For seven years, Scott Stuckey produced the wondrous Pancake Mountain, an unparalleled ode to fun that reshaped the face of children’s programming, purely as a labor of love. Stuckey, a father of two and former music video director for the likes of REM and Minor Threat, had conceived the show as a non-pandering counterpart to more mainstream offerings like Barney — his mission was to create something that both kids and their parents could thoroughly enjoy without having to feel like they were watching a farcical advertisement to buy more toys.
And he did it! With $500 and help from friends like Ian MacKaye, the former Fugazi frontman, who helped stage shoots at D.C. venues and ran sound on the show, Stuckey managed to create Pancake Mountain: a joyful television celebration full of absurdist characters, sock puppets, and a wealth of super cool, of-the-momens bands like The Buzzcocks, The Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, and Franz Ferdinand.
The show, which was centered around a goat puppet named Rufus Leaking and a superhero named Captain Perfect who would interview guests and invite kids to participate in impromptu dance parties, became an instant cult sensation, garnering thousands of page views with a wildly popular Youtube channel and release on select cable channels.
While the show enjoyed an epic tenure, producer Steve Stuckey took 2010 off to focus on the future of the show, and, according to him, “putting together my plan for world domination!”
And so, we arrive at the present, in which Pancake Mountain has come to Kickstarter in order to raise funds for a sweeping, all out, full-scale production of their beloved program. Only this time it’ll be bigger and better with even cooler musical guests. As their site points out, Stuckey has been in Los Angeles wrangling co-conspirators and is ready to unleash the world of Pancake Mountain back on the public. And so, they are here to revive their beloved vision, one in which dance parties and Henry Rollins coexist in a cosmic, sock puppet world.
And, suddenly, everything was right again.