America's favorite car therapists, known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, will launch their new PBS cartoon — "Click & Clack's As the Wrench Turns" premiering at 8 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 9).
I've been a fan of Click and Clack's (also known as Tom and Ray Magliozzi) call-in radio show, Car Talk, on National Public Radio for about six years. These witty gurus of car repair often keep me company with their heavy Boston accents, humor-filled car repair tips and those famous "Puzzlers" during my occasional Saturday drives home to Georgia to visit family and friends.
So I had to check out a preview clip of their new cartoon on www.pbs.org/wrenchturns. The clip features the show's soon-to-be aired first half-hour episode with Click and Clack running for president. They campaign with the catchy slogan: "America needs repair." But they end up botching the campaign speeches, promising better car repair instead fixing the country from a political standpoint. I say running on a platform for better car repair nationwide is still a good thing, though. Some mechanics like to take advantage of us, you know. There needs to be a crackdown.
"As the Wrench Turns'" animation, of course, is kid-friendly, but adults can thoroughly enjoy the zany antics these guys get involved in, too. A look at the show's episode guide quickly reveals that. One upcoming episode features Click and Clack voluntarily outsourcing their radio show to India (airs July 9 and Aug. 6). Another has them creating the first-ever pasta-fueled vehicle in an effort to go green (airs July 16).
And before you start thinking a pasta-fueled car is the answer to our real life gas crisis, the seemingly full-proof invention backfires in the cartoon when a war is started over the high demand for generic noodles.
Be sure to tune in! — January Holmes