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TV series about the life of Brendon Small, an eight-year-old visionary who, using his friends Jason and Melissa as actors, have managed to direct over a thousand homemade films. His parents are divorced, but it doesn't feel strange since so many other kids' parents are divorced. His friend Jason actually feels upset because his parents are still together. At school, he is taught soccer by his coach John McGirk, or as he calls him, "that weird Irish guy". Written by
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I'll race / To feel the wind in my face / And I'll race / To feel alive / And I'll race / To feel like I own this place / And I'll race until I die / And I'll race against the other racers / And I'll race with one big shout / And I'll race against the clock / And I'll race against myself / And I'll race / And I'll race!
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"Home Movies" was one of those adult cartoons that unfortunately never survived beyond its first few episodes on UPN (after a hiatus, it was picked up by the Cartoon Network). Within that trend, there were many justifiable cancellations, most of them "edgy" -- quotes required -- and cancelled because they just tried to hard. "Home Movies" had a simple setting (hey, "The Simpsons" is just a sitcom about a family) and everyday stories; the humor resides in the mix of Woody Allen styled dialog and extra-flat animation. It has a low-key zaniness that dryly merges those two styles.
The main character is a young boy whom we should see as precocious, filming and starring in his own home movies, but he has merely traded in Legos and a skateboard for a movie camera and director's hat. Each episode is punctuated by the bizarre fruits of his labor: crime dramas, documentaries, PSAs, all with various friends and unsuspecting teachers in the cast. "Home Movies"' supporting characters, a snotty younger sibling, a supportive love interest, and the neighborhood teen metal band, work out various personality quirks you may have watched "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" try to cure on that other squiggle-vision cartoon.
The dialog wanders along very naturally and is one of the charms of the show. Characters will hesitate in mid-thought, abandon what they're saying, accidentally say what they're thinking, and have the classic is-it-my-turn-to-talk battle. The fact the so little gets said successfully says a lot.
Thank God it's back on the Cartoon Network! It's avoided the curse of edgy attention-seeking, maybe a spare survival under the radar will keep it from becoming too self-conscious.
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