Young Person's Guide to History is a two-part television special produced by Funny Garbage, the creators of Saul of the Mole Men, and features most of the same actors and creative team. It was originally titled Thomas Jefferson American Phantasm.

In the United States, the first part aired on October 27, 2008 and the second part aired on November 3, 2008 on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim. On November 4, 2008 Young Person's Guide to History first aired in its entirety, in honor of election night; after that night Young Person's Guide to History did not air again until July 4, 2010. Clips of it are available on Adult Swim Video.[1] Young Person's Guide to History was originally produced in three parts but was edited down to two.

Plot[edit]

Young Person's Guide to History is a warped and absurd retelling of historical events that led to the creation of America such as the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the choosing of the Great Seal of America using fantastical and anachronistic modern elements (Thomas Jefferson tattoos the Constitution onto his chest and then tears it off).

Cast[edit]

Name Character(s)
Hugh Davidson Thomas Jefferson
Dana Snyder Benjamin Franklin
Gary Anthony Williams Paul Revere
Will Forte Comte de Buffon
Steve Little Aaron Burr
Tim Heidecker Debt Collectors
Eric Wareheim
Anne Sertich Nurse

Production[edit]

Young Person's Guide to History is an offshoot/spinoff of the Saul of the Mole Men episode "Poor Clancy's Almanack", a wordplay on Poor Richard's Almanack. Another reference is made when the song "Mustache Ride" is played in Jefferson's car during part one.

Directed by Peter Girardi and Dave Willis, both parts of Young Person's Guide to History were rated TV-MA in the United States. Part One originally aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's late night programing block, Adult Swim, on April 1, 2008, as part of Adult Swim's annual April Fools' Day stunt. Part one officially premiered on October 27, 2008, and the second part aired one week later on November 3, 2008. Young Person's Guide to History was originally produced in three parts but was edited down to two; and was originally going to be entitled Thomas Jefferson American Phantasm.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Young Person's Guide to History". Adult Swim Video. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Premieres Calendar 2 Adult Swim bump archived by bumpworthy.com. Retrieved 6 August 2011

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