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A clever and imaginative cartoon based on the popular comic strip, Dilbert was aimed at an educated adult audience. That's why it failed: Most people who would have enjoyed it probably never saw it. After all it's ratings, not quality which keep a show running. Unfortunately so, because Dilbert is not your mindless everyday sitcom stultification.
The attractiveness and charm of the Dilbert comic lies in the ability of the
white collar masses to relate to everything that goes on. As absurd as
Dilbert's life at work is, it's often not far from the
That said, it made a very amusing and underrated animated TV show. The people chosen to do voice overs for the characters were absolutely perfect: I can think of nobody better to voice the pointy haired boss than Larry Miller.
It seems that most people have a love/hate relationship with this series. I suspect that there is something lost between the comic strip and the show: most of the fans of the comic strip like it because they can relate to it, not because it's universally entertaining, like Popeye or Peanuts. That said, the movie is almost never as good as the book, so many people may feel the same in this case. For years, I hated the Dilbert comic strip. But after I finished college and got a white collar job very much like Dilbert's, in an office very much like the one on the comic, I finally "got it" and haven't stopped laughing.
The show was perhaps meant to be a bit more mainstream? Who knows. I thought it was very entertaining and deserved a longer life than it got.
The show was a non stop laugh riot, much like the comic strip. The show perfectly captured the spirit of the comic strip, which is why it was so good. Unfortunately, the show got axed and taken off the air. Despite what people who didn't like the show would say, it was not cancelled because of the writing. Lousy programming is what really did the show in. When U.P.N. moved the series to that terrible time slot for it's second season, ratings dropped hard and fast. The show really was worth watching.
People this show must be the most overlooked, under-rated show ever. It
had no exposure. It was on UPN! Think about it: no one watches UPN for
intelligent comedy gems do they? or wait -- for anything.
Dilbert, the TV-series, stays almost *perfectly* true to the comic and the voice actors are superb. When you hear the voice for Dilbert and Dogbert on the first episode you'll go "Wow". Right on the button.
Dilbert only lasted two seasons, contained 30 episodes, and was cancelled in 2000. It features celebrity voice talent such as; Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Dick, Tom Green, etc.
DVD includes (some) special features (better than nothing). A "Makeing Dilbert Work" (which it does) featurette, and clip complimations. Also includes some trailers and interactive menus, and is closed captioned. Audio is English.
When you watch this DVD, I'll be honest, it will take about two episodes to get used to it's type of comedy. After that you'll enjoy about 94% of the rest.
I think you'll agree if "Comedy Central" or even "Fox" picked this up, it would probably go a lot longer than two years. IF marketed correctly.
However, some people simply hate this show. I don't know exactly why. Some say it's boring, but I counter with "maybe a short attention span finds it boring". Some say the comic is better. I personally think the TV-show is the same, maybe alittle better.
Overall this DVD is the favourite in *my* collection. I hope it is at least one of *your* favourites.
HUMOR: 8/10 stays true to Dilbert's "wacky" yet "relatable" feeling
PICTURE / SOUND: 8/10 animation and picture is pretty much the same as a coloured comic but much more detailed. Which is good. Dilbert's mouth only moves when he's talking (same as Dogbert's). Animation is better than shows such as "Family Guy" to give you an idea. Voice acting has simply no faults what-so-ever, and the music is very good (although it could have more). As for quality of sound, it's standard.
STORY: 10/10 Some shows really have bad story lines which ruin everything (family guy, anyone?). Dilbert however has good storyline for almost all the episodes and it runs smoothly throughout the length of the series. I'de say it's perfect in a humane way (EVERYTHING has little faults).
OVERALL: 9.5/10 (not an average) Overall it's almost perfect. Add commentary and more episodes (although that cant be helped) and it would be perfect.
WORTH IT? I can't possibly recommend a DVD more than I recommend this one.
This show was so hillariouslly funny and underlooked. It could do some stuff that the comic strip couldent because it was a half hour long. I loved it when it came out and I love it today. I am so glad that Comedy Central picked it up and shows it on late night now. Cool opening title sequence.
I just recently had the opportunity to watch Dilbert. My brother came
home with the DVD Collection. It took me about a week to watch all 30
episodes but I was hooked from the very first one.
When I was about to start high school, I applied to a special business high school and got in. But turned them down to go to regular high school with my peers. For years since I was so grateful that I decided not to go to that business school, I didn't want a office job when I got older, I didn't want a 9 to 5. But after watching Dilbert, I'm craving that experience. That life seems so exciting for some strange reason. So now coincidently I had made up my mind to be a Public Administration major before the show and its Cubical life and opted out. I'm so happy that I found Dilbert. Its weird but I look forward to it.
Well my brother left, and took the collection with him. So I, on Sunday, scoured my newspaper and found the comics, searched for Dilbert and ripped it out. It's now hanging on my wall. I love the humor of Dilbert because its so honest. But my favorite thing of all is the opening sequence, it took me a while to figure it out, but Dilbert is what we become in life.
I'll treasure my Dilbert learning experience for life.
Dilbert, the animated series, easily lives up to all expectations
having come from the most popular comic strip in the world.
Unlike most TV shows, animated or live action, Dilbert actually got better as it went on. It started out good, and became great. It has the same witty 'water-cooler' humor as the comic strip, as well as the traditional 'zaney' antics that most cartoons feature. Although it can be most appreciated by those who have either been a cubical worker, or have close friends or family that were, this show is just as entertaining to those who do not understand what the phrase "ISO 9000" means.
This show could have, and should have, been a long running and successful animated series, just like the comic strip. However, it did not get national exposure (they didn't even air it in Saint Louis--I saw it for the first time in Chicago), and was never picked up by any major networks until Comedy Central featured it late in their Sunday night lineup for a few months. If the show had gotten a decent time-slot on a major network, and had actually been advertised....I think it could have continued on for many years to come.
Hopefully it will make a comeback. Its easily one of the funniest shows ever made.
Before the review, a brief plot summary: Dilbert is a skilled and somewhat
slow-witted enguineer living in an insane world. Everyone is either a
genious or a moron. He lives with Dilmom, who is more advanced in
technology then he is, Ratbert, an optomist rodent who longs to be loved,
and Dogbert, a cynical, arrogant canine with a dream of ruling the world.
Every day is garbage day, and the garbage man is the world's smartest. At
work, where the name constantly changes from Path-Way to E-Tech to
Path-E-Tech (pathetic), he toils away in his cubicle under a clueless
pointy-haired boss, accompanied by the rude and sarcastic Wally and
quick-tempered and powerful Alice. Others include Catbert, the Evil
Director of Human Resources, Asok, the mild-mannered Indian intern, and
Howard, the big mouth. With clever humour, the show tells zany stories
about how Dilbert tackles stock market problems, corporate insanity, junkie
dwarfs, and realligned satellites.
Scott Adams has been writing the "Dilbert" comic strip since 1989. He has since then added several colorful characters, and finally, with the help of Larry Miller, he brought it to the small screen. Unfortunatley, somehow it landed on one of the worst networks on TV: UPN. Not Comedy Central, not Fox Network, UPN. Adams and Miller provided it with it's only good series ever.
The animation is clever and looks exactly like it was lifted from the comic books, except now Dilbert has a mouth. Oh, but when any of the characters' mouths are closed, they vanish. ;-) It combined the humour of "The Simpsons" and "Futurama" with the hilarious insanity of "Monty Python". To me, this is better then either of Matt Groening's overrated series. Dilbert is not a beer-swilling overweight idiot. He is an ordinary person in a twisted world- something we can all relate to. Plus the jokes are funny. Throughout the entire episode the plot is strung with wit and charm.
Some of the jokes, in fact, aren't even funny. But it's just the way the characters say them that splits your sides. Daniel Stern (Marv in the first two "Home Alone" films) gives the title character a slightly nasal and questioning voice. Gordon Hunt (father of popular actress Helen Hunt) provides Wally with a thick nasal and sarcastic voice. Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan") lends her voice to Alice, an angry, teeth-gritted voice. Chris Elliot ("Osmosis Jones") was originally to be thrown off the cast because his voice was so similair to Stern's, yet he does an awesome job at giving Dogbert an arrogant and calm demonaur. Maurice LaMarche (voice of another supersmart character, the Brain) and Jackie Hoffman (huh?) are also excellent at The Garbage Man and Dilmom. Tom Kenny (the mayor from "Powerpuff Girls") lends his voice to Ratbert and Asok, and Tress MacNeille is several supporting characters.
The guest appearances are great. Billy West, like Tress MacNeille, guests throughout, only as the same character, a marketing guy. Stephen Hawking plays himself in "The Informercial", in which the Gruntmaster 6000 (a product named, designed and manufactured throughout the first season) is tested in Texas and creates a black hole. Jason Alexander ("Bob Patterson") appears throughout as Catbert. Buck Henry suprises Dilbert fans as Dadbert, who has been at the "all-you-can-eat" cafe in a mall resteraunt since 1979, and Jeri Ryan cameos in that episode as a Seven of Nine Alarm Clock. Wayne Knight is a security guard. Gilbert Gottfried is a troll. Steve Austin, Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld all guest, as well as several others.
Unfortunatley, UPN made yet another mistake. Instead of keeping their only good show, they moved it to a horrible time slot which soon got it cancelled. Some of the episode descriptions are hilarious. Dilbert fans will recognize the small, muddy country of Elbonia in "Elbonian Trip" and "Hunger". In another, the company is overrun by downsized (literally) employees hooked on dry erase markers. When he drinks from the boss' cup, Dilbert loses "the knack" and throws all the satellites out of orbit, throwing the world back into medevil times. And when Dilbert must prevent Y2K, he learns the company's fate is in Wally's hands (and Loud Howard cries, "THAT'S IT! WE'RE ALL FARMERS!")
Quotable, hilarious, and recommended. Adams, don't let it get to you. Just take the show to Comedy or Fox. Then it'll soar.
Stars: Daniel Stern as Dilbert. Chris Elliot as Dogbert. Kathy Griffin
as Alice. Gordon Hunt as Wally. Larry Miller as the Boss. Jackie
Hoffman as Dilmom. Tom Kenny as Ratbert and Ashook. Jim Wise as Loud
Howard. Jason Alexander as Catbert. Maurice La Marche as the Trash Man.
This was one of those gem shows that for some reason only picked up a select cult audience. Because of that it was canceled, even though it was a great show. It was about workaholic Dilbert and his life in his cubicle. His closest friends are Dogbert, his talking pet dog that's smarter than him, Alice and Wally, his buddies from work and the mysterious trashman who always disappears after giving advice. I highly recommend you buy the DVD because this was a great show, and its a shame only 2 seasons were produced.
My rating: 9 out of 10. 30 episodes. TV PG.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"Dilbert" was a pretty good animated series. It was different from the
original comic strips, but it was quite good anyway: The jokes were
very funny and well written (Not dumb as the jokes of "Family Guy" or
"Drawn Together") the plot of each episode are intelligent and
brilliantly written, filled with acid criticism to modern society.
I really miss this show. Is strange how most of good animated comedies as the animated series of "Clerks", "Mission Hill" and this are quickly canceled, while unfunny, offensive trash as "Family Guy" and "The Cleveland Show" keeps getting all the attention. What a shame.
I give "Dilbert" 9 of ten stars for being a funny, intelligent show.
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