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"Fairly Oddparents Timmy's Top Wishes": I Wish for Jokes That Work

Like SpongeBob, Fairly Oddparents is a cartoon that appeals to kids with silly hijinks and cute visuals while maintaining an offbeat and often quite sophisticated sense of humor. Sort of a low-rent Aladdin, Oddparents is about young Timmy Turner and his two eccentric and the two gabby fairies, Cosmo and Wanda, who constantly get him […]

"Catwoman": Not Purring but Snoring

It’s taken close to a decade, but the modern deluge of comic book movies has finally produced a superheroine vehicle in Catwoman. While Batman and Superman while away their time at bingo tournaments, DC Comics’ foremost femme fatale has leapt to the big screen to show the boys a trick or two. Namely, trying to […]

"InuYasha 2": Same Old Dog, Brand New Demons

Only a few months after the original movie’s U.S. release, InuYasha 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass arrives on DVD. Once again, this fantasy tale of demons, magic, and light romance demands an intimate knowledge of the TV series in order to follow it closely. Like the first movie, this installment sees Inu Yasha […]

"Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies": Mild Assault on the Funny Bone

In a bid not to be completely lost amidst all the Spongebob movie hoopla, Nickelodeon stablemate Jimmy “I once got Jack Valenti so drunk I woke up with an Academy Award nomination” Neutron has released his fifth compilation DVD – Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies. Contrary to current theatrical trends, Nickelodeon’s CGI franchise about […]

"Fat Albert's Greatest Hits": He's not Heavy, He's Phat

Fat Albert has built an impressive legacy as the longest running cartoon franchise with an all black cast. The show ran from 1972 to 1984, spawned a few holiday specials, and has lived on in countless reruns. This year the series celebrates it’s successful history with a live action movie and the release of the […]

"New Fist of the North Star": My Mind Is Already Blown

Longtime American anime fans may recall that domestic distributors built their business on the backs of a few key franchises, usually featuring over-the-top violence. One such franchise was Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken), which was a natural choice since it packed all kinds of brutality and had been a big hit in […]

"Home on the Range": Where Seldom is Heard an Amusing Word

Imagine that the year is 1988. The now trademark Disney formula of groundbreaking animation, catchy score, tale about finding oneself, cute sidekicks, and wealth of clever jokes has yet to be established. The Little Mermaid has yet to be made. Contemporary Disney films include The Great Mouse Detective and Oliver and Company. This is the […]

Zoinks! This "Doo" Stinks "2"

The legendary Scooby Doo cartoon franchise has had a difficult transition from small to big screen. The first film was much maligned by critics and fans alike for departing too much from the source material and including too much “irreverent” self-referential humor. I found it to be an uneven but enjoyable effort, buoyed by Matthew […]

"Kim Possible: The Villain Files" Not as Funny as Possible

With all eyes focused on the continuing decline of its theatrical animation, Disney has quietly carved out a solid TV franchise with Kim Possible. The Villian Files marks the third DVD compilation release for the teenage girl spy who has beaten the odds to prove that a female lead can successfully anchor an action-oriented cartoon […]

"Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies": Mild Assault on the Funny Bone

In a bid not to be completely lost amidst all the Spongebob movie hoopla, Nickelodeon stablemate Jimmy “I once got Jack Valenti so drunk I woke up with an Academy Award nomination” Neutron has released his fifth compilation DVD – Jimmy Neutron: Attack of the Twonkies. Contrary to current theatrical trends, Nickelodeon’s CGI franchise about […]

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