Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It’s been 25 years since Nickelodeon’s Hey Dude was on the air. But the memories still haunt the abandoned set at the Tanque Verde Ranch. Florida filmmaker Adam The Woo made a special trip to the outskirts of the Old Pueblo and captured some footage of the hardly memorable set to one of Nick’s earliest attempts at live action television.
Although intended as lighthearted, mildly Jackass-esque amateur reportage, Adam The Woo's videos frequently have a spooky, haunted quality that makes them feel like miniature "found footage" horror movies, minus the violence. That's certainly true of his Hey Dude travelogue, in which the still-cheerful-looking facades barely conceal devastated interiors. Even more sinister is Adam's visit to a nighmarish Flintstones-themed roadside attraction, which gives off a definite Chernobyl/post-apocalyptic vibe. (Those poor goats!) Even Adam The Woo's uptempo, punky theme song doesn't detract from the gloom at the heart of these videos.
That’s strange, we don't see a mention of a Hey Dude tour in the Tanque Verde Ranch program.