This has been sticking in the back of my mind for the while since registering to this site. As a strapping young lad, I recall watching this curious educational program that aired on PBS here in the US (and the BBC in the UK, and perhaps CBC in Canada) called "Vision On". It was a French-Canadian co-production that encouraged creativity to kids of English- and French-speaking countries. The program would open with the programs title written in cursive, then the title would turn on it's side and a mirror image of the title would "split" from it, creating the image of a grasshopper, which would then bounce off the screen. Two particular elements of the program I recall were a chalkboard that the female host would use as an aid in telling a story or to give a drawing lesson, and a creepy looking mime who would appear from time to time to help the female host illustrate whatever message she was conveying to the young audience. I know someone out there must have at least a faint memory of this program. RSVP.
Hey Fyne T(oo)ning - here is a copy of my post from last year. Surprise! The youtube link is still valid! Watch the late 1960's episode from the BBC in black & white. One of the most creative shows ever to appear on television!
Thank you Straydog. Back in 2006, Straydog posted a link to a tv show I remember from 1972.
It was called Vision On. After all my years of watching kids shows, I'd never thought what it must be like for the hearing impaired.
Thanks to the BBC, Vision On was designed for both hearing and non-hearing viewers. Like I said I saw the show in 1972, but Vision On aired in the UK from the mid-60's through the mid 70's.
Most memorable is the shows sign-on, a fancy script "Vision On" set against its mirror-image to create a strange insect-like form. With the "O" turned into "eyes" - whateveritwas would bounce off the screen. I always found it kinda creepy.
Because it was designed as "hearing optional", Vision On is unique and quite enjoyable. Truth is Vision On is a bizarre collection of strange, quirky segments involving animation and old school arts and crafts. Three cheers to BBC-UK for being creative with television.
Special shout out to Tony Hart. Tony is a man who makes pictures. But I think Tony is an incredible artist. He combines skill, imagination and crafting to create pictures on television. The real joy is just to sit back and watch Tony work. Fasinating.
I've had a lot of fun searching online for Vision On references. But there's something I have to share with all of you now.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to quickly realize that tv has become "lazy " in serving children. As I think about all the amazing shows and performers that have appeared since the end of World War II, today's childrens tv is a poor imitation.
Cartoons are cool. Muppets are great. But I can't begin to describe what some of you will never see.
Here is the youtube link originally posted by Straydog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq8JoTaVCZA
Original thread answered by Straydog: http://www.retrojunk.com/forums/index.php?view=posts&fid=5&tid=13720