Back in the day (newly married) the DH and I used to watch a lot of the discovery channel. One of the most charming shows was The Secret Life of Machines.
Everyday items like vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and quartz watches explained by deconstruction and wacky little animations. A little like the David Macaulay books.
The full 18 episodes of the Secret Life of Machines is now available online at The Secret Life of Machines website. Also be sure to follow the link to Other Hunkin Sites for more cartoony goodness from the creator.
BTW: there’s a cool site for the David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work book as well. Love those mastodons!