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The series is centered around the exploits of two young children-the optimistic, dim-witted, and kindhearted Billy, and the dark, ill-tempered, sinister, and very intelligent Mandy. After cheating at a limbo match against the Grim Reaper (out of retaliation for putting the limbo rod too low for them to go under), he is enslaved in a perpetual, unwanted friendship with the children, who use his magical abilities and supernatural powers to venture into supernatural locations or environments, such as the underworld, inhabited by an assortment of grotesque monstrous beasts. The pair also may use Grim's enormously strong supernatural abilities or ties with a number of beastly characters to achieve goals or desires for themselves with grotesque, altered, or twisted end results. Famed fictional monsters including Dracula, the Wolfman, and the bogeyman are also comically depicted in the series, which also includes the characters of the nerdy, awkward Irwin and the snobby, stuck-up, spoiled ... Written by
This has got to be the greatest cartoon on TV ever.
I would say I am near obsessed with Billy and Mandy. This show is one of two, maybe three cartoons I ever turn straight to if it is on Cartoon Network at the time. I think the main reason I like it is because of Mandy; she makes Billy look like an even bigger idiot than he is, and makes the Grim Reaper look mediocre. She is smart, able to figure things out well, and her lines are especially funny due to her terse, deadpan attitude.
Grey DeLisle has got the best voice talents of anybody I've ever heard. She does such an outstanding job as Mandy, yet as Frankie Foster on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, she sounds like a different person; it's amazing. The other actors do well also, and they do a much better job than those on some Anime cartoons currently playing.
One thing I wish they would cut out, though, is a good portion of crude humor. I'm sure 90 percent of cartoons today have crudeness that should be omitted. However, it is a small price to pay for the joy of watching such an original cartoon that is by no means generic. Every episode is completely distinct, unlike some cartoons whose episodes all follow two or three plots in an entire series.
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