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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 08/05/2010

An Open Note to COMEDY CENTRAL: Here's your next surefire cartoon hit:

MEMO TO: The biggest suits, cheeses and kahunas at Comedy Central. And Sumner Redstone.
FROM: A longtime constituent.
RE: Your next big thing. Trust me. Can't miss, babe.

Comedy Central, we have your next animated hit.

It's got everything: It's funny. It's compelling. And it's obviously very cheap.

Now we're not talking costly half-hour comedies, the kind that Fox builds entire nights of programming around. This is not even "Drawn Together." No, these are topical hyper-shorts that could nestle squarely between, say, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" -- quick little moments of comedy zen.

Did we mention they are apparently very, very cheap?

What we refer to is a foreign import that does not pretend to be well-crafted manga from Japan or glorious animation from a Korean studio. No, what belongs on good ol' American basic cable are the topical re-creations of celebrity news that air with regularity on Taiwanese TV.

Remember that subtitled, deliciously cheesy animation from last year that re-created the would-be events on Tiger Woods's SUV "drive" heard 'round the world? Or NMA World Edition's recent Gore or Palin animations? Well, Taipei has done it again, now re-creating the recent events of Lindsay Lohan's hairpin-turn life. And trust us, babe: It's like TMZ set to animation that boasts all the quality of an '80s paleolithic Dire Straits music video.

It's funny, it's sad, it's bizarre, it's compelling -- in short (literally), many of the qualities that make up Lohan's own fish-bowl, please-get-her-help existence. Why, it's even got Herbie the Love Bug. And somehow, the sometimes-typoed subtitles elevate the whole thing to a higher comedy.

Oh, and did we mention it's obviously very, very cheap?

So quick, take a meeting. Call the suits. Make programming magic happen, babe. Because if Comedy Central doesn't nab the American rights to this comedy gold, we know a TV show that would be smart to own these animated shorts.

Hello, get me TMZ's Harvey Levin on the mobile...

Here it is, the most shamelessly compelling animation of the week:

By  |  09:25 AM ET, 08/05/2010

Categories:  The Animation | Tags:  Animation, Comedy Central

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