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Slightly Ren and Stimpyish, but without enough laughs
briantrash from United States
14 September 2009
'Buy One, Get One Free' is one of the episodes in the 'What a Cartoon'
series shown on the Cartoon Network in the 90's. I just happened to
stumble upon it while searching YouTube, so I thought I'd go ahead and
share my opinion.
Now, to try and give this cartoon a serious review would be pointless.
I would no more do that than I would give a serious review to a 'Looney
Tunes' or 'Tom and Jerry' cartoon. This is not high art; it is intended
to be brainless fun. So the question is, does it succeed as brainless
Well, as to whether or not it would be classified as "brainless", let's
just say that no one's mental faculties are going to be particularly
taxed in trying to understand the cartoon's plot. I mean, really
in 'Looney Tunes' territory here. It's not as mindless as Wile E.
Coyote making endless attempts to catch the Road Runner, but this is a
simple story, a variation on many that we've seen before. It begins
with a man named Reilly answering a personal ad for a young woman who
is looking for a relationship with a fellow cat-lover. Eventually, a
bunch of cats wind up having a party in his bachelor pad while he is
out on his date. I won't say any more about the plot, but let me just
add that this cartoon follows the familiar theme of a character
watching as events around him spiral out of his control, a theme that
generally causes me to cringe rather than laugh. I found 'The Cat in
the Hat' difficult to read and 'The Money Pit' difficult to watch for
the same reason; I have never enjoyed watching people's lives and/or
property slowly ruined.
And now for the second part of the question is it fun? Well, since
the story is treading no new ground, the interest is obviously going to
have to be in the details. For instance, take the art direction. It's
very much in a 90's Ren and Stimpyish style, and in fact several of the
animators also worked on that cartoon. It's a style that many people
apparently like. Unfortunately, the effect on me is a little strange
and unnerving. I think it's mainly something about the eyes
kind of freaky.
Then there is the humor. Now, this really isn't a "detail" at all, but
the actual crux of what makes this kind of cartoon a hit or a miss.
'Looney Tunes' and 'Tom and Jerry' were definitely nice to look at in
the art department, but art was not what defined them. What defined
them was the variety and creativity of ways in which the characters
could make us laugh by crushing, burning, and pulverizing one another.
And ultimately this is why I am only able to give 'Buy One, Get One
Free' an "average" review
because it really didn't make me laugh all
that much. Okay, I admit I did find it amusing when Reilly lost his
cool at the end; the humor at that point contained the bizarreness that
made 'Ren and Stimpy' so popular. But other than that, there really
weren't all that many jokes, and what jokes there were didn't do a
whole lot for me. In fact, some of them were slightly disturbing. For a
cartoon to be brainless fun it really needs to be fun-NY, and I just
didn't find enough "NY" in this one. I suggest watching some of the
other episodes in the 'What a Cartoon' series
there were definitely
funnier ones than this, and some that eventually became their own
Okay, I think I just gave this cartoon a way longer and more serious
review than was necessary. I mean, it's only 7 minutes long for crying
out loud. In the time it took you to read this, you could have just
watched the cartoon on YouTube and judged it for yourself.
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