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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. (Note that there was no new Dan Vs. episode this week, so this might feel a bit lopsided, but that’s out of my control unfortunately. Fucking The Hub…) Minor spoilers below. Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Similar to “The Dress”, this episode managed to nail the perfect level of weirdness, inappropriateness, and genuine portrayals of children. Not to mention it was hysterical. Definitely up there with the best episodes of the show so far, and the ending was so messed up it had me in hysterics. CN is now recycling episodes, so there’s only gonna be one segment a week in stead of two, which sucks. Best episode of the night. I give it an A+.
  • Regular Show — Not a particularly bad episode, but not an excellent one either. Sort of in the middle, with perfectly fine and funny jokes and a typically great “irregular” twist ending. It didn’t do much for me, however, so I wouldn’t really call it anything special for this show, but it was funny and entertaining nonetheless. I give it an A-.
  • MAD — Underwhelming. The opening sketch was funny, but it seemed to be stretching to make jokes worked, though the “Yu-Gi-Bear” gag was amusing. The ending sketch (yet ANOTHER Twilight parody) failed for two reasons: 1) it was overall unfunny and 2) MAD has been doing Twilight sketches practically every episode and they’re just straight up running out of fucking material. Some things worked but this show needs to pick it up. I give it a B.
  • The Problem Solverz — This show is becoming depressing. You can see as it tries and tries to improve its flaws, but it just fails so miserably. It creates a followable plot but in doing so it relies on cliches and stereotypes. The fangirl bit has been done so many times before and this show does nothing knew with it. Nothing worked, sans a single funny line, and I just want this show to not be renewed for a second season simply because it honestly needs to be taken out of its misery. I give it an F-.

Then on CN Tuesday we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — Fine episode but with a predictable reveal. Nonetheless, it was a fun ride with plenty of funny gags. Vincent Van Ghoul was an entertaining revival of his character, this time being voiced by Maurice LaMarche doing a pitch-perfect Vincent Price impression. The recurring gag with Daphne being super hungry was pretty funny as well. I give it a B+.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Looks like this show has finally gotten into its groove. It knows what works, it knows what doesn’t, and it knows just who to give all the best lines to–its increasingly amazing incarnation of Daffy. The Batman gag was just one of many hysterical gags this installment had to offer. The storyline (your typical “high school reunion standards” plot) worked because it was written around the characters and not vice versa. The Merrie Melodies short was the best MM so far (though its title–“Cock of the Walk”–is…unfortunate), while the Wile E. Coyote gag was…meh. Still the Best of the Night. I give it an A.

On Comedy Central Wednesdays, we had a new episode of:

  • South Park — An episode that felt honestly important; surprisingly dark, thought-provoking, and self-reflective. Comprised mostly of (actually funny) shit jokes used to represent the poor state of modern popular music and mock cynical hipsters who despise everything, the episode also acted as a commentary on Trey and Matt’s status on the show. The ending–which must be seen as it is is truly effective–could have all been a throw-off thing to get a message across or maybe just a jokingly-serious gag, but this felt important, and was one of South Park‘s finest half hours. I give it an A+.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. South Park — “You’re Getting Old”
  2. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Pressure”
  3. The Looney Tunes Show — “Reunion”
  4. Regular Show — “A Bunch of Baby Ducks”
  5. Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — “Nightfright”

That’s it for me. Once again, yeah, this felt empty with no Dan Vs. this week, but hopefully everything will be back on par next week. See you next time.

Tony here. It’s time to review the newest episode of South Park. The episode, “You’re Getting Old”, aired on July 8, 2011, on Comedy Central. Season 15 has been a funny, insane season thus far–and it looks like it’s time for a rather interesting mood whiplash. Oh, and MAJOR FUCKING SPOILERS below. Let’s get started.

In “You’re Getting Old”, modern music–“Tween Wave”–strikes the town around Stan’s 10th birthday. The music is electronically based and sounds literally like people taking a shit. All the parents hear what the music really is, except for Randy, who–typically–tries to be young and hip and fakes admiration for the moment. Stan himself begins actually hearing the shit in both Tween Wave and even old music. He is diagnosed with being a cynical asshole.

Now until this episode reached around the 27 minute mark (I’ll get to that in a bit), the whole thing was hysterical. A very brilliant satire on modern music with a twist that a lot of people seem to forget–everyone’s music from their youth is considered shit by everyone except for the people whose youth it was. Well, except for Randy of course, who refuses to except that the kids’ music is shit and that he’s getting old. The treatment of Stan’s cynicism was well-done and definitely spot-on–I hate to admit it, but at some points I actually saw a bit of myself in new cynical asshole Stan, specifically when he observes how absolutely shitty the movies coming out these days are. Now about 90% of this episode is just literal shit–poop is everywhere, and it’s definitely disgusting, but the humor serves well nonetheless. Maybe a lot of the fart gags which were just farting and nothing else, but the poop jokes had a purpose to them so they didn’t feel just purely disgusting for no reason.

And then shit (I’m saying this as much as the episode now aren’t I…) hits the fan. In the last about 2 minutes of this episode–once again, spoiler alert–things start getting super serious. Sharon and Randy argue about how Randy is always pulling the crap he does all the time trying to be hip and ignoring the fact that he’s getting old; ignoring the fact that week after week, the same old thing happens and it just keeps getting more ridiculous; that things change; that neither of them are happy.

The episode ends on a closing montage that is heavily open to interpretation, and is not taken comically. Sharon and Randy divorce, Stan moves into a new house with his mom, Stan sees literally nothing but shit everywhere he looks and he is lonely. And this is how it ends. South Park spends half an hour making shit jokes and then goes insanely deep and serious. What’s literally trying to be said is slightly ambiguous, but here’s what it’s definitely implying–South Park is getting old, and Trey & Matt are aware of this. The ending of this episode could mean so many things, but this is the mid-season finale–meaning we won’t know until October. Maybe nothing will change and this whole thing was just to make a commentary on the creators’ opinions on the show right now. Or maybe they’re serious. Maybe they’re changing things from now on–perhaps Stan will now be an offside character, like when Kenny was temporarily kicked off the show after “Kenny Dies”; maybe the show is gonna be some weird, deep mix of drama and poop jokes for the rest of the season or maybe even the rest of the series run (it’s been renewed through season 17).

Sure, there were some problems–what were those two Southern hicks obsessed with freeing britches there for? But this felt legitimately important, more than when the show does an edgy satire on religion or world events. This was a satire and commentary that offered the laughs before ending with a huge bang. And it worked. It worked really well. I give it an A+.

South Park is taking a mid-season break for a while and will return in October later this year. Be sure to continue reading new Toons with Tony posts almost every day.

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. (You’ve probably noticed a lack of actual reviews this week. I’m hoping to make up with that with this, but next week I’ll try and squeeze in reviews with recaps and perhaps some new stuff, like DVD reviews) Some spoilers follow. Let’s get started.
On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — Two very solid episodes (“The Spoon” being the best of the pair) which were not quite on par with last week’s, but still managed to be fun, funny, and awesomely weird. Hot Dog With a Mustache is the next Chuck Norris. I give it an A-.
  • Regular Show — An absolutely spectacular episode of the show and a massive improvement of the last two week’s slightly underwhelming episodes. Did what Regular Show does best and turns a basic premise into a way-out-in-left-field, bonkers plot in the future which had me cracking up throughout. Best episode of the night. I give it an A+.
  • MAD — Definitely one of MAD‘s more on the ball installments. Great sketches littered throughout, with both of the title sketches being majorly funny. The show does a lot of Twilight parodies, but “TwiSchool Musical” was definitely their best one to date. Also, both the writing and animation of the “Avenger Time” sketch managed to impress me, offering both a good chuckle and sizable technical feats (like the bit with ’60s Avengers). I give it an A.
  • The Problem Solverz — Louder, more hyper, and less containable than any episode of The Problem Solverz so far, this actually managed to somehow show growth for this drab show. With so much going on the show managed to slip in actual moments of comedy, and somehow made a plot that was actually followable for the most part. As the episode eased in, the jokes stopped being funny and plot became the same-old boring crap, but there’s only so much to be expected from this show I guess. I give it a D+.

On CN Tuesday, we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated — A pretty good episode that had some laughs and a clever twist. I’m not big into shipping but the romance factor of this episode offered a nice development for both Shaggy’s and Velma’s characters. Felt a bit underwhelming at points, but definitely nothing to complain about. I give it a B+.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Definitely better than last week’s episode, but delivered solely because literally every scene or moment with Daffy was gut-bustingly hysterical. I don’t know how they did it, but they’ve finally found what they want to do with this incarnation of Daffy and they’re making it work in every possible way. From his inevitably-memetic van, his Bob Fosse outfit, him constantly trying to sneak attack Gossamer, Daffy made this episode. Unfortunately, it seemed they were padding for time and had to add a rather weak b-plot with Bugs and Speedy which didn’t really resonate, and there was a rather unnotable Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner skit at the end as opposed to a Merrie Melodies short. When Gossamer finally sung, I wasn’t really sure what they were trying to do, but Daffy alone is enough to like this episode. Best episode of the night. I give it an A-.

On Comedy Central Wednesday, we had a new episode of:

  • South Park — “WHAT A TWEEST!” That’s literally all there is to say about this episode of South Park. Insane, off-the-wall, and legitimately shocking, there wasn’t really any straight satire as it was just a truly original and surprising story. The gags on split personalities, both actual and just Butters’ playtime personas (Porn Star Butters???), and all the jabs at Asian stereotypes were just hysterical. Something the show has been known for since its creation is how unpredictable and shocking it is. This was originally for its vulgar comedy, but now that that’s sort of become commonplace, it’s nice to see that the show can mange to remain as shocking and clever as ever. I give it an A.

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

  • Dan Vs. — Definitely not a poor or even underwhelming episode, but it did feel like a minor step down. The jokes were funny, though quite not as laugh-out-loud funny as they should have been. They also pretty much did everything they could with Elise’s parents two weeks ago, so everything with them in this episode just seemed recycled. Nonetheless, I loved how Dan brought Mr. Mumbles with him the entire time, and the bits with the bear were entertaining. Not a bad episode but not really anything of note in the grand scheme of this show. I give it an A-.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. Regular Show — “The Night Owl”
  2. South Park — “City Sushi”
  3. MAD — “TwiSchool Musical/Avenger Time”
  4. The Looney Tunes Show — “Monster Talent”
  5. Dan Vs. — “The Family Camping Trip”

That’s it for me. Yay for actually doing this on time for the first time, though I still apologize for the lack of reviews this week. Maybe next week we can have it both ways, hm? See you next time.

 

 

 

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. (Yes, I know, for the EST, it’s not Sunday anymore, but I am a forgetful little shit, so I’m just gonna go by the PST where I get an extra 2 hours. CHEATING IS FUN.) Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of:

  • The Amazing World of Gumball — A spectacular episode which made this whole night memorable and fun. It got so much crap past the radar it was unbelievable, and the writing is top-notch. Best episode of the night by far. A+.
  • Regular Show —  A good and fun episode supported largely due the absolutely lovable characters on this show. It’s how you can get away with Skips killing Rigby (!) without the entire audience never wanting to look at him again. A-.
  • MAD — A weak episode with a handful of sketches that redeemed it. “Smallville: Turn Off the Clark” gets credit for doing its research and for being genuinely clever. Overall, one of MAD‘s softest outings. B-.
  • The Problem Solverz — This show never improves on its flaws; all it ever does it try and add some positive stuff without actually, you know, removing the bad parts. Problem Solverz remains boring and awful, and I cannot even care about it enough to even bitch about it. Tuxdog is a slightly entertaining character and he was a very small saving grace. F+.

On CN Tuesday, we had new episodes of:

  • Scooby Doo, Mystery Inc — I haven’t been following this show at all and I sort of regret it. A great episode here; surprisingly dark and sporting a very clever Saw vibe. I personally think they need to tone it down with the shipping stuff. It’s a bit in-your-face and unnecessary. Best of the night. A-.
  • The Looney Tunes Show — Weaker than last week’s but still a step in the right direction. It more-or-less succeeds in geling the Looney Tunes characters in a sitcom while maintaining their character traits. I think they totally messed up Yosemite Sam, though; in stead of making the sitcom-ness work around his character, they stripped away his anger and made him just a basic unwanted house guest archetype. The Merrie Melodies was also very disappointing, but a lot of jokes stuck. B+.

On Comedy Central Wednesday, we had a new episode of:

  • South Park — This episode was able to balance satire with random lunacy in classic South Park fashion. Totally off the wall, we had send-ups of annoying depressing Sarah McClachlan commercials, the NCAA, crack babies, The Social Network, and Slash, who may or may not be real. It felt a bit directionless in hindsight, but it was all about pure fun and resulted in a very, very entertaining episode that continues a winning streak for this season. A.

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

  • Dan Vs. — Yet another classic installment that places highly in this series’  best episodes. The sight of Not!Dan is, well, completely fucking disturbing and shall haunt my nightmares for weeks to come, but there were so many great jokes and nice character moments that made this a winner. This was one of Dan’s crowning moments, and I actually hope we see more of Not!Dan sometime in the future. A.

So overall, the Best of the Week were:

  1. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The End/The Dress”
  2. Dan Vs. — “Dan”
  3. South Park — “Crack Baby Athletic Association”
  4. Scooby Doo, Mystery Inc. — “Escape From Mystery Island”
  5. Regular Show — “Over the Top”

That’s it for me. Once again sorry for the delay, but be sure to continue reading Toons with Tony, which updates regularly almost every day.

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. (Note: Yes, I know, it’s not actually Sunday, but I completely forgot yesterday and didn’t wanna rename the whole recurring post because of one delay. So, sorry for the belatedness.) Let’s get started.

On CN Monday, we had new episodes of The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show, MAD, and The Problem Solverz. Not the best of nights, as each episode felt slightly below average, but out of all of them, The Amazing World of Gumball proved to be the best, with solid jokes, funny new characters, and some simply outstanding animation.

On CN Tuesday, we had new episodes of Scooby Doo, Mystery Inc and The Looney Tunes Show. Mystery Inc. had some fun with a romance-based,  plot and had some typically sharp animation, but nothing really stood out for me. Best of the night was The Looney Tunes Show, which was definitely the show’s best episode–consistently hilarious and better interpretation of the characters.

On Comedy Central Wednesday, we had the new episode of South Park. This episode was spectacular, and hilarious jokes with a really, really clever satire. Since there was no animated shows before or after it, this was clearly the best animated show of the night. Anyone know if Ugly Americans is on hiatus, season break, or just straight-up canceled? I miss it following SP.


On The Hub Saturday, there was a brand new Dan Vs. This was a very funny episode, with some hilarious verbal-and-visual gags, twisted fantasy sequences, and some interesting character development with Chris and Elise. I’m not entirely sure if I can consider this, or the above Comedy Central Wednesday, actual blocks, but until I work something out I’ll consider them some.

On FOX Sunday’s Animation Domination, there were new episodes of Bob’s Burgers, American Dad!, The Simpsons, and Family Guy. Unfortunately, I missed this week’s Animation Domination, so the only thing I was able to catch was Family Guy‘s “It’s a Trap!” special, which is the third Star Wars parody they’ve done. This was probably the worst of the three–as the opening crawl even addresses, the whole thing felt like the writers had simply given up and decided to throw just about anything together. The result is an uneven special that makes up for a very weak first half with a funnier second half. I give it a B-.

So, overall, the Best of the Week was:

  1. Dan Vs. — “The Fancy Restaurant”
  2. South Park — “T.M.I.”
  3. The Looney Tunes Show — “Jailbird and Jailbunny”
  4. The Amazing World of Gumball — “The Third/The Debt”
  5. Regular Show — “Really Real Wrestling”

That’s it for me. Once again sorry for the delay, but be sure to continue reading Toons with Tony, which updates regularly almost every day (sans a few delays, like this one XD).

Tony here. South Park has been back for its fifteenth season for a few weeks now on Comedy Central, and I’m here to review  the newest episode, “T.M.I”, which aired last night May 18th, 2011. The season thus far has been hurling out good, funny installments thus far, and this episode continues that run. Spoilers below. Let’s get started.

In “T.M.I.”, the South Park Elementary staff posts how much the students have grown based on their physicals, but Cartman mistakes the measurements for a tracking of all the boys’ penis sizes. This enrages Cartman as he convinces all the boys to remeasure themselves so they can repost their actual sizes. This jump-starts a chaotic series of events leading to the formation of the Pissed Off and Angry Party, a group of disgruntled anger-management patients with small dicks.

I’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about how weak this season has been so far–especially last week’s “Royal Pudding”–but I must say I disagree. All of the episodes so far are entertaining and quite hysterical, especially last week’s episode and applying again for this week’s one. This was a very funny, classic episode of South Park throughout, delivering on some deliriously clever satire with some hella (“STOP SAYING HELLA, CARTMAN!”) funny gags.

The storyline moved along very well and in classic South Park fashion, building on unexpected, crude storytelling to end up getting a message across. It’s a true testament to Trey and Matt, this episode–when you peel back the layers of jokes and stories, it’s a one-note joke: people like the Tea Party are bitching about everything because they have small dicks. But its the true reveal of this satirical message that leaves the biggest impact, and it’s really quite brilliant. One of the best satires this show has done in years.

Lots of good lines and jokes throughout this episode. Loved the whole bit at the anger management meeting, with caricatures of Tea Party members and disgruntled teenage homeboys complaining about their problems that reveal to be all based on their, well, small dicks. Butters barely appeared in the episode, but every time he did he delivered some hysterical lines, like when Cartman was measuring his penis in the bathroom, but it was “a bit chilly”. “Butters, we can’t do this if your penis is gonna be a shy turtle!” Oh, and loved when the Pissed Off and Angry Party listed their random demands.

This is definitely moving along the season in a good direction. I didn’t like it as much as last week’s “Wedding Pudding”, but it’s pretty damn close. I give it an A.

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