Two animated series notes: Huh. Maybe Father of the Pride
won't be as bad as I thought:
Don’t expect something as blisteringly foul as SOUTH PARK, but it seems more gleefully naughty than THE SIMPSONS or KING OF THE HILL. [...]
Julian Holloway and the always-hilarious Dave Herman voice [Siegried and Roy], and one of the coolest things about the show is the way these two are depicted. You’d think that because they officially sanctioned the series, they might be treated with kid gloves, but they are played as deeply eccentric loonies, pampered and pompous and self-indulgent and hysterical. I saw one full episode and bits and pieces from several others, and Siegfried and Roy consistently made me laugh out loud.
Hmmm. That could be the faux-wackiness of poseurs, rather than the genuine hilarious insanity of a Sealab 2021
or Aqua Teen Hunger Force
- on network TV, I'm more than a bit inclined to suspect the former. And let it not be forgotten that Drew McWeeny was Ain't It Cool's chief cheerleader for Fahrenheit 9/11
, a fact I will weigh against his opinions for the rest of his days. It sounds like it'll be a subjective thing; I'll just have to wait to see it for myself. I'm still not impressed, but I'm less hostile, I suppose.
On the other hand, the formerly spectacular Justice League seems to be definitely going downhill
in the episodes not yet run in Canada. That's just sad. Granted, YTV only runs it once weekly, so it's hard to catch the multi-part arcs anyway, but I appreciate their existence; I appreciate the idea that WB Animation is (was) trying to do something bigger and better with the half-hour timeslot than merely aping spastic tween-targeted anime. On the other hand, it's not like they haven't pulled this kind of thing before - changing the brilliantly noir and stylized Batman: The Animated Series
into The New Adventures of Batman and Robin
and finally Batman: Gotham Knights
, for the sake of increased kid appeal and toyeticism.
I miss Gargoyles
. I really do.
UPDATE, 08/09/05: Drew McWeeny writes me to point out that he's just about the only regular contributor to AICN that isn't a raving lefty, and in fact had gave a decidedly lukewarm
review to Fahrenheit 9/11
. I don't even remember why I thought otherwise at any point, now. Regardlesss, mea culpa
. I think I'll chalk this mistake/sloppy misattribution up to heat-of-the-moment election-season jackassery on my part, and leave it at that.