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Good news: Charlie Brown finally fights back! Well, the Great Pumpkin
calls for the head of Charlie Brown, and the Peanuts gang are out to
kill him in numerous ways. Except this time, the blockhead is ready to
settle the score.
This is really just a parody made by some guys at CalArts about 20 years ago. It's a very funny cartoon, the animation and designs are very well done, and it shows how talented the then neophyte animators were. Of course, I wonder how Charles Schulz felt about this cartoon, or if he even saw it. It truly does deserve some kind of public release.
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Spalsh is a movie of how a man meets a woman who unknown to him is a
mermaid. The mermaid-turned human gets the opportunity to meet this man
(after a brief encounter as kids), and she has to temporarily adapt to
the human life while showing him how much she loves him.
This was the very first movie released from Disney's spin-off movie studio, Touchstone Pictures. They even bragged about it by having Tom Hanks sing "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah" halfway thru the film. The story was probably what inspired The Little Mermaid several years later (both movies have a superficially identical plot line).
Splash is by no means a great film. It has many parts that are just too awkward for me. But I still consider it a good "B" film, and it was just one film that got Disney thru tough times during the 1980's.
If you're the type who finds Hilary Duff attractive (like me), this
movie is for you. But if you're the type who has become alienated at
the the degrading nature of today's teen movies, this movie is not for
The story does everything in its power to recreate the classic Cinderella story into the year 2004. But the problem is, this movie is littered with a lot of teen stereotypes that is currently plaguing television. Why is it that the popular kids go out of their way to make the less popular kids as miserable as possible? Why are high schools always depicted with a hierarchal student body? For once, can't we have a teen film that DOESN'T make American teens look like spastic Neanderthals?
As for Sam (Hilary's character), there was nothing really wrong with the character herself, except we're given a hint of how things would be like if Lizzie McGuire had become a high school sitcom, as once proposed. But the part about her going to college lacked density. Upon entering Princeton, what major(s) was she going to fulfill? The story itself had some credentials. The message should speak to a lot of people going thru the perils of high school today. If the writers and director tried harder to make the characters' roles coincide with the theme, they would've been much more believable.
A Cinderella Story is far from a classic. The film contains a lot of the material that SHOULDN'T be in any teen film. And it feels like the film only appeals to the Hilary Duff crowd (since I got around to seeing it, they must've did SOMETHING right with that scheme). But the truth is, Hilary Duff is likely to spend the rest of her acting career catering to the t(w)een crowd. But if that's what the fans want, who am I to stop them?
Married with Children was one of the more entertaining comedies of the
1990's. It's the usual scenario of a financially troubled white family
that somehow manages to stick together with all its eccentricity.
I only regret not being able to tune into this show sooner. It has great characters, sharp stories, and excellent humor. It features the goofy, desperate husband/father, Al Bundy, the lazy, carefree wife, Peggy Bundy, the hilariously clueless daughter, Kelly Bundy, the continuously perverted Bud Bundy, and the witty dog, Buck.
Married with Children has made a few mistakes that many shows make, including the addition of the "new kid". The "new kid", in this case, Seven, only exists to steal the main casts' thunder. Luckily, the show got rid the pesky "new kid", something that many other shows NEVER do (My Wife and Kids, The Brady Bunch, The Cosby Show).
In spite of its few flaws, Married with Children is still a fine example of what's missing in comedies today. The cast and crew did a lot of what it took to bring the characters to life, and it became a little more than a run-of-the-mill family show.
Fortunately, repeats can still be seen on FX, and are also available on DVD.
I just started watching repeats of this show at least a year ago. This
is one of several shows that I wish I had gotten into sooner, back when
they were still making new episodes.
This is a comedy about a single divorced dad who's raising kids all on his own. What I found really surprising about this setup was that The Olsen Twins played Michelle, especially compared to the jobs that have today.
The few episodes I've seen so far were quite good, especially one where they find a stray dog. I hope to learn more about this hidden gem as the months go by.
Music has always been a very important part of The Chipmunks history,
which is way throughout this series, you'd often hear the Chipmunks
singing their own rendition of a popular song...
...a major feature in the 80's revival of a cartoon dating back to the late 1950s.
Alvin and the Chipmunks is not only an extension of a famous cartoon into the next generation, but generally a showcase of what life was like back in the 1980's. Back then, rock n' roll (as it was often called) served as the backbone of the American music industry. Usually, Alvin, with the help of Simon and Theodore, would take advantage of any given opportunity to get their 15 minutes of fame.
Of course, they sometimes find themselves competing with the Chipettes. These girl 'munks are the friends/rivals of the boy 'munks, and are a little more than a manifestation of politically-correct casting that was prominent during the 1980's.
When these six characters weren't caught up in get-rich-quick schemes, or jumping the popular bandwagon, they went thru what most middle-schoolers have trouble with; homework, peer pressure, crushes, family issues, friends, and so on.
I really enjoyed watching this show during the 1990's, because it gave me a clue as to what life was like during the 1980's. This was before HDTV, DVD's, and the Internet, and just when CD's, skateboards, and cellphones were introduced. Back then, they had Rubix Cubes, boom boxes, and hackeysacks, and stuff like Michael Jackson, the Care Bears, and Pac-Man were totally popular. Not all of these are seen in the show, but there are underlying messages of what was big at the time, and most of it brings back a lot of memories.
The spin-off movie was beautiful. All I'm waiting for now is for both the series and the movie to come out on DVD.
A game between the Bears and the Packers is about as friendly as a game
between the Bills and the Dolphins.
According to Jim is a rather generic sitcom where Jim Belushi plays the father/husband. He gets in the usual mishaps, where he keeps secrets from his wife, he gets the in-laws into constant trouble, he gets into a fight with every other new guy he meets, and serves as a bad role model for his kids.
Jim Belushi makes a very funny husband and father, and most of the stuff he gets into are pretty funny. The other characters are good too.
There's nothing completely remarkable about this show, but it's still very enjoyable. It sets itself apart from many remaining sitcoms of today, because it doesn't try to be the best in anything. It simply tries to be good on its own terms.
According to Jim is now the only remaining bright spot on ABC's Tuesday night line-ups. Glad to know that it officially made the syndication mark just this season.
In a not-so complicated story, Tex Avery takes another shot at the
cat-and-mouse formula, this time using a lion in lieu of a domesticated
A mouse tells the story about a lion, who confirms his title as "king of the jungle" by scarring away various animals with a series of ear-shattering roars. However, he gets a taste of his own medicine when he gets scarred by a mouse. The lion later has trouble eluding the mouse when he's continuously harassed by him.
Seeing the mouse stalking a lion will make a few root for the lion, but most will get a kick out of the sadistic humor. The mouse is incredibly cool and confident, putting the lion thru a series of wild takes each time he sees him. The mouse himself is even asking the burning question by the end: "How could anybody be afraid of a mouse?"
This is one of the best and funniest Tex Avery cartoons ever made. So much stuff in only 8 minutes will make one laugh until it hurts!
After scoring both an Emmy and a Peabody on television, the Peanuts
gang heads to the big leagues, beginning with "A Boy Named Charlie
The first of four Peanuts films, this one is a basic layout of what the original Peanuts comic strip (1950-2000) was all about. Charlie Brown is a regular kid who's only asking for a little respect. But even when everybody else got the hang of it, he just can't seem to fly a kite, or win a baseball game. Doomed to be labeled a loser forever, he boldly volunteers to participate in the school's spelling bee. Too bad nobody told him it was a NATIONAL competition; the only way he can win now is thru persistence and hard study.
This film is listed for family and comedy. But it should also be listed for tragedy. It's just one example of how you can do EVERYTHING right (in this case, studying your brains out), and STILL lose.
I recall seeing this regularly on The Disney Channel, and each time, I kept watching to see if Charlie Brown would win that spelling bee...
...but he never did. :-(
Aside from the main plot, this movie is also a great piece of art. Even with its limited UPA-esquire animation, it still has the artistic flair of your basic Disney film. Parts of the story are interpreted thru split-screen action, extended background footage, catchy songs, and a hypnotic blend of colors and music. In spite of all that, I don't think that Charles Schulz was trying to compete with Disney in any way, thus avoiding a common error made among most non-Disney animation studios. But still, who would've thought that you can create music with the use of a dictionary?
The content is uniquely accessible for everyone. Children will love the fantasy sequences of Snoopy. Teens can relate to Charlie Brown and his never-ending quest for acceptance. Adults will love the intellectual undertones of the film. And animation/art fans will really appreciate the musical/fantasy sequences.
"A Boy Named Charlie Brown" is one of the better of the four Peanuts feature films. Most Peanuts fans will easily enjoy, but all are welcome to see it.
I came across this show one night, and I decided to give it a chance.
When it was over, was wishing for the last thirty minutes of my life
Unfabulous is yet another show that caters to the sheltered tween audience. It's the same darn thing where the show is focused on a clueless tween girl, has two friends, one of whom is ethnic, foolishly disobeys her parents, overly-focused on being the most popular in school, and sometimes deals with a stuck-up adversary. If you're familiar with the likes of Lizzie McGuire, you'll get the idea.
There's absolutely NOTHING to see here. Nothing! Nada. Zilch! Nowadays, Nickelodeon is being kept alive with most of their current Nicktoons, but they're bottoming out with their live-action shows, with the newest entries being of little to no real interest at all. They only cater to the sheltered tween audience, and most indicate that the series creators are totally ignorant of the contemporary adolescent life.
Unfabulous is more than self-explanatory. TV today is terribly dull and bland for the most part, and this is just one of numerous shows where you're seriously NOT missing a thing.
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