I’ve mentioned in previous reviews of kids shows that my love for Madman is deeply rooted in the release of my favourite childhood shows (Samurai Pizza Cats, Sailor Moon, Johnny Bravo etc). Earthworm Jim (1995-1996) was one I had pretty much forgotten about, which is weird because I watched it all the time at my grandparents place and used to call my Grandad ‘Earthworm Joe’ as he had earthworms. So yet again Madman have pleased the inner child in me with the release of two Earthworm Jim seasons.
For those of you who haven’t a clue who or what Clarence is check out my volume one review.
Clarence is a Cartoon Network show that is a neat throw back to 90s cartoons such asHey Arthur, Ed Edd n Eddy, Rugrats etc. It’s a little less hip and more little kid-orientated than stuff like Adventure Time. It’s also a show that doesn’t rely heavily on gross-ness, or cute-ness. Another aspect I really appreciate about the show is that (like so many 80s/90s kids shows and movies) it deals with some adult themes that kids can relate to. It doesn’t mollycoddle and present a picture perfect universe which I feel like a lot of modern shows do.
Around the mid 2000s Anime started getting really big. Emos liked it and nerds liked it, all of a sudden it was everywhere. I didn’t get this new phenomenon. Why now? I wasn’t ready to spend my money on anything but everything coming out on DVD from various companies and it just seemed like such a sprawling genre to get into it that I just didn’t. Turns out I’m an Anime geek from way back. From about ages 5-10 I was obssessed with Sailor Moon, Speed Racer and my favourite by far, Samurai Pizza Cats. I had no idea these shows were considered “Anime”, they were just cartoons to me. To get to the point, I still haven’t really ventured into the world of Anime, I did enjoy the Death Note Anime series but I’ve been pretty slack on checking out any others, so if you can recommend any good places to start leave me a comment below.
Sometimes there are films that define their audience simply from their synopses. Korean animated feature Aachi & Ssipak is one such film. Set in a future where the main source of power is, uh, human faeces, two hoodlums (the titular Aachi and Ssipak) find themselves caught between the fascist government and a tribe of blue psychos, mutated by the narcotic popsicles the populace are awarded in return for defecation. Into the mix comes a cyborg cop, porn actress with amazing shitting powers over whom a war quickly develops.
Having a now three year old girl, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a reality in my life. She has a Rainbow Dash hooded towel, about 5 mini ponies, two massive ponies, lots of DVDs, and they’ve all been gifts. Everyone knows that little girls love them so they’re like a standard gift, so I don’t think you can go wrong with this DVD if you’re planning on buying it for a little girl. My daughter is so hooked she watches crazy women on Youtube opening boxes full of My Little Pony “blind bags”, she’d do this for hours if I let her.
Created by Finnish writer/illustrator Tove Jansson in the late 1940s. The Moomins are a family of eccentric, oddly-shaped creatures slightly resembling Hippopotamuses that inhabit Moominvalley along with Snufkin, Snork Maiden, My Little and the Hattifatteners, among others. Initially published as a series of books that lead to a regular comic strip, TV show and eventually films that have been translated into various languages and gained a worldwide following.
I don’t have TV in my household so despite loving most of Cartoon Networks shows Clarence was one that I wasn’t privy to until I reviewed the Cartoon Network Holiday Collection DVD. There were two episodes of Clarence on that collection and ever since I saw it I couldn’t wait til Clarence got a release of its own.
Clarence is set around a bunch of lower-middle class fourth graders in the town of Aberdale. Clarence is a happy-go-lucky kid who wants to be friends with everyone. He has two best friends, the intelligent clean freak Jeff and Sumo the crazy and mostly dirty problem solver. The three get into all sorts of innocent mischief that transported this 80s kid to a simpler time when kids ran around outside for fun and weren’t stuck on the couch/computer all day. Ughh I sound old.
What makes it so appealing is that it is equally silly, funny and naive as it is heartwarming and accepting. It’s not trendy and non-sequitir like Adventure Time yet has many of the same sensibilities. It references a lot of things that 80s kids will pick up on but isn’t smarmy about it and it’s just a really feel good cartoon that reminds you of how fun it was to be a kid. My nearly three year old loves it.
The animation is simple and so colourful and there’s no action or violence which makes for a nice change. The voices are also incredible with Clarence and Sumo being my favourite although apparently the creator and voice of Clarence (Skyler Page) was fired after allegations of sexual assault and someone else will be voicing Clarence which sucks as his voice is part of what makes him so lovable.
The set isn’t a complete season, it’s just a random few episodes of the first season. Sometimes I get a bit annoyed with compilation releases as when a full season comes out you sometimes have to get that to ensure you have all the episodes. It’s not even a release of episodes 1-12 of Season One, so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the show gets released. This isn’t the fault of Madman, all releases thus far are the same. A decent release with a runtime of 132 minutes and a pilot episode for an extra as well as a decent sized sticker of Clarence’s adorable face, this is the perfect introduction to Clarence.
A show that appeals to both kids and adults, Clarence hits the mark and should be a release to put on your wish list if you’re a fan of Cartoon Networks shows.
Episodes on this collection:
- Fun Dungeon Face Off
- Pretty Great Day with a Girl
- Lost in the Supermarket
- Jeff’s New Toy
- Rise and Shine
- Average Jeff
- Slumber Party
- Dream Boat
- Too Gross for Comfort
- Neighborhood Grill
- The original pilot episode.
- Clarence Sticker
Available on R4 DVD from Madman Entertainment.
It’s official, Madman is my favourite DVD company. Ever. Criterion is too conneisuer and overpriced, Umbrella have ugly cover art and don’t know how to spell check and Madman never let me down. Arthouse releases, documentaries and horror not to mention releasing those out of print/forgotten about gems. I declared my love for them when they released Samurai Pizza Cats but it went to a whole new level when I heard they were releasing another childhood favourite – Sailor Moon.
Moon Prism Power, Make Up!
Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, defender of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth’s only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!
- Clean Opening & Closing
- English Dub Behind the Scenes
Now available to Pre-Order from Madman Entertainment.
Ugh… it’s that time of year again. I wish I could love Christmas like John Waters does but for some reason I just hate the holiday season. I hate Christmas carols, I hate bands outside supermarkets, I hate the decorations and I really, really hate the fact that there’s no mail for six days. I am a total Grinch. I also have a two year old who is going to love Christmas so watching a Christmas themed DVD is a great way to start accepting that I have to get into the spirit and smile and stop being a Grinch.
If it weren’t for my two-year-old daughter I wouldn’t volunteer to review any modern kids DVDs but alas here I am. Even the documentary Bronies couldn’t interest me (prior to the sprog). I am more of the school of live action (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Lidsville, Adams Family, Pee Wee’s Playhouse), and apart from a few shows am not a huge fan of animated shows or movies.
I was the right age for the original series but I don’t have any recollection of watching it. I even brought an ex-rental of the original series and watched a bit and had no memories whatsoever. It looked terribly washed out and dated and didn’t hold my attention, or my kid’s at all. When I popped this on she was hooked the moment she heard the music.