Saddle Rash (2002 TV Movie)
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Still, "Saddle Rash" is a good natured, light hearted romp. The writers poke gentle fun at the conventions and clichés of the old Gene Autry serials, Randolph Scott movies and "High Noon" style showdowns from the golden area of the Western, without getting too heavy handed or sarcastic the way the Simpsons would - it's a mild lampoon, not a parody. (OK, the concept of a gunslinger with no arms is a LITTLE heavy handed). The animation is simple but effective, and there is some crackerjack voice acting to further flesh out the quips and one liners...H. Jon Benjamin (late of "Home Movies" fame) and Sarah Silverman, among others, all deliver a nicely considered blend of improvisation and timing to jazz up the punch lines. And there are some great off handed remarks to keep things moving - my favorite is the one regarding the "mysterious" curly haired cloven hoofed "woman" who seems to be stalking character "Buffalo Bert" - "Nellie had a bone to pick, and Buffalo Bert, well, he had bones..."
It's been a more than a year since the pilot was shown, so I don't suppose that "Saddle Rash" will ever be revived from obscurity. But I think I would have liked it if some one had tried - especially if the writers had managed to pump up the energy levels of the scripts just a little. The results surely would have been at LEAST as worth watching as the half-baked exercises in nihilistic cheapness Adult Swim insists on showing these days ("12 Oz Mouse" and "Squidbillies", I'm looking at YOU.)
Not worth staying up for, but worth catching if you happen to see it listed on the program guide while you are channel surfing.