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CN has had a hole in its lineup for some time. Ren & Stimpy left large
shoes to fill and Uncle Grandpa trods about the kitchen in daddy's
shoes making noise and pretending to be grown up.
First, let me say that I am a huge fan of the absurd and surreal. Part of me died the day Ren & Stimpy aired last. I find Adventure Time to be wonderfully creative and clever. I say this to clarify that I am not hating UG for its genre, it's absurdity, its reliance on visual gags, and puns. My dislike comes from its failure to gel, to coalesce as a concept.
Some of the gags and characters are clever, highly creative and just plain wonderful. Their presence in the same segments are poorly contrived while others fall flat or are telegraphed so badly you can see it coming and just wait for it to be over. Also, it lacks a unifying factor as part of the basic premise or even each episode's plot like Adventure Time or Regular Show. I love Realistic Flying Tiger as a character both conceptually and visually. Pizza Steve is an amazing concept of a character and there is so much upside potential to him, but it goes unrealized.
The worst character is, unfortunately the title character. Uncle Grandpa is clearly based on the absurdity of the juxtaposition of the words. "Uncle Grandpa" is both absurd and, like Ren & Stimpy, suggestive and a bit naughty. In fact, it is a straight rip off of the aforementioned. Uncle Grandpa was a character briefly mentioned in an episode of R&S as a jab at southern, rural culture implying inbreeding.
This new iteration of Uncle Grandpa looks like a solution in search of a problem. It is painfully obvious that they started with the name and reverse engineered a character that matched it but lacked the incestuous overtones and edginess of the first edition. The premise that we have to swallow to understand the existence of a character named Uncle Grandpa is amorphous, poorly defined, and noncommittal. If we're to accept such a character, commit and go in a direction.
The creator seems to be torn between Uncle Grandpa being an incompetent boob and a competent savior or the day. We cannot decide who he is or how he operates, what motivates him and how he works. The whole show just seems like a collection of sight and word gags thrown together into a poorly stitched quilt of the absurd. This comes from a person who still hasn't forgiven CN for canceling Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
The show would better execute as a series of vignettes ala Robot Chicken and leave the title character in the title.
I not going to lie, i was really looking forward to this show. The
previews and 2007 pilot i found on Youtube had my hopes up but, like a
Hippo going number 2, takes a huge @#1$ on my expectations!
I could feel my brain cells dying in there. What did Cartoon Network expect to get out of this! The premiere was down right awful and compared to the 2007 pilot, it looks like the writers and producers were high on crack than they were 6 years ago!
If you thought The Annoying Orange, Johnny Test(you heard me!), and Fried Dynamite was bad, then you clearly hadn't seen Uncle Grandpa. I won't spoil anything but, its just bad. Hopefully Steven Universe and Clarence won't be as rancid as Uncle Grandpa.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Sometimes you got to wonder how some of the recent shows on Cartoon
Network get the green light. I myself got to wonder if they even look
at the shows they're putting out on the air, or they're too busy
figuring out more ways to further ruin the network. Case in point,
Uncle Grandpa, a show about "everyone's uncle and grandpa" who has
these weird adventures with his friends. Not only is the concept really
unoriginal, but to make things worse, this show is made by the same
idiot behind Secret Mountain Fort Awesome, Peter Browngardt. That's
right, this same guy decided it would be such a GREAT idea to make a
spin off based on that show. You know, at least with SMFA the concept
was somewhat original, but take a bad premise and add in the same moron
behind SMFA and you've got one really bad show.
First off, our main character, Uncle Grandpa, has got to be the most annoying protagonist I've seen on TV since Marvin Marvin. He's not only a complete and utter moron, but he has got to have the most annoying voice I have ever heard. I swear my eardrums are ready to burst with how obnoxious, annoying, and sickening it sounds. I thought The Mighty B! had horrible voice acting, but this show makes The Mighty B!'s acting look as good as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic's voice work. He also constantly says "Good morning", which is supposed to be a catchphrase. I guess nobody told the writers(Including Mr. Browngardt) that a catchphrase needs to be funny, memorable, and creative. NOT bland, forgettable, and stupid. Uncle Grandpa just makes you wish somebody would come along and put an end to him.
Pizza Steve is a walking and talking pizza(I wish I was making that up) who is pretty much a stuck up jerk. He only looks out for himself and only himself all the time. He's not a friend in the least bit and he talks in the third person a lot.
Belly Bag is a very useless character. He doesn't do anything at all, except for having a lot of things in his mouth. He serves no purpose whatsoever.
Giant Magic Flying Tiger . . . all I can say really is what . . . the . . . *** is this? It's already bad enough the character's name is so terrible, but does it really have to be a cut out tiger from real life? This character has no animation whatsoever, no movement, and only speaks in roars. It can also fly by using rainbows it shoots out of its butt. Needless to say, this character is downright terrible.
Mr. Gus is probably the only character in this show who doesn't make my blood boil, but that's not saying much. He's a dinosaur character who sounds really monotone and always has a bored expression on his face. The only reason I tolerate him though is because he's the only sane character in this show and doesn't act like an idiot like everyone else.
The plots are no better at all in this show. Most of the time, they make absolutely no sense at all. Take for example this episode, Uncle Grandpa gets locked out of his creepy looking van, but then gets stuck in it. It results in Pizza Steve calling in Uncle Grandpa, who somehow comes to them, even though there's another Uncle Grandpa in the van. So they have to get him out by fighting the van's security system, which has six arms, and they do so. Just writing that bit of plot synopsis makes my brain hurt. Just what was going on? Why was there two Uncle Grandpa's? Why was everyone so nonchalant about it? My God, the randomness in this show is so terrible and baffling that I swear it took out a good chunk of my IQ.
The hum- you know what? I'm not going to even say this show has any humor at all. Not a single joke in this show was funny at all. Every gag it pulls out is either trying way too hard or is so badly made, that you'll be hitting your head against the wall. The show emphasizes on so much randomness, that it comes off very annoying and irritating instead of it being funny. Nothing these characters do brought even a weak chuckle from me at all.
The artwork and animation is probably the only decent thing I find somewhat positive. The coloring is not overblown like in SMFA and the sets look decent enough. However, the characters still have bad designs to them. Uncle Grandpa looks downright creepy and a pedophile with how scary he looks. He's unappealing to look at. Gus looks okay as well as Pizza Steve, but as I said earlier, Tiger looks horrible and out of place since it's a cut out tiger. The animation is somewhat better though, with characters moving pretty smoothly, although I saw some lip syncing issues.
Some say this is similar to Ren and Stimpy, but that show had way better writing, better characters, and it its jokes weren't so dumbed like this show. This show is nothing like the beloved Ren and Stimpy at all, it's more of a mockery than anything else.
Mr. Browngardt needs to understand he's no cartoon creator. SMFA was a complete and total failure, so what made him honestly think a spin off would work? More importantly, why would Cartoon Network think this would be a good show? If you see one of the multiple promos for this show playing like I did, then consider it a warning to avoid watching CN at the time this show comes on. If Cartoon Network ever wonders why networks like Boomerang and the HUB Network are getting more viewers, they can look at this show as one of the many reasons why.
Crap, it's what it is... People look at it and say "Oh no, it's just a
different type of humor" It's not. It's an attempt at humor, it's
trying to be weird! Like, I feel like he's trying to be C.H. Greenblatt
or something, where it's stupid, yet kind of cool. In that show it
works, word puns and creative characters, with Likable characters,
then, there is this.... Let me break it down
Animation: WTF. No really, WTF, it does not make sense, the person that made this crap thinks that because Adventure Time exists, you can take anything and just, I don't know, make it's body rip into two other beings.
Art: It's hideous, I mean even animations where the art is made to be ugly, like Ren and Stimpy, Flapjack, etc, it is better looking than this, I mean there is having a unique style, and then just putting crap out on a table and saying "IT'S ERT!!!! LOL LOOK HOW GRATE IT ES!"
Writing/Directing: why, why does this exist? no really? The jokes are so forced, it's sick, I feel like the people decided to breed some new weird pot plant and pass it around watching old crappy movies, then after that, would right down things that are in their brain.
It's bad, don't even watch it.
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Let me tell you why this show is awful. First, we have a moronic, dimwit character. He has a talking fanny pack and a realistic-looking flying tiger (looks like nothing more than a cutout). O..K.. We also have the annoying Pizza Steve. Uncle Grandpa's the uncle and grandpa of everyone here. That's why everyone's brain-dead. The writers resort to unfunny surrealism to stretch a plot (Yeah right, I doubt it's even a plot). One of the episode's names is called 'Belly Bros'. Oh, how it is so intelligent! Immediately there's a hint of bestiality from Uncle Grandpa chasing a sheep. We then see 3 Uncle Grandpas. O..K, are you serious? It seems you want to make the worst TV show ever! Uncle Grandpa says 'I like trains,' which reminds me of 'asdf movie'. If the show references it, screw you. SCREW you. After this we see 6 packs of wolfs with 6 pack abs. That has got to be a 'terrierrible' pun. All of this trash in one episode. What is this?! Oh my god! There are other things: The animation is horrible, and the voice acting is horrendous! The humor is so horrible, it isn't humor! There is random crap from nowhere! Wow, oh wow, I'd rather watch disgusting stuff if they were made into a show than this!
If you are reading this with an open mind, I'm grateful that you've
taken the time to read this. If you are reading this out of your hatred
for this 'piece of crap' that has brought CN to 'a brand new low', I
make no apologies for what you are about to read:
I, like many, grew up with the likes of Ren & Stimpy, Cow and Chicken, et. al., grew deeply attached to the humor that was present in both, and consider them to be of a very high standard that few cartoons today can hold. That said, I genuinely believe with every wrinkle in my brain that Uncle Grandpa continues that pedigree fantastically well. There's definite love and consideration going into this production, each gag oozes a level of madcap energy that leaves me laughing like a cretin at best and gets me to sit in awe at the worst. True, cartoons like 'Adventure Time' and 'Regular Show' (the latter I love to death) have added a bit of sophistication to the cartoon, but the problem is that through their commitment to layering the strange with the normal, they become less like cartoons and more like generic, middle-of-the-road sitcoms (in my honest opinion). Mixing sobriety with silly is nice, but is it really to much to ask to see one show that completely tosses reality out the window with out any real-life to anchor it?
And to those who claim that this show is trying too hard to be silly, I can only say that it isn't your fault exactly. The problem with programs such as AT and RS growing in popularity is that we are hit with a deluge of programs that resort to 'wacky', 'zany' humor for profit-sake. As a result, the line between a show with genuine strangeness and one that has a whiff of the boardroom is virtually invisible. Sanjay and Craig, for example, feels a bit synthetic with its homages to 'rad 80s culture' and surreal humor at times, not to mention the wealth of recent failed pilots out there that are clamoring to take the Finn and Jake/Mordecai and Rigby crown. I can assure you all that Uncle Grandpa is the LEAST of your irritations!
The truth is, any media that is truly out there is guaranteed to get the backlash it receives, whether it's deserved or not. Think about how 'The Simpsons' written off as this wretched inversion of family values when it first arrived on TV, the only reason why is that the likes of 'The Cosby Show' and 'Family Ties' were still dominant with their perfect, sanitized depictions of family life. The world can only tolerate things that are 'outside the box' as long as it within a safe distance of it. The masses prefer a bit of familiarity tied to the unfamiliar, it's like a security blanket for them.
At least, that's what I assume when you bray on about how this show is 'the most repulsive display of incest I have ever seen'.
This show. This. SHOW! I first heard about the show from my friend
during lunch. He said, "Hey, I found this weird show on CN today while
I was randomly searching through it. It's called Uncle Grandpa." Of
course, I found the title both weird and disgusting, as it's
referencing incest. So I searched up an episode, and instantly cried.
What has happened to Cartoon Network? Adventure Time is kinda like this
show, but it has something better than this show. The humor is funny
and the characters are interesting. The characters in Uncle Grandpa,
including the titular character himself, are annoying and hard to watch
in action. The characters are as follows:
A realistic flying tiger (Obviously ripped from Google.)
Pizza Steve (Yep.)
Glen the Dinosaur
Belly Bag (You heard me right, a fanny pack is a character.)
Apparently, Uncle Grandpa is everyone's uncle and grandfather. He's the town's guidance counselor, and tells people what not to do. The problem is, he's even worse then the kids! He tells an obese kid that it's okay to be fat (even though it's not) and even decides to be "Belly Brothers" with the kid. The show uses surreal humor, like most kids shows these days (sadly). The surreal is a bit disturbing, as in one scene, the fat kid is sweating... OUT OF HIS NIPPLES! The humor and characters are stupid, retarded, and all and all, just bad. This show should be taken off the air, and should be forgotten.
Where do I begin ? Okay I'll admit ,seeing previews of the shows I was
kinda intrigued and wanted to see more.I wish I didn't .Its like Barney
the dinosaur took a dump and Dora the explorer played in it with Boots
with rainbow penguins from outer space to save kids from the Giant
mutated chicken.Your face is probably like WTF?! If you look in a
mirror you would find a similar expression on my face when I watched
the show .
First the way the show looks is a big turn off...kinda unpleasant but that not even a major concern .Uncle Grandpas character seems like he coulda been a good character if someone actually took the time to work with the show instead of just mushing random crap together. Uncle Grandpa is a total idiot.case closed .The characters lack depth and need a better composition .Ughhh don't even get me started on the shows story line ...
After painfully watching 3 episodes I was ready to claw my eye balls out .This show is just terrible ! Were they seriously wasted when they put this show together ? The story lines are messy , odd (not good odd either more like something off/missing) And utterly stupid and random.
This show is a 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back ...
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It has a weird animation/color choice that would be more appropriate
during the 90's. The main characters voice is probably comparable to
FRED's voice and the annoying orange's voice. The repeated use of
rainbows is weird and makes the animation awkward;the synthesizer
background music fits this strangely retro show and it's rainbow
Amusing enough for a kindergärtner, maybe a first or second grader. The show always has some strange goal for the character (ex: finding mustache cream to save the world) a strange plot. Pizza Steve and lizard dude are OK, "uncle grandpa" sound's creepy especially since he likes hanging out with little kids.
why would a strange old guy go round being everyone's uncle/grandpa? Strange and I don't like my sibling watching it.
I really like a lot of cartoons and maybe that's not so good for a thirty something year old, but I cannot say that I like 'Uncle Grandpa' at all. First of all the title is a nod to incest... WOW! In the first episode I saw (Belly Brothers) it discusses obesity and killing animals in a positive light: is this what the world really needs the next generation to be like? There is an episode where the pizza thing spends the entire time lying about having hair and then excuses itself at the end by saying he meant a rabbit... I guess it's OK to lie as long as you cover it up with another lie at the end of the day(?). There are tons of things that are bad in almost every episode from violence to ignoring and being rude to people to lying to simply encouraging people to be dumb. Really, what is up with this show? In every episode the dumbest, lamest, most violent and most capable liars are not only central, but are rewarded. Such a sad show...
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