Wow. Really running late on this Friday Hall of Famer! My excuse is CBS All Access. I got the free trial and then just binged my way through ‘Picard’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, and ‘The Good Fight’.
So let’s get started! For this week of the April team of Hall of Famers, we’re looking at something completely different….
JUST A BILL
"I'm Just a Bill" is a 1976 ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ segment, featuring a song of the same title written by Dave Frishberg. The segment debuted as part of "America Rock", the third season of the Schoolhouse Rock! series.
At the end of another ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ song, Tyrannosaurus Debt (Money Rock), the Bill runs off after the tour guide says, "Feeding time is ALL the time!" This made Bill one of the only characters to appear on more than one of the main Schoolhouse Rock! cartoons. (Mr. Morton & Interplanet Janet appeared in 2 direct-to-video episodes.)
The Board of Education character from the Drawn Together episode "Foxy vs. the Board of Education" is a parody of the Bill.
There are plenty of anthropomorphic bills out there, beginning in that original ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ segment. Each of them are different, but I think there is one which keeps getting reincarnated and comes back as another bill. (That would be those bills which employ the voice of Jack Sheldon. But I’m including several others as well.)
Or it could be like the regenerations of the Time Lords and they keep coming back with new personality quirks and new looks and new voices. Meh. It’s the Tooniverse; anything goes.
Here are the actual appearances of Bill in the Tooniverse:
First up, the original:
I’M JUST A BILL
And its sequel....
This is a compilation of the Mervyn’s “Open Open Open” commercials. Bill is featured in the last one and it sounded a bit like Jack Sheldon. (For my crossover friend Matt, there’s also a blipvert in there which might be of special interest to him.)
THE DAILY SHOW
THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT
LATE WEEK TONIGHT with JOHN OLIVER
Bill also exists in Skitlandia, albeit with alterations to his appearance….
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Not every rolled-up piece of anthropomorphic paper is a bill, let alone Bill….
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
At any rate, Bill, welcome! You may be just a bill, but now you’re also a member of the TVXHOF! You won't have to languish on our doorstep!