Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany! (found episodes of MTV Germany claymation series; early 2000s)

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Status: Found

Date found: 2014

Found by: DrClark Wyman

Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany! is a German variant of the hit MTV show Celebrity Deathmatch. In Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany!, German celebrities would fight in a claymation style. Many of the celebrities were politicians or German musicians that were not well known to the general public. The show ran from 2001-2002 before being canceled due to poor ratings.

Background

In the 1990s, MTV debuted a hit series of claymation shorts entitled Celebrity Deathmatch. The series involved celebrities fighting against each other in a wrestling ring and started way back on Cartoon Sushi with the very first fight, murderer Charles Manson vs. shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. It was later revived in 1998 for MTV's Super Bowl XXXII halftime special, then made into a regular program three months later, and eventually canceled in 2002 after four years.

In the late 1990s, reruns of Celebrity Deathmatch would air on MTV Germany with subtitles. Initially, the reruns were placed late at night, but despite this, the show was still very popular among German viewers. This spike in viewership also helped place MTV Germany defeat competitor Viva as the most popular music TV channel in Germany. This also paved the way for Germany's own variant of Celebrity Deathmatch.

Broadcast

Airing in 2001 on MTV Germany, Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany! sought to add its own twists to the famous TV show. For the most part, mostly local celebrities and politicians would be dueling. Many of these were not that well known to the whole of Germany. In order to help make the show have a better appeal for a German audience, the commentary duo Johnny Gomez and Nick Diamond were replaced with Harry Huber. Massive amounts of money were poured into the promotion of Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany, but it was panned for having horrible animation and was canceled in 2002.

Matches

  • Harald Schmidt vs. Stefan Raab
  • Udo Lindenberg vs. Harald Juhnke
  • Michael Schuhmacher vs. Boris Becker
  • Sven Vaeth vs. Westbam
  • Anke Engelke VS Sabrina Setlur
  • Campino VS Bela B.
  • Joschka Fischer VS Gerhard Schroder
  • Stefan Kretzschmar vs. Mario Basler
  • Gronemeyer VS Muller-Westerhagen
  • Thomas Gottschalk VS Kai Pflaume
  • Xavier Naidoo VS Thomas D.

Availability

DrClark Wyman ripped all the fights from VHS and uploaded them on YouTube in 2014, which he later took down due to the videos being blocked worldwide. The videos were reuploaded onto Dailymotion and can be seen below:

Celebrity Deathmatch Hits Germany! (complete series).


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