FUNCTION: 08.01.19- Over the course of decades, many celebrity figures have visited the Apple Campus at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, the old headquarters, from singers Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder to sports major Muhammad Ali (and even yours truly, wink!), but a popular celebrity doesn't get much honor, and that character is none other than everyone's favorite cabinetmaker: Dilbert.
To be fair, Dilbert's visit to 1 Infinite Loop took place in an episode – the scene captured in a production art animation from the TV show, which I happen to own – of the short-lived animated series based on the cartoon of the same name, the one with the title character , created by Scott Adams who ran for two seasons from 1
After reading through every single plot summary of all the shows in the animated series from an episode guide on IMDb and not finding any references to Apple anywhere, I took a look at online and came across this YouTube video, apart from season and episode information, Apple indicates in the title and description.
Upon further investigation, the clip Dilbert speaks to a character named The Dupey who sits in an office, and as the scene pans out, we see the Apple Campus with the old rainbow Apple logo in a sign out front.
The plot summary on IMDb of episode five entitled "The Dupey" (aired December 7, 1999 in season two of the TV show), describes the company as creating marketing summaries of something called a Dupey and Dilbert is responsible for to create the new sensation, but unfortunately his creation takes on a life of its own.
Why a key plot twist as big as Apple isn't mentioned in the episode, I can't understand, but maybe it's not to give away the surprise ending.
To tell you the truth? In fact, I've never seen the episode that my animation came from (not because I'm blind, since the animated series aired more than a decade before I lost sight of 2013, something my regular readers already know, and of course, that means I had help finding out what the YouTube video contained, courtesy of MacPrices publisher Steve Hildreth) – even though I've watched a few episodes – so I can't personally confirm that it was the exact episode, but I think the clip is good enough evidence to give credibility to where the scene took place. If it goes like a duck and speaks like a duck, it must be a duck (so to speak).
Speaking of talking? One thing I remember about the animated series was that Dilbert finally got a mouth because he wanted a voice while the cartoon was drawn without one, despite having written dialogue in a speech bubble.
So, the only reason I know of this memorable scene depicting Dilbert at the old Apple headquarters is because of the famous art I own. How did I get it, you ask? A while back, I bought various items on eBay that were Apple-related, primarily t-shirts, especially official Apple Store employee uniforms. – During my searches, I came across the animated movie with Dilbert, who happens to be one of my favorite cartoon characters (I even have a Dilbert tie which is one of my favorite bands to wear when I dress up), so how could I resists?
The item was sold by a fellow with the eBay username "nigelwackenfrets" who runs a Dilbert Cel Art Storefront, which according to the seller sells some of the most unique items on eBay, including original Delbert cartoon cel art, custom painted art guitars, NASA objects and excess space shuttle equipment, and Hollywood movie posters.
Did I buy – or bid on? I can't remember – the $ 24 item that I happened to buy from eBay just that day, August 1, 2011 (which is why I thought it worthwhile to tag this story today).
In an effort to find out more information, as for one thing, which episode the animation cell I own came from, or how they acquired the cell art collection from the animation series "Dilbert" and whether they were direct (or indirect) ) involved in the production of the show, I reached out to the seller, but to my disappointment they did not respond to my email or messages sent through the eBay messaging system. So, we will never know.
However, one thing I know about "nigelwackenfrets" is that they identify as a Dilbert animation art director and are based in Florida. (I also know their actual name from previous email correspondence regarding the eBay transaction, but for privacy reasons will not disclose it here, since there is no public information such as their eBay username and location displayed in their seller profile.)
While the seller claimed that the item being sold was authentic – it contained a certificate of authenticity (issued by whom, I don't remember) – and was original production art from the TV show, I've always wondered if it was a reproduction and more than a copy of the exact one I own exists. But there is pure speculation on my part! Admittedly, knowing what I know about animation, the scene from the episode would have consisted of multiple images, explaining why it would be more than an animation as it exists, so hopefully the one I own is not the same as everyone else who may have been sold. A quick search on eBay shows no matches other than cel art from other episodes.
Ironically, during my extensive research on Google to get more information and details for this story, I came across this link on a site called Worthpoint – which is the largest resource on the internet for researching, valuing and buying / selling antiques, art and vintage collectibles from auction houses or online marketplaces like eBay – and found another animation similar to mine, except in this particular frame (according to Hildreth), Dilbert is turned in a different direction and looks to say something. After signing up for a 7-day free trial to find out more about the item (it even has the same title as the eBay listing of the item I bought back in 2011), I learned that it was selling on eBay 15. March 2013 for $ 20. So it looks like I was right about other animation cells portraying Dilbert at Apple headquarters out there!
I also got in touch with the support desk at Andrews McNeel Syndication, the company that currently owns and distributes Dilbert comics to newspapers in the US and around the world. Of course, I asked if the current episode from the animated series and also the production art from the TV show were ever released to the audience. They could not confirm or answer my dismay because they said they had nothing to do with it.
They suggested that I write a letter and send it to their physical address and they would send it to the creator (Adams). They said their online support desk system was not equipped, oddly enough, to forward inquiries directly to the creator. I highly doubt that I would have come anywhere with that method, since I assume Adams gets a lot of fan mail through that mailing address, and I probably never got a response (much less, in time to publish this story) .
On the animated series "Dilbert", the TV comedy – created by Adams himself (who was also the CEO) – premiered on UPN on January 25, 1999 and ran for 30 episodes. The title characters, Dilbert and Dogbert, were voiced by high-profile Hollywood actors Daniel Stern ("Home Alone") and Chris Elliott ("Groundhog Day", respectively). The theme song was composed by renowned musician composer Danny Elfman ("Batman").
The animated series was also awarded a first-class Emmy in 1999 for "Outstanding Main Title Design" and received an award in 2000 for "Best Casting for Animated Voiceover: Television by the Casting Society of America.
In a Wikipedia entry about the TV series, Adams is quoted from a 2006 interview about canceling the "Dilbert" animated series in which he explained:
"It was on UPN, a network few people watched, and due to some wire damage between the first and second season, the time slot changed and we lost our viewers, "Adams said.
" We should also follow the worst TV show ever made: & # 39; Shasta McNasty. & # 39; On TV, the viewership is 75% determined by how many people watch the show before yours. It killed us! "He added.
According to the information in the same Wikipedia entry, the" Dilbert "animated series was considered to be picked up by NBC, but eventually Adams joined UPN – at that time, ranked the sixth television network among viewers – because the latter network of the two promised it would air 13 episodes, while others would only consider the TV show against other programming options. And interestingly, Adams decided to join an animation series only after a live The action version of Dilbert that was previously shot for the Fox TV network never made it air because it didn't translate well in Adam's eyes.
As far as the cartoon goes, Adams has been drawing "Dilbert" for 30 years now, the first strip released April 16, 1989. "Dilbert" appears in over 2000 newspapers in 57 countries and in 19 languages according to information provided on the "About" page on the comic strip strip's official website. The site, which debuted in 2000, was the first who ever had They are a syndicated cartoon on the internet.
In 1997, the comic book "Dilbert" was the recipient of the Reuben Award, the comic book's highest honor.
From time to time, Apple and its products are a recurring theme and theme of the cartoon as seen on this page on Dilbert.com, suggesting that Adams is an Apple fan – the animation cel they show Dilbert at Apple headquarters a perfect example albeit from the animated series – and possibly a Mac user himself (a topic asked by Andrews McNeel Syndication support desk, which they couldn't answer either.)
Adams was also quoted in the aforementioned Wikipedia entry on TV show about making his "Dilbert" cartoon an animation series which he stated:
"It's a very liberating experience because the cartoon limits me to three picture panels with four lines or less dialogue per ssue. In the TV series I have 21 minutes per episode of being funny. I can follow a theme from beginning to end that will bring a lot of richness to the characters. … So there's a lot more to creative release, "Adams said.