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Tony here. Time for the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (I do apologize for not having practically any posts at all this week, but I’ve been busy partaking in a South Park marathon and haven’t really had the time.) Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Not this show’s very best episode, as it had its fair share of faults, but lots of jokes were especially inspired and the whole thing was typically goofy and hilarious. Darwin and Gumball seemed a tad too mean-spirited, but that could easily be justified by factoring in their naivete. 9.2/10 (Best of the night)
  • MAD — This episode felt really short, and unfortunately the few sketches that were shown almost all fell short. The opening “Force Code” sketch completely lost me, as I have not seen Source Code and nothing was done in the parody to make it accessible to those who had not. The ending “Flammable” sketch, a surprising musical skit parodying Katy Perry’s “Fireworks”, and the “GleeCR” faux commercial were the only redeeming graces, as everything else was more miss-than-hit. 7.7/10
  • The Problem Solverz — The show’s in-all-likelihood series finale was just as bad as every episode before it. This finale was surprisingly meta and addressed the hatred beamed at it by using it as a plot device. This was a shock and something I can actually totally admire. But the show ended with all of its problems in tact–horrible animation, ugly designs and colors, dull storytelling, hallow surrealism, annoying characters–and I never laughed once this entire episode. I’m glad this show is over. 4.9/10.

On CN Tuesday, we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — I…did not see this episode. I never watched this show before I started this blog, so I can never remember when it’s on. Still, um, I heard it was a pretty good episode. No score available.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Offers the first portrayals of this show’s versions of Taz, Granny, Tweety, and Sylvester. Taz was alright, as was the others, though I find it sort of weird that Granny is reverted to a completely stereotypical deaf old women as opposed to a kindly little old lady. The jokes mostly worked, the best of which obviously fell to Daffy. Not the show at the top of its game, but still a pretty damn entertaining episode as the show’s writing starts to finally finds a solid foundation. 9.3/10.

On Comedy Central Thursdays, we had two new episodes of:

  • Futurama — Good news everyone! Futurama is back after a several-month-long break, with TWO new episodes. The first, “Neutopia”, was probably the weakest. The plot sort of felt like a series of events that never got detailed enough as opposed to a complete story, and the gender battle scenario felt a bit retreated. Despite this, there was a great cluster of jokes that are typical of a Futurama episode, and from that standpoint, it was able to deliver. Then the second, “Benderama”, was the better of the two, as the story was better delivered, with just the same amount of laughs to be found. Plus, there’s always good to be found in an episode that focuses on Bender. First one: 9.0/10. Second one: 9.4/10.

On Disney Channel Friday, we had a new episode of:

  • Phineas and Ferb — Both of these episodes were just so…meh.  The first, ” Bad Hair Day”, did something I like–that being, mixing things up. It was a change of pace that didn’t follow the typical format and had a pretty good sense of fun. But it was just unfunny. Typically the show offers a big bundle of laughs, but here, even Doofenshmirtz’s plot didn’t bring anything notably funny to the table, and I only surmounted a few chuckles through the whole thing. The ending musical number even wasn’t really as funny as it should have been. The second, “Meatloaf Surprise”, just felt off and weird. Once again, I barely laughed at all, as none of the jokes worked. Davy Jones of The Monkees made a cameo, but even this was wasted on a pretty bland song with no true joke to it. Also Jamie Oliver was there for some reason. Overall, these were surprisingly bland and pretty bad episodes. I guess every show needs its rotten batch. First one: 6.2/10. Second one: 5.9/10.

On The Hub Saturday, we had a new episode of:

  • Dan Vs. — A great, fun episode with a lot of good jokes packed in. Dan’s vendetta towards the magician allowed for some really good skeptic scenes with him and plenty of magic-based gags. Elise got some surprising development here, as we see she has had a fear of magicians since she was eight-years-old; it was a nice change of pace and for once Elise managed to remain as funny as everyone else. All the jokes worked, and Dan’s character seems to just get better and better with each episode. 9.5/10.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. Dan Vs. — “The Magician”
  2. Futurama — “Benderama”
  3. The Looney Tunes Show — “Devil Dog”
  4. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Laziest”
  5. Futurama — “Neutopia”

That’s it for me. A pretty hit-of-miss week for shows, with lots of great installments but also a lot of disappointment. Also, I’ll try and have more articles this week to make up for the lack of them last time. See you next week.

Tony here. Time for the end-of-the-week Sunday Wrap-Up. It’s here that I look back at the week in animation and say what I thought worked, what I thought failed, and what I thought was the best-of-the-best of week. (I unveiled a new rating system a few days after I did the reviews for a few of these shows, so I’ll be adapting them accordingly from their letter grades.)  Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Yet another hilarious outing for the show. Focused a lot on the dynamic of the family and gave equal screentime to storylines involving each of them trying to become more functional. Gumball and Darwin’s plot worked the best, though Richard’s plot had some amazingly hysterical sight gags. 9.8/10 (Best of the night)
  • Regular Show — Felt like a season one episode almost. The jokes worked and I loved the staging of Mordecai and Rigby getting too smart for everyone else. (Though I admit the grid was a bit too much like the one from “Don”). It was pretty clever how they set up what could have been a completely different episode plot–Rigby re-attending high school–and simply brushed it off. 9.3/10
  • MAD — Most of the sketches surprisingly weren’t parodies of anything specific, sans the titular two. Of those two, the first one was good and funny, while the second failed to do anything with me–mostly because of a few minor research errors related to The Office and some generally missaimed jokes.  Also both of the titles were really a stretch. My favorite was “Seattle: Los Angeles”, which was absurd, hilarious, and amazing, and one of my favorite MAD sketches, but the whole thing was more-or-less just solid. 7.9/10.
  • The Problem Solverz — I have no idea what it is–perhaps it was my love of Japanese culture which this episode owes a lot to, or maybe I’ve simply adjusted to this show’s horrid colors and madness–but I actually found this episode totally decent. The surrealism actually sort of felt well-done at points, a lot of it being with Professor Sugar Fish, a wacky Japanese cereal mascot (again, my Japan bias) and nothing really upset me; not even the loud voices or colors. This season’s almost over, and they’ve finally made an episode I didn’t hate. 6.0/10

Then on CN Tuesday:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — Sadly I missed the opening, but I did hear that there was a brief cameo of Scrappy and Flim-Flam as statues, which is amazing. Rest of the episode was alright but nothing totally notable beside that opening. Still pretty cool to see more development with the overarching series mystery–this time involving Angel Dynamite. 7.0/10
  • The Looney Tunes Show — This episode felt a lot like a classic short. We opened with Bugs and Daffy tunnel-traveling, which offered a huge nostalgic blast. Then the main plot had Bugs and Daffy competing over an attractive Hollywood scarlet (Bugs being the obvious and continuous victor throughout), and accordingly Daffy was sort of refitted from his typical dumbass routine on this show to a much more Chuck Jones-esque Daffy. That’s what made this episode work; not to mention it was pretty damn funny. 9.4/10 (Best of the night)

On Disney Channel’s Saturday Toonin’ block, we had a new episode of:

  • Phineas and Ferb — Both episodes were fantastic. I liked the first–“Candace Disconnected”–better though. Joel McHale guest starred as a deadpan prototype Norm head and served as the episode’s strongest comedic anchor. Plus all three plots managed to entertain, which is always good in my book. The second–“Magic Carpet Ride”–was also good, but the main plot (while rather beautiful) felt sort of weak. Candace’s plot showed us some interesting new locations, while Doof’s showed us a new side of Roger. First: 9.5/10; Second: 9.2/10.

And on The Hub Saturday, we had a new episode of:

  • Dan Vs. — One of my favorite episodes, definitely. Every joke worked perfectly, and the escalation of the entire thing was much more slow-burn and allowed the jokes to be more subtle. Hortense was a funny new character and her voice (provided by Tress MacNeille) was hilarious on its own. Lots of continuity nods, with a reappearance from my favorite recurring character, Crunchy, the hippietastic hippie. Plus I actually felt sorry for Dan. Just a perfect episode. 10/10.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. Dan Vs. — “Burgerphile”
  2. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Painting”
  3. Phineas and Ferb — “Candace Disconnected/Magic Carpet Ride”
  4. The Looney Tunes Show — “Casa de Calma”
  5. Regular Show — “More Smarter”

That’s it for me. We’re nearing the end of the season for a lot of shows, so expect some emptiness in Sunday Wrap-Ups in the upcoming weeks. See you next week.

Tony here. Time to review the latest episode of Disney’s Phineas and Ferb. The new episodes, “Candace Disconnected” and “Magic Carpet Ride”, aired Saturday morning, June 18, 2011, at 9am EST on Disney Channel. This was apart of a new (and horribly named) Disney Channel has created for this show and Fish Hooks entitled “Toonin'”. (I’d review both, but since this was too early I didn’t watch this live so only watched this show online; maybe next time). Also, it’s here where I’ll be trying out a new grading system, so leave feedback in the comment section if you like this better than the usual A-B-C-D-F grades I usually give. Some spoilers below. Let’s get started.

First up is “Candace Disconnected”. In this episode, Linda tells Candace that if she loses another cell phone she refuses to buy her a new one. Naturally, Candace proceeds to accidentally break it, but Phineas and Ferb jump in to create a new one for her. Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz invents a device to pick up his daughter Vanessa for him. This episode was phenomenal, definitely the best of the season so far and one of the show’s best installments in general. The main plot featured a funny recurring gag where the boys’ main scheme (described as being their biggest and tallest) is only shown off screen. Lots of lampshades were hung and subversions, well, were subverted throughout. I especially loved the twist on Doof’s jingle (“Doofenshmirtz’s [*deep voice*] basement”). One of the best parts of the episode was Norm’s prototype head, voiced brilliantly by guest star Joel McHale, whose stark deadpan and malicious verbal beating of Doofenshmirtz was hysterical. The gag about Monogram being severely technologically impaired was funny, as really any Monogram-and-Carl joke is. Definitely the crowning moment of the episode was the completely random and non sequitur moment where Doofenshmirtz and Perry dance to an exercise video for a minute straight. Yes it served no purpose, and yes it wasted time, but that’s what made it so hilarious.  I give this episode a 9.5/10.

After that was “Magic Carpet Ride”. In this episode, the boys are inspired by Lawrence’s favorite childhood program The Pinhead Pierre (previously seen in the “Out of Toon” episode from season one) to make a flying carpet. Meanwhile, Candace decides to use fortune cookies to lead her to busting her brothers; and Doofenshmirtz once again tries to sabotage a ceremony for his brother Roger, this time as retribution for Roger ruining his magnum opus back in art school. Another great episode–though not quite as funny as “Candace Disconnected”, it still delivered. The boys’ flying carpet plot was actually rather brief, devoted mostly to a montage set to “Aerial Area Rug”, which was co-written by Book of Mormon co-helm Robert Lopez; the song was a great parody of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin (of which this a-plot is a loose homage to), while the montage itself was well animated and actually rather beautiful. Candace’s subplot was actually really good, despite the usual Candace-looks-for-new-way-to-bust-brothers schtick which Stacy herself even rolls her eyes at. The new locations like the Chinese restaurant and the fish market showed more of the town and allowed for diverse set pieces. Doofenshmirtz’s plot had a good back story, this time showing more of Doofenshmirtz at college (he apparently went to an art school, which explains his poetry days in “Unfair Science Fair”). And might I note how simply brilliant the bits where Doofenshmirtz’s Stain-inator fires globs of staining substances at people, all of which were amazingly well timed and–as Doofenshmirtz noted himself–showed that his machine had a “sense for irony”. The episode didn’t feel quite as funny as the previous episode (mostly because of the lack of laughs in the a-plot) but was still well done. I give it a 9.2/10.

Unless Disney changes the schedule for this show for what would be like the 15th time, you can catch new episodes of Phineas and Ferb every Saturday at 8am EST as part of the Toonin’ block. And be sure to continue reading Toons with Tony for animation updates and opinions.