I got home late from work last night, so I wasn't able to watch either anticipated TV premiere
live, but that's what homemade PVRs are for, right?
is back in fine form; I only noticed two very momentary lapses into overly-melodramatic melancholy introspection, and thankfully neither overstayed their welcome.
Father of the Pride
actually surprised me, being somewhat sharper than I expected. The timing might have been a bit off, and a few gags fell completely flat, but my expectations were so low that mere competence was enough, really. It was also nice to see Andy Richter working again; I still miss Andy Richter Controls the Universe
, one of Fox's many victims in the 'ineffably brilliant and offbeat sitcom' genre. Sigfried and Roy are also much better as pompous, idiotic cartoons than in real life. I propose someone determine a way of retconning them to have always been fictional.
What I now see as a problem is the animation - it's not right for the style of the show. This isn't Shrek
-quality CG work from PDI
, but it's certainly not bad...and that starts getting distracting. This show might actually work better done as exceptionally cheap cel animation, allowing the occasionally-clever writing a bit more attention.
On the other hand, a few more interestingly bizarre blipvert sight gags might help, too.