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"Timon and Pumbaa" was a TV spin-off of the amazing Disney film "The
Lion King". It ran for 3 seasons with a total of 85 episodes on CBS
"Timon and Pumbaa" (much like the "Aladdin" TV series) was a lot goofier and crazier when compared to the movie it was based on. For example, all of the weird characters. Especially Criminal Quint, who was actually human. Who ever thought we would see a human in a the "Liom King" series? But the goofiness does (in some ways) give the show a certain charm, I just really think Quint was a bad idea.
The animation isn't so great in this show either. I know their budget is smaller since it's a TV show, but I know they could've done better. Especially since this show was made in the '90s, and there were a LOT of cartoon shows in the '90s with great animation ("Animaniacs"; "Ren & Stimpy"; "The Simpsons"). Also this is Disney we're talking about. The biggest media company in the world! I guess they don't care that much when it comes to television.
"Timon and Pumbaa" is a decent show though. It was pretty funny, the animation was..... okay, the voice acting was great, and the show was overall pretty enjoyable. However it's not perfect, it is a little too goofy sometimes, and some episodes flat-out sucked.
Rating: 6/10 "Decent"
"The Lion King 1½" is basically Timon and Pumbaa showing us what they
were doing when the parts of "The Lion King" that they weren't in were
going on. It tells us a lot of Timon's back-story, and we even get to
see his family.
Unlike it's predecessors which contained a lot of dramatic scenes, this movie is a 100% comedy film. And it does a good job, this movie has a good sense of humor, and Timon and Pumbaa are back to their old funny selves (they weren't all that funny in the 2nd film). The animation is nicely done too. Also we have Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson) voicing Timon's mom, which is really cool.
But there are some things that I have to criticize. And the main thing is that this movie ruins some of the best moments of the first film. For example "The Circle of Life" scene. Having it where Pumbaa farts and that's why all the animals kneel down, while it is funny, it completely kills one of the best scenes in the "The Lion King". And there are much more of those scenes than the one I just mentioned.
"The Lion King 1½" is a fun comedy film, and it's certainly one of the better direct-to-video sequels. But it does ruin some of the classic moments, and it's really not a masterpiece. Overall, I recommend it, but it does have flaws.
Rating: 6/10 "Decent"
Butch Hartman's most recent Nicktoon "T.U.F.F. Puppy" truly is awful.
The show follows a moronic dog named Duddley (voiced by Jerry Trainer
from the equally annoying Nickelodeon show "iCarly") who joins
"T.U.F.F.". A group of secret agents who fight bad guys and save the
town of Petropolis, which is entirely inhabited by animals. Now where
do I begin on how horrible this show is?
First of all, the characters are obnoxious and unlikeable in every way imaginable. Like Duddley's irritating personality, and constant shouting random phrases. Or Snaptrap's annoying voice and lame jokes. The only tolerable character is Kitty Katswell (voiced by Grey DeLisle - Vicky from "The Fairly OddParents"; Frankie from "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends"), and even she isn't all that interesting.
The animation is flat, pointy, and irritating, but this is Butch Hartman, so what's new? Also, this show is unbearably poorly written. The jokes are cheesy, childish, and obnoxious. And there really isn't much thought or intelligence put into this show. I honestly can't see this show appealing to anyone who's seen some actually good cartoons, or to anyone over the age of 8.
The animation is bland, the stories are dull, the humor is childish, the characters are obnoxious, and the voice acting is just average. Not recommended.
Rating: 2/10 "Terrible"
"Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" was Cartoon Network's first
fully-original animated TV show. It premiered in 1994 and ended in
2004. It was basically the launchpad for Cartoon Network's
adult-oriented, late-night programming block "Adult Swim", which gave
it the nick-name of "The Father of Adult Swim". It was also the first
animated talk show, and pretty much the only one.
The host of the show was the 1960s Hanna-Barbera action cartoon hero, Space Ghost, who is now self-absorbed and stupid. His arch-nemesis Zorak is the band leader, and he's still as evil as ever. And another villain from the '60s show, Moltar, is the director.
Space Ghost interviewed actual celebrities. Including: Bobcat Goldthwait, Conan O'Brien, Fran Drecsher, Weird Al Yankovic, Mark Hammil, Jack Black, Matt Groening, Mike Judge, The Ramones, Hulk Hogan, Jim Carrey, Slash, Willie Nelson, Adam West, Emiril Lagasse, Carrot Top, Tyra Banks, Ben Stiller, and William Shatner among many others.
"Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" spawned many spin-offs. Which include "Cartoon Planet"; "The Brak Show"; "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"; and "Harvey Birdman, Attourney-at-Law". This show was very important to the history of Adult Swim.
"Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" was just a hilarious show. Surreal humor at it's funniest, and I loved the idea of giving a '60s Hanna-Barbera character a talk show. One of the best shows in Cartoon Network and Williams Street history. The characters were all hilarious, the voice acting was great, as I just said I loved the concept of the show, the limited animation actually made it even funnier, and the odd, surreal sense of humor was just great.
Rating: 9/10 "Excellent"
The current Cartoon Network line-up has a lot of good shows, and bad
ones. But a lot of them are just in the middle. This one is just in the
middle of average and good.
"The Amazing World of Gumball" follows the life of Gumball Watterson, 12-year-old cat who always gets into trouble. He lives his best friend/pet goldfish, Darwin; his lazy, child-like father Richard; his hard-working mother Nicole; and his genius little sister Anais.
This show may seem like a traditional animated sitcom, but at the same it's pure, concentrated, 100% insanity! While most characters look like the regular anthropomorphic animals you'd see in a cartoon, there's also a potato, a live-action face turned upside-down with eyes on the chin, a piece of toast, and even a finger print. I'm not kidding. In one episode there was an anthropomorphic FINGER PRINT! And that's just a sample of the craziness that is displayed in this show.
One of this show's biggest flaws is (as I mentioned in the summary) how unoriginal it is sometimes. For example: in one episode Gumball and Darwin decide they can't be friends anymore, so they each look for a new best friend, but it doesn't work out so they make up and they're friends again.
Now did the writers really need to use that clichéd, over-used, plot? We've already seen this with so many characters in other sitcoms. The characters are kind of cliché too. Trouble-making son, idiotic father, intelligent younger sibling.... So many other TV shows have used these kinds of characters, I can't even count them, but the main ones that come to mind are Bart, Homer, and Lisa Simpson from "The Simpsons". This show also uses some lame, already-heard-or-seen-it-a-million-times gags and jokes. For example: in one episode Darwin's stomach growls, Gumball says (in a scared voice) "What was that!?" and Darwin replies "It's my tummy...".
But aside from the unoriginality, "The Amazing World of Gumball" is a decent show. It has a good voice cast, unique animation, and sometimes it is pretty funny.
Overall, it's not as good as Cartoon Network's recent classics "Adventure Time" and "Regular Show", but it's a whole lot better than "Mad", "The Problem Solverz", and "Johnny Test". Not highly recommended, but it's okay.
Rating: 6/10 "Decent"
"The Angry Beavers" was one of my favorite shows as a kid, and watching
it again from a more adult perspective, it's still the wacky,
off-the-wall, hilarious show I knew and loved.
Norbert (the smooth, cool one) and Dagget (the crazy, hyper one) were kicked out of their home by their own parents after the new litter was born. So Dag and Norb are now bachelor beavers living in the same house going through many crazy situations. From Dag getting the horrible disease "Stinky Toe". To Norb daring Dag to be silent, or else he'll get the painful moogie pinch.
Everything about this show was great. The characters were all funny and endearing, the stories were hilariously weird, the animation was colorful and nice to look at, the theme tune was very catchy, and easily one of the most memorable theme tunes in Nickelodeon history. "The Angry Beavers" is truly a fun show for kids and adults alike.
A series finale was produced in 2001, but Nickelodeon refused to air it due to it breaking one of the laws in Nicktoons. Which is: Don't say you're show is ending. Nickelodeon (at the time) liked rerunning the episodes over and over so the kids would think the show's were still in production, even though they obviously weren't.
"The Angry Beavers" is one of the greatest animated TV shows of 1997, and one of the top 5 greatest Nicktoons of all time. An odd, but hilarious cartoon show. Fans of the beavers should also check out Cartoon Network's currently-running series "Regular Show". As it has very similar main characters, and somewhat similar humor.
Rating: 9/10 "Excellent"
"The Fairly OddParents" is the first animated TV show created by former
writer and director on "Johnny Bravo" and "Dexter's Laboratory", Butch
Hartman. It is also the 16th of Nickelodeon's Nicktoons, and the first
spin-off of Nicktoon anthology series "Oh Yeah! Cartoons".
The series follows miserable 10-year-old boy Timmy Turner, whose life gets turned around when he gets his Fairy GodParents, Cosmo and Wanda. Cosmo and Wanda grant Timmy's wishes, as long as the don't interfere with the fairy rule book "Da Rules". Together they deal with Timmy's moronic parents, his evil babysitter Vicky, bully Francis, and paranoid teacher Denzel Crocker (voiced by Carlos Alazraqui).
When this show premiered in 2001 right before "Invader ZIM", it was funny and entertaining in a kind of goofy way. It wasn't as good as some other Nicktoons, like "Doug"; "Rocko's Modern Life"; "The Ren & Stimpy Show"; "SpongeBob SquarePants"; or "Hey Arnold!", but it was funny. Sure it had flaws. For instance, Timmy's voice was kind of annoying, despite being voiced by a talented voice actress (Tara Strong); the animation was very bland and boring; while in some ways the show was clever and original, it was also unoriginal and stupid at some points; also, Timmy was kind of a confusing character. Sometimes you felt sorry for him because of how miserable his life was, but other times he acted so annoying and selfish that you begin to think he deserves what he gets; and lastly some of the dialog and humor was kind of childish, But still, "The Fairly OddParents" was an enjoyable show. The plots were decent and some jokes were pretty funny. However it started to slip a little around 2004 or 2005. It became a whole lot more childish and juvenile, and more poorly written and unoriginal. Finally, in 2006 it was announced that "The Fairly OddParents" had been canceled, which was kind of a good thing, considering how bad it became.
But in 2008 Nickelodeon aired a made-for-TV "Fairly OddParents" movie called "Fairly OddBaby", where (for some strange reason) Cosmo gets pregnant and gives birth to Timmy's new GodBrother, Poof. The TV movie sucked, and the episodes that came afterwards did too.
Also, earlier this year a down-right awful live-action "Fairly OddParents" TV movie titled "A Fairly OddMovie: Grow up, Timmy Turner!" aired. Everyone thought it was gonna be the end, but sadly, the dying carcass of "The Fairly OddParents" is still dragging on. And it shows no sign of stopping.
It went from being good, to below-average, to what it is now: completely horrible. Since this show has more bad episodes than good ones overall, and still some big flaws in the good episodes, I can't give it a particularly high rating.
Rating: 5/10 "Average"
I've stated in some of my other reviews that the 1990s were the
golden-age of animated television, and the second golden-age of
animation in general. Well, this show here is one of the main reasons
for that. "The Ren & Stimpy Show". Ren Hoek is a psychotic,
short-tempered, greedy chihuahua. Stimpson J. Cat (nicknamed "Stimpy")
is Ren's blissfully stupid best friend, a cat who loves his litter box,
watching cartoons and "The Happy Happy Joy Joy Song" by
Stinkywizzleteets. Ren is often mean to Stimpy. He calls him names, he
slaps him, he chokes him, and one time he even plotted to kill him. But
despite this, Ren really does care about Stimpy. Ren's softer side is
actually seen quite often in the earlier episodes. These two crazy
animals get into many crazy situations in a style reminiscent to the
animation golden-age. Other characters on this show include... Mr.
Horse: a horse who always has a different job; Powdered Toast Man: a
superhero made of toast; Haggis McHaggis: a short Scottish man who was
once the star of a hit cartoon show; Wilbur Cobb: a crazy, senile old
man; Muddy Mudskipper: a celebrity who seems nice on TV, but is a
greedy jerk in real life. Not unlike Krusty the clown from "The
Simpsons". There are also many unnamed characters like the fireman, the
fat lady, or the married couple who's faces are never shown.
Ren & Stimpy was the third of the original three Nicktoons (with the first two being "Doug" and "Rugrats"). And it's also the best. Now, "Rugrats" was great... in it's early years, and "Doug" was great too, but "Ren & Stimpy" was just... amazing! As I've said earlier, it was kind of like the classic animated short films from the golden-age (1930s-'50s), but with a twist. It had a lot of classic Warner Bros., Disney, MGM, and Hanna-Barbera elements. Like the classical music, the zany slapstick humor, the witty and sarcastic humor, or the fact that Ren and Stimpy were almost completely different characters in a different time period in many episodes. Sometimes they were nature show hosts, sometimes they were spacemen, sometimes they were pets, sometimes they were bums looking for food and a job, but most of the time they were just two friends living in a house together.
At the same time "Ren & Stimpy" was an homage to the animation golden-age, it was also a satire. It made fun of politics and society, while it also referenced lots of cartoons and other things from the '50s and '60s, and it had surprisingly a lot of adult references for a cartoon airing on a kids network (though a lot of these scenes were cut). "Ren & Stimpy" was truly a brilliant cartoon. "Ren & Stimpy" also had a lot of insane, gross, and twisted humor, but it was handled so perfectly that it actually made the show even funnier!
Also, the animation on this show was fantastic. Everything moves smoothly, the way the characters' lips move match their words perfectly. Especially in season 2. The faces on the characters have the perfect blend of real human expressions and extremely unrealistic ones, and it's great to see the detail and effort John Kricfalusi put into these characters. The episodes "Sven Hoek" and "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen" are the best examples of this wonderful animation I'm talking about. They are some of the best animation ever done in cartoon history.
"The Ren & Stimpy Show" was just great. It had everything. Amazing voice acting, brilliant writing, hilariously off-the-wall characters, and superb animation. It truly is a masterpiece in comedy and cartoons. Not only the best Nicktoon, or one of the best '90s cartoons, but one of the best animated TV shows of all time. Maybe even THE best animated TV show of all time. I am not kidding. If you are a cartoon fan and haven't yet seen "The Ren & Stimpy Show", you are really missing out. It may not be on TV very often nowadays, but a lot of the episodes have been posted on video websites such as YouTube, and DailyMotion. Also, the entire show was released on DVD in three volumes back in 2004 and 2005. I highly suggest buying those DVDs on eBay or Amazon.com.
Rating: 10/10 "Amazing"
"The Oblongs" is a short-lived animated sitcom that aired on The WB
from 2001-2002. It aired reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, and
was announced to be revived there sometime soon.
"The Oblongs" is about a deformed family who live in a town that was affected by toxic waste. Bob Oblong is the happy, limbless father (voiced by the famous comedic actor Will Ferrel); Pickles is his wife who once lived in the hills, but now lives in the valley, and the polluted air affected her too (she lost her hair and now wears a wig). They also have four freakish children. Milo (voiced by Pamela Adlon - Bobby Hill from "King of the Hill") is their mentally challenged, twitchy-eyed middle child; Biff and Chip are the oldest kids (they are conjoined twins); and Beth is the youngest child (she has a giant growth on the top of her head).
A lot of great cartoon shows have been unfairly cut short over the years. "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Duckman" both ended on cliff-hangers; "Earthworm Jim" and "The Critic" mysteriously disappeared after only 23 episodes each; and who knows why "The Tick" was canceled so fast. But "The Oblongs" actually deserved it's cancellation.
Now I'm not some kind of whiny, nit-picky, uptight, every-cartoon-has-to-be-clean-and-politically-correct type of guy who hates certain cartoon shows just for being adult-oriented. I'll have you know that I'm a big fan of "The Simpsons"; "Futurama"; "Beavis and Butt-Head"; "King of the Hill"; "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"; "The Venture Bros." etc., and I already mentioned "Duckman" and "The Critic" when I was talking about great cartoon shows that were canceled too soon. I didn't hate "The Oblongs" because it was vulgar and pushed the envelope, I hated it because it was stupid, unsettling, and poorly-written. All of the deformed characters are very grotesquely designed, and they really just weren't that funny.
If you want to see a good adult-oriented animated sitcom, then watch "The Simpsons", "King of the Hill", or "Futurama". If you want to see a good adult cartoon that pushes the envelope a little, then watch "South Park", "Beavis and Butt-Head", or even "Family Guy". "The Oblongs" is just bad. Not awful, but very bad.
Rating: 3/10 "Bad"
"Space Jam" is an animation/live-action hybrid starring NBA superstar
Michael Jordan and the greatest cartoon characters of all time, the
The plot of the movie is: Mister Swackhammer wants a new attraction for his alien theme park "Moron Mountain". He chooses the Looney Tunes, and sends his minions the nerdlucks to earth so they can capture them. The nerdlucks change into giant monsters and kick the Looney Tunes's butts in basketball, so Bugs Bunny and the gang find Michael Jordan to help them.
Due to Michael Jordan's HUGE popularity in the '90s, there was obviously a lot of hype surrounding this movie when it came out back in 1996, but just because it has big names doesn't mean it's a good movie, and that is the case with "Space Jam". This movie is pretty much an insult to Looney Tunes and the Looney Tunes fans. For one thing this movie introduces Lola Bunny. A pointless character whose only purpose in the franchise is to give Bugs a love interest. Also instead of the physical comedy and battles of wits that made these characters famous, we get overly violent, crude and mean-spirited humor.
Other flaws include Jordan's uninspired and overall boring acting performance, the obnoxious and irritating characters that are the nerdlucks, and for the film being just a giant advertisement for Michael Jordan and all of his sponsors.
The only good things about this movie are the animation and the voice acting, which are both outstanding, and there a few mildly funny jokes here and there, but overall this movie sucks.
Not recommended for hard-core Looney Tunes fans, or people who have been exposed to some actually well made animated movies. If you want to see a good animation/live-action hybrid film, just watch "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" instead, or this film's sequel "Looney Tunes: Back in Action". This movie is just bland and one-dimensional.
Rating: 3/10 "Bad"
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