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Yeah, that was really rubbish. Art Attack was never called "Disney's Art Attack" before, was it. Maybe they just count the episodes that were aired overseas. I think we didn't get all episodes.
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I think the international versions used to be called "Disney's Art Attack", but the original UK version wasn't anything to do with Disney. Neil created the show and owned the idea. Then in 2000 he sold it for £14 million (apparently)!
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I think it Disney bought the rights a little bit later. Our version wasn't called "Disney's Art Attack" at the beginning, the added that after quite some time. Back then I thought that Disney picked up the show, because the studio also changed.
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2000 was when the studio changed over here, to the one covered in crappy cartoon splats:


(I love that clip, it's loads of classic Art Attacks in one emoticon)

I'd never thought about that before, but maybe that did have something to do with the change of management? Trying to aim it more at younger kids by making the set brighter and cartoonish?

Then this was the final set:


That's my least favourite. It was smaller and empty compared to the old ones. But it's still 50 times better than the crappy new Disney one.
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Art Attack started on Super RTL in 1998, with the wooden table. Then in 2000 it started to air on Disney Channel. Around that time we also got the Disney name and the new set (obviously..)

I have never seen the last studio before, but I guess they used that one, too.
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I didn't realise it had been on another channel before Disney.
I think that the last international series' were made in 2003, as far as I can work out, so that final set wouldn't have been used anywhere else.
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Well, it is some sort of Disney channel, because Disney owns 50% of that channel. They have (or had?) a Disney branded block, too. But as far as I remember, Art Attack was never shown in this block, not even when it became Disney's Art Attack.

Maybe the German version inspired them to produce versions around the world.
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I loved the show as a child. As someone with co-ordination problems (which cannot be explained without going through my entire life story), can't draw very well and doesn't like mess (which made art a nightmare in school), Art Attack was a godsend, showing people like me that this sort of thing can be accesible to all. Neil made art simple and fun, unlike over on the BBC, where the likes of SMart and Tony Hart before them seemed to me to be expecting 6, 7, 8 year olds to run for the Turner Prize. Way too complicated. People only watched them to see Morph, let's face it. Art Attack ran a lot longer than I thought. I thought that it finished long before it did. That's what falling out of watching most kids telly when you hit "big school" does to you, I suppose.
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Smart was clearly a rip-off of Art Attack, so I hated it! I remember watching one episode and they even did a big picture. Nice original programming from the BBC there.
The sad thing is that it was still being made for a few years after Art Attack ended.

The best series' of Art Attack were the mid to late 90s ones. The first series' had some great Art Attacks in, but they also had some really weird bits. The final few series, when it moved to the newest set, were ruined by the way it was produced. Neil didn't stand and make the stuff live any more, it just kept cutting to pre-recorded clips of his hands making the stuff like they do in the international versions. But it was still him making it emoticon

Maybe this was a timesaver, as by filming in that way for the main series they wouldn't have to re-film everything for the international versions? Just use the same clips. But whatever the reason it ruined it and it didn't feel the same as it used it.
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I've never seen Smart, just Finger Tips. I'm not sure if you can consider that a rip-off, but I liked it. We also have Artzooka now which is clearly an AA copy and then there was one called KiBaMa (English name would be something like ChiCraMa - children crafting magazine), which was similar to Finger Tips.

Art Attack and Finger Tips always had something in common: they depressed me because my stuff never looked that good emoticon emoticon
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