"The Weird World of Tim Hollis" premieres as web series


Mighty Milkshake, Muscles Mahogany and several others from the "Weird World" gang recently made their web debut.

The first episode of "The Weird World of Tim Hollis" is now available on YouTube. 

The show is based on characters created 50 years ago by Dora native Tim Hollis. The first episode was filmed in March, but its release was delayed by the pandemic. 

Hollis, who has authored more than a dozen books on local history and pop culture, serves as the show's host. 

"What a lot of people don't know is I started out when I was about 7 years old writing stories about the characters that live in this country of Weird World," Hollis said in the web series premiere.

The characters first appeared in stories Hollis wrote for his fellow students. From 1977 to 1985, he did a "Weird World" comic strip for The Community News.

In the late 1990s, Hollis revived the characters for a creative writing program he was asked to do for area schools.

In 2015, the characters were part of "The 30-Minute Tim Hollis Hour," which aired briefly on the Alabama Cable Network.

Filming of "The Weird World of Tim Hollis" takes place before an audience at the Hollis Museum in Dora. Scott Eric Day is in charge of videography.  

Cordova High student Ginny Posey plays Muscles Mahogany, bodyguard of Weird World ruler Hangschwartz. Posey also serves as co-host of the series.

The premiere also introduced Brice Swindle as Mighty Milkshake, Zoey Lassiter as Super Brat, Kimberly White as Muscles Mom, Daisy Middleton as Dorky Daisy, Alyza Northrup as Lulu Legs, Mikquayla Skelton as Timid Tiana, Ashley Northrup as Evil Mahogany and Cariss Dooley as Blondie Biceps.

Skelton also wrote and performed the theme song.

Each episode will also include a presentation of classic cartoon episodes that have fallen into the public domain.

"Popeye the Sailor" and "The Talking Magpies" Heckle and Jeckle are featured in the premiere episode.

Future episodes will see the Weird World gang interact with each other in the community as well as inside the Hollis Museum.  

For more information, visit www.timhollisweirdworld.com or see The Weird World of Tim Hollis Facebook page.