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Danger Mouse and Powerpuff Girls both announced for comebacks

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Drtooth, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    While there is one thing I can agree is totally different about the new series vs the old series, it's the humor. It's new humor, clearly. Everything is a product of the time it was created, no matter how much anyone denies it.

    This episode really felt like the writers were trying to blend new humor and classic PPG humor, and I think they were successful. This is one of my favorite episodes so far, right up there with the Beauty Pageant episode and "Arachnolove." Blossom is much more like her original character here and less obsessed about organization and cleanliness. Meanwhile Bubbles and Buttercup are bringing the new style of writing to the table fabulously to counterpoint the episode's A story, which is something that totally wouldn't be out of place in the original series. Especially the bit about how the teacher was always a centaur to begin with. Love the bit of lampshading at the end about how it would just have been easier to develop something that changed him back into a human.

    It really seems that this episode is starting to show that the writers are trying hard to balance their writing style and the style of the original show. Writing is based all on bias. Writers have favorite jokes, references, and themes. The new series writers have a different childhood than Craig and Genndy and others who worked on the other show. Heck, they were inspired by that show. That's why the show feels a might off, it's copy of a copy. A good copy, IMO, but still a little fuzzier.
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  2. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Now we get to meet another new antagonist named Jemeca, a female Indiana Jones wannabe who befriended the girls only to use them to steal priceless artifacts. This episode also continues the theme of "family and sisterhood can never be broken" as the girls try to resist the effects of the BFF bracelets they are provided with.
  3. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'd say this series is just suffering first season syndrome. Seems they're spending most of the episodes establishing different allies and antagonists for future episodes. Though some feel like they've been there the entire time (not in the random Pig Goat Banana Cricket sort of way, though), and a backstory would give them more of an impact. I like the concept of some of the new villains, but you wonder exactly why they have a history with the PPG if they just randomly appeared. Unless they're also saving those for later, or they're still airing these wildly out of order. The Fashionista and her gorilla sister really seem like they could be a genuine threat if only we knew why they want revenge.

    But I like how they established Jemeca and I hope she comes back with even more powerful ancient artifacts. They didn't exactly say what the Lemur and the other thing combined was. That's my only problem with the episode. Seems they really could have pushed it further.
  4. C to the J

    C to the J Well-Known Member

    The episode even threw in "snoof" to mean "cool." What comes to mind is that it's one of the words made up in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, as well as the name of that one Daran Norris Frosticon who sounds like an early version of Cosmo of The Fairly Oddparents.
  5. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Last night's episode was a loose parody of Enchanted. I liked how Princess Bluebell was a typical dainty damsel in distress, but only because she liked being that way because it meant getting rescued by a handsome prince and only became proactive because she was forced into doing so. Also, I can't believe CN let them get away with her (accidentally) kissing the severely underage Buttercup on the lips!
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  6. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    While I admit, the description and title of the episode didn't have me exactly enthused about it, I rather like how they managed to deal with the "girl Power" subject with nuance and such a clever nod at the double standard. Girls can like princesses and want to be like them, and empowerment doesn't just amount to the extreme opposite. The princess being exasperated by the Powerpuff Girls telling her to ditch the princess routine really made this episode work. The girls were only trying to help, but even choosing to be something less action hero-y is a choice and it was, in the end, the princess being herself and doing what she wants to do.

    Seriously, for all the crap this show gets, this episode should be applauded.
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I'm annoyed that they called this a "New 2 part episode" when it was just the sequel episode to Man Up. Other than that, I think this was a much better outing for ManBoy than the first one. I think this pretty much proves my point that the show's been a little weak here and there because they're laying the foundation. While the first appearance of the character came off more as a statement, this one really puts him to work as a supervillain, and I'm really liking him as one better here. Fact that it's Maurice LaMarche doing a Futurama quality voice aside. I especially liked his odd henchmen, especially "the British" who are there because they're an economic superpower. Seems the humor was stronger in this episode than before as well.

    It seems that even the character writing is coming along nicely. I like how Buttercup somehow pulls a Bert and has a bottlecap collection. Bubbles is being written more naively and less kiddy. Loved how Blossom was trying not to compliment him but Bubbles couldn't help it.
  8. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    The Amoeba Boys got to be the villains this episode, teaming up with a new threat to destroy the Internet. And Bubbles is unusually good with computers, something that would be more characteristic of Blossom.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I have to admit, I like what the episode was actually trying to do, and that is getting more girls to get into computer programming. Bubbles was a strange choice and it should have been Blossom (and I bet the old schoolers are ticked off about that as well), but I get why they chose that character specifically. As long as the writers treat that with nuance and subtlety, it gives the character a little more depth and shows the girls are indeed growing up. Time passing is what I actually like about this series. Plus it gives Bubbles something besides being the cutesy one who can lose her temper from time to time.

    This episode also seems to be doing something I've been wanting to see with this series. Foreshadowing a future evil. Most of these episodes so far have been all one shots. With the exception of Man Up 2, there wasn't anything remotely resembling a follow up. Sure, there were little hints of continuity that running the episodes out of order kinda ruined. While it's forgivable that this is the show's first season and even the original PPG series wasn't that deep in its first season either, I kinda want this show to take a more solid direction to inevitably become like other cartoons on this network (and even its original incarnation), a Cerebus Rollercoaster. The mysterious robotic figure that gave the Amoebas the virus chip seems like it could very well be the series' first or main dark figure.

    Plus...great to see the Amoeba Boys again. If there was one set of characters I wasn't expecting to see get an actual full plot (even Mojo didn't really get one yet), it's them. Especially with their original voice actor, Chuck McCann doing their voices with very little vocal wear. Seriously. I find it hilarious that one of the main panic points of this show was that everyone was getting recast, and only a small handful of characters that extends to the girls, Princess, and the sign off of Miss Bellum, only to see most of the original voices come back for their respective characters.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Rather liked this episode that seemed to close off the long standing "Bad School Photo" CN trilogy that started with Dexter's Lab and continued with Amazing World of Gumball.. 'Spose I need to work on Bubbles now to finish that off.

    This is the kind of episode I was waiting for. Some sort of discord that can push one of the girls to the dark side. This is totally something that would have been in the original series, right up there with the girls stealing toys, Bubbles going on a rampage to show that she's hardcore, and Blossom stealing the Professor a present. This totally should have been an episode of the original. Bubbles freaking out over bad school photos and various disasters that took away her cuteness. Sure, there was that "meat hair" incident in the pilot cartoon, but I never saw it materialize in the original series. Instead we get a PSA about sunscreen. :rolleyes:

    I really really want to see more of Dark Bubbles and or the Roller Derby team pulling the girls apart. And I loved seeing Mojo, as much as he's a gag villain now, goading Bubbles into trying to attack her sisters, when that was never her intent. Though it would have been something for Dark Bubbles to try and attack that incompetent woman who kept messing her photos and Bubbles's hair up. She's totally the modern day humor aspect of the show.

    Oh... and PPG is the girl's toy in the new McDonalds promotion. Most of them are legit, just two actually stupid girly things, but all 3 girls and Mojo. But that's not the interesting part about it. They have Tom Kane narrate the commercial, but say the "And once again the day is saved" line... so, A) wrong PPG voice actor named Tom, but well appreciated and B) a fast food company manages to get that in while the cartoon doesn't.
  11. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    Something tells me that the makeup kit that gave Bubbles a terrible eye infection was a reference to the PPG makeup kit that was recalled for the same reason. It was mentioned on TV Tropes' "So Bad It's Horrible" page.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I totally forgot about that when i was posting. Heck yeah, they made fun of their own merchandising. If anything I'll agree is missing, it's that level of sharpness in the show's humor.

    Though I have to ask...who the heck thought a PPG make up kit was a good idea? That's not what the show is about. Wouldn't be surprised if that also wasn't the point of the old episode with Phyllis Diller as the villain.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I really enjoyed the last episode a lot more than I should have. Was it a dumb story? Yes. But was it a heck of a lot of fun to watch? Sure was. This still feels like conceptually something they would have done in the original series. I'm still having an issue about the ambiguous age of the girls. For the most part, it seems they're growing up. Not taking medicine unless they're sung to seems a little more juvenile to suggest they're still young children. I really want another episode that addresses this, since I like to think that time passed in between season 6 and this series (even if it's a "Finding Dory" level of a year in universe passed when over a decade is between the first and second film).

    Anyway, the sad thing is, they could have used the Judge Judy reference in the original series or this one and it's still as relevant. But I'm not gonna go there. I like the idea of the Professor seeking outside employment. He has that sort of Kramer-esque "what does he do for a living exactly?" thing in the original series. Sure, he's a Professor, but who exactly does he work for? Only time they addressed that in the old series was the episode they moved to the realistically depressing city because he had a better job offer.

    Liked how Buttercup was handled in this episode. Seems out of the three girls, they really nailed her. Bubbles to some extent, Blossom's a little Flanderized about cleanliness and organization. That I'll agree to having a slight issue with. Then again, Buttercup is my favorite of the girls, especially when most of the secondary characters and villains were what kept me tuning in.
  14. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    I really liked how everything tied together, from the antidote to the giant ear of corn to even the really long straws. And you just gotta love Buttercup's rock cover of the antidote song.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Also, the Happy Meal toys are legit. I have the Mojo and Buttercup. They're pretty nice. Much better than the BK promotion 10+ years ago, only you don't get both the girls and boys toys together. I rather liked having both PPG and DBZ figures without having to buy separate toys.

    Also, the Funko Pop designs have been released, and special Glow in the Dark versions are set for Comiccon. They're....uh...cute but...


    They kinda look like that odd thing they do with their eyes in the new series that looks uncomfortable. Not that I wouldn't want Buttercup. Hopefully they also have Mojo or another of the villains.
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Oh, and in the case of Danger Mouse (didn't get a chance to watch more of it on Netflix, though), apparently Japan's getting a dub.

    Hopefully Fremantle media won't automatically pull this one like the video like they did the actual video opening.
  17. mr3urious

    mr3urious Well-Known Member

    And again on the Danger Mouse side of things, one of the latest episodes was centered on Jeopardy Mouse again, and it was a nice send-up of the Avengers movies (and I'm not talking about the British spy show from the '60s or its film adaptation from the '90s). Penfold also seems to be an Americaphile, if that's the right word for it, really fascinated by our country's excess and even using a few American terms out of habit.

    There was even another episode where DM was so amused by a group of clown aliens invading Earth (he's loved them since he was a child) that he had a hard time fighting back against them. However, Squawkencluck greatly thought otherwise. :D

    Oh, and here's an interview with the directors of this show, showing how Brian Cosgrove and Brian Trueman gave their blessing on the reboot and wished them the best of luck. They even talked about how Toon Boom Harmony was used rather than Flash, which gave them a lot less limitations and allowed them to go bigger than the original.

  18. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Powerpuff Girls gets a second season, which is no surprise at all, but I'm really happy to see that another season could very well have the show shape up to be something better than it currently is. Something much stronger. The first season seems to be all about reintroducing the characters and slowly developing concepts. Hopefully season 2 gets around the awkwardness season 1, something most shows have, and uses some of the established concepts to good use.
  19. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    One thing I don't like about this show is Bubbles. I don't hate her in this show at all but, she seems to have lost most of her personality. She's more boring than she was on the original show and seems to mostly be a sidekick to Blossom and Buttercup.
  20. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's why I'm so confused about how the show presents the girls and passage of time. They're older, except their not, but they are, but all that changed was their voices and hair styles, but in the flashback where Bubbles destroyed the school she has her old haircut...

    I can take the fact Bubbles lost some of her ultra-cutesy personality as a growing slightly out of it, even though she's cutesy in one episode, in others she's seem to have grown. If there's anything no one's mentioning about the show is that there's a slight level of inconsistency with the writing of the girls, but then again, it's the first season of the show. Buttercup seems to be the best written of the bunch, Blossom's odd obsession with order and cleanliness is in danger of Flanderization.

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