George Shrinks!

Posted: 1/29/2006 4:40:02 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Laura, my daughter, and I have just finished watching an episode of the cartoon George Shrinks from 2000 which featured a theremin!

This was home-made floor-standing device created by George's father, a jazz musician and inventor. It featured a traditional pitch antenna, although in playing this seemed largely redundant, as the majority of the playing was around a plasma-ball located centrally on the top of the device. Although it was not named as a theremin it was certainly played like one, and the father commented on its difficulty as an instrument. It sounded like a theremin was used for the soundtrack.

Can a plasma-ball be made to function as a theremin antenna?

That would look so good.

Or a Jacob's Ladder - one of those things with two aerials in a V with a spark that moves from bottom to top. Could that be an antenna? After all, Spock used one to create a mnemonic memory circuit in The City on the Edge of Forever (the one with Joan Collins) so they must be pretty versatile devices. :-)


Edit: Perhaps not a Jacob's Ladder - I've been reading about them (here ( - "The dangers inherent in the operation of a Jacob`s Ladder are electrocution, probably fatal, burns of a possibly horrific nature, poisoning of the lungs by oxides of nitrogen, possible destruction of property by burning, tripping of electrical supply probable, complaints from the neighbours."

I wouldn't want to upset the neighbours.

Posted: 2/2/2006 2:52:38 PM

From: Kingston, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

>>Can a plasma-ball be made to function as a theremin antenna?<<

Have you seen the living tree theremin? Can't find the pic again now, if I do I'll add it here. Apparently the builder used two little trees as the antennas.
Posted: 2/2/2006 3:53:03 PM

From: Brooklyn, New York

Joined: 11/25/2005

A quick google search found this site.

pretty cool, slightly off topic.

Posted: 2/23/2006 9:26:58 PM

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005

If I remember correctly, they called it a Scare-amin.

Or am I thinking of a different cartoon?

The plasma ball thing would be fun.
Posted: 3/2/2006 8:50:55 AM

From: Hillsborough, NC (USA)

Joined: 2/13/2005

Was it the "George-Lo-Phone"? I found this episode guide here:

This is the 3rd or 4th cartoon I've heard of that features a theremin. The Simpsons is one of the more popular, but there was also one about an ape that uses a theremin to trigger an earthquake on the San Andreas fault (and people say [i]my[/i] playing is destructive...)
Posted: 3/2/2006 12:23:49 PM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

Erm, not sure.

I wasn't watching that closely.

It's not on either of the George Shrinks DVDs either, so you're going to have to sit and watch the episodes as they get rerun on pbs, aren't you.

(And you are seriously thinking that you might, I may just have to mention that I think I saw a theremin on Teletubbies. Or it might have been Boohbah. ;-)

Posted: 3/18/2007 4:45:36 AM

From: Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, UK

Joined: 10/5/2005

I just spotted in Wikipedia ( that the "Scarimin" features in the episode [i]George vs. the Space Invaders[/i].

I think that's the episode in question.
Posted: 3/19/2007 9:52:36 AM

From: Jax, FL

Joined: 2/14/2005

Yep. That would be the one....

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