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The search for clock Man has now entered into hardcore mode. First, I've personally emailed cartoon collectors/experts to see what they can discover in their personal archives. I've offered a cash reward to anyone with Clock Man in their collection. In addition B.net Member pawn leo has contacted film universities spanning the globe for help from the academic field. The schools included are...
- National Film and Televison School (Prague and London campuses)
- Vancouver Film School
- Arizona State
- Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy (Ludwigsburg,Germany)
If one of these institutions are able to find the Clock Man short before a collector, I have offered to donate the money to their institution instead.
One other note: B.net Member antonio iz 217 Has mentioned to me in a PM (as well as posting in this thread) that his cousin in California has a large cache of Pinwheel episodes on VHS and both him and his cousin believe The Clock Man short is on one of the old tapes. He promised to post the Clock Man short on Youtube if it's found in that collection. That won't be for 2-3 weeks though.
There has been enough people that have confirmed remembering the exact same short, so I feel very confident that this was not a jumbled memory. Any new information that I get my hands on, I will post in this "News Section" as soon as it becomes available.
I am looking for a particular animated short that terrified me as a child. I've been looking on and off for it for nearly 4 years. Maybe it doesn't exsist. Maybe...nobody should ever find it. But if someone can - it's The Flood.
Artwork Depicting the Scenes
THE MYSTERY OF "CLOCK MAN"
THE BEST I COULD DO TO DRAW CLOCKMAN
Above Drawing Animated - credit for animation goes to BalistaGaming
Clue #1: The short I am looking for appeared during an old Nickelodeon Show in the early/middle 1980's. Target year is around 1984. The Show was called "Pinwheel"
Clue #2: "Pinwheel" collected cartoons and stop-motion animation shorts from all over the world to add to their show. I'm almost certain it's a stop animation...but all these years later it could be a cartoon. Nevertheless, the short is most likely not American.
Clue #3: I've already scoured Wiki, TV Junk, Retro Junk, Big Cartoon Database, toonariffic.com and Youtube and have come up empty handed. I've also Googled and Yahoo searched for this short as well. Maybe it's the one thing that has evaded the internet all this time. And Maybe for good reason.
Clue #4: Due to a number of different posts on different forums I have come across something extrodinarily strange. I've discovered in the early 1980's 3 differernt kid's shows on 3 different networks all shared the same animated shorts from all over the globe. The 3 shows are 1. Pinwheel- Nickelodeon (listed above). 2. The Great Space Coaster (Cable Access?) 3. And Calliope (USA Network). I can't find out how they are linked - yet. But I will continue looking. Maybe this will help expand the search as well.
Clue #5: I have personally e-mailed a former director of the show "Pinwheel" for more information, as well as the only known seller of Pinwheel shows online with no success. Others have also attempted to contact execs at Nickelodeon and Viacom to try and shed some light on the subject. All responses recieved were of no help. The DVD's for sale arrived on day #6 of the search at my home and did not contain the episode with "Clock Man" in it.
Clue #6: Strangely, many people old enough to watch the show Pinwheel have commented that the show would put them in a dreamlike state when watching - some go as far to say they were "hypnotized" while watching and had hallucenations. Whether this is only a result of the memories being so old or something more sinister I cannot say. Although many have shared my fuzzy memory of Clock Man, others suggest that Clock Man is a result of being hypnotized by Pinwheel's allure.
SHOWS THAT HAVE BEEN RULED OUT SO FAR
- The Sandman
- The Clock Store
- Creepy Einstein Cartoon
- The Red Shoes (Mel-o Toons) circa 1960
- Hattytown Tales
- This is Ebeneezer (Not Clock Man)
- NutCracker Fantasy Opening Also very close, but not it.
- "The BoogieMan Cometh." Also close - but not Not Clock Man. (creepy though)
- Davey and Goliath
- The Daydreamer (1966) Strikingly close description, but not it.
THE THREE BEST DESCRIPTIONS OFFERED SO FAR
#1.(BEST DESCRIPTION) Found by Floodian oOMr. CheeseyOo posted on a horror forum in June of 2002...
...Then there was one based on this story of a little girl who lost her red shoes. so she asked a local wizard for hel (who could appear and disappear anywhere). He helped her, but told her she had to tell her mom. The little girl goes home and doesn't hoping the wizard would forget. But then the musicgets eerie as the narrator says 'But the Wizard...did not, forget.' And we see him appearing and disappearing along the house floors, till he suddenly pops out of her clock and steals her away, demanding to know why she didn't tell her mom. She makes up for it by sewing stars to put in the night sky, and the next day is returned home, and tells her mom the truth.
#2 (MY ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION)...
This short animation was terrifying as a child. The scene is still burned into my mind (28 years later). It's of a young boy sleeping in his bed. Above his bed is a ticking clock. All the lights in the room are off and it is very dark. Suddenly the clock begins to slow down it's ticking and eventually it stops...on midnight. When the clock stops a Greenish/Bluish man climbs out of the clock. The boy wakes up just in time to see this man dressed in black grab him out of bed and kidnap him by carrying him through a window. The "Clock Man" takes the boy on some kind of terrifying adventure and brings him back to his bed before sunrise.
#3. (DESCRIPTION SUBMITTED BY A POSTER ON /x/ FORUM)...Holy -blam!- I remember this -blam!- short!
It was like claymation with poorly made dolls and the animation was real stuttery and -blam!-. It started with the kid's mom telling him goodnight and closing the door behind her after shutting off the light. Then the door slowly creeks open while a generic eerie wind sound blows and the camera cuts into the kids room at the foot of his bed. He struggles to open his eyes as they slowly droop and he eventually gives in and goes to sleep. Then it cuts up to the clock while the second hand slowly ticks to 12:00. When it hits it there's like a low bell ringing sound and the camera goes back to the foot of the kid's bed. The "Clock Man's" head peeks into the room like the clock were a window. Unlike what the OP's image shows, the Clock Man's head then recedes back and his arms comes out and pushes the clock open like a door, revealing a big dark hole behind the clock. Then Clock Man hops out of the hole and the kid wakes up and stares beady eyed at the Clock Man. Then the Clock Man starts doing like a weird Irish river-dance. Oh, and the Clock Man looks a little different from the picture. He was wearing like an all black turtleneck sweater and a black bowler hat. His skin was green and I don't really remember him having a beard but he did have a big toothy smile and two real big eyes with very tiny pupils.
I don't think I actually watched much after that. But I distinctly remember the Clock Man saying his name was "Benjamin" and he rung an elevator up to the kid's window.
***I don't remember Benjamin, and the Clock Man in my memories had a black, bushy beard. Everything else is exactly the same.
To avoid making this a contest (and therefore against forum rules) I will only say this...
If by chance...someone was able to locate this terrifying child's animation and post it in this thread - there is a very good possibility that you will be handsomely rewarded in a PM from me.
- Anyone with questions - feel free to ask, I'll answer anything I can. It's been a very long time since I've seen that short animation and it has haunted me for almost 30 years. I can't begin to tell you how happy I'd be to see it one more time before I pass away.
[Edited on 01.21.2012 10:16 PM PST]