Goosebumps HorrorLand-The Wizard of Ooze

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He doesn’t have any Toxic Love…

Hello, Spongey here.

Well, it’s HorrorLand time again and once again I need to rush the intro because I have nothing to say. We are somewhat close to done with Arc 2 since it’s shorter so hopefully Stine pulls out all the stops.

(He won’t).

Not much to say since it’s just a normal book. Well, except that I LOVE the cover. I am just look at the awesome looking monster. Sure he looks like the villain from Ferngully but it’s still an awesome cover.

Will the book live up to it? Let’s find out. Shortest intro ever.

This, is The Wizard of Ooze

Ugh, that title.

We once again open with our protagonist in HorrorLand, in this case it’s Marco and Gabriela. They bicker and play some HorrorLand games but find them rather lame. Then a creepy dude pops up.

Want to play the good stuff?”

…If a stranger says that you, you RUN. Especially if his name is Winner Taikal. The dumb kis follow him to his ‘special game room”.

Are we making a big mistake?”

…Nah.

They play tug of war first and it turns out they are playing against no one but the rope is still tugging anyway. Then it turns into a snake. Yeah, that’s what you get for being this stupid.

Winner allows them to leave once they’ve lost and the kids just kind of move on like they just didn’t face a snake. That was a more interesting opening set piece I suppose, but it was quite contrived.

They end up at Chiller House and find something they like. In this case it’s a Graphic Novel, as Marco is into Comic Books, especially a villain. …I can’t help but feel we’ve been through this in Goosebumps before.

Oh and the book is called The Wizard of Ooze. Roll credits!

Sometimes I make up my own stories about him”

Oh god, he’s a fanfic writer. Anyway, they get the book and go home. The book has a section at the end about becoming a Superhero and Marco starts to think about it. By the way, The Oooze pretty much is like the villain from Ferngully in terms of powers and such.

Marco gives in and tries out the books instructions on channeling your inner superpower. It asks him to get two feathers from a living bird to get the power to fly. And that’s when Marco should have known the book was crazy.

Marco conveniently gets feathers as a neighbor has some pigeons for the sake of the plot. The book then tells him to get some Yeast, and to pour it on your head then just concrete a lot, in order to fly.

Somehow, this actually works…for a few seconds and Marco hits the floor. Guess How I Learned to Fly 2 isn’t getting off the ground.

Since it did work, Marco tries out Super Strength next. He just needs the strongest substance in the world…plastic Kitchen Wrap. Sounds legit. He wraps himself in the wrap and the book says you’ll just get your powers right then.

Like before, it works but only for a few seconds. It works long enough for Marco to rip out of his clothes and became naked though. Ew.

Marco is doing weird things up here!”

NOT HELPING.

His power hunt has to be put on hold, as he and Gabriela have to go to a Comic Book Convention. After references to Comic Books that never existed for a reason, they hit up the Oooze Booth and Marco ends up mentioning that he has The Wizard of Oooze, which is so rare they don’t have it here.

The guy running the booth wants Marco to sell it to him and of course he does this in a way that makes me want to call out Stranger Danger again. Marco says no and he backs down for now.

Then Marco bumps into a guy dressed as The Ooze, to give us a false scare.

Are you for real?”

Sure kid. And SpongeBob SquarePants is running for President”

#SpongeBob2020

Wait, two GBH Books in a row mentioning SpongeBob? Weird..

Ooze Guy is interested in the Graphic Novel to. A bit…too interested.

You won’t always be in a big crowd. And I have lots of ways to persuade you”

  1. NEED AN ADULT.

The creepiness doesn’t stop there as a bit later, they spot him on their bus, just looking at them. I’m making a lot of “Stranger Danger” jokes in this but with stuff like this, can you blame me?

Thankfully, when they get off the bus, he doesn’t follow them or anything. Later, Marco’s little brother snatches the book and the resulting fights gets Marco grounded because we’re following Cuckoo Clock of Doom Rules to siblings.

Later still, Marco goes back to trying out powers, as Water Powers are next. I can’t see this ending well. The book tells him to fill the bathtub up with Ice Cubes and already I was right. It works again, turning him into Water.

Oh, thought this was AquaMan but it’s somehow even lamer.

I felt FROZEN again!”

No, I’m not saying it.

Of course, it only works a few seconds again. Marco really needs to figure out what is going on so he heads back to to the Convention to ask Sammy. Because he seemed so trustworthy.

They get there and can’t find Sam but the creepy Ooze guy is there. So he went home then came back here? Or he really was just stalking Sammy, in which case then why did he just stop while on the bus? Whatever.

By the way, all the talk of this guy wanting to Oooze a kid is…yeah.

This part pretty much confirms he’s the real Oooze as he actually has the Ooozing powers and actually threatens to Ooze him if he doesn’t get the book. Marco manages to escape but then a man who is in fire starts chasing them.

I’m not sure what to say to that.

He takes the book and runs, and Marco doesn’t do much because would you chase a man on fire?

That night, The Ooze visits Marco and asks for the book. He doesn’t believe that it was stolen because a man on fire is very easy to miss. Marco does the smart thing and calls for help but of course Ooze leaves before the parents come in.

And all they see is a kid in his bed covered in a subst-okay now I’m stretching it. Later, The Flaming Man shows up asking for it, and it can’t be the book since he stole it earlier. By the way, how does no one hear any of this?!

After a short struggle, he just leaves. That was eventful. He bumps into The next day, he tells his friend what happened but of course she doesn’t believe it. Then he bumps into The Oooze in the back of an Alley.

…You really aren’t helping, Stine. Also, now they are outside and still no one hears anything!

The Ooze isn’t having any of it anymore and is about to destroy Marco, when he tries out a plan. Marco claims he got some powers from the book and I don’t know what his goal was here. Did he expect a guy like the Ooze to be threatened by a baseless claim like this?

Marco is lucky that the powers he claims he has suddenly come to him now once he focuses a bit. But once again, they only last 10 seconds. So they do work forever, just for 10 seconds? Yikes, and I thought Hour Man was lame.

By the way, didn’t Attack of the Mutant also have the “claim to have powers you don’t quite have” thing? This plays out differently, to be fair.

The Ooze says he must give him a 2nd chance since he has powers, even if they only 10 seconds. Now he randomly believes Marco about the flaming guy who is actually a villain named…The Fabulous Flame.

…Seriously? That sounds like a parody name for a really bad gay joke.

The Flame happens to be Sammy, which I should have predicted. He actually works for The Ooze but recently he got jealous so he took his book. I’d still like to know why they want it so bad, given that the powers didn’t seem to work from their pov until now, and only for 10 seconds.

The Ooze says they gotta put out his flame and get the book. Should make for an intense Anti Climax. They had to his house, which is a normal looking place since he has a secret identity.

Marco quickly tries his plan but it fails as he misses his flame, wah wah. But he’s able to get him…with a hose. Okay, what kind of Flame villain keeps a hose so close to him like that?

Anyway, he’s defeated and Ooze has the book. To the shock of no one, The Ooze back on his word and is about to get Marco since he knows too much. Seriously, why do people keep trusting bad guys?

Big Surprise, Huh? I’m a Villain, remember?”

Even he gets it!

Then Gabriela comes in, and says she read the book way earlier and tried out the powers. Yet she still didn’t believe Marco because reasons. Also, Attack of the Mutant also had the female friend inexplicably come to save the day but like before, it plays out differently because there’s no twist where she’s the villain this time.

Although her plan to tornado around him is quite similar to what The Gazelle tried to do. This even fails like that one did, although here it’s due to the 10 second thing. This is the lamest Super Power giving book ever.

Then The Flame comes back to life. How? Never Explained, he’s just here again and is ready to kill the kids over a book and another thing that isn’t a book. To follow the trend of things just happening, Zeke pops up.

He has this bookmark that was in the book which I failed to mention. The Bookmark was important, as you had to say some words for the powers to stick. Not sure the guide didn’t say that, as it sounds pretty important.

Flame says they don’t want that stuff in the “wrong hands” as they will “make their powers stronger” which is the biggest explanation we get for why they want them. Eh, fair enough but it’s a bit weak after all the build up.

Zeke tried out the powers and he uses them to get rid of the villain Anti Climatically. Yay.

I read the words because I’m not stupid like you”

Come oh, how were they supposed to know, especially since the book itself didn’t mention this part?

That’s not quite the end, as Marco wants Powers too and the next day he tried to get the bookmark so he can keep his powers. But of course, Zeke catches him and they fight. Mom and Dad come in when Marco is floating on the celing.

Good luck explaining that to them, Zeke. The story ends here but the Epilogue does explore things slightly further. Zeke let him down as long as Marco promised not to try to steal the bookmark again.

So…how did the parents react to what they saw? Also, the whiny sibling won and our innocent lead lost, yay. The rest is the usual: That night, Horror glows and he’s back with Chiller to pay for his product.

The End. Weird how this was a Downer before the Chiller bit happened.

Final Thoughts:

I know you’re sick of me saying this, but this HorrorLand book was…fine. Yeah, another fine one. With this one, the main issue is that we’ve done Super Villain Themed books before and this doesn’t quite bring as much to the table.

It’s less insane than Dr Manic but it does make it less fun. To be fair, this does some new things with how things play out and it works on it’s own. The best parts are in the 2nd half with the villains going after Marco’s Book/

There’s some decent tension and Ooze is pretty threatening. Once you ignore the rehash stuff, this one is enjoyable enough. But once again, I wouldn’t say it does anything extremely well, although it does at least explore it’s concept well enough.

The ending with the sibling I can take or leave. It’s cruel but kind of amusing I guess. Overall, this is another I can say is just fine. Doesn’t do anything too bad, nor too great. It’s enjoyable but not one of my favorites.

I’m sick of saying that but it keeps being true. Hopefully our final 2 for the arc can fix that.

Grade: B

Next time on HorrorLand, we’ll be celebrating a Slappy New Year…in December. Yeah, like last time I planned it, it’s just weird how they both lined up like that. Hopefully it’s better than the other HorrorLand Slappy book.

See ya.

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iCarly-iLost My Mind

Hello, Spongey here.

It’s time for a surprise TV review. Well, not quite a surprise since it’s something I tweeted about when I saw it, but I didn’t have plans to do it at the time. Since we’ve been doing newer episodes lately so let’s go back a bit…to 2011.

I can’t remember what review it was, but I think I said I hadn’t found an iCarly episode I could review, that hasn’t quite been covered in detail yet. Well…i found one, and I knew at the time that at least one ep from this arc could fit, but I wasn’t sure at the time.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. My friends, it’s time to talk about the Seddie Arc, but first some backstory. First off, not too much to say about iCarly itself that hasn’t been said. I feel like it’s the transition period for Dan Schneider.

Early on, it was good enough, by the end it was…not, mostly. You can just see where he started to lose his touch a bit as the show went on, and the episode we’re talking about really showed that.

Anyway in the show Sam and Freddie had sort of a rivalry. I say sort because while it was fair at first, it quickly turned into Sam just bullying Freddie for …no reason really. He has his nerdy aspects but as the show went on it, it just got….bad

Hell, even early on we had the Fred episode that shall not be named.

It basically turned into full on abuse. Yet early on, they hinted at a possible romantic connection with iKiss. And because that actually turned out well, it became a popular ship. That’s where the trouble began.

No matter how bad they got, the Seddie pairing was still popular to the point of starting big ship wars with Creddie, the ship that makes more sense. It got to the point where they made iStart a Fan War to tell the fans to calm down, as the show is just about silly dumb and mostly not romance.

Which is fair enough…then…they decided to bow down to the shippers and put these two together. And they did with a special arc. There’s a lot wrong with this even before we get into the episodes.

The main problem is how it just doesn’t work at this point. Their “Rivalry” had gotten so bad, them actually liking each other seemed like a thing of the past. It would be hard to convince us to like this idea

They basically didn’t even try. This arc lasted about 5 episodes until they just broke them up and didn’t go back to it again. Honestly, I can say a lot about all this but I want focus one certain episode, and the main issues here.

I can rant on how it was all pointless and whatever, but my biggest issue was the set up and the middle of it. Now, the starting episode iOMG was…okay. It’s biggest is introducing this idea. And also that title.

At the end, they find out Sam likes Freddie and they have a moment where they kiss and Carly sees it. No explanation of why she lieks him despite all she’s done or anything. That would be fine if that was fixed in the other episodes.

Now I could have covered any of the other episodes since they each have notable problems, but I’ll go over them near the end. I decided go with the 2nd episode in the arc, the one were they officially got together.

This is for two seasons: I have less crap to explain if I do an earlier one, and it pissed me off the most. Ican’tTakeIt has more problems with these problems bugged me more. It’s more important that they screwed this one up too.

So without further ado, let’s really dive into why this arc was a mistake with an episode too stupid, even for this show.

This, is iLost My Mind (What an appropriate title)

Writer: Dan Schneider and Matt Fleckenstein

The episode starts with Carly walking in on Spencer doing some random silly, possibly unscripted, thing. Carly informs us that Sam has been missing for a few days and her Mom is in Tijuana for a dumb reason we’ll get into later.

And yes, Sam’s Mom is the kind of Mom who would just leave Sam at home on her own like that.

I’m not gonna talk to Freddie about Sam until they admit they kissed”

These pants are squeezing me in ways you can’t understand”

…That was not the right follow up to the line about kissing. But seriously Carly, perhaps they aren’t going to just parade around the fact that they kissed their sort of enemy?

Freddie comes in and Carly just admits she saw them kiss. Well, at least we’re getting it out of the way. Freddie says he didn’t tell her because he doesn’t really know of it means anything. Okay, fair enough. This seems like an okay start…but oh boy, just you wait.

Then they just change the subject to finding sam. They use some website to track her location through hear Pearphone, which involves a joke about her dirty password. It’s, kind of funny, I guess.

So where is Sam?”

Trouble Waters Mental Hospital?”

..Oh here we go. I’l have a rant on that once we confirm why she’s there. Then Gibby enters.

Gibby!”

Oh yeah, he has that condition where he has to say his name or or he’ll forget it. At least, that’s my theory because I don’t want to think the writers believe that saying your name is somehow a joke.

Oh, and Spencer steps out of the apartment is his undies, which makes an old lady pepper spray him. Hey, he was in own house and clearly didn’t plan on leaving from the context so-why am I nitpicking this.

After the theme song, they arrive at Troubled Waters and confirm that Sam is there. Gibby is confronted by one guy played by Jim Parsons. I can tell it’s a famous guy because the fake audience went nuts when he popped up.

Spoilers, he serves no purpose and isn’t funny. Yes, this episode has a lot of LOLCRAZYPEOPLE jokes which is a bit…off or obvious reasons. Gibby distracts the nurse so they can visit Sam, who is finger painting…a painting of a finger.

It would be funnier if it was a middle finger. Knowing this episode, might as well be!

Sam gives us the first, and biggest, problem with the episode: She put herself in here, after she started to like Freddie. After says that AFTER more stuff with Jim though.

‘I Lost my Mind!”

Roll credits!

But seriously, Sam checked herself into a mental hospital because she thinks she likes Freddie. …There’s so much wrong with this, but there’s two major things to mention:

  1. If you hate Freddie so much that you think you’re literally mentally ill for liking him, then maybe that’s a sign that it’s not to be and that this arc shouldn’t even happen
  1. But more importantly: I’m not sure if you know this but uh…takes more than just saying you’re crazy. Being mentally ill to the point of ending up in a mental hospital, takes more than just being a bit weird. I mean, we saw an example of what you need to be in here with Jim.

As an extension of that, why did they let this girl in here to begin with? She has no legal guardian with her and I’m sure if you’re underage you need one for confirmation that you’re mentally ill enough. They never explain how or why they let Sam in here, which is important especially with what happens later.

This entire situation makes no sense on either level. It’s just an excuse to make a bunch of of crazy people jokes, and they aren’t that funny. Somehow, it gets worse.

Carly leaves so Freddie and Sam can talk things out. This moment is of course sometimes interrupted by lame jokes with Sam eating hospital food or whatever. Sam basically says she doesn’t know how to feel about liking him,

Perhaps if you tried to figure out Why you like him, we could get to the bottom of this. Or not, we can skip the interesting parts of this to just make more jokes.

‘Let’s talk about the kiss”

Actually, let’s never talk about it”

Agreed!

You’re not anymore mentally unstable then you have been your whole life”

Huh, come to think maybe she does belong in here, just not for liking Freddie. And she agrees to leave, just like that. Wow, that was quick, episode over!

But seriously, if that’s easy to convince her she’s not crazy, then this plot really was poorly thought out.

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Back with Jim, he claims to be from the future and he says California will sunk into the ocean. With how 2016 has been, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened already.

And also Carly will be Vice President. There’s a political joke in there. They try to leave but Sam is not allowed to.

You’re under 18 years of age. You can’t leave this place without permission from a parent”

…Then how was she allowed in here to begin with?! You just pointed out how broken your plot It! Told you it gets worse.

We’re filming iCarly tomorrow night”

I what?”

It’s a popular web show”

It can’t be popular if I never heard of it’

This guy is basically me.

Carly, Freddie and Gibby are kicked and go home to find Spencer with his bookclub, which is kind of funny. They tell Spencer what happened and he just rolls with it and gives them to idea to have someone just pretend to be Sam’s Mom., t

Yes, that someone is Spencer.

I’ll get my boobs”

After hearing Jerry Trainor attempt a Jane Lynch impression, they go troubled waters and their plan works because everyone is stupid. It only fails because one of the people there just happens to know Spencer from his 3 days of law school. Contrivance ruins the day again.

This will put a damper on their iCarly plans and the patients cheer when they mention it.

See how many mental patients love iCarly?”

.I’m not touching that one.

They decided to just film iCarly here. This whole episode was just made to build to filming iCarly in an actual mental hospital in universe,wasn’t it?

After a few jokes, it’s time to actually get back to what the episode is about: Sam and Freddie. Carly has the fans pipe and say if they think they should get together. One of the guys litterly just shouts “SEDDIE!”

So yeah, if they end up together, it’s just because the fans wanted it. I knew that was the only reason this arc happened, I just didn’t know they would admit it! Really, those bits just show me how dumb and crazy even the in universe shippers are.

Freddie comes out and wants to say how he feels, since no one has asked him. Hey, that’s a good point, let’s hear from him. …And he just kisses her. …How do you feel? That kiss only says you like her.

So I guess we’re both insane”

You sure are, if you think a kiss means you’re instantly together. Why not have a real discussion about you’re feelings? Even at this point, Sam thinks she’s crazy and only turns around after this kiss.

To recap, they don’t really discuss how they feel and just kiss, and only really get together because the fans want it. Wow, they could not have botched this more. They had many changes to really dive into their relationship and explain WHY they like each other despite what has happened this late into the series.

But hope, they are together because fuck you, that’s why. Ugh.

So now what?”

SEDDIE!”

I hate you all. They party and..The end! Yes, it seriously ends there. There’s some jokes in the scene I skipped, but after that joke and another small one, it ends there. Maybe the ending would have had more time if there wasn’t so much filler with Jim Parsons.

But whatever, we’re done.

Final Thoughts:

Arguably, this was the most important episode in the Arc, as this is where they get together. To get us buy any romantic arc, we must believe the moment where they get together. …And that’s why this is the worst episode in the arc, because my god did they screw it up.

The main problem with this episode is that the entire plot is forced, contrived, and makes no sense. Nothing here feels natural and all of it is played for laughs, even the more dramatic parts.

I know this is a Comedy Show, so some parts will be a bit forced and that’s fine but there’s a limit to how much we can buy. I mean, if you’re gonna make it so Sam can’t leave for a certain reason, make sure it doesn’t raise questions about how this plot is even possible!

It’s not even funny, as a lot of the jokes amount to lolcrzazyepopleareweird. Jim Parsons bits are especially stupid, I mean I should find some of it funny but something is just off about. It might be how pointless he is to the “Story”.

But the Sam/Freddie stuff is what ultimately sinks this one. I’m not expecting anything that deep, but if you bring up emotions and stuff like that, I expect more than what we got. I mean, we got some semi interesting stuff in iKiss and such so why does this episode have none of it?

As I said, they never really explain, or even try to explain, why they like each other. This is a huge problem with how they have acted towards each other in the past few seasons. You really need to earn this and just just don’t.

The moment where they hook up is so forced, and not really that rewarding. It’s even confirmed in universe to be fan service, nothing more. I wouldn’t hate this so much if the rest of the arc didn’t make this even worse.

In iDateSamAndFreddie (which sadly not does not just end in a OT3), the couple argues all the time and never really gets along. A great way to follow them getting together. It ends with nothing being resolved, as Carly yells at them about this and it just wraps up there.

In iCantTakeIt, so much crap happens I almost reviewed that one, before figuring that this is easier. Their bickering issues are magically better and the ending is beyond forced. Things wrap up in IloveYou where they break up because they figure out this isn’t working.

That would have been mature if it didn’t waste so many episodes getting to that point. If it was in one or two episodes, it would have worked giving us a mature story that perhaps could have showed the Shippers why this pairing isn’t the best idea.

But it was botched on every level. Besides, we’re suppose to buy it in this episode, since we don’t know it won’t work yet. It also doesn’t excuse all the other problems. The odd thing is, Dan Schneider managed to do this kind of thing before.

In Drake and Josh, Josh hooked up with Mindy, his rivival from a previous episode. The main difference is this happened after just one ep with her, meaing there isn’t Seasons of Evidence again them together. It worked well enough in that episode and they stuck together for the rest of the series and even kind of worked. Oddly enough, thos happened after Mindy returns from a… mental institution.

Okay, I’m noticing a starting trend here.

I’m not saying that one did it perfectly but it did it way better, and mixed in the comedy a lot better. So this maybe could have worked in some ways but man did it not.

Also, while Freddie did pop up in Sam and Cat, nothing got really resolved there either. Overall, this Arc ended up being badly executed, and this episode showed why.

It’s not funny, and the plot is forced at every turn. Nothing feels natural and the moment we’re supposed to buy into really fails. It’s just a mess and is probably the most poorly written TV Thing I’ve reviewed this year.

Even Babe’s Fake Disease wasn’t trying to start an Arc that needed to start right. It’s just…not good.

Grade: D

This will likely be the final TV Review of the year. I want to do another perhaps, even if it doesn’t tie into Christmas but in case that doesn’t happen, here you go. But yeah, this was just bad.

Thankfully, the next time I talk about iCarly will be the Christmas Episode and I’m just gonna assume that’s better.

See ya.

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5 Notably Good Animated Thanksgiving Episodes

Hello, Spongey here.

It is Thanksgiving once again. A Holiday…I don’t celebrate too much on this blog, oddly enough. Partly because there aren’t that many Thanksgiving movies, but mostly because it’s just kind of a day to me.

It’s one of the more important holidays, yet I don’t feel like doing blogs releated to it. Mostly because there aren’t enough cartoon episodes to do a marathon post of them…except I kind of did one on Deviant Art that I never put on here, whoops.

Which is actually what lead me to why I’m here. Of the 3 big holidays, Thanksgiving gets the least amount of love from the main networks. Halloween and December happen all month and get new specials, while Thanksgiving gets a day or two, and very few new episodes each year.

I mean, there are tons of Disney Sitcom Halloween episodes. There’s currently one. ONE. There will be two after this year…thanks to Walk the Prank but that’s because of Pranksgiving. Yeah, Thanksgiving gets gimmicks that have nothing to do with the holiday. That’s how bad things are.

Adult Cartoons are far nicer to the Holiday, oddly enough. Thankfully, there have been plenty of solid Thanksgiving Cartoon Episodes over the years. Last year, I watched all the ones from the 3 main networks.

And as I’ve mentioned before, they tend to more…average, than other Holiday Episodes. I mean, a good chunk of the ones I saw were just…okay. They tend to follow the same plot types and there aren’t as many “alternate” ones like with Christmas.

However, there were some gems, and over the years, I have seen a few solid ones. I was inspried by these gems, so I wanted to honor them. I wanted to finally do a GOOD Holiday Episodes list. Uh, I mean, I never did another one on Blogger. Blogger never happened.

Blogger was a mistake. It’s all trash”-Whoever made Blogger. Maybe.

Anyway, I wanted to do a Top 11 Animated Thanksgiving Episodes list…but I couldn’t get enough entries. I did ask for some suggestions and I got some, but I posted it slightly too early, as I needed time to actually watch a bunch of episodes so I could put a list together.

So it is partly my fault However, I did find enough that I wanted to discuss. So we’re still doing this, but now it’s a Top 5. Actually, not even a top 5. I do genuinely really like all these episodes, but I couldn’t rank them, per say.

Thus, they will be in order of release. Sorry this couldn’t be bigger, but ah well. Today we’ll look at those Thanksgiving episodes that went above and beyond, giving us the typical message while also creating interesting stories, or even just entertaining us.

They don’t always get attention, but that changes.

This, is 5 Notably Good Animated Thanksgiving Episodes

Arnold’s Thanksgiving [Hey Arnold]

Season 3, Episode 14

Writers: Craig Bartlett, Joseph Purdy, and Steven Viksten

Yeah, we’re starting with a rather obvious one. When it comes to Thanksgiving Cartoon Episodes, this is one of the few that tends to come to mind for people. And yeah, there’s a reason for that.

Hey Arnold is a show well known for being able to pull of certain themes and dynamics that most cartoons didn’t do at the time, and this episode shows off some of that in a nice way. Plot Summary time!

Arnold and Helga are sick of their families’ Thanksgiving traditions. They meet and go to Mr. Simmons’, only to realize that, compared to Thanksgiving with his family, theirs aren’t so bad after all.

This episode features the typical “Be Thankful’ moral but pulls it off in a really sweet and enjoyable well. The set up is well done, with Arnold and Helga having good reasons for disliking their Thanksgiving.

Arnold’s Grandma celebrates 4th of July because don’t ask and of course Helga’s Parents don’t pay attention to her and shower praise on Olga who does everything.

By the way, Nikka Futterman is becoming one of those actors hwo shows up in everything I watch, as she voices Olga, meaning she’s been with longer than I thought! Anyway, the interesting is that while you get why they are sick of, you do see why they learn to accept it.

When you think about it, neither situation is too bad. Arnold at least gets to celebrate something, and Helga at least his a somewhat typical dinner, even if she has to put with Olga. Plus, her parent’s aren’t nearly as bad as in some other episodes.

It would have been either to have an extreme, but it’s a nice balance they strike here. Thiings get really strong when we get to Mr. Simmon’s place. We see that his family is honestly full of ungrateful assholes.

And while Mr. Simmons isn’t happy, he tries to look on the bright side. Even after breaking down, he tells them he’s at least he happy has has any kind of family thanksgiving. It’s another part where they mix things nicely, by acknowledging it’s not ideal, but it’s better than nothing.

If Mr. Simmons can put with that, Arnold and Helga can put up with their First World Problems. Of course, this leads to a very heartwarming ending. But above all, the atmosphere makes this one great.

Hey Arnold was so great at atmosphere, and this episode is no exception. They get every aspect of the holiday right, down to the cheesy but well meaning school plays. There’s a lot of good small moments too, and the music sets the mood really well once you listen to it. Now, if I hate to list any complaints, I’d say that because this episode is 22 minutes, there are some bits thay may feel like padding.

Also, I can see some viewing the message as a tad idealistic, but I think it’s down to earth enough with the Mr. Simmons stuff. It’s also on the nose but that’s fine. I can let those nitpicks slide, because the episode is just that good.

Most of these episodes have the same message, but each does something special with it. This one does it well by really showing that some people have it worse but the important thing is to be thankful for what you have.

It’s a simple message conveyed very well. Overall, this episode is what you’d expect from the show. A nice message, interesting character dynamics, real heart, and some great atmosphere.

It’s one of those episodes that’s worth a few watches, for sure. Even if it’s not the funniest or anything. Grandma doing 4th of July alone is worth it though. So yeah, a very nice way to start our list thing.

Ten Chairs [Ad Told by Ginger]

Season 3, Episode 17

Writer: Eryk Casemiro

If this were a ranked list, this one would be at the bottom, since I had hard time deciding on what the 5th ep should be, as all my choices were equally solid. But in the end it went to this, if only for the situations it has.

As Told By Ginger is known one of the biggest hidden gems in Nicktoons history, as it had a lot of what made Hey Arnold work and some say it’s even better. But of course, Nick screwed it over to the point where there’s STILL some unaired episodes!

I haven’t seen that much of it as an adult, but I did see the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, and this one alone makes me want to look further into it.

Ginger decides to give the last open chair at the Thanksgiving table to her father, Jonas which Lois doesn’t know and which doesn’t sit well with Carl.

This episode is pretty much driven by the situation. Ginger’s parents are divorced and from what I see, the show dives into that quite a bit. That alone is really interesting for a Nicktoon to tackle and both episodes I mentioned go into.

Heck, this episode even has a callback to the Christmas episode.

This episode goes into how everyone feels about Jonas showing up for Thanksgiving, especially Carl. When it comes to episodes about Jonas, Carl tends to be more dramatic than in most episodes.

Although he does get a silly subplot about saving a Turkey, which comes into play at the end. Now, this is the take on this story where the Dad is a nice guy and it does work here. I don’t know the entire situation, but it seems like he regrets being such a deadbeat and in general is trying to make up for it and is fairly nice.

 

He takes Ginger up on his offer fairly quickly, thinking Lois is okay with it. She is eventually, but does scold Ginger for not telling her first. The best parts come in the 2nd half when Jonas and everyone has to deal with it.

I’m sure other episodes go much deeper into his backstory and such but this does touch on the subject in a pretty mature way. It also touches the “No such thing as a perfect family” moral you expect, but the whole divorce angle makes it really interesting.

And of course, the ending is nice and sweet. Also, like all the episodes on here, the Thanksgiving atmosphere is strong with it capturing a few little moments. Not to mention spotlighting a more realistic, less typical family dynamic.

But it is that main situation that makes it work. It’s something you didn’t tend to see in kids shows at the time and it’s nicely done here. As as complaints go, the turkey subplot started out kinda weak at first, before it become more important in the story.

And I’ll admit that of these episodes, it’s the least great, but that’s just because it’s not like the deepest story or anything. It’s fairly simple in execution but it works pretty well for what it’s trying to do.

Oh, and doesn’t expect a ton of comedy since this isn’t that kind of show, but this has it’s moments like some of Lois’ snarky quips. This on the more dramatic side, even with Carl’s scenes.

There really isn’t too much to say. Yeah, the reason this would be at the bottom of my ranking is that it doesn’t give much as much to talk about it. Again, it’s the situation itself and how interesting it is that landed this on the list above others.

But it’s still a rather known Thanksgiving episodes that’s worth a look ,even on it’s own. I saw on it’s own without too much context and enjoyed it, so I think you will too. It’s maybe not as grand as some of these are, but that’s part of it’s charm.

Overall, an interesting situation for a somewhat refreshing and interesting Thanksgiving episode. I think it’s worth a look.

Dan Vs The Family Thanksgiving

Season 2, Episode 1

Writer: Dan Mandel

Last time I talked about this show, it was it’s worst episode, but let’s flip the coin. If I did a Top Episodes list (which I might since I don’t think my Tribute did it quite enough justice), this would be on it, and fairly high. Yeah. This is a good “Alternate” choice that still has it’s nice moments.s

Dan is surprised when he’s invited to Elise’s parents house for a family Thanksgiving along with Chris, but vows to ruin it when he learns that Elise’s parents only invited him to steal his deviled egg recipe.

This isn’t exactly your typical Thanksgiving episode, and that’s part of what makes it work. It has the Thanksgiving element down perfectly, though, especially with the whole thing about the kids table.

The main focus here is on Dan as we get some interesting insight into him. Elise’s Parents appeared a few times before and Dan screwed them over. There’s even a callback to them here. So it’s understandable why they don’t like him, but they aren’t saints either so it makes sense that they plays with his emotions just to get something from him. By the way, these guys are awesome. Every time they appear, the episode turns out really well,and they are just funny.

Dan goes through quite a bit here, as he has to deal with the idea of someone actually liking him, then later being betrayed. He’s so happy in the middle of this that it’s so heartbreaking when he founds out the truth.

Even if his reaction is that of anger, since it’s the only way he knows how to react. Dan himself really makes this one, as you feel for him every step of the way. He’s very rarely appreciated for who he is, so this entire situation is really interesting.

Oh, and it’s funny. There are funnier Dan Vs episodes, but there’s some good moments, like almost anything Elise’s Dad says.

There better be cranberry sauce or so help me I will smother everyone in this house!”

This one has a focus on story and that really works for it. The ending is interesting as it both subverts the sweet ending and kind of is. Some may not like it, but it works for the kind of show it is. There is a nice bit even if it’s followed by a joke.

It’s almost the perfect ending, as weird as it is.

This is another I’m struggling to say more about as once again, it runs on the situation. It happens to have other elements that work too, though. It’s one of those episode that analyzes Dan and how he reacts to others.

We’ve seen that he can be fine if given a chance, and this really shows that. Of course, things can’t quite end happily, but that’s fine. As I said, the ending works.

Overall, this isn’t your typical sweet Thanksgiving episode, but it’s a nice alternative choice. It provides fascinating insight into Dan’s character, giving us a interesting situation, with some fun jokes ontop of that.

It’s a very great episode, and stands out as a very solid Thanksgiving episode, and a highlight of the series. It’s different but that doesn’t make any less special.

The Thanksgiving Special [Regular Show]

Season 5, Episode 13-14

Writers: Calvin Wong, Toby Jones, Benton Connor, and Andres Salaff

Hey, I can skip this one because I covered it in my Top 11 Regular Show Episodes List. I just had to include this one, as it’s the episode that made me want to do this to begin with. Here’s what I said on that list, if you want details now:

When Mordceai and Rigby ruin the turkey, they have to win a Thanksgiving song contest to get a Turducken, but some evil guy is also interested in getting it.

This sounds fairly typical of both a Thanksgiving special and a Regular Show episode. Getting a turkey at the last minute is very cliché and Mordecai and Rigby ruining something and having to fix it is even more cliché.

Season 5 alone had like 5 episodes like this. But it’s the heart that pulls this one through. When they screw up, it feels like a huge mistake instead of something that happens. Benson really calls them out on this, and how they it’s one thing to ruin Benson’s life, but it’s another to screws things up for their families.

This is the worst thing you’ve ever done”

.Ouch.

As the episode goes on, it does some of the typical Thanksgiving morals, but piles on the heart, big time. It manages to rather sweet in it’s cheesy-ness, and it still has those Regular how elements.

Although I suppose I can get the flaws out of the way. It could have been a bit crazier because it does seem a bit tame. My biggest problem is the villain. He’s an evil rich guy …and that’s about it.

He wants to get the Turducken because it has a wishbone that can grant wishes. Kind of a weak plot device but ah well. He just seems a bit typical compared to other Regular Show villains, he just isn’t fun.

I’m also not found of his voice. Yes, JG himself voices him but he puts on this sounds like Patrick Star and Uncle Grandpa’s secret love child, and some of his line reads are honestly a bit weak.

But I can overlook that, and some of these weak reads are funny bad.

There are a couple subplots that seem a bit pointless at first, like Muscleman fighting a football player. But eventually you realize they do have a point. A few other parties are running around trying to some stuff and just run into trouble, and fight each other.

In the end, they learn to just drop it and bond over what Thanksgiving is all about. Those bits show their progression to learning that, and it’s done pretty well. It also gives us some of the humor and energy.

MuscleMan fights with the guy because he insulted his end zone dances.

This episode uses it’s typical premise to it’s advantage. It has some decent energy with nice balancing of subplots, and gives us some well done heart to bring it all home. It manages to work very well in spite of some possible problems.

Also, there’s some sort of commentary with the bad guy’s song being an overly produced number feature pop stars and focusing on America. It’s catchy and trying to having meaning while not really having any.

It is spot on.

Of course, Mordy and Rigby’s song is way better. It’s catchy and has good meaning to it, being a really nice and memorable song, complete with Spoonboning. There aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving songs, and I can honestly see this one becoming a classic.

Naturally, the ending is when it all comes together. Everything starts to go right, and they all have a big dinner. And yes, Thomas takes off his costume. It’s an incredibly sweet moment, that even has nice jokes and tons of reoccurring characters making cameos.

Muscle Man’s Dad is even nice enough to show despite being , you know, dead now.

This ending is just really nice and makes the episode even better. Sure, the moral is typical but it’s nice coming from this show and they go the extra mile. Everything else works to give us this big moment, instead of it just being there.

It manages to be a genuinely great Thanksgiving special, along with being a good Regular Show episode. From start to finish, it’s a lot of fun and is extra sweet. They do a lot with the Thanksgiving concept with the jokes and plot, and it goes the extra mile with a really sweet ending.

Overall, it might have some minor issues but it’s still a great Thanksgiving special, with tons of humor, action, and even some heart. And also an awesome song. That’s in here too. For all of that, it earns it’s spot as one of the great thanksgiving specials, as well as Number 6 on this list.

Also, you gotta love that totally complicated title.”

I stand by all that. Of these episodes, this captures this moral the best. It’s basic but works due to the usual Regular Show charm. It’s a very nice episode that honestly does the best job of getting me in the Thanksgiving mood.

If I ranked this, this might be number one on the Thanksgiving level at least. That’s odd given it’s premise but it’s true. The song alone just sums up what the Holiday is about. I said everything I needed to say up there so I’ll wrap it up.

Overall, still a great episode on both levels.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Thanksgiving Dad [Pepper Ann]: This one is refreshing for having a divorced family where the mother and father are on good terms, which makes the whole plot of Pepper Ann waiting for him to show up more enjoyable, especially since he’s shown to be a nice guy. This one was nice.

The Turkey Who Came to Dinner [Rugrats]: This does a good job of covering everything about the holiday, from the moral and cliches to the little moments. It’s well rounded and quite enjoyable

Hanksgiving [King of the Hill]: I haven’t seen that much from this show but this was one of the better surprises I found. Like the others, it captures the holiday well but the highlight is the ending. No spoilers but it puts the message out well and was rather nice.

These were all close to being my 5th choice before I went with AS Told By Ginger, so I recommend them too.

And our final Notably Good Thanksgiving Episode is..

Dawn of the Peck [Bob’s Burgers]

Season 5, Episode 4

Writers: Lizzie Molyneux & Wendy Molyneux

We end with a show I haven’t discussed on the blog, since I only got around to watching it earlier this year. And yeah, another very solid adult cartoon. It’s just a charming show that manages to do some good things, even if it’s not perfect.

And of it’s Holiday Specials, the Thanksgiving ones are seen as the best,and for good reason. However, I had to pick just one, so I went with my personal favorite. The others are good but once I saw this one, I knew it was my favorite.

A wild bird attack causes chaos at the First Annual Fischoeder Turk-tacular Turkey Town Festival when Linda and the kids go there for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Bob is boycotting the holiday.

Despite this being our last entry, I don’t have a lot to say about this one, as it’s just plain funny. The others on here were good due to story, while this is here because of how much fun it is. It’s oddly the most alternative one on here.

It really gets a lot out of it’s concept, as it’s treated like some kind apocalypse. It’s pretty intense but it’s mostly played with laughs, as they play with the ways they deal with the situation.

The subplot adds extra hilarity with Bob just doing stuff,and slowly going crazy from being left alone and not being able to make a turkey. Both plots together create something really funny. We get specific jokes you’ll remember, as well a flat out wacky situation.

The plots do meet near the end in a natural enough way. Each charter gets at least one funny line, which the show tends to go a good job. Even if it’s not about them, they will at least get a funny line or two.

Everything here is just solid and fun. There’s not a true sweet moment, it’s just insanity but it’s so much fun that it beats out the other Thanksgiving episodes the show has had. Turkey in a Can is close 2nd though.

(Note, as of this writing I haven’t seen this years Thanksgiving episode so I’m sorry if that ends up beating this one).

I suppose if I had to nitpick, I’d say that you could argue there are moral problems with the family being punished for wanting to do something different, with Bob being in the right, but it’s clearly all played for laughs, so I wouldn’t take it too seriously.

And the whole thing is so good it doesn’t matter. It’s the kind of episode where every joke has it’s marks and it’s just a blast from start to finish. It’s an odd one that’s what makes it so much fun.

It’s highly enjoyable in how creative it is, and all the good jokes it has. It shows how enjoyable this show can be, especially when it comes to holiday episodes. If you want a Thanksgiving episode that’s different and will just give you some good laughs, this one to check out.

It’s nothing complicated but it’s still very solid, and it’s a nice one to end this list on.

 

And those were 5 Notably Good Thanksgiving Episode. Despite not being able to find 11, I was surprised at how many solid ones I found. Maybe next year I’ll try this again, I don’t know. Either way, this was fun.

Thanksgiving is a bit neglected in some areas, but the episodes are good, they are very good. All of these episodes were really solid for one reason or another. There wasn’t a ton of variety in terms of themes but I think there’s some different stuff here from divorced parents to attacking turkeys.

It shows that they can put real creativity and effort into these episodes. Too bad we don’t see as many kid ones nowadays. Hopefully more can come out in the next few years. I recommend all of the episodes in some way.

Although if you only have time for a couple, go with Regular Show and Hey Arnold, they are the most traditionally great ones here, so check them out but the others are good fun too. So there you go, hopefully I gave you some good recommendations.

I don’t have too much else to say. This one was a less elaborate post then I wanted, but this works as it is, I think. Thanksgiving is a bit simpler than other holidays, I suppose. Some of these reflected that pretty well.

With that, I hope you guys have a very happy Thanksgiving and all that stuff. Spend with your family and all that good junk. If you excuse me, I got a buttload of Christmas reviews to get ready for.

See ya.!

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General Review: Moana

Hello, Spongey here.

We join together on a different day to talk about Disney’s latest. Yeah, movies out of Wednesday isn’t too odd for some smaller films, but it is for a big one like this. But whatever.

To make up for last years absence, the Disney Animated Canon had two films slated for this year. This one was expected to be the beloved Classic while Zootopia would be a throwaway.

Then Zootopia got praised as a beloved classic and now we’re slightly worried about this one. This one was clearly more hyped by them while Zootopia was just kind of there. They’ve done that before back In the 90’s and to them the throwaway was The Lion King.

We all remember how that turned out. Hopefully this one won’t become Pocahontas and be more of a Good Dinosaur when it comes to the 2nd film from the same animation studio. …Well, in the sense that I like it, not in the “irrationality hated” sense.

Anyway, even after Zootopia, this looked pretty interesting. It’s another Princess movie that tries to make the princess more badass, and the trailers showed off some rather gorgeous visuals.

Admittedly, the concepts didn’t quite excite me as much as some other films but it just looked like it could end up being awesome since Disney tends to make films like this pretty well. So hopefully this is good as I want it to be.

At the moment it has a 100 on RT, but of course that’ll go down. However, it’s odd that it’s like this the day before it comes out, and there’s a consensus too. Either way, looks like the reviews are thankfully solid. (It’s 97 now, still pretty good)

As for our creative team, our directors are the team of Ron Clements and Jon Musker, who have brought us Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Princess and the Frog. Yeah, this is gonna be at least good.

Our sole credited writer is Jared Bush, that that Penn Zero Co-Creator who co-wrote Zootopia. Yeah, I think we can trust our time.

But will this result in a good movie? Will this be a new Disney Classic or another drop in the pan? Let’s find out.

This, is Moana

ANIMATION:

Look, you know the animation is good, so why waste time explaining it? …Because I have to. Once again, regardless of how you feel, everyone will agree that the animation is fantastic. Honestly, this is one of their best looking CGI movies so far.

The character designs a bit more variety and the character animation itself is very fluid, allowing them to move really well, which makes both small comedy moments and the big adventure scenes even better.

Speaking of, holy crap these environments are beautiful. The islands look cool and all but tha water man. It looks so great and blue that you almost wanna swim in it yourself. There’s a lot of detail that goes into the little things in this.

Some of the songs give us some more creativity, with really colorful environments. Plus, Maui’s Tattoos give us some 2D Animation which is really. I really have no complaints about the animation.

The character animation is really strong, there’s a lot of variety, and the environments just so gorgeous. Disney really keeps outdoing themselves with the animation, and this is one of their best looking films, at least in a while, and their past few look great!

So yeah, the film is pretty.

WRITING:

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why.

Years later, an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the mighty demigod Maui who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.

Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

With this kind of modern Disney movie, you could go about the story in two ways. You can add a lot of twists to the formula, or stick to it but add enough changes to make it more interesting for today’s viewer.

This does the later which mostly works, as the film is pretty good! However, it does bring with it my main criticism, which I have to get out of the way. The story itself is…okay. It hits a lot of the beats you expect.

A girl who wants more but is not allowed to go get it, but eventually has to, to stop some big evil teams with a jerk-ish guy who does not like her. It’s that formula without too much to change it.

There’s some that i’ll get to in, but in general, you know where the film is going. It’s done badly per say, it just doesn’t offer a ton of new things. Also ,at some points minor bits can be rushed and it can make the development less smooth.

Also, rushed ending. You know the drill.

However, despite the things, the writing is okay. It does add enough changes to make it interesting in some ways. Moana is more proactive, and there’s no love interest, at all. Unless you filthy shippers forget about age differences. But in general, no romance, thank god. Also, there’s no real villain twist like with their last few films.

There is some kind of thing they do with the villain, but it’s not like in Ralph, or Frozen, or Zootopia, so don’t worry. They at least improve on the Princess formula…cuz for one, she’s not Princess. They even point this out!

It sticks to some tired parts, while improving on certain things. There’s still a ways to go, it’s enough. Most of the good things in the film are tied to the other elements, which makes the writing the weakest link.

However, the writing is still fine. The story is a tad generic, but it’s at least written mostly well, and they do enough to make a fun adventure. It does start a tad slow but once she leaves for the adventure, it picks up very quickly.

There isn’t too much to say about the writing, as the film is clearly focused more on the main characters and the environments themselves. Speaking of, they capture the culture fairly well, at least nothing felt off to me. This is no Pocahontas, trust me.

But if I hear they did something terrible…i might take their word of it, depending on how they put it. Anyway, that’s not too important to me though.

Overall, the writing is fine. The story sadly is a bit typical but they add in some small things to make more rounded and interesting. Everything else is better, but the writing at least isn’t bad or anything.

SONGS:

Whoa, is the first time I got to do this section this year? I mean, Trolls had music but it was a jukebox musical. This might be the first real musical of the year…that I’m reviewing.

I don’t have too much to say. They go for a more classical style in the songs, and it works. The sound they go for fits the environments very well. Songs like the opening song and I Want Song capture the scene well and are lot and help you get invested in the story.

Oddly enough, my favorite might be Maui’s song, just for how catchy it is, and for the neat visuals. Yes, the song perfomed by The Rock is my favorite. 2016 has been weird. I don’t think I flat out disliked any song here.

There is one that’s…kind of a Big Lipped Alligator Moment . I say kind of because it does further one part of the story, but doing it in song form was pointless. Much like the original BLAM.

The only downside to the songs is that honestly, they aren’t THAT great. They are good but I don’t think too many will stick out of be the new Let It Go. ….Thank god for that, actually. There’s nothing wrong with them, it’s just gonna be as classic as the music in some of Disney’s classics.

Still, they do set the mood nicely and are fun to listen to. The soundtrack isn’t the best, but it’s well done regardless.

CHARECTERS:

Like some other films this year, there’s only a few characters that matter but in this case, it’s really just two. A few others exist but these two are the main stars and a majority of the film is about them. So it’s important that they got them right, and they did.

First is Moana, voiced by Auli’i Cravalho. She isn’t the most complex heroine, but she is pretty likable with her need to get out there, and she’;s pretty badass when she wants to be, She does make a couple mistakes to make her more human, but she is still a strong character.

She’s also surprisingly funny, especially when she’s with Maui. I can see some finding her bland since isn’t too complex or anything, but she’s likable and stands on her own. Her voice actress is also very good despite being a newcomer. You gotta give them credit with looking for soemone like her instead of a random Celeb.

Speaking of which, there’s also Maui, voiced by Dwayne The Rock Johnson. I was a tad worried for two reasons. He seemed like he could be annoyed…and…well The Rock and Kids Movies almost never go together. Did you see Planet 51?

However, I actually really liked him…and The Rock in the role! Which is odd because he’s kind of a jerk and his change of heart is slightly rushed. However, he’s just so charming and funny. I like that him being a jerk wasn’t a twist, they establish right at the start that he’s a bit cocky and now people actually don’t care too much for him.

This makes his journey more interesting when it does happen. He’s jerk-ish in a charming and likable way and he gets some very funny moments. Granted, he he gets the two bigger groaners (one of which is a modern reference, made worse by it being the only one).

(Just so you’re ready for it, it’s when he writes something using the chicken’s; beak and he says when you write with a bird, it’s called Tweeting. Seriously).

His backstory manages to work and it is nice when he changes at the end. His development isn’t the great and I can some not liking his natural but I found pretty amusing, and The Rock honestly fits in the role. He was clearly written with this kind of actor in the role, so he doesn’t stick out as much as he does in other kids films.

So good on you Dwayne, you finally managed to work in a kids movie.

As I said, no one else matters…besides the chicken. He’s the animal sidekick and he’s pretty funny. That’s all I have to say about him. We do have some parents who spoilers, both live! That was nice. Dad was pretty cliché with how he wants Moana to stay home, but since he isn’t in it much, I can forgive that.

There’s a Sassy Grandmother who is fun enough. As for the villain, it’s more a big force than an actual character but it makes for a cool climax. The thing they do with it is kind of neat, if a bit weird.

Oh, and Alan Tyudk, in a smaller role this time.

Overall, while they only focus on two characters, it works out because I found both to be charming and likable and the others at least serve their roles well. I can some wishing for more depth, but for what they are going for, I like these guys.

Final Thoughts:

Moana probably won’t be on anyone’s Top Disney Films list, due to sticking to a generic formula, and the odd writing issue here and there, but it still stands as a fun adventures with needed changes to the formula, two fun leads, a solid soundtrack and some amazing animation.

I had fun with this one and I got invested in what was going on even if nothing surprised me. I know I bitch about generic stories often even tough you don’t nee the most complex story to be good.

I just point it out since some films misuse the story and put in writing issues that should not be there. Here I pointed it since Disney has been capable of making better stories with the formula. This at least manages to make it work on it’s own.

Some may take more issue with that stuff, but I can look past to enjoy this this neat adventure. It’s no Frozen or even Zootopia to be honest, but it has it’s charm. Disney fans will sure enjoy this and I’ll only suggest staying away if you really want a big shake up in the formula that this doesn’t quite have.

Even then I’d say see if and see how you feel. My theater was solidly packed so I see this going well. Hopefully it’s not another Frozen in THAT regard..

Writing: B

Animation: A

Songs: B

Characters: B

OVERALL: B. A slightly high B but still a B.

We only have one animated film left and I can’t wait for it…SO I CAN STOP SEEING ADS FOR IT.

As for the next general review overall, most likely it’ll be Rouge One, but we’ll see. Look out for a Thanksgiving post going up tomorrow, by the way.

See ya.

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Nine Lives

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Hello, Spongey here.

It’s Scene by Scene review time, my friends Today we have one I’ve been wanting to do ever since I heard about the film. Don’t worry, I was open to the idea of it being good, even if it spoilers, is not.

Sometimes you see a trailer, and almost kind of want it to be as bad as it looks, because it’ll be so much fun to tear down. This stinker from this year is an example. The trailer looked just so lame and cliché, that I knew it would be fun to look at.

I actually wanted to catch it in theaters, but my local theater did not get it. Yet they got The Wild Life, which is worse in a lot of ways. So I had to wait until it came out on DVD to watch it. I did and…yeah, here we are.

This will be a fun one. This was mocked for it’s stars alone and trust me, there’s plenty to make fun of. But first, our creative team .We have FIVE writers somehow and between them Four Christmases is their only notable work.

The director on the other hand is known for the Men in Black movies. Seriously. I mean, even Wild Wild West made more sense for him than this. How does someone like him do a movie like un-ironically?

You’ll find out. This has been a long time coming, and hopefully I can post this before any other reviewers get to it. Time to do this.

This, is Nine Lives

The movie opens with two things you’ll be seeing a lot of: Cats doing cute things, and Kevin Spacey sounding like he’d rather be anywhere but the recording booth.

A cat doesn’t care if you live or die, as long as you give it Friskie’s twice a day”

Deep. But yes, Kevin Spacey will be our cat. I have no idea why he took this role, even then he’s way past that point in your career when you do shit like this. Either way, he is the best part of the movie…sort of.

We actually begun on a plane with Tom Brand, played by Kevin Spacey, who is with his son played by Robbie Ammel.

How old are you again?”

28”

Now that’s some completely natural exposition.

Tom is going to jump out of this plane as a stunt for his company. He does so and arrives at a press conferences, which is about how he plans to make the tallest building in North America. He is doing so because…reasons.

Yeah, that’s our goal of the movie, with is dumb and spoilers, isn’t even resolved because the whole point is that Tom cares too much about it. He’s competing with some other company to reach this arbitrary goal,which only makes this dumber.

We’re winner, your is bigger”

Finally, a new slogan”

That sounds…wrong.

After the conference, Tom goes back to his company building

Let’s pretend that didn’t just happen”

Kevin Spacey says this to himself every night now.

Meanwhile, we are introduction to his daughter, and wife, played by Jennifer Garner. The daughter is watching the video of the press conference, and says she’s now watched it many times. Because these writers get kids.

At the same time, we get drawn out scenes of business men talking about business. This is riveting, I bet kids would love this. This scene at least further establishes how much of a dick Tom is, or at least supposed to be.

Yeah, he’s weird in that he’s both not as bad as the movie says, but is also kind of too unlikable. You’ll see what I mean as we go on.

Later, Tom goes home and talks to his wife, and it turns out he has forgotten about his daughter’s birthday but thankfully that is tomorrow so he still has time. Yeah, by now you’ve noticed we’re doing the Workaholic Dad thing.

A cliché that should be dead but somehow isn’t. Here, it’s weird. He does at least have a legit issue and is focusing on the wrong things, but he also tries at least a bit and treats his family well enough.

So it’s mixed, but is still certainly no better than most takes on this story.

A bit later, they go to some charity event thingy Tom is hosting and the wife introduces Tom as a “real pussycat”. …Wow, you’re not even trying to be subtle. The scene ends there because it only existed to make that lame joke.

The daughter wants a cat for her birthday but he hates cats. Oh the subtle irony! He talks with his business guys about it and they think he just get the cat.

What about a pony?”

No comment.

We are then introduction to Tom’s Ex-Wife who is a bitch because almost every Ex-Spouse in fiction is an asshole for some reason.

When Tom and I divorced, he got the younger model. If he loses you it’s jailbait’

You know-for kids!

Tom is of course late for Rebeca’s birthday party and quickly rushes to get her the cat. He stumbles a cat store which is rat out of Gremlins. But with more cats. We meet the owner, played by Christoper Walken.

Somehow he’s less shocking to see in this. And yes, he has a very similar role to his role in Click. Even an Adam Sandler movie is more dignified than this.

I put newspapers in the poopy boxes, and I see your face all the time”

Walken is still on point in this.

Tom picks out a cat and goes on his way.

Okay Cats, let’s do this”

Thunder. Just in case you didn’t know he was creepy.

Instead of going home, Tom goes to meet with this guy who works for him who is a bit of a douche. He takes the cat with him because…the plot says so. They meet at the top of building while it’s raining because dramatic. They don’t talk about much anyway, until Tom fires Ian. A slip causes Tom to start danging from the roof.

Ian lets him fall because he’s the villain. Yes, this movie has a villain even though it didn’t need one. Tom is thankfully saved by a contrivances and ends up crashing through window just below them.

That whole situation was a rather contrived way to get Tom hurt which is done for a reason we’ll get into. When Tom wakes up, he sees a body being taken by hospital people. …His body.

It doesn’t take long for him to look at himself and find out the horrible truth. …He is now a cat. Does he freak out or scream over this? What’s his reaction?

…Seriously?”

Yeah, that’s a fitting reaction. Infact, it’s my reaction. Yes, this is our premise. It’s as good as it sounds. Tom’s body is in a coma because the idea of Kevin Spacey’s body acting like a cat was silly even for them.

But where does the cat’s soul go then? Because he has switched with this exact cat. Also, if they found his body at the building, why is no questioning why he was there? Ian pops up and he is not questioned about this.

Seriously, not one bit of this situations makes any sense.

Christoper Walken shows up.

Get me out of here you son of a-”

This is not the last adult reference in this kids movie.

I hate cats!”

That’s what makes this so perfect”

Ha ha, you writers are so clever.

Then Walken leaves. Yeah, he doesn’t explain exactly why he’s like this, or anything like that. Or even how he has the powers to do this. He just leaves, making him popping up here pointless.

When they get home, Tom immediately tries to convince them he’s human. Well, gotta give him credit for that, at least. But of course that’s easier said than done, as his attempts go hilariously wrong.

At one point, he’s messy with a pen and ink gets in a picture of George W Bush. That just proves this script spent a few years in development. Although if they did this a couple years after this, the gag of the current president being defaced would be funny.

That’s the only political joke I’m making, so enjoy it.

After a bit of that, he gives up and gets drink …No, really. He finds a way to get a drink from the liqueur cabinet, and he gets genuinely drunk.

This is good scotch”

…This is the greatest film ever made. I mean just…wow. This is a kids movie, right? This is funny on it’s own just because how he gives up and gets drunk, but it’s even funnier in a movie as dumb as this.

Honestly, I don’t think this was in the script. Kevin Spacey realized what movie he was in, got drunk, and they just wrote around it. This is just….amazing on every level.

He falls over and there’s a freaking Iris In, out of a Looney Tunes Cartoon. Does that mean the movie’s over?!

He wakes up with a cat hangover which is even more amazing.

There’s your liter box”

No thanks, I have the rug”

Okay, that was funny.

I hate Karma”

Okay, this is a chance to talk about Kevin Space’s performance as this cat. I’ve seen movies where an actor clearly doesn’t wanna be there, or doesn’t like that interested. But this film takes it to a new level, as Kevin Spacey not only sounds like he wants no part in this, but he sounds like he hates every second of being forced to record for this thing.

That’s part of the character, but Kevin Spacey plays it too well, sounding so pissed and unhappy all the time. This is a good thing for me since it’s funny, but a bad thing for the movie since he still sounds like this by the end when he’s supposed to be growing as a character.

Tom goes back to trying to get people to know it’s him, by writing is those alphaet magnet things. He actually does write something passable, but the wife doesn’t look and he goes just gives up. She conveniently never looks there at all.

You know, it’s not a shitty kids movie without product placement, so let’s Tom try to get Fruity Pebbles, and have it be the center of a scene. Very subtle. He gets up the pantry, but accidentally makes some knives fall to the floor. Tom falls but misses them.

Do they make MRA’s for cats?”

Don’t you mean Cat Scans?”

Even Patrick won’t dignify that one. What is Tom’s reply to that?

‘I should have landed on the knives”

Okay, this had to have been planned to be an R rated film at one point, with jokes like this. Anyway, the Ex-wife shows up.

Yay, Satan’s over for Dinner!”

Pfft, that was funny too. Seriously, at this point Kevin Spacey is MSTing his own movie. On a side note, the wife figured out that the cat got drunk and…doesn’t care that their cat got drunk. Huh.

At this point you’ve noticed my recap is a bit odd, pointing out small moments more than usual. That’s because for one, there’s a lot of little moments to point. And 2nd, this movie focuses way more on dumb antics than an actual story.

Once he’s cat, the next half hour or so is just stuff like this. That would be fine but the actual story is very messy when they try to have one. But whatever, let’s have Tom piss in the ex-wife’s purse, leading to a wacky chase scene.

The next day, the son tries to pick up where Tom left off and we got more boring business talk. Thankfully it doesn’t last long and we cut to more of Kevin Spacey being miserable.

Lord help me”

Walken comes over to talk things out with Tom, and he explains things a bit. Tom’s body won’t last crazy longer so he has a limited time to figure a way out of this before the body dies. In this dire situation, he doesn’t directly tell Tom what to do to get out of, he has to cryptically hint at it by telling Tom to behave.

Was Tom was really bad enough for Walken to just toy around with the concept of him dying like this? He then threatens to get Tom…fixed. No comment. We then get a montage of Cat Tom doing stuff with Rebecca.

Just drown me”

The utter contempt in his voice is just amazing.

After that, the wife gets a call from a guy named Josh.

I can’t keep doing this”

Yes, that’s implying what you think it’s implying. Tom doesn’t like this and tries to stop her from heading out, and after a wild chase, she gets him to drop her keys by…threatening the cat.

No wonder Tm picked you, you’re just like him…..Only difference, I’m legally barred from castrating my husband”

.Is this movie for kids or what?!

Tom hitches a ride with her after doing some impossible jumps to get down there, and Laura tells this Josh that she can’t keep seeing him. It is confirmed that she considered leaving Tom. Yeah.

Why? Uh…he was a bit of an ass I guess, but was he seriously bad enough for her to dump him and fool around with this other guy? What we’ve seen of him is bad, but this feels like it’s going a bit too far.

Oh, and after this scene it’s never really brought up again. It’s pretty much a pointless plot point. Hooray. And now, a were 40 plus minutes in, Tom starts being a tad nice and starts to actually grow a bit.

He starts bonding with Rebecca, in a bit set to a 3 Cool Cats. Haw Haw.

I’m an idiot/’

Another part where I don’t think Kevin Spacey is acting..

The Ex-Wife’s Daughter shows up and is a bitch about this whole situation. She even is about to post an embarrassing picture of Rebecca in light of all this. Thankfully, Tom the Cat is here to save the day.

Rebeca sees it before it gets posted and she gets …mad.

My Dad is in the hospital, explain the joke to me!”

I gotta say, this is kind of statysfying even if this scene is pointless. Remember the part in the trailer where Tom puts the phone in the toliet? Well, it lied because it’s Rebecca who does it. Nice.

(Speaking of the trailer, that scene where Tom does pull ups to convince them he’s human? Not in the movie. THERE’S DELETED SCENES FOR NINE FREAKING LIVES)

If this is what it takes to become human ,i will become the best cat to ever live”

How drunk do you think Kevin Spacey got after recording that line?

We go back to the company side of the plot, with the son investigating some stuff, as well as Tom doing cat things in an office building. We get final proof that Ian is evil: He wants them to pull the plug on Tom.

Because everything he did before didn’t make him enough of an obvious villain, I guess. That night, Laura goes to sleep with Tom the Cat.

I Love you’

You can’t hear but he sounded so disinterested, that I don’t buy his love declaration here.

The next morning, Ian shows up to suggest pulling the plug again and Tom attacks him.

That cat is Feral, he needs to go to the pound. This is a brand new suit”

You can’t hear this either but I’M ACTING.

Laura isn’t having any of his shit and kicks him out. That’s cool but it further shows how much he fails as a villain. Through a convoluted series of events, Rebecca starts thinking that the Cat is Tom and goes to Walken’s store.

Nothing really happens except that she basically gets confirmation from Walken that the Cat is Tom. She asks no further questions and leaves. Well actually no, she dances with the cat just so we can get a shot of Walken dance. Okay then.

So Tom is starting to bond and be nice, even if it’s quite rushed. Good, we only have like 11 minutes left. Things start getting grim as even the people at the hospital start losing hope, as his body seems to be starting to give up.

Through another series of events, the son kind of loses the company to the bad guy and is now doubly sad. He says something here but I’m skipping it as it’ll fit more in a minute.

You just need to know that Tom is trying to get the son after he leaves the room. It’s important because Tom passes up a chance to really convince Laura he’s Tom , so they won’t pull the plug. Yeah, getting to the son is so important, he’s willing to die and be a cat forever.

Walken shows up and helps out Tom who has to get through some security guards. Who are …watching a video of that chase with the Ex-Wife from earlier. ..Who was recording that?!

They see Tom and recognize him.

/We are gonna break the internet”

.

I can’t think of a witty comeback. That was just…awful.

Tom gets to the room of this building, where David. Yeah, remember that line I skipped. It was this:

I’m going to take my first jump…and my last jump”

.Yep. They’re going there. …What the hell?! I mean just…kids movies can have dark theme but it has to fit. This is a movie about Kevin Spacey becoming a cat. It doesn’t fit.

David jumps and Tom jumps after him. Tom attempts to set up something to stop him from going slap, but with his size and how he sets it up…yeah ,he’s dead.

Then we find out that David has a parachute. That’s right, he wasn’t going to kill himself, he’s just doing a stunt. Why did he say “last jump’ then? To fool the audience for some reason. It wasn’t even for a joke, this was our climax.

It just feels…off, you know?

But now Tom is gonna do for no reason, yay. David sees his cat falling with him and just actives the parachute for his stunt. Yeah ,don’t save your cat, asshole. Speaking of which, Tom….just finds himself waking up in his human body now!

And yeah, that implies the cat died here but they don’t go into and no one mentions anything being interrupted by cat suicide. But either way, this is really abrupt.

We cut back to David arriving at the press thing but again, no one sees or mentions a dying cat. The cat just kind of vanishes somehow.

Through another series of small events, Ian is somehow defeat through some bullshit I don’t care about. Again, what a lame villain. Ian walks way and bumps into Walken. He warns him about talking on his phone…and he’s ran over by a car.

Then we see Walken talking to a cat voiced by Ian. Which means..

I hate cats”

That’s what makes this so perfect.”

.How many people has Walken killed and turned into a cat?

‘You probably wanna hear that I’ve learned something”

Yes, that’s kind of the point of this damn movie.

I still think cats are horrible beasts…but I’m not one of them”

So the moral is don’t be a cat, got it.

He and Rebbeca visit Walken sometime later and asks if a cat shop has any dogs (?) and they of course don’t but the cat Kevin Spacey became is here now! Walken even says he’s used 8 of his lives, meaning the cat did die but no one saw it. Somehow.

Either way, the cat is back, woo hoo.

So that;s a no on the dog then”

Roll credits. Yep,a very abrupt ending, I’m so shocked. We don’t really see much of how Tom has changed, we don’t even see him with his wife. It just…stops. Because let’s be honest, no one would stay in the theater up to this point, so may as well not even try with the ending.

But I will gladly follow Ian in Nine Lives 2: Even Kevin Spacey wasn’t good enough for this one.

Final Thoughts:

Okay, all jokes aside, to be totally honest…this movie isn’t really THAT terrible. It’s bad yes, but …I’ve seen worse this year. Which is kind of sad. The main problems should be obvious by now, but let’s go over them again.

This film is ironically cliché as hell, and doesn’t even do these cliches right. You never feel like Tom is really developing that much because It takes him too long to start leaning and we don’t see that much of it before the dumb climax.

 

And like I said, the ending is very rushed. The movie focuses way too much on silly antics and business talk, and not enough on story or character development. The movie is about Tom learning to be a good father, but I never buy any of it.

The movie is really stupid, as I’ve shown. It also happens to have too many adult references including mentions of castration and suicide. As I said, you can make adult references in a kids movie, but make sure it’s not in a Kevin Spacey Cat Movie.

I don’t have much to the films problems at this point, it’s stupid and has bad story writing. However, I can’t deny that there is some enjoyment…all tied to Kevin Spacey.

I mentioned how he sounds so pissed off the whole time, and how he clearly does not want to be there. While that is kind of a problem…it makes the movie so much more bearable. It’s kind of funny in how he just doesn’t want to be here.

It almost makes this thing…not quite so bad it’s good, but almost worth watching at least once. And only once. Like, in the right mood, some of the insanity and Spacey’s performance, can be enjoyable in a dumb way.

I’m not quite calling it So Bad It’s Good, because it’s often a tad too boring for that, but honestly, a lot of the stuff with Kevin Spacey cat can be enjoyed in the right mood. And by mood, I mean If you’re drunk or something.

I know that isn’t the best endorsement, but at least that’s something. This won’t be on my Worst of the Year list, if only because it made laugh more than anything in Madea Halloween. At least it’s over in 81 minutes.

So yeah, this movie is bad, like you all guessed. It just has some things stopping it from being AS bad as feared. It’s bad, just not horrible. But there’s not much of a reason to watch unless you appreciate unenthused Kevin Spacey like I do.

There isn’t too much else to say, I think the review summed it up well. I’m glad to be the first to do this film, as I haven’t see any real reviews crop while I was making this. All Hail Cat Kevin Spacey!

Grade: D-

Well, that the most fun I’ve had on a review in a while. The next Scene by Scene Review shall be…next month…which is December. Holy Crap, Christmas already? Where does the time go?

I know what I’m doing, just not the order. So it’ll be a surprise for you as well as me. In the meantime, join me next Thursday for a Thanksgiving Special.

See ya.

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General Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Hello, Spongey here.

General review time, my friends. Oddly enough, I don’t have a lot to say for this intro, despite the subject matter. That subject would be Harry Potter. There’s no reason to really go that deep into, since Harry Potter is just huge.

So I’ll just say how I feel. I’m more of a casual fan, because I actually have only seen a few of the movies….and yet I’ve read all the books. Weird. I enjoy the world and such, it’s just not something I care deeply about.

Which is fine, but I do need to see the other movies at some point. As it is, Harry Potter is just a thing I like. I’m the same with the other major franchises like Lord of the Rings and such. Speaking of which, we now have a new prequel film in the series.

I found it a tad odd when they first announced it, as it has the name of Harry’s textbook. I honestly thought Hollywood had hit rock bottom and started basing movies off fictional textbooks.

Then I found it’s merely about the guy who wrote said book and is just inspired by the Decfiontizled Version of the book which J.K. Rowling wrote. When I found that out, I became pretty interested.

So here we are. I’m not hugely hyped, but I am looking forward to entering the world of Harry Potter was once again. The author just so happens to be a writer on the film so we know it’s going to faithful to the spirit, at least.

The director is David Yates, who did the the last few films, which is a good sign, He also recently did Legend of Tarzan but uh, I havent’ seen it so I can’t say If that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

With a 77 on RT, the reviews are solid enough. Will this be a welcome return to the world, or as fantastic as Fantastic Four 2015? Let’s find out.

This, is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

(I know I’ve been doing this a lot lately…but yeah we’re doing the bland format again. Sorry, I keep finding films where I don’t feel going into a ton of detail on)

In 1926, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York by boat, carrying a mysterious suitcase that is home to dozens of magical creatures. One day he bumps into a Muggle/No maj who winds up with the suitcase, and everything just escalates from there.

I don’t like having to do general reviews like this, but I like going into detail but sometimes I have to cut it short, and I still have stuff to say. This is one of those cases. In short, the movie was pretty good.

There were some elements in that writing that weren’t totally realized, but in general, I quite enjoyed this, perhaps more than I should. I mean the writing issues are the same I usually complain but here, it didn’t always bug me.

The main element that makes this movie work would be the fantastic beasts themselves, as well as Newt and Jacob. When the film focuses on that, it’s a lot of fun. The designs are creative and they get some fun action scenes out of them.

On top of that, I quite liked the main characters. I was afraid Jacob, played by Dan Fogler, would be annoying but he ended up being pretty likable. He has funny reactions early on, and he manages to have a romance subplot that I actually liked!

Yes, it has the problems I tend to complain about, but he and Queenie are rather cute together. I think it works out for the film. Although Jacob does kind of fade into the background in some parts, but it’s not a big deal he gets a good ending.

I oddly don’t have much to say about everything else. Newt’s female buddy is enjoyable as well, abiet slightly less interesting than the others. Newt himself I think is a good lead, even if he’s not crazy complex.

There’s other plot elements in here, some of which involve spoilers. It does kind of over complicate things, but some of it was rather interesting. Some of the stuff with the villain made for a cool climax, even if I wasn’t sure about as they were building it up.

This film does have it’s dark element, and some of it may feel weird but it mostly fits, especially having the director of the later, darker, Harry Potter Films. Plus, this has it’s share of fun whimsy.

The film has more to it than I’m making it seem, but for a review like this, this is all the important stuff I feel like going into. Plus, it is rather simple for most of it, which is why some of the extra plot elements might feel weird.

As for the ending, it’s not abrupt! It’s decently drawn out and very satisfying. I have no complaints about the ending. This has a better ending than the previous two films I saw in theaters, how is that.

So overall, I liked this movie. It’s another solid entry in the franchise, and mostly lived it up to my modest expectations. Sure, there are elements that aren’t done perfectly, and the writing has it’s problems, but it makes up for with it’s likable characters and the cool creatures.

It has issues I tend to complain about, but also has things I tend to like, so it all balances out. This film is just plain enjoyable when it as it’s best, especially with the interactions, and the fun action stuff.

It’s a welcome addition to the Harry Potter universe. It’s not p erect but I enjoyed myself more then I expected. It may not give me a lot to say, but I guess it’s cause I’m a casual fan and won’t have as much to analyze, at least on that level.

But hey, it was still a solid film. If you’re a fan of this franchise, you will dig it, even if a bit different. I think most people can get into this movie, but I can see why some might be turned off by certain elements here and there.

But not too much bothered me personally. So yeah, another short review for a solid fun movie involving magic. Weird how that happened with two general reviews in a row.

Grade: B

I might rethink how I do these, with how I keep doing these shorter ones. But hey, I never said these would be crazy detailed. They are general reviews after all.

Join me next week for a Disney adventure. Next…Wednesday to be exact. No, it’s not a pre screening, it’s the actual release date. I don’t get it either. Should be good either way.

See ya.

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A Look at Weird Al In Cartoons

Space Ghost Coast to Coast-Banjo

Eek the Cat: The Fugeekitve

The Brak Show-Fued

Simpsons-3 Gays of a Condo

Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy-Toadblatt’s School of Sorcery

Lilo and Stitch the Series-Tank

Johnny Bravo-Johnny Makeover

Robot Chicken-The Munnery

Trasnsformers Animated-Garbage In, Garbage Out

Back at the Barnyard-Get Bessie

Batman the Brave and the Bold-Batman’s Strangest Cases

Adventure Time-The New Frontier

Wordgirl-the Learnerer

Animal-Man

Wordgirl-Hard Learned Money

Adventure Time-We Fixed a Truck

Mad-100th Episode Special

MLP-Pinkie Pride

Wallykazam-Mustache Day

Uncle Grandpa-Pal.0

Gravity Falls-Dungeons,Dungeons, and more Dungeons.

Wander Over Yonder-The Boy Wander

Teen Titans Go-Two Parter

Adventure Time-President Porpoise is Missing

Bojack Horseman-Old Acquaintance

The 7D-Shapeshifter

BONUS-Milo Murphy’s Law-Going the Extra Milo

Hello, Spongey here.

Here’s a rather odd project for me to take on. Usually if am reviewing many episodes, it’s tied to a Holiday. But here, it’s tied to an man. The man being “Weird” Al Yankovic. At this point, everyone knows this parody songwriter.

Before he was known for his catchy and hilarious songs, and now he’s doing known for his appearances in many cartoons. Seriously, first it was just a few but not he pops up in a few each year, sometimes even more than once on one show.

I can see him going the way of Mark Hamil, with all the voice roles he does. The main reason he does them is that he’s good at it. He’ s shown from his songs that he has a good voice and can be pretty wacky.

So animation just seems perfect for him. It’s hard to have a celebrity of any kind of in a cartoon without it just feeling forced but Al manages to work in most examples I’ve seen, since you aren’t expecting him to play a complex character or anything like that.

Ever since I’ve noticed all the cartoons he’s appeared in, I’ve wanted to look a bit more into the ones I haven’t’ seen, or futher think about the ones I have seen.

Then last year it was announced he would finally star in his cartoon series on Disney😄. It’s called Milo Murphy’s Law, and before I knew about Weird Al , I knew I would be excited for it because it happens to be created by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, as their follow up to Phineas and Ferb.

Yeah, shut up and take my money indeed. This is especially cool because Weird Al never appeared on P&F, even though it’s a match made in Heaven. Maybe they made this deal to make up for that?

Anyway, that show is what made me want to do this. I wanted to do this before it aired, but the Disney Sitcom Halloween Stuff got in the way out of. I guess that’s good since a new Weird Al Appearance came in October.

So, I shall be reviewing every cartoon episode Weird Al has been in it. Well, almost every one. There are cases where he appeared in the show again, but sometimes it’s just a cameo. In those cases, I won’t cover them.

For example, he appeared as Screwball Jones in another Wander episode, but that was a cameo so I’ll just cover his major episode.

But I’ll still cover every original appearance, so there. As I said, this is an odd idea for a project but I thought it would be fun. It’ll be interesting to see how his roles vary and how good the episodes truly are.

With that, let us look at what happens when Weird Al enters the realm of animation. Will they be mostly be good, or insert Weird Al reference here? Let’s take a look.

This, is A Look at Weird Al in Cartoons

Banjo [Space Ghost Coast to Coast]

Season 1, Episode 6

Writers: Chris Feresten, and Matthew Maiellaro

Run Time: 11 Minutes

Airdate: September 10, 1994

We start off with an appearance where he himself isn’t actually animated, we’ll get to that. Anyway, Space Ghost Coast to Coast was one of those wacky Adult Swim Ideas…before Adult Swim even existed, because this was a regular CN show. (The very first fully produced CN original actually).

I barely remember it but it’s certainly a fun idea. Being a talk show, it had guests and yeah, he made it. Let’s dive in.

Zorak tests out a mind control spell on Space Ghost and the show’s guests. Meanwhile, Space Ghost nurtures a special pet, Banjo the sea monkey, which eventually turns into a giant monster that threatens to destroy the studio. ‘

I’m not sure how I go about reviewing something about this, all I can say is I enjoyed it. Weird al is one of two guests and his bit is smaller. The other guest is some Rapper I’ve never heard of, but let’s focus on Al first.

As I said, it’s a shorter bit in the episode, but it is also when the “plot” really kicks in. There’s the expected banter and Space Ghost asking about Superpowers. Nothing too crazy but it’s as amusing as it needs to be.

Weird how the rapper got more to do. I mean, all he truly did was just smile but the stuff Space Ghost was doing got pretty crazy while the Al bit is a bit subdued. Still, it works for what it is.

The episode itself is what you expect. Talk Show Stuff mixed in with other wacky stuff, with Zorak trying to control Space Ghost and Banjo becoming a monster and spoilers, dying. R.I.P. Banjo.

Nothing crazy or amazing but that’s the show this is. Just dumb fun which did manage to make me laugh at least. My only real compliant is Al’s bit being shorter than the Rapper no one’s ever heard of.

Otherwise, this is alright. As far as Weird Al Appearances, this is a skip since he’s not in too much. But as a starting point for this show, it works. Overall, there’s not much to say. Weird Al is short but sweet and the episode itself is just good fun, even if it’s not exactly conventional.

An okay start for our marathon.

The FugEEKtive [Eek the Cat]

Season 5, Episode 11a

Writer: Savage Steve Holland. Wait, the director of the Live Action Fairly Odd Parents movies, among other works? ….Huh.

Run Time: 11 Minutes

Airdate: July 25, 1997

I know very little of this show so this will be fun to dive into.

Sharky the Shark Dog ends up losing his memory after being accused of robbing a bank, and Eek must find himself, with the help of Amercia’s Most Wanted. And Weird Al.

This episode is decent fun. Weird Al appears as himself in cartoon form to tell them where he last saw Sharky. It’s a short bit but it’s the highlight. I wasn’t expecting him to literally just show up as himself like this.

He gets some good lines, like not wanting Eek sing anything for fear of having to pay anyone for the rights. There’s jokes like that all over this episode, actually. Weird Al seems to be a perfect fit for this show.

The episode itself is enjoyable. The plot isn’t the focus but it is interesting enough and gets us into some good gags. Eek and Shark certaintly have a Spongebob/Squidward thing going on.

And here Sharky is certainly a bad guy since Eeek doesn’t do anything actually terrible to him and Sharky just overreacts and comes up with a Wile E Coyote esque plan to get rid of him. Everything that happens to him is his own fault, which works.

Since this is a wacky comedy, the plot is rushed sometimes, especially the ending but it’s not a huge deal. I didn’t come here for anything complex anyway. This ended up being more enjoyable than I expected.

Nothing crazy amazing, but it was good thing with a nice cartoon-y style and quite a few good jokes. Weird Al was certainly the highlight though. Again, since he’s small here, this is almost a skip of that level, but it’s fun enough to watch the episode for.

Given how late in the run it was, there might be better introductions for the show, but on it’s own, it works. Also, this episode takes place on Arbor Day, so Best Arbor Day Special Ever made?

So yeah, this was fun, but I hope we get more substantial appearances soon. For now, this is alright.

Feud [The Brak Show]

Season 2, Episode 7

Writers: Jim Fortier, and Pete Smith

Run Time: 11 Minutes

Airdate: November 10, 2002

Well, we did Space Ghost, so now for the short lived spin off. Let’s see how it is.

Dad and Thundercleese are in the midst of a neighborhood feud. This episode was decent. Weird Al finally plays an actual character, Petroleum Joe, a guy they find after being eaten by a monster worm thing.

He comes in near the end, but gets a big enough scene and is once again the highlight. The character is a bit crazy being in here for 10 years, and he has amusing lines, like he’s obsseed with Naked Ladies. When he appears, he’s there to the very end. As in, he rambles over the credits.

So on that level, at least you get plenty of him when he shows up. As for the episode, this show is meant to be a parody of sitcoms and this of course riffs on the fued plot. The spin being that one guy is a robot, and the humor is from an adult swim show.

For this show, it works. There’s some fun escalation and good jokes. Although it starts a bit slow and for something called The Brak Show, he only has a cameo near the end. As someone who hasnt’ the show, maybe there’s a real reason I’m not getting.

Either way, this is another one I can’t say much. It’s a fun take on an on plot with Weird Al giving us a memorable ending. Already you can tell he can play wacky characters right and we’ll see it more as we go.

That’s pretty much all I got. If this sounds appealing, you’ll be able to enjoy it.Since Weird Al isn’t til near you end, you can skip it, but if you just skip to his part, I think you’ll get enough.

Overall, just another fun little episode. Not much more but you don’t need much more.

3 Gays of the The Condo [The Simpsons]

Season 14, Episode 17

Writer: Matt Warbuton

Run Time: 22 Minutes

Airdate: April 13, 2003

Hey, a show I’ve seen. Given the show, this will be interesting.

While searching in his closet, Homer discovers an old letter from Marge that states that she no longer loves him. He begins to think that she only married him because he impregnated her and moves out. He finds a new apartment in Springfield’s gay district and moves in with a male homosexual couple.

This episode was alright. Weird Al’s Appearance is pretty small this time. Marge calls him to sing Homer a song which is supposed to show her love for him. It’s amusing and our first point in this post where Al actually sings, but it’s pretty brief. He also sings over the credits for an extra gag. A slight waste of an appearance given the show though. The episode itself is what you expect from Modern Simpsons, at least in this Era.

The comedy is actually pretty good, with a few laugh out loud moments here and there. I don’t think it got too stale in the humor and I at least wasn’t crazy bored. However, it’s one of those plots I’ve seen a lot, even by Season 14.

We know Homer and Marge are going to stay together despite all odds, so there’s basically no suspsne. I’m willingly to let that slide if the story works, but here it’s just okay. A bit contrived too because they do talk it out when Homer finds the letter, but Marge fails at comforting him in this state, making him leave.

At this point, you can’t really blame him when Marge is still focusing on his flaws even while trying to assure him she loves him. At the end, we find out that night went a bit better than Homer remembered, and Hibbert has a tape of it…because plot, and of course Marge never mentioned that part.

There’s also the expected Jerkass Homer moments, like when he misses a dinner with Marge to get drunk with his gay friends. There’s also a part where Homer jokes about Ned’s Dead Wife. Dude, not cool.

Also, the usual unrelated 1st arc that could have been trimmed to write the main story better. Now as for the whole Gay Thing…eh, it’s mixed. There’s some bad stertpyes, but some of the jokes work. The roommate guys do at least have a personality, and don’t seem crazy offensive.

But it’s hardly the most accurate portrayal. Also, there’s a scene where one of the guys kisses Homer and it goes nowhere after that. Infact, they vanish from the plot at the end with no explanation.

Also, har har, Smithers shops at the gay district. Overall, you can skip this one. The plot has it’s cute moments, and it’s funny in general, but it’s a plot we’ve seen before, nad it has it’s share of problems. Plus, Weird Al just has a cameo and while it’s amusing, it’s nothing crazy special.

And yeah, he did later appear in “That 90’s Show” but it was short. Like, just a really quick gag about how Homer knows he’s made it because Weird Al did a parody of his song. It explains why Marge could get him so quickly here, but that’s all I can say about it, so we’re skipping it.

So yeah, sucks that I can’t recommend a Simpsons episode, and while it’s far from bad, it’s nothing too great either.

Toadblatt’s School of Sorcery [The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

Season 1, Episode 1a

Writer: Ben Spergel

Run Time: 7 Minutes

Airdate: June 13, 2003

Don’t think I’ve spoken of this show in general on the blog before. Yeah, it’s fun for the dark humor, the 4th wall breaking and all that. It could be hit or miss sometimes, but in general I do like it. And this episode is special for being the first episode of the real series, after Grim and Evil.

So this should be fun. It also counts as my tie in for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Grim sends Billy and Mandy to a sorcery school so the latter duo could avoid boring summer camps they were supposed to go to.

This episode was good. Weird Al has another cameo this time but it’s a memorable one as he plays the Squid Hat, an obvious pairing of the sorting hat. His bit is pretty funny with how he comments on Billy’s Hollow Head and is afraid to latch onto Mandy’s.

As for the episode itself, it answers the question of what Harry Potter would be like if Hogwarts was closer to something from Animal House. It’s kind of an amazing idea and while they don’t do a ton here, it is done well.

The biggest hurdle is the short runtime, since that means they have to rush through some things and only focus on the main plot of Mandy and Nigel Planter pranking Gunderstank house.

It’s not too big a problem since I like what happens. It allows for some rapid fire gags and at least it’s never boring. This episode also features torture that works because Nigel keeps taking credit for Mandy’s idea, so sure, he deserves what he gets in the end.

And Billy and Mandy still get what they want, so the ending mostly works all around. There are some episodes where Mandy doesn’t quite deserve to win but here it works because of how it’s written.

The amazing concept just makes it all better. And now I suppose I should mention that they did more Nigel Planter episodes, meaning Weird Al made a few more cameos as the Squid Hat. We’re skipping them to make things easier, but those were fun too.

Most notable one was in One Crazy Summoner where a love potion accidentally makes Dean Toadblatt fall in love with Squid Hat. Yes, really. How did we end up running into gay jokes twice in a row?

Anyway, these episodes can be skipped since it’s a cameo but with this one, it’s worth it since it’s short and good. Overall, a fun concept done mostly pretty well.

Tank [Lilo and Stitch the Series]

Season 1, Episode 15

Writer: Madeline Paxxon

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: November 10, 2003

Lilo wins tickets to the Elizabethan Fair and invites the hula girls to join her. Mertle refuses to go because she does not want to be with Lilo, and Stitch is not allowed inside because no dogs are admitted. They team up to catch a metal-eating experiment.

This episode was decent. Weird Al voices a Minstrel in a cameo but he appears a number of times throughout the episode, singing about everything that happens. It’s small but it works because it happens a few times, and it’s funny how the characters get increasingly understated. Plus, it lets Weird Al sing some more.

I think it’s one of his more memorable appearances so far. The episode itself is fun but has some issues. It’s the plot where they get new friends and start shutting out the old one, and while it kinda works here, it has the problems you get with it.

There’s not much of a transition to her shutting Stitch out, and Myertle’s friends are never mean to Stitch, or anyone else for that matter until they ditch Lilo. It’s worth noting they actually bonded with Lilo over things she likes, and even went with her of their own accord to begin with.

Just saying, the story has some issues. But In general, I like it. Mertle losing her friends lead to some neat stuff with her, and while the experiment is a basic idea, it makes for a fun threat. Mertle also shows herself to be useful when she tricks 625.

So while the plot has some kinks, it works and the setting is used pretty well. Jumba and Pleakly are kind of side linded though. Overall, I’d recommend this one. The plot has enough that works and while Weird Al is a cameo, it’s a very funny and memorable one.

It’s worth it for him alone, I think .Also, get used to seeing him on Disney, especially when we get to the later ones. But yeah, this was solid.

Johnny Makeover [Johnny Bravo]

Season 4, Episode 13a

Writer: Adam Pava

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: August 27, 2004

This episode just keeps getting weird and weirder”

Another show I havent’ quite spoken about before. I think it’s pretty good. It was just good silly fun and was always one of the more memorable Cartoon Cartoons. That’s all I can say about it. This episode is interesting because it was the first segment of the final real segment, so let’s see how it is.

Johnny Bravo becomes the target of Don Knotts, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the Blue Falcon for their reality show, Cartoon Makeover

This episode was good. For this one, another guest joins Al, and this time he’s a huge part of the episode, meaning he has lines throughout. As such we’lll focus on the episode itself more here. It’s pretty funny with how they start by making him more likable to ladies, but then try to make him a better cartoon star.

This involves making him Edgy 90’s style, and making his life more of a sitcom, complete with laugh track. There’s tons of good jokes here with everything that happens and all 3 guests manage to stand out. Al is about as funny as the others so there’s not much to say about him on his own.

There’s a few neat references in here, some slightly subtle (Johnny is forced to wear Square Pants. This one can’t be a coincidence with the subject matter…), and some just have them suggest making over The Powerpuff girls. Yeah, no, the internet will irrationally hate you.

And also Johnny’s Wacky Robot Neighbor turns into Ned Flanders. Man, this show got weird near the end, but here it works because it’s funny.

There’s not a whole lot to say. With it’s varied gags and satire, it’s worth watching on both levels, as Weird al does quite a lot. Also, he can fly because “We’re Blue Falcon, Don Knotts, and Weird Al Yankovic. We can do anything!”.

It’s an odd one, but pretty funny. As such, I’d recommend you check it out.

The Munnery [Robot Chicken]

Season 2, Episode 12

Writers: Hugh Davidson, Mike Fasolo, Seth Green, Dan Milano, & Matthew Senreich

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: September 24, 2006

It’s back to Adult Swim for a Sketch show. As a Sketch Show, it is hit or miss but I mostly enjoy it for what it is. Let us see if this one is a hit.

This episode was decent. Weird Al appears in 2 skits here. One is actually a music video or his song Weasel Stomping Day, which feels like it was made for this show, unless it actually was. Funny song, as cruel as it is. The other has these kids getting their wish granted and Al voices a kid that becomes a robot. Nothing crazy hilarious but mildly amusing, especially the punchline.

The rest of what you expect. Some hits like the ending skit involving Star Trek, some misses, and some that are both, like the Krakken one which is both sad and awkward and how depressing it is.

One of the misses includes a cop show starring a mentally disabled man. Yeah, this had to have been bad even in 2006. It’s almost funny with the set up and how no one at least mocks him but it’s just…weird.

There’s not much to say, if only due to it’s nature. It’s full of weird ideas and shock humor, and some will find it funny, some won’t. Even I am hit or miss with it, sometimes the shock jokes work and some just fail.

So I can’t recommend this too much because it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I suggest skipping to Al’s parts, as they are the highlight. The episode itself at least goes by fast but if this isn’t your kind of humor, you can skip.

But those who like it will mostly enjoy it. I think there’s more hits than misses here, but aside from Al, nothing is crazy hilarious. So yeah, it’s what you expect from this kind of show. Sometimes it’s funny, other times it’s not, but overall it’s mostly.

Al is fine here, rest is just decent. That’s all I got.

Garbage In, Garbage Out [Transformers Animated]

Season 2, Episode 4

Writer: Marty Eisnberg

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: May 10, 2008′

Okay, when it comes to Transformers shows, I’ve only seen Prime so I know pretty much nothing about what I’m getting into here. Let’s just hope I don’t get lost here.

I am Wreck Gar. I DARE to be stupid!”

During Detroit’s garbage crisis, energy from the Allspark creates a Transformer from a pile of junk. This Transformer, named Wreck-Gar by Angry Archer, causes problems for the city.

This episode was good. Weird Al voices Wreck Gar, meaning the whole episode is about him and most of it is from his perpsective. That makes this the most Al Centric one so far, since he plays a real character that evolves.

His characters makes this episode. Having just been….born I guess, he doesn’t know what he really is, and he accepts anything someone tells him, and he keeps bumping into villains. Even with them he doesn’t quite please them with how he repeats what people say and gets things wrong.

And of course, by the end he realizes he doesn’t have to do what others say and be what we wants to be, and he saves the day from a mess he made. This is spliced in with a plot about Rachet learning to not be such an asshole in general.

At first I find this part uninteresting compared to the main story, but by they end they mix it with the main story well enough. Although the part where Rachet yells at Wreck Gar was a bit much.

Wreck Gar himself is pretty likable, if only because Al helps make his funny lines funnier. The part I quoted was so forced it’s funny.

Things do start a bit slow but once it gets going it’s fun and the story becomes enjoyable. I also like the ending which is quite nice, being kind of sad actually. The final bit brings it around to being funny though.

I can’t really tell what kind of show this is from this episode, since it seems Filler-y but the episode did have an obvious moral what the characters will learn and focused a bit on the Autobots saving people so I’m assuming it’s not one of the more serious shows.

That works for this episode. Oh, and Wreck Gar does come back in a cameo but like That 90’s Show, it’s too small to include here.

Overall, I can recommend this one. Weird Al is in it a lot, his character is funny and likable,and the episode in general is decently written and solid. As I proved, you don’t even really need to know the show to get into.

So yeah, go ahead, it’s a solid one. And now we enter the 2010’s for the only Nick show on our list. And it’s..

Get Bessy! [Back at the Barnyard]

Season 2, Episode 15a

Writers: Tom Sheppeard, Gene Grillo, and Jed Spingarm.

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate” January 2, 2010 (Was this one of the first cartoon episodes of the 2010’s? Huh.)

Yeah, of all shows, he picked this one. A middle of the road movie was made into a middle of the road show. It was kind of dumb but it could be amusing sometimes, and was at least self aware. So maybe this could work? Let’s see.

The animals wonder what Bessy does when they don’t see her and try to spy on her.

This episode was alright. Weird Al voices himself as the animals try to rob his house before Bessy can. It’s pretty random but that’s not new for this show. He’s the best part because it’s so random and he is used for some good jokes.

According to this episode, Weird Al is actually a horse. Well, wouldn’t be the last time he’s a horse. But yeah, that reveal did get the biggest laugh out of my.

The episode itself is actually kind of enjoyable, just in a very dumb way. The plot itself is nothing special, because we know Bessy isn’t actually some kind of theif or anything. But they do take in an interesting direction when Weird Al gets involved.

There’s actually a lot of good jokes here, some of which are even clever. There’s a narrator that gives us the passage of time, and at one point the other female cow starts narrating their exploits, and in the next time card, the narrator starts doing it. Now that’s funny.

The episode starts with them randomly coming out of the ground on a drill thing and talking about how they met mole people. Yeah, it’s that kind of show. The only problem with the humor is that there’s so much of this that it gets overwhelming and feels like they are trying too hard.

Sometimes it’s legit funny, other times it’s only funny in how dumb it is. But in general there’s nothing too offensive here, and this episode works a bit better due to Weird Al.

As for a recommendation, Al only shows up at the end but it’s a funny enough role to make it worth it. I suggest skipping to his parts, because they are mostly funny. The episode in general is a skip unless you like this kind of humor or don’t mind the show too much.

It’s kind of enjoyable but in a rather dumb one, even Weird Al’s parts. He’s worth checking out, the rest depends on you. It kind of works but it’s nothing smart by any means. So yeah, take that for what it’s worth.

Bat-Mite Presents: Batman’s Strangest Cases [Batman: The Brave and The Bold]

Season 2, Episode 25

Writer: Paul Dini

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: April 1, 2011 (Figures it aired on April Fools).

Here we have one of the more interesting Batman cartoons. It takes him back to being sillier, but it was in a very enjoyable one and they actually managed to do some good stories. It’s hard to explain but this oddly combines everything great about Batman. I like it. This episode is an odd one, but let’s get into it.

Scooby Doo, Batman, and Weird Al! It’s the holy trinity of pop culture!”

Bat-Mite hosts a look at two other incarnations of Batman:

This episode was good. It’s split into segments and Weird Al takes part in the 3rd one. He’s just a cameo but it works due to how it makes fun of celebrity cameos in older cartoons. But the real attraction here would be the segments.

It’s a bit like that Batman TAS episode, exploring different versions of Batman, each one being some kind of homage. The first is a recreation of a MAD Magazine parody called Batboy and Rubin. It’s fun but goes on a bit too long since it’s the cold opening. The rest is the real attraction.

The 2nd segment is a Manga parody which of course makes fun of those tropes, and is even a neat little plot. Also, I love the villain’s name: Lord Death Man.

But the real highlight is Al’s segment, where Batman teams up with…Scooby Doo. No, really. It’s a parody of The New Scooby Doo Movies and it’s so stop on ,i think it was an actual thing from that series and not something these writers made up.

But it is, and the animation is done really well, to the point of having errors Bat Mite is quick

to point out. The team up is fun and Al mocks the cleb cameo well. Yeah, it’s sad that he doesn’t do too much but he at least sticks out.

But of course, the real attraction is the segment itself, mocking these Scooby Doo cartoons and all that stuff. It’s a lot of fun. This episode is an odd one but it works with how it looks at different takes on Batman. The different takes are fun homages.

That’s really all there is to it. A fun look at Batman in other mediums with the last segment bringing quite a few laughs. Weird al is the icing on the cake. This one is an easy recommendation. Al’s bits are short so on that level it can be skipped, but in general, most people will enjoy it.

Not much else to say. It’s a lot of fun, even if Weird al is just a cameo.

The New Frontier [Adventure Time]

Season 3, Episode 18

Writers: Tom Herpich and Bert Youn

Run time: 11 Minutes

Airdate: November 28, 2011

When Jake has a prophetic “croak dream” that illustrates his death after coming into contact with a mysterious Banana Man. Finn tries to make sure that it does not come true.

This episode was good…on it’s own. Weird Al voices Banna Man but unfortunately, he doesn’t get anything to do. Seriously, the character doesn’t say much and none of it is that funny forn the most part. Al doesn’t really act much to the character.

Which is rather disappointing for this show. Otherwise, the episode is fine. It’s an interesting set up and it’s interesting to see Finn trying to prevent the dream from coming true while Jake has accepted it.

Of course, Jake doesn’t die or anything and it turns out this will happen again just without Finn, and the dream shall really come true. I don’t think they’ve come back to this, since Jake is still alive and stuff. (It kinda comes back in The Comet but that’s another story).

It’s nothing amazing but it is enjoyable. Really, the only problem is that Al’s casting is rather pointless since Banna Man doesn’t do much. I’m not sure why he was cast if he didn’t do much.

They do bring him back and trust me, he’s used better there. But that’s coming up later. For this episode, it’s a good Adventure Time episode with a decent plot and some amusing moments, but for al, it’s a skip.

It’s as simple as that. It’s not even the best of AT so there are better options for getting into the show. It’s a good episode, but not much more. Slightly disappointing for our marathon, but they make up for it later.

Not much else. It’s good, just not one to watch if you want a lot of Weird Al.

The Learnerer [WordGirl]

Season 4, Episode 10a

Writer: Jack Ferrailo

Funtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: March 23, 2012

Now we have a wild card with a PBS show. I have seen some of it, and I actually like it. It’s another one of eductional cartoons that manages to be pretty funny thanks to some clever writing. I mean, the fact that they got Weird al to begin with shows that.

Plus, it has Tom Kenny doing his Ice King voice before Ice King was a thing. (The show premiered in the late 2000’s). Anyway, let’s dive in.

Using his talent to see things once and learn them immediately, The Learnerer is able to steal the giant Santa Tortuga diamond from Ms. Von Hoosinghaus. When WordGirl arrives to save the day, all of her moves are thwarted by The Learnerer, who has been studying her every move. Will she come up with a new move or will The Learnerer get away with the diamond?

This episode was good. Al voices the titular villain, making this another big role. And get used to him voicing villains, it’s oddly common .He gets plenty of amusing lines and his main gag of adding suffixes does work.

I love how he learns how they work but keeps doing it just to piss off WordGirl. Now that’s funny. As for the episode itself, there’s not too much else to say. There’s a subplot of Word Girlshowing up at TJ’s fan club meeting. Not much to talk about there, but it works fine as an extra plot.

Thankfully, the focus is on the Learnerer and all the best bits involve him. I like how the narrator adds a suffix early on and when Becky questions it, he’s just like “you’ll see”. Yeah, this show has one of the best narrators ever.

Al ia pretty good here as a silly villan. He certainly like cackling a lot. He even has a neat power, along with being pretty funny. So overall, I can recommend this one. Al does quote a bit and the rest is just decent enough to be worth getting through.

My only issue is that the way they work one of the Vocabulary words is a bit forced, but that’s to be expected. Otherwise, this is worth checking out as it’s funny and Al plays a pretty memorable villain.

Not much else to say, it’s fun.

Animal-Man

Runtime: 1 Minute Each

Airdate: April 7, 2012-May 19, 2012

And now for something a little different. This isn’t a single episode, or even a full series. It’s a short form series from DC-Nation. You know, that block CN Screwed over. They had some shorts made for the block and this is one of them.

I know nothing about the source, which is fine because it’s pretty much in name only. And they got Al for it because why not. The premise is that Animal Man goes to crime scenes…only to save the animals and not the people.

For example, he stumbles upon a Bank Robbery and just saves a small mouse, ignoring the robber. That’s pretty much it. There was like 4 or so of these minute long or less shorts, so there’s not much to say.

It’s one joke but I suppose the one joke is mildly amusing. I couldn’t see this lasting a long time but for these few shorts, there’s enough variation. Weird Al’s voice certain helps make the jokes just a bit funnier.

There’s not too much else to say though. For minute long shorts, they wor.k. There’s just nothing too crazy special and without l, I would likely kind of forget about them due to being short and one note.

But as it is, it’s fine enough. I suppose I can recommend them, since together they don’t even clock in at 5 minutes, so you won’t waste too much time if you hate it. Overall, nothing that special but Al doe add a little something to it.

And that’ all I got. That one was both hard and easy to talk about.

We Fixed a Truck [Adventure Time]

Season 5, Episode 39

Writers: Andy Ristaino & Cole Sanchez

Runtime: 11 minutes

Airdate: October 21, 2013

Finn, Jake and BMO decide to fix up a truck with the help of Banana Man.

This episode was decent. They fixed the problem with the previous one by giving Banna Man a lot do. He’s there most of the time fixing the truck and even has a sort of arc that is resolved. He even gets a song this time! So yeah, Al gets plenty to do this time.

The episode itself is fun, If a bit sloppy. The truck thing is kind of dropped and then the episode is about Bubblegum being replaced by a Lizard Replicant. Yeah. It’s hinted at but it’s still random when it takes over the plot.

Then there’s an abrupt ending after that is wrapped up. At least Banana Man’s thing is resolved and the truck is brought back in the very end. I’m just saying, the story is a tad unfocused.

Everything else works though. Banana Man gets good development, as you kind of feel sorry for him since it turns out he’s lonely. There’s also some focus on BMO here and BMO is always great.

There’s some amusing and nice stuff in here, even if the story isn’t the tightest. For the most part, it stays simple and even at the end, it’s still enjoyable as odd as it is. There’s a random Truck Lesson at one point but it’s by Weird Al so it works, and I like how Finn kinda pretends to know what he’s talking about.

Overall, it’s a nice episode. It is a tad unfocused but Banana Man is given good development, and it’s just a fun little episode, even with the random 3rd act. I suppose it isn’t as much as a must see as some of these, but it’s still worth checking out. Al isn’t quite as funny here but he gets more actual acting to do here, which is neat.

Not much else to say, it’s a fun improvement on the previous Al episode.

Mad’s 100th Episode Special [MAD]

Season 4, Episode 22

Writers: Unknown aka was too lazy to find an offical version of the episode with the ending credits

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate; November 11, 2013

And we have another sketch show, this time being MAD. Like most sketch shows, it’s hit or miss but I did mostly enjoy it. It did go too far sometimes and could be a bit shallow, but it’s mostly fine, and it has it’s moments. It was able to make it to 100 episodes at least. Let’s see how it is.

This episode was decent. Al gets three voices in, most notably as Superman in a Man of Steel parody. Yeah, they make the obvious jokes but I think they do some amusing things with it. Al doesn’t add a ton but just having him here is nice. Oddly enough, there’s a song parody in this, but Al doesn’t sing it. He appears in that skit just before the song but that’s it. Huh.

The rest of the episode is enjoyable enough. The most notable thingb about this episode is that it’s 22 minutes, and not 11 minutes like most MAD episodes. For the most part,that’s a big help because it lets them have more time to refine some skits that would be a lot shorter in a normal episode.

The only downside is that there’s now a lot of little skits and there’s only so many of those you can take. On the bright, some small skits get more time than usual. The jokes are thankfully more hit than miss. Actually, there’s no huge misses here, some that didn’t quite do it for me.

My favorite skit was probably “Sanjay and Krang”. Yes, really. It’s just a funny idea done well. Al voices Krang here, at least I think so. Again, couldn’t see the credits. However did does a good job making him funny.

There’s other amusing bits, like a look at the company that makes those Bad Ideas we keep seeing, and the return of the MAD Anchor who they dropped by this point. It does a good job at being a 100th episode, with plenty of callbacks =.

All resulting in the final skit, a One Direction Parody about them being forced to watch MAD, the “Worst Show Ever”. Yeah, MAD quite often made fun of itself and this is the ultimate example of that.

It’s the only way you could get me to listen to One Direction more than once, so it gets credit for that. The song is funny and all the callbacks make it feel like a …’love letter” to everything that came before.

So while not everything works, this is one of of the better MAD episodes, and there’s a fair amount of funny parts. Weird Al isn’t used as well as he could have been, but his parts are the highlight.

So on that level, I’d recommend this. You can just watch Al’s parts and be mostly happy. I certainly enjoyed this more than I thought I would, even if it’s not all great. Once again, not much else to say.

This is a solid Milestone Special and Weird Al being involved just makes it even better. Oh, and there’s a slight small MLP nod. Fitting because next up is…

Pinkie Pride [My Little Pony Friendship is Magic]

Season 4, Episode 12

Writer: Amy Keating Rogers Story by Jayson Theissen)

Runtime: 22 Minutes

Airdate: February 1, 2014

Hey, I can skip this one because I’ve covered it already! There’s really not much to add about this one, except to put in perspective. Weird Al has appeared in some odd shows before this one, but this is freaking My Little Pony.

Did anyone ever think a MLP series would have someone as big as Weird Al on it? In hindsight, anyone who was on Back at the Barnyard isn’t a hard get, but it’s still big. It was big enough when some guy from Star Trek was on the show, but this is Weird Al!

And he ended up in one of the best episodes in the show. It works on it’s own with the well written story but Weird Al is used well here. He gets to play a real character here. He just happens to be silly like Al.

He helps make Cheese Sandwich more believable, and he can pull off moments like the opening and the part where Cheese tells his backstory. Oh, and he can sing too. He gets quite a few songs here and they’re pretty great.

(Although it confuses me how Hawain shirts can exist in Equestria…)

So yeah, this is an easy recommendation on both levels. There’s tons of Weird Al, he does a good job and the episode is awesome. On it’s own it’s just as great as it is as an MLP episode.

Yeah, I still like it.

Mustache Day [Wallykazam]

Season 1, Episode 20

Writer: Adam Pezltman

Runtime: 22 minutes

Airdate: October 28, 2014

Okay, so I was wrong when I said Barnyard was only his Nick show, but Nick Jr doesn’t count to me. Yes, this is a preschool show. I’ve never seen it so let’s hope it’s a good one.

When Wally, Norville and Libby Light Sprite discover a Tremendous Treat at Wizard Jeff’s House, Jeff challenges Wally and his Friends to get the Tremendous Treat before it turns into Underpants.

This episode was alright. Weird Al voices Wizard Jeff, who plays a decent part even after the plot starts. He has some wacky gags, gets a song, and there’s a joke about an Accordion. Everything a Weird Al Cartoon Character needs.

The odd thing about this episode is that it’s…kind of a Halloween episode. Yeah, Mustache Day is a day where they go door to door asking for treats,and we see pumpkins everywhere. It’s Halloween…but with Mustaches.

I don’t get it. Well, that’s one less episode to review if I cover Nick Jr Holiday episodes. Anyway, this actually was enjoyable at points but tedious at other points.

This preschool show is about words and for some reason Wally’s wand lets him only use spells with certain sounds in the words, so every time he wants to use a spell, he asks the viewer how to pronounce a certain word to make sure it has that sound in it. It’s rather tedious.

Not quite to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse levels, but it does slow things down. On the bright side, there is some fun stuff, including this guy named BobGoblin who is such an unapologetic asshole who oddly doesn’t learn his lesson, at least in a typical way. This makes him quite enjoyable.

And of course, Weird Al steals the show. At the start you think he won’t do much but he gets a fair amount of wacky moments and Jeff is kind of an asshole. What guy makes kids go trough this crap to get Candy and then threatens to turn it into Underpants if they fail/

It does lead to a fun song. Yes, Weird Al sings about Underpants. I was not expecting that, but it made this whole thing worth it.

When Jeff and BobGoblin are on screen, this one is fun but when they are not, it’s just kind of typical. Al is in quite a bit but I imagine not everyone would seek this out just cuz of him. I guess you could just look up the Underpants song on it’s own (HANDY LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN3wQ9D_b0I ) but it’s even better when viewed in it’s full context.

In general I wouldn’t quite recommend this, but the better bits almost make it worth it. Plus, the tedious parts aren’t too bad compared to other shows I’ve seen. Kids will likely enjoy this quite a bit, while adults should just watch the Al scenes, or look up the song.

So yeah, it’s fine, but it does have it’s moments at least. Any episode where Weird Al sings about Underpants is worth existing, I think. Take that for what it’s worth.

Pal.0 [Uncle Grandpa]

Season 2, Episode 15

Writers: Nick Edwards and Mike Chillian

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: June 11, 2015

I’m not sure I’ve spoken about Uncle Grandpa before on the blog. Well, I’m on the side that kind of likes. Yeah, it’s nothing amazing and has it’s bad episodes, but there is a charm to it and has improved. Let’s see how Weird Al fares.

The gang must figure out a way to stop the RV’s talking computer system when it malfunctions.

This episode was good. Weird Al voices Pal.0 himself, and the interesting thing about that is that Pal starts put trying to make everything boring and only becomes weird near the end. Al is kind of playing against type here, but it just makes it even funnier when he becomes odd at the end.

The episode itself is just fun. It’s like the Spongebob Episode Not Normal with the message but this has a bigger focus on gags and how the characters become boring versions of themselves.

Their boring faces are so off putting it’s funny. I will say I kind of lied about the runtime, the main episode is about 7 minutes and the rest is filled with shorts, which is how most Uncle Grandpa episodes are done.

The main short is New Experiences with Beary Nice and Hot Dog Person. Their shtick is that Hot Dog Person gets tortured a lot due to Beary’s stupidity and the latter doesn’t usually notice or care. Yeah, it’s not very funny, especially here. Just turn it off when the episode itself ends.

Being 7 ish minutes, it can be rushed but that’s not a big deal. Of course, Al is the main draw here. It’s funny hearing him try to make things boring but the highlight is the ending. I won’t spoil what happens, but I can say there’s a song and a perfect way of involving Al’s signature look.

So yeah, I can recommend this one. The main concept is used for good gags and Al is perfectly used throughout. Even people who don’t care for Uncle Grandpa may enjoy as the weird-ness fits more.

This is one of that works on both levels. It’s far from amazing but it a better Uncle Grandpa episode, and it’s just a good fun time. Not much to say, it’s worth checking out.

Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons [Gravity Falls]

Season 2, Episode 13

Writers: Matt Chapman, Josh Weinstein & Alex Hirsch

Runtime: 22 minutes

Airdate: August 3, 2015

Dipper finds his favorite board game called “Dungeons, Dungeons & More Dungeons”, and Great Uncle Ford joins him. However, when Grunkle Stan accidentally rolls Ford’s Infinity-Sided Dice he found in a different dimension, the characters from the game come to life and capture Dipper and Ford.

This episode was good.Al voices the villain of the game who captures Dipper and Ford, and while he doesn’t show up til halfway through, he makes the most of his time. He makes for a fun villain and he gets plenty of funny moments. (“How did you get past my one guard?”). He’s very enjoyable and once again steals the show.

The episode itself…can’t quite be recommend because it’s too deep into the show to be accessible to newcomers. I’m sure most people have seen the show by now but those who haven’t can’t quite watch it, just simply to Ford being in it.

Although if you’re in that position and are reading this…whoops. Just skip to the next section. Anyway, this one is important as it was right after Tale of Stans, being Ford’s first real episode, and it’s pretty good. He holds his own here as he bonds with Dipper, giving us a situation that’s very interesting. Dipper finally has someone to share his nerd stuff with, but he does get slightly carried away with it.

In the end, both parties learn a nice lesson, and get some good development. And also it’s pretty funny, including this famous moment:

Ducktective has a big mystery element and a lot of humor that goes over kids heads:

Subtle.

Even before Weird Al shows, this episode is solid and even without him, it’s a good one. Not quite my favorite Gravity Falls, but still a fun one that’s decently written. But of course, Al helps makes it even better.

I’m not sure how he keeps being a good villain in shows given his voice, but he can just be a fun silly villain, and this is one a slightly more serious villain role for him. Slightly.

Overall, while the place in the story makes it hard to recommend for newcomers, but if you’ve seen enough, or just don’t care, this is worth watching. Al isn’t in it a ton but he uses his time wisely and he’s very enjoyable.

This is another one that’s well done and worth checking it out, as Al is just the icing on the cake here.

The Boy Wander [Wander Over Yonder]

Season 2, Episode 3b

Writer; Francisco Angones

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: August 17, 2015

Hey, another one I can skip because I’ve covered it. This was on my Top 11 Wander Episodes list, so yeah, I like it. On it’s own, it’s a fun superhero parody that gives Wander a perfect nemesis.

And on the Weird Al, he voices a great villain who as I said, is perfect because he’s so silly. He doesn’t quite enter the story until then but he makes the best of his time. He’s clearly having fun and he gets an awesome villain song.

Plus, this doesn’t involve Season 2’s Arc, so anyone can jump into it. With all of that, this is another very easy recommendation. It’s one of the best episodes of the show and is one of Al’s most memorable roles.

It’s still pretty good.

Two Parter [Teen Titans Go]

Season 3, Episode 17-18

Writers: Micheal Jelenic, Aaron Horavth, and Ben Gruber

Runtime: 22 minutes

Airdate: November 25, 2015

…You’ve gotta be kidding me. I promised myself to never talk about this show again because I got sick of the talk about it. But here we are. Can Weird Al make this show better? I hope so.

The Titans must save the members of the Justice League from the clutches of the supervillain Darkseid.

This episode was…alright, I guess. It turns out Darkseid sounds like Weird Al when he cure his sore throat. Al is the highlgiht as just hearing him in this hsow is amusing. Too bad he doesn’t appear until near the end and isn’t in it much. He is amusing, especially when Darkseid rants about…Weird Al. Yeah.

The rest of the episode is…typical TTG stuff. I mean, it’s not too bad and it has it’s moments, but it’s just kind of …eh. For one, the usual bad attempts at self aware come in. Robin starts the episode by suggesting that today’s adventure will be “Special” and take more time.

They’re aware of the fact that this is a double length episode. That’s the joke. Just in case you missed it.

The whole joke is that this is not that worth of being a two parter, but it isn’t worth of the two parts. Most of Part 1 is pointless and there’s quite a bit of padding.

There is some okay stuff here though. The Titans messing around in the Hall of Justice has some amusing moments, and there actually is a nice-ish ending where we find out Cyborg joins the Justice Leauge in the future.

Yeah, there’s a slight arc about that which is used more humor so it’s nice that the ending isn’t too ironic. However, that’s not qutie enough to make the episode. It’s…bearable, but nothing too special. Midly amusing at best, stupid and eye roll worth at worst.

There are far worse TTG episodes out there though, and even the worst isn’t crazy awful. There is some enjoyment and at last Al brightens things up. Overall, I’d skip to his scenes and skip the rest.

It’s not bad, but not good either. Very …middle of the road. Like a decent chunk of this show can be for me, when it isn’t bad or mediocre at least. It’s not something worth checking out, as even Al’s parts aren’t his best work.

It’s…okay, but nothing that great. Al is fine here but not at his best. There, now let’s never talk about TTG ever again.

President Porpoise is Missing [Adventure Time]

Season 7, Episode 18

Writers: Sam Aldena and Kent Osobrne

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: January 12, 2016

Yes, another Adventure Time episode. Banana Man has a big enough role in it that I must review, Let’s see if they can top his previous appearance.

Finn and Jake receive an emergency newsflash stating that President Porpoise has gone missing. They then decide they have to find Banana Man so they can get underwater before Vice President Blowfish takes over as President of the Ocean.

This episode was decent. This time Banan Man joins Finn and Jake but once we get more into the plot, he’s regulated to a subpot where he falls in love. He doesn’t quite as many funny lines (Although I do love how he just happens to be Finn and Jake’s house) but he does get some character moments, and another song!

The episode is enjoyable, but a bit messy like We Fixed a Truck kind of was. It is focused on the president plot but the subplot takes up time. Yeah, there’s another subplot with Ice King and BMO playing submarine.

It’s pretty adorable but could have been cut. The main plot works out fine, and the ending is amusing in how anti climatic it is. Still, it’s nothing too special. Al’s stuff is fun too, it just feels weird because there’s no ending to his subplot.

He sees a girl he likes, he sings a song about her…and that’s it! They don’t even reunite with Finn and Jake, they leave without him and just kind of forget about him. What great friends they are.

The rather abrupt ending is what drags this one down, because the rest is nice enough. But then it ends with only one thing being resolved. And no, nothing has become of Banana Man’s love stuff yet.

It just feels a bit incomplete. Overall, this episode is fun but the story is a tad sloppy and the ending is quite rushed. I can sort of forgive that to enjoy it, but it means I can’t quite recommend it.

Al’s stuff is fine but in the end, if you want Weird Al on Adventure Time, go with We Fixed a Truck. The story is a bit odd but he gets a lot to do, and the episode is very enjoyable. The New Frontier doesn’t give him much to do, and this episode is a bit sloppy.

There, we’re finally done with Adventure Time. Not the best note to end on but ah well, we got a few more Al episodes to go here.

(Also, now was now was not a good time to watch an episode that involved presidents…)

Old Acquaintance [Bojack Horseman[

Season 3, Episode 8

Writers: Alison Flierl & Scott Chernoff

Runtime: 25 Minutes

Air”date: July 22, 2016

Oh man, this one is gonna be interesting. We’re finally talking about a Netflix show on the blog. You’ve probably kept hearing about how great this show is…and yeah it’s pretty great. There’s no time to get into it here, but it’s very funny while also being very very very depressing and complex.

I like it. Having Weird Al in it seems oddly fitting so let’s take a look.

BoJack is up for a part in David Pincher’s latest film, and Princess Carolyn competes against Rutabaga and Vanessa Gekko to secure a deal. Diane meets Mr. Peanutbutter’s brother, and Todd takes the business in a new direction.

This episode was good. Weird Al voices Captain Peanutbutter who is silly as you’d expect Mr. Peanutbutter’s brother to be…at least until he starts acting weird around Diane. Don’t worry, not in that way, he just gives weird speechs.

Al isn’t in it a lot but he is fun and actually fits the role well. And he gets quite the dramatic moment at the end, which works. I won’t spoil it but yeah, he’s good here.

Now, like the Gravity Falls one, I can’t suggest this to newcomers due to it’s place in the story. Honestly, this show HAS to be watched in order due to the strong continuity. Thus, this can sadly be skipped if you haven’t seen the show.

But it’s still a good one. It’s typical Bojack stuff in a good way. Some fun silly gags, ending on a big downer that works. Except here we see the POV of someone who got a happy ending through this situation and it oddly works since that character was likable.

There’s a few plots going on here but the focus tends to stay on Bojack and each plot works pretty well. Todd’s bits are a bit useless here compared to everything else, but it provides decent humor so I can let it slide.

Like always, the highlight is the ending due to how much of a downer it mostly is. This show is good at those kind of endings, since it can mix in a few happy-ish things sometimes, depending on the episode.

This one has a happy ending for someone at least. The only downside is that Al doesn’t do a whole lot. He does well in his parts but it doesn’t take up much of the runtime so I’m not sure if this should be watched for Al.

But he is good here, with even some dramatic-ish parts, Overall, it is a very good episode on it’s own but while Weird Al is good, it’s not qutie enough to recommend on that level alone. And the story means newcomers shouldn’t start with it. Too bad, because the episode is pretty darn good. So I guess that means you just watch the show. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Al’s character does pop up again but I stuck to this one since it’s his first and there was more to say. Anyway, not the best stand alone but still a very solid episode.

And now for your final episode. Well, not really but you’ll see.

Shapeshifter [The 7D]

Season 2, Episode 18b

Writer: Paul Dini

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: October 15, 2016

An evil villain named the Shapeshifter calls upon the Glooms for assistance on a plan to take over Jollywood, that starts with stealing sapphires from the 7D’s mine. This causes Bashful to pose as a secret agent, called Agent Bash, and along the way, he and the 7D try to use a sapphire powered laser to stop Shapeshifter and the Glooms.

This episode was good. Weird Al voices Shapeshifter himself, who in this context is a parody of a Bond Villain. He makes for another fun villain and yes, he has a villain song, like right in the first minute. And there’s another accordion gag.

I didn’t know much about the episode going on, since I don’t quite follow the show as much as I should (guess that’s why it was canned) and Disney did a shit job of lettining us know Al would be on This show.

So I was surprised to see that it was a Bond parody, and it was a lot of fun. Weird Al isn’t in a ton of it but even then it’s still enjoyable. I’ve seen plenty of bond parodies and while this doesnt’ break new ground, it’s still fun.

Bashful makes for an interesting bond here, and Queen Delightful is the bond girl which fits here. There’s a lot of good gags and there’s just a sense of fun with all the Bond action playing out.

Al steals the show, but there’s plenty more to enjoy here. I like how they subvert the whole “villain leaves giving the hero a chance to escape” cliché here. Another good gag is when there’s another song and Grumpy says they’ve reached their song qouta. Nice.

My only complaint is that the ending is a bit rushed but it’s not a big deal. Overall, this episode was a fun little Bond Spoof and is another one where Weird Al is just the icing on the cake. And it’s better than anything from Spy Hard.

I can recommend this one. Weird Al isn’t in a ton but he makes the most of his time,and the episode itself is a fun parody that serves as one of the more enjoyable episodes of the show I’ve seen.

Now I’m a bit more sad that it got canned because I do tend to enjoy it and episodes like this show it can be very good. Ah well. So yeah, I suggest you check this one out if you can. It’s a fun episode that makes for a good way to end the proper marathon

However, we are not quite done yet. Remember how I did this all to celebrate Weird Al starring in a full series? Well, I think we need to discuss that at least a little. So as a treat, here’s a bonus review:

Going the Extra Milo [Milo Murphy’s Law]

Episode 1a

Writers: Dan Povenmire, Kyle Menke

Runtime: 11 Minutes

Airdate: October 3, 2016

Zack Underwood, a new kid in town, meets Milo Murphy, the unluckiest kid in town. Because of Milo’s misfortune, he and Zack both miss the bus for school, so Milo shows Zack a “shortcut” to school, while attempting to avoid wolves, bees, fire, and more.

You know I had to comment a bit further on this show here. I mean a new show by Dan and Swampy sound good, as does a series starring Weird Al. But both? That’s just amazing. I won’t comment on any other episodes here, I’ll just focus on this pilot.

But so far, the show is pretty good. But as always let’s discuss Al first. Milo is an interesting role for him not just because he’s the star but also because Milo is less wacky than you’d expect from a Weird Al character.

Also, Milo is 13 and Al is…not. I think this actually works pretty well. See, Al is good at playing odd charecters because he can sound like belvies all the crazy stuff he’s saying. We’ve seen from Cheese Sandwhich and the like that he can just commit to a crazy role, and act like weird stuff is normal.

And that’s the main shtick Milo has. He goes through crazy stuff but doesn’t bat an eye and just moves on. Al captures that well, and he makes any jokes involving him even funnier. So while the casting seems odd, it does fit in with his roles.

As for the pilot itself, it’s good. It does a good job of introducing to the concept of the show and it’s pretty fun. There’s a real energy to this episode, as once things start up, it’s very enjoyable and high energy up to the end.

There’s also some good jokes, my favorite involving Coyote Woods. There’s also the subplot of Melisa taking bets, and the part where aliens show up. Yeah, they are pulling the alien card already.

It’s your basic pilot set up so there’s too complex here but that’s the best option for a show like this. You a basic feel for what the show has to offer and I quite enjoy it. It’s a pilot where it’s safe to use as your introduction, since it’s mostly done right.

There isn’t a whole to say about it though without going into other episodes and such. I can say this sold be on Melisa’s character with her running gag. And they touch on slight drama when Milo explains why he doesn’t mind all the bad luck.

It does everything it needs to and is plenty of fun. Weird Al especially helps this one, giving life to Milo in the more amusing and “dramatic” scenes. Again, odd casting but it works. So yeah, I’d recommend this pilot.

It introduces the concepts well, and is fun with some good jokes. And so far, that quality has been kept up. It’s a big deal for Weird Al to get his own show and it’s good that it’s with creators this awesome and that the show is turning out well so far.

That’s all I got. I had to look at least one episode to roundup this marathon, since I did this after it premiered. Overall, this is a good pilot for what is shaping up to be a good show. Check it out.

 

And those were Weird Al’s appearances in cartoons. Overall, this was fun. It was interesting to see how different shows can handle Weird Al. I don’t think there was a bad one, as even in the weaker ones (cough TTG), he was the highlight.

Even when he’s not given much to do, he can be memorable in some way. It’s also interesting how he got bigger roles as time went on, as people realized how good he can be at voice acting.

My favorite part of doing this was the variety. With the Holiday reviews, I usually see the same things, even with the different shows. Here, we had a Scooby Doo Crossover Parody thing, a Bond parody, a super duper party pony, and so much more. I’ll try to do other “Alternative” Episode Review Marathons like this someday as this was fun.

Some of my favorites here include The Boy Wander, Pinkie Pride, Batman’s Strangest Cases, and Shapeshifter was a fun surprise too. We had plenty of good stuff, I must say. These episodes were mostly enjoyable, and rather unique.

I guess that’s another reason he pops up in a lot of cartoons. Unlike other Celebs, there’s more chances to be creative with Weird Al. And he does have the talent to carry himself in these roles.

It is weird how he only sang in a few of these, but when he did, it was glorious. And yes, he’s already had a song on Milo and it was awesome. So yeah, there you go. Weird Al is pretty cool and most of these episodes really proved that.

I can’t wait to see what other stuff he appears, and I’m really looking forward to more Milo Murphy. Let’s hope Disney doesn’t screw with it. Wishful thinking, but a man can dream.

There’s really not much to say. These kind of posts take a lot of work but they are certainly fun, especially this one. I just wanna say I’ve spent at least an hour writing this wrap up at this point and I’ve only written this much.

Yeah, that’s my cue to leave, as there’s nothing left to say. I got a few neat things left this year for the blog, including a Thanksgiving special. So yeah, should be fun.

I’ll cover in future Weird Al Episodes on DeviantArt and the like, since now that I’ve seen them all, may as well keep it up. As usual, I hope you all enjoyed this. It’s a bit different but hopefully it turned out well enough.

See ya.

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