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You Can't Do That on Film

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What happens when you travel to the birthplace of green slime? For an entire generation of classic Nickelodeon fans, it's like finding the Holy Grail. Join filmmaker David Dillehunt for You Can't Do That on Film, the first and only feature-length documentary about the cult-classic children's television show, You Can't Do That on Television. This revolutionary program broke all the rules, let kids be kids, and taught viewers everywhere to avoid uttering the phrase, "I don't know." Packed with more slime, more laughs and more fun, You Can't Do That on Film includes interviews with nearly two dozen original cast and crew members, including Les Lye, Christine McGlade, Alasdair Gillis, Adam Reid and Alanis Morissette.

Product Details

  • Actors: Staphanie Bauder, Lizzie Ciesluk, Jim Clarke, Paul Copping, Geoffrey Darby
  • Directors: David Dillehunt
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009H6YF9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You Can't Do That on Film" on IMDb

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Namecaf on November 25, 2012
Format: DVD
I know I didn't buy my copy on Amazon and this says 2004, but the truth is the guy who made this got it released just this year. There's two fan made episodes, both project 131 made with actual cast members and a pilot for a new YCDTOTV. The pilot looks a like it was made with a real shoe string budget, but you can feel the effort put into making it. What really stands out though is that this guy even got an interview with Roger Price! If you're waiting for them to release the show, this can tide you over with some of the things you might not have known. Otherwise, please tell me the number of fish in Lake Superior.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Reed on March 12, 2014
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Your childhood was awesome because of Roger Price. The man conversed with David Bowie and the term Homo Superior gave us Oh! You Pretty Things and The Tomorrow People, the good one. He makes a kids' sketch comedy show in Canada we get Jagged Little Pill, that creative force which is Adam Greydon Reid, and green slime.

The technical side of this DVD doesn't matter, it's about the interviews, the information, the joyful little bits you learn about the most awesome kids show ever made. And it was as awesome to work on as you thought it was. The grown up kids speak with honesty and delight, and some times deep emotion, about their time on the show, co stars, and production staff, and especially Les Lie. Writers and crew let you in on the secrets of the success on why the show lasted so long and why a PBS clone failed including reasons it probably wouldn't fly today.

This is an absolute must for any fan of You Can't Do That On Television. Being that Amazon offers a few volumes for viewing you'll be able to convert more people. This is what fun TV non educational that allows you to abandon your cares for a few minutes is all about. Looking at the currant crop of Nickelodeon shows we'll never have it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 18, 2015
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For me, summertime was You Can't Do That on Television! I grew up watching this show and have remained a fan of it. I've seen Project 131 and Slimecon and now this and I believe this is the best of the lot. I love all the real insider view on how the show was actually done and what the cast thought about all of it. I thought it was put together extremely well and it certainly has brought up many fond memories of watching the show. This program is a must for any true YCDTOTV fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James H. Espey on October 9, 2013
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If it weren't for a play list of videos on YouTube, I never would have known this existed. It was perfect.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fernando E. Lopez on March 31, 2013
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It was a good documentary and the new DVD episode was funny and a original episode. I would recommend it.
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Rather than critique this video (which is worth watching for both nostolgia and insights into the show) I'd like to take my space to rant on my mystification that YCDTOTV has YET to get a dvd release and only a partial streaming reissue. You Can't Do That On Television is not just a footnote in children's television. It was a FANTASTIC show with unique qualities. It had some great assets - principally the incredible and versitle Les Lye who could give anyone on SNL a run for their money for characters. Christine McGlade, Lisa Ruddy and of course Alastair Gilles are the true teen stars that could. And unlike other shows before or since, they more or less played themselves. The structure of the show, the understanding that all the cast was fully aware that they were employees of a cheap cable TV show, was an innovative device that allowed them to play themselves while exploring single topics from every angle possible. Alanis Morrisette was on the show. Les Lye gave us at least 3 memorable, classic characters - Ross: the company shill, Lance: the bum father and the grotesque Barth. The show spawned many catchphrases - "I don't know." "You got a point there Valerie!" 'I heeeard That!" And finally, the show gave us GREEN SLIME. This element is still used today, not only in Nickelodeon promos and shows, but also Disney and other kids shows. Whenever you see a show where a character receives a comuppance with a large pile of muck sliding down over their face, that is the legacy of YCDTOTV! It was probably the only show that recognized the dark genius of truly embarrassing children. Which is what it subconciously feels like to be an awkard and powerless teenager.Read more ›
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By Nikki Feldman on January 26, 2015
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This was pretty good. The only disappointment was that I wish they would have showed clips from the show. As a kid who loved You Can't Do That on Television, and SLIME, I'm glad someone put the time into making a documentary on it. It could have been better but it is what it is and I appreciate it. I loved seeing everyone all grown up and finding out facts about how things worked behind the scenes.
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