The story behind The Skeletor Show:
So Geduld combined his creative talents with his abundance of free time. He took footage from the 1980s “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” cartoons, re-edited it and redubbed it to make the evil Skeletor and his cronies into a bumbling gang of losers. Geduld added incongruously peppy jazz by Django Reinhardt, called his farce “The Skeletor Show” and posted episodes on Google Inc.’s YouTube.
Geduld added his e-mail address to the credits, along with this line: “Please give me a job. I’m talented.”
Actually, that was a joke. Geduld didn’t think much could come of it.
But he was underestimating how much the Internet has broadened the ways people get discovered today, often for jobs in the entertainment industry that didn’t exist until a few years ago.
§ Meanwhile, Disney and other toon congloms are surprisingly supportive of what the New York Times calls “mash-ups.”
So why is Disney tolerating YouTube videos that turn Bambi, Simba and Winnie the Pooh into rap stars? YouTube users started posting the videos, set to “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by the rapper Soulja Boy, about five months ago. The postings (called mash-ups), are made by editing together snippets of animated movies and TV shows. The finished products look like music videos in which the cartoon characters do the singing. As “Crank That” climbed the music charts over the summer — the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this month — the videos started gaining in popularity and users edited together versions using characters owned by other big media companies. A version using clips taken from Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” has been viewed more than seven million times.