So this all started back in 2001. I was a college student studying Performing Arts and, for a few weeks, Media Studies. In 2000 I'd come up with an email-away series known as The Adventures Of Pastilles Of Fruit Man, which was a little popular. In 2001 I had to write a mock article about a rampaging elephant. I think my headline was "Babar Snaps!!!" At this point I was into MillenniuM and and the seeds were sown...
From ths assignment I'd been given came the birth of Frank Black vs. Babar. Using the raging elephant assignment and adding my own twist I created abut 50 "episodes". I altered it of course, Babar wasn't a rampaging elephant-he was a criminal mastermind. Following Season 3 of MillenniuM, Frank Black was sought out by Peter Watts to create a profile on Babar. I explained Watts' "death" like this...
Frank answers the phone...
Watts: Frank it's Peter Watts!
Frank: Oh hey Pete! Long time no see!
Watts: That's because I'm supposed to be dead Frank! But the group failed and I went into hiding!
(I would elaborate further on this when I began conceiving MillenniuM GuY)
I can't remember all of the stories but I can recall a few notable incidents and quotes.
One story I do remember was President Evil. Babar kidnapped George W Bush and turned him into a zombie!!! Babar had a machine that could bring back dead presidents as they were. Babar would then "zombify" them. Frank brought Catherine back this way but didn't "zombify" her.
One of the main elements that I used came from the MillenniuM Pilot and is my signature on here: I Want You To Make Believe...That I Can! This would become Frank's second "gift" if you will. Below is the first example, from the FB vs Babar Pilot:
(Yellow House. Frank is sat in the living room, his face creased, one eyebrow raised. There are flashes of random images and it appears Frank is having a vision but, in his hand is the television remote, he's merely channel surfing! Jordon comes running in crying, blood pouring from a gash in her knee...)
Jordon: Daddy daddy I fell and hurt my knee and it hurts!!!
Frank (sitting Jordon on his knee): I want you to make believe...that it doesn't!!!
(They look at Jordon's knee, which is no longer bleeding...)
Jordon: Thank you daddy! I made believe and it doesn't hurt anymore!
I set this in the yellow house because it was a setting I was more familiar with.
During the course of the series I introduced more characters. As mentioned I brought back Catherine. Her "cathphrase", if you will was "Go Frank." Below is an example of how I took the initial meaning of this statement ("I know you have to save the world and, as much as I want you to stay, I know you can't") and used it just about anywhere I could-
(Frank goes to the fridge and opens the door. His stoic, unmoving face remains stoic and unmoving, but something's wrong...)
Catherine: Honey? What's wrong?!
Frank: Two days ago I bought a dozen eggs!
(Frank has a vision of numerous horrible things, ending with Catherine baking a cake!)
Catherine: Me and Jordon were baking!
Frank: I know honey! I just really fancied an omelette for lunch!
(Catherine looks at Frank and his stoic, unchanging face before resigning herself to the inevitable...)
Catherine: Go Frank!
(Supermarket. Frank walks out with a box of eggs!!!)
In addition to Catherine and Watts I also brought in a few X-Files characters. Most prominently used were Fox Mulder and Walter Skinner. Mulder was still on the run and had been hiding in space. He shared a flat with Jeremiah Smith, the healing alien dude who could change his form to other people. Only here he could change into literally anything!!!
(Yellow House. Fank and Watts ait outside to greet Mulder. Mulder arrives...)
Mulder: Well I'm here, but where's Jeremiah?!
Frank: I don't know! But that lamppost wasn't here before!!!
(The lamppost morphs into Jeremiah, who smiles...)
Jeremiah: Sorry!!! Couldn't help myself!!!
Mulder even created a profile linking Watts with his XF movie character...
Frank: Mulder I'd like you to meet Peter Watts.
Mulder: Yeah we've met!
(Frank's facial expression doesn't change but he sounds surprised...)
Mulder: Yeah he used to work in the FBI, then retired, only to return a few years later using a different name and a slightly different moustache! Isn't that right Darius Michaud?!!!
Watts: Um...yeah!!! It's true!!!
Frank (face unchanged): Wow Pete! I'm shocked!!!
Mulder: But there's tow things I don't understand! How did you survive the bombing?
Watts: There was a trapdoor that had a chute underneath that carried me to safety! Very Batman-esqe!!! It was triggered when I held my head in my hands!
Watts: The group was investigating the syndicate but I was close to being caught so I faked my death!!!
Frank: I have a question...why Darius?!
Watts: It...sounded cool!!!
Assistant Director Walter Skinner also appeared regularly. His character was essentially the same but for one minor change...he was shizophrenic!!! He would often switch back and forth between his two personalities-Skinner and "Mitch Pileggi"!
The idea for this came from the Masked Magician which Pileggi hosted. Me and my friend found it funny when he'd say "I'm Mitch Pileggi" in his growly Skinner voice!!!
I also remember an Angel crossover but not much about it...
That's pretty much all I can remember from Frank Black vs. Babar.
Oh and Scully refused to believe absolutely everything!!!
Fast forward to 2006...I had all the MillenniuM boxsets and had become a Family Guy fan. I'd watch both regularly and had an idea to sort of combine the two shows. By that I mean take the characters of MillenniuM and put them into a Family Guy type world. No FG characters appear, I should add.
I did some concept art, drawing Frank and co in a cartoon style. I also took elements from Frank Black vs. Babar and used them. Again the series featured Peter Watts, with a more detailed Faked death scenario-
Frank: I thought you were dead Pete?
Watts: The Group were looking to kill me Frank and I was well aware of it. I made no attempt to run! I sent my family away but stayed home. The Group took their time and eventually I got a little peckish! White Chocolate Cheesecake and Raspberry Coulis was what I wanted! So I got some of that and ate what I thought was my last meal! Unfortunately I spilled the raspberry coulis, knocked the carton to the floor. As I got up to get a cloth I slipped and banged my head! I was knocked out! The assassin must've seen me lying there unconscious with "blood" everywhere and thought somebody had beaten him to it!!! When I came to, a few days later, I saw my obituary in the paper!!!
Frank: A few DAYS later?!!!
Watts: Yeah, my floors are solid Frank!!!
(EDIT: After reading some old notes I've just found I remembered that Watts' syrup accident was actually part of a sex game with his wife!!! Moe details soon...)
Mulder also appears but not Jeremiah Smith. Mulder's mystery informant is He-Man! The Undertaker appears as well, as does Kane. Frank and Watts form a New MillenniuM Group. Among the members are the Grown Up Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT had come out around that time :D)
That's all I've got so far. If you'd like me to continue with MillenniuM GuY then please let me know. Frank Black vs. Babar would be tough because it's 10 years old and all I can remember is what I've wrote here.
That's pretty much it. Until next time keep make believing...