Drugs, Hangouts, Parties and Radiohead: The Story of “Robin”, the Animated Series You Should Have Watched By Now
By Hernan Panessi via El Planteo.
There was a time when cartoons repeated rhetoric that ran counter to good manners, brash broke existing norms, and new tales full of inaccuracy, sex, drugs and vagrancy appeared. Why, 25 years after its premiere, some still remember Robinthe wonderful creation of the Swedish animator Magnus carlsson?
In the story, Robin is a slacker who lives in a bare apartment, takes on any casual job, enjoys partying, and hanging out with Benjamin, his heavy drinker best friend.
Over 30 standalone episodes filled with slices of life, Robin’s misadventures almost always end in one place: doing nothing constructive with his life.
The series first aired on Swedish channel SVT1. In Latin America, the Robin series was broadcast on the legendary Locomotion television channel. In total, it was broadcast in around fifty countries. “It’s great that people always like this”, says Magnus El Planteo.
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Back then, Robin mixed a certain lack of prejudice with a strong underground spirit, compressing a dry story and novel that captivated people across generations with slices of mundane realism.
Moreover, among his curiosities, in Latin America, the voice of the character was provided by Mario CastaÃ±eda himself, known for having voiced Goku in Dragon Ball Z.
“People love nostalgia. The older you get, the more nostalgic you become. Those who remember Robin when they were kids or teenagers are now middle-aged adults and want to remember things as they used to be,” he continues. .
Magnus, the artist
However, it is difficult to argue that Robin was his most recognized work in the world, as Magnus Carlsson is also the author of Three Amigos and Jerry, aired on Nickelodeon and Jetix from ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC), and Lisa, seen on AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) ‘s Cartoon Network in the “Small World” block.
“It’s hard to say which is my most popular series. Some of my series have been broadcast in more countries than Robin, even though they were aimed at children.”
Magnus Carlsson is currently developing a few new projects and hopes that “one of them will come to fruition soon”. He also spends his days writing and painting pictures.
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âThe best thing about Robin is that he touched a lot, a lot of viewers all over the world. The worst part was that I worked with a film company that couldn’t produce more films. episodes or a feature film, “he admits.
Sweden in the 1990s: between political detachment, nihilism and inaccuracy
Inspired by Magnus’ own life, in his twenties when he lived in his first apartment (“I was curious, shy and a bit of a womanizer, like Robin”), the animated series tells about a social reality in which “Politics and what was politically correct was not generally discussed.”
He continues: “It was about surviving and, at the same time, having fun,” he says.
-What would Robin do if it was produced today?
Robin has a part-time job as a computer technician and Benjamin retires prematurely after an unfortunate accident. He has been given a wheelchair and is a medical cannabis activist. They are still hanging around. Robin and his friend Benjamin have been friends since their teenage years. Time flies by and suddenly they are looking at each other standing and they are over 50 years old. Or, Robin is standing and Benjamin is sitting in his wheelchair, in which he now spends his days following an unnecessary accident.
-What happened to Benjamin and why is he in a wheelchair now?
-During a party, he spent the whole night in a tree drinking beer, then Robin bet that Benjamin could jump off the tree safely with an umbrella as a parachute. Robin in turn lives in his spacious 35 square meter studio. And he’s doing perfectly well. The position of IT technician in the IT and dry cleaning department of Achmed is also suitable. It’s not a good technical job, to be honest. Most of the time, he travels with small parcels to different addresses in the city. But it’s okay. Sometimes Robin DJ at PizzaGuzzen where he plays hip-hop and dub. He did not start a family. He doesn’t really have time for that. Sometimes he has to relax. Orâ¦ most of the time.
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-And Benjamin’s life?
-Benjamin moved into the same building as Robin, upstairs. But since the accident, Benjamin has spent most of his time with Robin, as it is very difficult to go up or down any stairs (no elevator) in a wheelchair. Benjamin is pre-retired and is a strong advocate for medical cannabis. He is greatly helped by this drug and takes every opportunity to relieve pain. Benjamin is also very active on Tinder, with varying degrees of success.
Radiohead and controversies
In the 90s, Sweden was quite a carefree country. “It was easy to find an apartment and work. We were also early with computers and computers. And we young people had enough money to be able to travel the world,” says the author.
And it’s no wonder that Robin received a very positive reception when he first started showing on TV. Later, however, there was even more buzz when Radiohead wanted to have Robin as the main character in a music video.
What, Radiohead!?!? Yes. In 1997, the British group Radiohead discovered the Robin series on Channel 4 and went crazy. They quickly reached out to Magnus Carlsson to have Robin in the music video for their song “Paranoid Android”.
âHis producer called me and asked if I wanted to do a video for the OK Computer album. And I wanted to do it,â Magnus recalls.
At the time, parts of this clip were censored for containing “explicit nudity scenes.”
-When you did the series, did you get any “encouragement”?
-What is your opinion on the recreational use of cannabis?
-I don’t like it, but I don’t really have an opinion on people who smoke and people who don’t smoke.
– What do you think is the most controversial episode of the series?
-Nowadays people get angry about everything, so it’s impossible to say.