CENTENNIAL, Colorado -- Phil Hartman fans have something to look forward to: the late comic’s work lives on as part of a new animated film based on his album Flat TV.
“The album holds the seeds of Phil Hartman’s genius, with all the sophistication and bold energy he carried through an illustrious comedic legacy,” noted a press release.
Worker Studio is working with producers Paul Hartmann and Angel Rosenthal to make the animation.
Phil Hartman’s Flat TV was written and recorded by Hartman before his rise to fame on Saturday Night Live and The Pee Wee Herman Show. Hartman also did voice work on The Simpsons and appeared in movies along with the NBC sitcom NewsRadio before his passing in 1998.
In 2002, Hartman’s brother, John Hartmann, released Flat TV through Laugh.com. (Phil dropped the last “n” from his surname.)
"Phil Hartman's Flat TV was produced by Chad Stuart and recorded just before Phil joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Wrapped up in the hectic schedule of writing and acting on SNL, he forgot all about the album. In the interim, the recording studio closed and the tapes were stashed and forgotten in a backyard storage unit in San Fernando Valley. After Phil's death, 25 years later, we searched far and wide and finally found the original masters. This is Phil at his funniest, without the burden of time, censors or committees. It's pure genius," Hartmann explained.
A clip of the album can be heard here: http://www.worker-studio.com/phil-hartmans-flat-tv.html