Ralf And Florian the Kraftwerk sitcom

The pilot episode.

Ralf & Florian is a lost 1981 sitcom starring Ralf Hutter and Florian Schnider and is about the electronic music band Kraftwerk's daily businesses, and only one episode was produced which is the pilot "We Are Ze Robots". It is 3 minutes and 21 seconds long and shows Florian and the other band members dancing at a discotheque instead of buying a musical pocket calculator which Ralf really wants. In 2009, a YouTube user by the name of Paul Thorpe discovered a Betamax copy of the sole episode produced in "a Dusseldorf car boot sale" and converted it so it could be uploaded to YouTube. Reportedly, the container the Betamax tape containing the episode was in had a piece of duct tape with "Destroy this at once." written on it in German in marker on the front of the container. The next episode of the series was to be called "We're Driving A Flag On Ze Freeway", the plot for the episode was that Ralf insists that they travel to the next gig by car, while Florian and the others get on the express. Another episode, entitled "We Celebrate Ze Christmas" was unproduced, the plot was that Ralf and the others stay home and celebrate Christmas with Craig Ferguson.

The series was produced by Braces Tower, a Muscle Shoals, Alabama-based production company founded by former circus clowns Chuckles T. Clown and Ming-Ming the Funnyman (real names Earl Carlsen and Steve Gregory), hence their logo was a circus monkey on a tricycle. Their only other notable credits were a pilot for a Devo sitcom (which is believed to have evolved into Ralf & Florian), the KISS TV special KISS Saves Santa (co-produced with Alabama Cartoon Crew, another obscure company from the state which was based in Tuscaloosa, and a obscure Thai company called Happy Joy Cartoon Studio Co, Ltd.), and a pilot called Amy Tan's Fairytales which is believed to have evolved into the hit PBS series Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat. The rest of Braces Tower's work were music videos by several notable artists (including a earlier version of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" video) and numerous local television shows in the Muscle Shoals area.

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