1 Camera, 16mm film
videos per episode. Approx. two minutes each. Both
Performance and "Story" Format.
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As eccentric rock n' rollers,
NEW MONKEES live together in a large mansion. It's so large in
fact, that they often get lost in it. This is no ordinary
mansion; it is a fantasy world filled with countless rooms and
hallways leading off into endless adventures. For members of
rock n' roll bands, a fantasy existence is somewhat normal, but
the NEW MONKEES' mansion takes their fantasies and extends them
to the limit. Behind any door can be any environment imaginable:
From the unusual (a gymnasium, a library, a bowling alley or
roller rink), to the bizarre (a desert, a room with no gravity,
or Lucy and Ricky Ricardo's living room). The boys can end up
anywhere, without ever leaving the mansion.
The mansion comes complete
with a butler named Manford (Gordon Oas-Heim). He has lived in
the mansion long before NEW MONKEES moved in. He has been passed
from tenant to tenant, always proving himself invaluable as the
only person in the world who understands the mysteries of the
house. Manford seems to have been in the mansion a few decades
too long, however, and it's starting to show. He's become
quirky. At times he talks to the house as if it were alive;
other times he serves food nobody has asked for.
Most homes have a kitchen, NEW
MONKEES' mansion has a 1950's style diner. Rita (Bess Motta) has
been waiting tables in the diner for several years. No one is
exactly sure when she got there, or where she came from. She is
to the diner what Manford is to the house -- a permanent
fixture. By nature an energetic, upbeat person, Rita is always
there to cheer the guys up when they need it. Although she's got
a quick wit and can spar with the best of them, Rita is a
sympathetic ear, and a buddy.
Helen (voice by Lynnie
Godfrey) was the most advanced "War Games" type computer in the
U.S. arsenal until she had ethical problems working for the
Defense Department and quit. Quitting meant one day secretly
transferring all her data banks into another computer outside
the Pentagon. The other computer happened to be in NEW MONKEES'
mansion, and the Pentagon has been looking for her ever since.
Living with a rock band and playing music excites Helen. She's
found she prefers music to world destruction. Helen can also tap
into other computers. She can imitate voices and tap into phone
lines, predict the future based on her ability to compute vast
amounts of information, and play music, calling up any sound, or
group of sounds she wants; from a charging rhinoceros to a
symphony orchestra, to wild electronic music. And, Helen can
sing. But not in a lead singer way (she doesn't have quite the
emotion for that). Helen "raps."
This is the wonderful, wacky
world of NEW MONKEES. It's a show where you can expect only the
unexpected. Anything can happen ... and usually does.